Kokomo Pass Hike with Vet Voice is July 30 | AspenTimes.com

Kokomo Pass Hike with Vet Voice is July 30

Join a free hike to Kokomo pass above Camp Hale on July 30. This high alpine valley was recently proposed by Senator Michael Bennet as a National Historic Landscape because of its monumental contribution to the armed forces and to the ski industry in the United States. Camp Hale was the training ground for the famed 10th Mountain Division of ski troopers during WWII. After harrowing battles and successes fighting in Europe’s Alps, many 10th Mtn troopers returned home and contributed enormously to the growth of the ski industry.

Join Iraqi war veteran and Vet Voice Foundation area director Garett Reppenhagen who will lead the hike, along with Wilderness Workshop and Conservation Colorado representatives. Vet Voice Foundation is an advocacy group for veterans who want to be involved in civic issues.

Hikers will use the Colorado Trail #2109 to reach Kokomo Pass from Camp Hale. The trail begins in the Pando valley meandering through wildflowers and aspens. It then climbs up a steep canyon through meadows and evergreen forests on an old logging road for 2.5 miles, to an abandoned sawmill site. From there, the trail gains elevation along three switchbacks to an alpine meadow before ascending up a steep ravine to Kokomo Pass. While stronger hikers may want to do the entire hike, more leisurely hikers may choose to do only the first half of the trail.

Overnight Option

Hikers are invited to make it an overnight, finding a suitable group spot once on the trail, or hike on Saturday only. Want to stay overnight but don’t have the gear? Try out the best new gear through a generous offer from My Trail Company, providing a limited number of packs and shelters for hike participants.

Overnighters who need gear should email Josh@conservationco.org.

The hike is free but hikers must pre-register. Space is limited to 15 people. Register at http://bit.ly/2artbH3.

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