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Indian Peaks Wilderness, Arapahoe-Roosevelt National Forest, CO (Jul 29th - Aug 4th 2018)

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The 76,586 acre Indian Peaks Wilderness is part of the Front Range: a mountain range that runs from Casper, Wyoming and Pueblo, Colorado. The Indian Peaks area became part of the National Wilderness Preservation System in 1978. It is home to elk, mule deer, moose, mountain lions, black bears, coyotes, foxes, beavers, and marmots. The Wilderness is bordered on the north by Rocky Mountain National Park. Much of the Indian Peaks Wilderness is at high elevations with summits that peek through the clouds at over 10,000ft.

Our service project starts with a steep 3.5 mile backpack up the Monarch Lake Trail. The trail is regularly used by hikers to reach the high mountain lakes under the sharp ridgeline views of the 12,000' Indian Peaks. On our day off we may hike up to picturesque Crater Lake, Pawnee Lake and Pawnee Pass on the Continental Divide. Our host wilderness rangers with the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest, Sulphur Ranger District will provide pack support to carry group food, kitchen and tool, and will camp with volunteers to supervise the project. Our work will be to establish a higher grade water crossing on the Cascade Creek Trail. The Cascade Creek trail, leading to Crater Lake is the busiest wilderness trail in the Sulphur Ranger District. This project will involve a lot of very heavy rockwork utilizing rock bars, nets, and brawn to establish a safe, long term rock ford that will withstand the seasonal high water runoff coming from the high peaks of the Indian Peaks.

This project is rated as a strenuous project.

Check out more photos from Indian Peaks project in 2016 in our photo gallery.

Dates

Jul 29th - Aug 4th 2018

Service Project

Water crossing construction and trail maintenance

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Free Days

Day hikes to nearby lakes & peaks, fishing, relaxing, photography

Accommodations

Backpack camping

Project Difficulty

Strenuous : 3.5 mile steep backpack, hiking, bending, lifting, digging. Pack supported. High elevation.

Leaders

Karen Zietlow
Amy Qian

Equipment List

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