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Spud Lake Trail #661 - Potato Lake
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Spud Lake Trail #661 - Potato LakeSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
Hiking avatar Aug 14 2013
Al_HikesAZ
Hiking2.80 Miles 439 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles
439 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
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Went on vacation with my wife to Durango. Our first time to Durango so lots of sightseeing and not a lot of hiking. Lunch at the Cypress Café then to Gardenswarz Outdoors on Main. I bought Hiking Trails of Southern Colorado by Paul Pixler http://hikearizona.com/books.php?STu=6&C=1 and I bought the Durango Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map by Latitude 40 http://hikearizona.com/books.php?ID=1230&STu=6 I give the book 4 1/2 stars and the map 5 stars.

We were guests of a friend who owns a place at Durango Mountain Resort. So this was our base of operations.

I had a list of several hikes. But our friend mentioned that she would like to hike to Spud Lake. She used to hike this often with her children and late husband. She had memories of her husband teaching the kids how to skip stones across the lake. She hadn’t hiked in Durango since her husband – Gary Bird – was killed on 9/11 at the World Trade Center. So Spud Lake it was.

The road in is an adventure. Open range so we had a wait for some cattle to move across the road. Nice little hike, not much AEG. Lots of beaver activity. I saw the ripples of a beaver, but did not quite see the beaver. This is monsoon season so some threatening clouds and a brief drizzle. Lots of mushrooms at this time of year. Lots of families at the lake. Donna prayed and meditated while I walked around the lake. A boy and his father were fishing. They had caught some brook trout and one small rainbow. As we were hiking out, two birders motioned for us to be quiet and handed us the binoculars and showed us where to look to see a moose. We waited for between 5 -10 minutes but it was bedded down for the afternoon just lazily munching on greens. They have been reintroduced to the Weminuche and are apparently doing well. But locals were impressed that we had seen one.
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