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On the way you can see Hewlett Gulch to the west. The trail is well defined as it crosses the south end of the meadow. On the other side of the meadow the trail climbs the ridge, going south a little ways and then north and east until it joins the Summit Trail on a saddle near the summit of Greyrock Mountain. This trail is about 3.5 miles long.
|LR - Ted Manahan, David Bye, Will Walters, Lauren Walters|
|Length (to top):||Meadow Loop - 4.47 mi (7.2 km)|
Summit Loop - 3.16 mi (5.1 km)
|Elevation Range:||5,577' - 7,540'|
|Elevation change:||Meadow Loop - 2,685 feet|
Summit Loop - 1,997 feet
|Season:||All year round|
|Difficulty:||Moderate to difficult|
|USGS maps:||Poudre Park|
|Restrictions:||Pets must be on a leash|
|Suitable for mountain bikes:||No|
|Suitable for horses:||No|
For me, this was the third fairly serious hike in a five-day period; didn't and couldn't set any records, but that isn't what hiking is supposed to be all about.
Some impressions: we talked to a few younger hikers, none of whom had any knowledge of Sierra Club - our distinguished history or our present environmental objectives. At our lunch break site, one young man borrowed some tape to bind his left little toe, injured while kicking his bro's ankle in a vigorous soccer match. We talked up our organization; the young man seemed to get it; when he left, however, the old tape was found - abandoned on the ground where he had been sitting. Much work still to be done.
It was better than great to be with PCG comrades. Almost all of us were members of ExCom or closely affiliated with ExCom members. There has to be a way to extend our message and our mission to many more of the 1,200 group members in Larimer/Weld. I can think of no more important task than to solve this apparent dilemma. - John
|Richard Kommrusch & Chuchang Chiu|