Full Season Schedule - Winter 202223

Date & Location Outing description Difficulty info

Fri, Dec 2
9:00 am


RC 9:00
Purg 9:30

Friday Snowshoes

We plan to resume our tradition of having a weekly Friday snowshoe 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.).
Carpool $5-$11, 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.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate to Hard
3+ miles
500-2000 ft
Moderate Pace

Wed, Dec 7
9:30 am


SRP 9:30 am

WW hike
Animas River Trail

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.
Dogs must be on leash per city ordinance.
No RSVP required. For more information contact Eric Pahlke at 247-1130 or ehpahlke@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

About Wednesday Wanderers

Easy
Flat 5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Fri, Dec 9
9:00 am


RC 9:00
Purg 9:30

Friday Snowshoes

We plan to continue our tradition of a Friday showshoe outing throughout the winter. Specific details for each Friday Snowshoe outing will be e-mailed about 2-3 days in advance to the group members. Participants must sign up in order to join the group and receive the emails.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

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.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate to Hard
3+ miles
500-2000 ft
Moderate Pace

Sat, Dec 10
9:00 am


TH 9:00 am

Avalanche Beacon Practice

Come over to the home of Chris Blackshear to practice with your avalanche beacon. It will be just a little hide and seek with single and multiple beacons. Bring your manual if you do not know how to use the thing.
RSVP: Chris Blackshear, chris.blackshear@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Easy

Tue, Dec 13
7:30 am


Hesperus Post Office 7:30 am

Early Skate Ski at Lizard Head on RR Grade

Telluride Nordic Ski Association grooms the approximately 3-mile RR grade from the top of the pass towards Trout Lake. It is usually the first Nordic ski track to open for the season. Usually the snow is quite good due to its northern exposure. The course is groomed for Skate and Classic skiing. There is also a snowshoe track. The top of the pass is 10,222 feet. Bring money to put in the box to help TNSA defray costs. We will stay as long as people want. Go at your own pace.
Carpool $10, no dogs.
RSVP Carolyn Wilber, car123lyn@gmail.com.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Easy to hard

Wed, Dec 14
8:30 am


SRP 8:30 am

Hike Starvation Creek

Starting west of Hesperus at the bottom of the Cherry Creek Road, we will climb up to the old railroad grade at about 8500 ft. and head west.  The Starvation Creek Trail will take us up 1100ft and bring us back to the railroad grade east of where we started.  We will head back on the old grade and return to our cars on the Cherry Creek Road. With a little luck we may have a dusting or more of snow.
Limit 12; two well-mannered dogs OK on approval; Carpool $4
RSVP to Leader Steve Schnarch at 970 749-4478 or ssalivedgo@gmail.com

Moderate
6.5 miles, 1600 ft. gain
Moderate Pace

Wed, Dec 14
9:30 am


SRP 9:30 am

WW hike
Animas River Trail

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..
Dogs must be on leash per city ordinance.
No RSVP required. For more information contact Eric Pahlke at 247-1130 or ehpahlke@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

About Wednesday Wanderers

Easy
Flat 5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Thu, Dec 15
9:30 am


Durango Nordic Center 9:30 am

Weekly Nordic Ski

Every Thursday 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 two 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. No dogs.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Varies, we typically break into groups based on ability.

Fri, Dec 16
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
Purg 9:30 am

Friday
Snowshoes

We plan to resume our tradition of having a weekly Friday snowshoe 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.). Carpool $5-$11, 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.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate to Hard 3+ miles 500-2000 ft

Sun, Dec 18
9:00 am


SRP 9:00 am

Snowshoe La Plata Canyon

Depending on early snow conditions, we will snowshoe along the creek bed and through the forest for a couple of miles then maybe up the steeper road as far as we like. If the snow is not suitable, we will postpone.
Carpool $3. No limit. Dogs Ok.
RSVP Harding Cure 970-382-8286 or hardingcure@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
4-6 miles
Mostly flat
Moderate pace

Wed, Dec 21
9:30 am


SRP 9:30 am

WW hike
Animas River Trail

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

About Wednesday Wanderers

Easy Flat 5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Thu, Dec 22
9:30 am


Durango Nordic Center 9:30 am

Weekly Nordic Ski

Every Thursday 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 two 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. No dogs.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Varies, we typically break into groups based on ability.

Fri, Dec 23
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
Purg 9:30 am

Friday
Snowshoes

We plan to resume our tradition of having a weekly Friday snowshoe 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.). Carpool $5-$11, 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.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate to Hard 3+ miles 500-2000 ft

Wed, Dec 28
9:30 am


SRP 9:30 am

WW hike
Animas River Trail

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

About Wednesday Wanderers

Easy Flat 5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Thu, Dec 29
9:30 am


Durango Nordic Center 9:30 am

Weekly Nordic Ski

Every Thursday 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 two 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. No dogs.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Varies, we typically break into groups based on ability.

Fri, Dec 30
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
Purg 9:30 am

Friday
Snowshoes

We plan to resume our tradition of having a weekly Friday snowshoe 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.). Carpool $5-$11, 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.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate to Hard 3+ miles 500-2000 ft

Tue, Jan 3
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
TH 9:35 am

X-C Ski up Cascade Creek

We will start at the highway at Cascade curve, and ski 2-4 miles up the valley, sometimes on the trail and sometimes on the creek. Distance will depend on snow conditions. Fish scales needed, but not skins. Skinny track skis not recommended.
Carpool $4. No dogs.
RSVP Travis Ward tlgward@gmail.com, Co-Leader Chuck Rancatti
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted

Moderate to Hard
4-8 miles
500-750 ft.
Moderate pace

Wed, Jan 4
9:30 am


SRP 9:30 am

WW hike
Animas River Trail

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

About Wednesday Wanderers

Easy Flat 5-7 miles Easy Pace

Thu, Jan 5
9:30 am


Durango Nordic Center 9:30 am

Weekly Nordic Ski

Every Thursday 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 two 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. No dogs.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Varies, we typically break into groups based on ability.

Fri, Jan 6
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
Purg 9:30 am

Friday
Snowshoes

We plan to resume our tradition of having a weekly Friday snowshoe 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.). Carpool $5-$11, 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.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate to Hard 3+ miles 500-2000 ft

Tue, Jan 10
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
TH 9:20 am

Snowshoe or hike Haviland Lk, Chris Park area

This is part of a series of outings in the Haviland Lake area on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, January through March. Depending on conditions, we will either hike or snowshoe in the Haviland Lk/Chris Park area. Outing will have moderate up and down. Please indicate where you will meet.
Carpool $4, Limit 15
RSVP to Betsy Petersen betsyp@bresnan.net 970-259-5417
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
Moderate Pace
Up to 4-5 miles for snowshoe, Up to 6 miles for hike
Less than 500ft gain

Tue, Jan 10
5:50 pm


RC 5:50 pm

General Meeting and Presentation

Agenda:
5:50-6:20 PM: Social half hour with refreshments.
6:20-7:40 PM: Meeting and presentation.
Presentation title: “Bears Ears National Monument: landscape of refuge and resistance”
Speaker: Andrew Gulliford
Presentation summary: The Antiquities Act, signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, is significant federal legislation that has created numerous national monuments and subsequent national parks. At 1.35 million acres, Bears Ears National Monument in San Juan County, Utah was proclaimed by President Obama in 2016, shrunk 85% by President Trump, and restored in full by President Biden. This is the first national monument to be championed by five tribal nations. From his new book Bears Ears: Landscape of Refuge and Resistance, Dr. Andrew Gulliford will present highlights from 11,000 years of Bears Ears history, show photos, and answer current questions.
Speaker bio: Andrew Gulliford is a professor of history and Environmental Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He teaches popular courses on wilderness, national parks, Western history, and environmental history. He is the author of many books including Americas Country Schools, Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions, and Boomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale, which won the Colorado Book Award. His book The Woolly West: Colorados Hidden History of Sheepscapes, published in 2018, was chosen the Outstanding Nonfiction winner for the 2019 Western Heritage Awards sponsored by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The Woolly West also won the Colorado Book Award for History in 2019.

