Wednesday, October 29, 2014
6 hike photos Oct 29
Eight of us followed Ozzie on a walk half-way up and around Baxter Mountain--one of his favorite hikes. We were next to South Fork, but it seemed separate. A sunny lunch stop in the grass and on the small rocks gave some a chance to snooze. Then we went down the Alder Bench trail's switchbacks where shuttle cars awaited.
Autumn adjustments, pre-snow:
Next Monday--A gentle walk in a place where hunters won't be. Start at chilly 9 a.m. at the Visitor Center. We will draw straws to determine the choices of 3 places.
Next Wednesday--Drive to "no hunting" Great Sand Dunes National Park. Hike about 6 miles and then drive home. This is an historic trail--Robidoux' supply route between Bent's Fort and his Delta, CO, trading post. Please be ready to depart at 9 a.m. sharp.
Later adjustments: with-snow:
We'll have at least a Monday hike every week that it's practical. If snow is adequate, we'll use snowshoes (available at 3 outlets in South Fork). If snow isn't available, we'll walk in our water-proof boots. Normally, we have set starting time at 10:00 a.m. We usually get back from these shorter excursions by 1-2 p.m.
--Doug Knudson 719-873-5239
Ancient Douglas-fir on Baxter Mountain-side
8 of the 9 who were up and down on this basically even trail.
A flat spot beyond midway
Alder Creek signaled the last few yards to the Guard station, where we had started the mid-summer
The "almost talking rocks" at the guard station are often overlooked.