Seniors Outdoors! Schedule

Date & Location Outing description Difficulty info

Mon, Oct 3
10:00 am


RC 10:00 am

Monday Road Bike Ride

This is a 16-mile bike ride from the Rec Center stopping at PJs and back.
Contact Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

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16 miles
moderate pace

Tue, Oct 4
7:30 am


SRP 7:30 am

Climb Gibbs Peak

We will start at the unmarked Madden Creek trail and hike through a beautiful aspen grove to the basin below Gibbs and Star. From there we will climb steeply off trail to the Bedrock Creek Road for a short stretch and then a steep and somewhat loose climb to the summit at 12,286 ft. From there, we will follow the ridge South to a saddle below Star, and do a steep, but grassy descent to the basin, then back down the Madden Creek trail.
Agile, mountain-wise dogs OK. Limit 10. Carpool $5.
RSVP to Leader Lynn Coburn, harrisoncoburn@gmail.com, 970-903-4619
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard
7 miles
3,300 ft. elevation gain
moderate pace

Tue, Oct 4
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am
PURG 9:00 am

Nature Hike North Cascade Creek

Margaret Mayer has been a hike leader and naturalist for AMC, Wilderness Ventures, School of Field Studies, NPS and others. She is leading a series of Nature hikes on Tuesdays. These hikes are mostly easy with gentle ups and downs and offer learning about trees, plants, birds, mushrooms, geology, wildlife, etc. Most will be approx. 4 miles RT but could be longer depending on the group and weather conditions. Bring your sketchpads and/or Field Guides!
We will start at a high meadow accessed by a little road off 550 just north of Cascade Creek. It parallels Cascade Creek Road on a higher terrace contouring through aspen groves and meadow to join Cascade Creek road which shortly comes to Cascade Creek trail. Round trip about 4 miles but can be longer if the group wishes to continue along the trail to falls. (8-mile round trip).
Carpool $5. Limit 12. 1 well behaved dog (include in RSVP)
RSVP leader Margaret Mayer mmayer4823@gmail.com 970-375-8555
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted

Easy to Moderate
4 - 8 miles
minimal gain
Easy Pace

Wed, Oct 5
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am
PURG 9:00 am

WW hike
Cascade Village

The hike begins behind the condos at Cascade Village. The trail ascends immediately and then winds gently through an aspen forest then down to a meadow along Cascade Creek. There are fine views of Engineer Mountain along the way.
Limit 20; Well behaved dogs ok; include in RSVP. Carpool $5
RSVP to Leader Tricia Bayless 799-4535 tbayless@bresnan.net
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

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Moderate
6 miles
400 ft.
Moderately easy pace

Thu, Oct 6
8:00 am


SRP 8:00 am

Centennial Peak (13,062 ft)

Drive to Sharkstooth Trailhead at the end of FSR 346. Hike on trail ~2 miles to the Sharkstooth Centennial Saddle, then turn south and climb thru talus to reach the summit in less than a mile to see Hesperus, Lavender, and Moss peaks arrayed before you.
Limit 16. Dogs OK, 4 WD., Carpool $10.
RSVP to Leader Rich Butler rbbutler54@gmail.com SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard, 5.5 miles, 2,200 ft.
Moderate Pace

Thu, Oct 6
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
Parking lot between ballfields and Main Ave

Thursday Easy Outings

Friendly dogs & hikers welcome. Destination will be announced at the parking lot. Whenever possible group may return by the original route or a slightly more challenging route for those who choose the Extra Mile.
Carpool varies by destination, approx. $3-4
Do not RSVP. Contact Ted Keller if you need more specific info or wish to meet at the TH. Text preferred to 970-759-7207.
SO! Outings are restricted to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

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

Thu, Oct 6
10:00 am


RC 10:00 am

Thursday Road Bike Ride

This is a 28-mile bike ride from the Rec Center to Bakers Bridge and back, stopping at Bread.
Contact Ride Leaders: Rick Boebel, Pat Lyon, Daniel Saum, and Rodger Steeper at ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

