Hiking

GARNA Hiking Club June 24 Hike to the Blank hut – by a community contributor

GARNA’s summer hikes continue this week with a hike to Blank’s Cabin on Friday June 24th. The moderate/intermediate hike for a maximum group of 12 people will be led by Dori Denning. It is a round trip trek, with a distance of 4 to 5 miles. The elevation is 9,200 feet at the start in Maysville with an elevation gain of 700 feet. The hike starts at 9:00 a.m. and returns to the trailhead at 1:30 p.m.

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The trip leader notes:

This hike follows the Colorado Trail between the Angel of Shavano trailhead and Blank’s Cabin. The trail climbs steadily for half a mile through a dry hillside with shrubs and wildflowers to the top of a ridge with spectacular mountain views to the south. From the top of the ridge we descend through mature aspen forest for several miles to the meadows where Blank’s cabin was.

The hike will continue for a short distance past the hut where the group will stop for lunch. On the hike two weeks ago we spotted an abundance of golden banner wildflowers and saw many swallowtail butterflies. American robins, several types of warbling vireos, dark-eyed juncos and Steller’s jays have been heard or seen on this route.

At the end of the hike there is an opportunity to soak tired feet in the cold stream just before the parking lot. Hikers are encouraged to bring sandals or water shoes if they wish to have this recommended experience.

Interested hikers should contact the hike leader, Dori Denning, directly at [email protected] In the response, you are asked to include a (cell) phone number and location where you will meet the group, which departs from the Poncha Springs Crossroads Visitor Center.

Carpooling to the Center is encouraged. The Trip Leader can provide directions/details or for more information, contact GARNA by email at [email protected], or by phone at 719-539-5106.