People were also awesome and left hiking sticks at the start of the trail. I feel that they are all at peace. Reaching Mount Bethel and the Snow Fences The end result is special and somber. I assume this is a shortcut to wreck, though I would advise skipping it and staying on the main trail. It is a short hike to the crash. There is a large, fenced-in storage area to the right. The s… One of the planes proceeded to Utah via southern Wyoming, avoiding Colorado’s high mountain wall. I sat for a while and then it began to snow. there will be highway traffic noise for a bit as you ascend. Very somber at the site. Great trail that doesn’t take too long. I know it is a short distance but bring hiking poles if you have them. There are no trails to Mount Bethel’s summit; the majority of the hike up will be above treeline. There are some white stones and you can consult the photo. According to Wikipedia, he was trying to take a scenic route but hadn't properly examined his maps to plan a safe route. The sight of the wreck is a somber place so please be respectful. I have always wanted to make the journey to the location of the crash. After the agreements were made, the DC-6 was damaged and was unavailable for use. Though the elevation wasn’t too bad at 12,500 feet, the steepness of the last push to the summit is a real burner. quick hike. The pups get ready to charge up Mount Bethel. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. Plenty of shade, but may want bug spray. “Randy and I played football at Clinton High School. that day I felt I was supposed to be there. The saddle between the Citadel and Pt. You can see Loveland ski area from the site and hear I-70. Difficult to remain on the trail without the use of this app. To reach the parking area for Dry Gulch, take exit 216 off I-70 westbound(Loveland Pass / Loveland ski area). Worth the hike up. Easy to veer off if you’re not closely looking for the rocks marking the way, but the map on here and directions from others are accurate. We weren’t able to stay at the crash site very long, Because the sun was setting, so I would like to come back another year and spend more time there. Poles a most. Upon closer inspection, the breadth of the carnage will become apparent. 29 of the 40 people on board were killed in the crash and two more perished after rescue, making for a total of nine survivors (including the co-pilot who was flying the plane at the time of the crash). Distance to Plane Wreck: 1.2 miles; 600 vertical feet The memories of the 31 people who died in a plane crash on Oct. 2, 1970 — including 14 members of the football team, 14 staff and boosters, and three crew members — are honored every year at Wichita State’s Memorial ’70 observance, but survivors, friends and family choose to remember their loved ones by hiking up to the crash site located on a mountain west of Silver Plume, Colorado. Turn left. (8:03) Of the 40 people on board, 29 died at the scene. Sept. 30, 2020 - The annual ceremony of remembrance for those who died in the 1970 Wichita State University plane crash will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at Cessna Stadium. The 63-year-old Stephens plans to ride his bike 550 miles to honor the victims of the 1970 plane crash in Colorado that killed 31 Wichita State football … You’ll want to follow the left path, which is unmarked. Grizzly Peak and Cupid Peak via Mount Sniktau Trail and Loveland Pass, Torreys and Grays Peaks via Loveland Pass. I was unsure if I was on the right trail because it would keep disappearing and then reappearing again. I hiked Grays Peak the day before and I met an older woman with a beautiful white German shepherd. The charred wreckage of N464M lies on a Colorado mountainside some hours after the crash. There are several memorial objects, including a tombstone with the Wichita State football helmet and a few faded flags with the names of the victims. Trail is not in great shape but easy to follow. We were surprised how long they were (around 200 – 250 feet) and how steep the angle was. Click for a larger size. My 16 and 11 year old daughters and I completed this hike and felt a sense of accomplishment as the beginning of it was very strenuous and severe. After paying your respects, return the way you came back to the broad road into Dry Gulch. the steep section is less than four tenths of a mile. only had shorts and flip-flops, A decent climb with a sobering destination. There is a little parking area. A young man from our Hometown, Belle Plaine, was on the plane, and was one of the nine Survivors. There is so much wreckage still and memorials. That day, I cried. Path to the wreck site as seen from Mount Bethel. By taking this