Full Season Schedule - Summer 2022

Date & Location Outing description Difficulty info

Wed, Jun 8
8:30 am


TH 8:30 am

Hike Raider’s Ridge

Meet at the parking area at the end of Jenkins Ranch Road. You can also park on La Questa if the lot is full. We will hike up Skyline to the Ridge, then go north along the ridge about a mile, for a total five mile round trip. Great views of Durango, the La Platas, Animas Mountain and Animas Valley. Turnarounds are OK.
No Dogs, No Carpool.
RSVP to leader Wayne Bedor, at waynebedor@yahoo.com or cell 970-769-6548.
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
5 miles, 900 ft. gain
Moderate Pace

Thu, Jun 9
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Thursday Road Bike Ride

This is a 28-mile bike ride from the Rec Center to Bakers Bridge and back, stopping at Bread.
Contact Ride Leaders: Rick Boebel, Pat Lyon, Daniel Saum, and Rodger Steeper at ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org
During the pandemic SO! outings are limited to members with completed vaccinations.

Click here for additional details

28 miles, moderate pace

Fri, Jun 10
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am
PURG 8:30 am

Hike Larkspur Lane

Updated meeting place & time, carpool fee

An annual favorite named by John Montle in 2001 for the larkspur and other flowers carpeting the meadows. And now, 21years later, John is still actively hiking with Seniors Outdoors! and will celebrate his 90th birthday later this month! We recognize and thank John for his many years of participation and leadership in SO! The hike follows the well-established lower Engineer Mountain Trail part way up and bac through woods and meadows with great views. Lunch at a view spot.
Carpool $7. Limit 15. Early turn-backs OK. Dogs OK.
RSVP: Betsy Petersen (substituting for Clark Lagow) betsyp@bresnan.net please indicate where meeting.
SO! outings are limited to fully vaccinated members only.

Moderate+
8 miles
2000 ft. gain
Moderate Pace

Mon, Jun 13
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Monday Road Bike Ride

This is a 16-mile bike ride from the Rec Center stopping at PJs and back.
Contact Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com
During the pandemic SO! outings are limited to members with completed vaccinations.

Click here for additional details

16 miles, moderate pace

Tue, Jun 14
7:30 am


RC 7:30am
Purg 7:45 am
TH 8:00 am

Hike Crater Creek Falls

A challenging on & off-trail hike with unique destination and route. Starting at Andrews Lake, we take the Crater Lake trail for 3.5 miles. Then we go off-trail for about a mile, dropping 750 ft to the top of three 100 ft. waterfalls on Crater Creek. Our return route will depend on conditions, possibly hiking back up to return via the Crater Lake Trail, or an off-trail basically horizontal traverse across 4.5 miles of untouched pristine country, crossing 3 creeks and numerous small ridges. The bushwhack route is a little different each time. For experienced hikers. Plan on being out for a long day, lots of up and down, a few scratches, and a great time. Timing of the hike may be adjusted to catch the height of run-off.
Route map available at https://caltopo.com/m/NGMN
Limit 10. 2 well-behaved dogs on approval. Carpool $7.
RSVP Steve Schnarch 970 749-4478 ssalivedgo@gmail.com

SO! outings are limited to fully vaccinated SO! members only.

Hard
9.25 miles
1750 ft.
Moderate pace.

Thu, Jun 16
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Thursday Road Bike Ride

This is a 28-mile bike ride from the Rec Center to Bakers Bridge and back, stopping at Bread.
Contact Ride Leaders: Rick Boebel, Pat Lyon, Daniel Saum, and Rodger Steeper at ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org
During the pandemic SO! outings are limited to members with completed vaccinations.

Click here for additional details

28 miles, moderate pace

Mon, Jun 20
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Monday Road Bike Ride

This is a 16-mile bike ride from the Rec Center stopping at PJs and back.
Contact Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com
During the pandemic SO! outings are limited to members with completed vaccinations.

Click here for additional details

16 miles, moderate pace

Tue, Jun 21
7:00 am


RC 7:00 am

Climb Mt. Hesperus (13,232 ft.)

From the West Mancos Trailhead (10,900 ft.) we skirt the back end of the West Mancos River, eventually gaining the west ridge of the mountain and following it up through numerous short cliff bands to the summit. A good rock scramble rewarded by excellent views in all directions from the highest point in the La Platas. HC vehicles required for final approach.
Carpool $12. Limit 10. 2 Dogs on approval only.
RSVP Steve Schnarch 970 749-4478 ssalivedgo@gmail.com
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard
5.2 miles
2700 ft.
Moderate pace

Wed, Jun 22
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am

WW hike
Vallecito Creek Trail

The trail is rocky and narrow in spots with ups and downs and great views into the gorge. We will hike to the first bridge for a break then return by the same route. We may have nice flower displays. Carpool $7. Two well behaved dogs ok, include in RSVP. Limit 12.
RSVP Delores Ladd (214) 422-7206 ladddelores@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to fully vaccinated and boosted participants only.

About Wednesday Wanderers

Moderate 6 miles
600 ft. gain
Moderately easy Pace

Thu, Jun 23
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am
Parking lot between ballfields and Main Ave.

Thursday Easy Outings

Friendly dogs & hikers welcome. Destination will be announced at the parking lot. Whenever possible group may return by the original route or a slightly more challenging route for those who choose the Extra Mile.
Do not RSVP. Text Ted if you need more specific info or wish to meet at the TH. Carpool varies by destination, approx.-$3-4.
Ted Keller 970-759-7207 text PREFERRED
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted.

About Wednesday Wanderers

Moderate
+/- 3 miles
Lower altitudes near Durango
Easy pace

Thu, Jun 23
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Thursday Road Bike Ride

This is a 28-mile bike ride from the Rec Center to Bakers Bridge and back, stopping at Bread.
Contact Ride Leaders: Rick Boebel, Pat Lyon, Daniel Saum, and Rodger Steeper at ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org
During the pandemic SO! outings are limited to members with completed vaccinations.

Click here for additional details

28 miles, moderate pace

Fri, Jun 24
6:30 am


RC 6:30 am
TC 6:40 am

Climb Bridal Peak (aka T11, 13,510) and Peak 13,159

Begin off Ophir Pass Road to access Columbine Lake Trail to Pass 12,520 ft. Leave the trail and ascend south to the ridge east of the lake. Climb Point 13,051 and Peak 13,159. Scrambling, mild exposure, steep and loose slopes. Pass by the lake and ascend to Columbine Pass. North to Bridal Peak then free range back to trail. See Earthline for description. 4WD. Limit 10. No dogs. Carpool $12. RSVP Thomas Ward 970-426-8918 tom@thward.net Co-leader Debra Van Winegarden debra@vanwinegarden.com
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Most Challenging 11.2 miles, 3,500 ft. Moderate pace

Mon, Jun 27
7:30 am


RC 7:30 am

Climb Jura Knob (12,614 ft)

Climb Jura Knob from the Coal Creek Trailhead. Some rock scrambling involved.
Carpool $9. Limit 12. No dogs.
RSVP Sherry Suenram sherryjsuenram@gmail.com
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted

Hard
6 miles
2,314 ft. gain
Moderately Brisk Pace

Mon, Jun 27
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Monday Road Bike Ride

This is a 16-mile bike ride from the Rec Center stopping at PJs and back.
Contact Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com
During the pandemic SO! outings are limited to members with completed vaccinations.