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28 miles
moderate pace

Fri, Oct 7
8:30 am


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

Hike Larkspur Lane

Instead of the larkspur and other flowers carpeting the meadows, we will be focusing on the golden aspens blanketing the mountain sides. Starting at the Forest Service workstation just past Cascade Creek, we will follow the well-established lower Engineer Mountain Trail reaching a pond at 1.6 miles, plunging into the trees after another mile, and finally climbing to a lunch spot with fabulous views. We will return by the same route.
Carpool $5 Two well-mannered dogs OK; Carpool $5
RSVP to Leader Nancy Mead 259-5978 nancy.a.mead@gmail.com
Hunting Season Wear Orange!
SO! Outings are restricted to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
8 miles
2000 ft.
Moderate pace

Sat, Oct 8
9:00 am


Hermosa Gas Station 9:00 am

Highway Cleanup

Come join other SO! members as we clean up our two stretches of Highway 550. We will meet at the Hermosa gas station (Speedway) lot and head straight out. No coffee and donuts this time. Bring work gloves and orange vest if you have one. If you do not have a vest, we have several.
RSVP to Leader Betsey Butler ejbutler12@gmail.com or 609-532-6948
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Easy route,
2 miles
Easy Pace.

Mon, Oct 10
8:30 am


SRP 8:30 am
TH 9:00 am

Hike to Barnroof Point

The trailhead is at the parking lot at the intersection of C 207 (Lightner Creek Road) and Dry Fork Road. We will cross a dry creek then follow an old logging road then a well-defined trail and finally a bit of bushwhacking to the end of Barnroof Point. Great views of the La Platas.
No dogs. Carpool $2.
RSVP to leader Wayne Bedor, at waynebedor@yahoo.com or 970-769-6548.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
5.5 miles
1600 ft. gain
Moderate Pace

Mon, Oct 10
10:00 am


RC 10:00 am

Monday Road Bike Ride

This is a 16-mile bike ride from the Rec Center stopping at PJs and back.
Contact Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

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16 miles,
moderate pace

Tue, Oct 11 -
Fri, Oct 14


RC 7:00 am

Car Camping: Cedar Mesa Exploration

We will drive to Blanding, Utah and meet up at the gas station @ junction of Hwys 191 & 95 south of Blanding (ETA 10:15 am). Then will drive to find camping off Hwy 261 stopping to explore the ruins in either Mule Canyon, Ballroom Cave, etc. off Hwy 95. Day 2: Hike down Sheiks Canyon 2 miles (Class 2-4 scrambles) to the Green Mask rock art then up Grand Gulch into Bullet Canyon to Jail House & Perfect Kiva ruins (~13 miles RT). Day 3: Road Canyon to Seven Kivas and then the Citadel ruins (Class 2-3 scrambles 8 miles). Day 4: Return to DRO stopping to hike down Kane Gulch to Junction and Turkey Pen Ruins in Grand Gulch (9 miles).
Limit 10 with priority for first timers to these canyons. No Dogs, 4WD, Carpool TBD.
RSVP to Leader Rich Butler, rbbutler54@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard
9 to 13 miles per day in canyon scrambling (Class 2 to 3 with one Class 4 section in Sheiks Canyon).
Moderately Brisk pace

Tue, Oct 11
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am
PURG 9:00 am

Nature Hike Castle Rock from Purgatory

Margaret Mayer has been a hike leader and naturalist for AMC, Wilderness Ventures, School of Field Studies, NPS and others. She is leading a series of Nature hikes on Tuesdays. These hikes are mostly easy with gentle ups and downs and offer learning about trees, plants, birds, mushrooms, geology, wildlife, etc. Most will be approx. 4 miles RT but could be longer depending on the group and weather conditions. Bring your sketchpads and/or Field Guides!
Hike from the back of Purgatory to Castle Rock walking along on the top of the cliffs coming out to beautiful views.
Carpool $5. Limit 12. 1 well behaved dog (please include in RSVP),
RSVP leader Margaret Mayer mmayer4823@gmail.com 970-375-8555
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted

Easy to Moderate
4 miles
minimal gain
Easy Pace

Wed, Oct 12
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am

Hike Slickrock Trail to Taylor Lake

Rescheduled after August weather cancellation. An out and back moderate hike on well-defined trail starting off Junction Creek Rd. Trail starts climbing for 1.5 miles through a forest then traverses across a talus slope. We will pass the old Muldoon mine off to the south. After reaching Kennebec Pass we will continue on to Taylor Lake, another 1.8 miles Carpool $10 Limit 12. Two well behaved dogs ok.
RSVP to Leader Lorie Hansen at lmhansen39@gmail.com.
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
7.6 miles
1400 ft. gain
Moderate Pace

