The TrailBlazers Hiking Club is a group based in Fort Smith, Arkansas, dedicated to enjoying the outdoors in the Ozarks and Ouachita Mountains of western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. THCFS schedules several hikes a month, some long and some short, some difficult and some more laid-back. Some of us have hiked for years and some just started, but we all enjoy the outdoors. If this describes you and you're in the area, you're welcome in our group!
2014-07-15 Crested Butte Trip Part 1
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Twenty-two TrailBlazers headed to Colorado and took up lodgings one block north of the main street for easy access to both the town and trails. Trip trivia: Larry slept in his tent in the yard, a tall totem pole in the park next to the house, a snake was found in the front hall and evicted, a gorgeous full moon, good location but some tight quarters with some of us sleeping on the floor on air mattresses, frequent cotton snows from aspens and cottonwoods, hiking with Judy and Dick who now live in Montrose, lots of group meetings, several mix-ups, two of our non-hikers walked every inch of the town many times checking out all the watering holes, and CB altitude almost 9,000 ft ( 3X the highest pt in AR)!
There were so many trails and activities that there was more to do than time to do it in! Sunday found many of us, including Dick and Judy, hiking just north of town on the Lower Loop with its lovely lush green views and tons of wildflowers and also Brush Creek, also featuring wildflowers galore. Monday we headed up Kebler Pass to trek Horse Ranch Trail featuring the largest aspen grove in CO, lots of man-eating skeeters, and great views. Continuing on to other side of the pass, we hiked Dark Canyon Trail and cooled our heels in the creek. Tues. some of us hiked Dillon Pinnacles and the more adventuresome did the zip line in town or scrambled up Crested Butte.
Wed. we intended to trek Schofield Pass to Rustlers Gulch. The trailhead proved elusive and the road was bad, requiring high clearance vehicles, so we parked and hiked the road toward the pass, played in a snow field, and lunched at beautiful Emerald Lake. Click on more below to continue on Part 2