15th (yes, 15th!) Annual
Saturday, July 13th
 Near Alice, Colorado

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The Kingston Peak Trail map and descriptions from


*Note: Some text may be similar then previous Hobo the event is very similar.


    On Saturday July 13th, 2013, the HoboJeepers hosted the 15th Annual Hobo Run for 19"Hobos for a Day" over the Kingston Peak Loop Trail. "As real hobos ride the rails, we too ride the trails in that same traveling spirit".  A hobo needs to muster up needed supplies in order to survive on the trail. 


    Eugene the Jeep (our little mascot), was also there is spirit, keeping watch over everyone and keeping them safe.  This year once again an item collected and stored in the souvenir traveling bandana was a fresh egg.  This Winter had late snows, the upper Kingston Peak Trail (which includes the lunch area) is going to be open!!! We ate lunch up in an open area (old lunch area has been reclaimed) as last year. Then all the points were totaled up and trophies, along with some other prizes were handed out.  This year, we even got in an egg toss before the rains came in!


Choice Image donated the bandanas again this year!



The Hobo Run 2013 trophies were donated

by High Country Performance 4x4 of Englewood, Co...


The Hobo Run 2013 dash plaques (handed out to each participant) were donated by High Country Performance 4x4 of Englewood, Co...


    Thanks to all local sponsors: 4Wheel Parts (Jeremy) and 4WD Hardware ( who helped with donating some gift cards, Al and Tim with High Country 4x4 for donating the trophies and dash plaques, & Mike from Choice Image who donated the bandanas! 

    The trail actually started at the Denny's at 6th and Simms in Lakewood, Colorado at 8:25-8:40am with registration for the run.  Thanks to all of you ("Hobos for a Day") who supported us in this year's run.  Please support our Hobo Run sponsors with a 'Thanks' the next time you see them

Thanks to this year's Sponsors: High Country 4x4 (Dash Plaques and Trophies), 4wheel Parts (Gift Cards), Choice Image T-Shirts/Printing (Bandanas and printing), & Firestik Antenna.


    The 19"Hobos for a Day" for 2013 included (and myself and Hobo Robert S.): 

Pete S. (Patrol 6), Galen B. (Patrol 2), Wes T (Patrol 6), Mark F., Guy B., Jerry K. (Patrol 7), Bryan H., David M. (Patrol 2), Dave S. (Patrol 14), Bill P., Jordan W., Steve R. (Patorl 2), Will C. (Patrol 8 - arrr), Kelsy C. (Patrol 8 - arrr), Jed M, Eric S., Scott G., & Travis S.


    At 8:45am, we had a short Driver Meeting and swear in.  Instructions on how the day would go, directions and generals on the trip up Hwy 6 and I-70 to Alice, and other items were discussed.  Hobos were given an instruction sheet which covered the rules to read on the way up to the trailhead.  Also, each Hobo started collecting survival items and stored them in their survival bandana. The 1st item handed out at registration was an egg and card #1. Each survival item has point values in 10 increments from 10-100.

Once the business was done, I officially swore all 19 'Hobos for a day' in with an official Hobo oath as follows:

*Hobos raise your right hand, place your left hand on your nut (oh yea, that's the necklace in the goodie bag--with a nut on it) and repeat after me, except state YOUR first name:

“I Hobo- (state your first name)…….Do solemnly swear sometimes…… To uphold the spirit of a Hobo…… mind and while on the trail……..To always tread lightly………and stay on the trail…..To not put more than 10% of my income…..into my Jeep in any one year…….. Zip-bop-beep-bop…..I feel good!…..And to dog-gone it I promise…… have a really really……..Really really…….. Fun time today!……


   After a joyous swear in, everyone loaded up in their individual vehicles (railcars), and tuned their CB to channel 13, and we all headed west on the 6th Ave freeway, as the Hobo Train pulled out of the parking lot. The Hobo train had 20 good-lookin' 4x4's running up Clear Creek Canyon (Hwy 6) all with their lights on in line.  We managed to stay within about a 1-mile stretch of each other too, and nobody broke down (YET)! We chugged on by Idaho Springs on I-70 in procession and turned off at Fall River Road exit 238.    


On I-70 headed West towards the trailhead...

     Once off I-70, we headed up the more peaceful & cool Fall River Road.  Ok, now someone who is nameless (arrr) had vapor lock isues and parked his Jeep and headed up to meet us with his sister driving her Cherokee to the air down spot.  We worked our way up to the trailhead of Cumberland Gulch Trailhead at about 10,000' in elevation to the air-down spot.  I handed out survival item #2 (candy) and card #2. All Aboard! One by one the train of hobos chugged/jeeped up the hill towards Yankee Hill at 11,200' (with some pretty rocky stuff), as each hobo followed the trail in the spirit of the 'Hobo' to places unknown and a fun day. We took a left up the Gulch and headed towards Yankee Hill.

Airing down and checkpoint #2 at the Cumberland Gulch Trailhead (photo from 2012)...


Heading up Cumberland Gulch...


The Hobo Train chugs up to the top of Yankee Hill.




Hobo Run Map

(Actual GPS Map of the Run on July 16th, 2005 Run)

Thanks to Bob D. for the GPS Map!!!



