May

15Wed

Mountail Lion Trail Golden Gate State Park + Lunch @ Los Marcos

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Golden Gate Canyon State Park Visitor Center - Golden, CO
Co Rd 70

Wed, May 15, 2019 at 3:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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Join us in hiking Mountain Lion Trail to Tallman Ranch Homestead-Lake where we will take a short break, enjoy the views and then head back to town and grab lunch at Los Marcos in Golden. LOS MARCOS, 109 N Rubey Dr., Golden, CO A great meal at a fair price - our menu has something for everyone. Try Los Marcelos house favorites today such as our sizzling fajitas, shrimp plates, and authentic Mexican food choices. At Los Marcelos, customer satisfaction and great food is our number one priority. http://losmarcelos.com/home/3073707 CARPOOLING: MEET IN GOLDEN by 9:20am 109 N Rubey Dr, Golden, CO 80403 (semi-circle parking area across from Big Daddy's Bagels. Neal Los Marcelos. or MEET AT THE GOLDEN GATE VISITORS CENTER BY 10am. We will group there and then drive to the trailhead. TRAIL There is $7 fee for a day pass at the state park OR a State Park Pass is Required. https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7009076/mountain-lion-trail 6.9 mile loop Intermediate Elevation Ascent: 1,531' Descent: -1,509' High: 8,901' Low: 7,627' Grade: Avg Grade: 8% (5°) Max Grade: 26% (15°) As one of the longest trails in Golden Gate Canyon State Park, the Mountain Lion trail will take us through aspen groves, open meadows, and evergreen forests. This loop has pretty similar elevation gain and loss profiles no matter which way you go. Immediately out of the trailhead you'll be greeted with an uphill slog. At the top, there's a service road. Heading west (left) will take you to the Burro Trail and Windy Peak, while heading east (right) continues along the Mountain Lion Trail. After 1.3 miles, you have the option to take a spur trail to the old quarts quarry. At 3.6 miles, you again have the option to connect with the Burro Trail and Windy Peak. At 5.4 miles, you can go to City Lights Ridge for 360° views of the park. The trail varies from service roads to rocky paths, to smooth singletrack. You'll get a little bit of everything that the park has to offer on this hike. There are paw-print signs marking every trail throughout Golden Gate Canyon (pictured above), so you always know what trail you're on should you take one of the spurs. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. IMPORTANT! YOUR RSVP AND ATTENDANCE RELEASES ANY LIABILITY WITH THE ORGANIZERS OF THIS GROUP. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITIES This is a voluntary group, and as such, organizers and event hosts are not professional guides. When you participate in an event, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for your own personal safety, the safety of your guests (and safety of your dogs, should they be allowed- check the rules of the park). Please try to use common sense and know your physical limits. Be smart about this. We want everyone to have a safe, enjoyable time. Weather changes quickly and mud can be abundant! Please come prepared with appropriate hiking clothing, boots-shoes, hiking poles, microspikes, snowshoes, backpack, snacks, and plenty of water. Make sure you have in your pack in case you need it - rain/snow gear, hat, gloves, extra socks, and extra layers, etc. Make it the best experience possible by being prepared! Although we get together afterwards at an establishment that typically serves alcohol, we are not responsible for you taking risks with alcohol consumption and driving. People that drive carpools should especially keep this in mind as you are obviously responsible for other people besides yourself and should make sure your insurance covers non-family members.