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Date Wednesday  11/13/2019
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title RMOTHG Autumn Hike on Platte!
Start Time 8:30 AM
Status Complete
Leader Elaine Kallos
Co-Leader Susanne Spandau
Member Price Free
Available Participants Full- Join Waitlist
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Casual
Classification Easy A
Trail Mileage 5
Elevation Gain 200
Driving Distance 20


Meet at Audubon Discovery Trail Parking Lot 8:30 a.m.

Exit I-470 SOUTH on Wadsworth, drive to end of Wadsworth where road forks left to Waterton Canyon, right to Lockheed.
TURN LEFT toward Waterton Canyon but immediately take FIRST LEFT TURN at sign for Audubon Discovery Center. 
Drive around roundabout and HEAD NORTH to end of parking lot where we'll meet.
Bunker style bathrooms are at north end of parking lot.

If you're at Waterton Canyon parking lot, you went too far! Audubon is FIRST LEFT TURN after leaving Wadsworth.

For more info Contact

Elaine Kallos
303-795-6323 home
720-278-4770 cell for day of hike


FOR RMOTHG MEMBERS.  This is a casual, relaxed pace, out-and-back, 5 mile, easy snowshoe if we get snow, or spike-hike if we don't, on the Platte and ponds of the Audubon Discovery Center trails at south end of Chatfield State Park (but not in the park). We follow a flat and lovely trail starting approx 5500 ft elev; pass ponds, wetlands, and soon meander alongside the gurgling Platte River under cottonwood groves for about two miles. At that point we reach the Chatfield State Park Road where we cross from the west side of the Platte to its east side. More bunker bathrooms are there but we'll continue down and then UP the trail (maybe 200 ft elev gain -- not hard) into terrain that changes to prairie desert scrub and looks down on the Platte and to the foothills. We'll find a pretty breakfast spot and return on same path, this time looking at the foothills. With luck, we might see an eagle, deer, blue heron, but it's pleasant even if we don't.  For those of us busy in November, this is a wonderful getaway, a beautiful, restful hike with good exercise close by. If you've not been here, you're in for a pleasant surprise right near the city. It's also a fine place to bring holiday visitors so worth knowing this area!  LOOK FOR TUES NITE EMAIL for important weather info, possible time changes and call me 303-795-6323 or email if you don't receive it!


You probably won't need your biggest packs since this is an easier, close-by hike, but bring your usual essentials, SPIKES, winter gear just in case, WATER,  FIRST AID KIT, your ID/MEDS/VITAL INFO, snacks/breakfast or lunch. When we scouted, we could have snowshoed tho it melted fast. No snow predicted this time, but watch for TUES NIGHT EMAIL for last min weather changes and other important info.
Please also let me know if you have a medical condition that could affect  you or us on the trail! Thanks.