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Date Thursday  1/16/2020
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Cancelled Snowshoe Ben Tyler Trail
Start Time 7:30 AM
Status Canceled
Leader John Walters
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants Full- Join Waitlist
Type Trip
Trip Type Snowshoe
Pace Casual
Classification Moderate 
Trail Mileage 5
Elevation Gain 1000
Driving Distance 100


Meet at 7:30 AM at The Fort, on Hwy 8, north of 285 and west of C-470


For more info Contact

John Walters, 303-995-7638 c


Ben Tyler Trail climbs quickly on switchbacks for the first 500', then eases up a bit until entering Lost Creek Wilderness Area at the 1.4 mile point, where the trail also meets Ben Tyler Creek. We plan to climb up Ben Tyler Gulch to where the trail crosses the creek at around 9250', or 1,000' gain from the trailhead. If we reach the creek, this will be our turn point, to go back down the same way. 

The trail was named for Ben Tyler, who lived with his family in the gulch that bears his name. He operated a lumber mill during gold rush days, hauling the sawed timber over the ridge and into Fairplay. In 1903 a 3,000 acre fire burned up and out the end of Ben Tyler Gulch and is responsible for the huge aspen grove dominating the valley.  


Bring traction and snowshoes. This trail is on the north side of Shawnee Peak and is sometimes blocked at the entrance by snowdrifts. If we can't get through, we will retreat, drive to Kenosha Pass, and hike Kenosha West.  

No tigers, please.  We will stay together and set a casual pace to accommodate our slowest hiker, who will likely be our leader.