Click here for additional details

16 miles, moderate pace

Tue, Jun 28
2:00 pm


2:00 pm Chris Park

Annual SO! Picnic and General Meeting

This is our annual Seniors Outdoors gala picnic and general membership meeting at beautiful Chris Park at Haviland Lake. ATTENDANCE IS LIMITED TO 150 YOU MUST RSVP TO ATTEND.
This will be a combination potluck and BBQ. The club will provide burgers, brats, vege-burgers, buns and condiments, along with iced tea and lemonade. If you would like something additional to drink, please bring it yourself. Members should also bring a potluck dish as follows according to their last name:
A thru F: Appetizers
G thru M: Salads & Side Dishes
N thru R: Desserts
S thru Z: Salads and Side Dishes
Members should bring their own plates, utensils, and beverage cups. Please remember to label your serving dishes and utensils with your name. Picnic tables are provided. If you would like a chair, please bring one.
AGENDA:
2:00 4:00 pm: Arrival. Parking is limited, please carpool if possible
3:00 pm: Nature walk with Margaret Mayer
4:00 5:00 pm: Social Hour
5:00 pm: General meeting, announcements and officer election
6:00 pm: Dinner
RSVP by June 14 by email to hospitality@seniorsoutdoors.org with the following information: Names of those attending and which protein you prefer: Burger, Brat, or Vege-burger.
Please also bring non-perishable donations or a check for the Durango Food Bank. If you RSVP you are expected to attend!
This picnic, like all SO! activities, is limited to fully vaccinated and boosted SO! members.

Fun!

Wed, Jun 29
5:30 am


ACP 5:30 am

Rhoda-Verde Lake-CDT Loop

This hike will be done at a moderate pace, but is rated most challenging due to length and vertical. Starting at the Highland Mary trailhead we will pass through the western edge of Spencer Basin on good trail, then off trail up a ridge and over point 13,434, then gain the summit of Rhoda, drop down to Verde Lake off-trail, then hook up with the Continental Divide trail to form a big loop back to the trailhead. Most of the route is rolling tundra with exceptional views. Expect the hike itself to take 7 to 8 hours. Due to possible weather exposure, we need an early start.
Carpool $13. 4WD necessary. Limit 10. No dogs.
RSVP Charlie Berglund 247-9747 chasberglund@msn.com
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted

Most Challenging
12 miles
3,500 ft. gain
Moderate Pace

Wed, Jun 29
7:00 am


RC 7:00 am
7:20 am intersection of CR250 and Missionary Ridge road.

Hike Mountain View Overlook (12,465 ft)

We will drive up Missionary Ridge Road about 22 miles past Henderson Lake to the trailhead where the road starts to get really rough. From there, we follow a fairly well defined trail that eventually joins the Lime Mesa trail to the overlook. This is a slightly shorter hike than going all the way to the top of the crest, but offers similar views. The return is more or less by the same route. This hike will be at a moderate pace. Car Pool $12. 4WD/HC required. Limit 15 due to wilderness area. Dogs OK. RSVP: Clark Lagow: clagow@rmi.net
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate 7 miles 1570 ft, Moderate Pace

Wed, Jun 29
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am

WW hike
Engineer Mountain Trail (aka Larkspur Lane)

This is an out and back hike up Engineer Mountain Trail (aka Larkspur Lane). The trail climbs steadily through aspens and meadows with spectacular views to a small pond. Depending on the group we may continue up the trail another mile or so.
Carpool $7. Well behaved dogs ok. Limit 12. SO! members only. RSVP Robbin Clark (419) 230-7796 Clark.robbin@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to fully vaccinated and boosted participants only.

About Wednesday Wanderers

Moderate
4-5 miles
700 ft. gain
Moderately easy pace

Thu, Jun 30
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am
Parking lot between ballfields and Main Ave.

Thursday Easy Outings

Friendly dogs & hikers welcome. Destination will be announced at the parking lot. Whenever possible group may return by the original route or a slightly more challenging route for those who choose the Extra Mile.
Do not RSVP. Text Ted if you need more specific info or wish to meet at the TH. Carpool varies by destination, approx.-$3-4.
Ted Keller 970-759-7207 text PREFERRED
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted.

About Wednesday Wanderers

Moderate
+/- 3 miles
Lower altitudes near Durango
Easy pace

Thu, Jun 30
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Thursday Road Bike Ride

This is a 28-mile bike ride from the Rec Center to Bakers Bridge and back, stopping at Bread.
Contact Ride Leaders: Rick Boebel, Pat Lyon, Daniel Saum, and Rodger Steeper at ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org
During the pandemic SO! outings are limited to members with completed vaccinations.

Click here for additional details

28 miles, moderate pace

Fri, Jul 1
7:00 am


RC 7:00 am

Climb Sultan and Grand Turk Mountains

This hike scales the two grand mountains overlooking Silverton from the West. Starting from Little Molas Lake we will hike off trail and on intermittent use trail, cross over Spencer Mt., and then do a somewhat exposed traverse under Grand Turk over to Sultan (13,168 ft.). If weather and energy permit, we will climb Grand Turk (13,168 ft.) on our way back down.
Limit 10, Dogs OK, No 4WD necessary. Carpool fee $ 9.
RSVP Leader Lynn Coburn, 970-903-4619 or harrisoncoburn@gmail.com.
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard, 7.5 miles and 2460 ft. elevation gain.
moderately brisk pace

Sat, Jul 2
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am
Purg 8:30 am

Hike Cascade Creek to the waterfalls

A moderately easy hike up Cascade Creek Canyon. Out and back. Several creek crossings. Enjoy the sounds of the creek in the deep woods.
Carpool $6. Limit 15. No dogs
RSVP Steve Krest (970) 903-4332 stevekrest@gmail.com
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted

Moderate
7 miles
700 ft. gain
Moderate Pace

Sun, Jul 3
7:30 am


SRP 7:30 am

Climb Deadwood (12,295 ft.) and Silver (12,496 ft.) Mountains

Date Change

As Silver dominates Durango’s skyline it is a very satisfying mountain to climb and sit atop.
We will start at La Plata City campground, ford the La Plata River and hike for several steep miles up seemingly endless switchbacks on an unmaintained jeep road. Then on and off a very open and scenic trail up and across Deadwood Mt. to Silver Mt. This is a long, steep hike with significant elevation gain, but there is no scary exposure.
Limit 15. Dogs OK. Carpool $4.
RSVP to leader Harding Cure, 970-382-8286 or hardingcure@gmail.com.
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Most Challenging, 10.1 miles, 4,500 ft. gain
Moderate pace

Tue, Jul 5
7:30 am


RC 7:30
TC 7:45
PURG 8:00

Hike to Crater Lake (11,630 ft.)

