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Button Rock from Big Elk Road

On March 28, 2022, we hiked from Big Elk Rd (Larimer County Rd 47) to Button Rock.

We parked at a wide pulloff at the start of a forest road about 1/2 mile before the turnoff to the Coulson Gulch Trailhead. Hiking up the forest road, at the first branch in the road, we turned right up the ridge following a trail and continued on the ridge until it tops out. We found a trail to the right which ascends the side of Button Rock Mountain, continuing on that until we got a view of Button Rock. We found a trail from there to Button Rock. Total elevation gain was about 1400 feet, with a total distance of 6.1 miles.

The video shows mostly Button Rock and its surroundings.

Here are the GPS tracks and a USGS topomap of the area at Hillmap.

2022-03-28 Button Rock

2022-03-28 Button Rock

2022-03-28 Button Rock from Baby Button Rock

2022-03-28 Button Rock from Baby Button Rock

There is a nice rock we call "Baby Button Rock" to the west of Button Rock which provides a good view of Button Rock.


North Ridge of Coffintop Mtn from Button Rock Preserve

On a windy December 22, 2021 we hiked from the Button Rock Preserve parking area to the Sleepy Lion Trail, then the Professors' Ranch Trail to its end on the shoreline trail, and finally up an old path starting after the first cove following the dam. We returned by crossing over the dam, then to the spillway and down the road alongside the spillway.

The video shows the first part of the hike from the Sleepy Lion Trail to the Professors Ranch Trail.

Here are the GPS tracks. and a USGS topomap of the area at Hillmap. The GPS didn't start tracking until we were on the Sleepy Lion Trail.

2021-12-22 Professors Ranch Trail sign off Sleepy Lion Trail

2021-12-22 Professors Ranch Trail sign off Sleepy Lion Trail

2021-12-22 Ralph Price Reservoir, Button Rock Dam, Mt Meeker and Longs Peak

2021-12-22 Ralph Price Reservoir, Button Rock Dam, Mt Meeker and Longs Peak


Lefthand Canyon - Spruce Gulch Loop

On December 2, 2021, parking off Lefthand Canyon Drive we hiked a loop (clockwise) along National Forest roads and trails which included a descent to Spruce Gulch. For part of the way, the GPS wasn't tracking, so we drew in that part with the GPS tracks.

The descent from the high point off Lefthand Canyon to Spruce Gulch was via Forest Service Trail 836. Its trail marker near the high point warned of "Extreme Difficulty".

2021-12-02 Forest Service Trail 836 sign warning extreme difficulty above Spruce Gulch

2021-12-02 Forest Service Trail 836 sign warning extreme difficulty above Spruce Gulch

2021-12-02 Spruce Gulch

2021-12-02 Spruce Gulch

2021-12-02 Looking down Spruce Gulch

2021-12-02 Looking down Spruce Gulch

The total elevation gain was about 1,938 feet. The first segment of ascent was 1,588 feet from Lefthand Canyon Drive to the high point via forest roads. The second segment of ascent was 350 feet from Spruce Gulch back up to the rim of Lefthand Canyon.


Coffintop Mountain from Button Rock Preserve

From the parking area of Button Rock Preserve we headed up the gated gravel road to the unmarked Lions Den Trail about 0.6 miles up the road on the left. We hiked up the Lions Den Trail for about a half mile to the rock climbing area, where we turned south, often following faint trails and roads for about another mile, then southwest through trackless forest for an additional mile, and finally met up with a trail below the summit.

You can see the entire route with the GPS tracks. Our GPS lost power before the hike was finished, so we penciled in the remaining part of the loop, which was traversed in a clockwise direction.

The total distance from the parking area to the Coffintop summit was about 3.7 miles. Elevation gain was about 2000 feet from parking at 6000, to the summit at 8000 feet. We descended a different way, heading west from a point just north of the summit, then north through trackless forest and faint trails, before meeting up with the Sleepy Lion Trail which got us back to the gravel road.



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