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Date Monday  9/2/2019
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Harrison Plane Crash Site 8600' * from Palmer Lake Pike National Forest
Start Time 6:30 AM
Status Complete
Leader Dominique Hershberger
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants Full- Join Waitlist
Waitlist Participants 3
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Easy C
Trail Mileage 12
Elevation Gain 2700
Driving Distance 65


Meet at 6:30 in the Cabelas parking lot at Ridgegate and I-25, specifically in the northwest section of the parking lot near the Sierra Restaurant, 

We will be using the Palmer Lake Trailhead (7200' elevation) on the west side of the town of Palmer Lake. 

For more info Contact

Dominique Hershberger, 303-657-5539,


This trip is EXPLORATORY in an area where trails are poorly marked or not at all. Some trails may be partly overgrown.  The leader has not done this trip. It is located in some beautiful valleys of the Pike National Forest near Palmer Lake, in southern Douglas County and northern El Paso County, in an area seldom visited by people from the Denver area. Participants need to be experienced hikers in good physical condition, ready for the unexpected and of an adventurous mind. Wear orange or bright colors if you have any. The challenge will be to find the crash site.

We will  start and end at the Palmer Lake Reservoir Trailhead at the town of Palmer Lake at 7200 ft elevation.  We will follow the Reservoir Trail up Monument Creek past the lower Reservoir, then we will take the Ice Cave Trail north up Ice Cave Creek, over a small pass, then down an unnamed creek to Cook Creek in Butler Canyon.  From there, the trail turns to the west up Cook Creek, then it leaves the canyon floor and goes uphill along a ridge ending at the Harrison Plane Crash Site at 8600 ft elevation. We will plan to  have lunch at the site of the largely intact military plane crash from 1952, .  We will then return to the trailhead using the same trails. 











We may stop for a drink at "The Stube" in Palmer Lake after the hike, if it is open


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.