Lake City, CO, to Become 7th CDTC Gateway Community

On Thursday, May 14, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) announced that the historic mining town of Lake City will become its seventh Gateway Community. CDT Gateway Communities are trailside towns recognized by the CDTC as welcoming destinations for trail visitors, dedicated to protection and promotion of the trail.

On Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. MT, the CDTC will welcome Lake City as the newest  Gateway Community to the CDT during a virtual designation ceremony streamed live on Facebook. Although the proclamation can’t be signed in person by Executive Director Teresa Martinez, the designation ceremony will bring a needed uplift to the community. The ceremony will feature live performances from local musicians Wylie “Crazy Horse” Jones and Kris Bloomer. Tune in for a night of celebration of this fine town, and all of the people who are responsible for its stewardship of the CDT.

Photo courtesy of Cindy Swinarski

Photo: Cindy Swinarski

Located in the northeastern corner of Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, Lake City is the only incorporated municipality in Hinsdale County. Hinsdale County boasts some 1,123 square miles of land, of which 96 percent is designated as public land, meaning that Lake City’s population of less than 1,000 inhabitants makes it the least densely populated county in Colorado. Most assuredly, its inhabitants are thankful for its under the radar stature, making unabated views and striking beauty that much more enjoyable.

“As a town that is so clearly dedicated to enjoying both the recreational and economic benefits of the public lands that surround it, Lake City will fit naturally into the greater network of CDT Gateway Communities who value the trail and are interested in contributing to its stewardship,” the CDTC’s Martinez says.

Photo: Cindy Swinarski

Lake City lies just 17 miles north of the Continental Divide Trail, which, thanks to free shuttle rides from local trail angels, makes resupply and rest a breeze for thru-hikers. Irishman and successful AT and PCT thru-hiker turned hostel owner Cionnaith “Lucky” O’Dubhaigh stopped for a quick bite on his 2007 CDT thru-hike, fell in love, then decided to never leave. Thanks to the efforts of this hiker and the citizens of Lake City joining forces, the town is one of hikers’ favorite trail towns to visit.

For any inquiries or ways that you can help support the Continental Divide Trail or Lake City, contact Amanda Wheelock with the CDTC, or check out their Facebook page and website.

Feature image via Cindy Swinarski

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