CoNPS Shelf Lake Field Trip
Sunday, July 28, 2013 from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM (MDT)
This 6+ mile, 1900+' elevation gain hike climbs steeply up out of the Geneva Creek Basin off the south side of Guanella Pass into the high alpine. The subalpine flowers can be diverse and beautiful, but the alpine display may take our breath away, if we are lucky. I think I saw 100,000 larkspur flowers blooming 2 years ago, just for starters. Hikers new and old may want to bring a notepad or field book, camera, and field guides.
The trail is rough, steep, and beautiful most of the way. Please come prepared for a Colorado hike: bring the usual Colorado hiking gear - hiking boots, serious rain gear, 1.5 to 2 liters of water, hiking poles, other 10 essentials, etc. Please come adequately equipped for warm to very cold/wet weather. Feel free to contact me (Jeanne) if you have questions about hike preparation, especially if you are new to Colorado. Our pace will be moderate due to steepness and the high altitude.
We'll meet to carpool at the Park N Ride at Hampden and Wadsworth for a departure at 7:00 sharp. Quick coffee/bathroom stop in Conifer. Guanella Pass Road is unpaved and a little rough; the last mile, we'll need high-clearance or 4WD vehicles, so please volunteer to drive if you have an appropriate vehicle. We plan to return around 5-6 pm, but it is a long hike and a return time of 7 pm is possible.
Your trip leader, Jeanne Willson, holds a PhD in Botany but more importantly has a deep love for all natural history and for canoeing the rivers and hiking the mountains, prairies, and deserts of the western US and Canada. She is an experienced trip leader and has lead trips for the National Park Service, the Colorado Mountain Club, the Rocky Mountain Canoe Club, and random friends for many years.