Seniors Outdoors! Schedule

Date & Location Outing description Difficulty info

Mon, Jul 15
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am TC 8:20 am
PURG 8:45 am

Quartzite Pk (N. Snowden 12,628 ft)

From the TH at Andrews Lake we take the usual trail to the back of Snowden Meadows, then ascend a good trail approx. 900 ft up a steep gully to a high saddle. Another 300 ft brings us to the peak at 12628 ft. Great views in all directions, especially of nearby Snowden Pk.
Limit 10. Two dogs on approval. Carpool $6
RSVP Steve Schnarch 970 749-4478 ssalivedgo@gmail.com

Hard
6 miles
2000 ft.
Moderate pace

Mon, Jul 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.
RSVP Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com

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16 miles
moderate pace

Tue, Jul 16
8:30 am


Fairgrounds: Sunday Flea Market Location

Tuesday Easy Outings-Castlerock

Just ANNOUNCED!

We will meet at the FAIRGROUNDS where the Sunday Flea Market is at 8:30AM.  The EASY hike will be to Castlerock the easy way.

We will drive to Elbert Creek Road behind Purgatory and start at one of the sharp turns going to the top of lift 6.

No need to RSVP but we leave at 8:30! All easy hikes are 2-3 hrs max.

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Easy

Wed, Jul 17
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 $6. Well behaved dogs ok, include in RSVP.
RSVP Tricia Bayless (970) 799- 4535 tbayless@bresnan.net.

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Moderate
6 miles
1000 ft. gain
Moderately easy pace

Thu, Jul 18
7:00 am


RC 7:00 am
Needles Store 7:30 am

Hike Golden Horn (13,780)

Hike into Ice Lake Basin and head south on poorly defined trail. Expect loose rock with some class 3 scramble and low exposure. Incredible view of Ice Lake from summit. Return by same route.
Limit 10, Mountain dogs acceptable, Carpool $8.
RSVP Tim Tischler tbtischler46@gmail.com 512-971-4229

Hard,
12 miles
4200 ft
moderate pace

Thu, Jul 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.
RSVP Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com

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28 miles
moderate pace

Sat, Jul 20
7:00 am


Norwood, CO 7:00 am or to be arranged

Climb Lone Cone (12,613 ft.)

Climb the westernmost peak in the San Juan Mountains. You have seen this stand-alone landmark from 100 miles afar. Here is your chance to stand on the apex. For nimble talus lovers. Cross a rock glacier and scramble on talus to the summit.
Carpool to be determined. 4WD. Limit 10. No dogs.
RSVP Tomas Ward 970-426-8918 tom@thward.net Co-leader Debra Van Winegarden debra@vanwinegarden.com

Hard
5 miles
2,100 feet
Moderate Pace

Mon, Jul 22 -
Wed, Jul 24


RC 9:00 am
PURG 9:30 am

Crystal Lake 2 Night Backpack

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

Hard
7.5 miles
1700 ft. over 3 days
Moderate pace

Mon, Jul 22
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 wildflowers should be nice this time of the year. The return is more or less by the same route. This hike will be at a moderate pace.
Car Pool $8. 4WD/HC required. Limit 15 due to wilderness area. Dogs OK.
RSVP: Clark Lagow clagow@rmi.net

Moderate
7 miles
1570 ft
Moderate pace

Mon, Jul 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.
RSVP Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com

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16 miles
moderate pace

Wed, Jul 24
7:00 am


RC 7:00 am
PURG 7:30

Hike to Columbine Lake

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

Moderate
6.5 miles
1020 ft
Moderate pace

Wed, Jul 24
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am
Vallecito Community Center 8:45 am

WW hike Endlich Mesa

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

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Moderate
5-6 miles
1000 ft. gain
Moderately easy pace

Thu, Jul 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.
RSVP Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com

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28 miles
moderate pace

Fri, Jul 26
7:30 am


RC 7:30 am

Hike Stevens Ck connector to Red Ck

Shuttle hike starting on Missionary Ridge Rd at the Stevens Ck connector. We will follow Stevens Ck trail then across Missionary Ridge to Red Ck.
Carpool $4. Limit 10. No dogs.
RSVP by email: Lmhansen39@gmail.com PH. For last minute contact- 828 243 2194

