13th Annual
Saturday, July 16th
 Near Alice, Colorado

Click on some Santana, Top Gun, Bob Marley, Rocky, AC/DC, Mission Impossible,

 Peanuts, Floyd, Eye of Tiger, Beatles, Fly like an Eagle, Deliverance, Men at Work,

Beach Boys, Axle's Theme, James Bond, Van Halen, or the Eagles while

 you browse this Hobo Run 2011 report...


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, 2011, the HoboJeepers hosted the 13th Annual Hobo Run for 14"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 year, since the upper Kingston Peak Trail (which includes the lunch area) is blocked with SNOW, we ate lunch down in the trees by the creek. There all the points were totaled up and trophies, along with some other prizes were handed out.  This year, we had no room for the egg toss!


Choice Image donated the bandanas again this year!


The Hobo Run 2011 dash plaque (similar to 2010) was donated by Mile-Hi Jeep Rebuilders was handed out to each participant...


    Thanks to 4Wheel Parts and 4WD Hardware ( who helped with donating some gift cards, Mile-Hi Jeep Rebuilders for donating the trophies and dash plaques, Funtreks Guidebooks, and Mike from Choice Image who donated the bandanas! 

    The trail actually started at the Denny's at 6th and Simms in Lakewood, Colorado at 8:00-8:30am 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 local Hobo Run sponsors 4wheel Parts, Mile-Hi Jeep Rebuilders, and Choice Image with a 'Thanks' the next time you see them


    The 14"Hobos for a Day" for 2011 included: 

Galen B (Patrol 2), Tom S (Patrol 5), Scott R(Patrol 5), Allen D(Patrol 5), Gary M(Patrol 5), Tim S,

Guy B, Cheryl L, David S, Wes T (Patrol 4), Laura T (Patrol 6), Katie C (Patrol 4), Bob B (Patrol 2), and Blake S (Patrol 2).

My jeepin sidekick Brandy came this yearall harnessed in and ready to go (after she wakes up)!


    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 (3-days old left in the sun) egg. Each survival item has point values in 10 increments from 10-100.

Once the business was done, I officially swore all 14 '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 14 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.  We worked our way up to the trailhead of Cumberland Gulch Traile at about 10,000' in elevation to the air-down spot.  Hobo Robert and 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 came across a deep rut which some had some difficulty maneuvering in, but once we were all thru we headed to the top of Yankee Hill.

Looking back as the train makes it's way up Cumberland Gulch Trail near timberline...


Hobo Robert gets alittle air negotiating the rut...


The Hobo Train chugs down Yankee Hill.




Hobo Run Map

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

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



   We all climbed Cumberland Gulch to the base of Yankee Hill.  Fellow Hobo Robert was there at checkpoint 3 to greet everyone and hand out survival item #3 (a Q-Tip) and card #3. Since we were a small group, we could go up Yankee Hill, which we did. We stopped for a photo op 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 (snoew pending?).  The train started up again, as we all headed down Yankee Hill, and into the tight-tree lined trail along the east-side of Kingston Peak.


    Then the 'Hobo Train' passed along the East-side o Kingston Peak.  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 toliet paper square) and card #4.


Nice wildflowers were everywhere (09')...


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


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


       Since we had alot of snow last winter, the trail was still blocked with snow drifts. We stopped just past upper Clear Creek and had lunch in the trees. Each Hobo brought up their fresh unbroken/cracked egg to be eligaible for a drawing to determine the top three Hobos. Each Hobo was also given their last card #5. During the awards and point totalling, Galen B had the largest nut around his neck (extra 50 pts) and won a $25 4Wheel Parts gift card, and Scott R had the highest poker hand (full house KKKQQ) winning a $25 4Wheel Parts gift card and 75 extra points. After talling the votes Tim S won TOP HOBO for 2011 (with 330 pts) and won a $100 gft card from 4WD Hardware, Blake S. won 2nd place (with 305 pts), and there was a 3-way tie (300 pts) for 3rd place in which Tom S. won rock - paper - scissors war and won a $25 4Wheel Parts gift card.


No room for an egg toss this year, this was back in 09' at 11,400'...


Top Hobo-- Tim S.

2nd place-- David S

3rd Place-- Tom S




'Hobos for a Day' 2011 Group Photo!

From left to right: Well---Just about everyone there at the lunch spot!!!




    Since we couldn't make the Kingston Peak Loop, we heading east towards APEX and split up. I took those who wanted to head up Miner's Gulch, while some headed NE down towards Rollingsville and Hwy 119.     The 6 of us headed down to the trailhead for some fun jeeping. We made it up and over many small obstacles and up to the rock garden.

Staging on Apex road ready to do some more Jeepin' looking west to the Divide and James Peak...


We missed this: Heading up the to Hobo Pass looking North in 2010...


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



Heading up Miner's Gulch Trail as you cross the creek...


Guy B. tries the log skill...


David S. taking a straight line ...



Bob B. coming up...


My Jeepin'-Sidekick Brandy...


Blake S. negotiates the garden...



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

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




   After our last stop at the base of Yankee Hill, 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.  Some aired up, while others headed down to Idaho Springs for some air then home. 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! 



A tired Brandy now on the way home....





CONGRATS from the HoboJeepers to-


Tim S. !

the 13th Annual Hobo Run 2011

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 on July 14th for the 14th Annual Hobo Run 2012!!


'See ya on the trail!!'

Bill 'Hobo Willy' Hallinan

MHJC Patrol 1 HoboJeepers








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

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

*Kingston Peak by mountain bike

*Kingston Peak Map & Trail Descriptions by

*Kingston Peak Trail Report by TrailRidge Runners 4x4 Club








back to the HoboJeepers OUTINGS page



(c) Copyright 1999,2000,2001,2002,2003,2004,2005,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2001,2012 MHJC Patrol One

Jeep is a registered trademark of Daimler Chrysler Corporation

Hobo Articles  Photo Album  Hobo Cafe  Jeep Links  Hobo Run 2K11  Site Map