Seniors Outdoors! Schedule

Date & Location Outing description Difficulty info

Mon, May 20
9:00 am


TH 9:00 AM

Hike Skyline Trail up Raider Ridge

Meet at the trailhead parking lot just past the roundabout at the north end of Jenkins Ranch Road. Limited parking so carpool if you can or park on side streets. We will climb up the Skyline Trail to Raider Ridge then NE for another mile along the ridgeline. Wonderful views of the Animas Valley, Animas Mountain and the La Platas.
No Dogs, No carpool
RSVP Leader Wayne Bedor at waynebedor@yahoo.com

Moderate About 4 miles RT 800 ft elevation gain

Mon, May 20
9:30 am


Home Depot Parking Lot (South End near the HD nursery) 9:30 AM

Monday Bike Ride for Intermediate Road Cyclists

This is a nobody-gets-left-behind, social ride from Home Depot to Bread. We’ll meet in the south parking lot at Home Depot (by their nursery); ride the Animas River Trail to E. 32nd St., 32nd to Bread where we’ll stop for coffee and pastries. From Bread, we’ll take Florida Rd.-15th St. to Rotary Park where we’ll rejoin the Animas Trail and return to Home Depot. We’ll leave HD promptly at designated start time. Helmets are required. Contact me if you have questions and to be added to an email list so you can be notified of cancellations due to weather, etc.
Ride Leader: Bob Schuckhart, bschuck1@gmail.com, 832-285-2373
Co-leader: Hugh Brown, hugh.m.brown2@gmail.com, 970-403-3089.

Moderate 16 miles RT

Wed, May 22
8:30 am


SRP
8:30 am

WW hike
West Mancos/Rim Trails

This hike will be an interpretive hike led by MK Gunn of the SJMA into an area of the Mancos River. We estimate about 3 hours of hiking time and 45 min each way drive time so bring lunch or substantial snack. From FR 561, this loop begins with a descent through lush vegetation down the Box Canyon trail. The descent is steep but has nice steps and water bars for assistance. After a bit more than half a mile, we will connect with the Transfer trail. This trail rolls up and down as we head upstream along the West Mancos River. About 2 miles in, we will begin our climb back up to the rim. Once we top out the climb at around mile 2.7, we will join the Rim Trail. This trail rolls gently and mostly downhill.
Carpool $5. No dogs.
RSVP non members only. Shelley Leader 259-9896 Shelley.leader@gmail.com

Moderate
4 mi.
1150 ft.

Wed, May 22
9:00 am


Fairgrounds Parking Lot 9:00 am

Wednesday Easy Hikers

Hike CT from 2nd TH to bridge. No carpool fee. Dogs kept under control OK; bring leash. No RSVP is necessary. For more information contact Dell Manners 385-0533 or 903-6984 dell.manners@gmail.com

Easy
Up to 3 miles
Up to 300 ft.

Thu, May 23
9:00 am


SRP 9:00 AM

Thursday Road Bike Ride

All are welcome to join a group bike ride each Thursday starting at 0900 sharp from Santa Rita Park to Hermosa and return. We will ride at an easy lope to Hermosa, stopping at PJ’s Market near Dalton Ranch for coffee before reversing our route back to the start. This is a casual, no-drop ride with emphasis on health and group wellbeing. Helmets required, and for early season rides, warm dress and full fingered gloves are highly recommended. Please contact Jim Newman for further information at 970.884.7717 or at Newmanji10@aol.com

Moderate 29 miles

Thu, May 23
5:00 pm


Home of Harding Cure 5:00 PM

Outings Committee Meeting

This is the meeting when your Outings Committee sets the outings schedule for the next quarter. If you are already an SO! outings leader and are able and willing to lead an outing next quarter, please forward your outing information to your committee member prior to this meeting. SO! is always in need of additional leaders. If you may be interested in leading an outing, please contact anyone on the committee and we will get you started.
Contact: Harding Cure at hardingcure@gmail.com

