Labor Day Backpack Trip!

Tulsa Ski Club

Hey Tulsa Ski Club and friends. It’s getting pretty close to time to get together with us and go on the Labor Day Backpack Trip! Let us know of your interest, if you will drive or want a ride, if you need equipment or maps and anything else you have questions about. Call or email Bob or Gene at the contact info at the bottom. Times are flexible to fit your schedule, and we can promise you that it will be cooler … bring your down jacket for evenings.

Backpackers, let’s beat this Tulsa heat in Colorado over Labor Day weekend. If you have been reading the Lift Line you already know the Tulsa Ski Club is bringing back the Labor Day Backpacking trip this year as a drive-up trip. The upside is it’s free; the downside is you have to get yourself there. We are going to Mt. Zirkel Wilderness, to the Gilpin Lake and Gold Creek Lake areas.

Why Mt. Zirkel? It’s a relatively easy hike in and out, elevation gain is only 2400 feet; spread the loop hike over three days, and it’s only an average 3 miles per day. This is within range of a day hike to the Bear Lakes, to summit Mt. Zirkel, hikes through the forests, or a long scenic hike along the continental divide. Those of you who have been there before know there are plenty of hungry trout in these lakes, even more in beaver ponds along the creeks, and lots of wildlife like moose and elk. This is one of the most scenic areas of all we have visited on these trips, and it’s close to Steamboat Springs for those who would rather day hike some of the other scenic trails in the area.

Trailhead elevation is 8400 feet, and the highest point over the pass near Gilpin lake is 10,828 feet. Total distance for the Gilpin Lake/Gold Creek Lake loop is 10.5 mi. We’ll all meet for breakfast in Steamboat Springs, hit the fly shops on an as needed basis, then hit the trail Saturday morning September 1. We’ll leave forTulsaTuesday the fourth. Please let me know if you’re planning to go, if you need a ride or you’re a driver with room for passengers.

For more information, call or email me at bpearson2@cableone.net. Note: This is not a Tulsa Ski Club sponsored trip, but it is one that members are welcome to go on.

Bob Pearson, C: 918-397-2760, E: bpearson2@cableone.net

Gene Elsberry, C: 918-691-0370, E: els1ok@cox.net

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