Ranger Backpacking Trip

Join us for a challenging hike through the San Juan Mountains in Colorado!

Open to boys 15 years of age or older.

When: July 6 - 10, 2020  (hike)       (July 5 - 11, 2020 Base Camp)

The actual backpacking portion of this Lutheran Pioneer/Ranger activity is open to boys 15 years of age and older.  These applicants should be a member of an active Pioneer train or a former Ranger trip participant,  Backpackers should have completed all of the old Frontiersman requirements or the new Pioneer Climber requirements or have equivalent skills.  The Base Camp participants stay in reserved spots at Molas Lake Campground and anyone is welcome at base camp.

San Juan Registration 2020


By the early 1970’s Lutheran Pioneers had grown in the southwestern United States as we began to look for some type of National trip in that area. Mr. Zeke Jarcik, together with several other men from the Alchesay District, studied the possibilities and proposed two alternating trips. Both would take place on land overseen by the Bureau of Land Management. (BLM)

One of the trips was a week-long backpacking trip into the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Basecamp is set up at Molas Lake Campground and the 31 mile trip begins at the Molas Trailhead right outside of Silverton CO. The hike begins at an elevation of approximately 10,000 feet and during the trip the group climbs to elevations of approximately 13,000 feet. During this trip the group is blessed to seem some spectacular country created by God!  This is the trip in 2020.

The second trip developed is a backpacking trip through parts of the 45 mile long Paria Canyon of Arizona and Utah. Basecamp is setup at Lee’s Ferry. The hike begins up in Utah at the Whitehouse Trailhead. The group travels down the Paria River crossing the river many times and finishing at Lee’s Ferry close to basecamp. They also include some side trips into some of the most outstanding and world famous slot canyons in the world! This includes an awesome 200 foot natural arch! God’s creation is truly outstanding and displayed on this trip.  This will be the trip in 2021.

Hiker Cost

The cost for the 2020 Ranger trip is $210 per hiker. This covers the permit expenses and all of the meals during the trip and basecamp meals before and after the hike. Hikers are responsible for their backpacking equipment and transportation. There are a limited number of hikers allowed per permit so registration is 1st come 1st served! A deposit of $100 along with the application is due ASAP. The remaining $110 is due by June 1st 2019.

Cancellations and Refunds: Full refund for cancellations will be given up until the June 1st deadline. Cancellations past that date will receive a 50% refund.

Basecamp cost

Anyone is welcome at basecamp with a few different meal plan options. (Children must be accompanied by an adult).  Those at base camp will need their own equipment, to camp in.  Camper, RV, tent etc…

We have one large common tent where we gather for meals and church but other than that everyone has their own campsite.  It is not an established campground but forest land.  There may or may not be an outhouse.  we just don’t know that until we get there.

Meals will be beginning on Sunday July 5th dinner through Saturday July 11th breakfast. Meal plan choice and payment are due by June 1st, 2019. The plans are as follows:

Breakfasts & Dinners (including Friday banquet) – $50.00 per adult (12yrs and up)
Dinners ONLY- $40.00 per adult (12yrs and up)
Friday Banquet meal ONLY- $15 (12yrs and up)
Children under 12 years of age are free.

San Juan Registration 2020