West Hoosier Ridge Flower Hike with Jane Hendrix
Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM (MDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The hike begins at the parking area in a subalpine forest of spruce and fir. It follows a wide road around the ridge of the Continental Divide to the sunny, open south side with spectacular views of rugged mountains. At 1-1/3 miles, we will arrive at an unnamed alpine pass along the ridge of North Star Mountain (elevation 12,090 fee). This will be the highest point of the hike. From there, we will descend 1/2-mile along a narrow, rocky jeep trail and have lunch at little Crystal Lake. We will then return on a 1-1/4-mile-long jeep road, paralleling Hoosier Ridge on the north side of the Continental Divide.
The total round trip distance is about 3 miles with a total elevation gain of about 600 feet. Bring rain gear, a windbreaker, warm clothing, lunch and water. Wear sturdy hiking boots. Return to the parking area by 4 p.m. Many of the species we will encounter are on display at Klaus & Jane Hendrix's main website: http://www.picturetrail.com/hendrix Jane Hendrix has produced a wildflower guide for Hoosier Ridge which will be available for purchase at $3.00 each. This is totally optional. The benefit of having one of these guides on the hike is that Jane included only species that we will find in this area.
Safety Rules: The group must function as a unit. We will travel at the pace that is comfortable for the slowest person. Anyone who would like to tour Klaus & Jane's Mountain View Experimental Gardens after the hike are most welcome. Jane's phone number: 970-453-4174.
Directions: Take I-70 West to Exit 203 (Breckenridge/Frisco). Go south on Colo. Hwy. 9, through Breckenridge, to Hoosier Pass. Park in the large parking area on the west (right) side of the road. To avoid the possibility of a thunderstorm while we're above timberline, we will meet at 9 a.m. There is no restroom facility at Hoosier Pass. There is a public restroom at City Market (from Colo. Hwy. 9, turn right onto Park Avenue) and at Breckenridge Station, 150 Watson Avenue, Breckenridge (about 1 block south of City Market, near the gondola).
Carpool from Morrison, meet 7am at the Wooly Mammoth parking lot near light pole LL: heading west on I70, take Morrison Exit to the right, parking lot is on west (Left) side of road.
Carpool to Hoosier Pass for arrival at 9am. Plan return to carpool parking lot approximately at 5pm.