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DC719 - May Meeting

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  • DC719 - May Meeting

    This month we decided to do things a bit differently and take our meeting into the mountains. Of course if you don't like backpacking/camping we will also be having a normal meeting on June 2, 2007 at are usual location and time.

    We will be backpacking/camping in Colorado's "Lost Creek Wilderness Area"
    For more details about this trip please visit our forums

    Lost Creek is Located in Pike National Forest

    Neighboring towns: Tarryall, Deckers, Buffalo Creek, Bailey, Estabrook, Glenisle, Shawnee, Singleton, Grant, Jefferson, Englewood, Colorado Springs

    Lost Creek's countless polished granite domes and half-domes, knobs, spires, and buttresses make it one of the state's unique wilderness areas. In many ways, the open parks and granite outcrops resemble a miniature Yosemite Valley. Granite rock piles swallow Lost Creek no less than nine times, giving rise to the creek's name. And despite the fact that the area includes most of three mountain ranges - the Platte River, Kenosha, and Tarryall mountains - its character remains one of forest-ringed parks and clear streams rather than alpine tundra.

    Lost Creek got its name from its habit of disappearing several times into rock piles and reappearing later downhill. The northern section contains most of the Platte River Mountains and the Kenosha Mountains. During the first U.S. Forest Service RARE process, Lost Creek received more comments recommending its wilderness designation than any other Colorado area. The cross-state Colorado Trail passes through the area.

    Lost Creek offers an intimate encounter with wilderness, much different from the overpowering alpine scenery of the Maroon Bells or Weminuche. Beyond the Lost Park Campground, for example, the trail rounds a bend and granite shoulders narrow to literally form a wilderness portal around Lost Creek. In the restricted confines of this small canyon, the creek reflects darkly and its roar reverberates through the dense forest that encloses the trail.

    Mule deer, elk, bobcat and black bear all roam the area, and one of the state's most productive bighorn sheep herds inhabits the Tarryall Mountains.
    Last edited by lil_freak; May 22, 2007, 09:53.
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