Monday, August 24, 2015

Wednesday hike coming up

Plans for our Wednesday hike:
Destination—gentle Continental Divide hike of about 2.5 miles—Bonito Pass to Silver Pass, plus connections to the road at each end.  Medium steep first quarter mile, then Continental Divide gentle upward, beautiful overlook, then more than half the hike downward to Silver Pass, with nice tromp down to the road.
Transportation—We'll need 4WD, high clearance for the last few miles, so plan on sharing a ride.  I went up there today to check and there are a few
spots where slow, careful going will solve some of the rough spots, without problems.  I'll leave my truck at end point and take drivers the mile up to start spot.
Benefits—beautiful, abundant flowers in vivid blues, some yellows, whites, and Elephantella (usually vivid purple/pink).  Also, great distant views of the San Juan River and majestic South San Juan peaks all the way North along the Continental Divide. We'll take a break here to appreciate where we live.
We often see elk or deer on this one, if we're quiet enough.  This is a favorite, awe-inspiring, yet fairly short hike. It gives you several splendid vistas. High point is 11,804 feet.
Weather—forecast is promising, but a light jacket may be useful.
Equipment—sturdy boots—no tennis shoes or sandals are recommended.  Some will want a walking stick to cross a sloping, rocky trail through about 100 yards.  A little water will help.
Time—Leave South Fork Visitor Center 9:00 a.m.    Return by no later than 2:30.  The drive may take as long as the hike. (If you want to spend longer, bring your fishing rod for a stop at Tucker Ponds.)

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