Fri, May 24
8:30 am


RC 8:30 AM

Hike Haflin Creek Trail

We will climb up Haflin Creek from the Animas Valley to the intersection with the Missionary Ridge trail. Good trail all the way, but considerable elevation gain. An excellent get-the-legs-ready-for-the mountains-to-come hike with great views and maybe nice wildflowers by the end of May. Limit 10. Car Pool $ 1. Dogs okay.
RSVP Leader Lynn Coburn at harrisoncoburn@gmail.com

Hard 8 miles
3000 ft. elevation gain

Fri, May 24
8:30 am


Rec Center

Hike Haflin Creek Trail

We will climb up Haflin Creek from the Animas Valley to the intersection with the Missionary Ridge trail. Good trail all the way, but considerable elevation gain. An excellent get-the-legs-ready-for-the mountains-to-come hike with great views and maybe nice wildflowers by the end of May. Limit 10. Car Pool $ 1. Dogs okay.

RSVP Leader Lynn Coburn at harrisonco-burn@gmail.com

Hard 8 miles,
3000 ft. elevation gain

Mon, May 27
9:30 am


Home Depot Parking Lot (South End near the HD nursery) 9:30 AM

Monday Bike Ride for Intermediate Road Cyclists

This is a nobody-gets-left-behind, social ride from Home Depot to Bread. We’ll meet in the south parking lot at Home Depot (by their nursery); ride the Animas River Trail to E. 32nd St., 32nd to Bread where we’ll stop for coffee and pastries. From Bread, we’ll take Florida Rd.-15th St. to Rotary Park where we’ll rejoin the Animas Trail and return to Home Depot. We’ll leave HD promptly at designated start time. Helmets are required. Contact me if you have questions and to be added to an email list so you can be notified of cancellations due to weather, etc.
Ride Leader: Bob Schuckhart, bschuck1@gmail.com, 832-285-2373
Co-leader: Hugh Brown, hugh.m.brown2@gmail.com, 970-403-3089.

Moderate 16 miles RT

Tue, May 28
9:00 am


Horse Gulch TH 9:00 am

Hike Mike’s Loop off Cuchillo Loop Trail

Start from Horse Gulch TH parking lot to the signage area, which enters into the Cuchillo Loop Trail. About halfway through there is signage for Mike’s Loop Trail, which increases the elevation views and distance. Return to the parking lot via the Meadows Trail. No carpool fee. Limit 10. No dogs.
RSVP Nancy Federico 259-1949 fortfed@gmail.com

Moderate
7-8 miles
Minimal gain

Wed, May 29
8:30 am


RC
8:30am
PURG
9:00 am

WW hike
Purgatory Trail

We will hike from the trailhead across from Purgatory downhill through aspen groves to Purgatory Flats then turn right to a nice viewpoint. Then we will retrace our steps and slowly climb back up to the trailhead.
Carpool $4. Two well behaved dogs ok. Limit 18. Everyone must RSVP due to limit. RSVP Susan Beck-Brown 759-3421 sbeckbrown@yahoo.com

Moderate
4 miles
1000 ft.

Wed, May 29
9:00 am


Fairgrounds Parking Lot 9:00 am

Wednesday Easy Hikers

Hike the Lower Hermosa Trail. Carpool $2. Dogs kept under control OK; bring leash. No RSVP is necessary. For more information contact Dell Manners 385-0533 or 903-6984 dell.manners@gmail.com

Easy
Up to 3 miles
Up to 300 ft.

Thu, May 30
9:00 am


SRP 9:00 AM

Thursday Road Bike Ride

All are welcome to join a group bike ride each Thursday starting at 0900 sharp from Santa Rita Park to Hermosa and return. We will ride at an easy lope to Hermosa, stopping at PJ’s Market near Dalton Ranch for coffee before reversing our route back to the start. This is a casual, no-drop ride with emphasis on health and group wellbeing. Helmets required, and for early season rides, warm dress and full fingered gloves are highly recommended. Please contact Jim Newman for further information at 970.884.7717 or at Newmanji10@aol.com

Moderate 29 miles

Fri, May 31
9:00 am


TH 9:00 AM

Hike Animas City Mt.

