[Cdt-l] Lake City hostel

Charlie Thorpe charliethorpe at att.net
Mon Jan 11 13:01:08 CST 2016


Hello All -

Dang...the good discussion about Lake City almost makes me wish I had hitched the other way on CO149!

The smell of good greasy cheeseburgers pulled me down to the east and I then wound up in Creede.  Nice zero night in Creede and met some really nice folks, but Lake City certainly sounds good, too.

Sometimes it is the trail towns and folks met along the way that I remember best about the long trails.

- Charlie

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