Hard
10.1 miles
2300 ft.
Moderate pace

Sat, Jul 27
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am

Climb Lewis Mountain (12,740 ft)

This beautiful hike starts from Columbus Basin in the La Platas. The road is pretty rough to get there. We will climb to the ridge on the trail used by the Kennebec race and then proceed clockwise on the ridge, climbing Lewis Peak and continuing around. The route has considerable exposure and some lower Class 3 moves. The descent can be a bit brushy in order to regain the road and hike back to the cars.
Limit 12. Carpool $6. 4WD/HC. No dogs.
RSVP: Carolyn Wilber, car123lyn@gmail.com

Most Challenging
5 miles
2300 ft ascent
Moderately brisk pace

Mon, Jul 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.
RSVP Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com

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16 miles
moderate pace

Tue, Jul 30
6:30 am


RC 6:30 am
Needles Store 7:00 am

Grouse Gulch to Handies Peak (14,058)

We will begin the hike on the Grouse Gulch TH just North of the bridge over the Animus River. The trail takes us over a pass at 13200 ft and into American Basin to the intersection with the main trail to Handies Peak. Then we follow that trail climbing to Handies Peak at 14048ft. We will return the way we came.
Dogs ok, HC vehicles, Limit 10
RSVP Tim Tischler tbtischler46@gmail.com 512-971-4229

Hard,
10 miles
4000 ft
moderate pace

Wed, Jul 31
7:30 am


RC 7:30 am
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 $5. Two well behaved dogs ok, include in RSVP. Limit 15.
RSVP Janice Prendergast (480) 390-6659 janice@prenkin.com. Co-leader Jim Prendergast.

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Moderate
5 miles 1100 ft. gain
Moderately easy pace

Thu, Aug 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.

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28 miles
moderate pace

Sat, Aug 3
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am

Climb Moss and Lavender (13,192 / 13,237)

Climb to Mt Moss and Mt Lavendar in the La Plata range. Starting from the La Plata Canyon road, ascend via a fire road into Tomahawk Basin. From there it is mostly off-trail with Class 3+ climbing and some exposure risk. We will return the way we came.
Limit 12. Carpool $6. No dogs. 4WD/HC vehicle
RSVP: Carolyn Wilber, car123lyn@gmail.com

Most Challenging
8 miles
3800 ft ascent
Moderately brisk pace

Mon, Aug 5
7:30 am


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

Hike Minnie Gulch to Pk 13,069

From the end of the road in Minnie Gulch, we will hike up to the Divide at 12,800 ft. We then turn south and follow the ridge that flanks the south side of Minnie Gulch, to a point at 13, 069 ft. Great views in all directions, and abundant wildflowers.
Limit 12. Two dogs on approval. HC vehicles required. Carpool $9
RSVP Steve Schnarch 970 749-4478 ssalivedgo@gmail.com

Moderate,
5.5 miles,
600 ft,
Moderate pace.

Mon, Aug 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.
RSVP Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com

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16 miles
moderate pace

Wed, Aug 7
7:30 am


RC 7:30 am

Hike Cave Basin

This is a nice hike through a mix of forests and meadows at elevations ranging from about 10,700 ft to 11,860 ft. We should have some lovely wildflowers along the way and gorgeous views at our overlook.
Carpool $6. Limit 15 (wilderness regulation). Limit 2 well behaved dogs.
RSVP Sandy Hoagland swhoagy@live.com

Hard
8.4 miles
650 ft.
Moderate Pace

Wed, Aug 7
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am
PURG 8:30 am

WW hike Crater Lake Trail

Our hike begins at Andrews Lake and follows the steep, well-defined Crater Lake Trail about 3 miles to a scenic open area with large pink boulders. We plan to stop here for lunch or snacks before returning the same way. Views and wildflowers are wonderful along the trail.
Carpool $6. Three well behaved dogs ok, include in RSVP. Limit 15.
RSVP Lisa Ferdinand (602) 312-5999 lferdinand@yahoo.com. Co-leader Doug Hawkins.

