Don and Sue

After a great beginning to 2016, filled with good news and hope for an end to our 39-year efforts to Save Red Lady in the next few years, it’s time to announce the 2016 schedule for High Country Conservation Advocates’ 24th year of Don Baker Legacy Hikes. Don Baker, a long-time HCCA supporter and renowned geologist, initiated HCCA’s summer hike program in 1992, leading innumerable people into our remarkable backcountry for 16 years. Since his passing in 2010, the Don Baker Legacy Hikes have continued in his honor, with HCCA board member Sue Navy leading the weekly adventures. Don’s environmental ethic was strong. We appreciate his dedication to HCCA’s mission of protecting our natural environment, and strive to inspire others through our hikes. We’ll be visiting some of our favorite places, and some new ones, sharing the beauty of our backcountry along with the importance of HCCA’s work to protect it.

Here is this season’s Wednesday hike schedule:

June 29 – Old Kebler Wagon Road (Easy first hike, 6 mi. r/t)
July 6 – Miller Ranch State Wildlife Area (E, 4 mi. loop)
July 13 – Walrod Gulch (M, 4-5 mi. loop)
July 20 – Almont Triangle (M, 6 mi. r/t)
July 27 – Lost Lake Loop (M, 5 mi. loop)
August 3 – Standard Mine via Elk Creek (M-D, 6 mi. r/t)
August 10 – Scarp Ridge (M-D, 4 mi. r/t)
August 17 – Hasley Basin (M-D, 7 mi. r/t, 10 person limit*)
August 24 – Green Lake overlooking Lake Irwin (M-D, 6 mi. r/t)
August 31 – Oh-Be-Joyful (M-D, 8-10 mi. r/t; bring water shoes)

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 our website. 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, visit our website, www.hccacb.org/events. (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.

In Don’s own words: “There is no better medicine than walking the trails through our splendid and inspiring public lands! Thanks to HCCA’s persistent efforts, these essential natural resources remain protected and preserved. Membership support has been critical to HCCA’s work and longevity. Please bring your membership up-to-date and if possible make an additional contribution to support HCCA’s ongoing mission. It’s an investment in our future!”

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 planned gift.