Crater Lake boasts pristine crystalline waters in a gem of a setting. We will hike on a well-used trail climbing 1,300 feet in elevation, 11 miles round trip. Plan on wet boots, crossing streams and boggy areas.
Carpool $9. Limit 15. No dogs.
RSVP Nancy Mead 259-5978
nancy.a.mead@gmail.com
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard
11 miles
1300 ft.
Moderate Pace

Wed, Jul 6
7:00 am


RC 7:00 am
TC 7:15 am
PURG 8:00 am

Columbine Lake (12,685 ft.) and Pk. 13,300 from Porphyry Basin

An alternate approach to Columbine Lake starting at 12,360 ft at the end of a 4WD road beginning near the top of Red Mountain Pass. Crossing 3 high basins, a large boulder field, and enchanting glacially scoured tundra, our route passes the spectacular blue lake and ends with a climb to an overlooking peak at 13,300ft. 4WD HC vehicles required for the approach route.
Carpool $12 + $5 for 4WD. Limit 10. 2 Dogs on approval only.
RSVP Steve Schnarch 970 749-4478 ssalivedgo@gmail.com
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard
8 miles
1300 ft.
Moderate pace

Wed, Jul 6
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am
Purg 8:30 am

WW hike
Snowden Meadows

This hike begins at Andrews Lake on the trail to Crater Lake. After a mile of climbing, we will veer off the main trail for the use trail to the meadows. The route alternates between lovely meadows with grand views and forest until we come to a short but steeper ascent to a talus field. The group will decide whether to stop before this ascent or continue higher. Return is by the same route. Carpool $9. Well behaved dogs ok, include in RSVP. Limit 15. RSVP Tricia Bayless (970) 799-4535 tbayless@bresnan.net
SO! outings are limited to fully vaccinated and boosted participants only.

About Wednesday Wanderers

Moderate
4-5 mi. 700 ft. Moderately easy pace

Thu, Jul 7
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am
Parking lot between ballfields and Main Ave.

Thursday Easy Outings

Friendly dogs & hikers welcome. Destination will be announced at the parking lot. Whenever possible group may return by the original route or a slightly more challenging route for those who choose the Extra Mile.
Do not RSVP. Text Ted if you need more specific info or wish to meet at the TH. Carpool varies by destination, approx.-$3-4.
Ted Keller 970-759-7207 text PREFERRED
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted.

About Wednesday Wanderers

Moderate
+/- 3 miles
Lower altitudes near Durango
Easy pace

Thu, Jul 7
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Monday Road Bike Ride

This is a 16-mile bike ride from the Rec Center stopping at PJs and back.
Contact Ride Leader: John Martin at MondayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org.
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

16 miles, moderate pace

Thu, Jul 7
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Thursday Road Bike Ride

This is a 28-mile bike ride from the Rec Center to Bakers Bridge and back, stopping at Bread.
Contact Ride Leaders: Rick Boebel, Pat Lyon, Daniel Saum, and Rodger Steeper at ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

28 miles, moderate pace

Fri, Jul 8
7:30 am


RC 7:30 am
Purg 8:00 am

Climb McMillan Peak 12804 ft.

This annual high-altitude hike follows a road for a short way, then occasional trails. It begins above Red Mtn. Pass, climbs thru US Basin to a ridge and makes a final ascent to the top of the mountain where there is room for all and we will have lunch. Views are spectacular and wildflowers are usually abundant. Descent is by a shorter, steeper route, mostly through meadows. Poles helpful. Limit 15. 4wd helpful. Carpool $13.
RSVP Betsy Petersen betsyp@bresnan.net
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
3.8 miles
1400 ft. gain
Moderate Pace

Fri, Jul 8
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am
Needles Store 9:00am
Hwy 550 MM 55 9:15 am

Climb Spud Mountain

Off trail hike with low exposure class 3 scramble on summit ridge. Beautiful view of Animas Valley from the summit. Expect loose rock and talus on this hike, 4 to 5 hours to complete.
Carpool $8. Limit 10. No dogs.
RSVP- Tim Tischler, 970 247-7970 or 512 971-4229, tbtischler46@gmail.com
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard
5 miles
1700 ft
Moderate pace

Sat, Jul 9 -
Sun, Jul 10


9:00 am Four Corners
Riversports

Inflatable
Kayak
Class

This class is for beginning to intermediate boaters. We will be paddling with ACA-certified instructors from 4CRS on the Animas River, learning stroke technique, boat handling and river reading. We will also cover gear fitting, maintenance, and self-supported camping.
$200 discounted price includes lunch, plus $40 for kayak rental.
Class runs from 9:00 am until approximately 4:00 pm each day. Sign up at www.riversports.com under Adult Kayak Instruction, select SO INFLATABLE KAYAK. Also give phone and email for pre-class instructions to Mary Gillam 970 259-0966 gillam@rmi.net

Moderate

Sun, Jul 10
7:00 am


RC 7:00 am
TC 7:15 am

Hike Molas to Coal Bank Pass

From Little Molas Lake we will hike the CT until we get near Jura Knob. Then over Jura and walk the gorgeous ridge to Coal Creek and then Engineer Meadows, where we will pick up the Pass Creek trail.
Dogs OK, but they will have to be helped down an 8-foot drop. Carpool $9. RSVP Chris Blackshear, chris.blackshear@gmail.com, , Co-leader Stephanie Weber, steph4100@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard 16 miles, 2400 ft, Brisk Pace.

Mon, Jul 11
6:45 am


ACP 6:45
TC 6:55

Brown Mt Ridge Hike to Abrams Mountain (13,339 to 12,801 ft)

The plan is to drive up 110 north of Silverton to the starting point on CR 10 it is a bad road. The route climbs to Browns ridge where we will plan to turn south to Duco (the high point at 13,339) then reverse and follow the ridge over several 13,000 ft points switching from east to west of the ridge as the terrain allows out to Abrams at 12,801. Off trail, sidehill traversing, little exposure. Moderate pace. Carpool: $15. 4WD. Limit 12. Confirm dogs with Rich.
RSVP: Rich Butler 609-532-6949 rbbutler54@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard
~7.5 miles
2,800 ft
Moderate Pace

Mon, Jul 11
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Monday Road Bike Ride

This is a 16-mile bike ride from the Rec Center stopping at PJs and back.
Contact Ride Leader: John Martin at MondayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org.
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

16 miles, moderate pace

Tue, Jul 12
6:00 pm


RC 6:00 pm

SO! General Meeting and Program

6;oo-6:30: Social half hour with refreshments
6:30 7:30 pm: Meeting and Presentation
Presentation Title: “52 Rivers: A Woman’’s Fly-Fishing Journey”
Speaker: Shelley Walchak

Presentation Summary:  Just about everyone has dreamt of taking a year off to fulfill a dream. Librarian Shelley Walchak lived her dream by giving up her job at the Colorado State Library to fly fish a river a week for a year. Walchak outfitted a camper, purchased camera equipment and a computer and hit the road. She traveled throughout the Rocky Mountain States – visiting rivers in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Her photographs and blog posts of her journey became the book 52 Rivers.

“Taking two years to research and write 52 Rivers was a dream come true. After publishing the book, I decided to try for an IPPY award and when the results came back that I had won a gold medal, I realized that my work was accepted and honored by others as well. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

Speaker Bio:  Shelley Walchak is a librarian by trade and an angler at heart. Although fly-fishing is a late life discovery for her, she intends to make up as much time as possible. Shelley was inspired to take her 52 Rivers journey after helping to organize a national library conference called R-Squared: A Risk and Reward Conference. Risk and reward became her modus operandi so much so that she had to take her own risk and give up a great job at the Colorado State Library and go fishing for a year…and did she ever reap rewards. 52 Rivers is the book that emerged from jumping out of her comfort zone into icy rivers and a new- found solitude.

