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Wednesday, 1/22/2020, Butler Gulch Snowshoe*

This is a moderate-paced snowshoe. Group needs to stay together. Trip destination is subject to leader’s decision based chiefly on weather, road, and (or) snow conditions.We will go to Second Creek, if snow stability is an issue in Butler Gulch.Bring the 10 essentials, snowshoes and poles, first aid kit, warm clothing, wind gear, face mask, hand warmers, and possibly micro spikes. Be prepared for very cold and windy conditions.Please inform the leader, prior to the trip, of any medical conditions that could affect you on the trip.Optional post-trip social stop near Wooly Mammoth Park and Ride. 

Leader: Ralph Shroba
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1,500
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Wednesday, 1/22/2020, RMOTHG Finch Lake Trail via Allenspark

We will snowshoe 3.2 miles towards Finch Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park up to a burn area that has wonderful views into Wild Basin.  (Please note, we will not be shoeing all the way to Finch Lake as the views are best in the burn area!!!)Trailhead - 8,900' ... Highpoint - 10,110' ... Total Elevation Gain - 1,300'     

Leader: Jeanne Eiss
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6.4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1,300
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Wednesday, 1/22/2020, RMOTHG Fern Lake (RMNP)

This will be a moderately-difficulty out-and-back snowshoe or spike hike (depending on weather conditions, beginning at the Fern Lake Trailhead near Moraine Park.  The trail follows the Big Thompson River, offering great views of Fern Falls, Notchtop Mountain, and the Little Matterhorn as well as the scenic Fern Lake.  This trip is exploratory.  Click here for a detailed route map. Bring your 10 essentials plus sufficient food, water, and extra-layers for a 5-6 hour trip in sub-freezing temperatures.  In addition, bring BOTH microspikes AND snowshoes as well as trekking poles.  It may be necessary to carry your snowshoes on your pack, so bring tension straps or bungee cords that will enable you to do that. Please let us know in advance if you have any medical issues that might affect you on this hike.

Leader: Daniel Schweissing
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 7.1, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1453
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Wednesday, 1/22/2020, RMOTHG Meyers Ranch

Meeting at the little parking lot across from the Phillip 66 gas station on Morrison Rd and 470 We will hike the Sunny Aspen Trail to the Old Ski Run Trail and come down the Lodgepole Loop which will add up to 4-5 miles with an elevation gain of 650' Please bring your 10 essentials and a snack to eat. We will be stopping at Careta Viega in Conifer for a social lunch after the snowshoe. Any medical issues, please let Scott or Kathy know before the snowshoe. For information about the area, please visit https://www.alltrails.com/parks/us/colorado/meyer-ranch-park. Looking forward to seeing you. Scott PS - Watch for my updating email on Monday or Tuesday night to let you know if we will need spikes and/or snowshoes.

Leader: Scott Kramer
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 650
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Wednesday, 1/22/2020, RMOTHG Jim Creek Snowshoe

Limited to Members of RMOTHG and their guests.We will snowshoe the Jim Creek trail near Winter Park. We go about 2.4 miles to our lunch spot and return the same way. Our pace will be RELAXED CASUAL. This trail ascends along the Jim Creek. It begins with a gradual ascent and becomes steeper the further you go. As you rise up the valley, first a shoulder and then James Peak comes into view.

Leader: Sandy McRae
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 4.9, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 760
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Wednesday, 1/22/2020, RMOTHG Barr Lake State Park

We will hike at Barr Lake State Park, 13401 Picadilly Road, Brighton, CO 80603.We will meet at Lowe's, 4980 E. Bromley Lane, Brighton, CO 80601 at 8:45 a.m. for a prompt departure to have a 9:00 start at the Nature Center,  From I-76 E  take Exit 21. From Lowe's we will then drive 4 miles to Barr Lake State Park.  There is an entrance requirement at the state park of a car pass sticker or a daily pass costing $8.00. Meeting at Lowe's will facilitate people without car stickers riding to the park with those that do have them.Bring binoculars if you can as well as the usual water, snacks and lunch if you prefer.  The forecast is for 42 degrees at the writing so bring layered clothing and be prepared.Please look for a last minute email on January 21st.

Leader: Jennifer May
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Casual
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Wednesday, 1/22/2020, High Line Canal #12 Segment 12

 P.S. The High Line canal starts in Waterton Canyon and meanders through the metro area all the way to DIA. The walk2connect.com is walking the whole 71 miles one segment at the time - 14 of them. Each segment has its own history and views. Check it out if your interested. Also check out the High Line Canal Conservancy and Denver Water for more information.A recommended book: The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland by Robert Michael Pyle, 1993. 

