Calvary 4-Wheelers 2019 Tentative Schedule

 

January 12: Pot luck 6:00 p.m. Calvary Church Room 3

trail: Calvary Church

near: Broomfield

rating: very easy

meet: Room 3 at  6:00 p.m.

Join us for an evening of fun and fellowship as we look back at 2018, celebrate with a few silly awards and a look forward to 2019. Brochures for 2019 should be available. Bring some food to share and be prepared to have a good time.

 

January 19: Snow Wheeling:

trail: Pawnee Grasslands-Reservoir Loop

near: Briggsdale

rating: easy

meet: Starbucks in Larkridge, I-25 and Hwy 7, at 9:00 a.m.

We’ll head out to the Pawnee Grasslands, northeast of Greeley for an easy day running the two-track Grasslands roads and graded county roads. Snow is likely but is kind of hit and miss out on the plains. If there is not much snow and we make good time, we may add Murphy Reservoir and/or other trails in the area.

 

February 16:  Snow Wheeling:

trail: Harris Park

near: Bailey

rating: moderate

meet: Kum & Go at Kings Valley Drive and Hwy 285, west of Conifer at 9:00 a.m.

This easy trail consists of a loop with a couple of spurs off of it. It is high enough up that it should have snow (unless we have a very dry winter) but not so high that it would be totally snowed in (unless we have a particularly big snow just before the trip). Bring chains, if you have them, and be prepared for cold conditions.

 

March 22-26: Spring Break Trip

We will return to the San Rafael Swell for our Spring Break trip this year, basing out of Green River, UT. The Andrews clan will be camping at Shady Acres RV Park, 690 Main St, Green River, UT. The tentative plan is:

 

Friday, March 22: Drive over, set up camp no trail planned

 

Saturday, March 23:  Site Seeing:

trail: Buckhorn Draw and Green River Cutoff

near: Green River

rating: very easy

meet: Shady Acres RV Park, 690 Main St, Green River, UT at 9:00 a.m.

This outing will have lots of miles but is actually a shorter, easy day time wise. It is mostly graded gravel with some pavement on either end. Unless there are recent washouts that haven’t been repaired, we probably won’t even need 4wd. This route does feature a gypsum sinkhole,  an historic bridge over the San Rafael River, a couple of impressive pictograph panels, some dinosaur tracks and a pleasant drive through some beautiful scenery. We will plan to have a pot luck supper after returning to camp.

 

Sunday, March 24:  A Swell Challenge:

trail: Eva Conover and Wood Hollow

near: Green River

rating: moderate to challenging

meet: Shady Acres RV Park, 690 Main St, Green River, UT at 9:00 a.m.

This will be a longer, harder day of mostly moderate 4×4 with some easy sections and one or two obstacles that might bump into the challenging category. Eva Conover is purported to be one of the most scenic trails in the Swell, traversing one of the higher benches and offering panoramic views of the surrounding area. This route also includes the South Coal Wash and portions of North Coal Wash to connect to Wood Hollow. Wood Hollow is a lesser-known trail and I could not find a lot of information about it. Since we will be getting back to camp later, we will plan to go out to eat in Green River after we return.

 

Monday, March 25:  Central Utah Adventure:

trail: Swasey’s Leap and Jackass Benches (with side roads):

near: Green River

rating: easy

meet: Shady Acres RV Park, 690 Main St, Green River, UT at 9:00 a.m.

This will be another easier day but not as easy as Saturday. It is mostly easy 4×4 with a couple spots that bump into moderate. It features a couple of impressive overlooks, more beautiful Utah scenery and the chance that we might see some of the wild donkeys the area is named for. If there is time, some of us may explore all or part of Cliff Dwellers Flat and Hyde Draw to end the day. Everyone is on their own for dinner in the evening, although you are welcome to bring your food and gather at our camp in Shady Acres for fun and fellowship.

 

Tuesday, March 26: Pack up and go home. No trail planned

 

April 27: Spring Warm-up:

trail: Gold Lake/James Canyon/Nugget

near: Ward

rating: easy to moderate?

meet: McDonald’s on 28th Street just north of Canyon in Boulder at 9:00 a.m.

We have never done this series of short trails between Ward and Peaceful Valley but, if they were challenging, they would be more well-known. There is a lot of private property in this area as well so route finding may be difficult. This early in the year it wouldn’t be surprising to still find some snow here and there but this is not planned as a major snow wheeling trip.

 

May 18: Spring Fling:

trail: Pawnee Grasslands-Keota Loop and Wild Horse Creek

near: Briggsdale

rating: easy

meet: Starbucks in Larkridge, I-25 and Hwy 7, at 9:00 a.m.

Join us for a relaxing, casual day on the prairie. We will be mapping these two trails for Trailsoffroad.com so the pace will be slow with lots of stopping to mark waypoints, take pictures and set up video. The Grasslands should be beautiful and peaceful this time of year with new spring growth. If we have extra time, we may scout some of the remaining eastern tracks we haven’t explored on the Pawnee Grasslands.

              

June 15: Mapping Mission:

trail: Moon Gulch and Jenny Lind Gulch

near: Rollinsville

rating: moderate

meet: McDonald’s on 28th Street just north of Canyon in Boulder at 9:00 a.m.

Moon Gulch trail runs from Rollinsville over to the ghost town of Apex, near Central City. Jenny Lind Gulch is a side spur off of it. We will be mapping these two trails for Trailsoffroad.com so the pace will be slow with lots of stopping to mark waypoints, take pictures and set up video. Both trails are mostly in the forest with a few places where you break out to panoramic views.

 

June 28-30: Short Weekend Challenge

trail: Chinamans Gulch

near: Buena Vista

rating: Challenging

meet: Gunsmoke Truckstop in Johnson Village 9:00 a.m. Saturday

This is a well-known and challenging trail in the 4-Mile Travel Management Area. It is not recommended for beginners or stock rigs. Most of us will head down Friday after work and find a place to camp, run the trail on Saturday, camp again Saturday night and return home on Sunday. You can also just join us for the day on Saturday if you get an early start Saturday morning or return home Saturday night.

 

July 4-8: Independence Getaway:

trail: Aspen Alley Ranch

near: Encampment, WY

rating: easy to moderate

meet: Aspen Alley Ranch 9:00 a.m. each morning

Aspen Alley Ranch is a minimally developed camp owned and operated by the Salvation Army in the Medicine Bow National Forest about 30 miles west of Encampment, WY. The camping there is dispersed, dry camping (no hook ups). There is a source for small quantities of potable water at the caretaker’s cabin but not enough to re-fill an RV’s tank. We had such a good time there last year that we decided to go back for more. This year we will make the journey over 4th of July Weekend, driving up Thursday, July 4th, wheeling Friday, Saturday and Sunday and returning Monday, July 8.

 

August 17: Early August Challenge

trail: Wheeler Lake

near: Alma

rating: challenging

meet: Kum & Go at Kings Valley Drive and Hwy 285, west of Conifer at 9:00 a.m.

We tried to get this old favorite in last year but schedule conflicts and a major trail maintenance project prevented it. So, we’re going to try again this year. The trail goes from Montgomery Reservoir, northwest of Alma, up a beautiful mountain valley surrounded by 14ers to Wheeler Lake itself. There are several obstacles along the way that make it very challenging for stock rigs and increase the risk of damage. We have seen stock rigs make it to the lake (often with assistance) but, if you don’t want to push your limits, this probably isn’t the trip for you.

 

August 31: Back to School Special (Labor Day Camping trip?):

trail: Rampart Range/Rule Ridge area

near: Deckers/Woodland Park

rating: easy to moderate

meet: to be determined

There are still several trails around Rampart Range and Rule Ridge that we haven’t explored. We’ll take this opportunity to tackle one or more of them. Since this is Labor Day Weekend there is a possibility this could turn into a multi-day (Friday-Monday) camping trip. We’ll pick specific trails and meeting places as those plans develop.

 

September 21: Aspen Viewing:

trail: Waldorf/Leavenworth Creek, Argentine Pass/McClellan Mountain

near: Georgetown

rating: easy to challenging

meet: Visitors Center in Georgetown 9:00 a.m.

This network of trails above Georgetown should offer plenty of fall color for our enjoyment. There will be options for those wanting an easy, site-seeing tour and for those who want a little more challenge. The lower part of the system follows the Leavenworth Creek drainage and is mostly in the trees. Past the old town site of Waldorf the trails continue above timberline, offering spectacular views back across the valley.

 

October 19: Fall Fiesta:

trail: Geneva Creek

near: Grant

rating: moderate

meet: Kum & Go at Kings Valley Drive and Hwy 285, west of Conifer at 9:00 a.m.

This trail follows the Upper Geneva Basin from just north of Grant to the remnants of Geneva City at just over 11,000 feet. In addition to the abundant mining history, this trail boasts an optional hike to the Iron Fens, a rare geological formation along the creek formed by mineral deposits (especially iron) in the peat wetlands. There are only 8 known occurrences of iron fens in the world, all of them in Colorado.  If there is a major snow storm prior to this trip and it looks like this trail will be impassable, we will head to Rock Creek Hills instead.

              

November 16: End of the Season Trip:

trail: Pawnee Grasslands-New Raymer Loop

near: New Raymer

rating: easy

meet: Shell station in Lochbuie, I-76 and 168th Ave. (Weld County Road 2) at 9:00 a.m.

This combination of two-track Grasslands roads and graded county roads is further east on the Grasslands than our usual routes. We will head northeast on I-76 to Fort Morgan and then north on Hwy 52 to get there. This will either be an easy jaunt on the prairie or our first snow wheeling trip of the fall depending on what the weather does.

 

November 30: Turkey Wheeling:

trail: Cedar Mountain Road/Turkey Rock

near: Deckers

rating: moderate

meet: Kum & Go at Kings Valley Drive and Hwy 285, west of Conifer at 9:00 a.m.

Cedar Mountain Road is the access road to “The Gulches” (Metberry Gulch, Longwater Gulch and Hacket Gulch). When it’s dry, it is easy but should be a little more difficult with snow on it. We’ll start in Westcreek, loop south and west on Cedar Mountain Road with a side trip to Turkey Rock. After passing the trail heads to the Gulches we’ll catch District Boundary (FSR 360A) across to Wildhorn Road and back to Westcreek. Be prepared for snow wheeling just in case.

 

December 21: Snow Wheeling:

trail: Trail Creek/Spring Gulch

near: Idaho Springs

rating: moderate to challenging

meet: Idaho Springs Visitor Center, 2060 Miner St, Idaho Springs, CO 80452 at 9:00 a.m.

These trails above Idaho Springs are normally easy but can become challenging to impassable depending on how much snow there is and how far the local residents have plowed. We’ll head up and see how far we can get. Bring chains, if you have them, and be prepared for cold conditions.

 

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