The hike to Margy’s will start at 8:30 a.m. on Friday from the Lenado trailhead, half an hour from Woody Creek (an hour from Aspen). We will return to the Lenado trailhead mid-afternoon on Sunday. Be ready for a weekend of plenty of outdoor activities!
The starting elevation is 8,640 feet. We will climb to 11,300 feet over 8.5 miles of moderate trails. The distance takes about 6-7 hours at a casual pace, with rest stops and a lunch/discussion at Sawmill Park (6.5 miles).
The hike to Margy’s Hut is on a wilderness trail that follows the riparian ecosystems of two pristine creeks – Woody Creek and Spruce Creek – through some of the most verdant undergrowth in the Roaring Fork Valley. The brush along the trail is often damp with dew or rain, so rain pants are a benefit to keeping dry during our outdoor activities. (Jeans will get you soaked and cold.)
We will travel light, but daypacks should contain rain gear, warm clothing, water, snacks, lunch for Day One and readings. (Please carry your readings in a waterproof cover!) Overnight gear and supplies for the hut will be shuttled in by vehicle from the Lenado trailhead, so pack a duffel for the hut. For those who choose not to hike the distance, a ride to Margy’s can be arranged with the transport vehicle. Those who ride will meet the group at Sawmill Park for lunch.