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Cumberland Mountain and Kennebec Peak, Summer, 2024 - photos by Rich Butler, Bets Butler and Thomas Ward

Upcoming Events:

Crystal Lake 2 Night Backpack

July 22 - July 24 RC 9:00 am
PURG 9:30 am

Near the top of Maggie Gulch, Crystal Lake lies at 12,200 ft. We carry packs a relatively easy 1.5 miles and 800 ft to overlook the lake, about 200 ft below and very swimmable. We camp in great meadows of flowers, especially Elephant Heads. The next morning we dayhike out of the bowl and ascend Galena Mt. at 13,232. With other tundra rambling and a dip in the lake this is a 3.5 mile day. The last morning, we take a short hike at elevation then pick up packs and head for home.
Carpool $9. 4WD needed. Limit 10. 2 Dogs on approval only.
RSVP Steve Schnarch 970 749-4478 ssalivedgo@gmail.com

Tuesday Easy Hike

Tuesday, July 23, 8:30 am

Summer FG parking lot

New Hike

There will be another Easy hike this Tuesday the 23rd on the new Cutthroat Trail behind Purgatory. It begins at Hermosa Park Rd at the same elevation as Elbert Crk Rd. It descends 3.8 miles to Sig Creek Campground. We will put a shuttle car there. Leave at 8:30 from summer  Fairgrounds meeting place (Flea Market Lot). You may contact John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com or 970-749-4056. No RSVP needed. Carpool  $4.

Hike to Columbine Lake

Wednesday, July 24 RC 7:00 am
Purg 7:30

Columbine Lake has to be the bluest lake in Colorado. We will drive up a challenging 4WD road up to the Porphyry basin to start the hike at about 12,300 feet at the Bullion King mine. Then we cross various meadows (all above tree line) in a path that goes up and down until we reach the lake at 12,685 feet. The wildflowers should be nice this time of year. Lunch on a hill overlooking the lake, then return by the same route. This hike will be at a moderate pace to enjoy the flowers and scenery.
Limit is 7 + (number of drivers willing to brave the road x 5). Requires 4WD/HC/Lo to get to the trailhead. Limit 2 well behaved dogs. Carpool $10.
RSVP Clark Lagow clagow@rmi.net

WW hike Endlich Mesa

Wednesday, July 24 RC 8:00 am
Vallecito Community Center 8:45 am

Our hike begins at the Vallecito Community Center up the little-known start of the Endlich Mesa Trail. The trail climbs steeply for a short distance then moderates with switchbacks through new growth Aspen. Although the Endlich Mesa Trail goes on forever, we will plan to hike 5 to 6 miles total with a stop at Freeman Park, a pleasant meadow, for lunch or snacks before returning. There is a $5/car parking fee at the Vallecito Community Center.
Carpool $4 – plus a share of the parking fee. Three well behaved dogs okay, include in RSVP.
RSVP Doug Hawkins (602) 770-6278 dougwhawkins@hotmail.com. Co-leader Lisa Ferdinand

Thursday Road Bike Ride

Thursday, July 25

RC 9:00 am Pavilion which is just east of the meeting rooms. That would be the most northeast open area at the rec center.

This is a 28-mile bike ride from the Rec Center to Bakers Bridge and back, stopping at Bread.
RSVP Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com

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