All Warriors, wives, and mature kids are invited to join us as we hike Handies Peak on Saturday, July 23, 2016. Handies Peak, located in the Lake City area is rated as a moderate hike (Class 1) and is considered one of the most picturesque 14er hikes in Colorado with mountains accentuated with spectacular views of jagged peaks, wild flowers and Sloan’s Lake.
Camping: Just before the trailhead, we’ll set up camp sometime during daylight hours on Friday, July 22, near the outhouse facilities. We’ll post a Warrior sign showing where we’re located. And, if you plan to hike along with us, we’ll start on the trailhead Saturday morning around 6am.
Driving Directions from Lake City: Take Highway 149 south for 2.5 miles to the Lake San Cristobal Road and turn right (south). Follow the paved road approximately 4 miles and then continue on the dirt road for about 16.3 miles. The American Basin road begins at a fork where a sign reads "Cinnamon Pass/American Basin”. American Basin is to the left and Cinnamon Pass is to the right. Turn left and follow the rough 4WD road for 0.9 miles (with one stream crossing) to the trailhead.
Driving Conditions: High clearance vehicles can make it to the American Basin turnoff depending on road conditions. Check with the tourism office in Lake City on current conditions before starting your journey. If roads are bad, you can park in the pull-offs near the start of this road and we will arrange to transport you from there. Because there’s no cell phone service while on that road, you will need to make arrangements with us for transport prior to leaving Grand Junction.
Hiking Gear: Since everyone’s needs vary according to personal health conditions, we suggest going to a reputable 14er website, such as “14ers.com” to decide what you need to take. I’ve included a link that may be helpful.
If you have any questions, contact Pat Ralston: 970 640-4125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.