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Summit Peaks and Riverside Lodges Support Project 54

19 Jul

On August 28 Summit Peaks and Riverside Lodges will be hosting the Torreys Peaks climbers for Project 54! Our Lodge goal is to raise $1,000+ for these kids around the world!

Here is a link to see more!

www.project54.org

What is Project 54?

It is an annual fundraising event of the Wilderness Ministry Institute. The goal is to raise money to outfit indigenous youth workers with the needed gear to share the Gospel with underprivileged youth through outdoor adventure.

Torreys Peaks Climbing details!

Overview

Along with its nearby neighbor Grays Peak, Torreys Peak holds the distinction of being the only 14,000-foot peak on the Continental Divide. Highly visible from Interstate 70, Torreys is a memorable symbol of the ruggedness of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains for millions of passing climbers and non-climbers alike. Although Mounts Evans and Bierstadt are closer 14ers to Denver as the crow flies, the close proximity of Torreys and Grays to the interstate and a well-trodden path to their summits ensures plenty of climbing activity around the year. While the crowds might create a fun, sociable environment for gregarious hikers, the parking lot fills up rapidly on summer weekends, and it often is standing room-only on the summits of both peaks.

Torreys is a large, complicated mountain with a variety of routes for climbers of many skill levels and interests. The standard route, a walk-up from Stevens Gulch, follows the Grays Peak trail to the Grays/Torreys saddle (13,700 feet), and then ascends Torreys’s south slope. Excellent hiking routes also exist from Loveland Pass to the northwest and Chihuahua Gulch to the southwest. While there are no recognized technical routes on Torreys, this peak is home to several classic scrambles, snow climbs, and ski descents. The class 3/4 Kelso Ridge route ascends Torreys’s northeast ridge in style, with sustained scrambling on clean rock, and an unforgettable knife-edge. The most popular snow climb (and expert ski descent!) is Dead Dog Couloir, with 50° slopes and a convenient finish near the summit.

Many other interesting climbs exist on Torreys’s steep and broken north face, the easiest being the class 2 Northwest Slopes. Emperor, described by Gerry Roach as “one of Colorado’s longest snow climbs”, is the mountaineer’s highlight. These climbs and others start from Grizzly Gulch.

the Northeast
Click on map for area overview


Dark Blue – Grays Peak Trail
Yellow – South Paw Couloir
Purple – Dead Dog Couloir
Light Blue – Kelso Ridge
Pink – Eroica
Black – North Ridge
Red – Emperor
Green – West Ridge
Orange – Chihuahua Gulch
Stevens Gulch
Trailhead
From Denver take I-70 West to the Bakerville exit #221 and proceed south on forest service road 189. Look for the brown forest service sign pointing the way to Grays Peak. Depending on road conditions, the clearance of your vehicle, and the number of cars in the Stevens Gulch trailhead parking lot, drive ~2 miles to the trailhead (elevation 11,150 feet). Routes:Standard route (Grays Peak trail), Kelso RidgeDead Dog Couloir.
Routes from the Northwest
Loveland Pass
Trailhead
From Denver take I-70 West. Near the Loveland Ski Area, exit US Highway 6 west. At the top of Loveland Pass (12,000 feet) on the left is a parking area.Routes: Loveland Pass
Routes from the Southwest
Chihuahua Gulch
Trailhead
From Denver take I-70 West. Near the Loveland Ski Area, exit US Highway 6 west. Proceed over Loveland Pass. At the east end of town, take Ski Valley Road south, which almost immediately becomes CR 6, which turns into CR 5. After 4 miles, turn left onto CR 260 BEFORE you hit the tiny town of Montezuma. Continue for 2 miles; a parking area is on the left with a fenced/bermed gate (elevation 10,500 feet). Routes:Chihuahua Gulch.
Routes from the North
Grizzly Gulch
Trailhead
From Denver take I-70 West to the Bakerville exit #221 and proceed south on forest service road 189. Look for the brown forest service sign pointing the way to Grays Peak. Continue for 1 mile, turn right onto FS road 189.1C for 0.3 miles and park. Four-wheel drive vehicles may continue about 2 miles up Grizzly Gulch. Elevation 10,320 feet.




 

Silverthorne Colorado Improvements right next to Riverside Lodge!!

09 Jul

Wildernest Bridge Work Complete

The Town of Silverthorne is pleased with the end result of the Wildernest Road Bridge Resurfacing Project, including the construction timing and the public’s cooperation with the related detour plan.

