The final Hike for Discovery group hike brought us to Camp Dick just west of Peaceful Valley and not to far south of the border of Rocky Mountain National Park . The planned hike for this day was around 16 miles or so, starting on the Buchanan Trail towards Lake Gibraltar. The group split up into two along the route and we made our way towards the Lake situated 8 miles up the trail. As we navigated up the trail we stopped at the junction of Trail #910 and a path leading to a 4×4 road. Heading further up the trail we entered into the Wilderness area and finally onto the St. Vrain Glacier Trail . Following the trail along one of the tributaries to the St. Vrain river we continued hiking and ended up going through a boulder field which soon led to a creek crossing without a bridge. At first the group looked for a crossing, but after a little while a makeshift crossing was made which looked a little sketchy at best.
Knowing it was the week prior to the final hike, I played it safe and retreated with part of the group and hiked to Red Deer Lake.
The trail to Red Deer Lake took us back the mile from the last trail junction and then up to the lake, which was just under two miles further from the junction. Once at the lake we stopped for some lunch and snacks prior to started about a 6 mile hike back to the trailhead at Camp Dick.
Those miles back to the trail head seemed to take quite a while, but after a few hours we were back after a nice day of hiking over 15 miles. It was a memorable hike, and one which got us psyched up for the following week at the trip to RMNP. But there was also no rain or threat of rain present at all during the day which was a nice change.