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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > South Platte Ranger District

Quick Facts

Tanglewood Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,320 Feet (2905.2 Meters) Deer Creek Trailhead
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 2,620 Feet (816.7 Meters) to the saddle
Ending Elevation: 11,742 Feet (3660.2 Meters) saddle east of Rosalie Peak
Handicapped Accessible: No
High Point: 11,940 Feet (3721.9 Meters) Saddle east of Rosalie Peak
Length, One-way: 4.4 Miles (7.33 Kilometers) 7.1 K
Other Maps: Pike National Forest
Recommended Season: Summer
Trail Number: 636
USGS Maps: Quads: Harris Park




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General Description

The Tanglewood Trail begins in the southeast corner of the Mt. Evans Wilderness Area and heads in a north/northwesterly direction to a saddle east of Rosalie Peak. From the saddle the trail continues in a northerly direction to Roosevelt Lakes, Beartrack Lakes and points beyond in the Arapaho National Forest. Immediately east of the saddle (towards Rosedale Peak) are a series of pointed rock outcroppings called "Pegmatite Points". The elevation gain to the saddle is 2,620'. From the saddle you will see magnificent views of 2 separate drainages. Upper portions of the trail are above tree line. The parking area at the trailhead has room for unloading horses. Overnight camping is not permitted at the trailhead. This location is also the trailhead for the southeast (lower) terminus of the Rosalie Trail.

This narrative describes the trail as far as Roosevelt Lakes. About 100' west of the parking area you will reach the trailheads for the Tanglewood and Rosalie Trails. The Tanglewood Trail bears right and follows along Tanglewood Creek in a north/northwesterly direction. After about 25-30 minutes of hiking you will reach an unmarked fork. An old access road bears left, while the trail continues right (straight ahead) along Tanglewood Creek. After 3 miles the trail crosses Tanglewood Creek for the last time and then begins to ascend. As you reach tree line you will see 2 of the Pegmatite Points ahead on the ridge. After leaving the trees the trail is quite steep and strenuous. A post cairn at the saddle marks the boundary between Pike and Arapaho National Forests. Rosalie Peak will be visible immediately to the west and the Pegmatite Points will be visible along the ridge in an easterly direction.

From the saddle the trail begins to descend gradually across open tundra to Roosevelt Lakes (elevation 11,742), a distance of .4 miles. From the lakes the trail continues to the Beartrack Lakes and points beyond in the Arapaho National Forest.

Directions from Bailey: Drive 2.5 miles east from Bailey on Highway 285 to the top of Crow Hill. Turn left (north) on to Park County Road 43 and drive in a north/northwesterly direction for 6.8 miles to a "Y" in the road. Bear left on County Road 43 and drive 2.1 miles to the parking area at the trailhead.

Directions from Denver: If driving west from Denver on Highway 285 the turnoff on to Park County 43 is 10.8 miles west of the traffic light in Conifer. The trailhead parking area is designated as "Deer Creek Trailhead" on the signs along the road.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Early Summer through Late Fall .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: camby (Morrison, CO)
Time of Day: afternoon
Length of Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a nice, well-maintained trail, and the elevation gain is pretty gradual until near the end. We didn't make it all the way to Roosevelt Lakes, but camped near the trail below treeline, then hiked up to the saddle after a rainstorm and a rest. I recommend packing light or being in better shape than we were! We only encountered a few day-hikers, no one else camping. It's a beautiful, secluded hike, plenty of water along the way, an all-around good experience!



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Tanglewood Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Tanglewood Trail - horses experienced on rock-covered trails only
Yes
ICON Wildflower Identification Tanglewood Trail
Yes
ICON Animal Identification Tanglewood Trail
Yes
ICON Bird Identification Tanglewood Trail
Yes
ICON Mushroom Identification Tanglewood Trail
Yes
ICON Plant Identification Tanglewood Trail
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Tanglewood Trail
Yes
ICON Viewing Wildlife Tanglewood Trail
Yes



Nearby Services

nearest public telephone: various (private, for profit) Directions: Harris Park - Drive south on Forest Road 100 to County Road 47. Turn left on 47 and travel approximately one mile to Harris Park.

fire and emergency services: (non-profit) Directions: Harris Park - Drive south on Forest Road 100 to County Road 47. Turn left on 47 and travel approximately one mile to Harris Park.



Related Activities
Deer Creek Campground - The Deer Creek Campground consists of 13 family campsites. This site is very close to 2 trailheads allowing access to the Mount Evans Wilderness Area and other recreation opportunities.

Meridian Campground - This campground consists of 18 individual family campsites each with a table, fire ring and parking spur. Recreation opportunities from this site include access to the Mount Evans Wilderness via the Meridian trail.

Meridian Trail - The Meridian Trail is a pleasant hike that leads to a saddle that separates the Pike and Arapaho National Forests. Hiking distance to the saddle is 3 miles and the elevation gain is 1,630'.

Rosalie Trail - The Rosalie Trail is a popular trail extending from the southeast edge of the Mt. Evans Wilderness Area to Guanella Pass. It offers spectacular views of Mt. Bierstadt and Mt. Evans.



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