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THE ROLLING CREEK TRAIL: BAILEY, CO.

HITTIN THE TRAILS OF COLORADO.
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Feb 10 9:30AM - 2:00PM

HIKE THE ROLLING CREEK TRAIL: BAILEY, CO.

Carpooling at the Fort located at http://thefort.com/mapdirections/at 8:00 AM After the hike well stop at the Rustic Station which is the groups favorite place to eat. 1 County Road 68, Bailey, CO 80421

This popular trail provides access into the northeast side of the Lost Creek Wilderness. The first third of the trail south from the trailhead is an easy, pleasant hike following gently rolling terrain.
The trail passes around to the west of the Castle and offers some very dramatic views of this prominent pinnacle. The gentle first section of the trail, up to the Wilderness boundary, is popular with mountain bikers, but the rest of the trail is entirely in designated wilderness, where mountain bikes are prohibited.
The hike is an easy-moderate hike with a beginning elevation of 8,360 ft. with a high point of 9,300 ft. before coming to the 7th stream crossing. From the trailhead at the end of the road, the Colorado Trail bears right (west) and the Rolling Creek Trail heads left (east). The first 3.5 miles of this trail is very easy to hike, with only minor "ups and downs" and small stream crossings. Just after crossing the much larger Rolling Creek, the Wilderness boundary is reached. Once we cross this stream crossing which should be the 7th stream crossing well take a break before heading back to the parking lot. After the 7th stream crossing the trail becomes very steep and as most of us called it the day we hiked towards the Wigwam Trial A Death March. So we wont be hiking pass the 7th stream crossing.
Directions: Drive west from Denver on US 285 for 30 miles to the town of Bailey. At the bottom of the hill leading into Bailey, turn left on Park County 68 (Forest Service Road 560). Youll also see the Rustic Station on your left but if you pass it youve gone a bit too far. Drive east 8 miles to a small parking area on the south (right) side of the road. A sign at the parking area identifies this point as the crossing of the Colorado Trail and access to the Rolling Creek Trail. There are two parking lots a lower parking lot and an upper parking area. Usually the upper parking lot is closed during the winter months but it is not far from the lower parking area. Be sure to waterproof your hiking boots, bring microspikes.
I hope to see you on the trials,
Don

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