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Date Friday  6/25/2021
End Date Monday  6/28/2021
Group Pikes Peak
Event Title BPX Backpack - Colorado Trail - Collegiate West Exploratory
Start Time 7:00 AM
Status Approved
Leader Mark Silas
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 3
Type Trip
Trip Type Backpack
Pace Moderate
Classification Difficult D
Trail Mileage 60
Elevation Gain 12,000
Driving Distance

Location

Sawatch Range - start at Hancock; finish at Twin Lakes



For more info Contact

Mark Silas; mtnshrink@centurylink.net; home phone - 719-748-5223 (works best, as I don't have reliable cell service at my residence); cell phone - 719-235-7452.



Details

This is an exploratory trip.  I have thru hiked the Colorado Trail, but at that time did the eastern segments in this area.  I have done some of the Collegiate West, but not all of it.  There is a lot of above tree line hiking on this trip.  There is also a lot of elevation gains and losses each day.



Day 1: set up car shuttle. Start hike at Hancock; backpack about 11 miles.  Day 2: Backpack about 18 miles.  Day 3: Backpack about 18 miles. Day 4: Backpack about 13 miles; pick up car(s) left at Hancock; drive home.



This trip is for experienced backpackers.  This is earlier in the season than is usually recommended.  The current snowpack is below average.  If the snowpack increases and is too high to allow a safe trip, the trip could get postponed to late July (23-26?) to give the snow more time to melt.  On about 6/13, I will do a day hike on part of the trail near Cottonwood Pass to access snow conditions.  There is also a stream crossing (Texas Creek) that I want to assess.




Notes

Register with leader.  If interested, send me an email with details on your recent backpacking experience.