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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Thursday, 1/23/2020, Bridal Veil Falls RMNP*

Please bring micro spikes and snowshoes, your 10 essentials, lunch, etc.We will drive up 93 through Golden, then 36 through Lyones and Estes Park.I will update weather as we get closer to the hike.

Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1070
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Thursday, 1/23/2020, Sunset Hike

Sunset is a magical time! Join us for a fun, moderately-paced social hike, starting in daylight and finishing before pitch-dark. We usually aren't disappointed in the changing light show.  We will stop at a viewpoint and all are invited (but not required) to bring snacks to share (unless it is nasty out, then we will keep hiking!)Conditions permitting, I am planning to hike on the High Plains trail that skirts Hwy 128 to the east from the Greenbelt Plateau Trailhead.  This will be an out-and-back and if we go as far as the junction with the Coalton Trail, about 5.5 miles round trip. Bring a headlamp as it may be dark before we get back to the cars.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, and traction devices if trails may be icy.  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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Thursday, 1/23/2020, Wall Climb

Join us for a fun evening of top roping at the CMC Clubhouse in Golden from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Basic Climbing or equivalent experience required. You must be able to tie into your harness correctly and safely belay. Harnesses, locking carabiner, and belay device required. We recommend bringing climbing shoes.  No chalk allowed.Bring a partner, or team up with someone else without a partner.****PLEASE SIGN UP ON CMC WEBSITE IN ADVANCE (If it's full please sign up for the WAIT LIST.  Thx!)**

Leader: Sherri Spencer
Type: Rock Climbing
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Friday, 1/24/2020, Lake City Ice Climbing Weekend

Ice Climb the Lake City Ice Park for the weekend!  We have reserved a cabin in lake city for the evenings of 1/24 and 1/25.  The plan will be to drive down to lake city on Friday.  For those who want to get some climbing in on Friday will leave Denver in the morning, while others will depart Denver in the afternoon.  Saturday we will spend our day at the Ice park exploring the different routes throughout.  After a 2nd night at the cabin we will return to Denver on Sunday.The cost per-person for two nights at the cabin will be $60 assuming full occupancy of the cabin.  We'll have two cabins.  Each cabin has 2 bedrooms with king-sized beds, a futon and a roll-away bed leading to a maximum occupancy of 6 persons each.  Any couples will get piority on the king beds, otherwise we will share beds by each individual brining their own sleeping bag.At a date closer to the outing we will coordinate carpooling and meals.

Leader: Gregory McVie
Type: Ice Climbing, Trail mileage: 0.5
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Friday, 1/24/2020, Jenny Creek*

Start at Lake Eldora ski area. Go west up a forested valley toward Yankee Doodle Lake, stopping about a mile from the lake. Weather and group permitting, continue to the lake. Wind gear required. This will be a Bobcat lite trip.  That means it will be slower pace and we wait for everyone.  If you want to go fast, best not sign up.The Eldora Ski area has changed procedures on gettng access to the Jenny Creek trail from the normal route we have always taken.  It now has a electric gate (next to the "bunny hill" where we always go up) that requires all everyone to get a free card to open the gate to get into the ski area and out of the ski area.  We will need to stop into the Nordic Center for everyone to get this card.   

Leader: Cheryl Ames
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Friday, 1/24/2020, Beginner Snowshoes: Kenosha Pass West

We'll show you how to select and wear snowshoes, a few principles of snow travel, trail choice, fastening snowshoes to your pack, and anything else you want to know. We want you to leave this trip excited to sign up for the next one.Please bring the 10 essentials appropriate to the weather and a guided day trip:
  • Sunglasses/sunscreen
  • Clothing Layers
  • Headlamp/extra batteries 
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Knife
  • Extra food
  • Map and compass
  • Fire starter kit
  • Emergency shelter or bivy.
  • Water/hot drink
If you haven't yet re-provisioned your pack for winter sports, consider these items: 

Leader: Robbie Monsma
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 800
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Friday, 1/24/2020, Britt's 5th Annual Lake City Ice Climbing

Friday, January 24th 8:00am meet at the Safeway at 3275 W. Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, COWe will carpool up and head to Lake City. We will check into our rented house around noon, drop off our luggage, etc. and head to the Ice Park for an afternoon climb.Saturday, January 25th, we are going to try out the natural frozen falls at the old Sherman town site: 

