Lower Gunnison River Float – 2013

I began the year sending out a notice for the annual guys canoe/kayak trip which we’ve been attending each August for the last 4 years, though I hadn’t figured out where we’d go until early June. Since then, I worked on the trip periodically, figuring out where to camp and sights along the way.

Lower Gunnison River

Lower Gunnison River

This year’s trip was a 4-day/3-night trip on the lower Gunnison River in western Colorado. The put-in was at Delta and the take-out was at Whitewater. According to the BLM site for the Lower Gunnison  the distance in river miles is 39.

Day 1

We actually arrived at Peach Valley Recreation Area  off of Falcon Road near the town of Olathe on Thursday night as there are no camping areas close to the Confluence Park boat launch in Delta. Peach Valley is a dirt-bike/OHV trail area that is pretty much empty during the week   Continue reading

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Horn Lakes – Backpacking 2013

After a few delays, I was finally able to get out on another backpacking trip this weekend. Heading back to my favorite weekender backpacking destination, the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, three of us headed up to Horn Lakes. I think the first time I took this trip my youngest son was 6 or 7 years old. Horn Lakes has all the elevation gain as the other trails, but it it can seem a little more strenuous. I think this is because by the time you cross Horn Creek at about 2.5 miles you’re about halfway there . . . then the steep section begins.

Horn Creek

Horn Creek

Shortly after that you come across the old Wilderness boundary area marked by the old-school sign. I’ve seen these on other trails as well, but some of them are broken. I don’t think it is vandalism, but just old age. They are all very weathered and don’t actually mark the current boundaries.

Wilderness Sign

Wilderness Sign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the final Creek crossing you traverse along the   Continue reading