2019 Hikes

2019 Boomers & beyond SATURDAY hikes

Please read the information below! This is important information that will help make the hikes the enjoyable adventures they are intended to be. For any questions, please email: egillis@gunnisonco.gov.
(Scroll down to reach individual hike dates and descriptions.)

When to arrive:
Unless otherwise noted, we will meet in the Senior Center parking lot (south-west lot of Community Center). We will depart the parking lot at 8:00AM. Please check your hike date to be sure of the time!

Waiver requirement:
If you have not yet signed a waiver, please arrive by 7:50AM to do so. You will only need to sign the Boomers’ waiver once - your waiver will be kept on file and be applicable to all other Boomers’ activities.

Other considerations:
 - Please read through the below table Boomers’ Hikes Difficulty Rating. Saturday hikes are planned to begin at lower altitudes and are of shorter distances in the Spring and early Summer. They will then progress in difficulty, altitude, and length. This is done so that if you begin in the Spring, you will be better suited to safely and happily enjoy the hikes later in the Summer and early Fall.
 - Realistically consider your physical condition for any hike, including your ability to walk distance at high altitude. Especially consider this when planning to hike those rated above 200 points.
 - Dress appropriately. Always wear or bring layers that you can easily put on or take off as weather conditions at high altitude can change rapidly. Each hike will have suggestions and/or requirements listed in its description – please read the descriptions thoroughly!
 - Hiking boots will be required for ALL hikes – please read the descriptions for the hikes you are planning to attend!
 - Bring plenty of water for your needs – many hikes will not have additional water sources available and those that do will require a good filter system or steripen.
 - Bring enough snacks and/or lunch for your needs. Hike descriptions will indicate whether the length will take us through lunchtime or not. Only you can judge how much food you will need!


Boomers Hikes Difficulty Rating System

Items Considered                                                     Points Given 

For each 100 feet of elevation change

0.1 points 

For each 100 feet beyond the trailhead above 8,000 feet 

0.1 points 

For each 100 feet in length

0.1 points 
 
For each extended (>300 feet) gradient (pitch) greater than 12%

0.1 points 

     * 100 – 199 points = Easy
     * 200 – 299 points = Moderate
     * 300 – 399 points = Good Exercise
     * 400 – 499 points = Strenuous
     * 500 points and up = Very Strenuous


*Please Note: Hikes may be changed due to weather and trail conditions. Please check listing often for updates.

July 2019 Hikes
Please check back regularly for updated information as weather and trail maintenance issues may affect hiking plans!

July 6: Carbon Trail #436 to Carbon Creek
This is a relatively easy hike, but at some altitude. Note: It is recommended that those planning to hike the July 20th Carbon Trail to Baxter Trail hike (conditions permitting) and the July 27th ascent of Carbon Peak (conditions permitting), hike these next 3 hikes in order to prepare for the July 27th ascent of the peak.

Length on trail: 5.5 miles approximately. Starting elevation: 9,400 feet. Elevation gain: 400 feet.

This hike is along the abandoned, never completed, Denver, South Park, and Pacific Railroad grade. It is an easy trail with about a 4% overall grade, however, the railroad grade does cross several talus slopes. There are great view of the Castles and West Elks, as well as the Ohio Creek waterfall. We will hike to a creek coming down a 25% slope which was bank full and 2.5 feet deep on July 1st. The access road to the trailhead is very rough so we will park and walk it.

July 13: No Hike due to Cattlemen's Days!

July 20: Carbon Trail #426 to Baxter Gulch to Crested
Butte
Transportation to and from the Senior Center will be provided for this hike - the beginning and end are at 2 different locations. Limit will be 11 hikers - please RSVP as soon as possible!

This hike is recommended as to prepare for the July 27 hike - Carbon Peak.
Description to come.

July 27: Ascend Carbon Peak
Description to come


 


June 2019 Hikes

HIkes for June and beyond will be scheduled depending on trail and weather conditions - please check back for updated information!!
Due to winter snows and ongoing snowy or wet weather, trails may be damaged. It will take a bit more time to assess which trails will be appropriate for June.

DATE

Hike Description

Difficulty Rating

 

June 1

Hermit’s Rest: 
This hike has a different departure time - 7:30AM. 
Please arrive at the Senior Center parking lot by 7:20AM if you have not yet filled out a Boomers' waiver.

Length - 8 miles. Elevation - 8,200 feet. Elevation Gain - 1,800 feet. Pitches - 10.

This trail goes out and back (down and up) into the Black Canyon. It is a well-maintained trail. Plan to bring a lunch - we will plan to have lunch at Hermit's Rest where there are tables and facilities. The hike goes through gambel oak, pine, juniper and fir forest.

Travel time to TH: 1 hour and 35 minutes. Return to Senior Center: approximately 4:00PM.

 

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June 8


Aberdeen Quarry  (reschedule due to snow in May)
Length - 2 miles. Elevation - 8,200 feet. Elevation Gain - 400 feet. Pitches - 2.