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Moderate
6 miles
800 ft. gain
Moderately easy pace

Thu, Aug 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.
RSVP Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com

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28 miles
moderate pace

Fri, Aug 9
7:00 am


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

Hike Maggie Gulch Meander

Hiking among spectacular wildflowers (hopefully) above Maggie Gulch, we will complete a loop with a section of the Continental Divide Trail. Upon returning to the cars, we will continue the hike to an overlook of Crystal Lake.
Carpool $9. 4WD/HC. Limit 12. Well behaved dogs OK with Leader approval.
RSVP: Kevin Conroy 630-200-5222 57ales@gmail.com

Moderate
7 miles
2100 ft gain
Moderate Pace

Mon, Aug 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.
RSVP Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com

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16 miles,
moderate pace

Tue, Aug 13
5:50 pm


RC 5:50 pm
RC 6:20 pm

SO! General Meeting

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: Edible Mushrooms of the San Juan Mountains
Speaker: Chris Ricci
Presentation summary: Explore the most prized edible mushrooms of southwest Colorado. Learn to find, identify, and prepare several common and choice mushrooms that grow in our area. The presentation will include a slide show, Q&A, and field guide show and tell. Bring your mushroom specimens for identification!
Speaker bio: Chris Ricci is a local mycologist who offers guided mushroom forays from Telluride, Durango and Pagosa Springs through his guide service, Fish and Fungi. He has been studying and identifying mushrooms across the planet since 1996, and in the San Juan Mountains since 2006. For more about Chris, visit fishandfungi.com.

Fun and educational

Wed, Aug 14
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am

Hike to Hope Lk via Mineral Ck

Starting at the Bandora mine (located 2.3 miles past Mineral Creek CG) we will climb to the pass. After taking in the views of Hope and Trout Lakes we will descend 590 ft. and 0.7 miles to Hope Lake for lunch, then return the same way.
Carpool $8. 4WD required. Limit 12.
RSVP Troy Albright talbright318@gmail.com.

Moderate
7 miles
1700 ft.
Moderate Pace

Wed, Aug 14
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 the Susan Beck-Brown hike called Relay Creek).
Carpool $6. No dogs. Limit 12.
RSVP Bob Kuhnert (970) 799-0692 rkuhnert55@gmail.com.

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Moderate
6 miles
1000 ft. gain
Moderately easy pace

Thu, Aug 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.
RSVP Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com

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28 miles
moderate pace

Fri, Aug 16
7:00 am


SRP 7:00 am

Hike Ryman Creek

Lower Ryman Creek trail, on the Dolores (west) side of the La Platas. We follow the creek bottom for 2 miles then up out of the canyon to meet Divide Rd., passing through stands of fir and open meadows. A lightly used trail. Out and back. The down side is a 76 mile drive to the trail head.
Carpool $11. Limit 12. No dogs.
RSVP: Steve Krest 970-903-4332 stevekrest@gmail.com

Moderate
7 miles
1400 ft gain
Moderate Pace

Mon, Aug 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.
RSVP Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com

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16 miles
moderate pace

Wed, Aug 21
7:00 am


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

Hike Porphyry Basin to Columbine Pass and Columbine Lake

We will hike from the top of Porphyry Basin Road into Porphyry Basin then on to Columbine Pass and finally the easy descent to Columbine Lake. Entire hike is above tree line, much of it on game trails. We hope to see waterfalls, wildflowers and beautiful mountain lakes.
Carpool $13. 4WD/HC. Limit 12. Well behaved dogs OK with Leader approval.
RSVP: Kevin Conroy 630-200-5222 57ales@gmail.com

Hard
8.1 miles
1300 ft gain
Moderate Pace

Wed, Aug 21
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 $6. Well behaved dogs ok, include in RSVP. Limit 15.
RSVP Tricia Bayless (970) 799-4535 tbayless@bresnan.net

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

Thu, Aug 22
7:30 am


RC 7:30 am
TC 7:40 am

Richmond Pass to South Hayden Peak (13,206 ft.)

