[Cdt-l] Lake City hostel

Scott Williams baidarker at gmail.com
Mon Jan 11 12:12:16 CST 2016

Good stuff Karl.  We found Lake City to be one of our favorite spots in
Colorado in 2012 in large part because of how welcoming everyone was.  It's
a lovely little town and Lucky is a great host at Raven's Rest.  There was
no regular shuttle down that year, and it was a long hitch, but Lucky got
us back to trail after a zero and lots of fun.  There was live music just
across the fence from the hostel and with a plate of the best BBQ brisket
of the whole trail purchased by the pound at an old gas station turned into
a meat smoking heaven (I think it was called the BBQ Station) we had a
wonderful evening.  Great place!


On Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 9:49 AM, Karl Gottshalk <kgottshalk at gmail.com>

> From the CDT16 group on Facebook, posted by Peter Nesbitt:
> Greetings from Lake City, Hinsdale County, San Juan Mountains, Colorado!
> We would like to invite you to visit Lake City on your CDT hike this year.
> Our HIKER FRIENDLY town is located approximately 15 miles north of Spring
> Creek Pass on CO149, and is easily accessible via daily shuttle (FREE),
> rides with local Trail Angels (FREE), or hitching during the summer months.
> My wife and I own and operate The High Country Market, a small grocery
> store that specializes in fresh produce, deli sandwiches, fresh baked
> breads, and of course -- HIKER FOOD!
> You will find the following once you arrive in Lake City: 2 grocery
> stores, 6 restaurants, 3 bars, a library with WI-FI, 2 coffee shops with
> WI-FI, U.S. Post Office, 2 liquor stores, a laundromat, a small mountain
> movie theater, 2 motels and 1 hostel, a bunch of cabins to rent, tent
> camping, stream and lake fishing, Jeep and ATV rentals, a small museum,
> road and trail access to 5 "Fourteeners", gift shops, and several other
> family-owned businesses.
> My wife and I work with "Lucky" at the Ravens RestHostel to schedule and
> coordinate a FREE shuttle to/from Lake City and Spring Creek Pass during
> the summer hiking season. The shuttle specifics are normally coordinated
> just prior to the season, but past years saw a shuttle leaving Lake City at
> noon, arriving at Spring Creek Pass around 12:30, then returning to Lake
> City as soon as everyone is loaded and ready to go.
> If you are an "early riser", I can often take hikers to Spring Creek Pass
> around 6:00 a.m. This service is FREE, but must be coordinated in advance
> and around my deliveries and other employee schedules.
> If the hike is wearing you down, Lake City is only 55 miles from Gunnison
> where you may catch a bus or plane back to civilization.
> If you are sick or injured, we have a medical center that is staffed with
> a Doctor, Nurse Practitioner, Physician's Assistant, and office staff. Meds
> can be prescribed if you see someone at the clinic, but prescriptions can
> NOT be filled in Lake City. X-rays can be performed, woulds irrigated and
> stitched, and braces supplied for fractures. The staff is fantastic!
> We quit our corporate and government jobs to come live and work in Lake
> City, and we think that you will enjoy a ZERO DAY (or two) in our little
> corner of the San Juan Mountains.
> Come see us!
> Peter and Patty
> On Mon, Jan 11, 2016, 5:22 AM Bob Sartini <bobsartini at gmail.com> wrote:
>> It was open last September.  He just doesn't use the Web much
>> Call him at the number on the page. He works elsewhere but he always
>> calls back.great guy.
>> On Jan 11, 2016 12:55 AM, "Roger Carpenter (Pinecone)" <
>> pinecone at elkpass.com> wrote:
>>> Wondering if the Ravens Rest hostel in Lake City, CO is still open.
>>> Their website and Facebook feed shows no activity in over two years.
>>> Roger Carpenter
>>> Portland, Oregon
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