I decided to try for an IPPY award and when the results came back that I had won a gold medal

Wed, Jul 13
7:30 am


RC 7:30 am

WW hike Log Chutes

This will be a loop hike in the Log Chutes area, mostly on the upper portion. We will hike old Forest Service roads and existing trails. Carpool $3. No dogs. Limit 14. SO! members only.
RSVP Lorie Hansen Lmhansen39@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to fully vaccinated and boosted participants only.

About Wednesday Wanderers

Moderate
6.5 miles
830 ft. gain
Moderate pace

Thu, Jul 14
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am
Parking lot between ballfields and Main Ave.

Thursday Easy Outings

Friendly dogs & hikers welcome. Destination will be announced at the parking lot. Whenever possible group may return by the original route or a slightly more challenging route for those who choose the Extra Mile.
Do not RSVP. Text Ted if you need more specific info or wish to meet at the TH. Carpool varies by destination, approx.-$3-4.
Ted Keller 970-759-7207 text PREFERRED
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted.

About Wednesday Wanderers

Moderate
+/- 3 miles
Lower altitudes near Durango
Easy pace

Thu, Jul 14
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Thursday Road Bike Ride

This is a 28-mile bike ride from the Rec Center to Bakers Bridge and back, stopping at Bread.
Contact Ride Leaders: Rick Boebel, Pat Lyon, Daniel Saum, and Rodger Steeper at ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

28 miles, moderate pace

Fri, Jul 15
8:00 am


SRP 8:00 am

Hike Indian Trail Ridge

This hike along a classic portion of the Colorado Trail in the La Platas features spectacular views. We will drive 12+ miles up La Plata Canyon (part of the road is very rough) to parking where the CT crosses Kennebec saddle (11,620 ft.). The trail is well defined, and the first mile to Taylor Lake is fairly level. It then climbs steeply for one half mile to the ridge. We will follow the relatively level trail above 12,000 ft. as long as we like, returning by the same route.
Carpool $14. 4WD/HC required. Limit 15. No dogs.
RSVP Steve Krest (970) 903-4332 stevekrest@gmail.com
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted

Moderate
6-8 miles
1,000 ft. gain
Moderate Pace

Mon, Jul 18
6:30 am


RC 6:30 am
TC 6:40 am

Climb Peak 12,935, Point 12,860

New hike for SO! Explore Paradise Basin south of Ophir Pass. Off-trail, climb Peak 12,935, one half mile northeast of South Lookout Peak. Traverse north to Point 12,860 and gaze into colorful Crystal Lake. The basin is known for its glorious flowers. See Earthline for description. 4WD. Limit 10. No dogs. Carpool $13. RSVP Debra Van Winegarden 970-769-7269 debra@vanwinegarden.com Co-leader Thomas Ward tom@thward.net
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard (off-trail, light scrambling)
4.2 miles
2,200 ft.
Moderate pace

Mon, Jul 18
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am
Purg 8:30 am

Hike upper Hermosa Creek

This out and back hike begins behind Purg at the upper TH of the Hermosa Trail. We will hike downhill along the lovely Hermosa Creek to just beyond the edge of the burn area from the 416 fire. A small SUV or higher clearance is needed to ford a creek near the TH. Moderate pace. No Limit. Limit 2 well behaved dogs. Carpool $9. RSVP Clark Lagow clagow@rmi.net
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate 9.7 miles 500 ft

Mon, Jul 18
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Monday Road Bike Ride

This is a 16-mile bike ride from the Rec Center stopping at PJs and back.
Contact Ride Leader: John Martin at MondayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org.
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

16 miles, moderate pace

Tue, Jul 19
7:00 am


RC 7:00 am

Climb Engineer Peak

This is a classic climb of the southern San Juans. Starting from Coal Bank Pass, the first two miles are good trail. The last mile involves a very steep, lose section and one tricky spot with exposure. The top of the mountain is a climb, not a hike, but there will be plenty of hand-holding and moral support. So for those of you who have not climbed Engineer and would like to, here is your chance.
Limit 10, no dogs, no 4WD needed.
Carpool fee $8.
RSVP Leader Lynn Coburn, 970-903-4619 or harrisoncoburn@gmail.com.
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Most Challenging
6 miles, 2400 ft. gain
Moderate pace

Tue, Jul 19
7:00 am


ACP 7:00 am TC 7:15 am

Climb Handies via Grouse Gulch

The hike ascends from the Animas River upstream from Silverton to a pass. Then down 700 feet to meet the normal Handies trail in American Basin. Here we will join the crowds to reach the summit, returning the same way.
Dogs OK. HC vehicle. Carpool $13. RSVP Chris Blackshear, chris.blackshear@gmail.com.
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard, 10 miles, 3900 ft. Brisk Pace.

Tue, Jul 19
5:00 pm


Cure Home 5:00 pm

SO! Board Meeting

The quarterly meeting of the SO! Board will take place at the home of Harding Cure beginning with dinner at 5:00 pm on July 19. Any members who are interested are invited to the board meetings. Any who plan to attend, other than board members, should RSVP to Harding Cure at hardingcure@gmail.com or 970-382-8286.

Interesting

Wed, Jul 20
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am
Purg 8:30 am

WW hike
West Lime Creek Trail

We will hike along West Lime Creek for about 3 miles, seeing many waterfalls. The last quarter mile is an easy bushwhack to the last waterfall. Return is by the same route. Carpool $9. Well behaved dogs ok. RSVP non-members and those meeting at PURG only. RSVP Tricia Bayless (970) 799- 4535 tbayless@bresnan.net.
SO! outings are limited to fully vaccinated and boosted participants only.

About Wednesday Wanderers

Moderate
6 miles 1,000 ft. gain
Moderately easy pace

Thu, Jul 21
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am
Parking lot between ballfields and Main Ave.

Thursday Easy Outings

Friendly dogs & hikers welcome. Destination will be announced at the parking lot. Whenever possible group may return by the original route or a slightly more challenging route for those who choose the Extra Mile.
Do not RSVP. Text Ted if you need more specific info or wish to meet at the TH. Carpool varies by destination, approx.-$3-4.
Ted Keller 970-759-7207 text PREFERRED
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted.

