Outdoors Briefs

Seniors Outdoors! announces events

Seniors Outdoors! will host these upcoming activities:

A challenging three-day backpack trip to climb South and Middle Twilight peaks (13,158 feet) will meet at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. There will be steep ascents and exposure. For more information and to RSVP, call Bob Thompson at 382-9271.

The Wednesday Wanderers will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesday for an easy hike on the Red Creek Trail. Dogs are OK. Nonmembers must RSVP to Chris Wiehage at 259-0882.

A hard exploratory hike/climb from Ophir Pass to Lookout Peak above Columbine Lake will meet at 6:30 a.m. Thursday. To RSVP, call Rich Butler at 403-3185 or email rbbutler54@gmail.com.

A moderate hike along West Lime Creek will meet at 7 a.m. July 6. To RSVP, call Susan Beck-Brown at 375-0948 or email sbeckbrown@yahoo.com.

Campers reminded about fire restrictions

Hikers, backpackers and campers are reminded that current fire restrictions ban open fires in all backcountry areas and most campgrounds in the region.

The only places in the San Juan National Forest and BLM Tres Rios Field Office area where open fires are permitted are inside permanent fire grates at the higher-elevation Sig Creek, South Mineral, Little Molas, Cayton, Burro Bridge, West Dolores and Mavreeso campgrounds, the Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch reported this week.

Petroleum-fuled stoves are permissible in the backcountry and other campgrounds, but campers still should use caution.

Herald Staff