Meet at the Animas Mountain trailhead on West 4th Ave. just north of West 32nd St. We’ll go up the traditional trail for about mile then split off on the trail that skirts the mountain below the ridge line on the eastern side. We’ll follow that for a mile or so and take a spur that goes up to the ridge. Turn backs with partners can return on the trail that follows the eastern edge of the mountain back to the parking lot. The rest will continue to the Falls Creek overlook for lunch. Moderate difficulty with about 1,200′ of elevation gain and 5.5 miles of distance. Great views of the Animas Valley, Durango, and the La Platas.
No Dogs, No carpool
RSVP Leader Wayne Bedor at waynebedor@yahoo.com

Moderate 5.5 miles 1,200 ft elevation

Sun, Jun 2
8:30 am


Trailhead off 32nd Street 8:30 am

Animas City Mountain Hike

Updated date

Morning hike up Animas City Mountain followed by lunch along the Animas River. The lunch will be provided.
Limit 10. Dogs OK. RSVP Chris Blackshear, chris.blackshear@gmail.com

Moderate 6.5 miles 1500 ft

Sun, Jun 2
9:00 am


SRP 9:00 am

Bike Burnt Ridge Loop

Drive 5.5 miles on FR 566 past Echo Basin Road. Bike around Burnt Ridge on FR 566, which is a rough and rocky dirt road. Enjoy views of Hesperus and other La Plata peaks. Eat lunch along the way or after the ride, with an option to go to the bakery in Mancos. Mountain bike recommended. Carpool $5, 4WD/HC preferred.
RSVP: Sandy Hoagland 247-3678 or swhoagy@live.com

Moderate
8.7 miles
900

Mon, Jun 3
9:00 am


RC 8:30 AM

Geology Hike up Animas City Mt.

This is a moderate hike to top of Animas City Mt. along a well-defined somewhat rocky trail that loops back to the TH. Expert geologist discussion of wide variety of Durango area geology viewed along the trail including visual aids.
Limit 15. No dogs. Carpool $1.
Bring lunch.
RSVP Jeff Brame 759-9827
geostar20@aol.com

Moderate
6 miles RT loop
Elevation gain 1535ft

Mon, Jun 3
9:30 am


Home Depot Parking Lot (South End near the HD nursery) 9:30 AM

Monday Bike Ride for Intermediate Road Cyclists

This is a nobody-gets-left-behind, social ride from Home Depot to Bread. We’ll meet in the south parking lot at Home Depot (by their nursery); ride the Animas River Trail to E. 32nd St., 32nd to Bread where we’ll stop for coffee and pastries. From Bread, we’ll take Florida Rd.-15th St. to Rotary Park where we’ll rejoin the Animas Trail and return to Home Depot. We’ll leave HD promptly at designated start time. Helmets are required. Contact me if you have questions and to be added to an email list so you can be notified of cancellations due to weather, etc.
Ride Leader: Bob Schuckhart, bschuck1@gmail.com, 832-285-2373
Co-leader: Hugh Brown, hugh.m.brown2@gmail.com, 970-403-3089.

Moderate 16 miles RT

Wed, Jun 5
8:30 am


RC
8:30 am

WW hike
Vallecito Creek Trail

The trail is rocky and narrow in spots with great views into the gorge. We will hike at a moderate pace to the first bridge. Some may want to stop at a nice creek view about 2/3 of the way to the bridge. Early turnbacks with partner ok. Carpool $4. Two well behaved dogs. Limit 15. Everyone must RSVP due to limit. RSVP Susan Beck-Brown 759-3421, sbeckbrown@yahoo.com

Moderate
6 mi.
1200 ft.

Wed, Jun 5
9:00 am


SRP 9:00 am

Wednesday Easy Hikers

Hike the Sale Barn Trail. No carpool fee. Dogs kept under control OK; bring leash. No RSVP is necessary. For more information contact Lydine Hannula 884-9052 hlydine@gmail.com

Easy/Moderate
4 miles
350 ft.

