Description: Join in a full-day hike to attempt the summit of Mt. Yale, elevation 14,196’. The group’s primary objectives are to experience great views, a sense of accomplishment, a shared adventure, and a greater understanding of the local topography and surrounding wilderness areas. The hike includes an elevation gain of approximately 4,300’, with some off-trail travel. Pre-Trip Meeting: July 29. Hike: July 31. Transportation and sack lunch included. Cost: $25.
Description: Watercolor painting is exciting, unpredictable, and fun. In this class participants investigate numerous watercolor techniques in a relaxed atmosphere. Through exploration and experimentation, individuals create mini paintings perfect for one-of-a-kind note cards. Open to all ages and abilities. Supplies are provided. Cost: $15.
Description: Led by Karen Immerso, this off-trail hike ventures to the north ridge of Gothic Mountain then on to two potential summits at 12,079’ and 12,490’. Some sections are steep, but a supportive group effort will allow for an enjoyable, challenging peak climb and spectacular views into the Oh-Be-Joyful and Maroon Bells Wilderness Areas. Transportation and a sack lunch are provided. Cost: $20.
Description: Enjoy the beauty of the Blue Mesa Reservoir and the surrounding mountains from the seat of a sea kayak. Participants learn the basic strokes and skills necessary to safely paddle the sea kayak. If weather and interest permit, the class practices capsizing and re-entry. Class concludes with an appropriate paddling tour along the shoreline and coves of Blue Mesa. Transportation and a sack lunch are provided. Cost: $30.
Description: Explore the area from Gunnison to Lake City with Duane Vandenbusche. Stops include the Iola boat dock along the Blue Mesa Reservoir with a talk on water and the West, the Lake City Museum, Lake San Cristobal, Slumgullion Pass, the Lake City Cutoff, and the Elk Creek Marina. Learn about the history of water, ranching, Lake City, the Denver and Rio Grande narrow gauge railroad, the three dams on the Gunnison River, and the Black Canyon. A slide show on the Black Canyon begins the trip. Transportation, continental breakfast, and a sack lunch are provided. Cost: $30.
Description: Saddle up with experienced guides from Tenderfoot Outfitters to explore the West Elk Mountains. Participants are introduced to the grooming and saddling of their horses. Then they journey into one of the most spectacular areas of the Rockies on a scenic two-hour trail ride. Transportation and sack lunch are provided. Cost: $60.
Description: Mount Bellview sits prominently to the north of the Gothic town site with the historical Silver Spruce Mine on its eastern flank. Approaching the summit from Rustlers Gulch, the group hikes to the summit at an elevation of 12,520’ surrounded by great views of the Maroon Bells and the Gothic valley. Transportation and a sack lunch are provided. Cost: $20.