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Old 10-02-2017, 02:57 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by tenderfoot View Post
Planning Columbus Day trip. Can't get into High Peaks are until around 5pm Fri evening. These options are not exactly in preference.

I thought about Elk Lake to Panther Gorge but we'd probably not make it off private land before sunset. OK hiking in dark, but that is one loooong trail.
Your other options sound more workable, but in case you *do* keep thinking of Panther Gorge, there is a very short part of the Elk Lake trail, just before the Pinnacle Ridge trail to Blake etc comes in, which is public, and is mature woods. Going even a little way up that trail the public part expands. Just FYI. It still would be a fair distance from the trailhead, esp. if you have to use the overflow further down the road.
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