Date change from Sept 4

Drive on 550 to Richmond Trailhead. Climb steeply on-trail thru aspen forest to Richmond Pass at 12,660 then off trail ridge climb NE to Hayden for 3,400 ft of gain in 3.3 miles. Great views of Red Mountain, Sneffels. We will drop back to the pass and head SW for Pt. 13,011, and, if time and weather permit, drop off ridge and traverse 1.2 miles to T8 (13,315 ft.).
Carpool $14. Limit 12. Dogs OK.
RSVP to Pam Smith pkmaureen@hotmail.com

Most challenging
9 miles (11.5 if we make T8)
4,100 ft. (5,000 ft. if T8)
Brisk Pace

Thu, Aug 22
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.
RSVP Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com

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28 miles
moderate pace

Fri, Aug 23
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am
PURG 8:30 am

Hike West Lime Creek

This is a moderate/easy hike along upper Lime Creek. It is through a spruce forest but with lots of views of the surrounding mountains. Waterfalls along the way. Out and back. Five and one half miles.
Carpool $6. Limit 12. Well behaved dogs OK.
RSVP: Steve Krest 970-903-4332 stevekrest@gmail.com

Moderate
5.7 miles
800 ft gain
Moderate Pace

Sat, Aug 24
7:30 am


RC 7:30 am
TC 7:40 am

Climb Sultan and Grand Turk (13,368 ft.)

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 (13,368 ft.). If weather and energy permit, we will climb Grand Turk (13,148 ft.) on our way back down.
Carpool $6. Limit 10, Dogs OK.
RSVP Pam Smith pkmaureen@hotmail.com

Hard
7.5 miles
2460 ft.
Moderate pace

Mon, Aug 26
7:00 am


RC 7:00 am

Climb Engineer Mountain (12,927 ft.)

Starting from Coal Bank Pass, we will follow the Pass Trail for roughly two miles to a junction in Engineer Meadows. The final mile is steep and loose and includes one tricky spot with moderate exposure. Return via same route.
Carpool $5. Limit 10. No dogs.
RSVP Tom Fiorillo 720 235-2245 tomfiorillo1@gmail.com

Most Challenging
6 miles
2400 ft.
Moderate pace

Mon, Aug 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.
RSVP Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com

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16 miles
moderate pace

Wed, Aug 28
8:30 am


RC 8:00 am
PURG 8:30 am

WW hike Melanie Highline

The trailhead for this hike is the high point of the Jeep road that runs from the top of Red Mountain Pass to US 550 several miles to the south (San Juan CR 14). The hike is all above tree line, between 11,800 and 12,200 ft. We will contour around a basin with great views off to the west. Snack or lunch is at a point that overlooks the Cement Creek drainage and the town of Silverton. An SUV with 4WD/Low range is required to get to the TH. The hike limit will be determined by number of drivers available. Dogs OK only if you are driving.
Carpool $10.
RSVP Clark Lagow clagow@rmi.net 970-759-3325.

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Moderate
3.1 miles
600 ft
Moderately easy pace

Thu, Aug 29
7:00 am


RC 7:00 am
TC 7:10 am
PURG 7:30 am

Hike Island Lake and V2 (13,309 ft) with Ice Lake Option

Hike Island Lake and V2 (13,309 ft.) with Ice Lake option. Start at lower Ice Lake Trailhead and then hike via the Island Lake route to Island Lake. From there take the trail up toward Swamp Pass. There is a steep section with loose footing just below the pass and then a short walk to V2. Great views! The return is by the same route or an option to go to Ice Lake, weather permitting, then down to the trailhead.
Carpool $8. Limit 10. Well behaved dogs OK with leader approval
RSVP: Judy Mack tupelo16@gmail.com

Hard
7 to 8 miles
3500 ft gain
Moderate Pace

Thu, Aug 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.
RSVP Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com