Wed, Oct 12
9:00 am


SRP 9:00 am

WW hike
Heartwood Co-housing

Visit and hike one of the most successful co-housing communities in the nation, Heartwood Co-housing, led by founding member and resident Gail Davidson. We are surrounded by over 7 miles of rustic trails through ponderosa and pinion forests and sage. Please bring a lunch as we will be finishing on the patio of our community house (if weather permits) or inside. If desired, we would visit our geodesic dome greenhouse, community gardens, numerous farm animals and growing tunnels.
No dogs. Carpool $5. Limit 15.
RSVP to leader Cindy Werland cewerland@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

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Easy
~4 miles
Minimal elevation gain
Moderately easy pace

Thu, Oct 13
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
Parking lot between ballfields and Main Ave.

Thursday Easy Outings

Friendly dogs & hikers welcome. Destination will be announced at the parking lot. Whenever possible group may return by the original route or a slightly more challenging route for those who choose the Extra Mile.
Carpool varies by destination, approx. $3-4
Do not RSVP. Contact Ted Keller if you need more specific info or wish to meet at the TH. Text preferred to 970-759-7207.
SO! Outings are restricted to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

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

Thu, Oct 13
10:00 am


RC 10:00 am

Thursday Road Bike Ride

This is a 28-mile bike ride from the Rec Center to Bakers Bridge and back, stopping at Bread.
Contact Ride Leaders: Rick Boebel, Pat Lyon, Daniel Saum, and Rodger Steeper at ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

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28 miles
moderate pace

Thu, Oct 13
5:00 pm


Lagow home 5:00 pm

SO Board Meeting

The quarterly meeting of the SO! Board will take place at the home of Clark Lagow beginning with dinner at 5:00 pm. Any members who are interested may attend the board meetings. Any who plan to attend, other than board members, should RSVP to Clark at clagow@rmi.net.

Interesting

Fri, Oct 14
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am
PURG 8:30 am

Greyrock Ridge loop hike

Hike begins near intersection of Relay Creek Rd. and Cascade Divide Rd. about 5 miles NW of Purgatory and follows old logging roads/trails.  Frequent lovely views through the woods and beyond.  Desired lunch spot is ridge at about 11,000 ft in front of Graysill Mountain affording superb views north and south. 
Carpool from RC $7.  4wd not required. Limit 15. 2 dogs OK.
RSVP to Leader Betsy Petersen, betsyp@bresnan.net
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
About 6.5 miles
1200ft. gain.
Moderate Pace.

Fri, Oct 14
5:00 pm


RC 5:00 pm

SO! Outing Leaders’ Dinner

With Covid receding we are renewing our annual SO! Outing Leaders’’ Dinner. For those who have led an SO! Outing in the last year or so, and those who would like to become an SO! Outings Leader, come and enjoy food, drink, and fellowship with other leaders, as well as some useful information.
RSVP is mandatory to Chris Blackshear at Chris.blackshear@gmail.com

Fun and Informative

Sun, Oct 16
8:00 am


SRP 8:00 am

Hike Starvation Creek

Nice loop hike on Starvation Creek with a side hike up and back on Old Gold Run trail.
Carpool $5. Limit 12. No Dogs. 4WD Needed HC recommended.
Hunting Season – Wear Blaze Orange!
RSVP leader Steve Krest 970-588-3806 stevekrest@gmail.com
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted

Moderate
9 miles
1500 ft gain
Moderate Pace

Mon, Oct 17
7:30 am


ACP 7:30 am

Climb Grayrock Peak (12,504 ft.) & Graysill Mtns Southern Points

“Humble in height, Graysill Mountain makes up for it by going on forever” (Earthline: The American West). Approach from the southwest using Relay Creek Road routing. Cross The Divide between Hermosa Creek and Cascade Creek drainages to reach Grayrock Peak. Then explore four distinct southern points of Graysill. The bulk of this hike is off-trail on talus. Abandoned road, off-trail; navigation considerable; mild exposure.
Dogs with hike leader approval. Carpool $7.
RSVP to leader Tom Revesz tomrevesz1@gmail.com or Text to 202-256-1576.
Hunting season wear orange.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard
8.5 Miles
2,900 ft.
Moderately Brisk Pace

