Tony Pendergast of Landsend Outfitters will lead riders up to Inter-ocean Pass for majestic views of western Gunnison County’s mountains.
The route starts at 7600' and will follow a rough 4wd road for about 1 mile through gambel oak groves up into Little Coal Creek. Once on the FS trail we will pass through majestic aspen groves sprinkled with old sheepherder graffiti, skirt riparian beaver jungles and climb up hillside meadows to Inter-Ocean Pass at 9800'. From the pass we will have good views of Coal Mountain, Landsend Peak, Mt Lamborn, Saddle Mountain and Needle Rock. We will return down the same route.
The roundtrip ride from the start of the rough 4wd road will be approximately 8 - 10 miles. Roundtrip from horsetrailer parking will add about 2 1/4 miles. The trip will probably take about 6 - 7 hours including lunch. The trail is of moderate difficulty with small stream crossings, some rocky terrain and one short but very steep section. Riders should be prepared for thunderstorms, heat and intense sun, potential wildlife sightings including bears and the possibility of encountering herds of cattle. Please bring a sack lunch, plenty of water, and sunscreen. Make sure to wear long pants and boots, and to bring along a few warm layers. Dogs must be left at home!
Landsend Outfitters has generously donated the use of their horses for participants without their own mounts.
We will meet at the 4-way stop in Crested Butte at 6:15 am and at the Gunnison Water Park at 7:00 am to carpool to the trailhead. The trailhead is about two hours away from Gunnison.
The event is free, but limited to the first ten participants. Landsend Outfitters will provide five horses, all other riders must bring their own mounts. For questions or more information, please contact Hilary Henry (firstname.lastname@example.org)