Gianttrack Mountain Trail

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Gianttrack Mountain Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Beaver Point, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until August.

DISTANCE
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4061 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

The traverse is about a 2-mile "as-the-crow-flies", summit-to-summit, undulating hike from Lily Mtn (9,786') to Gianttrack Mtn (9,091'), catching Teddys Teeth, and Rams Horn Mtn on the way.  You will bushwhack down the slope of Lily, and up Teddys Teeth. The route up the SE face of Lily Mtn above Jurassic Park is sketchy, and involves some light rock scrambling.  An alternative, is to follow the Lily Mountain Trail ....a little longer, less steep, and better defined. The route to Rams Horn Mtn follows the shoulder from Lily Mtn, and is a bushwhack most of the way.  You'll be treated to some good views of the Longs Peak massif, once on the summit.  You'll also see Lightning and Thunder, as well as the popular YMCA Camp of the Rockies.  Looking to the west, you'll see the East Portal of the Adams Tunnel, a water diversion from the west slope.  And Emerald Mountain rising above the Portal. Continuing following the shoulder to the summit of Gianttrack Mtn.  A trail with cairns will take you to the top. Finally, begin your descent down the power-line r/w, beginning at the saddle between Rams Horn and Gianttrack. A couple of property issues: private land, and USFS closed area.  The route down from Gianttrack Mtn, following the power-line r/w is posted private property.  You will need to secure the owner's permission to reach the Marys Lake trail-head.  Also there is a block of USFS land south of Rams Horn Mtn which is posted with an old, bullet-ridden sign, closed from April 1 to July 31, to protect a "sensitive species"....peregrine falcon sighted on cliffs.

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