The Fourth of July Trailhead would have been a great place to hike the Indian Peaks Wilderness… However sadly, Mother Nature decided to rain and hail on us that day! As we drove up, the sun would shine, then hide. We figured we’d see what was happening when we got up there. Que the hail!
It seems climbers see a place to climb, haphazardly park their cars and get out the ropes. I guess it’s good to be near a paved highway if you were to fall. My luck, I’d fall and a super bus will be rounding the bend =-(
North Fork Middle Boulder Creek
After going through the town of Eldora, Colorado (pop. 142) we drove on about five miles to a single lane, dirt road. Although the road was narrow with steep switchbacks and steep in places, Chris had no trouble making it all the way to the parking area. I could not drive this road in my Mitsubishi Eclipse… Well, I could if I didn’t mind losing all my ground effects! Better to take a higher riding automobile.
Not that you can see, however directly after the little row of Aspen on the left, was a good 500 foot drop.
We truly like our adventures. We did much of the navigation by memory as we had no signal from the three cell phone companies we had phones for in the car. Even after looking on maps now, after the fact, they are not represented well as they were dirt. I think I will invest in a paper map, however, I still bet these roads are not on the map.
- For the purported silver lode discovered by C.C. Alvord on July 4, 1872 in a mine along the south flank of S. Arapaho Peak.
- The trails to the lakes and high passes are typically not clear until after The Fourth of July.
- Some also attribute the name to brilliant wildflowers reminiscent of fireworks on The Fourth of July.
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