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Button Rock Preserve Cross Country

On January 22, 2021, from the Button Rock Preserve parking area we went straight up the trackless ridge heading northwest on a south facing slope. To start, the way was steep, rocky and rough, but it eventually became less steep, where we followed an old dirt road for awhile before heading into a large open meadow with a rundown cabin on it.

The view of this meadow from the south side is idyllic.

2021-01-22 Meadow, trees, mountain and sky at Button Rock Preserve

2021-01-22 Meadow, trees, mountain and sky at Button Rock Preserve

Continuing in a northwest direction, we cut across the meadow, and up a gulch, topping out at a large forested flat area at about 7700 feet. We returned in roughly the same way when the GPS batteries ran out.

This hike is only enjoyable to those who enjoy traveling through trail-less rough, rock and ponderosa country.

The parking area is at about 6000 feet, so the elevation difference from low to high was about 1700 feet. The distance traveled is unknown but from the GPS tracks an estimate is about 4 miles round trip.

Note that, based on the map of Button Rock Preserve, while this hike started at Button Rock Preserve, it also went through Roosevelt National Forest.


Fall Colors Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park

This fall hike on Sept 29, 2020 in Rocky Mountain National Park includes lots of fall colors thanks to the quaking aspens.

2020-09-29 Adams Tunnel East Portal Trail

2020-09-29 Adams Tunnel East Portal Trail

From the Adams Tunnel East Portal we took the Wind River Trail to the Glacier Basin Trail, then to the Boulder Brook Trail, then right onto the Granite Pass Trail, then over to the Glacier Gorge Trail, down to the Bear Lake Road area via the Fire Trail, then back along the trail that parallels the south side of Bear Lake Road, and finally took the Glacier Basin Trail to the Glacier Basin Campground area, then back to the East Portal.

GPS tracks of this hike

Trail map of area

2020-09-29 Trail to Sprague Lake

2020-09-29 Trail to Sprague Lake

2020-09-29 Stefan on bridge over Boulder Brook

2020-09-29 Stefan on bridge over Boulder Brook

2020-09-29 Glacier Gorge Trail with autumn colors

2020-09-29 Glacier Gorge Trail with autumn colors

2020-09-29 Stefan on trail to Glacier Basin Campground

2020-09-29 Stefan on trail to Glacier Basin Campground


Dry St Vrain Loop

We parked off the side of Hwy 7, where on the other side of the road there are a bunch of mail boxes for residents of the Conifer Hill Rd area. Walking by the mail boxes up the dirt road, we took the first right toward Conifer Hill Rd, which is Spruce Drive, then after about 1/2 mile, left onto FR 186.

2020-04-11 Unamed Lake 7467 near Dry St Vrain Trail

2020-04-11 Unamed Lake 7467 near Dry St Vrain Trail

When FR 186 turned sharply left, we departed the road and did some trail less hiking in a general north direction, sometimes following faint forgotten forest roads until eventually ending up crossing Dry St Vrain Creek, where we turned right, followed the creek for awhile, then scrambled up a knob to catch a view. Returning to the creek, we crossed it, and headed up the ridge, mostly without trails, on which a small and beautiful unnamed lake (altitude 7467) sits that we walked around before following a faint trail to the Dry St Vrain Trail and its trailhead. From the trailhead, we headed back to our parking place via the forest road.

2020-04-11 View east from near Dry St Vrain Trail

2020-04-11 View east from near Dry St Vrain Trail

USFS pdf page for Dry St Vrain Trail with map

GPS tracks of this hike


Lefthand OHV Area Loop
2019-12-20 Point 7201 from Lefthand OHV area

2019-12-20 Point 7201 from Lefthand OHV area

From Lefthand Canyon Drive, at a pulloff shortly before the intersection with James Canyon Drive, we hiked a 4.7 mile loop through the Lefthand OHV Area.

Up the hillside, about 100 feet from the parking place, we started on an old miners trail, turning right. The area is a rat's nest of trails. Most of the hike was on trails, while some was trackless.

2019-12-20 View south from trail in Lefthand OHV area

2019-12-20 View south from trail in Lefthand OHV area

This is a wonderful winter hiking area, with a plethora of old trails and forest roads. Since the 2013 flood, it's been closed to ATVs, Jeeps and shooters.

2019-12-20 Golden Age Hill from trail in Lefthand OHV area

2019-12-20 Golden Age Hill from trail in Lefthand OHV area

Elevation change from low to high was about 1700 feet, starting at 6300 feet and topping out at 8000 feet.

GPS tracks of this hike

2019-12-20 View east from trail in Lefthand OHV area

2019-12-20 View east from trail in Lefthand OHV area



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