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    Default Pickle Gulch Sunday May 1, 2022



    Meet 9:30 AM
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    https://www.google.com/maps/place/39...Hawk,+CO+80422

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    Default Re: Pickle Gulch Sunday May 1, 2022



    The RSVP list is getting big. We're probably going to break up into two separate groups to go out and will need someone to lead each group.

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    Default Re: Pickle Gulch Sunday May 1, 2022



    Any thought to what trail for an exit?

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    Jim previously posted:
    "Any thought to what trail for an exit?"

    No, I really don't have a lot of free time this week to plan a route thoroughly. Would be helpful if someone could do that. I really don't want to be responsible for planning this run this week. I figured if I was by myself I'd run out and back worst-case. I suspect we'll end up coming back out by the RAZR parking lot by Central City.

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    Default Re: Pickle Gulch Sunday May 1, 2022



    Yep - agree. I'll look at trails.

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    Jim previously posted:
    "Yep - agree. I'll look at trails."

    Having trouble with Gaia GPS on the computer today, so just reading off my phone here --

    177.2B is the start of the route at the group campsite. This becomes 718.1 which enters a 4 way intersection with 717.1 going north and 707.1 going south west. I do not recall which way we typically go at this intersection. Either way we go, I suppose we'll want to work our way up to Apex road / Elk Park Rd to connect to 705.1 and work our way over to Yankee Hill. From here we can backtrack to Central City or head down into St Mary's.

    What thoughts do you have on a more specific route?

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    Nothing more specific - that's fine. I can pull up a gps track from the last visit - it'll likely be the same as you described.

    I just spent 4.5 hours on a support call with client and Rise Broadband - my mind is taking a time-out (no map looking now - but map browsing will be a nice time-out).

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    Default Re: Pickle Gulch Sunday May 1, 2022



    A couple GPX files from two Pickle runs.

    One exits out the north and the other out the south (or could easily be changed to the Central City exit)
    Attached Files Attached Files

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    I’d be curious if the trails will be passable….. seems to be pretty snowy in the shaded areas still near my house. Wish I could join you guys and find out
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    RockyMtRebel previously posted:
    "I’d be curious if the trails will be passable….. seems to be pretty snowy in the shaded areas still near my house. Wish I could join you guys and find out"

    Me too. Looks like there's a chance of snow in Rollinsville today also. Could be a little extra fresh snow just to make things more interesting.

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    Boulder Ranger District is showing a lot of closed trails - Kingston Peak being on my mind...
    https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/r...telprdb5339508

    Do folks have any preference for the exit trails from Pickle Gulch? Head south the long way, south the short way, or head north?

    I'm game for anything but am wondering what we'll encounter regarding snow. Matt is of the thought that snow might be around - how much is the question (and if we'd be turned back at any spot).

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    In general I prefer not to return home via St Mary's / I 70. I'd like to exit via Pickle Gulch or Central City. It seems late in the year for snow to stop us, but it wouldn't be the first time we failed on a spring run up Pickle Gulch. I think it was this trail 2 (or 3?) years ago in the spring when Jim tried to snow bash but we had ~4 ft snow drifts just uphill from the old log cabin that stopped us.

    Edit: it was May 5, 2019
    https://www.frontrange4x4.com/forums...h-Sunday-May-5

    Stolen from that thread you can see we didn't get far. Jim provided this image and circled the section where we were stopped by snow:


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    That was an amazing amount of snow. We could do a central city exit - snow depending.

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    Jim previously posted:
    "That was an amazing amount of snow. We could do a central city exit - snow depending."

    The weird part of the image above is that it appears there's a bypass southwest of where we were stopped. I don't recall alternate routes or bypasses in this area though.

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    Sat map shows a bypass - likely not on any MVUM though

    My thought is that the snow won't be that deep...

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/39...4d-105.5392719

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    Group size just went down by one!!

    I have serious egg on my face for not flipping my calendar to Sunday. An appointment. It's more important than Jim enjoying mountain vistas.

    Twice in one weekend that appointments (the Sunday appointment was scheduled weeks ago) filled the schedule.

    I'll be looking for the snow report!

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    Default Re: Pickle Gulch Sunday May 1, 2022



    Jim previously posted:
    "Boulder Ranger District is showing a lot of closed trails - Kingston Peak being on my mind...
    https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/r...telprdb5339508

    Do folks have any preference for the exit trails from Pickle Gulch? Head south the long way, south the short way, or head north?

    I'm game for anything but am wondering what we'll encounter regarding snow. Matt is of the thought that snow might be around - how much is the question (and if we'd be turned back at any spot)."

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    Jim previously posted:
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    I have serious egg on my face for not flipping my calendar to Sunday. An appointment. It's more important than Jim enjoying mountain vistas.

    Twice in one weekend that appointments (the Sunday appointment was scheduled weeks ago) filled the schedule.

    I'll be looking for the snow report!"

    Well crap, you were my "get out of snow" free card if it got too deep.

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    open_circuit previously posted:
    "you were my "get out of snow" free card"

    Oh, I have no problem tossing that baton to someone else - Oh Max!

    I can bring the kinetic rope to someone (Tom!) tomorrow morning if desired.

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    Ok looks like I can join now, talked the wife into it and the starter for my Powerwagon didn’t show up so might as well go wheelin’ 😎
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