path, you’ll approach the wreck in a few hundred feet from above. Wichita State University memorial engraved with the names of the crash victims. Quite a steep trail in certain sections Paul and Kelly’s cousin Martin was a team equipment manager who died in the crash. Some other reviews on here detail really well the turning points to look for so if you aren’t comfortable with the map, just read a few of those. It was a sign Before going under the I-70 bridges, turn sharply right onto a flat dirt road. I stopped to talk to her dog and pet him. Hopefully this guide will help those looking for it, as other sites online are a bit spotty with directions. The hike is not difficult if you are used to hiking in the mountains. 12,671. When I got to the crash site it was a very humbling experience. Living with the Wichita State Crash Glenn Kostal. The field of debris extends south (downhill) and off to the east. The area is cleared out and at first it’s difficult to tell if you are looking at downed, gray timber or metal. trail starts off up a dirt road. well marked. I found it to be a great hike to acknowledge a piece of history without hope of ever repeating it. A worthwhile hike, for sure. Consider this: from the fenced parking area to the summit of Bethel, it is roughly 2,000 vertical feet in 0.9 miles! The app was a life saver! on the trail we met a group from Wichita, some of whom are survivors and others from the other plane that took a route over Wyoming. the steep section is less than four tenths of a mile. Morgan Anderson. a Denver news channel was with them to record the visit to air in October to coincide with the 50th anniversary. He has frequently visited Colorado to hike back to the crash site. I opted to leash up my pups at this point so that they wouldn’t be off-leash near I-70. Make sure to pull over far enough to the right so other cars can park and vehicles have access through the gate itself. The trail is an old access road that was used to reach the wreckage site. You have never been forgotten! Shattered remains of the Martin 4-0-4 have rested in the forest since October 2, 1970, when the pilot of the craft swept down into the box canyon along I-70 for a better view for the Wichita State football team on board. It was a bit overwhelming to be there, but I am blessed for having made the effort. They were bound for Logan, Utah, to play the Utah State University Aggies the following day. That was amazing. Tip: exit 216 from westbound I-70. Wichita State Plane Wreck. The app was a huge help as far as keeping us on the right trail. As the crow flies, the debris field is less 0.2 miles from I-70. Be warned, it goes up about 600 vertical feet in a short distance. Still accessible but take your time and again, poles will help! A hand-painted memorial marker within the debris. The trail followed a dirt road for half a mile and then there is a very hidden left turn that goes straight up. It was touching to see what many had left behind. You Can Explore A Hidden WWII Plane Crash On This Mountain Hike In Vermont. Note the parking for the trailhead and wreck are further down the road. Memorial buttons, slowly starting to rust. It’s pretty easy to find and note that you never actually go into Dry Gulch — the wreck area is on the south side of Mount Trelease, facing I-70. There was a cairn To mark the trail so I followed it up, it’s almost a mile incline and then the trail goes down words to the left. I’m so grateful for this life. On a personal note, while I find mountain wrecks fascinating, the humanity of the situation is never lost on me. While it’s perfectly acceptable to head into Dry Gulch a bit farther and head up the saddle between Point 12,671 and Bethel, our crew had a blast simply grinding up the south ridge and slopes. I’m 63 and she’s 60. At 1:14 PM, the plane collided with Mount Trelease. It is a very sad site to know that 29 people died on site and 2 more later. Turn left and follow that single track for about 1/4 mile to the crash site. While Richard and I explored the ruins, it was sad to consider how young the men and women on the plane were. This is the informal trail to the wreck site. Would recommend doing this for seeing history and paying your respect to the victims. You’ll know that area when you see it. the all trails map is accurate for the trail so if you check in on it, you should be fine. The little-known memorial stands as a tribute to the 31 people who lost their lives when a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State … It is a very steep climb to the next part. It’s steep, very steep at the beginning. Never miss a story Choose the plan that's right for you. It was easier to find that first