Re: Colorado Hiking Trip
Sat, 7 Feb 1998 13:45:02 -0600
I have hike in that area. The Animas river drainage is owned by the narrow
gage rail road and there is no trail open to the public from Durango to
Silverton. There is a trail from Purgatory to Chicago Basin that parallels
the rive for 5 to or miles. There are numerous trails in the area. Chicago
Basin is one of the most popular backpacking spots in Colorado. Hundreds of
people ride the train into Needleton and then hike the last 5 miles back in
every day.When the train stops it is a foot race of mostly Texan's trying to
beat the other group to camp sites.
I would look for another area in the San Juan mountains if it were me. If
you are in great shape and wont a real challenge (I did it one time and Know
I would have to do some serious conditioning before trying again) you could
go in from the Vallecito Reservoir up Vallecito Creek trail to Columbine
Pass trail (about 13,000ft and no air) to a camp site above Chicago basin.
Then the next day you could take day packs in try and clime Mt Windom,
Eolus, and Sunlight. People in far better shape than me do all three in one
day. Then back over Silver mesa to you cars (we found no water on Silver
Mesa. We hike from 7:00AM to 9:30 PM before we found a source for water.
Will never forget that day. That trip toke my group 7 days.
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From: Bruce Dollens <Bruce-Dollens@worldnet.att.net>
To: Multiple recipients of list SCOUTS-L <SCOUTS-L@TCUBVM.IS.TCU.EDU>
Date: Saturday, February 07, 1998 12:45 PM
Subject: Colorado Hiking Trip
>My Explorer post is planning a backpacking trip to Colorado in the
>Summer of 99. Our plan is to do the Durango to Silverton trail along
>with a few sight seeing trips on the way up and back.
>Does any one know who I need to call to arrange something like this? If
>anyone has done this trip, how long a trek is this? Any and all help is
>Yours in Scouting,
>Advisor, Post 308, Waco, TX.
>Boy Scout Program Chairman -- Indian Nations District
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City