This is a loop hike to Aberdeen Quarry. This quarry produced granite for the Colorado capitol building. It is a well-maintained trail. A portion along South Beaver Creek will likely be flooded due to beaver activity and will require some off-trail scrambling. Bring snacks.

Approximate drive time to TH: 30 minutes. Return time to Senior Center: approximately 12noon.

 

 

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June 15


Caves (Ferris Gulch) to Walrod
Gulch

Length:     . Elevation: 8,800 feet. Elevation Gain: 900 feet

The trail is dry and in good shape, but the walk down Walrod Gulch to road will be damp to wet - please dress accordingly. There are great views from this trail once the caves are attained - bring your cameras!!

The first .7 mile is very strenuous (to the top of the caves); the next .6 mile is moderately strenuous. The remaining 2.2 miles are easy. 

We will leave from the Senior Center parking lot at 8AM. Please confirm your RSVP by 12noon on Friday, June 14th!

Time to TH: 30 minutes. Time on trail: 2.5 - 3 hours. Return: to Senior Center: approximately 12noon.

 


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June 22


Bambi – Sawtooth – 3550 – Gold Basin Road
Length: approximately 3 miles. Elevation: 8,000 feet. Elevation Gain: 300 feet.

This hike takes us up a draw with interesting rock formations with juniper and gambel oak to Sawtooth which passes through sagebrush and crosses rock formations. We continue on road 3550 (aka power-line road), a gentle uphill walk until the steep drop to Gold Basin Road, then back to the starting point.

Hiking poles are recommended for this hike due to the last descent.

Approximate time to TH: 20 minutes. Return to Senior Center about 12noon.

 




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June 29


North Bank portion of the Doctor Trail
NOTE: We will depart the Senior Center at 7:30AM. Please arrive by 7:20AM.

Length: 3.8 miles. Elevation: 8,400 feet. Elevation gain: 2,400 feet.

This trail is part of the Gunnsion spur of the Colorado Trail. It climbs out of Taylor Canyon via 10 switchbacks to get above the rim, then passes through an old burn area into the bottom of the Trail Gulch in a mixed Aspen-Conifer forest to the top. There are viewpoints along the trail and quite a few pitches.

Time to trailhead is approximately 30 minutes. Time on the trail will be about 2.5 to 3 hours.

 
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July - September Tentative Hike Schedule
As hikes are confirmed, more details will be provided. All hikes require RSVP via the Gunnison Senior Center news emails - if you are not on this list, Click Here to sign up.

July 6 Carbon Mountain (FS 436)
July 13 No hike due to Cattlemen’s Days
July 20 Boulder Lake (Fossil Ridge FS 478)
July 27 Beckwith Pass (FS 842)/Cliff Creek (FS 840)
August 3 Terrible Mountain/Fairview Peak (FS 426-427)
August 10 Augusta Mine Loop
August 17 Castle Pass (FS 441)
August 24 Copley Lake (826.1D)/Scarp Ridge (via Gunsight Pass FS 585+0.5 off trail)
August 31 No hike – Labor Day Weekend
September 7 Baldies traverse to Mill Creek (12 miles) (FS 446-444-464-450)
September 14 Deadman Gulch (FS420)/Rosebud Gulch (FS 423)/Cement Mountain (FS 533)
September 21 Horse Ranch Park to Erickson Springs CG (13 miles) (FS830)



May 2019 Hikes

Date   Description  Points 
May 4
GracelandTrail #3545
Length - 3.3 miles. Elevation - 8,000 feet. Elevation Gain - 300 feet. Pitches - 0.

A loop hike at the northwest edge of Hartman Rocks Recreation Area. Mostly through sagebrush hills. With views of snow-capped mountain ranges.





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May 11
Curecanti Trail
Length - 3.7 miles. Elevation - 7,700 feet. Elevation Gain - 900 feet. Pitches - 5.

Trail goes out and back (down and up) the Curecanti Canyon. It is a well-maintained Park Service trail, however, expect some wet spots. Plan to bring a lunch - we will lunch at Morro Point Reservoir. This trail offers spectacular views along the roaring creek. There are facilities at the trailhead (TH) and crude facilities at the bottom of the canyon.

Travel time total for this hike from the trailhead: 1 hour and 20 minutes. Return time to Senior Center: approximately 3:00PM.













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May 18


Aberdeen Quarry
Length - 2 miles. Elevation - 8,200 feet. Elevation Gain - 400 feet. Pitches - 2.

This is a loop hike to Aberdeen Quarry. This quarry produced granite for the Colorado capitol building. It is a well-maintained trail. A portion along South Beaver Creek will likely be flooded due to beaver activity and will require some off-trail scrambling. Bring snacks.

Approximate drive time to TH: 30 minutes. Return time to Senior Center: approximately 12noon.












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May 25

                                                         NO HIKE ON MAY 25TH!  


To view the hikes taken in 2018, CLICK HERE.