7th Annual
Saturday, July 16th
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 16th, 2005, the HoboJeepers hosted the 7th Annual Hobo Run 2005 for 27 "Hobos for a Day" (4 no-shows) 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.  Each checkpoint offered the hobo a chance to collect different point values from the items (fresh egg, matchstick, toilet paper square, Q-Tip, stick of gum, and a Smartie Candy).  Along with the items, a card is chosen at the other 5 checkpoints to try to have the highest poker hand for extra points. 


Click above to enlarge the Interactive Photo Map


    Eugene the Jeep (our little mascot), was also on hand in the area.  At the second checkpoint, 30 "Where's Eugene?" clues were handed out to each hobo and read out loud over the CB as to his possible whereabouts in the area.  A hobo could receive 200 extra bonus points with the right answer.  This year he was at St. Mary's Glacier.  Each item was stored in a souvenir traveling bandana.  At the lunch spot, all the points were totaled up and trophies, along with door prizes were handed out.


The trophies and dash plaques were donated by

AAA Transmission Warehouse of Englewood: John @ 303-789-2001...


For the 7th straight year, the bandanas (handed out to each participant) were donated by

Mile High Jeep Rebuilders of Denver: Jim @ 303-629-0378...


The Hobo Run 2005 dash plaque handed out to each participant...


Our 'Top Hobo' Trophy...


Our annual Hobo Run Organizational Meeting at my house...

    The trail actually started at IHOP at 6th and Simms in Lakewood, Colorado at 7:20-8:40am with registration for the run.  Since everyone had already pre-paid, registration consisted of only signing in and picking up you're goodie bag.  Hobos Pete, Jed, Janet, and Jeff helped welcome everyone.  The goodie bag contained a souvenir screened bandana, a magnetic dash plaque, a door prize ticket, a nut, and many sponsor brochures.  Everyone was excited for a fun day, and a 'different' day of jeepin'.  After a quick driver meeting at 8:45am, and an "official" hobo swearing in ceremony, we were off parade style up Hwy 6 west on I-70.  Hobos were given an instruction sheet which covered the rules to read on the way up to the trailhead.  Thanks to all of you ("Hobos for a Day") who supported us in this year's run, including our corporate sponsors.

Registration of 'Hobos'  who receive a goodie bag

with their travel bag (a stick on a souvenir bandana),

dash plaque, a nut to wear around their neck, and other sponsor material...

(left to right) Mark, Jeff, And Pete taken care of check-in, 

while Jed, Dan and Diane sell raffle tickets for a set of BFG tires...


Neil and Jill's baby took it's 1st trip!

I believe it's the youngest 'Hobo for a day' participant ever!...


Everyone gets registered and a goodie bag...(PR)


My jeepin sidekick Molly waits patiently AGAIN (her 7th year) to go "JEEPIN"!!


    Along with the 'hobos for a day', were hosts HoboJeepers (MANY THANKS FOR A GREAT JOB!!): Patrol Leader Paul 'Weiszguy' Weisz and son Brett 'Weiszdude' (CJ), Jeff Simmons (TJ), Charlie Duncan and Family (TJ), Jed 'Clampett' McClelland and wife Diane (CJ7), and myself (Bill Hallinan-CJ7), along with my jeepin-sidekick Molly


Driver meeting at 8:45am...(PR)

    Now here's a nice sight!  Picture 33 (27 Hobos for a day + 6 HoboJeepers) good-lookin' 4x4's running up I-70 all with their lights on in line, it looked cool from the front were I was!  I pulled out of the 'old' IHOP parking lot at 9am and we headed up 6th Ave and on up I-70.  We managed to stay within about a 2-mile stretch of each other too, and nobody broke down!  Yea!  I think it took about 10 minutes for the CB introductions along the freeway.  We chugged on by Idaho Springs in procession.  

The front Range awaits as we draw closer heading west along I-70...


Seems we had the far right lane taken for miles

with Jeeps with their headlights on (a rainbow of Jeeps)...

(I took this photo of my rear view mirror!)

     Once off I-70, we headed up the more peaceful & cool Fall River Road.  We worked our way up to the summer town of Alice at about 10,500' in elevation to the air-down spot.  Hobo Jeff helped me with the dispersion of the fresh eggs as the hobos air-downed for the trail at their 1st checkpoint.  You didn't get points for your egg if it was broken by lunchtime, so many tried sneaky methods not to break it!  All items though needed to be in their traveling bandanas on a stick.  I believe 3 ended up broken, so I wonder what ideas people came up with this year to keep their egg from breaking?

The Hobos get their 1st survival item, as I hand out a fresh egg...


We end up in the Summer town of Alice...


Everyone airs down and gets ready for a fun day...


    All Aboard! One by one the train of hobos chugged/jeeped up the hill (with some pretty rocky stuff), as each hobo followed the trail in the spirit of the 'Hobo' to places unknown and a fun day.  Right off the start, we had Hobo #26 (Bob Attwood's Cherokee) with a fuel pump problem.  After a few minutes, it seemed to work and Bob was back on the train.



7th Annual Hobo Run 2005

GPS Map of the Run on July 16th

Thanks to Bob Daniel for the GPS Map!!!



   Each of the HoboJeepers in Patrol 1 were at 5 other checkpoints, as the 'train' of Hobos passed by to provide items for each hobo to survive.  We all climbed the hill out of Alice to the Jeff and Mark's scenic checkpoint at the base of Yankee Hill.  Hobos then received their 2nd Hobo Survival item (a matchstick-with point values, and the 1st poker card).  Each Hobo then received a 'Where's Eugene' clue, and read it over the CB.  Most everyone figured out where he was after the 30th clue (he was over at St. Mary's Glacier), and we all headed into the tight-tree lined trail along the east-side of Kingston Peak to the next checkpoint.


Looking back West, with the 2nd checkpoint in the foreground,

The 'Hobos' get their 2nd survival item from Jeff, their 1st card, and a Eugene clue...


While it was 102 in Denver, we enjoyed a cool breeze at 10,000'...


Wildflowers were everywhere...


Looking back West, with the 2nd checkpoint in the foreground,

The 'Hobos' wait for all the clues before heading on...


Hobos stop at checkpoints to pick up survival items and a poker card...(photo from 2004)

    Then the 'Hobo Train' passed Hobo Charlie (& Family) to receive the next item and card, then on to Jed (& Family), and then on to Pete and his checkpoint.  We stopped for a 10-100 on the east side of Kingston Peak in the trees, and Pete had a stick of TP Square for the 'Hobos for a day' (wonder if some used it?).  It took about 10 minutes for the end of the line to catch up.  We had many motorcycles on the trail, we tried to accommodate them as best as possible.  With a tight tree-lined trail, it was hard to get by.

The Eastern side of Kingston Peak affords a nice tight tree-lined trail...


    At one point we were strung out over I'd guess over a mile on the trail.  All the while, I rarely got out of 2nd low and kept a slow 5mph speed up front.  The HoboJeepers did a great job in moving everyone along.  Everyone stopped at all 5 checkpoints and collected a survival item (worth points), and a card to make a high poker hand (4-6's was the best hand! -from Jim Raybeck).  Dan & Brett had the last checkpoint, and handed out a Smartie candy to every Hobo and the last poker hand card.


A cool refreshing brook...


We were all strung out almost a good mile,

bottom center looks down on the last checkpoint as I head up to the lunch spot...

    Once up at the tree-line lunch spot (treeline--about 11,400'), each Hobo brought up their "Where's Eugene?" guess, and the fresh unbroken egg (for points), they then settled down with their lunch after being on the trail (train) all morning.  As the "official" HoboJeeper judges (Many thanks to Jed, Diane, & Paul for the totals) tallied the points, each hobo received a really cool door prize based on the ticket in their goodie bags at registration.  Each door prize had a value more then the 'fun fee' (that's part of the fun).

The lunch spot with some 35 Hobo Jeeps at tree line...


    The list is long from the flyer (see also below too-with links), as I handed out some really cool stuff, thanks to the many sponsors, including the local Denver 4x4 shops: Mile High Jeep Rebuilders (Jim Dozal), AAA Transmission Warehouse (John), Driveshaft Doctors (Dave), (Eddie), Bestop (Dianne), Funtreks (Charles), Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle, Rocky Mountain Drive (Scott), 4Wheel Parts (Jeremey), and High Country 4x4 (Ernie).


Getting ready to hand out some door prizes,

the Hobos helped me out during lunch...


The sun was a bit toasty at 11,400'...


Thanks to the many sponsors who donated the many great door prizes,

Everyone relaxed and had lunch while they listened for their number...