Mon, Oct 17
10:00 am


RC 10:00 am

Monday Road Bike Ride

This is a 16-mile bike ride from the Rec Center stopping at PJs and back.
Contact Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

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16 miles
moderate pace

Tue, Oct 18
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am
TH 9:00 am

Nature Hike Boyce Lake

Margaret Mayer has been a hike leader and naturalist for AMC, Wilderness Ventures, School of Field Studies, NPS and others. She is leading a series of Nature hikes on Tuesdays. These hikes are mostly easy with gentle ups and downs and offer learning about trees, plants, birds, mushrooms, geology, wildlife, etc. Most will be approx. 4 miles RT but could be longer depending on the group and weather conditions. Bring your sketchpads and/or Field Guides!
We will hike north from the Purgatory Flats trail along a terrace with beautiful mountain views to a lovely little beaver pond.
Carpool $5. Limit 12. 1 well behaved dog (Please include in RSVP)
Hunting Season – Wear Blaze Orange!
RSVP leader Margaret Mayer mmayer4823@gmail.com 970-375-8555
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted

Easy to Moderate
4 miles
500 ft gain
Easy Pace

Wed, Oct 19
8:00 am


SRP 8:00 am

WW hike
Chimney Rock

Starting from the parking area on HWY 151, we will hike up the closed road to explore a Great Kiva, a multi-family dwelling and a Chacoan style Great House Pueblo, continuing to the Chimney Rock lookout area. The hike will be guided by Hunter McCleary, Vice President of the San Juan Basin Archeological Society and former docent at Chimney Rock NM
Limit 14, No dogs. Carpool $10
RSVP Leader Lorraine McCleary (703) 403-9073 lorrainemccleary@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

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Moderate
6.5 miles
1300 ft.
Moderately easy pace

Wed, Oct 19
8:00 am


RC 8:00 am
CR234 Fire Station 8:20 am

Red Creek, Missionary Ridge,to old Baldy Tower trail

This is a shuttle hike. Leaving from Red Creek TH and ending at Baldy Tower parking lot. For some the Missionary Ridge trail may have a short exposure section. Hard due to elevation and distance but overall the route is mostly moderate
. Hunting season- Wear Orange.
Carpool $3, No dogs due to shuttle. Limit 12.
RSVP to Leader Lorie Hansen, lmhansen39@gmail.com. Questions, ph. 828 243 2194
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard
9.5miles
2600 ft gain
Moderately brisk pace.

Thu, Oct 20
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am
TH 9:00 am

Hike Purgatory Trail to the Animas

Hike mostly downhill through scenic aspens to Purgatory Flats, continuing into narrow Cascade Creek Canyon before arriving at the Animas River for lunch. If time permits, we may cross the river on the railroad bridge to explore the old Tefft Spur.
Carpool $5. Limit 12. Well behaved dogs ok.
RSVP leader Sandy Hoagland 970-759-7578 swhoagy@live.com
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted

Moderate to Hard
8 - 10 miles
1500 ft gain
Moderate Pace

Thu, Oct 20
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
Parking lot between ballfields and Main Ave.

Thursday Easy Outings

Friendly dogs & hikers welcome. Destination will be announced at the parking lot. Whenever possible group may return by the original route or a slightly more challenging route for those who choose the Extra Mile.
Carpool varies by destination, approx. $3-4
Do not RSVP. Contact Ted Keller if you need more specific info or wish to meet at the TH. Text preferred to 970-759-7207.
SO! Outings are restricted to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

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

Thu, Oct 20
10:00 am


RC 10:00 am

Thursday Road Bike Ride

This is a 28-mile bike ride from the Rec Center to Bakers Bridge and back, stopping at Bread.
Contact Ride Leaders: Rick Boebel, Pat Lyon, Daniel Saum, and Rodger Steeper at ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

