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McGee-Lenhardy Route

 
McGee-Lenhardy Route

Page Type: Route

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.86630°N / 106.0215°W

Object Title: McGee-Lenhardy Route

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Half a day

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Page By: Sarah Simon

Created/Edited: Feb 7, 2010 / Feb 7, 2010

Object ID: 595210

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Overview

 
Aspen Forest
Aspen Forest along FS 376

This is a pleasant, laid-back route that takes the hiker meandering through the woods before striking steeply up the northern slope of Limestone Ridge to the summit. This makes an excellent snowshoe in the early season when you can still drive to the saddle / trail junction indicated at the head of McGee Gulch. Heavy snows will render this hike much longer in distance and elevation gain.

Roundtrip Mileage: About 3.25 miles
Elevation Gain: About 700 feet
YDS Rating: Class 2

Getting There

 
Winter closure beyond parking area
Winter closure beyond parking area
 
Parking near the junction
Parking near the junction

From Hwy 24, approximately 7 miles east of Johnson Village

• Head north on CR/FS 305 (McGee Gulch Road)
• Follow CR/FS 305 for about 3 miles up McGee Gulch
• Park at the top of the gulch, in a flat plateau area, at the junction with FS 376 (Lenhardy Cutoff Road)

Note that when snowfall is not present, a capable vehicle and driver can continue on the road to the toe of the north slope. However, this section of the road is gated for a winter vehicle closure during snow season.

Route Description

 
Departing the road, starting the bushwack
Departing the road, starting the bushwack
 
Limestone Ridge from FS 376
Limestone Ridge from FS 376


• From the parking plateau, head east on FS 376/Lenhardy Cutoff Road.
• Follow FS 376 for about one mile to the saddle between UN 10350.
• Leave the road at the saddle and begin bushwacking southeast up the northwest slope of Limestone Ridge.
• The off-trail portion begins gently but quickly steepens.
• After less than a half mile of steep hiking through timber, arrive at the Limestone Ridge summit area.
• Search around for the highpoint, which is not readily apparent during snow season.
• Be certain to enjoy fabulous views to the west from a clearing south of the high point.
• Carefully retrace your steps to your vehicle.

McGee-Lenhardy Route
 

Essential Gear

 
Drifted snow on summit area
Drifted snow on summit area

• Trail map (Trails Illustrated #129 (Buena Vista, Collegiate Peaks) would meet most needs)
• Compass
• Sturdy hiking boots
• Snowshoes or skis after a heavy snowfall
• Water and snacks
• A camera to save memories of the high country views
• First aid kit
• Other standard backcountry essentials




Images

Limestone Ridge from FS 376Parking near the junctionSnowy summit plateauDrifted snow on summit areaDeparting the road, starting the bushwackAspen ForestWinter closure beyond parking area
McGee-Lenhardy Route