Fun and educational

Wed, Jan 11
9:30 am


SRP 9:30 am

WW hike
Animas River Trail

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

About Wednesday Wanderers

Easy Flat 5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Thu, Jan 12
9:30 am


Durango Nordic Center 9:30 am

Weekly Nordic Ski

Every Thursday 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 two 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. No dogs.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Varies, we typically break into groups based on ability.

Thu, Jan 12
10:00 am


RC 10:00 am

Thursday Easy Outings (Snowshoeing)

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 Ted Keller if you need more specific info or you wish to meet at the trailhead. Text preferred to 970 759-7207.
SO! Outings are restricted to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
+/- 3 miles at lower altitudes near Durango
Easy Pace

Thu, Jan 12
5:00 pm


Conroy House 5:00 pm

SO! Board Meeting

The quarterly Board meeting will be at the home of Kevin Conroy. Any members who are interested may attend the board meetings. Any who plan to attend, other than board members, should RSVP to Kevin, 57ales@gmail.com

Interesting

Fri, Jan 13
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
Purg 9:30 am

Friday
Snowshoes

We plan to resume our tradition of having a weekly Friday snowshoe 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.). Carpool $5-$11, 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.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate to Hard 3+ miles 500-2000 ft

Sat, Jan 14
8:30 am


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

XC Ski (or Snowshoe) Lime Creek Rd

This will be a moderate XC ski on the old Lime Creek Rd out and back. Skis with fish scales are adequate; no climbing skins needed. Bring snowshoes in case snow conditions are not favorable for skiing.
Carpool $7. 4WD preferable. Dogs OK.
RSVP Nancy Mead 970 259-5978 nancy.a.mead@gmail.com.
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
6 miles
800 ft.
Moderate Pace

Mon, Jan 16
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

X-C Ski at Vallecito Nordic Area

Classic ski or skate ski around the east side of Vallecito Lake on the track groomed by the Vallecito Nordic Club. Make this day as easy or hard as you like. Ski type your choice. $5 Club donation suggested.
Carpool $4. 4WD helpful. Limit 15. Dogs OK.
RSVP Harding Cure 970-382-8286 or hardingcure@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Easy
Flat, groomed terrain
Distance optional
Individual pace

Wed, Jan 18
9:30 am


SRP 9:30 am

WW hike
Animas River Trail

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

About Wednesday Wanderers

Easy Flat 5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Thu, Jan 19
9:30 am


Durango Nordic Center 9:30 am

Weekly Nordic Ski

Every Thursday 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 two 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. No dogs.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Varies, we typically break into groups based on ability.

Thu, Jan 19
10:00 am


RC 10:00 am

Thursday Easy
Outings (Snowshoeing)

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 Ted Keller if you need more specific info or you wish to meet at the trailhead. Text preferred to 970 759-7207.
SO! Outings are restricted to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
+/- 3 miles at lower altitudes near Durango
Easy Pace

Fri, Jan 20
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
Purg 9:30 am

Friday
Snowshoes

We plan to resume our tradition of having a weekly Friday snowshoe 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.). Carpool $5-$11, 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.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate to Hard 3+ miles 500-2000 ft

Mon, Jan 23
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am Florida/CR 234 Fire Station 9:15 am

Snowshoe to Baldy Mountain (9800 ft.)

Loop route leaving from trailhead above Durango Hills subdivision and gradual climb on road to top of Baldy Mountain and the radio towers. Wonderful 360 degree views of San Juans, La Platas and Wolf Creek. We will return on the Missionary Ridge trail, past Haflin Ck trail until we meet a social trail that follows a ridge and back to the TH. Expect about five hours on trail.
Limit 15. Two well-mannered dogs on approval. Carpool fee $2. 4WD preferable.
RSVP Steve Schnarch 970 749-4478 ssalivedgo@gmail.com
SO! Outings are limited to vaccinated members only