Leader: Britt Jones
Type: Ice Climbing, Trail mileage: 3, Elevation Gain: 100
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Friday, 1/24/2020, New Member Hike: Roxborough Park: Meadows Willow Creek, South Rim and Fountain Valley Overlook Trails

Roxborough State Park is one of the hidden gems in the Denver area. Red rocks against the blue sky is one great setting.The goal is to get new members comfortable with the trip sign-up and trip-taking process. We will answer new members' practical questions and can talk as you wish about pace, clothing, gear, etc.I'll write you with a weather forecast the day before. Do not assume bad weather means the trip is canceled. We only cancel if the roads are treacherous. We just try to dress appropriately.Please bring those of the 10 Essentials [ https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html] appropriate to a mountain hike:  Wear proper hiking boots, sunglasses and sunscreen, a hat, a personal first aid kit, nutrition items, and plenty of water. Rain jacket with hood is a year-round pack item. Traction devices, such as Microspikes, will be necessary as the trail could be icy. (We recommend you always carry them in your pack from late fall through early summer.)Part of the trail is steep, so bring hiking poles if you use them. If you have never used hiking poles, I have a few to loan, if you'd like to try them.No jeans or cotton clothing. We can talk more about all that on trip day.NO Dogs, please. Look for designated "Doggie Hikes" on the calendar.Let me know of any medical conditions that might affect you on the hike.We will be on several well-maintained trails, hiking at a moderate pace, approximately 5  miles round trip.  The views of the red rocks and changing colors of the scrub oaks are beautiful. There likely will be  is some snow and ice on the trail, so please bring microspike or other traction devices. Plan for changing Colorado weather by dressing in layers and include your 10 essentials in your pack.  Bring lunch, snacks for the day, and plenty of water.  Some portions of the trail are in full sun, so remember your sunscreen and hat.  The leader will send out an email the day before the hike with anticipated weather and any last minute schedule changes so please watch for that note.  

Leader: Karen Hurley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 985
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Friday, 1/24/2020, Boulder Rock Club

CMC Rock Climbers are a group of people who love to rock climb, practice mountaineering, and share our experiences.

Leader: Carrie Bielen Simon
Type: Rock Climbing
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Monday, 1/27/2020, Brookside McCurdy Trail* Lost Creek Wilderness

In addition to the 10 essentials and snowshoe gear, brings layers and traction devices.  

Leader: Durham Monsma
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1650'
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Monday, 1/27/2020, RMOTHG Scott Gomer Cr.

We start at 9654' and most of gain is in the first mile and we will go easy, stopping on dthe way.  It is an out and back trip.

Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6.4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 741
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Monday, 1/27/2020, XC Ski Coney Flats

Trail Description:  Start at the trailhead on the north side of the Beaver Reservoir. The trail starts ups a hill  into a lodge pole pine mixed foresr .At 3.0 miles we will reach the Coney Creek and the Indian Peaks Wilderness sign. At 3.2 miles we will reach the Coney Lake/Creek Trail sign and this will be our turn around point.

Leader: R. Stelzig
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6.4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 700 feet
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Monday, 1/27/2020, Hunter Valley XC Ski

Gentle quiet valley with spectacular views of Aspen Mountain. Meet in Hunter Creek condo area and carpool to "senior parking" on Red Mountain. Bring lunch or snacks.

Leader: Sharon DeQuine
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 3.0, Elevation Gain: 300
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Monday, 1/27/2020, Wall Climb

Join us for a fun evening of top roping at the CMC Clubhouse in Golden from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Basic Climbing or equivalent experience required. In other words you must be able to tie into your harness correctly and safely belay. Harnesses, locking carabiner, and belay device required. We recommend bringing climbing shoes.  No chalk allowed.Bring a partner, or team up with someone else without a partner. All attendees must be a CMC member. If you have interest in becoming a CMC Member please visit our 

Leader: CMC Office
Type: Rock Climbing
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Tuesday, 1/28/2020, SKI! Tele Tuesday at Loveland

TELEMARK SKIERS, from beginners to advanced. Join us at Loveland Basin Ski Area for tele fun and practice. Look in the CMC schedule for Tele Tuesdays and other weekdays this season, led by a few of our Telemark Ski School instructors who are happy to offer you telemark improvement tips, if requested! Register online and we'll ski you soon!

