Seniors Outdoors! Schedule

Date & Location Outing description Difficulty info

Mon, Jan 20 -
Thu, Jan 23


SR 9:00 am

4-day X-C Ski Trip to Ward’s Cabin

Date Changed

Day 1: Ski 9 miles to the Ward cabin in the aspens north of Mancos. It’s a gradual climb of 1,000 ft. mostly on Forest Service roads. Days 2 and 3: Ski around through the woods and meadows. Day 4: Depart by noon to return to vehicles. Note: Mattress and kitchen stuff provided. More details upon sign up.

Limit 8, No Dogs, 4WD if roads are snowy, carpool fee $5.
RSVP Travis Ward, tlward@frontier.net or 970-247-1310. Co-Leader Will Rietveld, willjanet@bresnan.net, 970-422-5233.

Hard
9 miles 1000 ft. moderate pace

Wed, Jan 22
9:00 am


ACP 9:00 am

Snowshoe south of Andrews Lake

Conditions permitting, we will do a loop south of Andrews Lake, heading south first, then north on top of a ridge. Expect to spend about four hours on the trail. With deep snow, this trip will be classified as hard. Carpool $5 4WD if Hwy 550 is snowy.Limit 10 No dogs.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.
RSVP: Charles Berglund 247-9747 chasberglund@msn.com

Moderate/Hard
6 miles
1000 ft gain
Moderate Pace

Wed, Jan 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 pahlkee@aol.com

About Wednesday Wanderers

Easy
Flat
5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Sat, Jan 25
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
PURG 9:30 am

Saturday Snowshoe

At the Rec Center meeting spot, snowshoe participants will divide into moderate and fast paced groups with their own separate leaders and carpools. RSVP to Clark Lagow (clagow@rmi.net) to get last minute changes. Specific details for these Saturday Snowshoe hikes (leader, destination, description, 4WD, etc.) will be e-mailed about 2-3 days in advance. Carpool $3-$8, depending on destination. Dogs OK. This is a backcountry winter outing. SO! recommends that all participants carry appropriate gear (avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe) and educated themselves about avalanche risks, conditions, and safety.

Moderate to Hard 3+ miles 500-2000 ft

Mon, Jan 27
9:00 am


SRP 9:00 am

X/C ski or skate Mesa Verde Park

Indefinitely Postponed due to Park Status

The date for this outing will be flexible depending on snow conditions in the park. It is a bit of a drive, but when conditions are good, skiing the park trails is an experience to savor. We will likely follow the Cliff House loop, with occasional stops to admire the incredible views of cliff dwellings dusted with snow. Bring your camera! For more information, see https://www.nps.gov/meve/planyourvisit/crosscountryskiing.htm
Trails may be immaculately groomed, or not. Will check grooming in advance. Mostly flat, very little slope.
Limit 15, no dogs (park rule), car pool $8.
RSVP Harding Cure, hardingcure@gmail.com, 970-382-8286

Moderate
6 miles
Flat
Moderate pace

Tue, Jan 28
9:00 am


SRP

LaPlata Canyon x-country – snow shoe outing

New outing

Drive to the parking lot at the beginning of the canyon. You will have the option to cross country ski or snow shoe depending on the snow conditions. The route will either be along the road or the creek bed until it gets narrow, then traverse onto the road for a couple of miles. Good views, elevation gain and exercise. Return same route. Moderate Pace, Limit 2 well behaved dogs, carpool $2
RSVP Nancy Federico 259-1949 fortfed@gmail.com

Moderate
4 - 6 miles
700’ gain

Wed, Jan 29
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 pahlkee@aol.com

About Wednesday Wanderers

Easy
Flat
5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Thu, Jan 30
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am TC 8:45 am PURG 9:15

Snowshoe South Side of Cascade Creek

Park at Cascade Village and travel along south side of Cascade Creek, crossing creek if conditions permit. Expect to spend about four hours on the trail. This is a backcountry winter outing. SO! recommends that all participants educate themselves about avalanche risks, conditions, and safety and carry appropriate gear (avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe).
Limit 15, 2 well-mannered dogs on approval Carpool $4. 4WD preferable.
RSVP Steve Schnarch 970 749-4478
ssalivedgo@gmail.com

Moderate
8 miles out and back 800 ft.
Moderate Pace

Sat, Feb 1
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
PURG 9:30 am

Saturday Snowshoe

At the Rec Center meeting spot, snowshoe participants will divide into moderate and fast paced groups with their own separate leaders and carpools. RSVP to Clark Lagow (clagow@rmi.net) to get last minute changes. Specific details for these Saturday Snowshoe hikes (leader, destination, description, 4WD, etc.) will be e-mailed about 2-3 days in advance. Carpool $3-$8, depending on destination. Dogs OK. This is a backcountry winter outing. SO! recommends that all participants carry appropriate gear (avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe) and educated themselves about avalanche risks, conditions, and safety.

