Easy Backpacking trip - Silver Creek, Sarvis Creek Wilderness - July 10th & 11th Sunday & Monday.
I am posting this trip to see if there is any interest? This trip will still be fairly easy but can be expanded by a mile or two if people want to.
Attention: Out of consideration for the organizers time & effort only sign up if you are serious about going and know for sure that you can actually attend. Any 'Yes' RSVPs that are 'No Shows' on the morning of the trip will have restrictions placed on their account for future trips. Last day to cancel is June 26th two weeks prior.
As the trip organizer, I keep “SAFETY” as number one priority for the group, no exceptions! Please be courteous and considerate to all participants. If you have any concerns please let me know.
Waiver and Release:
Please Note: Participants attending this trip must sign the Colorado Backpackers and Campers Meetup Group - Terms of Understanding and Signup Sheet. This can be found on the site under: More - Files - Terms of Understanding and Signup Sheet.
Required: Everyone attending this trip is required to send me an email ([masked]) with the following information. This is so I can easily contact you with planning details or last minute changes.
This will act as your electronic signature & acknowledgment that you have read and understand the Terms of Understanding and Signup Sheet. Please send this by the cutoff date June 26th. If this is not received, I cannot guarantee that you will receive all the trip info including trail head location, time changes, carpooling info, or other final planning information. If no response to this you may be removed.
Make sure you can attend before you RSVP 'Yes' for this trip. Please read the RSVP Policy at the bottom!
• The RSVP Policy is also located in our "About" section.
• The deadline for changing a "Yes" RSVP to a "No" RSVP is June 26th 10:00pm
• Trip Dates: July 10th & 11th Sunday & Monday.
Drive time to trailhead: 2 to 2.5 hours
Directions to Trailhead: Directions will be sent out to participants attending this trip.
Carpooling: Yes... planning emails will be sent out to trip participants to coordinate this.
Scenery: 4 - Outstanding
Difficulty: 3 - 3-5 miles in with total of 200' - 800' feet elevation change.
Solitude: 5 - Not another soul
Trail Length: 3-5 miles
Elevation Gain: Start hiking at 9800' gaining 200' in one mile to a saddle. Drop down 400' in 2 miles to camp near a small meadow. Reverse this the next day.
Additional information: See Trails Illustrated Map #119 - Yampa Gore Pass for further trail information.
No special permits required, road to trailhead is dirt/gravel and washboard can be expected.
Elevation Range: 9400' - 9800'
Expected Temps: Highs 70s - Lows 40s, afternoon rain showers should be expected.
Dogs Allowed: Yes...but they must be leashed or voice controlled, owner must clean up after them, no obnoxious barking, chasing wildlife or marking their territory on other peoples equipment.
Contact: I will send out planning/reminder/coordination emails to all the 'YES' RSVP participants. These emails will contain my personal contact information so all participants can easily contact me with questions. I will expect a timely response to these so that I know you haven't forgotten, are still going, know what is going on and what is expected of you as a participant. If I don't get your response within a reasonable timeframe, you'll be removed from the 'Yes' RSVP slot so others can sign up.
Meet at 7:00am at the agreed upon location, this is earlier but its a long drive and we need to get through the tunnel before the traffic sets in.
Hike in Sunday morning as soon as we arrive. Make a gradual ascent to a small saddle in the trees in 1 mile, then down along Silver Creek for 2-4 miles, there are many different places that we can camp at. So it will be a groups dicision on how far we go. For those that want to hike more after camping, the trail continues down Silver Creek for many miles or there are some granite monoliths close by that can be explored. This is also Moose conutry.
Pack up around noon and hike out.
We will follow the PACK-IT-IN PACK-IT-OUT LEAVE NO TRACE current Flat Tops Wilderness regulations.
Gear essentials: Food, Water, Water filter, Warm clothing you can layer, First Aid Kit, Knife/multitool, Headlamp, Ability to start fire in any weather, Stove & Fuel, Trowel/toilet paper, Trash bag, Warm Sleeping Bag & Pad, Tent that keeps the weather off you, full rain gear (jacket & pants), Sunglasses, Hat & Sunscreen. If you don't know what to pack see the Backpacking List under More - Files on the Meetup site.
Don't forget your camera!
Trip Rating Chart
Purely a subjective rating, taking into account scenery encountered along the trail
A rating determined by the factors listed below, with possible subjective judgment
5 More than 8 miles one way distance and/or more than 3500 feet of elevation gain
4 More than 6 miles one way distance and/or more than 2500 feet of elevation gain
3 3-6 miles one way distance and/or[masked] feet of elevation gain
2 1-2 miles one way distance and/or[masked] feet of elevation gain
1 A short stroll along a paved trail from a parking lot, pullout, etc.
Purely a subjective - taking into account the solitude encountered along the trail
5 Not another soul
4 Very few people
3 Several groups
2 Heavily used
1 It's a zoo!
Please RSVP whether you plan to attend one of our functions or not. Apparently Meetup keeps track of these and if there's no activity over a certain period of time they can make you inactive (a "No" RSVP counts as activity)! If you RSVP "Yes" please make sure you are planning to attend the trip and will be at the designated meeting point by the time indicated. 10 people waiting for an hour for one person to show up doesn't exactly start the trip off an a positive note!
Note: There is limited space available on our trips and many of our trips fill up within a few days of being posted. The demand exceeds the capacity most of the time. We post our trips as far in advance as possible so that people can plan their busy schedules around them. The RSVP date MAYBE posted only a month or two before the trip. It is important that you plan to attend a trip that you sign up for as this takes a spot away from someone else. Cancelling during the week of the trip usually results in that space going unused because it takes more than just a few days of advance planning for someone to attend a weekend (or longer) trip with us. We understand that situations sometimes happen at the last minute which prevents you from attending a trip, and we kept that in mind when we
established our RSVP Policy.
Our RSVP Policy: If you are not able to attend a trip that you signed up for, you must change your "Yes" RSVP at least 2 weeks prior to the trip. For example, if the weekend trip is scheduled for a Friday (the 20th) you must change your RSVP two Friday's prior to that date (the 6th). Each member will be allowed 1 exception per year to this policy (this allows for those unexpected, last minute situations). If you change your RSVP to a "No" within 2 weeks of a trip during a particular year, you'll get a friendly reminder that we don't like you to do that. (other considerations maybe taken like if a person on the waiting list can take your spot) If you do it a 2nd time there will be restrictions placed on your RSVP abilities and you'll only be allowed to RSVP "Yes" for a trip the day before the trip (assuming there is a spot available) and any other trips you RSVP'd for will be changed to a "No" (you can sign up for them again, 1 day prior to the trip). "No Shows" are subject to immediate RSVP restrictions as these create totally unnecessary problems for the group that's expecting you to show up. – The Group organizer and the trip organizer will discuss the action to be taken.