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South San Juan Wilderness Backpack

Thu, 2019-07-18
Jean Dewart
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Are dogs allowed?: 

Surely the snow will be melted by mid July, so let's go on a 4 day backpack in the South San Juan Wilderness!

Leave Los Alamos, Thursday morning July 18th, and drive 4 hours to the Three Forks trailhead above Platoro, Colorado.  Hike to Blue Lake on Thursday afternoon, 5 miles 1200 ft elevation gain.  Hike to Glacier Lake on Friday, 4 miles 1000 ft elevation gain (this lake is above treeline).  Saturday - day hike up Conejos Peak (13,172 ft), 6 miles round trip 1000 ft elevation gain.   Sunday, hike 9 miles 2000 ft down back to cars, drive home, arriving ~7pm.  

We will carpool to the trailhead.  Participants will need to bring their own equipment and food (it may be possible to share - let me know).  The monsoon season will probably be here, so good rain gear is required!  Dogs are welcome, but must be in control (or on leash) so as not to bother wildlife.  It may be that stream crossings require wading shoes.  

Let me know if you can come - send me an email at


In the event of an injury, I plan to:  care for the injured hiker, and, if necessary, figure out an evacuation plan.  

The nearest hospital is: there are health clinics in Chama and Antonito, and hospitals at Conejos, CO and Espanola, NM.  

If conditions turn poor right before the event will start, we plan to:  Bail out by email or phone call

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