Moderate/Hard depending on conditions
6 miles 1300 ft.
Moderate Pace

Tue, Jan 24
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
TH 9:20 am

Snowshoe or hike Haviland Lk, Chris Park area

This is part of a series of outings in the Haviland Lake area on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, January through March. Depending on conditions, we will either hike or snowshoe in the Haviland Lk/Chris Park area. Outing will have moderate up and down. Please indicate where you will meet.
Carpool $4, Limit 15
RSVP to Betsy Petersen betsyp@bresnan.net 970-259-5417
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
Moderate Pace
Up to 4-5 miles for snowshoe, Up to 6 miles for hike
Less than 500ft gain

Wed, Jan 25
9:30 am


SRP 9:30 am

WW hike
Animas River Trail

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

About Wednesday Wanderers

Easy Flat 5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Thu, Jan 26
9:30 am


Durango Nordic Center 9:30 am

Weekly Nordic Ski

Every Thursday 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 two 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. No dogs.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Varies, we typically break into groups based on ability.

Thu, Jan 26
10:00 am


RC 10:00 am

Thursday Easy Outings (Snowshoeing)

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 Ted Keller if you need more specific info or you wish to meet at the trailhead. Text preferred to 970 759-7207.
SO! Outings are restricted to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
+/- 3 miles at lower altitudes near Durango
Easy Pace

Fri, Jan 27
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
Purg 9:30 am

Friday
Snowshoes

We plan to resume our tradition of having a weekly Friday snowshoe 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.). Carpool $5-$11, 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.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate to Hard 3+ miles 500-2000 ft

Sat, Jan 28
8:00 am


ACP 8:00 am ACP
TC 8:15 am

Snowshoe to Basin by West Turkshead

Starting at the turn for Little Molas Lake, we will snowshoe up to the basin above and traverse south, circling back over the lake. If the snow is really firm, we may try to climb West Turkshead, which will make this outing Most Challenging. Avalanche gear will be required.
Carpool $7, dogs ok.
RSVP Chris Blackshear, chris.blackshear@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard (to the basin) or most challenging (for the peak), Brisk Pace

Mon, Jan 30
9:00 am


Twin Buttes TH (behind Speedway on 160 W) 9:00 am

X-C Ski Chicken Creek

X-C ski on easy to moderate groomed, wooded trails at Chicken Creek Nordic Center, with a break for lunch.
Carpool $7. Limit 12. No Dogs.
RSVP Sandy Hoagland 970-759-7578 swhoagy@live.com
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
Approx 5 miles, 750 ft
Moderate pace

Tue, Jan 31
8:00 am


ACP 8:00 am
TC 8:15 am

Snowshoe McMillan Peak

Snowshoe from Red Mountain Pass to McMillan summit. This is one of the most scenic hikes in the area. Avalanche beacons and shovels required.
Carpool $10. Dogs OK.
RSVP Chris Blackshear, chris.blackshear@gmail.com.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard 6 mikes 2000 ft, brisk pace

Wed, Feb 1
9:30 am


SRP 9:30 am

WW hike
Animas River Trail

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

About Wednesday Wanderers

Easy Flat 5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Thu, Feb 2
9:30 am


Durango Nordic Center 9:30 am

Weekly Nordic Ski

Every Thursday 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 two 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. No dogs.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Varies, we typically break into groups based on ability.

Thu, Feb 2
10:00 am


RC 10:00 am

Thursday Easy Outings (Snowshoeing)

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 Ted Keller if you need more specific info or you wish to meet at the trailhead. Text preferred to 970 759-7207.
SO! Outings are restricted to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
+/- 3 miles at lower altitudes near Durango
Easy Pace

Fri, Feb 3
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
Purg 9:30 am

Friday
Snowshoes

We plan to resume our tradition of having a weekly Friday snowshoe 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.). Carpool $5-$11, 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.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate to Hard 3+ miles 500-2000 ft

Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm


Steves house 7:00 pm

Moonlight Snowshoe in Hidden Valley

Weather and open skies permitting, we will boot hike or snowshoe through the Hidden Valley and its beautiful sandstone cliffs. The Valley is especially scenic under snow in the moonlight. We will have lots of ridge time, as we look down on the Animas Valley and across to Missionary Ridge. On a clear night you can see Mountain View Crest and the West Needles. Bring an extra warm layer of clothes, and a thermos of something hot to drink, so we can stay out for a while on the ridge top. Extra credit if you bring cookies to share. Meet at the home of Steve Schnarch, 83 Falls Creek Circle. We will car shuttle about a half mile to the trail.
Limit 15, Two well-mannered dogs on approval.
RSVP Steve Schnarch 970 749-4478 ssalivedgo@gmail.com
SO! Outings are limited to vaccinated members only.

