Note: This trip is being posted on the Colorado Backpackers Meetup site as well. There are seven spots available. If interested in going, please sign-up on the waiting list.
Departure Time: 7:00am, please be prompt because we will leave at 7:05am.
Who Should Attend: Active backpackers that like distance and elevation gains along with beautiful scenery.
Hike Description: This is an EXPLORATORY backpacking trip. Exploratory means that I have not been on this trail before, so we might make a wrong turn or two. If you have a low tolerance for making wrong turns, then you should reconsider attending. In addition to exploratory, this is a strenuous trip due to approximately 4,300ft. of elevation gain and more than 25+ miles of backpacking. However, this will be a stunning trip based on what I know about the area and the guidebook description....open meadows, aspens, evergreens, lakes, sweeping views, wildlife, etc.
Day 1: Drive up Friday morning to the South Fork trailhead where we will begin our trip. We will backpack in on the South Fork Trail about 11 miles and camp at Blue Lake for the night.
Day 2: The next day we will continue on Glacier Lake Trail and check out Glacier Lake (2.5 miles). Trip Option: There is an option on this day to summit Conejos Peak at 13,172ft. If you are not interested, you can hangout and enjoy the peacefulness of Glacier Lake. We will decide if we want to camp at Glacier Lake or continue to Twin Lakes about two miles away. Approx. Miles: 8-10 miles, if you choose the Conejos Trip; if not it is only about 5 miles.
Day 3: On Sunday, we backpack out on the Roaring Gulch Trail to our vehicles. Approx. Miles: 8 or so.
Late Lunch: On the way home, we will make a stop at the High Country Restaurant in Chama, for a late lunch.
Road Conditions: Improved dirt roads will be our means to get to the trailhead. A high clearance, 4wd is not required, but the road may be rough in places, so an off road type vehicle is better, like a Jeep, truck or SUV. Note: I take an 16-mile dirt backroad to Chama, which saves a half hour in drive time, plus it is scenic.
I will be able to take three people in my Jeep, maybe 4, if we need to.
Dogs: Not allowed this time because it is an exploratory hike.
Waiver Info: Anyone attending our trips must have a signed Waiver & Release form on file with us. This waiver covers all trips and activities so you only need to sign it once. If you have not already signed this form it can be downloaded from our "Files" section and turned in to the organizer when you arrive for the trip.
Deadline Info: The deadline for changing a "Yes" RSVP to a "No" RSVP is Wednesday, July 31, 2013. If you RSVP "Yes" for this trip, please plan on attending. Please read our RSVP Policy located in our "Pages" section.
Drive Time to Trailhead/Camp Area: Approx. 3.5 hours from ABQ
Location: South Fork Trailhead, South San Juan Wilderness, Colorado
Trip Rating: Strenuous, due to elevation gain 4,300ft.
Total Trail Length: Approximately 25+ miles
Elevation Range: Approx. 8,600ft. to 12,000ft.
Expected Temps: 80s day, 30s night