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Wednesday, 5/29/2019, Awesome Wednesday Evening (AWE) Hike Social Hike

 MAP:  http://www.protrails.com/trail/341/boulder-denver-golden-fort-collins-lyons-goshawk-ridge-trail-spring-brook-north-loop/Trail_MapHIKE ROUTE:  (~4 miles total) The Fowler, Goshawk Ridge and Spring Brook North trails form a short but varied lollipop loop through Boulder Open Space lands and the Eldorado Mountain Habitat Conservation Area.  We begin at the access point at the end of Boulder County Road 67 and travel counter-clockwise along the Fowler Trail, Goshawk Ridge and Spring Brook North trails.We begin at the Fowler Trail access at the end of Boulder County Road 67. Through the gate, you'll see a regulation board at the beginning of the Fowler Trail. The trail rises up a service road through open space with views across the base of Eldorado Canyon. A steady climb leads up to the Spring Brook North Trail split (.55 miles : 6,075') and levels through a narrows at the end of the ridge, blasted through it creating  high side-cliffs (.75 miles).  It then continues on a long slow incline to the Goshawk Ridge Trail split (1.05 miles : 6,105'). Turn left off the sharp right-hand curve of the gravel road to move onto the Goshawk Ridge Trail.The Goshawk Ridge Trail, completed in 2009, enters the Eldorado Mountain Habitat Conservation Area and narrows to a single track up an open meadow hillside where we hope to catch wildflowers still at their peak (1.4 miles : 6,285'). Passing up through that meadow, the trail crests a ridge (1.55 miles : 6,373'), reaches a second crest (1.85 miles : 6,605'), and then sweeps back down along the fringe of a mixed pine forest, through slender, grassy, bouldered N-S meadows. It's gradually enveloped by timber and drops onto tight switchbacks down a steep gully. The descent down the gully will take you right down to the ruins of a stone dugout. There are several in the area (don't forget though, that you are not allowed to veer off-trail in this HCA without a permit). Historians know this area as "Bob's Railroad Camp". There are remnants of a road bed which eventually connects with the railroad, leading us to believe the site was a construction camp for the railroad bed constructed circa 1900.The gully soon spills into a broad, sloping ponderosa forest.This beautiful ecotone of co-existing Ponderosa pines and cactus is the location of one of the boundary lines of a planned but never-built townsite that was to be called "Forest Park." In 1907, this property was platted by the Traction Land Co. and stone alignments were laid out to mark the locations of the future streets. In fact, some streets were named, although the town never materialized. The company sold the land in 1918 to nearby rancher Richard Beasley. The trail glides downhill and crosses over the Denver Water Board Canal&

Leader: Karen Baldwin
Type: , Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate
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Thursday, 5/30/2019, Ceran Saint Vrain Trail hike

The easy Ceran Saint Vrain Trail follows the South Saint Vrain Creek downstream for 1.9 miles. The trail ends at National Forest System Road 252, a rough four-wheel drive road. This road climbs 0.5 miles northwest to a four-way intersection from which it is a steep half-mile to the left up to Miller Rock. Miller Rock is a scenic high-point that offers 360-degree views.Feel free to bring your dog!

Leader: Carrie Bielen Simon
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4
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Wednesday, 6/5/2019, Awesome Wednesday Evening (AWE) Hike

Join us for a fun, moderate paced evening social hike.  This time of year, conditions vary widely (rain or muddy trails).  I am planning on hiking on Kohler Mesa and the Mesa Trail - there should be lots of spring flowers!  but this may change depending on conditions so please meet at carpool location.   Some will bring snacks to share during our break midway.To better track participation, please register ahead of time for this trip but it is  also OK to show up at the carpool location.Come prepared for any weather with good footwear, rain jacket, headlamp or flashlight.  Option for after-hike food and drink at a nearby restaurant.  

Leader: Rebecca Ruttenberg
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 750
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Wednesday, 6/12/2019, Awesome Wednesday Evening (AWE) Hike

I’m planning on Royal Arch but still plan on meeting at the same carpool location and trailhead locatons for a different hike if it's wet and muddy.  Some will bring snacks to share during our break midway. Royal Arch is a beautiful natural arch and getting there involves some rugged hiking.

Leader: Diana Dear
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1350
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Wednesday, 6/19/2019, Awesome Wednesday Evening (AWE) Hike

Join us for a fun, moderate paced evening social hike.  We will hike both the Canyon loop and the Benjamin loop at Betasso Preserve for a total of 7.2 miles. Bring optional snack to share.  Come prepared with good footwear, rain jacket and definitely a head lamp or flashlight as it will be dusk when we finish.        

Leader: Connie Schwab
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500
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Wednesday, 6/26/2019, Early AWE Hike - Bear Peak

Climb a classic in the Boulder Foothills - Bear Peak via Fern Canyon.  This is a rugged trail traversing steep rocky terrain.  This hike is earlier than the usual AWE hike as it will leave at 3:25 pm from the carpool location instead.  We will have more time before dark and can hike at a more leisurely pace, with option to turn around (with rear leader) at the Nebel Horn saddle. Come prepared for any weather with good footwear, rain jacket, headlamp or flashlight.  Bring optional snack to share. There’ll be an optional after-hike food and drink at a nearby restaurant.    

Leader: Diana Dear
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1850
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Wednesday, 7/10/2019, Awesome Wednesday Evening (AWE) Hike

Some will bring snacks to share during our break midway.

Leader: Connie Schwab
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 750
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Wednesday, 7/24/2019, Awesome Wednesday Evening (AWE) Hike

Join us for a fun, moderate paced evening social hike.  We’ll hike up the steeper west ridge of Mt Sanitas then down the east on Dakota ridge. Some will bring snacks to share during our break on top. To better track participation, please register ahead of time for this trip but it is  also OK to just show up at the carpool or trailhead location. Come prepared for any weather with good footwear, rain jacket, headlamp or flashlight.  There will be an optional after-hike food and drink at a nearby restaurant if still feeling sociable!    

Leader: Diana Dear
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 850
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Wednesday, 8/14/2019, Awesome Wednesday Evening (AWE) Hike

Some will bring snacks to share during our break midway..

Leader: Connie Schwab
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 750
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Wednesday, 9/11/2019, Awesome Wednesday Evening (AWE) Hike

Some will bring snacks to share during our break midway, and

Leader: Connie Schwab
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 600
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