Moderate
3 miles round trip out and back, 3 short, steep hills, 250 ft.
Moderate Pace

Mon, Feb 6
9:00 am


SRP 9:00 am

XC Ski La Plata Canyon

This is moderate backcountry skiing on mostly flat or gently sloping terrain. We will follow tracks in hopefully deep snow along the creek for a couple of miles, then another couple of miles of gentle climb up the road to the Chimney before a smooth cruise back down the road. No skins needed most any skis will work.
Carpool $3. 4WD may be helpful. No limit. Dogs Ok,
RSVP Harding Cure 970-382-8286 or hardingcure@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate - Hard
8 miles
Gentle slope
Moderate pace

Wed, Feb 8
9:30 am


SRP 9:30 am

WW hike
Animas River Trail

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

About Wednesday Wanderers

Easy Flat 5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Thu, Feb 9
9:30 am


Durango Nordic Center 9:30 am

Weekly Nordic Ski

Every Thursday 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 two 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. No dogs.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Varies, we typically break into groups based on ability.

Thu, Feb 9
10:00 am


RC 10:00 am

Thursday Easy Outings (Snowshoeing)

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 Ted Keller if you need more specific info or you wish to meet at the trailhead. Text preferred to 970 759-7207.
SO! Outings are restricted to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
+/- 3 miles at lower altitudes near Durango
Easy Pace

Fri, Feb 10
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
Purg 9:30 am

Friday
Snowshoes

We plan to resume our tradition of having a weekly Friday snowshoe 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.). Carpool $5-$11, 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.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate to Hard 3+ miles 500-2000 ft

Mon, Feb 13
8:30 am


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

Snowshoe Snowden Meadows to Crater Lake Trail

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 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).
Limit 15. Two well-mannered dogs on approval. Carpool fee $7
RSVP Steve Schnarch 970 749-4478 ssalivedgo@gmail.com
SO! Outings are limited to vaccinated members only.

Moderate/Hard depending on conditions
4 1/2 miles
600 ft elevation
Moderate pace

Tue, Feb 14
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
TH 9:20 am

Snowshoe or hike Haviland Lk, Chris Park area

This is part of a series of outings in the Haviland Lake area on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, January through March. Depending on conditions, we will either hike or snowshoe in the Haviland Lk/Chris Park area. Outing will have moderate up and down. Please indicate where you will meet.
Carpool $4, Limit 15
RSVP to Betsy Petersen betsyp@bresnan.net 970-259-5417
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
Moderate Pace
Up to 4-5 miles for snowshoe, Up to 6 miles for hike
Less than 500ft gain

Tue, Feb 14
5:50 pm


RC 5:50 pm

General Meeting and Presentation

Agenda:
5:50-6:20 PM: Social half hour with refreshments.
6:20-7:40 PM: Meeting and presentation.
Presentation title: “Sunsets, suburbs, or the sublime: which west is yours? Reconsidering different visions of our iconic landscape”
Speaker: Judith Reynolds
Presentation summary: Explore different perspectives of the American West with journalist Judith Reynolds. A life-long photographer, Reynolds met Ansel Adams while a student at the University of Michigan. His photographs of the West have inspired her since, and she will discuss them along with other masters such as W. H. Jackson, Jerry Uelsmann, and Richard Misrach. Her goal is to examine different visions and ask members of SO: Which West is Yours?
Speaker bio: Judith Reynolds is an educator and journalist who currently writes for the Durango Herald and has taught art history at Fort Lewis College. Reynolds and her late husband, David, moved to Durango and spent 10 years on a biography of the first scientist to write a monograph of the ruins at Mesa Verde. “Nordenskiold of Mesa Verde” was published in time for the National Parks Centennial in 2006. She regularly speaks in the FLC Life-long Lecture Series, a program she founded and continues to serve.