Leader: Marilyn Choske
Type: Ski
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Tuesday, 1/28/2020, Ski Mayflower Gulch

This ski trail follows an old road through forest until it opens into the Mayflower amphitheater at the site of the Boston Mine Camp.  Skis with scales or skins are required for the ascent, (or old-fashioned cross country ski wax!)  We will plan on lunch (weather permitting) at the site of the old cabins and return the same way.  Dress in layers and have food, water and sunscreen.

Leader: Eleanor Finlay
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 3.6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 765
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Tuesday, 1/28/2020, Wall Climb

Join us for a fun evening of top roping at the CMC Clubhouse in Golden from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Basic Climbing or equivalent experience required. You must be able to tie into your harness correctly and safely belay. Harnesses, locking carabiner, and belay device required. We recommend bringing climbing shoes.  No chalk allowed.Bring a partner, or team up with someone else without a partner.****PLEASE SIGN UP ON CMC WEBSITE IN ADVANCE (If it's full please sign up for the WAIT LIST.  Thx!)**

Leader: Sherri Spencer
Type: Rock Climbing
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Wednesday, 1/29/2020, Lincoln Lake*

We will be following the Rest House Trail for the majority of this trip. This trail starts at the parking lot at the beginning of the Mount Evans auto road at elevation 10600 feet. The trail is well travelled and easy to follow. There are a series of ups and downs as we make our way to tree line and travel through the burn area near treeline. The trail to Lincoln Lake, elevation 11600 feet, branches from the Rest House Trail and ascends about 600 feet over one mile to the lake.The views of Mount Evans and the surrounding massif are spectacular.Our destination will be the lake, but weather, snow cover and the pace of the group will determine how far we go beyond treeline. We will set a comfortable pace.Please be sure to bring your ten essentials, several layers for wind, snow shoes and micro spikes. We will likely be on snowshoes for at least part of the hike.

Leader: Tom O'Connor
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Wednesday, 1/29/2020, RMOTHG Sister's Cabin

This is the Sister's Cabin Trip - 1 night out - leaving 1/29/20 coming back 1/30/20Perched at the edge of a high meadow on the slopes of Bald Mountain, just outside Breckenridge, the Sisters Cabin is the newest addition to the Summit Huts Association. Completed in 2018 to honor a close-knit group of women who have found sisterhood and solace in the mountains of Colorado, the beautifully built Sisters Cabin has stunning views of the Ten Mile Range. For the full story of the amazing women behind this Hut click here, Sisters Cabin History.Layout and capacity: 3 bedrooms. 1 with 4 singles and 2 sets of bunks , 1 with 4 singles and 1 with 2 singles. 14Additional Amenities: The Sisters Cabin has a wood-burning sauna.Hut Location: The Sisters Cabin is located at 11,445ft in the Arapaho National Forest, in central Colorado, about 5 miles east of the town of Breckenridge. [locator map]10th Mountain Division HutsPrivately Owned HutsGrand HutsSummit HutsBraun & Friends HutsTrailheads 

Leader: Carole Adler
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Casual
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Thursday, 1/30/2020, Captain Mountain Evans Wilderness*

Please bring snowshoes and micro spikes.  I will update weather as we get closer.You should have your 10 essentials and lunch.If you have medical conditions I should be aware of, plese let me know.I will send map and GPX files with the trip reminder. 

Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3300
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Thursday, 1/30/2020, Current Creek Snowshoe casual pace

We wlll folow the Current Creek trail to the hut then we will take the aquaduct trail.We will then go off trail to Current Creek lake.

Leader: Karen Hurley
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Thursday, 1/30/2020, Sunset Hike

Sunset is a magical time! Join us for a fun, moderately-paced social hike, starting in daylight and finishing before pitch-dark. We usually aren't disappointed in the changing light show.  We will stop at a viewpoint and all are invited (but not required) to bring snacks to share (unless it is nasty out, then we will keep hiking!)Conditions can vary (weather and trails) so I will wait to post details until a few days ahead of time.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, and traction devices if trails may be icy.  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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Thursday, 1/30/2020, Wall Climb

Join us for a fun evening of top roping at the CMC Clubhouse in Golden from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Basic Climbing or equivalent experience required. You must be able to tie into your harness correctly and safely belay. Harnesses, locking carabiner, and belay device required. We recommend bringing climbing shoes.  No chalk allowed.Bring a partner, or team up with someone else without a partner.****PLEASE SIGN UP ON CMC WEBSITE IN ADVANCE (If it's full please sign up for the WAIT LIST.  Thx!)**

Leader: Sherri Spencer
Type: Rock Climbing
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Friday, 1/31/2020, Snowshoe Kenosha West/Continental Divide

This exploratory snowshoe begins at Kenosha Pass and heads west along the Continental Divide for about three miles before returning the same path. One option includes north on FSR 810 to loop back to the CD on FSR 809.

