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Date Sunday  6/16/2019
End Date
Group Pikes Peak
Event Title Willow Lake Basin Basecamp Pack-In Day 2
Start Time 8:45 AM
Status Complete
Leader Thomas Mowle
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 12
Type Trip
Trip Type Stewardship
Pace Casual
Classification Difficult 
Trail Mileage 9.5
Elevation Gain 2800
Driving Distance


Willow Creek Trail, Crestone Colorado

For more info Contact

For more info contact: 
Molly Mazel, RMFI 
719-471-7736 ext. 4#


Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) is seeking help on June 15, 16, and 17 to pack their summer trail crew basecamp into the Willow Lake Basin of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. For three months, the RMFI backcountry basecamp will house staff, youth corps crew members, and volunteers who will continue to work throughout the summer on the realignment of the summit trail to Kit Carson Peak and Challenger Ridge, two of Colorado's 14,000' peaks. Needless to say, that's a lot of equipment! Please help share the weight by carrying a load on 1, 2, or all 3 days of the pack-in weekend! This will be great training for backpacking season, and you will be doing it for a worthy cause. Additionally, the trail and lake up top are gorgeous, a must-do trail in Colorado! 

The Willow Creek Trail is a steep and strenuous 4.75 mile hike up to the basin. Each day of the pack-in we will meet at 8:45am at the Willow Creek Trailhead outside of the town of Crestone, CO and together make one round trip to the basin and back down. Going up, we will carry trail work tools and other project equipment as well as basecamp gear including tents, group camp kitchen equipment, food, water filtration systems, bear hang rigging, and more. The return trip back down will be virtually weightless and easy! Some volunteers may need their own backpacking backpacks but RMFI will provide loaner carrying equipment and packs for most items.

For those participants willing to pack a roundtrip load on multiple days, camping is available at the trailhead and RMFI staff will provide and cook all of your meals during your stay on the project! They will be hearty and delicious meals that will help fuel all of our team's hard hiking!  

REGISTER ON THE RMFI WEBSITE. But indicate that you are a CMC volunteer so we get credit!

Find more information on the Kit Carson-Challenger Ridge Trail Realignment Project here. The goal of this multi-year project is to construct a safe and sustainable trail system to the summits of Kit Carson Peak and Challenger Point. Volunteers helping with the pack in will be an important part of this effort and make a lasting impact on this fragile environment that is experiencing increased visitation due to the growing popularity and allure of climbing 14,000 foot peaks. 


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