   After we climbed Cumberland Gulch to the base of Yankee Hill, then it was to the top! We handed out survival item #3 (gum) and card #3. We took some photo ops and a group photo at the top of Yankee Hill.  The 180 degree views off to South were spectacular!  We could look off to the West and see where we would end up at the end of the Run as we made a loop around Kingston Peak.  The Hobo train started up again and headed down Yankee Hill into the tight-tree lined trail along the east-side of Kingston Peak.

Top of Yankee Hill, 11,400'...


Hobos heading down Yankee Hill...

We stopped for a 10-100 on the east side of Kingston Peak in the trees.  This was also checkpoint #4, in which the Hobos were handed out survival item #4 (1 toilet paper square, which you could not use) and card #4.


Nice wildflowers were everywhere (09')...


The Eastern side of Kingston Peak affords a nice tight tree-lined trail (07')...

(I always like people's facial expressions when I tell them I have 19 Jeeps behind me.)


We crossed the headwaters of Clear Creek (09')...


       Since we had alot of snow in April, the FS had just opened the gates the day before, so we could make a loop. We stopped just before timberline around 11, 200' and had lunch. Each Hobo brought up their fresh unbroken/cracked egg to get it's point value, and the Judge (me) tallied up the scores to determine the top three Hobos. Each Hobo was also given their last card #5. During the awards and point totaling, Scott G. had the largest nut around his neck (extra 50 pts) and won a prize, and Steve R. had the highest poker hand (3- fours) winning a prize and 50 extra points.

Now the results: The lowest score was 190 points earning Bill P. the 'L' award and a prize (Firestik Antenna. With 360 pts, Wes T. won 3rd place (and a $50 gift card to $Wheel Parts). Travis S. won 2nd place with 425 pts and a $100 gift card from 4Wheel Parts. The TOP HOBO for 2013 (with 460 pts) and won a $200 gift card from 4WD Hardware is Scott G!! All three winners won trophies donated by High Country 4x4. Now it's time for an egg toss before it rains!!



Hobo Run Winners! left to right (bound by real Hobos me-left, Robert-far right: ScottG., Travis S., & Wes T.



All had fun in the egg toss at 11,200'...(last year shot,,need this year's)


Top Hobo-- Scott G.

2nd place-- Travis S.

3rd Place-- Wes T.




'Hobos for a Day' 2013 Group Photo!

From left to right: Well---Just about everyone there at the top of 11,400' Yankee Hill!!!




    During the egg toss it started raining, so after Pete and Mark won a Tow Strap, we all loaded back up and the train headed up above timberline into the fragile tundra. Please be careful and don't drive off-road into the tundra. The rains were on and off as we stayed on the rocky portion of the trail (off the tundra). The storms did move off just in time for us to stop at the Rock House. Once together again, we signed the register and stacked a rock. Then a very close crack of lightning had us scurring off the mountain. Mother Nature rules! We then headed down thru the old Bristlecone Pines for a quick 10-100, and finally down to near Alice to air down.


Heading West towards James Peak (07')...


Climbing last hill towards Hobo Pass at 12, 080' in light rain this year ...



Heading up the Pass in a driving rain one year in 2007...



My Brandy enjoyed the day hunting for anything that moves...


Looking off to Longs Peak at the top of 12,000' Hobo Pass...


Last hill off in distance to the Rock House looking South towards Mt Evans and Mt Grays and Torreys ...


Check out this cool collage of the 'Hobo Train' at Rock House from Hobo Run 2003...

(click on link for new window, click 'x' to return-photo at Rock House  by Ron Reberry)




Rock House ...(09')


Loch Lomand from the Rock House this year...


   We headed on down off the mountain safe.  Once down off the switchbacks, we all met up again at the official end of the run in Alice.  Some aired up, while others headed down to Idaho Springs for some air then home. Then it REALLY POURED down rain as we were driving down Fall River Rd!!! Yea!!  A great day for all, and everyone was a winner.  The spirit of the Hobo lives on to the next trail...and next year's Hobo Run! 



Last easy switchbacks down into the Summer town of Alice, Colorado ...(07')



CONGRATS from the HoboJeepers to-


Scott G. !

the 15th Annual Hobo Run 2013

Top Hobo' 



    Thanks again to the "Hobos for a Day" for your support (you know who you are), hope you had as much fun as we did, and we look forward to seeing you next year mid July for the 16th Annual Hobo Run 2014!!


'See ya on the trail!!'

Bill 'Hobo Willy' Hallinan

MHJC Patrol 1 HoboJeepers








*Here are some other Hobo Run/Kingston Peak Trip Reports:

14th Annual Hobo Run 2012-HoboJeepers

13th Annual Hobo Run 2011-HoboJeepers

12th Annual Hobo Run 2010-HoboJeepers

11th Annual Hobo Run 2009-HoboJeepers

10th Annual Hobo Run 2008-HoboJeepers

9th Annual Hobo Run 2007-HoboJeepers


7th Annual Hobo Run 2005-HoboJeepers

6th Annual Hobo Run 2004-HoboJeepers

5th Annual Hobo Run 2003-HoboJeepers

4th Annual Hobo Run 2002-HoboJeepers

3rd Annual Hobo Run 2001-HoboJeepers

2nd Annual Hobo Run 2000-HoboJeepers

1st Annual Hobo Run 1999-HoboJeepers


*Kingston Peak Loop Trail 99'-HoboJeepers

*Kingston Peak Loop Trail 00'-HoboJeepers








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