About Wednesday Wanderers

Moderate
+/- 3 miles
Lower altitudes near Durango
Easy pace

Thu, Jul 21
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Thursday Road Bike Ride

This is a 28-mile bike ride from the Rec Center to Bakers Bridge and back, stopping at Bread.
Contact Ride Leaders: Rick Boebel, Pat Lyon, Daniel Saum, and Rodger Steeper at ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

28 miles, moderate pace

Fri, Jul 22
7:00 am


RC 7:00 am
TC 7:15 am
PURG 7:30 am

Thru-hike Spencer Basin to Blair Basin

A full day above treeline passing through 4 high basins above Silverton with the possibility of climbing 3 peaks. Ascending thru Spencer Basin at the end of Cunningham Gulch, we head north past Kendall Peak, Arrastra Basin, Round Mountain, Woodchuck Basin and Hazelton Mntn. Our descent is thru Blair Basin on a lengthy road walk down to shuttle cars at the mouth of Arrastra Creek. Kudos to Dan Honig for the route. Strong hikers only, please.
Carpool $13. Limit 10. 2 Dogs on approval only.
RSVP Steve Schnarch 970 749-4478 ssalivedgo@gmail.com
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard
11 miles
3700 ft.
Moderate pace

Mon, Jul 25
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Monday Road Bike Ride

This is a 16-mile bike ride from the Rec Center stopping at PJs and back.
Contact Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

16 miles, moderate pace

Tue, Jul 26
7:00 am


RC 7:00 am
TC 7:15 am
Purg 7:30 am

Hike Highland Mary Lake

A rewarding hike climbing to alpine lakes with spectacular views of valleys and mountains. We will loop back on the Continental Divide trail.
Limit 15. 4WD helpful. 2 well behaved dogs ok. Carpool $13
RSVP Terri Wells terriwells7@hotmail.com 970-749-8209.
SO! Hikes are limited to vaccinated members only. SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard
7.7 miles
1790 ft. gain
Brisk pace.

Wed, Jul 27
7:30 am


RC 7:30
Purg 8:00 am

WW hike
Engineer Meadows

This hike offers abundant wildflowers and beautiful vistas. The trail ascends a steep flowery slope into spruce/fir and passes by 2 small lakes. At 2.5 miles the trail exits the woods and enters the tundra where there are beautiful wildflowers. Carpool $8. Two well behaved dogs ok, include in RSVP. Limit 15. RSVP Janice Prendergast (480) 390-6659 janice@prenkin.com
SO! outings are limited to fully vaccinated and boosted SO! participants only.

About Wednesday Wanderers

Moderate
5 miles
1100 ft. gain
Moderately easy pace

Wed, Jul 27
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am

Hike to Hematite Lake

Starting at Howardsville, we hike up a steep but good trail to beautiful Hematite Lake (12,000). Spectacular views from the lake. There will also be an option for an add-on hike to Macomber Peak (13,222). Macomber Peak can be reached via a trail from Hematite Lake that is approximately 1.5 additional steep miles. Limit 12. Carpool $10. RSVP Troy Albright Talbright318@gmail.com.
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard
4 miles
2600 ft. gain
Or, 7 miles
3800 ft. gain
Brisk Pace

Thu, Jul 28
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am
Parking lot between ballfields and Main Ave.

Thursday Easy Outings

Friendly dogs & hikers welcome. Destination will be announced at the parking lot. Whenever possible group may return by the original route or a slightly more challenging route for those who choose the Extra Mile.
Do not RSVP. Text Ted if you need more specific info or wish to meet at the TH. Carpool varies by destination, approx.-$3-4.
Ted Keller 970-759-7207 text PREFERRED
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted.

About Wednesday Wanderers

Moderate
+/- 3 miles
Lower altitudes near Durango
Easy pace

Thu, Jul 28
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Thursday Road Bike Ride

This is a 28-mile bike ride from the Rec Center to Bakers Bridge and back, stopping at Bread.
Contact Ride Leaders: Rick Boebel, Pat Lyon, Daniel Saum, and Rodger Steeper at ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

28 miles, moderate pace

Fri, Jul 29
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am

Hike Melanie Highline to North Anvil Peak (12,300 ft.) with option for Ohio Peak (12,674 ft.)

The start for this hike is at 12,000 ft., and the hiking is all above tree line, so the views in every direction are spectacular. We will follow use trails across the gentle meadows of wildflowers affectionately known as the Melanie Highline, then over open rocky slopes to the short but fairly steep climb up North Anvil Peak. Returning by the same route, with the option to add an additional mile and a steep 600 ft. by climbing with some scrambling up Ohio Peak.
Limit 15, Dogs 0K, 4WD/HC required, Carpool $17.
RSVP Leader Harding Cure, 970-382-8286 or hardingcure@gmail.com,
Co-leader Chuck Rancatti

Moderate to North Anvil, 4.5 mi., 600 ft. gain,
Hard to Ohio, 5.5 mi., additional 600 ft. gain.
Moderate pace

Sun, Jul 31
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am
Purg 8:30 am

Coal Creek to Deer Creek through hike

Hike up Coal Creek trail and down Deer Creek trail enjoying many wildflowers along the way. Expect an off trail detour of less than 1/2 mile on uneven terrain.
Carpool $9. Limit 12. Well behaved dogs OK.
RSVP Sandy Hoagland 759-7578 swhoagy@live.com
SO! Outings are limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted

Hard
8.25 miles
2,050 ft. gain
Moderately Brisk Pace

Mon, Aug 1
7:00 am


RC 7:00 am
Purg 7:30 am

Hike to Columbine Lake

Columbine Lake has to be the bluest lake in Colorado. We will drive up a 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. No limit. Requires 4WD/HC/Lo to get to the trailhead. Limit 2 well behaved dogs. Carpool $13. RSVP Clark Lagow clagow@rmi.net
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate 6.5 miles 1020 ft

Mon, Aug 1
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Monday Road Bike Ride

This is a 16-mile bike ride from the Rec Center stopping at PJs and back.
Contact Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

16 miles, moderate pace

Wed, Aug 3
7:00 am


SRP 7:00 am

WW hike Hope Lake

This hike requires a two-hour drive to the TH, which is at Trout Lake, near Lizard Head Pass, but it is well worth the drive. The trail climbs steadily past creeks, bountiful wildflowers and incredible vistas. Carpool $13. Well behaved dogs ok, include in RSVP. RSVP Tricia Bayless (970) 799- 4535 tbayless@bresnan.net.
SO! outings are limited to fully vaccinated and boosted participants only.

About Wednesday Wanderers

Moderate
6 miles
1150 ft. gain
Moderately easy pace

Thu, Aug 4
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am
Parking lot between ballfields and Main Ave.

Thursday Easy Outings

Friendly dogs & hikers welcome. Destination will be announced at the parking lot. Whenever possible group may return by the original route or a slightly more challenging route for those who choose the Extra Mile.
Do not RSVP. Text Ted if you need more specific info or wish to meet at the TH. Carpool varies by destination, approx.-$3-4.
Ted Keller 970-759-7207 text PREFERRED
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted.

About Wednesday Wanderers

Moderate
+/- 3 miles
Lower altitudes near Durango
Easy pace

Thu, Aug 4
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Thursday Road Bike Ride

This is a 28-mile bike ride from the Rec Center to Bakers Bridge and back, stopping at Bread.
Contact Ride Leaders: Rick Boebel, Pat Lyon, Daniel Saum, and Rodger Steeper at ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

28 miles, moderate pace

Fri, Aug 5
7:00 am


RC 7:00 am
TC 7:15 am
PURG 7:30 am

Climb American Peak (13,806 ft.) and Jones Mountain (13,860 ft.)

From Burns Gulch above Silverton, we ascend to the saddle between these two peaks. Each peak is approx. 450 to 500 feet above the saddle. American Peak is an out-and-back followed by traversing Jones Mountain and descending to our cars. The possibility exists for a third peak after Jones at similar height. 4WD HC vehicles required or our route is extended by 3 miles . Strong hikers only, please.
Carpool $13 + $5 for 4WD. Limit 10. No dogs.
RSVP Steve Schnarch 970 749-4478 ssalivedgo@gmail.com
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard
6 miles
3500 ft.
Moderate pace

Sun, Aug 7
7:30 am


RC 7:30 am
TC 7:40 am
Purg 8:00 am

Climb Blackhawk Mountain (12681 ft.)

