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Highland Mary Lakes via Spencer Basin, loop hike

Friday, October 4, 7:30 am

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A car shuttle is required prior to starting hike. Starting from Cunningham Gulch west of the Highland Mary TH, we’ll climb westerly along Mountaineer Creek toward Spencer Basin, continue climbing over a high saddle to the west of Sugarloaf Mtn, then hike back east to HM Lakes, and return via the Highland Mary Trail. Mostly on trail, with some use trail, off trail/bushwhacking, and likely some route-finding/exploring. Expect views, possibly late flowers, waterfalls, and multiple creek crossings. Poles very helpful.

4WD/HC required, Carpool $8, Limit 15 due to Wilderness Area.
RSVP to Betsy Petersen betsypetersen@bresnan.net Please advise if you have 4WD, how many you can accommodate, and where you will meet

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Meeting Place:

7:30 am Durango Rec Center
8:00 am Purgatory Resort

Difficulty Info:

Moderate/hard
6.5 miles
2000 ft gain
Moderate pace