Grand County hiking guide moves on to 3rd edition
Deborah Carr and Lou Ladrigan have published a third edition of their popular hiking guide, Hiking Grand County, Colorado.
It is available in many outdoor stores around the county. A new edition was needed when they sold all their books last summer and were told they had a waiting list.
“It was fun to go out to all the trails, again. You forget what they are like. Some are re-routed and are so much better,” said Carr.
Carr and Ladrigan moved to Grand County in 1999 for the mountains and a better quality of life. They decided to write the trail guide book when they couldn’t find complete and accurate resources for all the trails in the county.
“The government unscrambled the GPS satellite accuracy in 2000 so we learned how to use a GPS and began recording our trips,” Carr said.
“Our book was the first of its kind with the GPS’d maps, profiles, and waypoints.”
The 3rd edition book has all the updates since the 2nd edition, she said. They worked with the Forest Service to include accurate and responsible resources.
“There are about 15 trail updates which include re-routes due to logging (mountain pine beetle infestation), and other reasons.”
Some of the updates include changed trail routes due to weather events.
“The directions for one of our routes was to turn right onto the faint trail beside an historic cabin. The cabin had been there for over 100 years and the year after we published the book, the cabin was removed. Other times during a high snow melt season, a creek will take over a trail and have to be rerouted.”
Another great resource used to write the backcountry guide was research at the Grand County Historical Association museum in Hot Sulphur Springs. With assistance from historian Jean Miller, Carr discovered the rationale for names of many of the mountains and flowers, and included it in the Historical Note at the end of each trail description.
One of Carr’s favorite trails, and the one on the front cover of the third edition, is a great “Welcome to the Valley Hike.” The destination is Bottle Pass, which is a nice climb with idyllic scenery of both Bill’s and Byers’ Peaks, she said.
The book’s cover photo has Carr on her favorite trail having lunch with a view.
Carr and Ladrigan also publish “Backcountry Skiing and Snowshoeing in Grand County, Colorado” and the map “Winter Park and Fraser, Colorado – Mountain Bike Map”.
They have sold over 8,000 books with the first two editions.
The fourth edition of the book will be more dramatic and most likely will be a total revamp after all the logging operations.
The Forest Service is adding new trails so the book will strive to keep pace with all the changes, she said.
– Kristen Lodge can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610
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