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28 miles
moderate pace

Fri, Oct 21
8:45 am


RC 8:45 am
TH 9:00 am

Hike to North Perins Peak

Starting at the Rockridge trail head, hike to the Perins Peak backslope. Then, turn right and shortly after north on the trail to Peak 8,682 feet, unofficially called North Perins Peak. See Debra Van Winegarden map and hike description here: https://debravanwinegarden.blogspot.com/2015/09/perins-peak-8346-durangos-landmark.html. We will not reach the north point, but the group may decide to hike the Stone Boy loop. Given limited trail head parking, encouraging meeting at RC parking lot.
Limit 16, no dogs, carpool $2.
RSVP to Bruce Rodman 970-385-7899 Mtnman16@gmail.com
Co-leader Wayne Bedor 970-764-4089 waynebedor@yahoo.com
Hunting season wear orange!
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
8.4 mile
1802 ft. gain
Moderate pace

Mon, Oct 24
10:00 am


RC 10:00 am

Monday Road Bike Ride

This is a 16-mile bike ride from the Rec Center stopping at PJs and back.
Contact Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

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16 miles
moderate pace

Tue, Oct 25
8:30 am


RC 8:00 am
TH 8:50 am

Nature Hike Haviland Lake

Margaret Mayer has been a hike leader and naturalist for AMC, Wilderness Ventures, School of Field Studies, NPS and others. She is leading a series of Nature hikes on Tuesdays. These hikes are mostly easy with gentle ups and downs and offer learning about trees, plants, birds, mushrooms, geology, wildlife, etc.. Most will be approx. 4 miles RT but could be longer depending on the group and weather conditions. Bring your sketchpads and/or Field Guides!
Hike one or more of the beautiful loops.
Carpool $5. Limit 12. 1 well behaved dog (please include in RSVP)
RSVP leader Margaret Mayer mmayer4823@gmail.com 970-375 8555
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted

Easy to Moderate
4 miles
minimal gain
Easy Pace

Wed, Oct 26
8:30 am


SRP 8:30 am

WW hike Sauls Creek

Encore hike from this spring! This hike is in a lovely mostly wooded area with a couple of steep but short climbs.
Well behaved dogs ok, include in RSVP. Limit 15, Carpool $6.
RSVP leader Lorie Hansen, lmhansen39@gmail.com.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

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Moderate
6 miles
600 ft.
Moderate pace

Wed, Oct 26
8:30 am


SRP 8:30 am

Hike West Mancos Trail

We’ll start down the steep Box Canyon Trail, then head upstream along the West Mancos River for about 2 miles. Climbing out of the canyon, we then return on the scenic Rim Trail. A nice walk along the river and great views of the La Plata Mountains.
Limit 12; Two well-mannered dogs OK on approval; Carpool $5.
RSVP to Leader Steve Schnarch 970 749-4478 ssalivedgo@gmail.com

Moderate.
5 miles, 950 ft. gain
Moderate Pace

Thu, Oct 27
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
Parking lot between ballfields and Main Ave.

Thursday Easy Outings

Friendly dogs & hikers welcome. Destination will be announced at the parking lot. Whenever possible group may return by the original route or a slightly more challenging route for those who choose the Extra Mile.
Carpool varies by destination, approx. $3-4
Do not RSVP. Contact Ted Keller if you need more specific info or wish to meet at the TH. Text preferred to 970-759-7207.
SO! Outings are restricted to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

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

Thu, Oct 27
10:00 am


RC 10:00 am

Thursday Road Bike Ride

This is a 28-mile bike ride from the Rec Center to Bakers Bridge and back, stopping at Bread.
Contact Ride Leaders: Rick Boebel, Pat Lyon, Daniel Saum, and Rodger Steeper at ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

28 miles
moderate pace

Sun, Oct 30
8:00 am


ACP 8:00 am

Hike / snowshoe to Ice Lake

Ice Lake when it might actually be icy. We will hike or snowshoe to Ice Lake, hoping that it is not frozen but surrounded by snow. If conditions allow, we will swing by Island Lake too. Dogs OK. Carpool $10,
RSVP leader Chris Blackshear, chris.blackshear@gmail.com.
Hunting season wear orange.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard
8 miles, 3000 ft.
Brisk pace