day because my heart lead the way. The day we went 2 members of the team that were on the other plane were visiting the site. This sent me back to the tragic day, 50 years ago, when Randy was killed. I did have my dog with me and he did fine too. If you aim too far west and miss the trail, no worries — you can always just follow the creek east to get back to the open area near the fenced in storage. My sister and I are from Wichita and have been wanting to do the hike for a while. None may be as fascinating or sobering as the wreckage of the 1970 Wichita State University crash. Very interesting. About 0.8 miles in, the steep trail will flatten out just past a bit of a marshy area on your left. A memorial to a Wichita State University teammate killed in the plane crash Sept. 23, 2020, hangs from a piece of the 40-seat, Martin 404 twin-engine plane lying on the side of Mt. Wichita State will hold its annual memorial for the plane crash at 9 a.m. Oct. 2 at the Memorial ’70 landmark on campus. None may be as fascinating or sobering as the wreckage of the 1970 Wichita State University crash. Poles were necessary for me. Glenn Kostal has three children and has been married for almost 35 years. Just before the fenced area, there is an area on the left side of the road (before the creek) that looks like an old parking area. When you see the old lova d ski area fenced area of crap. Wichita State Plane Wreck is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Silver Plume, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. Seems a miracle that anyone survived, as it had to have been very difficult to get to the crash and rescue people. Steep but short trail. Over the years, I’ve visited quite a few plane wreck sites in Colorado. Very steep. Beautiful along the way and lots of trees for shade. Around 1 pm on a clear day, the pilots got trapped in the box canyon while moving in for a closer view and put the plane down on the side of Mount Trelease. A roadside memorial plaque listing the names of the victims is located near the Colorado crash site, adjacent to westbound Interstate 70. The hike along an unmarked (but easy to find) trail is about a mile and the area is still densely littered with twisted metal. The hike through the trees gets very steep; so though it is a short hike, I wouldn’t call this easy. took my brother from Kansas to pay our respects. Please be careful if you have dogs, the highway is only 15 feet away with no fences. We used this app to guide us. Because it is a relatively short outing, it’s worth combining a visit to the wreck with a climb up Mount Bethel, the Citadel, Point 12,671 or any other of the rolling summits in the area of Dry Gulch. From the start of this trail, you are less than half a mile from the crash site. Note that before driving to the trailhead for Dry Gulch, you may want to make a quick visit to the memorial to the victims of the crash. shallow footpath in many places that was not easy to navigate. When you see a fenced in area on the left there is a pile of rocks with a stick in them on your left. Start off Exit 216 on I-70; Nice hike to a sombering site. “Yesterday, you wrote an article on the Wichita State plane crash that killed 31 people. An excellent article on the crash from 5280 can be found here while Wikipedia’s page on the wreck is quite informative and has good links to detailed reports. It was something I have always wanted to do. James is a best-selling author and writer based out of Boulder, Colorado. Finding it was a surreal moment, realizing the magnitude of the tragedy that happened there. A somber summit. At this point, the trail seems to faintly go both left (downhill) and straight through some trees. After admiring the views for a while, we opted to head down a little bit west of the path we had ascended. I’m amazed at how much of the wreckage is still intact. We wanted to honor those who perished, as well as those who survived. © James Dziezynski & Mountainous Words Writing 1997 - 2014, article on the crash from 5280 can be found here, overview on the area for Elevation Outdoors, Mount Edwards – Goatfinger Couloir Scouting Trip, Goatfinger Couloir – Mount Edwards – Trip Report, Watrous Gulch 4 Pack: Four 13ers in a Day, Rocky Mountain National Park – Insider’s Guide, Pandemic Journal – Day 1 – Our Very Own Plague. At 0.4 miles, you’ll come to a flat spot where the road will cross Dry Gulch Creek. Paul and Kelly Harrison help plane crash survivor Rick Stephens hike up the steep Rocky Mountain grade to the site of the Wichita State University football team plane crash Stephens survived 50 years ago. Many downed trees also. 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