Monday, September 26, 2016

ATV Ride - Tuesday

ATV ride to see the fall foliage. Meet at the SF visitor center by 9AM tomorrow (9/27). Side by side friendly for units under 50"


Thursday, September 22, 2016

6 hike Photos--lower Sentinel Mountain--right here at home

We were only seven, but the rain didn't drop, the temperature was cool, and the ups and downs on the lower East side of our town's favorite hill weren't precarious on this Wednesday morning.  We're still striding along and welcome others to join us (free).  Thanks to Judy for coffee and crackers on her deck after the hike.

—Doug Knudson   

Dennis offers another beautiful high country hike on Friday.  You'll stroll down the Continental Divide for about 2+ miles, then wait on the road until the cars come your way. The scenery is splendid and the colors are coming.  Get to the Visitor Center before 9 a.m. on Friday and join the group.
On Monday, we'll have our annual visit to the beauty all around Platoro.  This looks like a prime-time color show.  Then, there's the chance for a hot lunch in the metropolous of Silver/Gold.  Bring a little cash.  We will have two short hikes (usually quite short) plus camera stops that will make your friends admire your artistic skills.  Even your less than vigorous strollers will enjoy this trip, if they can take a bump or two in the rocky road.  4-wheel-drive recommended--or ride with someone who has one.  9 a.m. again for great high country scenery.

Autumn's on its way

Good hikers every one

Colorful crusty rocks

Gold and Green

Aged Ponderosa

Gold across the valley:  that's our future color attraction,
maybe bringing front-rangers a peep or two at real beauty.

Hiking Beaver Mountain on 9-19-16

Hiking Beaver Mountain on 9-19-16

ATV Work Ride

The Friday workday scheduled for 9-23-2016.  This is a SxS 50" friendly ride.  Meet at the Visitor’s Center and plan to leave by 9:00 am.  Hope to see you Friday.


Monday, September 19, 2016

no pics--camera is limping until I get to Pueblo on Saturday.

What a lovely and quick hike on Wednesday!
Four folks from Creede joined seven from South Fork for the quick hour to Mosca and its Pass, with a stop at the Dunes NP visitor center.

We ascended the Mosca Creek Canyon, which Pike ascended from the Wet Mountain Valley and descended in a January snowstorm in 1807. (He spent more time on the Sangres and in the San Luis valley than he did admiring the peak which acquired his name.) We encountered no snow but enjoyed brisk breezes that kept us climbing quickly in comfort.

This canyon trail was used by other early traders and probably some Ute groups. In the 1830s and 40s Antoine Robidoux often traveled here, taking/sending beaver skins to the East, supplying his family's business in St Joseph, Missouri, then loading up on supplies from Bent's Old Fort and going back over Mosca Pass, North and West up Saguache Creek and westward to his trading post, Fort Uncompahgre, (now expertly restored in Delta Colorado).

Following this trail in early September revealed many different flowers in bloom, a variety of trees, changing as we climbed up and down, some spectacular rock formations, steep hillsides, and about a dozen other hikers plus two friendly dogs on this cool day.

On Friday morning, Dennis Shepherd will take four (maybe six) people people on a multi transport trip:
Drive, ride a put-putt: Hike to Fremont's Christmas camp (or another nearby camp) in 1849 (I think).
If you wish to go, call Dennis tonight or show up with hope at the visitor center before 9 a.m. This is a lovely and diverse fun trip high in the mountains, well worth the efforts.

— Doug Knudson

ATV Ride Tuesday

The club ATV Ride for Tuesday, Sept. 20th, will be a Fall Foliage Ride to Jasper.  This is a side by side friendly ride.  Hope to see you on Tuesday.  Meet at the Visitor’s Center and plan to leave at 9:00 am.  Thanks

Thursday, September 1, 2016

A damp but beautiful day in Phoenix Park

Gray morning

21 atop 1st hill

Rising out of Phoenix Park

A skiff of snow early Aug.

