Activities: Weather Permitting

Summit Older Bushwhackers (SOBs)

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. | June – September

Summit Older Bushwhackers (SOBs) backcountry hikes are weather dependent on Wednesdays, meeting at 9 a.m. Hiking trails average five to six miles round-trip with an elevation gain around 1,000 to 1,500 feet.

Walkie-Talkies

Tuesdays, 9 a.m. | June – September

Walkie-Talkies is a moderate-level hiking group, ideal for those who are comfortable with a faster-paced hike at shorter distances. They hike on backcountry trails on Tuesdays, meeting at 9:00 a.m. to carpool to the trailhead. Hike distances are two to six miles round-trip, with an elevation gain of no more than 1,800 feet. The group starts with easier trails in June and progresses to longer, more difficult hikes throughout the season. These hikes usually have a destination that includes mining artifacts, wildflowers and/or spectacular views (that’s where the talking comes in).

Canine Companions

Wednesdays, 9 a.m.| April – October

Canine Companions hike mostly moderate-level backcountry trails on Wednesdays. Reasonably well-behaved dogs, as well as dog-less (also well-behaved) people, are welcome. The group meets at 9:00 a.m. to carpool. Bring leashes.

Mountain Goats

Wednesdays, times vary | April – October

The Mountain Goats are our most strenuous hiking group, and are not suitable for beginners.  This group chooses trails which are difficult, challenging and invigorating, and addiction to the views are often a side effect!  The progression of the hikes from the beginning to the end of the season are from shorter, less vertical climbs to longer, higher vertical climbs with demanding terrains and route-finding opportunities. Some hikes are out of Summit County and overnights are sometimes planned at hotels. The Goats communicate through a closed Google Group “Summit Mountain Goats”.  Questions? Contact the group’s owners at summitmountaingoats@gmail.com. Tell us a little about yourself and why you would like to join the group.  We would love to hear from you.

Herd of Turtles (HOTs)

Thursdays, 9 a.m. | June - October

This hiking group is perfect for people new to Summit County. They normally hike a trail leaving at 9:00 a.m. and walk until around 11:00, then all turnaround and hike back to the trailhead. The fast hikers pick up the slower hikers on the way back. Everyone hikes at his or her own speed, so slow, medium and fast hikers are all welcome. After the hike, the group usually plans an optional lunch at a nearby restaurant.

Snowshoe Hares

Mondays, 10:00 a.m. | January - March

Moderate-level backcountry trails on Mondays, meeting at 9:45 a.m. to leave the senior center and arrive at the designated meeting point by 10:00 a.m. The distances are usually two to four miles roundtrip or about 1.5 to two hours. Outings are suitable for all levels of snowshoers, but may include some hills. Dress in layers and be prepared for fun. For more information, contact Becky Hopkins at beckyhopkins_43@live.com.

Cross Country Skiing Group

Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. | January – March

Moderate-level backcountry trails on Wednesdays, meeting place and start time varies week to week. A weekly email is sent out with details. The distances are usually four to six miles roundtrip. Outings are suitable for all levels of skiers that have mastered snowplow and herringbone skills. You will need backcountry skis with metal edges and fish scales, or know how to wax and/or bring skins.

After each outing, a volunteer host will provide light appetizers, hearty soups, desserts and beverages in his or her home (a $5 donation is suggested). For more information, contact Carol Hess at hess.carol@gmail.com.

Senior Golf Program

The Summit County Seniors Golf Program is an excellent way to meet other seniors who have the same passion for the sport. The golf courses in the area are beautiful, challenging and provide opportunities for players of all skill levels. Golf courses in the program include the Keystone River and Ranch courses as well as the Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks.

Learn More

Three programs exist for the senior golfer…

  • First, the golf program coordinator has arranged discounted green fees at each of the courses identified above for senior members. To participate in this program, seniors must be up to date on Summit Seniors membership dues and have purchased a Seniors Golf Card at the Senior Center for $5.
  • Second, Boomers on the Links: The Seniors Golf Program promotes and supports a weekly Tuesday clinic at the Keystone River Course. During these outings, participants play nine holes of golf, receive a group lesson and are treated to lunch for a reasonable price. Those interested in this clinic should contact the Keystone Pro Shop at (970) 498-1520 to reserve a spot.
  • Finally, special golf outings are arranged at courses apart from those mentioned above. These outings give the senior golfer an opportunity to try courses not played before. The group aims for two special outings in the summer during July and August.

If you would like to help with the Senior Golf Program, please contact Tom McCullough at Tmccull567@aol.com.