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Snowshoe at Winks Lodge

Join us on a very casual 1-1/2 mile snowshoe activity in the national forest behind the historic Winks Lodge in Gilpin County.

We'll leave from the Westminster Center RTD park & ride for Winks Lodge at 9:00AM. Expect ~1 hour drive to the lodge. The drive is on a very hilly, steep, winding, two lane mountain road. Not for the faint-hearted.

The snowshoe activity is considered easy to moderate with ~300 foot elevation gain, with some parts of the trail/road a bit steep. It will be a slow paced snow trek with lots of rest stops to make the day enjoyable for all.

We have permission to park on the FlyFisher Group property, then walk or be shuttled by 4x4 or all-wheel drive (if the Winks Way road is plowed) the 1/5 mile uphill to the Winks Lodge.

After the snowshoe trek, we are invited to drop Gary Jackson's cabin, built in 1926. Gary's family was one of the original families to build in the historic Lincoln Hills Country Club Resort where Wendell Winks built Winks Lodge.

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  • LINDA A P.

    This was one of the best outings. It was fun and historical. I learned so much and we had a great grooup to interact with. Thanks again, Winston, and be well soon!

    April 1, 2013

    • Winston W.

      You are welcome. Glad you enjoyed. I'm now out of the hospital.

      April 2, 2013

  • Winston W.

    Snow shoeing at Winks Lodge in historic Lincoln Hills Resort, Gilpin County, Colorado.
    Saturday, March 30th, 2013, eleven members and friends of the Colorado based Beckwourth Doers meetup.com group went snowshoeing at Historic Winks Lodge in Gilpin County. Winks Lodge was one of a handful resorts that catered to African Americans. Winks began operation in 1928 and consisted of three stories and six bedrooms before adding additional facilities. Winks drew many African American creative luminaries such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, and Billie Ekstein. Afterwards we visited Gary Jackson's family cabin and had lunch at Roy's Last Shot in Blackhawk. --- Writeup (slightly modified) above and the 52 photos provided by Carolyne Richardson Sutton. Thank you, Carolyne and Gary, for helping to keep the Winks Lodge snow shoe activity flowing smoothly.

    March 31, 2013

  • Judy S.

    Winston, I will have to meet at the Rec Ctr & follow others...I dont know directions to the lodge...

    March 25, 2013

    • Winston W.

      Judy, I'll get you the directions to the park & ride and to Winks Lodge and the Fly Fishers Group property this week.

      March 25, 2013

  • Gabrielle M.

    will meet you at the lodge

    March 25, 2013

  • Judy S.

    maybe

    March 9, 2013

  • LINDA A P.

    Yes, yes and YES! But I have to be back in time for the Erykah Badu concert at 7 pm at the Fillmore. Okay?

    March 8, 2013

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