Starting at Hotel Draw, off of Scotch Creek road, we will hike the Colorado Trail then divert to climb Blackhawk Mountain. This hike takes us through the forest, crossing a couple creeks, then a climb to the top at 12,681 ft. elevation. The vista from there is spectacular. Limit 10. High clearance vehicles required. 2 well behaved dogs ok. Carpool $12.
RSVP terri wells 970-749-8209 or terriwells7@hotmail.com.
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard,
9 miles
2280 ft. gain
Brisk pace

Mon, Aug 8
6:30 am


ACP 6:30 am
TC 6:40 am

Animas Forks Catwalk Loop (13,722 ft)

This high alpine loop hike will start above Animas Forks on the Cinnamon/Engineer Pass road. Steep off-trail climb on tundra then talus to Animas Forks ridge to AF Summit at 13,722. Then, the Catwalk ridge to Point 13,560 to Wood Mountain (13,650). Although not a long hike this will take time due to lots of exposure and off trail talus. Brisk pace to hopefully avoid thunderstorms. Carpool: $13. 4WD/HC. Limit 10. No dogs (due to exposure).
RSVP Rich Butler 609-532-6949 rbbutler54@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Most Challenging.
~ 5.5 miles
~3,000 ft
Brisk Pace

Mon, Aug 8
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Monday Road Bike Ride

This is a 16-mile bike ride from the Rec Center stopping at PJs and back.
Contact Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

16 miles, moderate pace

Tue, Aug 9 -
Thu, Aug 11


TBD

Backpack to Climb South River Peak

South River Peak (13,148) is a remote but prominent mountain in the Weminuche. We will begin from Ivy Creek TH, south of Creede, and backpack about 8.5 miles to Goose Lake. The next day we will hike 3 miles to summit South River Peak. We have the option to climb Peak 12683 on return to Goose Lake, an extra mile and extra 400 feet gain. We will pack out on Thursday.
Carpooling and departure time and place will be determined once we know the participants.
Limit 8, No dogs, HC needed.
RSVP leader John Bregar, 970-385-1814 or Johnbregar09@gmail.com
During the pandemic SO! outings are limited to fully vaccinated and boosted members and guests.

Most challenging,
24 miles, 3900 ft. gain
Moderately brisk pace

Tue, Aug 9
6:00 pm


RC 6:00 pm

SO! General Meeting & Program

6;oo-6:30: Social half hour with refreshments
6:30 7:30 pm: Meeting and Presentation
Presentation Title:  ““Journey to Antartica and South Georgia Island””
Speaker: Terry Bacon and Debra Parmenter
Presentation summary: Terry Bacon and Debra Parmenter traveled to the Southern Ocean, Antarctica and South Georgia Island in November, 2018 and saw massive glaciers, mile-long icebergs, killer whales, elephant seals, penguins by the hundreds of thousands, and seabirds with 10-foot wingspans. Long-time Durangoans and world travelers, Bacon, author and retired businessman, and Parmenter, a retired Realtor, will show a short film, still photos, and share stories.
Speaker bios:
Terry Bacon is an author and retired businessman. A 30-year resident of Durango, he is the former CEO of Lore International Institute and was named as one of the Top 100 Thinkers in Leadership in the World. He has published more than forty books. Terry has served on many nonprofit boards, including the FLC Foundation, Music in the Mountains, DAC Advisory Board, Women’’s Resource Center, Durango STEAM Park, and Durango PlayFest. Together with Debra Parmenter, he was awarded the Sweethearts of the Arts award by the Durango Arts Center.
Debra Parmenter is a retired realtor and resident of Durango since 1966. She is an accomplished photographer and winner of numerous awards, including the Good Neighbor Award from the National Association of Realtors, Volunteer of the Year from Durango Chamber of Commerce, Athena Award (now the Morley Ballantine Award) and Distinguished Service Award from Durango Association of Realtors. She has also served on many nonprofits, including the FLC Foundation, New Face Productions, One Hundred Club of Durango, and the Women’’s Resource Center.  She was Realtor of the Year in 1987.

Interesting & Fun

Wed, Aug 10
7:30 am


RC 7:30 am
Purg 8:00 am

WW hike
Little Molas/Colorado Trail

This hike begins at the Little Molas Campground on the Colorado Trail and climbs up through a forest planted after the 1879 wildfire then up to expansive views above the planted forest. Carpool $9. No dogs. Limit 15. RSVP Cindy Werland cewerland@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to fully vaccinated and boosted participants only.

About Wednesday Wanderers

Moderate
5 miles
600 ft. gain
Moderately easy pace

Thu, Aug 11
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am
Parking lot between ballfields and Main Ave.

Thursday Easy Outings

Friendly dogs & hikers welcome. Destination will be announced at the parking lot. Whenever possible group may return by the original route or a slightly more challenging route for those who choose the Extra Mile.
Do not RSVP. Text Ted if you need more specific info or wish to meet at the TH. Carpool varies by destination, approx.-$3-4.
Ted Keller 970-759-7207 text PREFERRED
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted.

About Wednesday Wanderers

Moderate
+/- 3 miles
Lower altitudes near Durango
Easy pace

Thu, Aug 11
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Thursday Road Bike Ride

This is a 28-mile bike ride from the Rec Center to Bakers Bridge and back, stopping at Bread.
Contact Ride Leaders: Rick Boebel, Pat Lyon, Daniel Saum, and Rodger Steeper at ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

28 miles, moderate pace

Mon, Aug 15
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am

Hike to Hope Lake via Mineral Creek

Starting at the Bandora mine (located 2.3 miles past Mineral Creek CG) we will climb 1700 ft. to the top of the pass. After taking in the views of Sharp Peaks and Hope and Trout Lakes in the valley below we will descend 590 ft. in 0.7 miles to Hope Lake for lunch, then return the same way back to the Bandora mine. Limit 12. Carpool $13
RSVP Troy Albright Talbright318@gmail.com.
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
7 miles
1700 ft gain
Moderate Pace

Mon, Aug 15
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Monday Road Bike Ride

This is a 16-mile bike ride from the Rec Center stopping at PJs and back.
Contact Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

16 miles, moderate pace

Tue, Aug 16
8:30 am


TH 8:30 am

Hike Haflin Creek Trail

We will meet at the trailhead just off CR 250 and hike about three miles up the Haflin Creek trail. Great views of the La Platas and Animas Valley. The rating is hard because of the elevation gain.
No Dogs, No Carpool.
RSVP to leader Wayne Bedor, at waynebedor@yahoo.com or cell 970-769-6548.
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard, 6 miles,
2,800 ft. elevation gain
Moderate pace

Wed, Aug 17
7:30 am


RC 7:30 am

Hike Cave Basin

This is just a nice hike thru a mix of forests and meadows at elevations ranging from about 10,700 ft to 11,500 ft. The trailhead is up middle mountain road above Vallecito lake. No spectacular views, just a nice alpine hike from a fairly easily accessed trailhead. Moderate pace. Limit 15 due to wilderness regulations. Limit 2 well behaved dogs. Carpool $8. RSVP Clark Lagow clagow@rmi.net
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate 6 miles 1000 ft.

