Diamond Lakes AT-6
Name Diamond Lakes AT-6  Registration:   N160JN
CAP data 400001N 1054025W  N169JN, AT6 About 1 mile SE of Arapaho Pass. Pilot Mike Barr. In cirque 1 mi west of Diamond Lake.  Red

with black and white checkered wingtip and cowling. Not scattered

GPS coords 40d 00' 00.5"N  105d 40' 24"  (CAP coordinates are pretty much right on though registration has a typo)
GPS decimal 40.00014N  105.67353W
UTM 13T 0442506, 4427780
Datum used NAD 27
County Boulder County, CO.

December 14, 1971

For a picture of a T-6 airplane click here http://www.orgsites.com/ca/cafsocalphoto/_pgg8.php3

The wreck cause: Flight into extreme downdrafts due to high winds over the mountains.

See the official database entry- http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=63245&key=0

Casualties:   1  

CAP info says the pilot's name was Mike Barr.

Registration of N160JN indicates Myke H. Barr of Steamboat Springs, CO. That registration is no longer active.

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Unnamed lake Fuselage with numbers Fuselage Front seat

Back seat area Front seat Propellor piece Engine accessory drive

Engine Engine Wingtip View back to the east

Site Description:. At the upper end of a high-altitude cirque just west of the shallow lake at about 11,800'. If there was a fire after the crash it did not consume very much of the airplane. The airplane has been torn up due to the crash as well as due to removal of the pilot. Instruments have been removed and the battery and some fuselage metal is probably missing. Wings are recognizable. Engine is about 30' from the front of the airplane and is missing cylinders due to sudden stoppage while under power.

Best route :  There may not be a "best" route. This is a difficult hike much of which is off trail climbing thru elk forest and meadows above treeline. Elevation gain from the valley floor is at least 1200' in about a mile off trail. While there is a Diamond Lakes trail, this cirque lake is not on any trail.

Take the the road west out of Nederland which heads for the Eldora ski area. Instead of going to Eldora, stay to the right and follow the county road as it goes to the bitter end. Trailhead is the Fourth of July Trailhead.  The road is passable by normal vehicles though it is quite rough for the last 4 miles or so. Since this is within easy reach of Boulder this is a HEAVILY USED AND VERY CROWDED trail, trailhead and road. I hiked this one on a Friday morning. The parking lot was half full at 0830. On my return to the car at 1400 the parking lot was full and overflowing with cars down the roads and turnouts for a good 1/4 mile. (You've been warned.)

My route to the site was to head NW on the Fourth of July trail to the junction with the Diamond Lake trail. I stayed left on the Diamond Lake trail as it dropped to the valley floor. I crossed the stream at the valley bottom on the bridge. Just across the bridge I left the trail and took up a heading for the wreck site. I followed elk trails that went in the general direction as I climbed to treeline. From treeline I ended up somewhat to the south and had to traverse several boulderfields to gain the cirque. It took me 2.5hrs without a break from the car to reach the site.   On return I stayed somewhat north of the boulderfields hoping to avoid the boulderfields but I wound up getting cliffed out twice having to reclimb up a few hundred feet to find a route that would go thru. If I'd had an ice axe I would have descended one of the longer snowfields next to the cliffs and saved myself some slow downclimbing on steep grass.

Thanks to Rick Hunckler who asked me about this wrecksite. He'd come across it while descending from climbing peaks in the area and wanted to know more. I used the FAA and CAP info to tell him about it and he in turn put an X on the map for me.

I decided to place this under the Civilian airplanes section. Though this was originally a military airplane it was lost in civilian service. I've been inconsistent in how I handle these issues. (Sorry about that!)

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Last Modified: 01/01/2008