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Johnny Park Connector

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Trail

1.7 mile 2.7 kilometer point to point
89% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 562' 171 m
Descent: -41' -12 m
High: 6,988' 2,130 m
Low: 6,451' 1,966 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

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Trail shared by Charles Danforth

A nice connector between the Ralph Price North Shore Trail and Coulson Gulch Trail #916 through wildflower meadows.

Charles Danforth

Features Birding · Lake · Wildflowers

Foot traffic only, dogs must be leashed.

Description

This trail is the key connection between the Hall Ranch and Button Rock trail systems and the wilder Forest Service trails and roads to the west. This is how you connect Lyons with Allenspark.

From the west end of the North Shore Trail, bear right on a rough doubletrack road. Run up a moderate grade for 0.7 miles to a junction. Take a left and continue up the hill southwest for another 0.25 miles before a short respite from the uphill. The trail turns to the right (west) and the grade ramps up again for a final half mile to the saddle to Coulson Gulch. Negotiate a rough stream crossing and you'll find the flower-strewn lower portion of Coulson Gulch Trail #916.

Note that on the trailhead kiosks and many on-line maps, a shortcut (the Johnny Park Cutoff) is shown which cuts off the northern portion of the trail. This shortcut does not appear to have been used recently and would be pretty tough going.

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Contacts

Local Club: Boulder Trail Runners

Land Manager: City of Longmont

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Looking north east from the Johnny Park Connector trail
Aug 12, 2019 near Lyons, CO

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