Nice bridge

In a deep deep valley

Phoenix Falls

Shall we gather by the River?

Phoenix Falls lunch stop 

Wet waterfall observers

Beneath the Bristlecone Pines

Friday ATV Workday Ride

The Friday workday scheduled for 9-2-2016 will be for Bennett Trail.  This is a difficult trail, so it would be best if we don’t have any side-by-sides.  Meet at the Visitor’s Center and plan to leave by 9:00 am.  Hope to see you Friday.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

9 Wednesday hike Photos

We postponed our hike up the wet rocks of Pool Table  Mountain (a long flat peak at 12,225').  The group chose Lost Lake as our close-in destination. That was well chosen.  

We were a bit damp now and then, but from the prominence above the lake, we could see Pool Table Mtn. getting clouds, rain, and sometimes disappearing altogether, about 35 miles to the North.  We observed that the Lost Lake is back to nearly full.  The Douglas-fir growing on the impressive pile of rocks is still almost intact (one big branch has removed itself). The scenic views are still terrific up the Rio Grande to Wagon Wheel Gap and also out into the SLValley bottom lands.

Our hikers were 3 from the Creede countryside and 6 from South Fork.  All enjoyed the very cool 
August temperature.  The precipitation was miniscule--a few minutes of misty moisture. The grass was wetter than the rain.  

We will have hikes again next Monday and Wednesday.  The weather forecasts suggest that next Wednesday we can hike up Pool Table Mountain with little or no likelihood of precipitation. I will add that this may allow us some very special distant views of nature and our local history.  Keep tuned..

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9 headed up to Lost Lake

Tasty rose hips—health food for all

We found Lost Lake--fuller than we've seen it in 2 or 3 years.

D-fir root, our little peak, and DelNorte Pk

What living in rocks can do for your complexion.

The giant Douglas-fir of the rocks

 Note the Rio Grande heading into South Fork from the NW.

Where we went for lunch

A cliff-hanger!  Our dental expert seeks information on how long this "tooth" can sit on this precipice.

A few Continental Divide Photos

Hiking into the Clouds on the Continental Divide is a special experience. We were glad to share it with several new hikers.  The cloudy/misty/sunny day was perfect for going uphill and not slippery coming back.  The changes in the Wolf Creek Ski Area were interesting.  Although I've reached my maturity, I'm not going to ski down that nasty little peak in the middle picture--even if Eve does it.  If my maturity is to continue a while longer, I'd rather prevent accidents and hike harder than I ski.  
Flowers are dropping their seeds and looking a bit over-mature.  

We'll hope for good weather on Wednesday and try to top out on Pool Table Mountain, where several of our hikers haven't set foot before.  Please wear high-top shoes or boots.  A portion (20% maybe) of the trip is on rocks that aren't exactly smooth, although not dangerous.  9 a.m. at the Visitor Center or meet us at the 149 turn-off just NW of Wagon Wheel Gap.  If it is sprinkling, we'll try a lower hike in the area.  Afternoon rain is predicted, but the hike will be over by 12:45-1.00 pm, if all goes well.  This is a great place to view the eastern side of the one of the biggest  volcanic calderas in the nation.  

You'll also be walking in the steps of John C. Fremont, who almost died here, but survived to come close to being US President (James Buchanan eked out a win and has been often voted as our worst president).

At  Wolf Creek Pass  (the grassy area beside the slightly elevated trail is forming the high point of Wolf Creek, flowing slowly to the SW.

Into the woods

Lady in the Clouds

Cloud flowers

Happiness near the peak—almost there

Great Hang-out!  That little trail is the mighty Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.  Looks precarious!

Wind from West

Above 2 roads we ride  Hwy 160 in middle   Lobo Overlook Trail above

Alpine Sunflowers  Past their glorious peak

What ridge living can do for you

not exactly delicate, but they're hardy