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GARNA summer hikes continue this week with a hike to Blank’s Cabin on Friday June 24. The moderate/intermediate hike for a maximum group of 12 will be led by Dori Denning.  It’s an out-and-back trek, with a distance between 4 to 5 miles.  Elevation is 9,200 feet at the start in Maysville with a 700 foot elevation gain. The hike starts at 9:00 a.m. and returns to the trailhead at 1:30 p.m.

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The trip leader notes:

This hike follows the Colorado Trail between Angel of Shavano trail head and Blank’s Cabin. The trail climbs steadily for half a mile across a dry hillside with shrubs and wildflowers to the top of a ridge with spectacular views of the mountains to the south. From the top of the ridge, we will descend into a mature aspen forest for several miles to the meadows where Blank’s cabin used to stand.

The hike will continue a short distance beyond the cabin where the group will stop for lunch. On the hike two weeks ago, we spotted an abundance of golden banner wildflowers and saw numerous swallowtail butterflies. American robins, several types of warbling vireos, dark-eyed juncos and Steller’s jays haven been heard or seen on this route.

At the end of the hike, there’s an  option to soak  weary feet in the cold stream just before the parking lot. Hikers are encouraged to bring sandals or water shoes if they desire to have this recommended experience.

Interested hikers are asked to contact hike leader, Dori Denning directly at In the response, you’re asked to please include a (cell) phone number and where you will be meeting the group, which departs from the Poncha Springs Crossroads Visitor Center.

Carpooling to the Center is encouraged.  The trip leader can provide directions/details or for more information contact GARNA via Email to, or  phone 719-539-5106.