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Date Wednesday  7/3/2019
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title RMOTHG Shady Surprise (J-Pole Trail) Hike!
Start Time 7:30 AM
Status Complete
Leader Elaine Kallos
Member Price Free
Available Participants Full- Join Waitlist
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Casual
Classification Moderate A
Trail Mileage 4
Elevation Gain 200
Driving Distance 32

Location

MEET 7:30 WOOLY MAMMOTH SEC AA at westernmost top of lot. Drive clear up to AA in case we're hidden by trucks.We're meeting early to avoid showers, t-storms at noon so we'll leave promptly as soon as we load cars!

DIRECTIONS TO WOOLY MAMMOTH:
TAKE EXIT 259 MORRISON EXIT. Get in center lane of exit, TURN RIGHT AT BOTTOM.
TAKE 2ND LEFT AT LIGHT to go UP SERVICE ROAD.  You can stop for bathroom at huge, new gas station at bottom RIGHT of service road before you meet us.
 
Will have easy directions at parking lot but from I-70, we take EVERGREEN PARKWAY EXIT, drive to MT. EVANS RD,  TURN RIGHT, and drive up approx 6.5 mi to TH on right across from Witter Gulch road. Big parking lot on right.
approx 32 mi RT from Wooly.

OPTIONAL AFTER-HIKE STOP AT SMILING MOOSE on Evergreen Parkway on way home just before big intersection of McDonald's and Walmart.. 

 



For more info Contact

ELAINE KALLOS ekallos11@ gmail.com
720-278-4770 cell on hike day
303-795-6323 home



Details

FOR RMOTHG MEMBERS.  We first  hiked this trail last year on July 4 when we wanted a shorter hike for busy folks. This is a lovely, easy/moderate A hike at a relaxed, casual pace for approx 4 mi RT. Trail starts in a Golden Banner meadow, elev approx 9200' and follows a shady, meandering trail with longish, gentle ups; longish, gentle downs, some rocks/roots, a rolling trail for good exercise. Then we'll trend down for half a mile to our breakfast stop at approx 8800 (ascent: 143'; descent: 450+) in a meadow across the trail from a creek we last saw frozen.  Hope Shooting Stars and Golden Banner are there for you Wed! Then we go back up that half mile to the trail (We're doing out/back same trail), include a side jaunt to a neat boulder area and return. Trail passes a pretty pair of meadows, no grand vistas but some small ones, lodgepole in one part with white quartz rocks on trail, then a variety of conifers with aspen tucked in. Really a pleasant trail with enough exercise to make it worthwhile. LOOK FOR TUES NIGHT EMAIL for important weather info, possible changes.  




Notes

You don't need a heavy, large pack for this shorter hike, but bring your usual essentials, plenty of WATER, HAT for the few open spots, FIRST AID KIT, ID/MEDS/VITAL INFO, snacks/breakfast, poles if you use them. Sun screen, insect repellent, a good idea! Also bring rain gear just in case weather comes in early. I scouted in rain and hail that looked like Trail Tapioca on sides plus two small streams gushed down onto trail, merged creating a riverlet, and at a natural dam, curved downhill! Still had fun as it's a pretty trail even in the rain!  

LET ME KNOW OF ANY MEDICAL ISSUES THAT MIGHT AFFECT YOU OR US ON THE TRAIL, PLEASE!  THANKS!




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