Randy Thorn has graciously offered to lead the group and start from his house this Saturday. Because of the heat, the group will take off at 630 am, so plan to arrive no later than 615 am. Here is a map to Randy’s house – address: 5052 E. Bandsaw (in Harris Ranch) and route directions.
From Randy: We will depart my house at 6:30 am sharp. Please be there early to use the rest room, get water, have a cup of coffee.
We will head west from my house until we hit the path through our neighborhood. We will turn right and follow the path to the bottom of Homestead Trail.
We will go left onto Homestead Trail and begin a very gentle climb for about ½ mile. After that the grade increases with a few steep climbs broken up by a couple of semi flat areas.
At the 2.6 mile mark we will come to a green gate. This is the end of Homestead Trail. We will bear left at this point and begin climbing on Lucky Peak Rd (this portion is more of an atv/motorcycle trail).
Just follow this road/trail all the way to a 4 way intersection. We will turn right at this point and continue climbing to the top. You will pass through a flat forested area where the university normally sets up their bird observatory. Continue straight through and you will see the road that continues a short ways to the top.
Return from the top by coming back through the bird observatory area. We will turn to the right and follow the main road down off of Lucky Peak.
At about 3 miles below the summit we will come to an intersection with the main road heading left towards Highway 21. We will want to TURN RIGHT at this point and head back towards the top of Homestead Trail.
Follow this road and you will go past the top of Cobb Tail and in about a mile you will come to the top of Homestead Trail. Turn left here and return to my house!