For those of you without family in town how about spending Thanksgiving with your Trailheads family? The plan is to carpool down to the Dillon area for a snowshoeing event followed by a traditional Thanksgiving Lunch/Dinner at the Pug Ryans Steakhouse and Brewery in Dillon. Spending the night in Dillon and/or going on another snowshoeing trip on Friday is also an option. When RSVPing, let me know if you are interested in spending the night there and/or snowshoeing on Friday. We will tentatively snowshoe Mayflower Gulch on Thursday and Herman Gulch on Friday. These are both incredibly beautiful trails in winter, and easy enough for beginners in good condition. If you happen to be in the area, it is also an option just to meet us for the meal. No dogs on this trip.
Have extra cash for drivers as well. If you wish to spend the night you must make your own arrangements. If you are looking for someone to share a room with or know of a good deal on a cabin, etc, you can post a note on this page. For those of you who do not have snowshoes, you will need to get them before the trip. You can rent them at most of the sports specialty stores around Denver. You should intend to bring micro-spikes as well since the trails may have ice instead of snow. The plan is to have the meal around 4:00PM at Pug Ryan's. The meal will probably be in the $18-$20 range (they will be serving their entire menu, not just turkey); be sure to firm up your plans and let me know definitely if you intend to come since I have to make reservations a reasonable amount of time in advance. Bring enough cash for the meal and drinks and plan on 25% extra for tax and tip. They do accept credit cards but they like to have four or more people per ticket.
Wooly Mammoth Lot, across from the Conoco, section BB. Exit 259 from I70 westbound. This is the Morrison Exit. Turn right onto Colfax, then make an immediate Left onto Mt Vernon Canyon Rd. Continue until you see the Conoco on the right, then enter the lot on the Left and look for my red SUV. Meet at the carpool location at 10AM (both days).
Thursday Trailhead Location--Mayflower Gulch
Take I-70 west from Silverthorne to the Copper Mountain exit (exit 195). Take route 91 south toward Leadville for 5.8 miles. The parking lot for the Mayflower Gulch trailhead is on your left. If you wish to meet us here, I hope to get here by 11:30.
Directions to Pug Ryans
Take exit 205 off of I-70 and merge onto US6 East. Go 1.1 miles and turn right onto Lake Dillon Dr. Go 0.3 miles and turn left onto Village Pl. Pug Ryans is on the right.
Friday Trailhead Location--Herman Gulch
Take exit 218 off I-70. If coming from Denver, make sharp right to the parking area. I hope to be here by 11.
This is a participate at your own risk event.