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Date Saturday  5/26/2018
End Date Tuesday  5/29/2018
Group State CMC
Event Title Climb Extinct Volcanos!!! Ute Mountain 10,093' CMC Conservation Series
Start Time 9:00 AM
Status Canceled
Leader Steve Bonowski
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 10
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Casual
Classification Easy C
Trail Mileage 10
Elevation Gain 3000
Driving Distance 550

Location

TRIP IS NOW REGISTER WITH LEADER.

PLEASE REVIEW NOTES CAREFULLY.  IF THE TRIP FILLS WITH 10 PERS., WE CAN USE THE RENOVATED OLD JAROSO HOTEL AT A COST OF $50 PER PERSON PER NIGHT. THE HOTEL FUNCTIONS AS A B & B WHEN SO DESIRED BY THE OWNERS. THE TRIP NEEDS 10 SIGNUPS BY FRIDAY, MAY 3, IN ORDER TO RESERVE THE HOTEL. IF WE DO NOT GET 10 BY THE 3rd, THE TRIP WILL BE RE-WRITTEN AS A THREE NIGHT CAR CAMP AT A PLEASANT SITE ALONG THE RIO GRANDE RIVER.

Trip location is in the far south of the San Luis Valley. As far as is known, the Club has never hiked in this area, at least in the last 30 years. 

Our base is the 1915 vintage, renovated, Old Jaroso Hotel. The Hotel is located in the hamlet of Jaroso along the Colorado/New Mexico state line. Read about the Hotel here:  https://www.facebook.com/TheOldJarosoHotel/.

Note that the web site is not currently on line. We have the entire building for our group at a cost of $500 per night, or $50 per person. There are six bedrooms, two with queen beds, and two baths, one downstairs and one upstairs. In addition, there are two large couchs for sleeping and floor space. The owners will leave breakfast items in the kitchen. We will provide our own lunches and dinners. Note that this is a remote location, with no restaurants around. It's $50 per person per night if we fill the trip. Cash is preferred.

Arrive on Saturday and get settled in. Do a little exploration of the area. This is classic Colorado Old Spanish and Old Mexican country.

On Sunday, we'll visit the San Luis Hills BLM wilderness study area, north of Jaroso, but west of the Rio Grande River. We'll walk across the state line on Monday for a climb of Ute Mountain. Takes about 3 hours up and 3 hours down. We'll have a slow pace as we want to get everyone up to the crater rim to see the caldara. Watch out for occasional rattlesnakes and mountain lions. On Tuesday, we'll leave early to give us a bit of time for other exploration in the area if people want.

 



For more info Contact

Steve Bonowski

climbersteveb@gmail.com      ( if you forget the letter b, your e-mail goes to the other 'climbersteve' in England!).



Details

See above under Location. As this is written on April 13, still hoping to get a special use permit from the US Forest Service to climb up San Antonio Peak (10,890). This is an extinct strato-volcano a few miles south of Antonito, Colorado along US 285. US Forest Service generally does not allow general public access up the mountain due to existence of communications devices on top. If we get the permit, our Sunday and Monday foci will be on the two peaks.



You will need your own food for lunches and dinner. We'll probably stop for something quick, like a Subway, on our way down on Saturday. Again, breakfast is provided and there is a fully equipped kitchen. We are responsible for clean-up and also hauling trash away. The Hotel has ample water supplies, but the hiking areas are dry. Plan accordingly.



Note that the owners are taking their dogs with them for the weekend, but leaving the cat behind. They ask that we make sure the cat doesn't get out as there are big owls nesting at this time of year in nearby trees.



 




Notes

If you're OK with either a couch or floor space for sleeping, let Steve know when you sign up for the trip.

Also, we need to confirm by early May if we will have enough people to afford the Hotel. If not, I have an alternative site for tent camping, along the Rio Grande, north of Lobatos Bridge.

Leader will confirm trip meeting time and place as the departure day gets closer. An early word of advice: if you are not a driver, please bring your keys and wallet with you. Don't leave them in a car left at a meeting place.

Cell phone coverage in the Jaroso area is limited.

E-mail contact is preferred if there are questions. Thanks.