Oct 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm #1280580
Not sure where to put this post. If it is post trip…and dove tails nicely with a previous thread about post-hike rituals. :) So here it is….
Anyway, here is my biased take on some places to grab a burger and brew after an enjoyable trip. Others may hike further and faster, do gnarlier climbs and seem to float over the powder like an angel. But when it comes to places that serve beer, I am a true outdoor expert. :)Oct 13, 2011 at 6:07 pm #1790253
For me is usually salt and vinegar Kettle chips and a Red Bull or Monster for the long usually late-night drive home. A beer and a burger would put me through a telephone pole (from the food coma).Oct 14, 2011 at 6:53 am #1790414
@ikeLocale: Central Michigan
Anticipation of that meal is what makes the last day of any trek magical. Wish I lived in Colorado…Oct 14, 2011 at 8:30 am #1790448
Paul, checked out your Lost Creek link and saw you went to Crossroads. It's OK but you pass by an excellent place to eat on that drive (Goose Creek or Wigwam THs to 285). With some very good beers on tap. Plus they allow dogs on the deck (a good place for stinky hikers anyway). It's Zoka's in Pine Grove. Give it a try. zokas.comOct 14, 2011 at 11:21 am #1790509
That place changed owners this past summer or so I'm afraid. It now has a different 'theme' (Rt66/ garage mehanic moitif), the beers are not as good and the food is mediocre.
My reputation is at stake, so I have to change the posting. :)
Too bad about the place, it was convenient and good for any place when coming back along 285 and not just Goose Creek. C'est la vie! It is why I did not list it in this article. :(
OTOH, I am always up for checking out other places….. Good to know!Oct 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm #1790991
@kennyhel77Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
I have been known to hike out a day early for a burger and a beer. Sometimes I will stash some beers at the car and then hit In N Out for a double double and fries done animal styleOct 16, 2011 at 8:46 am #1791151
I've just read the rest of the article and some of your other trip reports. Great stuff.
Just went up to RMNP for a weekender fishing trip and stopped in at Oscar Blues for a pre-trip Gubna. It's even better on tap. After enduring a windy Friday night with gusts in the 40-50 MPH range and the forecast for the real wind to start Saturday evening, I knew fishing was out and bailed. Was wondering about a place to eat in Ned but didn't know about the First Street Pub. Too bad. Still had a good, late breakfast at Sundance.
My buddy flew out and did the 4 Pass Loop with me for my birthday in September. We did it as an overnight and all he kept talking about the second day was finishing in time to get to Leadville for a bacon wrapped filet at Quincy's. He and some friends were out for the Leadville 100 mountain bike race and went there a couple of times and loved it. All they serve are the filets and a vegetarian lasagna. And prime rib instead of filets on the weekend. It was something like $15 for a 15 oz steak. And it was excellent. Unfortunately, they have a really poor beer selection and I had to settle for a Fat Tire and he had a Newcastle. But the steaks were worth the detour to Leadville.Oct 25, 2011 at 7:55 pm #1795052
@drewsmithLocale: Colorado Rockies
I will heartily second Oskar Blues when heading back from RMNP or anywhere in the St. Vrain headwaters.
For South Park trips, the little burger stand in the converted caboose in Jefferson (just below Kenosha Pass) has the juiciest burgers I have ever eaten. No beer, but a classic burger from a classic roadside stand – something that has just about disappeared in this country.Oct 26, 2011 at 6:44 am #1795144
Had a good experience there when I went to Lost Creek Wilderness earlier this summer.
Rather than the caboose (which I agree is good), I went to the Gen store/ grill across the street.
Ate a burger, drank a coke and sat on the tailgate of my truck while looking at the Mosquito Range off in the distance.
Life was (is) good.
Lost Creek High Route
(Always have a post-trip munchie entry. :) )Oct 26, 2011 at 9:50 am #1795208
You Colorado boys tick me off!Oct 27, 2011 at 9:38 am #1795584
"You Colorado boys tick me off!"
Head on out Adam. The hiking and the beer are fine!
Paul, thanks for the pointer to that trip report. That just went on my to do list.
I've never stopped at Jefferson once but have been tempted by the caboose. Now I do know to give it a try. Thanks guys.
Another 2 non-beer places to stop for some great food are Hog Heaven BBQ in Bailey and the Wing Wagon in Aspen Park. Hog Heaven is on the right after you've crested Crow Hill. It's the building set back off the road a bit kind of across from the new Loaf and Jug. The Wing Wagon is right along the north side of 285. When you come to the last of the 3 bridge overpasses in Conifer, exit as soon as you go under and then go right, right, right to get to WW. Both places have excellent food and since I live close by, I just phone it in and get it take home. Always plenty of good beer there.
BTW, all you traveling 285 are welcome to stop by to say hello and have a beer. We're just 3 miles off of 285. The door is always open and the beer is always cold!
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