Fun and educational

Wed, Feb 15
9:30 am


SRP 9:30 am

WW hike
Animas River Trail

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

About Wednesday Wanderers

Easy Flat 5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Thu, Feb 16
9:30 am


Durango Nordic Center 9:30 am

Weekly Nordic Ski

Every Thursday 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 two 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. No dogs.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Varies, we typically break into groups based on ability.

Thu, Feb 16
10:00 am


RC 10:00 am

Thursday Easy Outings (Snowshoeing)

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 Ted Keller if you need more specific info or you wish to meet at the trailhead. Text preferred to 970 759-7207.
SO! Outings are restricted to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
+/- 3 miles at lower altitudes near Durango
Easy Pace

Fri, Feb 17
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
Purg 9:30 am

Friday
Snowshoes

We plan to resume our tradition of having a weekly Friday snowshoe 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.). Carpool $5-$11, 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.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate to Hard 3+ miles 500-2000 ft

Wed, Feb 22
9:30 am


SRP 9:30 am

WW hike
Animas River Trail

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

About Wednesday Wanderers

Easy Flat 5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Thu, Feb 23
9:30 am


Durango Nordic Center 9:30 am

Weekly Nordic Ski

Every Thursday 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 two 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. No dogs.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Varies, we typically break into groups based on ability.

Thu, Feb 23
10:00 am


RC 10:00 am

Thursday Easy Outings (Snowshoeing)

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 Ted Keller if you need more specific info or you wish to meet at the trailhead. Text preferred to 970 759-7207.
SO! Outings are restricted to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
+/- 3 miles at lower altitudes near Durango
Easy Pace

Fri, Feb 24
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
Purg 9:30 am

Friday
Snowshoes

We plan to resume our tradition of having a weekly Friday snowshoe 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.). Carpool $5-$11, 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.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate to Hard 3+ miles 500-2000 ft

Mon, Feb 27
8:30 am


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

Snowshoe Andrews Lake Powerlines

From the bench above Andrews Lake we will descend along the ridges to the south, moving through the trees and emerging along the Power Lines as they approach Lime Creek. After crossing the creek we will return on the old Lime Creek road to our shuttle cars on 550. While the avalanche risk is not great, it is recommended that participants have beacon, shovel, and probe for this outing.
Limit 12, Two well-mannered dogs on approval. Carpool $7
RSVP Steve Schnarch 970 749-4478 ssalivedgo@gmail.com
SO! Outings are limited to vaccinated members only.

Moderate/Hard depending on conditions.
4 miles, 400 ft elevation gain and 1400 ft. descent.
Moderate Pace

Tue, Feb 28
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
TH 9:20 am

Snowshoe or hike Haviland Lk, Chris Park area

This is part of a series of outings in the Haviland Lake area on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, January through March. Depending on conditions, we will either hike or snowshoe in the Haviland Lk/Chris Park area. Outing will have moderate up and down. Please indicate where you will meet.
Carpool $4, Limit 15
RSVP to Betsy Petersen betsyp@bresnan.net 970-259-5417
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
Moderate Pace
Up to 4-5 miles for snowshoe, Up to 6 miles for hike
Less than 500ft gain

Wed, Mar 1
9:30 am


SRP 9:30 am

WW hike
Animas River Trail

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

About Wednesday Wanderers

Easy Flat 5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Thu, Mar 2
9:30 am


Durango Nordic Center 9:30 am

Weekly Nordic Ski

Every Thursday 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 two 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. No dogs.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Varies, we typically break into groups based on ability.