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28 miles
moderate pace

Sun, Sep 1
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am

Climb East Babcock

Climb East Babcock (13,149 ft.) We will walk up the Tomahawk Basin jeep trail for about 2 miles, then hike off trail into the beautiful upper basin, eventually leave the basin and hike through a mix of tundra, talus and somewhat scrabbly scree to the saddle below E. Babcock. From there, it is a class 3 ridge scramble to the summit. The exposure is considerable, but the rock is generally good; you will definitely feel you earned the summit by the time you get there!
Limit 12, no dogs. 4 WD. Carpool $6.
RSVP Carolyn Wilber, car123lyn@gmail.com

Most challenging
7.6 miles
3,300 ft. elevation gain
Brisk pace

Mon, Sep 2
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.
RSVP Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com

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16 miles
moderate pace

Wed, Sep 4
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am
PURG 9:00 am

WW hike Elbert Creek and Hermosa Ridge

We will hike upper Elbert Ck Trail to Hermosa Ridge, then hike south along the ridge toward lower Dutch Ck Trail (but not reaching it) and return the same way. We will have nice views.
Limit 12. Two well behaved dogs ok, include in RSVP.
Carpool $6.
RSVP Lmhansen39@gmail.com, Last minute contact, Ph 828 243 2194

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Moderate
4 mi.
400 ft. gain
Moderately easy pace

Thu, Sep 5
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.
RSVP Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com

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28 miles
moderate pace

Sun, Sep 8
6:00 am


SRP 6:00 am

Climb San Miguel Peak (13,752 ft)

We will ascend the Lake Hope Trail (near Lizard Head Pass) to Lake Hope. From there, free climb for 2,000 vertical feet on sheets and slabs of granite. For proven scramblers. Summit vista is mind-numbing.
Carpool $14. 2WD, Limit 10. No dogs.
RSVP Tomas Ward 970-426-8918, tom@thward.net Co-leader Debra Van Winegarden debra@vanwinegarden.com

Most Challenging
9 miles
3,200 ft.
Moderate Pace

Mon, Sep 9
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.
RSVP Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com

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16 miles
moderate pace

Wed, Sep 11
7:30 am


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

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

A classic SO! hike which starts at 12,000 feet, all above tree line, so the spectacular views begin immediately and never let up. 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 climb up North Anvil Peak. We will return a bit to the east and climb Ohio Peak and then reconnect to the inbound trail. Carpool $9. Limit 10. 2 well behaved dogs 0K with approval. 4WD/HC required.
RSVP Chuck Rancatti chuck.rancatti@gmail.com or 425-231-0930

Moderate
5 miles
1300 Ft.
Moderately brisk pace

Wed, Sep 11
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am
PURG 8:30 am

WW hike Molas Trail to Overlook

This hike begins near Molas Lake and drops down to a nice viewpoint with great views of the Animas River and surrounding peaks.
Carpool $6. Well behaved dogs ok, include in RSVP. Limit 15.
RSVP Tricia Bayless (970) 799-4535 tbayless@bresnan.net

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Moderate
4 miles
400 ft
Moderately easy pace

Thu, Sep 12
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.
RSVP Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com

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28 miles
moderate pace

Mon, Sep 16
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am
TC 8:15 am
PURG :8:30 am

Hike Three Lakes Creek Waterfalls

From Andrews Lake we hike a mostly flat southern route at approx. 10,600 ft, on and off rarely used trails. At 3 miles, we arrive at a series of waterfalls on the creek that drains the Snowden Ponds basin. Numerous falls, one quite tall, another yet to be seen. Return by the same route, or possibly drop to a shuttle car on 550. Should be a great fall colors hike too if the season has arrived.
Limit 12, 2 dogs on approval. Carpool $6.
RSVP Steve Schnarch, 970 749-4478 ssalivedgo@gmail.com

Moderate,
6.5 miles
700 ft. elevation gain.
Moderate pace

Outings will meet and depart from the following locations:

  • ACP: Animas City Park for some 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 most outings to the north. The Rec. Center is located at 2700 Main Ave. Please park in the south lot between Main and the ball fields, however if the fruit vendor is set up there, use the next lot south, by the fairgrounds.
  • SRP: Santa Rita Park 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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