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Cumbres Pass Waterfalls Exploration

Sun, 2019-08-11
Michael Altherr
505 231.3561
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Are dogs allowed?: 

This is a scouting hike for the LAM August 16-18 weekend at the Brazos  If you can't make the weekend trip, come on the exploration on the 11th. As previously noted this is an exploratory hike. Consequently, participants will need to be adequately prepared and adaptable to potential changes in path and terrain. The goal is to hike to two waterfalls in the vicinity of Cumbres Pass that are described on Doug Scott's Waterfalls website ( Wolf Creek Falls ( and Cumbres Falls (

The inital plan is to set this trek up as a one way descent from Cumbres Pass via the CDT to the to the top of Wolf Creek Falls and then to descend off trail along the falls and Wolf Creek to where it meets the drainage that feeds Cumbres Falls. We will ascend up that drainage to view the cascade. At that point, we assess the best way to return to the road, either by descending to a driver shuttle car parked at the lower lot or by climbing up to the CDT and back to the cars at the pass. Total distance is estimated at approximately 10-15 Km.

The trip will be limited to 12 participants. Well behaved dogs are allowed as long as no participant objects. Participants need to be comfortable in hiking off trail, anticipate the associated need for appropriate clothing and have the gear/footwear necessary to do so. Participants should bring rain gear, lunch, snacks and adequate water for a day out. We will meet in the LANB parking lot at 7:30 AM. Alternate meeting accommodations can be made for those living off the Hill. We will have a brief discussion of the day's expectations and do a quick gear check at that time. For the benefit of all participants, those not adequately equipped will be not be allowed on the hike. We will then drive to Cumbres Pass with a likely stop at Bodes for a breakfast burrito. I anticipate that we will return to Los Alamos not later then 6:00 PM that evening. Please send me an email if you are interested in paticipating in this trip. Feel free to call me if you have any questions.


In the event of an injury, I plan to: 

Evaluate and provide immediate care for the victim. If necessary the team will work together to evacuate the patient. If the situation is beyond the ability of the group to manage, we will call 911 and the Conejos County Sheriff's Office at (719) 376-2196 to initiate a search and rescue mission.

The nearest hospital is: 

Pagosa Springs Medical Center is 50 Miles away. (970) 731-3700

Espanola Valley Hospital is 80 Miles away. (505) 753-7111

If conditions turn poor right before the event will start, we plan to:

Only severe rain and significant threat of lightening would impact this trip. In that event we will cancel by email or phone.

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