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New Meetup: Backpacking Snowshoe/Ski Trip to Trujillo Meadows Yurt

From: Bob F
Sent on: Thursday, January 7, 2010 10:17 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The New Mexico Backpackers Meetup Group!

What: Backpacking Snowshoe/Ski Trip to Trujillo Meadows Yurt

When: January 15,[masked]:00 PM

Trujillo Meadows Yurt
Colorado Hwy 17 .2 miles north of Cumbres Pass at junction of FR 118
Chama, CO 81126

This snowshoe/cross country ski trip will take us to Trujillo Meadows yurt which is located just north of Chama across the Colorado border in the Rio Grande National Forest. The yurt is operated by the Southwest Nordic Center and provides great (including warm) accommodations for winter camping. A woodburning stove keeps the yurt toasty and really, really warm, there are bunkbeds with mattresses, a gas stove for cooking, lanterns, and an outhouse (a portable toilet seat hangs by the woodburning stove to keep warm).

We'll be in the San Juan Wilderness (in Rio Grande NF) at an elevation of 10,500 ft. The easy 4 mile route from the trailhead to the yurt goes along snow covered forest roads through some meadows and pine forest with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. We'll have all day Sunday to explore the wilderness.

Please Note: This is a winter trip in the high country with deep snow and cold temperatures. There are risks involved with activities such as this. You must have the appropriate clothing and gear to attend this trip along with some winter camping experience. While the route to the yurt is considered easy, you must have experience with skis or snowshoes in the backcountry while carrying a loaded pack. You must physically be able to snowshoe or ski the 4 miles in and out. While we will be sleeping in a warm yurt at night, there is the possibility of severe cold, strong winds with low windchills, and heavy snow. If you are uncertain about any of these requirements or ability to participate on this trip, please contact the organizers of this trip.

*If you are uncertain about your backcountry skiing skills, we highly recommend using snowshoes.

Here are the trip details:

Trip Dates: January 15 (Friday evening) thru January 18 (Monday - return home)


Jan 15 (Friday) Arrive during the evening at the lodging in Chama

Jan 16 (Saturday) Arrive early at the trailhead and snowshoe/ski the 4 miles to the yurt

Jan 17 (Sunday) Spend day at yurt exploring the area

Jan 18 (Monday) Snowshoe/ski back to trailhead and drive home

Please Note: Anyone attending our trips must have a signed Waiver and Release Form on file with us. This waiver covers all trips and activities for 2010, 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.

Cost: For the night in Chama and the 2 nights at the yurt (with 6 people) the total is $54.00 per person. Payment instructions will be sent after you RSVP Yes for this trip.

Drive Time: Approx 3 hours from Albuquerque

Directions & Yurt Info: Yurt Info/Maps

*Directions to Chama lodging will be sent after you RSVP

Trip Rating: Moderate *Read the Note above explaining winter conditions and risks.

Trail Length: 4 miles one way, 8 miles total not including day trip on Sunday

Elevation Gain: 478 feet

Elevation Range: Start 10,022 ft End 10,500 ft

Expected Temps: Highs around 30 and lows in teens to single digits (these could be much lower if a front moves through)

Snow Depth as of January 7, 2010: 4 1/2 feet

No Dogs Allowed

Please contact Jim or Bob with any questions

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