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Comanche / Venable Loop

Trek leaving from Santa Fe, New Mexico

Venable / Comanche Lollipop Loop

Dates- Sept. 28 thru 30

Day 1: Hike approx 4 miles on trail 744 to first camp near Three Forks (basecamp)
Day 2: Day hike approx 8 and a half miles performing loop over Comanche and Venable passes
via trails 746, 1345, 859, and 747
Day 3: Hike out approx 4 and a half miles from Three Forks to trailhead on trail 744
One vehicle left at N Crestone Lake trailhead

This is a wonderful trek that mixes beautiful streamside, woodland walking with a challenging high altitude traverse. The steep terrain of the Sangres is unforgiving but the alpine in this incredible spine of a range is unsurpassed, and the feeling of solitude and having the top of the World to yourself is almost a guarantee in this remote part of the Rocky Mountain state.

Day one: We will leave Santa Fe at 6am, and take the gorgeous drive into the San Luis valley on Highway 285. A stopover in the small, inviting town of Crestone, CO will be where we say goodbye to civilization.

From the North Crestone Lake trailhead (8,500 ft) we will begin our trek, following North Crestone Creek (a permanent water source) to our basecamp at Three Forks-10,000ft (A major junction where the North, Middle, and Main fork of Crestone Creek come together). We will be gifted with the calming sound of the creek nearly the entire 4 and a half miles to our camp. Although the trek is less than 5 miles I predict all of us to be exhausted after a long day of driving and acclimatizing to the elevation. A good nights rest will do us right for the adventurous next day ahead.

Day two: This is the day where memories will be made. In order to increase our chances of a successful journey we must plan for an early start, as much of our day will be spent above the tree line during the peak of monsoon season. We will leave camp at 6am after a nice warm breakfast. The great thing about this trek is we will be able to leave our heavy packs behind and bring just what we need for the day. The climb to Comanche Pass begins. In about 4 miles we will climb nearly 2,700ft. I know it sounds like a lot but reaching these high altitudes is where the magic happens. We will all stick together and go at whatever pace best suits everyone. There is no judgement in Rocky Mountain Backpacking. Our main objective is to have fun and to stay safe while doing so. Racing up the mountain while trying to beat a storm is absolutely not what we are about. If the weather decides to turn on us while we are above the timber turning back goes without question. We will reach Comanche Pass at 12,700 ft. The Gods will be with us as we take in the never-ending panoramic vistas. From here a weather dependent decision will be made as to whether or not we will proceed to Venable Pass or descend back to our basecamp. If weather permits we will traverse to Venable on amazing alpine terrain. On the way we will pass the well known “Phantom Terrace”. This is an exposed ridge with a brief amount of mild exposure that will test those with a fear of heights. After a couple miles of incredible high altitude hiking we will arrive at Venable Pass-12,820ft. A short side trip up to a peak at 13,012ft will be a possibility if for those willing and again, if weather permits. We will be towering over the majestic, high alpine Venable Lakes. Another great part of this trip is that day 2 is a loop and we won’t see the same terrain twice. Next, we will descend into a cirque that will eventually bring us to the North Fork of Crestone creek. Once we hit the creek it will be a 2 and a half or so mile trek back to our camp.

Day three: We will have the option for a morning side hike up to a small waterfall (Little Block falls). We will descend back the way we came to the trailhead along North Crestone Creek. I envision a stop in Crestone for much needed showers and a solid bite to eat mixed with settling back into the groove with civilization. We will head back to Santa Fe on 285. The drive should give everyone enough time for the past few days to sink in.

01Day One: Expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth

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02Day Two: Expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth

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03Day Three: Expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth

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04Day Four: Expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth

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05Day Five: Expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth

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