Thu, Jun 6
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am
TC 8:15 am

Hike Wallace Lake to Missionary Ridge to Haflin Creek

Shuttle hike starting at Wallace Lake. We’ll follow an old logging/FS road for several miles and intersect Missionary Ridge Trail. We’ll follow the trail along the ridge with beautiful views east and west. We’ll intersect the Haflin Creek. Trail and follow it down to the TH on CR250. Carpool $4. Limit 12. Dogs OK.
RSVP Chuck Rancatti 425-231-0930 chuck.rancatti@gmail.com

Hard
14 miles
1700 ft. gain
3200 ft. descent

Thu, Jun 6
9:00 am


SRP 9:00 AM

Thursday Road Bike Ride

All are welcome to join a group bike ride each Thursday starting at 0900 sharp from Santa Rita Park to Hermosa and return. We will ride at an easy lope to Hermosa, stopping at PJ’s Market near Dalton Ranch for coffee before reversing our route back to the start. This is a casual, no-drop ride with emphasis on health and group wellbeing. Helmets required, and for early season rides, warm dress and full fingered gloves are highly recommended. Please contact Jim Newman for further information at 970.884.7717 or at Newmanji10@aol.com

Moderate 29 miles

Mon, Jun 10
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am

Climb Diorite Peak (12,761)

Climb Diorite Peak from Tomahawk Basin. The length of this climb will depend on snow conditions. The climb starts at a point where our 4WD vehicles decide to stop driving up Tomahawk Basin Rd. There will be talus to cross and route finding as the trail peters out at some point. Although a challenging climb the pace will be kept moderate to enjoy the hike. The goal is Diorite Peak at 12, 761. Carpool $6. 4WD Required. No Dogs (talus is too tough). Limit 12.
RSVP: Rich Butler 403-3185 rbbutler54@gmail.com

Hard 6 miles, 3000 ft

Mon, Jun 10
9:30 am


Home Depot Parking Lot (South End near the HD nursery) 9:30 AM

Monday Bike Ride for Intermediate Road Cyclists

This is a nobody-gets-left-behind, social ride from Home Depot to Bread. We’ll meet in the south parking lot at Home Depot (by their nursery); ride the Animas River Trail to E. 32nd St., 32nd to Bread where we’ll stop for coffee and pastries. From Bread, we’ll take Florida Rd.-15th St. to Rotary Park where we’ll rejoin the Animas Trail and return to Home Depot. We’ll leave HD promptly at designated start time. Helmets are required. Contact me if you have questions and to be added to an email list so you can be notified of cancellations due to weather, etc.
Ride Leader: Bob Schuckhart, bschuck1@gmail.com, 832-285-2373
Co-leader: Hugh Brown, hugh.m.brown2@gmail.com, 970-403-3089.

Moderate 16 miles RT

Wed, Jun 12
7:00 am


RC 7:00 am/TC 7:15 am

Crater Creek Falls & Bushwhack Loop

A challenging on & off-trail hike with unique places and route. Starting at Andrews Lake, we’ll take the Crater Lake trail for 3.5 miles. Then we’ll go off-trail for about a mile, dropping 750 ft to the top of multiple 100 ft. waterfalls on Crater Creek. Our return route will depend on conditions, possibly hiking back up to return via the Crater Lake Trail, or preferably, an off-trail basically horizontal traverse across 4.5 miles of untouched pristine country, crossing 3 creeks and numerous small ridges. The bushwhack route is a little different each time. For experienced hikers. Plan on being out for a long day, lots of up and down, a few scratches, and a great time. Timing of the hike may be adjusted to catch the height of run-off./Route map available at https://caltopo.com/m/NGMN/Carpool: $6 Limit 10. No dogs. /RSVP Steve Schnarch 749-4478 ssalivedgo@gmail.com/

Hard/9.25 miles/Elevation change: 1750 ft.

Wed, Jun 12
8:30 am


RC
8:30am
PURG
9:00 am

WW hike
Castle Rock

We’ll drive behind Purg to access the TH to the Castle Rock Overlook, hiking over easy rolling terrain to see the beautiful views. Return is by same route.
Carpool $4. 2 well behaved dogs ok.
Limit 18. Everyone must RSVP due to limit.
RSVP Susan Beck-Brown 759-3421 sbeckbrown@yahoo.com

About Wednesday Wanderers

Moderate
4 mi.
500 ft.
HIGH ALTITUDE, min. elevation 10,000 ft.

