High Country Conservation Advocates celebrates our

25th Year of Don Baker Legacy Hikes

2017 marks not only HCCA’s 40th anniversary, but also the 25th year of our increasingly-popular Don Baker Legacy Hikes. When Don started leading Wednesday hikes for HCCA in 1992, he may never have dreamed that their longevity would outlast his. Happily, we have continued our hikes in his honor since his passing in 2010, with HCCA board member Sue Navy leading the weekly adventures.

This summer’s hikes will take you to familiar places and ones you may not yet have visited. We want to introduce people to the splendor of our public lands, as well as inspire you to help us protect them from myriad threats, including privatization, gas extraction and mining.

2017 HCCA Hike Schedule

Please remember that (E) “easy” and (M) “moderate” are relative terms, and at altitude and in mountainous, rugged terrain, challenges exist, and could be (D) “difficult” for some. All hikes require suitable capability and acclimation, as well as water, hat, raingear, sunscreen, lunch, hiking boots and sense of adventure. All distances are round-trip and approximate. Hike descriptions are on the registration page for each hike. Registered hikers meet at the Crested Butte Visitors Center parking lot at 8:30 AM and carpool to trailheads. Please bring vehicles—some destinations depend on suitable clearance. Return times will vary.

We will continue to abide by Forest Service regulations and environmental ethics, limiting our group size to a maximum of 15 people each week, *or fewer in certain wilderness areas. Please, no pets. We encourage you to register early and bring your friends to introduce to these majestic mountains and to High Country Conservation Advocates.

Our online reservation system makes hike registration easy. To reserve space for any of the hikes, click on the link corresponding with each hike above. (If you have no internet access, or need to cancel, you may contact Sue Navy at 970-349-5886, suenavy@gmail.com.)

These hikes are our way of connecting with you in settings we all treasure. Your participation makes them a success, as well as aiding the success of our programs – Public Lands, Water and Save Red Lady! We enjoy sharing information and getting to know you on the trail.

Your membership and support is critical to HCCA’s work. If you would like to help sustain High Country Conservation Advocates into the future, please consider making us part of your legacy with a thoughtful bequest. Please contact HCCA’s Executive Director Brett Henderson at brett@hccacb.org to inquire.