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Date Wednesday  9/4/2019
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Quartz Ridge Trail, South San Juan Wilderness Area
Start Time 8:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Linda Lawson
Co-Leader John Walters
Member Price Free
Available Participants Full- Join Waitlist
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Casual
Classification Difficult A
Trail Mileage 6
Elevation Gain 1000
Driving Distance 100


This is Day Two of a five-day camping trip.  Day Two is an exploratory hike.

We will start the day from Big Meadows Campground, packup, drive to Hike Quartz Ridge Trail.  See description below under Directions.

For more info Contact

John Walters, 303-994-7638


Linda Lawson, 303/842-7040


This is Day 2 of a 5-Day camping trip to hike five Colorado Wilderness Areas.

Day 2 begins at Big Meadows Campground, 11 miles SE of South Fork, CO. Today's goal is to hike Quartz Ridge Trail into South San Juan Wilderness Area, then relocate to Wupperman Campground, on Lake San Cristobal, just south of Lake City, CO.

Break camp, pack up and drive about 20 miles south on US 160 to Rd 667. then about three miles to Quartz Ridge Trailhead. Hike Quartz Ridge Trail and return to cars. Quartz Ridge Trail (( is a steep trail with several switchbacks up to Quartz Ridge and beyond. We will not hike the entire length, but go as far as we want, then return the way we came. 

After the hike, drive north on US 160 to CO 149 to Wupperman Campground, just south of Lake City, CO. Drive is about 100 miles/3 hours. Will find a "first come" campsite in Wupperman, overlooking Lake San Cristobal, for a three-night stay.    



John's backcountry theme for 2019 is to hike all 37 Wilderness Areas in Colorado.

Today's goal is South San Juan Wilderness.  South San Juan Wilderness is 158,790 acres.  Landscape is one of broken  volcanic peaks, cliffs. 

From an historical perspective, Colorado's last confirmed sighting of a grizzly bear occurred in 1979 according to John Fielder's "Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas".