***Copied from The Greenhorn Valley View***
Sangre Snowrunners Snowmobile Club is Enjoying the Snow
Greenhorn Valley View
The Sangre Snowrunners Snowmobile Club is closing out 2020 with a lot of good times. Club president, Les Lewis, and vice president, Scott Schoultz have been busy grooming the trails on Mammoth Gulch, Sangre Overlook, Pole Creek, Ophir Creek, and Greenhorn road and have them ready to ride.
The club hosted their first ride of the season on Saturday, December 26 with about eleven riders present. Rebecca Cellers, Sangre Snowrunner’s Public Relations Officer said, “The ride was great! We had a nice club ride on Greenhorn and were joined by some newcomers from Black Forest and Falcon! Always great to see new faces and welcome more folks into the great sport of snowmobiling!”
The Snowrunners have several events in the planning stage, including more club rides, an outdoor cookout on the mountain, and possibly a poker run. They are working to coordinate these events with the Colorado Snowmobile Association and make sure all COVID restrictions are met.
In normal times, the club meets once a month at a restaurant to visit and exchange information, this year they have only been able to have one meeting. Cellers is keeping their newsletter, The Sangre Snow Scoop current on their website at www.sangresnowrunners.com, which also contains snow depths, trail reports, and maps of the area. You can also follow their activities on their Facebook page.
The Sangre Snowrunners which is a grooming club operates their own equipment to groom, mark, and maintain miles of trails throughout Greenhorn Mountain. They hold special use permits from the US Forest Service and BLM to operate on public lands. These are the people who are responsible for keeping the trails groomed and cleared for all outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy year-round. Workdays are held in the summer to keep the trails clear. The Ophir Creek & Greenhorn Mountain trail system is located off of Highway 165, near mile marker 11 in the San Isabel National Forest. Cellers says, "We are seeing more cross-country skiers and hikers using the trails which makes us very happy. Remember that we groom the trails for motorized and non-motorized recreation so if cross country skiing or hiking is your thing please enjoy the trails. Snowmobiling is a fun family activity to get out and enjoy some of Colorado’s finest sights. Riding with a club creates a safer activity as members can help provide experience and practical advice, and there will be someone nearby to help if you have equipment problems or get stuck."
It is time for memberships to be renewed, and the Snowrunners would love to see some new faces join them. Dues to join the Colorado Snowmobile Association are $22 per year for an individual or family and dues for the Sangre Snowrunners are $18.00 per year. Membership information and contact information can be obtained through the Colorado Snowmobile Association website and the Sangre Snowrunners Snowmobile Club website."
The Sangre Snow Scoop
By Rebecca Cellers
Season's Greetings members and friends!
We hope that everyone is staying safe while preparing for the holidays.
With the recent snow, we have been able to get a start on grooming the Greenhorn side of the mountain. So far Les and Scott have been putting in some great work on Mammoth Gulch, Sangre Overlook, Pole Creek, Ophir Creek and Greenhorn road.
No grooming has been completed on the Deer Peak side yet, but with a few more storms, we can get started on that side.
We hope to ride down to the Burn Loop Trail from the top of Elmer Canyon at the junction (4 corners) this weekend and get a feel of how the snow is doing on the East face of Deer Peak.
The snow on the lower road is thin, but still holding, thanks to the grooming efforts – we do not recommend using connector trail AA yet, as there are still many rocks and ruts.
Once you get up high, the snow is filling in nicely in the trees and some of the more protected meadows.
Up near the lakes on top, there is easily a few feet, and the meadows are good to go!
We are planning an impromptu club ride this Saturday at 9am. We know it's short notice and a holiday weekend, but if you can join us, please do!
We will have another scheduled club ride coming up soon and will announce it with plenty of notice.
Hopefully we can meet again in person soon for our monthly meetings, but at the moment we're still playing it safe.
If you haven’t already, please visit the “Snow Totals” section at the bottom of the Trail Reports & Map page.
We are trying to keep the totals up to date on a regular basis, so if you go riding and have some totals or pictures, please share them with us by emailing email@example.com.
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