Mon, Oct 31
10:00 am


RC 10:00 am

Monday Road Bike Ride

This is a 16-mile bike ride from the Rec Center stopping at PJs and back.
Contact Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

16 miles
moderate pace

Tue, Nov 1
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am
PURG 9:00 am

Nature Hike TBD

Margaret Mayer has been a hike leader and naturalist for AMC, Wilderness Ventures, School of Field Studies, NPS and others. She is leading a series of Nature hikes on Tuesdays. These hikes are mostly easy with gentle ups and downs and offer learning about trees, plants, birds, mushrooms, geology, wildlife, etc.. Most will be approx. 4 miles RT but could be longer depending on the group and weather conditions. Bring your sketchpads and/or Field Guides!
Location TBD based on weather and trail conditions.
Carpool $TBD. Limit 12. 1 well behaved dog (please include in RSVP).
Hunting Season – Wear Blaze Orange!
RSVP leader Margaret Mayer mmayer4823@gmail.com 970-375-8555
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted

Easy to Moderate
4 miles
minimal gain
Easy Pace

Wed, Nov 2
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.

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Easy
Flat 5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Thu, Nov 3
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
Parking lot between ballfields and Main Ave.

Thursday Easy Outings

Friendly dogs & hikers welcome. Destination will be announced at the parking lot. Whenever possible group may return by the original route or a slightly more challenging route for those who choose the Extra Mile.
Carpool varies by destination, approx. $3-4
Do not RSVP. Contact Ted Keller if you need more specific info or wish to meet at the TH. Text preferred to 970-759-7207.
SO! Outings are restricted to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

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

Thu, Nov 3
10:00 am


RC 10:00 am

Thursday Road Bike Ride

This is a 28-mile bike ride from the Rec Center to Bakers Bridge and back, stopping at Bread.
Contact Ride Leaders: Rick Boebel, Pat Lyon, Daniel Saum, and Rodger Steeper at ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

28 miles
moderate pace

Fri, Nov 4
8:30 am


TH 8:30 am

Twin Buttes to Perins Peak

The Twin Buttes TH is just past the Speedway gas station on W 160. We will hike up to the base of East Twin Butte, the higher of the two buttes, on the Twin Buttes trail system. Then climb up a rough scrabbly use trail to the summit. Return to the base and head cross country over to Perins Peak with some scrambling and a little brush beating to the summit. Then down the trail to Rock Ridge and a short car shuttle back to the start.
Dogs okay if they can politely share the trail with Mt bikers. Carpool $2.
RSVP to Leader Lynn Coburn harrisoncoburn@gmail.com 970-903-4619
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Hard
9 miles
2,400 ft. +/- elevation gain
Moderate Pace

Mon, Nov 7
8:30 am


SRP 8:30 am

Hike Prater Ridge at Mesa Verde NP

Approx. 7.8-mile loop hike begins with 2 miles of gradual climb to the ridge, then about 4 miles of somewhat level trail looping around the mesa with changing views of the Park and surrounding mountain ranges; it ends with the descent to the TH.  Hike, including breaks and lunch, takes about 5 ½ hours, plus the drive time to/from MVNP.
Carpool $8.  We need one park pass per vehicle. Limit 12. No dogs.
RSVP to Leader Betsy Petersen betsyp@bresnan.net
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
7.8 miles
1000 ft gain
Moderate Pace

Mon, Nov 7
10:00 am


RC 10:00 am

Monday Road Bike Ride

This is a 16-mile bike ride from the Rec Center stopping at PJs and back.
Contact Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Click here for additional details

16 miles
moderate pace

Tue, Nov 8
8:30 am


RC 8:30 am
PURG 9:00 am

Nature Hike TBD

Margaret Mayer has been a hike leader and naturalist for AMC, Wilderness Ventures, School of Field Studies, NPS and others. She is leading a series of Nature hikes on Tuesdays. These hikes are mostly easy with gentle ups and downs and offer learning about trees, plants, birds, mushrooms, geology, wildlife, etc.. Most will be approx. 4 miles RT but could be longer depending on the group and weather conditions. Bring your sketchpads and/or Field Guides!
Location TBD based on weather and trail conditions.
Carpool $TBD. Limit 12. 1 well behaved dog (Please include in RSVP)
RSVP Margaret Mayer mmayer4823@gmail.com 970-375-8555
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted

Easy to Moderate
4 miles
minimal gain
Easy Pace

Wed, Nov 9
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.

