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Date Sunday  10/13/2019
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Lion Gulch to Pierson Park (Estes Park area)
Start Time 7:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Grover Cleveland
Member Price Free
Available Participants 2
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate C
Trail Mileage 13.5
Elevation Gain 3100
Driving Distance 80

Location

RTD Park-N-Ride at 88th Ave and Sheridan Blvd in Westminster;  P-N-R occupies both side of the Boulder Turnpike, we meet on the Denver inbound side and not the side with the parking garage (where Google sends you)

If coming from Boulder/Louisville let me know and we can pick you up on the way.

Mileage cost is 80 miles times 30 cents/mile divided by 4 per car = $6 paid to driver by each passenger.   Watch for hike "intro" E-mail message 2 days prior to trip.



For more info Contact

E-mail: groverc@att.net

ph: 303-650-528

cell: available when you sign up



Details

From Lion Gulch TH off Hwy-36 between Lyons and Estes Park we hike the Lion Gulch Trail to Homestead Meadows.  We then follow the up and down Pierson Park Trail to its TH in the middle of nowhere (but really off a seasonal road just east of RMNP Twin Sisters).  This link shows our route https://caltopo.com/m/LCJF  The Lion Gulch Trail is the light green line and the Pierson Park Trail is the dark blue dots.  Ignore the other routes on the map - they are planning for future trips.  The hike is entirely on trail although most of Pierson Park Trail is an old road long out of use.  Some (including the leader) do not like hiking roads but in this case it has more of a trail feel than road.  The hike is long but except for some short steep spots in Lion Gulch the grades are quite gentle.  If the group tires we can turn around early - this leader is not fanatical about reaching destinations.  The far end of the Pierson Park Trail is exploratory to the trip leader.



This year fall color was great at the end of September above 10000' in the Front Range.  As color moves to lower elevations this hike in mid October (around 8000') is hoping it will be there.




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