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Farnum Peak Proposed Wilderness

Acreage

Total CCWC Acreage = 19,200

Location

  • Farnum Peak, in the Pike National Forest, is on the eastern edge of South Park, 20 miles northwest of Lake George and 25 miles southeast of Kenosha Pass.
  • The area lies in Park County along the Tarryall River and west of Lost Creek Wilderness Area.
  • To reach Farnum Peak, take Packer Gulch off of Tarryall Road, Hwy 77. At 25 miles west of Lake George, turn southwest onto CR 23, a gravel road. At 1.6 miles, turn south on FR 144, a four-wheel drive road. Go 4.5 miles to the junction with FR 237. Continue east on the FR 144 cherrystem into the roadless area, switch backing up the mountainside.
  • Topo maps: Farnum Peak (N), Glentivar (S)

Wilderness Qualities

  • Farnum Peak's rugged and steep interior holds backcountry challenge since there is only one trail into the area.
  • The area offers solitude for the visitor who leaves the perimeter.
  • Farnum Peak provides wildlife connections to Lost Creek Wilderness and South Park.

Natural Features

  • Farnum Peak itself dominates the area with an elevation of 11,377 ft., rising from the lowest elevation of 8,700 ft. The primarily conifer forests cover most of the interior but are not necessarily thick, and the visitor who goes along ridges and over saddles has easy walking with a tall canopy of pine needles.
  • Vegetation in Farnum Peak include aspen, Blue-spruce, grasslands, Douglas fir and Ponderosa, Lodgepole, Bristlecone and Limber pine.

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