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4 day San Juan Wilderness 2 Loop Trip: Lakes, Falls, Wildflowers, and Wildlife!

RSVPs OPEN. TRIP LIMIT 8 PEOPLE.


Let's get out into nature for a trip into the San Juan Wilderness! This one will be a bit more of a driving journey to get there, but I think it will be well worth the effort. We will stay at either a different lake, the Falls, or a stream crossing each night; passing abundant wildlife (as many blog posts attest), lush meadows, waterfalls, stellar views, and wildflowers along the way. As a bonus, we will hike along the Continental Divide on day 2. (yes...this does mean epic views!)


We begin by hiking down the "stick" of the first lollipop, and then enter the first loop, before circling down to enter the second loop after our second night's stay at Blue Lake.  On the 4th night we close the second loop and finish after the fifth night by closing the first loop we hiked. Phyoo! :-)

Overview:
Total Miles: Approx 28
Total Elevation Change: Approx 4,200

Trip is open to 8 people

Details: Trails Illustrated Map # 142, South San Juan Del Norte


Day One: Start at Three Forks Trailhead, approx elevation 10, 100 ft. Hike 4.5 miles to Conejos Falls, camp. Elev up 500 ft.









Day Two: Hike to Continental Divide Trail and down to Blue Lake, camp. Total 7.5 miles, approx 1,500 ft up and then 500 ft. down.





 

 

 

Day 3 is now a dayhike combining what was originally 2 days, day 3 and 4.

Day Three: We will stay another night at the same camp, at Blue Lake.  Today will be a day hike, up Glacier Trail to pass by Glacier Lake and continue to lunch at Twin Lakes. Total 4.5 miles, approx. 1,000 feet up, 400 feet down.

Then we'll hike down Canon Rincon Trail (aka Twin Lakes Trail) to the junction of Glacier Trail and South Fork Conejos Trail. Total approx 5 miles, down 1,200 ft. then up 1,200 ft.Then the tiny stretch back to our camp from there. (approx .5 miles or so).  Total mileage for this hike is around 10 miles.

If people aren't up for a hike that long, they are welcome to just stay at camp and relax, do their own smaller dayhike, etc. But this is what I will be doing.

Day Five: Hike the approx 6.5 miles down and out to the trailhead, along El Rito Azul Trail.

There are many blogs online about various parts of this trip.  EVERY one of them spoke of storms coming through and dousing them for at least part of some days, so please come extremely prepared for wet weather.  Also, unfortunately enough people mentioned mosquitoes as well, so this is a perfect trip to test your BugAway tech clothing (and to bring mosquito repellant for when that doesn't work!) ;-)

The drive to the trailhead from the meetup location is approx 5.5 hours, so we will need to get an early start that day...thus the EVIL meetup time.  :-) More specifics and necessary details will come later as personal emails once we get the list of people who will be coming.

In order to go, I will need you to email me at [masked] 1) name (in case your meetup account does not use your name) 2) cell phone 3) emergency contact name and phone number.  Please put "San Juan Emerg Contact Info" in the subject line. Then, put yourself on the waiting list for the trip.  As soon as I get the requested information emailed to me, I will move you from the wait list to the Going list. People will be moved to the going list in the order in which I receive their contact/emerg. info, not in the order in which they add themselves to the waitlist.  If I see that you have added yourself to the waitlist without sending your info, you will be removed from the list and added back once I get your info, as space allows. You MUST be a member of this meetup to attend...no guests or +1's, so that we have all waivers on file, etc.

Dogs: Allowed.  :-) Woof woof!

Permits: We just sign in once we get there...permits not required.

Hope you can make it! :-)

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS AN ADVANCED LEVEL TRIP, BASED ON TOTAL MILEAGE OVER ENTIRE DURATION, HIGH ELEVATION, AND ELEVATION CHANGE. IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN PREPARING WITH SOME STRENUOUS LEVEL HIKES WITH A PACK AND ARE NOT SURE YOU CAN DO IT, PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS TRIP.  As you can see, the daily mileage totals and elevation change are not that high, but taking into account the trip total, I am considering this as a difficult hike for most people who have not been doing regular pack hiking at high elevations.  Please therefore be considerate of the rest of the group when signing up for the event, and refrain if you are not adequately trained!  Thank you! :-)

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  • Sam

    Finally, found the camera cable.

    1 · August 16, 2013

  • Jeff D.

    http://youtu.be/wGm6hCwNkSM

    Video should be done by 5 pm today - uploading now

    August 9, 2013

  • Inga

    Thanks to everyone for coming! That was an awesome trip, despite the rain! Hope to see everyone again.

    July 31, 2013

  • Inga

    Forgot to post my # in case someone needs to call/text this am. [masked]

    July 25, 2013

  • Sam

    Lots PNRs charge parking fee after 24 hours, but Broadway Marketplace PNR (address: 450 S Bannock St, Denver) doesn't charge. It's in South Denver closed to I25 but I don't know if the PNR is safe for 4 days (maybe car theft?). Or we carpool from someone's house in Denver? so we park all our cars there if possible? Anyone knows a safe parking lot in Denver along I-25?

    July 22, 2013

    • Ali B

      where in Switzerland do you live

      July 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      In Flims just behind Laax. You guys should visid me. Thats also a beatifull area for outdoors :))

      July 23, 2013

  • Ali B

    I want to be a driver

    July 22, 2013

    • Inga

      Sounds good, thanks Ali! Then I think we have all the drivers we need, since we only need 2.

      July 22, 2013

    • Ali B

      So where ate we going to meet? Can we follow you to the TH

      July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Im so happy to join this trip :)))

    1 · July 11, 2013

    • Ali B

      Inga do we all plan on meeting at the park n ride wolly mamoth ? are you able to meet at park n ride if that is the case. We will make something work for you. Yes I will drive you

      July 22, 2013

    • Ali B

      Lets figure out a meeting place

      July 22, 2013

  • Sam

    Where are we meeting for carpool? Somewhere south Denver along I-25 (and safe for my car) would be better for me.

    July 22, 2013

    • Ali B

      Wherever you suggest or group suggest. Just let me know. I am easy going

      July 22, 2013

  • Sam

    Are we going to have time to fish at Blue lake? Someone told me that there are lots of trout in the Blue lake and it's good for dinner. Everybody can eat trout for dinner? I am thinking to bring my fishing rod with me.

    July 15, 2013

    • Inga

      I will bring the wasabi powder. And dehydrated soy sauce. ;-)

      July 15, 2013

    • Sam

      Oh Noooo SUSHI! I love Sushi, but we have to cook trout.

      July 15, 2013

  • Manijeh

    Hi, Inga. I'd like to join this trip but I'll hopefully be backpacking when RSVP opens. Just hope there will be a spot left when I get back home! Also, would that be possible for me to carpool with you from and to Fort Collins? That is if I can attend, of course. Thanks.

    1 · July 10, 2013

    • Inga

      OK Sam, sounds good, let's go I25 then if you're sure it's going to be faster. I'll already be south of Denver so will figure out a new PnR along I25 to meet you guys at.

      July 11, 2013

    • Michael M.

      Echoing Sam on 25 vs. 285 - did both drives at the end of June for a trip. I25 for the win!

      July 12, 2013

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    The Tea Bag Lady
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  • Ali B
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    Dr. Jerry, Reverend Prophet of The Universal Life Church
  • Sam
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