   Each hobo then compared the size of their nut to the person next to them to see who had the largest one. OK, footnote needed here: The nut in reference is a 5/16th inch steel nut on a string around their neck. OK?--, so Neil McCorrison had the largest nut (3/8th inch brass-to be exact), and received an extra 100 points to his point total (did that make a difference??).  He also received a plaque and a Leatherman as a prize for having the largest 'nut' on the run.


The "Biggest Nut" award winner, Neil McCorrison.

Every Hobo was given in their goody sacks a nut on a string

that they had to wear around their necks and one was bigger than the rest...

    This year we had a raffle which included about $850 worth of nice items.  Thanks to all who bought tickets.  Thanks also to our corporate sponsors for the raffle and door prizes (please support them).  Without their support, we could not make this a successful event year after year...

Paul finally wins in the raffle after 7 years!!

A modular Rack system from BESTOP!! 


William Boitano won the 4 BFG GOODRICH tires any size raffle!!!

Thanks to JD Motorsports!!!!

    With the points tallied, the last place 'winner' was William Boitano, and won a huge tow strap.  3rd Place trophy winner was Jim Maxwell, and won a $25 certificate to High Country 4x4, and the 2nd Place Trophy winner was Mark Caldwell, and won a $50 certificate to High Country 4x4.

We even recognize even the lowest scores,

as William also won a Tow Strap from FIBERINK...


2005 Hobo Run "3rd Place" winner Jim Maxwell...


2005 Hobo Run "2nd Place" winner Mark Caldwell...

   The "Top Hobo" of the 7th Annual Hobo Run 2005 went to JIM RAYBACK with a total of 710 pts!  He also won a $75 certificate to High Country 4x4!  Congrats to the trophy winners, and to ALL the hobos, cause we all had fun--which is a winning feeling in my book.

Jim Williams-middle (2003 Top Hobo) hands out the 2005 'Top Hobo' trophy to Jim Rayback!!




Congrats from the HoboJeepers--to all the winners!

From left to right: Mark Jensen, Bill Hallinan-Hobo Run 'Trip Leader',

Jed McClelland, Jim Maxwell -3rd Place, Brett Weisz,

Mark Caldwell-2nd place, Paul Weisz-Patrol Leader, Jim Rayback & Son-Top Hobo 2005,

Jeff Simmons & Buddy, Charlie Duncan, and William Boitano-last place...




    The weather down in Denver had been hot all week.  Well, come to find out it was a record high of 102 degrees!!  All we had was sunshine and a few clouds up at 12,000'--oh, and nice and cool.  The great views of the Front Range were great this year, compared to last year when you couldn't see more then 100 yards or less in pea fog.  The Hobo Train started up and up into the fragile tundra above 11,000'.  We all headed along the 1st switchback with views of Longs Peak way to the north.

Molly enjoys the views off to the north of Long's Peak,

while she also searches for anything that moves...


No views, just fog at last years run...


Looking North at the switchback, as the 'Hobo Train' chugs up Hobo Pass...


    As we crested Hobo Pass at 12,020', the views were great!  Unlike last year, no hail and rain!!  We reached the pass and onto the tundra.  We tried to stay on the main path, avoiding any grass of the tundra.  We passed some Toyota trucks parked way off trail on the tundra.  All one can do is try to educate, as with biotic crypto soil in Moab, the tundra also takes many years to recover (3 month growing season).


Down the other side all are careful to stay on the trail and OFF the fragile tundra...


Looking North, the trail braids as many seek the soft tundra to drive on...


I gave the guy (not in our group) a tug up the hill as his carb wasn't working right...


    A guy in an Orange flamed CJ ahead of us was having carb/power issues and couldn't climb well.  I helped him along with a tug (thanks to Brent H for the setup) up the last steep hill.  Everyone made it up both steep hills, as the second hill must of been graded for SUV's as it was not difficult at all.  With nice weather, we all stopped at the Rock House and stacked a rock and sign the guestbook.  We soon headed down, as I didn't want to block the trail (and have ATV or motorcycles on the tundra--though one guy didn't care).


The 'Rock House'...

Stack a rock, sign the guest book, get some fresh COOL air, and take in some views!


Loch Lomand Lake from the 'Rock House'...


The north have of the Hobo Train parks to go stack a rock,

Georgetown is down in the valley off center of the photo...




Check out this cool collage of the 'Hobo Train' from 2003...

