OBFS Field Trip Information

Field Trip Day – Thursday, September 17

 Explore the beautiful wilderness around Gothic – choose from several different adventures !

For printing purposes, a PDF of this information can be found here.

If you would like to participate in a field trip on September 17th, you should plan to arrive on Wednesday, September 16th before 5pm. You can either stay in Gothic or stay offsite. Make sure that you add an extra night’s lodging and the field trip of your choice when you register for the OBFS meetings.

*Everybody will need to bring a sack lunch; these will be available after breakfast for attendees who spend Wednesday night (September 16th) in Gothic. People who stay offsite can prepare their sack lunch at 7:30am of the field day in the Community Center and will need to make that choice on the registration form (cost $12).

Meeting point in Gothic is Community Center. Field trips are listed in order of departure times (the earliest first).

 

Photo from RMBL Archives
Photo from RMBL Archives

Peak Climb – This will be an informal hike to climb a local peak, led by an experienced hiker.  No technical climbing will be involved, but the hike will be strenuous.  Rain gear and proper boots required.  Please bring water, sunscreen, warm clothing (it is best to dress in layers) and a hat or visor.  This 8-hour trip will depart Gothic at 7:00 am.  Attendees can have an early breakfast at 6:15 am in the Community Center and sack lunches will be available. Cost is Free, maximum 8 people (including experienced hiker).

 

 

Gothic Townsite from Gothic Mtn. - photo by Gesa Michel
Gothic Townsite from Gothic Mtn. – photo by Gesa Michel

Informal Hike around Gothic – The hike, which will include a RMBL scientist, will leave from RMBL by foot and focus on the biology of the local area.  The hike may involve getting your feet wet, so sandals are recommended.  There will be some elevation gain initially and the hike may eventually reach 11,000 feet in elevation, but none of the trails are too steep to ascend.  This 6-hour trip will depart Gothic at 8:30 am. Please bring water, sunscreen, warm clothing (it is best to dress in layers), sturdy shoes and a hat or visor. Cost is Free, maximum 8 people (including RMBL scientist).

 

 

Photo from RMBL Archives
Photo from RMBL Archives

North Pole Basin Hike – The group will drive approximately 30 minutes to visit RMBL’s recently acquired property.  This will be a relatively easy 3-hour hike, though steady elevation gain is involved as you are going above treeline.  See stunning water falls, RMBL research projects and funky buildings.  Please bring water, sunscreen, warm clothing (it is best to dress in layers) and a hat or visor. This 6-hour trip will depart Gothic at 8:30 am. Cost is $45/person, maximum 15 people (including RMBL guide).

 

 

Pic-RaftingRafting on the Taylor River – The Upper Taylor is a fun and exciting Class III (intermediate) whitewater raft trip. Everyone in the boat paddles while the guide on board gives directions. The trip covers 5 river miles on the beautiful and scenic Taylor River.  The rafting company will provide all the gear needed such as paddle jackets/pants or a full wetsuit and neoprene booties. We require quick drying clothing, no jeans. Rafters may want to bring a towel and/or a change of clothes. Please bring water, sunscreen, warm clothing (it is best to dress in layers), sturdy shoes and a hat or visor. This trip is organized by Three River Resorts. Depart Gothic at 8:45 am and return at 1:00 to 1:30 pm. Cost is $70/person, tips not included (suggested $5-10/person).  Minimum 4, maximum 14 people.  Please note that this trip could be canceled due to low water flows.

 

 

Photo from RMBL Archives
Photo from RMBL Archives

Geology of the Gunnison Basin Guided by geologist Dr. Amy Ellwein (RMBL’s Director of Science Communication and Engagement) this will be a chartered trip around Gunnison County.  The unique geology attracts geology field trips from around the country.  Dr. Ellwein has a long history of doing geological research in the area and will narrate and explain the geology.  This 6-hour trip will involve a good bit of driving and is a wonderful way to see a great deal of country.  We will depart Gothic at 9 am.  Please bring water, sunscreen, warm clothing (it is best to dress in layers), sturdy shoes and a hat or visor. Cost is $45/person, maximum 14 people (including Dr. Amy).

 

 

Photo by Gesa Michel
Photo by Gesa Michel

Horseback Ride to Copper Lake – enjoy a 5-hour wilderness ride to lovely Copper Lake,  4.8 miles from Gothic.  Meet at 9:30 am in Gothic and walk to the Judd Falls Trailhead where you will meet your guide and horses at 10:00 am.  Riders will follow Copper Creek up the valley, crossing the creek 5 times.   You will take a break at Copper Lake which is just below the 11,800 foot East Maroon Pass.  After the break we will return to the trailhead. Please bring water, sunscreen, warm clothing (it is best to dress in layers), sturdy shoes and a hat or visor.  Rain gear and saddle bags will be provided. This trip is led by Fantasy Ranch & Outfitters. Cost is $135/person.  Minimum 2, maximum 14 people.