Moderate to Hard 3+ miles 500-2000 ft

Mon, Feb 3
9:00 am


Meet at the home of Steve Schnarch
83 Falls Creek Circle

Snowshoe Falls Creek to Animas Overlook

We’ll snowshoe from the Falls Creek Valley to the Animas Overlook off Junction Creek Road. Our route begins with a short boot climb up through some slickrock, then we’ll put on snowshoes for the rest of the hike.

From the Fairgrounds, take West 25th Street (Junction St.) for 2.8 miles. At the stop sign, turn right on County Road 205. Two miles from the turn (past Turtle Lake), go straight onto Falls Creek Circle. Steve’s house is the third driveway on the left. We’ll car shuttle about a half mile to the trail.

Limit 12, 2 well-mannered dogs on approval.
RSVP Steve Schnarch 970 749-4478
ssalivedgo@gmail.com

Moderate
4.8 miles round trip, 1700 ft.
Moderate Pace

Mon, Feb 3
6:30 pm


RC 6:30 PM

SO! Avalanche Awareness Clinic

Avalanche Training

Avalanche Awareness for the Recreationalist : Two-hour clinic for SO! outing leaders and participants in backcountry winter outings.

Easy and possibly lifesaving

Wed, Feb 5
9:00 am


ACP 9:00am

Snowshoe above Little Molas Lake

Our destination will be the basin below West Turk. There may be some short steep sections, but mostly moderate terrain. Expect to spend about four hours on the trail.Carpool$5 4WD if Hwy 550 is snowy. Limit 10. No dogs.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.
RSVP: Charles Berglund 247-9747 chasberglund@msn.com

Moderate
4 miles
1000 ft gain
Moderate Pace

Wed, Feb 5
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 pahlkee@aol.com

About Wednesday Wanderers

Easy
Flat
5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Sat, Feb 8
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
PURG 9:30 am

Saturday Snowshoe

At the Rec Center meeting spot, snowshoe participants will divide into moderate and fast paced groups with their own separate leaders and carpools. RSVP to Clark Lagow (clagow@rmi.net) to get last minute changes. Specific details for these Saturday Snowshoe hikes (leader, destination, description, 4WD, etc.) will be e-mailed about 2-3 days in advance. Carpool $3-$8, depending on destination. Dogs OK. This is a backcountry winter outing. SO! recommends that all participants carry appropriate gear (avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe) and educated themselves about avalanche risks, conditions, and safety.

Moderate to Hard 3+ miles 500-2000 ft

Wed, Feb 12
9:00 am


SRP 9:00 am

Cross Country Ski at Chicken Creek

Beginner/Intermediate cross country ski. 5-10 miles depending on group consensus and ability. Location may change dependent on snow conditions. Carpool $5 Limit 15 No dogs. 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.
RSVP Steve Krest (970) 588-3806 stevekrest@gmail.com

Easy/Moderate
5-10 miles
Minimal gain
Moderate Pace

Wed, Feb 12
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 pahlkee@aol.com

About Wednesday Wanderers

Easy
Flat
5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Fri, Feb 14 -
Sun, Feb 16


RC 7:00 am

3-day Nordic X-C ski and skate trip on Grand Mesa

Day 1 We will carpool to Cedaredge, eat lunch and then head to Grand Mesa for an afternoon skate ski or cross-country ski. With over 50 kilometers of trails, there are many options!

Check into hotel in Cedaredge and eat dinner as a group in town.

Day 2 Free breakfast at hotel. We will head up to the mesa again for skate skiing or cross-country skiing.
Soak in hot tub or swim at hotel followed by dinner together at a restaurant.

Day 3 Pack up, load up and eat free breakfast at hotel. Head back to Grand Mesa for one last ski time on trails. Drive back to Durango mid- afternoon with an option to soak at the Ouray hot springs.

Carpool TBD. Limit 14. Well-behaved dogs ok in dog friendly rooms with $25 fee.
You can book your own room at the Staywise Inn, or I can book rooms in a block, and the manager will give us a discount.
RSVP Carolyn Striker 970-382-0162 jcstriker3@gmail.com.
Looking for a co-leader. Let me know if you would like to help in this capacity.

Flexible difficulty and pace. We will most likely divide into groups based on interest and ability

Sat, Feb 15
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
PURG 9:30 am

Saturday Snowshoe

At the Rec Center meeting spot, snowshoe participants will divide into moderate and fast paced groups with their own separate leaders and carpools. RSVP to Clark Lagow (clagow@rmi.net) to get last minute changes. Specific details for these Saturday Snowshoe hikes (leader, destination, description, 4WD, etc.) will be e-mailed about 2-3 days in advance. Carpool $3-$8, depending on destination. Dogs OK. This is a backcountry winter outing. SO! recommends that all participants carry appropriate gear (avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe) and educated themselves about avalanche risks, conditions, and safety.

