No more descriptive name exists in Colorado than the Ragged Mountains. Prominent from Highway 133 over McClure Pass, the polished rock flanks of the Raggeds soar to a jagged, knife-edged ridge. Complementing these inaccessible peaks, the Dark Canyon of Anthracite Creek roars below, carving a deep and mysterious gorge through surrounding benchlands of aspen and spruce. Colorful peaks and prominent intrusive dikes of the Ruby Range angle north through the area's eastern end, perpendicular to the Raggeds. Capping the diversity of landforms in this area, the Oh-Be-Joyful valley, one of Colorado's loveliest glacial valleys and known popularly as the "wildflower capitol of Colorado", sweeps out from the range toward Crested Butte and the Slate River.
Our service project is trail maintenance and reconstruction on the Oh-Be-Joyful Trail and may involve some restoration and rehabilitation of a couple of old mine excavations in the Raggeds Wilderness. We'll set up a basecamp about three miles and 1200' elevation gain from the trailhead in the Oh-Be-Joyful valley. The forest service will provide pack support for our tools, food and commissary equipment. Free day activity may include wildflower enjoyment and photography, wildlife viewing, day hikes and relaxing and soaking it all in.