May 18, 2013 at 2:32 pm #1303066
Andy ChasséBPL Member
Having just recently moved to Colorado, I've been (im)patiently waiting for the snow to melt so I could get out for a trip. This weekend I finally had my chance!
I briefly experienced the area last year on the Colorado Trail, but it stays on the north side of the wilderness. I wanted to see something new.
The route: Goose Creek -> McCurdy Park -> Brookside-McCurdy -> Hankins Pass
Driving in, I see more of the Hayman Burn. A series of signs reads: "Look how the forest that you so admire goes up in smoke with a single fire."
Goose Creek TH
Faces in the rocks.
I wasn't sure Flurry would make it across this one, but she's a little athlete.
Happy prior to the climb to McCurdy Park.
Camp @ McCurdy Park
Postholing through McCurdy Park.
View coming down Brookside-McCurdy
Looking out from near Hankins Pass.
Most of the Hankins Pass trail resembled more of a stream than a trail.
One of many water crossings.
Passed out on the way home.
Overall, an enjoyable trip. I need to learn to make myself eat and drink more often though. Pack weight just under 11lbs. Mileage around 25? Not exactly sure.May 18, 2013 at 2:53 pm #1987362
Justin BakerBPL Member
@justin_bakerLocale: Santa Rosa, CA
Nice pics, I love rocky terrain like that. Your dog is beautiful.May 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm #1987365
Eugene SmithBPL Member
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
Nice little outing Andy. Good to see Flurry still at your side going strong.May 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm #1987389
@glacierramblerLocale: NW Montana
Great trip. Lovely dog (what kind?). Unfortunately, I don't bring my dog on the trail because of the bears up here. Otherwise, she'd be with me all the time.
I am finding that 24s are great ways to deal with stress and busy schedules. I still love longer trips, but these are great ways to stay refueled when time is tight.May 18, 2013 at 6:44 pm #1987411
Steven ParisBPL Member
@saparisorLocale: Pacific Northwest
Great trip report, Andy. Thanks for sharing.May 19, 2013 at 6:58 am #1987500
Andy ChasséBPL Member
Thanks guys! I got her from a Border Collie rescue, but I'm thinking she has something else in her as well. She loves to hike and goes on all of my trips.
As for 24s, I completely agree! That's what most of my trips are, or close to it at least. I have 3 day weekends now, but find that I really just enjoy the simplicity and minimal preparation of a 24 hour trip.May 19, 2013 at 11:17 am #1987559
@hknewmanLocale: Western US
Andy, Great pics, .. even the burned area is kind of scenic.May 20, 2013 at 1:51 pm #1988006
Randy NelsonBPL Member
Welcome to Colorado Andy!
"Driving in, I see more of the Hayman Burn. A series of signs reads: "Look how the forest that you so admire goes up in smoke with a single fire.""
You'll have to learn your burn areas now that you are here. :) The signs are in the Buffalo Creek burn area but that is the Hayman burn area at the TH.
"Happy prior to the climb to McCurdy Park."
This was my favorite part. I remember going up ii the first time and being really tired and thinking: "If only I had a hammock, I could just camp right here". :)
That is a beautiful area and even great pics just don't do it justice.
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