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Great hikes from 2023 - photos by Chris Blackshear

Upcoming Events:

Snowshoe Snowden Meadows to Crater Lake Trail

Monday, February 26 RC 8:30 am TC 8:45am PURG 9:00am

This is a loop route extending the usual snowshoe from Andrews Lake to the back of Snowden Meadows. From there we will go due west up one small creek bed and down another, descending to the Crater Lake Trail and returning on that to our cars. Great views of Snowden, Engineer Mtn and all the peaks above Molas. Expect about five hours on the trail. This is a backcountry winter outing. While avalanche conditions on this route are minimal, it is still recommended that hikers carry appropriate gear (avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe). /Carpool fee $6. Limit 15. Two well-mannered dogs on approval./RSVP Steve Schnarch 970 749-4478 ssalivedgo@gmail.com

Monday Easy Outings (Snowshoeing)

Monday, February 26 RC 10:00 am

Friendly dogs and snowshoers welcome. No need for RSVP or email notification. Just show up and join us. Destination will be decided at the parking lot. We will be snowshoeing on the easier trails in the Haviland Lake, Falls Creek, or Overend Park areas. We will not be in steep enough terrain to warrant avalanche concerns. When possible, the group may return by the original or a slightly more challenging route for those who choose to go the Extra Mile./Carpool varies by destination, approx. $3-4/Do not RSVP. Contact John Martin, mudpatch22@gmail.com, if you need more specific info or wish to meet at the trailhead.

WW hike/Animas River Trail

Wednesday, February 28

SRP 9:30 am
Meet Eric by the Rose Garden, in the SRP parking lot immediately to the left after entering the park.

Every Wednesday through the winter join Eric to walk the River Trail from Santa Rita Park to Home Depot and back. Participants may turn back earlier or go further, if desired. Enjoy wildlife, river views and walking companions. No RSVP required. Dogs must be on leash per city ordinance. For more information contact Eric Pahlke at 247-1130 or ehpahlke@gmail.com

Nordic ski meet up

Thursday, February 29 Durango Nordic Center 9:30 am

Weekly casual cross-country ski for all levels of ability. We will ski for an hour or two then have social time on the sunny deck. Classic or skate technique. The Nordic Center has 20+km of trails from beginner to advanced. Never ever beginners should take a lesson or three before attending. A Nordic Center season or day pass is required. Passes, ski rental, and lessons may be booked online at DurangoNordic.org. Carpool to be arranged among participants. No RSVP required, just show up Thursdays at 9:30am. No dogs on trails, but they are welcome inside the Center.

Weekly Snowshoes

Friday, March 1 RC 9:00 am/Purg 9:30 am

We plan to resume our tradition of having a weekly snowshoe outing. We will generally try to have these on Fridays; however, we may move the outing + or a day or two. We will consider weather, avalanche danger, and parking issues to select what we think will be the best day to do the outing. An email will be sent to members of this subgroup each week 2-3 days in advance. This email will announce what snowshoe we will be doing that week and Specific details (leader, destination, description, 4WD, etc.). We will split up into several groups depending on the desired pace of the participants. Carpool $5-$10, depending on destination. Dogs OK if well behaved. This is a backcountry winter outing. While we will strive to avoid avalanche danger, all participants should educate themselves about avalanche risks, conditions, and safety. To sign up for this subgroup, send an email to Snowshoeing@seniorsoutdoors.org. IF YOU WERE ON THE EMAIL LIST LAST YEAR, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SIGN UP AGAIN.

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