Moderate to Hard 3+ miles 500-2000 ft

Tue, Feb 18
9:00 am


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

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 till we meet a social trail that follows a ridge and back to TH. Expect about five hours on trail. This is a backcountry winter outing. SO! recommends that all participants educate themselves about avalanche risks, conditions, and safety and carry appropriate gear (avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe).
Limit 12. No Dogs. Carpool fee $2. 4WD preferable.
RSVP Chuck Rancatti 425-231-0930 Chuck.rancatti@gmail.com

Moderate/Hard
6 miles
1300 ft.
Moderate Pace

Wed, Feb 19
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 pahlkee@aol.com

About Wednesday Wanderers

Easy
Flat
5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Thu, Feb 20
8:30 am


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

XC Ski from Red Mountain to Ironton

This will be a moderate XC ski from Red Mountain Pass on an old railroad grade to Ironton Park. We will park cars for shuttling. The entire route is downhill, probably on unbroken snow, with a short steep section near the end. This is a backcountry winter outing. SO! recommends that all participants educate themselves about avalanche risks, conditions, and safety and carry appropriate gear (avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe).
Carpool $8. 4WD preferable. No dogs.
RSVP Nancy Mead 259-5978 nancy.a.mead@gmail.com

Moderate
4 miles
1500 ft. downhill
Moderate Pace

Sat, Feb 22
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
PURG 9:30 am

Saturday Snowshoe

At the Rec Center meeting spot, snowshoe participants will divide into moderate and fast paced groups with their own separate leaders and carpools. RSVP to Clark Lagow (clagow@rmi.net) to get last minute changes. Specific details for these Saturday Snowshoe hikes (leader, destination, description, 4WD, etc.) will be e-mailed about 2-3 days in advance. Carpool $3-$8, depending on destination. Dogs OK. This is a backcountry winter outing. SO! recommends that all participants carry appropriate gear (avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe) and educated themselves about avalanche risks, conditions, and safety.

Moderate to Hard 3+ miles 500-2000 ft

Wed, Feb 26
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 pahlkee@aol.com

About Wednesday Wanderers

Easy
Flat
5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Sat, Feb 29
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
PURG 9:30 am

Saturday Snowshoe

At the Rec Center meeting spot, snowshoe participants will divide into moderate and fast paced groups with their own separate leaders and carpools. RSVP to Clark Lagow (clagow@rmi.net) to get last minute changes. Specific details for these Saturday Snowshoe hikes (leader, destination, description, 4WD, etc.) will be e-mailed about 2-3 days in advance. Carpool $3-$8, depending on destination. Dogs OK. This is a backcountry winter outing. SO! recommends that all participants carry appropriate gear (avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe) and educated themselves about avalanche risks, conditions, and safety.

Moderate to Hard 3+ miles 500-2000 ft

Tue, Mar 3
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am
Florida/CR 234 Fire Station 8:45

Snowshoe up Vallecito/Fall Ck

We’ll leave from Vallecito Ck TH and follow for short distance before following a social trail to Fall Ck. We’ll generally follow Fall Ck for several miles on the west side of the Vallecito drainage. Very pretty drainage surrounded by impressive mountains. This is a backcountry winter outing. SO! recommends that all participants educate themselves about avalanche risks, conditions, and safety and carry appropriate gear (avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe).

Limit 12. No Dogs. Carpool fee $4.
RSVP Chuck Rancatti 425-231-0930 Chuck.rancatti@gmail.com

Moderate/Hard
7 miles
1700 ft.
Moderate Pace

Wed, Mar 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 pahlkee@aol.com

About Wednesday Wanderers

Easy
Flat
5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Sat, Mar 7


RC 9:00 am
PURG 9:30 am

Saturday Snowshoe

At the Rec Center meeting spot, snowshoe participants will divide into moderate and fast paced groups with their own separate leaders and carpools. RSVP to Clark Lagow (clagow@rmi.net) to get last minute changes. Specific details for these Saturday Snowshoe hikes (leader, destination, description, 4WD, etc.) will be e-mailed about 2-3 days in advance. Carpool $3-$8, depending on destination. Dogs OK. This is a backcountry winter outing. SO! recommends that all participants carry appropriate gear (avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe) and educated themselves about avalanche risks, conditions, and safety.

Moderate to Hard 3+ miles 500-2000 ft

Wed, Mar 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 pahlkee@aol.com

About Wednesday Wanderers

Easy
Flat
5-7 miles
Easy 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.
  • 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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