Thu, Mar 2
10:00 am


RC 10:00 am

Thursday Easy Outings (Snowshoeing)

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 Ted Keller if you need more specific info or you wish to meet at the trailhead. Text preferred to 970 759-7207.
SO! Outings are restricted to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
+/- 3 miles at lower altitudes near Durango
Easy Pace

Fri, Mar 3
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
Purg 9:30 am

Friday
Snowshoes

We plan to resume our tradition of having a weekly Friday snowshoe 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.). Carpool $5-$11, 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.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate to Hard 3+ miles 500-2000 ft

Mon, Mar 6
9:00 am


ACP 9:00 am

Snowshoe above Little Molas Lake

Our destination will be the basin below West Turk, above Little Molas Lake. There may be some short steep sections, but mostly moderate terrain. Expect to spend about four hours on the trail. The pace will be moderate.
Carpool $7. 4WD if Hwy 550 is snowy. Limit 10. No dogs.
RSVP: Charles Berglund 247-9747 chasberglund@msn.com
This is a backcountry winter outing. SO! recommends that all participants carry appropriate gear (beacon, shovel and probe) and educate themselves about avalanche risks, conditions, and safety.
SO! Outings are limited to fully vaccinated members and their approved guests

Moderate
4 miles
1000 ft gain
Moderate Pace

Wed, Mar 8
9:30 am


SRP 9:30 am

WW hike
Animas River Trail

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

About Wednesday Wanderers

Easy Flat 5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Thu, Mar 9
9:30 am


Durango Nordic Center 9:30 am

Weekly Nordic Ski

Every Thursday 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 two 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. No dogs.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Varies, we typically break into groups based on ability.

Thu, Mar 9
10:00 am


RC 10:00 am

Thursday Easy Outings (Snowshoeing)

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 Ted Keller if you need more specific info or you wish to meet at the trailhead. Text preferred to 970 759-7207.
SO! Outings are restricted to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
+/- 3 miles at lower altitudes near Durango
Easy Pace

Fri, Mar 10
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
Purg 9:30 am

Friday
Snowshoes

We plan to resume our tradition of having a weekly Friday snowshoe 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.). Carpool $5-$11, 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.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate to Hard 3+ miles 500-2000 ft

Tue, Mar 14
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
TH 9:20 am

Snowshoe or hike Haviland Lk, Chris Park area

This is part of a series of outings in the Haviland Lake area on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, January through March. Depending on conditions, we will either hike or snowshoe in the Haviland Lk/Chris Park area. Outing will have moderate up and down. Please indicate where you will meet.
Carpool $4, Limit 15
RSVP to Betsy Petersen betsyp@bresnan.net 970-259-5417
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
Moderate Pace
Up to 4-5 miles for snowshoe, Up to 6 miles for hike
Less than 500ft gain

Tue, Mar 14
5:00 pm


RC 5:00 pm
RC 6:00 pm

New Member Orientation and Potluck dinner

SO! Spring Potluck.
New Member Orientation: 5:00 pm
Social: 6:00 pm
Potluck: 6:30 pm
Bring your own table service. Couples bring a dish for 12, singles a dish for 6, with a labeled serving utensil. A-F: Side G-M: Main N-R: Dessert S-Z: Main Please also bring non-perishable food donations or a check for the Manna Soup Kitchen.

Fun and educational

Wed, Mar 15
9:30 am


SRP 9:30 am

WW hike
Animas River Trail

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

About Wednesday Wanderers

Easy Flat 5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Thu, Mar 16
9:30 am


Durango Nordic Center 9:30 am

Weekly Nordic Ski

Every Thursday 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 two 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. No dogs.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Varies, we typically break into groups based on ability.

Thu, Mar 16
10:00 am


RC 10:00 am

Thursday Easy Outings (Snowshoeing)

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 Ted Keller if you need more specific info or you wish to meet at the trailhead. Text preferred to 970 759-7207.
SO! Outings are restricted to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
+/- 3 miles at lower altitudes near Durango
Easy Pace

Tue, Mar 28
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
TH 9:20 am

Snowshoe or hike Haviland Lk, Chris Park area

This is part of a series of outings in the Haviland Lake area on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, January through March. Depending on conditions, we will either hike or snowshoe in the Haviland Lk/Chris Park area. Outing will have moderate up and down. Please indicate where you will meet.
Carpool $4, Limit 15
RSVP to Betsy Petersen betsyp@bresnan.net 970-259-5417
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
Moderate Pace
Up to 4-5 miles for snowshoe, Up to 6 miles for hike
Less than 500ft gain

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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