This is an adventure you won’t forget! Meet some curious creatures and learn about their habits and personalities during this five-day backpacking and camping adventure. The llamas will do the heavy lifting, carrying our food, tents and kitchen gear; we'll load up our backpacks with clothes and a sleeping bag for this trek into the spectacular San Juan Mountains. We will climb above 11,000ft and set up our high alpine base camp at Engine Creek, below majestic Engineer Mountain. The camp is nestled below a beautiful cascading stream which is situated at timberline. The rest of our week will be spent traveling the Colorado Trail, summiting peaks, setting up llama obstacle courses and relaxing by the fire. We’ll return at the end of the week with new friends, new stories and a new appreciation for a truly unique animal.
Specialist: Redwood Llamas
Program Schedule: *Subject to change
Introductions, pack checks and menu plan. Head to base camp at Coal Banks Pass.
Llamas arrive! Learn pannier packing techniques and llama-etiquette. Trek 5 miles into our camp at Engine Creek which passes underneath the breathtaking Engineer Mountain. (elevation gain 800 ft.)
The second day is another hike along the Colorado Trail over the pass to Cascade Creek Basin under the majestic Grizzly Peak.
(elevation gain 750 ft. and elevation loss 500ft.)
Layover day Hike up Engine Creek over to the San Miguel Mountains near the town of Telluride.
The last day is the 5 mile hike out to Coal Bank Pass, passing through gorgeous wildflowers under the magnificent Engineer Mountain.
(elevation loss 800 ft.)
*Students are required to provide a backpack for this program. Packs can be rented or purchased with Paragon Sports by using the link on the right.
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This is a SAMPLE itinerary from a previous summer. Specific activities will vary from year to year.