The project took approximately 11 calendar days to complete which allowed for the bridge to be open to traffic by the beginning of the Memorial Day Holiday weekend.Though the detour may have taken some time to get used to and may have caused slight inconveniences, it was necessary in order to make these bridge repairs while also ensuring the safest possible work and driving environments.The Town of Silverthorne thanks motorists for their cooperation during this process.


Additional Sand Volleyball Courts Coming to Rainbow Park

The Town of Silverthorne is installing two new sand volleyball courts at Rainbow Park this summer.The courts are scheduled to be completed and ready for play by August. The new courts are adjacent to the two existing sand courts located next to the tennis courts.The project is possible thanks to generous donations from private sector businesses.Tom Davenport, with Denver based Volleyball of the Rockies, contacted the Town last month and offered to donate 400 tons of sand, nets, and boundary lines for two new courts.To complete the project, the Town needed to supply gravel for the subsurface, which was not in the Town’s budget.However, Silverthorne based Everist Materials graciously offered to donate 200 tons of washed rock for the project, after Public Works Director Bill Linfield asked the company for assistance.“The donation is a generous gift, and we are very grateful. The Town has worked with Everist on many projects over the years and we are very appreciative of the support. donation allowed us to proceed with a project that will benefit the entire community for years to come,” stated Linfield.

New Rainbow Park Playground Nears Completion

The opening day for the playground is almost here!  If the weather cooperates allowing final construction items to be addressed in the next few days, the playground will open on Saturday July 10.  The equipment is all in place now, but the poured in place rubber surface is not yet completed so we have to ask the kids to wait just a bit longer before they can climb on all of the great new structures we’ve installed.

A formal ribbon cutting ceremony is also being planned and will also be announced at Silverthorne.org when details are available.

Where are the public fishing locations on the Blue River?

We often get this question, particularly from our many visitors, so to clear up the issue the Town has created a brochure that highlights seven distinct sections of the Blue River as it makes its three mile run through Silverthorne.The map, available soon at the Recreation Center and Town Hall, provides a clear picture of public access and public parking available near the river.descriptions of the types of water features in each section are also included in the brochure.The Town of Silverthorne is committed to protecting, preserving, and improving the gold medal water of the Blue River and has spent over $700,000 (largely obtained through grants) to improve the health of the river.

The Town would like to thank SPORT Committee members Don Hansen and Nathan Mosley for creating the fishing map with the assistance of Public Works Administrative Assistant Diane Salamon.

Outlets at Silverthorne Welcomes Guess

GUESS Factory Store at the Outlets at Silverthorne opened its doors in mid-June and held a grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, June 28.   Now a global presence, GUESS got its start with a great pair of jeans.In 1981, The Marciano brothers founded a small denim company in California.Today, GUESS has grown to be one of the largest and most successful fashion brands in the world with over 1,113 GUESS stores worldwide.Through their innovative design, marketing and distribution of fashion lifestyle products, GUESS has become one of the most widely recognized fashion leaders in the young contemporary women’s and men’s markets across the globe.The GUESS Factory Store at the Outlets at Silverthorne will carry men’s and women’s fashion-forward apparel, handbags, watches, shoes and more! The store is located  in Unit 227-I in the Blue Village, between Great Outdoor Clothing Company and Pearl Izumi.


 

Colorado Mountain Conservation Projects!

09 Jul
Summit Peaks and Riverside Lodge has launched an aggressive initiative to help improve our surrounding  Forests! We offer 1 to 5 day conservation projects in the White River Forest. These projects include but are not limited to trail improvement,wildlife habitat projects, reforestation and Fire protection projects. Lead by mountain guide Mike McKernan, we will customize project to meet your needs. For specific project details Mike can be reached at 970-485-4945.
Come enjoy the mountains and improve Summit County during the same trip!
At approximately 2.3 million acres, the White River is one of the biggest sections of the National Forest System. With 10 peaks over 14,000 feet, and eight Wilderness areas encompassing more than 750,000 acres, the Forest is also world-reknowned for its scenery.

Our mission of caring for the land and serving people means that we take pride in being the lead in the conservation and wise use of our Nation’s forests. As the most popular forest for recreation and as one of the first National Forests carved by Congress from the original forest reserves, the White River National Forest enjoys a proud heritage in the US Forest Service.