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




   So we headed on down into to the trees (which were old Bristlecone Pines straight out of the Wizard of Oz forest).  Everyone made it down off the mountain safe.  Views off to the south thru the clouds offered up Georgetown and I-70 to Loch Lomand Lake to the west.  Once down off the switchbacks at the air-up spot, some aired up, while others headed down to Idaho Springs in the rain for some air.  Yea!!  A great day for all, and everyone was a winner.  The spirit of the Hobo lives on to the next trail... 


We worked our way back down to Alice thru switchbacks in 2004...


The HoboJeepers headed down Fall River road after a fun day--Thanks to all who came!.


It didn't take long,,,,,before Molly was sleeping all the way home...




CONGRATS from the HoboJeepers to-



the 7th Annual Hobo Run 2005

'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 (sign up early!) in mid-July for the 8th Annual Hobo Run 2006!!


'See ya on the trail!!'

Bill 'Hobo Willy' Hallinan

MHJC Patrol 1 HoboJeepers







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

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

Kingston Peak by mountain bike

Kingston Peak Map & Trail Descriptions by

Kingston Peak Trail Report by TrailRidge Runners 4x4 Club





A special "Thanks" and please support all

of this years local Hobo Run Sponsors:


*AAA TRANSMISSION WAREHOUSE- of Englewood: John-303-789-2001: HOBO RUN 2005 Dash Plaques & Trophies

-We are the 'Baddest Boyz in the Tranz Bizness'!  We offer a full service of Automatics to manual repair.  4x4 custom trannys always welcome.  

*MILE-HI JEEP REBUILDERS- of Denver: Jim-303-629-0378: 7th Annual HOBO RUN Traveling Bandanas
-Established 1962 in Denver, CO--We carry a full line of new and rebuilt JEEP replacement parts, & aftermarket accessories.

*FUNTREKS.COM- of Colorado Springs:--Joan-toll free-1-877-222-7623

-Guidebooks by Charles Wells cover back roads & 4-wheel-drive trails for SUV owners and serious 4-wheelers. Books include Colorado, California, Arizona and Moab, UT.

*4WHEEL PARTS- of Aurora/Denver:--Jeremy-303-347-5337 

-Wholesaler supplies aftermarket parts and accessories for Jeep and other four-wheel drive vehicles.

*ROCKY MOUNTAIN DRIVELINE- of Denver:--Scott-303-433-8683 

-All your driveline needs!!

*BESTOP- of Westminster:

-Replacement tops and accessories for Jeep Wrangler, Jeep CJ, Jeep TJ and Jeep YJ.

*DRIVESHAFT DOCTORS- of Denver:--Dave-303-297-2928

-Driveshafts for all 4x4s!!

*HIGH COUNTRY 4x4- of Englewood:--Ernie-303-761-7379

-Specializes in the sales service, and custom 4 wheel drive equipment.


-Quality Fishing Tackle Since 1925.

*RAINGLER.COM- Manufacturer of safety and storage nets for Jeep vehicles.


This year's other donators:


*LEATHERMAN TOOLS- From modest beginnings, the popularity of Leatherman tools has grown rapidly.

*FIBERLINK WEBBING PRODUCTS- Provides all your webbing products from industrial strength tie downs through tow straps and tie downs for your recreational vehicles.

*MEGUIRES- Carries fine car wash and waxes.

*MILE MARKER- Designs and creates the most unique products for your offroad vehicles!

*TILLAMOOK COUNTRY SMOKERS- Fresh Smoked Meats from Tillamook Country Smoker with roots reach back 50 years, when a man named Art Crossley started making his own unique brand of beef jerky. Buy online and save!

*JD MOTORSPORTS--BFGOODRICH- JD Motorsports gives you a dynamic brand-building and marketing tool, that enables you to gain valuable exposure that translates into actionable, bottom-line results.

*4WHEEL DRIVE HARDWARE- Specializes in Jeep parts and accessories.

*LECARRA STEERING WHEELS- Lecarra Steering Wheels are designed and made to provide maximum comfort and driving satisfaction.

*SHELL VALLEY- Manufacturers of Fiberglass Jeep Replacement Parts, and stainless parts.

*REDNECK CONCEPTS- Get in and out of your Jeep easily with the Redneck Concepts The removable Cowboy StirrUP Step.

*HI MOUNTAIN JERKY- With several blends to choose from you can't go wrong with Hi Mountain's Jerky Cure and Seasonings.





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