Monday, February 29, 2016

Hike up Baxter Mountain the "easy" snowy way.

To hike in the snow or to hike on bare south facing slopes:  That was the question.  
The answer was apparently "You can't keep good women out of the snow—even if sometimes it's up to our knees."  
(Maybe it was partly due to the sunnier slope was longer and steeper.) 
So, we climbed up to the TV installations on Baxter Mountain to view the valley in which we live.  
Result:  lovely!

The road


Good viewpoint

 ponderosa pine on steep slope

Rock "castle" in the hills.

The "train" to the top (walking up is much, much easier.

Down the old road

to the paved road;
 angular hiking.

Hike 2-22-16

2-22-16 Hike: We did a lot of climbing to see spectacular views from the top!  Thank you for the great hikes, Doug.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Hikers above Del Norte

The Del Norte/BLM trail system led 8 of us to the top of the bluffs overlooking the immense Rio Grande Valley (a.k.a. Valle de San Luiz).  The looking was good, decorated with occasional snow clouds.  We heard several exclamations of "beautiful, spectacular, wonderful."  We saw someone--maybe Lloyd--strolling on top of the D mountain. We used binoculars but couldn't identify the stroller.

The late spring time here features spectacular cactus blooms  and flowering shrubs, along with diverse green grasses.  It's worth another hike; I'll check on the timing.

With the return of snowfall, we may have some more chances to use our snowshoes in March.  We welcome new folks to join our 10-12 hearty winter hikers who gather at the Visitor Center in South Fork before 10 a.m. on Mondays.  No charge. No dogs. No barefooted hikers (especially in cactus country).
—Doug Knudson    719-873-5239

Upward trail

Looks like snow, maybe

Jan the Climber

Del Norte & towers

Great view

Don't back up honey

needle garden

Come back in late May!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Silverthread Meeting

The February Silverthread Club Meeting is tonight  (February 16), Potluck 6:30 PM, meeting  7 PM at the South Fork Community Center. Come and enjoy.

Elizabeth Baugh, president

Thursday, February 11, 2016


Saw this guy today at wolf creek.  You can forward it to the club if you want to...

 Tim Boyles

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