Wed, Aug 17
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am
Purg 9:00 am

WW hike
Grassy Creek

We’ll start where the gravel ends on the Relay Creek Road, (FS 580) hiking from there up an abandoned logging road that climbs through the upper Grassy Creek drainage. When the road tops out on a ridge coming down from Graysill Ridge, we’ll scramble up the ridge a short distance and stop with views of the upper Hermosa drainage, Hermosa Peak, and Blackhawk Mtn. HC desirable, approximately 15 miles of FS gravel roads. Carpool $9. No dogs. Limit 12.
RSVP  Bob Kuhnert (970) 799-0692 rkuhnert55@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to fully vaccinated and boosted participants only.

About Wednesday Wanderers

Moderate
6 miles 1000 ft gain
Moderate pace

Wed, Aug 17
5:00 pm


Blackshear Home 5:00 pm

Outings Committee Meeting

Your Outings Committee meets quarterly to compile the quarterly outings schedule and consider other pending items. Any member is welcome to attend, but if you wish to attend please RSVP to Chris Blackshear at chris.blackshear@gmail.com

Interesting

Thu, Aug 18
7:30 am


RC 7:30 am
TH 8:15 am

Hike Vallecito Creek to 2nd Bridge

A beautiful hike following Vallecito Creek through the steep canyon with big jagged mountains filling in the view to the north. Most of the elevation gain is during the early portion of the hike. It then flattens out to a very gradual, gentle grade. Hard only because of distance.
Carpool $7. Limit 12. No dogs.
RSVP Steve Krest (970) 903-4332 stevekrest@gmail.com
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted

Hard
11 miles
900 ft. gain
Moderate Pace

Thu, Aug 18
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am
Parking lot between ballfields and Main Ave.

Thursday Easy Outings

Friendly dogs & hikers welcome. Destination will be announced at the parking lot. Whenever possible group may return by the original route or a slightly more challenging route for those who choose the Extra Mile.
Do not RSVP. Text Ted if you need more specific info or wish to meet at the TH. Carpool varies by destination, approx.-$3-4.
Ted Keller 970-759-7207 text PREFERRED
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted.

About Wednesday Wanderers

Moderate
+/- 3 miles
Lower altitudes near Durango
Easy pace

Thu, Aug 18
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Thursday Road Bike Ride

This is a 28-mile bike ride from the Rec Center to Bakers Bridge and back, stopping at Bread.
Contact Ride Leaders: Rick Boebel, Pat Lyon, Daniel Saum, and Rodger Steeper at ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

28 miles, moderate pace

Fri, Aug 19
7:30 am


RC 7:30 am

Hike Sliderock Trail to Taylor Lake

An out and back moderate hike on well-defined trail starting off Junction Ck Rd. Trail starts climbing for 1.5 miles through a forest then traverses across a talus slope. We will pass the old Muldoon mine off to the south. After reaching Kennebec Pass we will continue on to Taylor Lake, another 1.8 miles. Limit 12. 2 will behaved dogs ok. Carpool $10.
RSVP Lorie Hansen at lmhansen39@gmail.com.
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
7.6 miles
1400 ft. gain
Moderate Pace

Mon, Aug 22
7:00 am


ACP 7:00 am
TC 7:10 am

Mt. Rhoda, Mountaineer Peak, Whitehead Peak Loop (13,435)

The trail starts at Spencer Basin TH in Cunningham Gulch. We will ascend into Spencer Basin aiming for the saddle btw Pt 13,399 and Pt 13,409. Then it is an off-trail ridge hike on talus to Mountaineer (13,435) then to Rhoda (13,402) and, weather permitting, over to Whitehead (13,259). We return to the Whitehead/Rhoda saddle to descend to the Highland Mary Lakes trail back to our vehicles. Carpool $13. 4WD. Limit 12. Dogs adapted to talus OK.
RSVP: Rich Butler 609-532-6949 rbbutler54@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Most Challenging
~9.5 miles
~4,000 ft
Brisk Pace

Mon, Aug 22
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Monday Road Bike Ride

This is a 16-mile bike ride from the Rec Center stopping at PJs and back.
Contact Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

16 miles, moderate pace

Wed, Aug 24
12:00 am


RC 8:00 am
Purg 8:30 am

Hike Molas Trail to Elk Park

The hike down offers dramatic views of the canyon below and possibly a glimpse of the D&SNG as it passes through the canyon. Beautiful scenes are plentiful on this hike. The trail leads down into Animas Canyon and eventually to Elk Park with 35 switchbacks for the descent which means we finish with an ascent! Hardy hikers only. We will cross the Animas River via a bridge at 3.7, cross the tracks and on to Elk Park, the railroad stop for our historical narrow gauge train at 4.4 miles, our destination and lunch spot. This could be a 6 to 8 hour hiking day, pace will be moderate but rating hard. Carpool $9. Limit 15 due to wilderness regulations. Dogs OK.
RSVP: Clark Lagow clagow@rmi.net
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard
8.7 miles 2240 ft.
Moderate pace

Wed, Aug 24
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am

WW hike
Westview Loop

We will enjoy views of Kennebec Mt. in the background as we hike the Westview Trail in the Log Chutes Trail system, which is 5 miles up Junction Creek Road. It is a very pleasant loop with some ups and downs. Carpool $3. No dogs. Limit 12. SO! members only. RSVP Lynn Johnson (505) 239-3159 lynnjsn@icloud.com
SO! outings are limited to fully vaccinated and boosted participants only.

About Wednesday Wanderers

Modrate
3 miles
660 ft. gain
Moderately easy pace

Thu, Aug 25
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am
Parking lot between ballfields and Main Ave.

Thursday Easy Outings

Friendly dogs & hikers welcome. Destination will be announced at the parking lot. Whenever possible group may return by the original route or a slightly more challenging route for those who choose the Extra Mile.
Do not RSVP. Text Ted if you need more specific info or wish to meet at the TH. Carpool varies by destination, approx.-$3-4.
Ted Keller 970-759-7207 text PREFERRED
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted.

About Wednesday Wanderers

Moderate
+/- 3 miles
Lower altitudes near Durango
Easy pace

Thu, Aug 25
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Thursday Road Bike Ride

This is a 28-mile bike ride from the Rec Center to Bakers Bridge and back, stopping at Bread.
Contact Ride Leaders: Rick Boebel, Pat Lyon, Daniel Saum, and Rodger Steeper at ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

28 miles, moderate pace

Fri, Aug 26
6:30 am


RC 6:30 am
Needles Store 7:00am

Climb Grizzly Peak

At the end of Cascade Divide Road begin hike north on Colorado Trail and secondary trail. Most of hike is off trail on loose rock to the base of a steep, loose rock couloir and then up a broad ridge to the summit. Great views of San Juan peaks from Summit. Return by South ridge with some class 3 scramble and moderate exposure.
Long drive on HC/4WD road to TH takes about 90 minutes from Needles Store
Carpool $12. Limit 10. No dogs.
RSVP- Tim Tischler, 970 247-7970 or 512 971-4229, tbtischler46@gmail.com
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard
7.3 miles
3200 ft
Moderate pace

Mon, Aug 29
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am
Purg 8:30 am

Climb Sugarloaf (12,754 ft.)