 

New Climb-Holly Cross Ridge

07 Jul

This is a great day hike for someone that wants a challenging 8 hour day. I did it with my son and believe the view to be some of the best. The trail head is only about 80 minutes for the Lodge. Tuhare Lake might be one of the prettiest lakes I have seen in Colorado! The Lake’s crystal  clean waters is special and it is nestled in between snow covered Peaks!

South Slopes Route
The easiest route would be the South Slopes Route which starts at the Fall Creek TH and ascends to the Tuhare Lakes Basin. The route is long at 14.2 miles however the vertical gain is only 3,500-ft. I recommend this route when the monsoon season has kicked in. The route stays off of exposed ridges for most of the day and last second ascends the south slopes of UN13,821.


Holy Cross Ridge or UN13,831 is the highpoint on a long and beautiful ridge running south-southwest from the great fourteener Mount of the Holy Cross. The ridge harbors three ranked thirteeners and of course, the popular above mentioned fourteener. Residing directly on the north, south running ridge is Mount of the Holy Cross, the Cenntenial thirteener UN13,831, and lesser known UN13,768, and the unofficially named “Fancy Peak” (13,192,)just north of its named pass.

Holy Cross Ridge resides in the northern mountains of the Sawatch Range, extending from the summit of Mount of the Holy Cross south for about 4 miles to Fancy Pass (12,380-ft.) This ridge separates the vast Cross Creek Drainage to the west, from a series of smaller lake-ridden areas to the east. This area east of the ridge includes the beautiful Tuhare Lakes, Lake Constantine, Seven Sisters Lakes, Cleveland Lake, The Mulhall Lakes and the intimate Hunky Dory Lake.

Overshadowed by its more famous 14er neighbor, the ranked summits of Holy Cross Ridge are not climbed often and attaining them requires a physical effort greater than most standard routes on fourteeners. Sticking to the typical Sawatch mountaineering theme, expect a long approach, heavy vertical gain, and endless class 2 hiking on talus.


 

Dillon Marina and Yacht club…The Highest in North America!

05 Jul

Our family  rents a boat here each summer. The experience is one of a kind. This is a highly recommended activity! Yes a the Tikki bar afterwards is the best!;))

Lake Dillon is the largest lake in the area and offers magnificent mountain vistas, with easy access to the Town of Dillon, shopping, lodging, RV sites, and camping. The Dillon Marina hosts exciting weekend sailing regattas and other boating events for fun and sport. The marina offers a full service maintenance shop with slip rentals available for short or long term. Motorboats and sailboats are available for exploring the lake, fishing or basking in the summer sun. The lake is home to Brown trout and Rainbow trout. With 26 miles of shoreline, finding a nice secluded spot to cast is not a problem.

Discover summer fun for the entire family. The Dillon Marina is a full-service marina in Summit County that offers access to beautiful Lake Dillon and world class sailing in Colorado. Boating, trout fishing and mountain recreation opportunities abound. The marina offers boat rentals, sailing instruction, racing regattas and is home to the Dillon Yacht Club, the highest club in North America at over 9000 feet in elevation.

The recreational choices in the area are endless. Across from the marina is a trailhead to miles of paved bike paths offering spectacular scenic tours. The surrounding National Forest also provides mountain-biking, rafting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding and camping. Jeep tours on old mountain roads will take you to nearby historical mining towns. Be challenged at one of Summit County’s four championship golf courses. In Dillon, play a set of tennis, or simply take a stroll and have a picnic by the lake. The pace here is easy.


AVAILABILITY

Our rental boats are available starting at 9:00 AM and must be returned for the day by 5:30PM. Boats returned after a scheduled return time or after 5:30 will incur a late fee of $75.00 + any additional rental time used.

RESERVATION REQUEST FORM

PLEASE NOTE! A reservation is NOT final until a Dillon Marina crew member has contacted you for a visa or mastercard# to secure this reservation. If your request is for an immediate or same day boat rental, please call the marina directly at 970-468-5100.


RENTAL PERIODS

All boats are rented for either a 2-hour, 3-hour or 4-hour period, with 2 hours being the minimum rental period. An 8 hour or full day rental is two times the 4 hour rate.

FUEL

Boat rental rates do not include the cost of fuel. Fuel prices vary.

AGE RESTRICTIONS

Boat skippers must be at least 21 years old

BOAT CAPACITY

Maximum boat capacity for each boat type includes ALL persons aboard (including infants and children) and cannot be negotiated.

LIFE JACKETS

Life jackets are included in the cost of the rental. All children 13 and under are required to wear thier life jackets at all times.

RENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Rental customers are required to leave their drivers license and either a Master card or VISA card as security while on the water. Boats will NOT be rented without a credit card.

Colorado Law states: It is illegal to operate any boat under the influence of alcohol!

CANCELLATION POLICY

A reservation may be cancelled at any time prior to 48 hours before your scheduled rental, with no penalty. Reservations cancelled within 48 hours will incur a cancellation penalty of 20% of the rental fee which will be charged to your credit card.

FISHING

We DO NOT sell fishing licenses and stock very limited fishing supplies in our ship store. If you plan on fishing, it is a good idea to obtain these items prior to renting a boat.

RESERVOIR RESTRICTIONS

Swimming, jetskiing, waterskiing and tubing are not allowed on the reservoir.

The speed limit on the reservoir is 30 mph.

Runabout 18′

Dillon Marina’s 18′ Runabouts have a maximum capacity of 6 people. The boats have a 130hp inboard motor and a side-console steering wheel. All runabouts have an open bow & come with a bimini for optional sun and weather protection.

  • 2-hours: $105.00
  • 3-hours: $140.00
  • 4-hours: $170.00

 

Frisco Marina Kayaking and MORE!!

05 Jul

The Frisco Marina is where you need to go to rent Kayaks! We had a blast paddling around the near by islands! There is even an Osprey next on one island with a new baby! This is a must do for the adventuresome!

Frisco Bay Marina is located on the shores of scenic Dillon Reservoir in the heart of Summit County, Colorado.  The lake spans 3,300 acres and boasts 25 miles of shoreline surrounded by majestic peaks.  At 9,017 feet in elevation, the boating season is very weather dependent, but typically runs from early June to early or mid September.  Dillon Reservoir is in a world class for sailing and regattas are held regularly.

A full service marina

Spring Office Hours: Monday through Friday 9-5.    Don’t hesitate to call, if we don’t answer please leave a message. We will return your call as soon as possible.

Launch Ramp: Is currently closed till the ice melts.  Please call us with any questions.

Rentals: Are currently closed for the 2009 season. Thanks for a great season!  See you in June 2010.  Feel free to call the office or check out the web cam to see how the ice is melting.

The Frisco Bay Marina rental office is open seven days a week during the boating season.  During the off-season, Marina staff can be contacted about slips, moorings, racks, and rental information at (970) 668-4334 and appointments can also be arranged.

We offer canoe/kayak rack storage, boat dry storage, slips, and moorings, shrink wrap service and maintenance service for repairs.  Call (970) 668-4334 for rates and information.  We are currently on a waiting list for long-term slips and racks, please call or e-mail friscobaymarina@townoffrisco.com for more information.  

Two or Three people can enjoy this ride

Two or Three people can enjoy this ride

Canoe ~ 2 Person

2 Hours $32
3 Hours $38
4 Hours $44
$7 Each Additional Hour

Canoe ~ 3 Person

2 Hours $38
3 Hours $44
4 Hours $50
$7 Each Additional Hour

Kayaks ~ Single

2 Hours $24
3 Hours $28
4 Hours $32
$7 Each Additional Hour

4 people = 16 fish to keep

4 people = 16 fish to keep

Fishing Boat – 25 Hp
(4 people max)

2 Hours – $60
3 Hours – $80
4 Hours – $100
6 Hours – $120
8 Hours – $150

Runabouts – 115 Hp
(6 person max)

2 Hours – $132
3 Hours – $168
4 Hours – $189
6 Hours – $289
8 Hours – $342

Pontoon Boats – 75 Hp
(12 person max)

2 Hours $142
3 Hours – $180
4 Hours – $200
6 Hours – $350
8 Hours – $400

  • 2 Hour Minimum
  • Prices subject to change.
  • Prices include fuel and PFDs.
  • No grills or heaters. No swimming or skiing.
  • Captains must be 18 years of age.
  • Visa or Mastercard required for rental.
  • Infants and Children included in head count.
  • Dogs welcome! (restrictions may apply to fishing boat)


 

Dillon Amphitheater is the place to be!

05 Jul

We enjoyed several different concerts here! They are free and you can dance right up front below the stage! This is great fun for all ages…a do not miss event!


 

Copper Festivals

05 Jul

The wine and Jazz festival moved from Breckenridge where it was held in 2009 to Copper where we enjoyed it in 2010! Just perfect weather to enjoy great music. The waiters were also at their bests and served as if we were Kings and Queens! After the music we rode the chairlift up the mountain and hiked the flower covered hill sides! Wonderful!