Wed, Jun 12
9:00 am


Fairgrounds Parking Lot 9:00 am

Wednesday Easy Hikers

Hike Haviland Lake to Forebay Lake. Carpool $4. Dogs kept under control OK; bring leash. No RSVP is necessary. For more information contact Ted Keller 759-7207 keller.ted@gmail.com

Easy
Up to 3 miles
Up to 300 ft.

Thu, Jun 13
9:00 am


SRP 9:00 AM

Thursday Road Bike Ride

All are welcome to join a group bike ride each Thursday starting at 0900 sharp from Santa Rita Park to Hermosa and return. We will ride at an easy lope to Hermosa, stopping at PJ’s Market near Dalton Ranch for coffee before reversing our route back to the start. This is a casual, no-drop ride with emphasis on health and group wellbeing. Helmets required, and for early season rides, warm dress and full fingered gloves are highly recommended. Please contact Jim Newman for further information at 970.884.7717 or at Newmanji10@aol.com

Moderate 29 miles

Fri, Jun 14
9:00 am


9:00 am ACP
9:30 am DMR

Hike Larkspur Lane

An annual favorite named by John Montle in 2001 for the larkspur and other flowers carpeting the meadows. We follow the well-established lower Engineer Mountain Trail part way up and back through woods
and meadows with great views. Lunch at a view spot. Early turn-backs OK. Dogs OK. Carpool $4. RSVP Clark Lagow clagow@rmi.net

Moderate 8 miles 2000 feet at a moderate pace

Mon, Jun 17
9:30 am


Home Depot Parking Lot (South End near the HD nursery) 9:30 AM

Monday Bike Ride for Intermediate Road Cyclists

This is a nobody-gets-left-behind, social ride from Home Depot to Bread. We’ll meet in the south parking lot at Home Depot (by their nursery); ride the Animas River Trail to E. 32nd St., 32nd to Bread where we’ll stop for coffee and pastries. From Bread, we’ll take Florida Rd.-15th St. to Rotary Park where we’ll rejoin the Animas Trail and return to Home Depot. We’ll leave HD promptly at designated start time. Helmets are required. Contact me if you have questions and to be added to an email list so you can be notified of cancellations due to weather, etc.
Ride Leader: Bob Schuckhart, bschuck1@gmail.com, 832-285-2373
Co-leader: Hugh Brown, hugh.m.brown2@gmail.com, 970-403-3089.

Moderate 16 miles RT

Thu, Jun 20
9:00 am


9:00 am RC

Hike West Lime Creek

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 $5. Well behaved dogs ok. RSVP: Clark Lagow clagow@rmi.net

Moderate 6 miles 800 feet

Thu, Jun 20
9:00 am


SRP 9:00 AM

Thursday Road Bike Ride

All are welcome to join a group bike ride each Thursday starting at 0900 sharp from Santa Rita Park to Hermosa and return. We will ride at an easy lope to Hermosa, stopping at PJ’s Market near Dalton Ranch for coffee before reversing our route back to the start. This is a casual, no-drop ride with emphasis on health and group wellbeing. Helmets required, and for early season rides, warm dress and full fingered gloves are highly recommended. Please contact Jim Newman for further information at 970.884.7717 or at Newmanji10@aol.com

Moderate 29 miles

Mon, Jun 24
9:30 am


Home Depot Parking Lot (South End near the HD nursery) 9:30 AM

Monday Bike Ride for Intermediate Road Cyclists

This is a nobody-gets-left-behind, social ride from Home Depot to Bread. We’ll meet in the south parking lot at Home Depot (by their nursery); ride the Animas River Trail to E. 32nd St., 32nd to Bread where we’ll stop for coffee and pastries. From Bread, we’ll take Florida Rd.-15th St. to Rotary Park where we’ll rejoin the Animas Trail and return to Home Depot. We’ll leave HD promptly at designated start time. Helmets are required. Contact me if you have questions and to be added to an email list so you can be notified of cancellations due to weather, etc.
Ride Leader: Bob Schuckhart, bschuck1@gmail.com, 832-285-2373
Co-leader: Hugh Brown, hugh.m.brown2@gmail.com, 970-403-3089.

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Moderate 16 miles RT

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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