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Easy
Flat 5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Thu, Nov 10
9:00 am


RC 9:00 am
Parking lot between ballfields and Main Ave.

Thursday Easy Outings

Friendly dogs & hikers welcome. Destination will be announced at the parking lot. Whenever possible group may return by the original route or a slightly more challenging route for those who choose the Extra Mile.
Carpool varies by destination, approx. $3-4
Do not RSVP. Contact Ted Keller if you need more specific info or wish to meet at the TH. Text preferred to 970-759-7207.
SO! Outings are restricted to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

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

Thu, Nov 10
10:00 am


RC 10:00 am

Thursday Road Bike Ride

This is a 28-mile bike ride from the Rec Center to Bakers Bridge and back, stopping at Bread.
Contact Ride Leaders: Rick Boebel, Pat Lyon, Daniel Saum, and Rodger Steeper at ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

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28 miles
moderate pace

Fri, Nov 11
9:00 am


SRP 9:00 am

Hike New Mexico Arches

A short hike and scramble in northern New Mexico to the beautiful Anasazi Arch in Cox Canyon, the unique Octopus Arch in Dirt Canyon, and a few other real or imposter arches along the way. The distances are short, but there is some bushwhacking and ledge scrambling.
No limit, agile or small dogs OK, 4WD/HC is helpful but not necessary, carpool $5.
RSVP to leader Harding Cure at hardingcure@gmail.com or 602-369-4273.
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate with some scrambling
3+ miles
Easy Pace

Mon, Nov 14
10:00 am


RC 10:00 am

Monday Road Bike Ride

This is a 16-mile bike ride from the Rec Center stopping at PJs and back.
Contact Ride Leader: John Martin at mudpatch22@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

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16 miles
moderate pace

Wed, Nov 16
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.

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Easy
Flat 5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Thu, Nov 17
10:00 am


RC 10:00 am

Thursday Road Bike Ride

This is a 28-mile bike ride from the Rec Center to Bakers Bridge and back, stopping at Bread.
Contact Ride Leaders: Rick Boebel, Pat Lyon, Daniel Saum, and Rodger Steeper at ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org
SO! outings are limited to members and guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

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28 miles
moderate pace

Fri, Nov 18
7:00 am


SRP 7:00 am

Sand Canyon Switcheroo

This is a thru hike of the main Sand Canyon Trail. Just over 6 miles, mostly uphill one way (Northbound) and downhill one way (Southbound). From our meet point at SRP we will drive to the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez and divide into the uphill (stronger hikers) and downhill groups. The uphill hikers will drive to Sand Canyon South TH and downhill hikers to the North TH. When we meet one another on the trail, vehicle drivers will switch keys and drive someone else’s car to the Welcome Center in Cortez. …Switcheroo! A full day. Bring your lunch.
Carpool $11. Limit 15. No Dogs
RSVP Steve Krest 970-588-3806 stevekrest@gmail.com
SO! Outings are currently limited to members and their approved guests, all of whom must be fully vaccinated and boosted

Moderate
6 miles
700 ft gain
Moderately Brisk Pace

Wed, Nov 23
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.

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Easy
Flat 5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Fri, Nov 25
9:00 am


Big Canyon Parking lot next to Kia dealership 9:00 am

Hike to Pautsky Point

Walk Off The Turkey. Hike up Big Canyon trail until we are above Horse Gulch, then up to Pautsky Point for lunch. Return via South Rim Trail for a nice loop hike. An easy close-to-home hike and early turn backs (with friend) are allowed. There is a steep primitive trail descent at the end.
Limit 12. Two well behaved dogs OK.
RSVP to Leader Chuck Rancatti chuck.rancatti@gmail.com
SO! outings are limited to members and approved guests who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

Moderate
7-8 miles
500 ft gain
Moderate Pace

Wed, Nov 30
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.

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Easy
Flat 5-7 miles
Easy Pace

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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Easy
Flat 5-7 miles
Easy Pace

Fri, Dec 16
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.

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Moderate to Hard
3+ miles
500-2000 ft
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.
  • 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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