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August 11, 2021

Pawnee Pass to Monarch Lake

Hiking • 2515 Tunnel Rd Estes ParkCO  80511 Organized by YMCA of the Rockies
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Miles Rt Grade Elev. Gain High Point Terrain Drive Time
17.5 C 2900 12541 E Long

Spectacular hike in Indian Peaks Wilderness Area: past Lake Isabelle, over the Continental Divide, and down steep switchbacks to Pawnee Lake and the lush Cascade Creek valley. We may need a couple of family members to drop the group off at the Brainard Lake trailhead in the morning and others to drive over and meet us at Monarch Lake in the afternoon. We will treat them to dinner at Grand Lake! If you can help with the transportation, please leave a note with the Hiking Desk. Thank you!! Note that there is now a USFS fee to park at Monarch Lake.

3 liters water, food, rain gear, an extra layer of clothes, hat and gloves, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hiking boots. Money for entrance into Indian Peaks Wilderness and $ for driver.
Hike Difficulty
A = Most Difficult
B = Challenging
C = Harder
D = Hard
E = More Moderate
F = Moderate
G = Easy
H = Easiest

To meet the prerequisite for A-D hikes, you must have completed without difficulty a YMCA of the Rockies (Hikemaster-lead) hike of no more than two grades lower within two weeks before the hike. This means a C hike is the prerequisite for an A hike*; a D hike is a prerequisite for B hike; an E hike is a prerequisite for a C hike, and an F hike meets the requirements for D Hike.

Hikes graded A-D must have three guests, and hikes graded E-H must have two guests to go. This is for safety reasons. Hikes will be canceled if too few guests sign up.

A variety of circumstances may change the schedule of this hike. It is imperative that all hikers check in at the Mountain Center hiking desk (Base Camp) no later than 5 pm the day before the hike. If your hike is scheduled to leave before Mountain Center open hours, please enter through the side door on the north side of the building.


C Hikes
D Hikes
E Hikes
F Hikes


Boone Family Mountain Center


David Mandy


August 11, 2021

4:30 AM to 7:30 PM


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2515 Tunnel Rd Estes ParkCO  80511

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