Climb Sugarloaf (12,754 ft.) from Spencer Basin, then continue down the SW ridge and dropping off trail to reach Highland Mary Lakes. Return to the cars via the Highland Mary Lake trail, crossing the creek before reaching the cars.
Carpool $13. 4WD/HC. Limit 10. Dogs ok.
RSVP Sandy Hoagland 759-7578 swhoagy@live.com
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted

Hard
7.5 miles
2,400 ft. gain
Moderately Brisk Pace

Mon, Aug 29
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Monday Road Bike Ride

This is a 16-mile bike ride from the Rec Center stopping at PJs and back.
Contact Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

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16 miles, moderate pace

Wed, Aug 31
7:00 am


RC 7:00 am Purg 7:30 am

Hike to the Old Hundred Boarding House.

This spectacular old miners boarding house is perched on the side of Galena Mountain. It was recently restored as an historic landmark. The trail is loose and steep in places, but not long, and affords great views. We will do it at a moderate pace. The final (optional) scramble from the trail down to the boarding house is narrow, steep, and loose with some exposure but is well worth it. Poles helpful. 4WD/HC/Lo necessary. Carpool $13. No limit. No dogs to the boarding house. RSVP Clark Lagow clagow@rmi.net
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate 4 miles 1000 ft. Most Challenging for scramble to boarding house
Moderate Pace

Wed, Aug 31
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am
Purg 8:30 am

WW hike
Crater Lake Trail

We will hike from Andrews Lake up the steep, well-defined Crater Lake Trail past the wilderness border. Views and wildflowers are wonderful along the trail. Carpool $9. Three well behaved dogs ok. Limit 15. SO! members and guests only. RSVP Doug Hawkins (602) 770-6278 dougwhawkins@hotmail.com Co-leader Lisa Ferdinand. SO! outings are limited to fully vaccinated and boosted participants only.

About Wednesday Wanderers

Moderate
6 miles
700 ft. gain
Moderately easy pace

Thu, Sep 1
7:00 am


RC 7:00 am
Needles Store 7:30am

Climb Golden Horn

Hike into Ice Lake Basin and head South on poorly defined trail. Work our way up on loose rock and soil on the East aspect of the Golden Horn. Some class 3 scramble with low exposure on the summit block. Outstanding views of Ice Lake from the summit. Return on same route, 7 to 8 hours to complete.
Carpool $12. Limit 10. Mountain dogs acceptable
RSVP- Tim Tischler, 970 247-7970 or 512 971-4229, tbtischler46@gmail.com
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard
12 miles
4200 ft
Moderate pace

Thu, Sep 1
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Thursday Road Bike Ride

This is a 28-mile bike ride from the Rec Center to Bakers Bridge and back, stopping at Bread.
Contact Ride Leaders: Rick Boebel, Pat Lyon, Daniel Saum, and Rodger Steeper at ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

28 miles, moderate pace

Mon, Sep 5
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Monday Road Bike Ride

This is a 16-mile bike ride from the Rec Center stopping at PJs and back.
Contact Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

16 miles, moderate pace

Tue, Sep 6
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am
TC 8:45 am
PURG 9:00 am

Fall Colors along the South Side of Cascade Creek

From behind Cascade Village our route runs mostly level through pines and aspens, then descends to follow Cascade Creek and traverses a few small meadows. After a leisurely lunch by the creek we return by the same route. A classic hike for fall colors and some great views of Engineer Mountain.
Carpool $6. Limit 12. 2 Dogs on approval only.
RSVP Steve Schnarch 970 749-4478 ssalivedgo@gmail.com
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
5 miles
550 ft.
Moderate pace

Wed, Sep 7
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am
Purg 9:00 am

WW hike
Pasture Creek

Hike up old logging roads to the base of Grayrock Peak with great views to the north. Return via different logging roads through mixed conifers and grassy meadows. (This hike is Susan Beck-Brown’s hike called Relay Creek).  Carpool $9. No dogs. Limit 12.
RSVP Bob Kuhnert (970) 799-0692 rkuhnert@gmail.com.
SO! outings are limited to fully vaccinated and boosted participants only.

About Wednesday Wanderers

Moderate
6 mi.
1000 ft. gain
Moderate pace

Thu, Sep 8
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Thursday Road Bike Ride

This is a 28-mile bike ride from the Rec Center to Bakers Bridge and back, stopping at Bread.
Contact Ride Leaders: Rick Boebel, Pat Lyon, Daniel Saum, and Rodger Steeper at ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

28 miles, moderate pace

Thu, Sep 8
5:00 pm


TBD 5:00 pm

SO! Social Meeting

The September SO! meeting will be a social meeting, most likely a pot-luck picnic at Chris Park. Details will be announced when available.

Mon, Sep 12
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Monday Road Bike Ride

This is a 16-mile bike ride from the Rec Center stopping at PJs and back.
Contact Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

16 miles, moderate pace

Thu, Sep 15
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Thursday Road Bike Ride

This is a 28-mile bike ride from the Rec Center to Bakers Bridge and back, stopping at Bread.
Contact Ride Leaders: Rick Boebel, Pat Lyon, Daniel Saum, and Rodger Steeper at ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

28 miles, moderate pace

Mon, Sep 19
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Monday Road Bike Ride

This is a 16-mile bike ride from the Rec Center stopping at PJs and back.
Contact Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

16 miles, moderate pace

Sat, Sep 24
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Thursday Road Bike Ride

This is a 28-mile bike ride from the Rec Center to Bakers Bridge and back, stopping at Bread.
Contact Ride Leaders: Rick Boebel, Pat Lyon, Daniel Saum, and Rodger Steeper at ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

28 miles, moderate pace

Mon, Sep 26
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Monday Road Bike Ride

This is a 16-mile bike ride from the Rec Center stopping at PJs and back.
Contact Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

16 miles, moderate pace

Thu, Sep 29
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Thursday Road Bike Ride

This is a 28-mile bike ride from the Rec Center to Bakers Bridge and back, stopping at Bread.
Contact Ride Leaders: Rick Boebel, Pat Lyon, Daniel Saum, and Rodger Steeper at ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org
During the pandemic SO! Outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

28 miles, moderate pace

Outings will meet and depart from the following locations:

  • ACP: Animas City Park for outings to the north or out Florida Rd. The park (a narrow grassy area) is located on E. 2nd Ave. immediately north of 32nd (just north and east of North City Market). Note that it is on the WEST side of the river, so coming from Main Ave., you do NOT cross the bridge! Meeting area is on 2nd Ave just after turning north off 32nd St.
  • PURG: Purgatory Resort – at entrance, unless otherwise specified
  • RC: Durango Community Recreation Center for overnight trips and some other outings. The Rec. Center is located at 2700 Main Ave. Please park in the lot closest to Main.
  • SRP: Santa Rita Park (Durango Visitor Center) for outings to the south or either way on Hwy. 160. The park is located at the intersection of Hwy 160-550 & Santa Rita Drive, 1 mile South of the Doubletree Hotel. We gather behind the Santa Rita Park Sign.
  • TAM: Tamarron – parking lot at Tamarron Resort
  • TC: Trimble Crossing – west side of parking lot at Trimble Crossing in front of the hardware store
  • TH: At the trailhead or other location for some outings

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