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Trail Thursdays #1 - Serpents Trail Hike

Spring is around the corner and this is the first of four "Trail Thursdays" in March.  These hikes will be self paced.  Hike the whole trial or just a portion and don't be afraid to show up late (if you have work issues) and meet us on the trail..  If you are beginning or sustaining a hiking or backpacking conditioning program, these hikes are for you. Note this meetup was shamelessly plaigiarized from an earlier hike orgainzed by Andy Kucel.

Hike Serpent’s Trail

There are great views off the wide trail, and should be a beautiful star-filled evening as we return to the parking lot.

It has a bit of history behind it as it used to be the road to Glade Park, nicknamed the “Most Crooked Road in the World”. It is 3.7 miles roundtrip, a constant climb and perfect for those of us in training.

When/Where:

Devil’s Kitchen Parking Area, located just inside of the East entrance of the Monument, on the left side of the road. From Dos Hombres on Broadway, take Monument Road South for 4.3 miles to the parking area.

In the past, we have met at the Dos Hombres for trips inside the Monument to facilitate carpooling with people who have vehicle passes; please state in your RSVP if you’re interested in this.

Bring:

  • Sturdy hiking boots or running-type shoes with good traction
  • Ice grippers are recommended since there may still be some slick spots
  • Trekking poles can be helpful up and down hill as well as if there are icy areas on the trail
  • Bring layers so you can start the hike cool and avoid sweating, then layer up as the temperatures drop
  • Water and snacks
  • You’re welcome to bring a pack stuffed with extra weight if you are training for WSA 14ers! FYI: A gallon of water weighs about 8 pounds

Cost:

If you drive you may need to pay the $10 NPS entrance fee (fee station is usually closed this time of year by 5 PM. Many members have an annual pass and I’m sure they would be willing to drive you in.

Dogs:

With the exception of Mike King, no dogs are allowed.

 

Contact: Mike White at[masked]

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Oops, sorry I missed it. The email goes into my 'social tab' on gmail. I was thinking the hike was next week. Sorry for being a delinquent. Dee-Dee

    March 7, 2014

  • Jennifer R

    I was the only one who showed!

    1 · March 6, 2014

    • Jennifer R

      Yes, the instructions were to park in Devils Head.

      March 6, 2014

    • Mike W.

      Sorry for the confusion. Next time I'll specify both the Devil's Kitchen and Serpents' Trail Parking Lot as options. Hope that you had a good hike!

      March 6, 2014

  • Mike W.

    Perfect weather and no winds on this hike. I don't know how we missed Jennifer! It was good to catch up with Scott and Elaine who I haven't seen since last fall.

    1 · March 6, 2014

  • Chuck C.

    I'm sorry but my plans have taken a turn at the last minute and I will need to cancel for the hike tonight. Have a good one!

    March 6, 2014

    • Mike W.

      No probelm Chuck - Thanks for the update.

      March 6, 2014

  • Elizabeth B.

    Do you know what treats king likes ?

    February 11, 2014

    • Suzy N.

      This discussion is getting interesting...

      March 4, 2014

  • Fran P.

    Hi Mike -- great idea to have these regular hikes! I can't come on Thursdays because I have an exercise class from 5:30 - 6:30. It would be 7 pm before I could get there and I don't want to hike up in the dark to meet the group on the way down. So, I set up the Wednesday hikes at 3 pm. Didn't intend to take people from your hike, but I imagine there are plenty of people to justify the two dates/times. People who are working appreciate the opportunity to go after work.

    February 15, 2014

    • Mike W.

      No worries Fran. I plan on joining you on some of the Wednesday hikes this month!

      March 4, 2014

  • Elizabeth B.

    I'm going day before at 3pm cause it's earlier in the day

    February 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will join you on future hikes but will be on vacation on March 6th for your hike. This is one of my favorite conditioning hikes for the valley.

    February 12, 2014

  • Elizabeth B.

    Assuming Dave is coming but I'll check

    February 11, 2014

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