Leader: John Walters
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Friday, 1/31/2020, Ski Big Park to W Lake Creek

This trip involves a car shuttle with cars left at West Lakecreek trailheadWe will start our ski at the top of Cordillera Ranch on a packed trail but will soon be breaking trail til we reach packed Barietta cabin trail to end with a fast ski down to the west lakecreek trailhead

Leader: Judith Rau
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Monday, 2/3/2020, Sandbeach Lake RMNP*

Please bring micro spikes and snowshoes along with your 10 essentials and lunch.If you have medical conditions I should be aware of, please let me know.

Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2200
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Monday, 2/3/2020, West Fork Clear Creek * Jones Pass Trailhead

We'll snowshoe the first mile along the Jones Pass Road to the top of the valley floor, then proceed off the road and along the West Fork of Clear Creek and ascend toward the Continental Divide.Please notify me ahead of time if you have any specical medical issues that I should be aware of prior to the day of the trip. 

Leader: Kevin Schaal
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1750 ft
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Monday, 2/3/2020, Bakers Tank - Summit County

This is Trip # 74 in Dave Muller's book, Quiet Winter TrailsStarting elevation 10,350' Highest elevation 11,050'Baker's Tank was a water tank that supplied water to locomotives running between Breckenridge & Como.The majority of the route is in the trees.

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1100
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Monday, 2/3/2020, XC Ski Dead Horse Creek

Trip Details:  From the Deadhorse Creek parking lot, follow the trail for 2/10 of a mile to the unmarked intersection. Continue for 5/10 of a mile to the sign for the Deadhorse Creek loop.Head down hill past the Saint Louis Creek.  Follow the main road and stay right at all intersections.  Follow the trail up hill for 3.0 miles to the lunch spot.

Leader: R. Stelzig
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 800 feet
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Tuesday, 2/4/2020, Snowshoe Gold Hill in Breckenridge

This hike is #81 in Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails by Dave Muller.  The trail is a steady climb up, passes through wooded and open areas.  We will turn around at a very nice view point that includes the Tenmile Range, Baldy and Guyot, Loveland Pass peaks, and Lake Dillon.This trail is also part of the Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. 

Leader: Barbara Audin
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1110
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Tuesday, 2/4/2020, Avalanche Terrain Avoidance Workshop

This workshop is designed to help those engaged in wintertime backcountry snowshoe and nordic ski trips, or winter/spring climbs, to recognize and avoid potential avalanche terrain.  The workshop will consist of (1) an evening discussion and trip planning session, and (2) an all day field trip.  Both elements of the workshop are required.This workshop will NOT include training for travel within potential avalanche terrain and search/rescue techniques covered in more comprehensive courses such as AIARE Level 1.The evening session is scheduled from 7:00-9:30 pm, Tuesday Feb 4, at the leader's home in southwest Fort Collins. This will consist of a slide lecture/discussion and development of a trip & route plan specific to the field trip.  Specific topics will include: 

The all-day field trip will take place in the Cameron Pass area on Saturday, February 8.  The specific route will depend on snow and weather conditions, as well as the experience & skill level of the participants.  The field trip travel can involve either snowshoes or skis (nordic or AT), but participants must remain together as a group. Whichever equipment is used, participants must be reasonably fit and able to handle deep, ungroomed snow and moderately steep terrain (up to 20 deg).  The trip is designed to help CMC trip leaders and participants that engage in snowshoe and nordic ski outings, or winter/spring climbers, learn to distinguish between avalanche terrain and non-avalanche terrain. The dividing line between these classifications is not always that obvious to those lacking formal training, and that line can vary somewhat depending on time of year and current weather and snow conditions.  Classroom lectures help, but actual experience in or near true avalanche terrain is more instructive.  On the field trip we will observe actual avalanche terrain and adjacent terrain where avalanche risk is at or near zero. Wintertime hazards in addition to avalanches will be observed.  Estimation and measurement of slope angles will be practiced, and numerous examples of potentially risky (e.g. slopes, gullies, road cuts, cornices, etc.) and avalanche-free areas will be pointed out and discussed.  Clues as to what constitutes avalanche terrain versus non-avalanche terrain will be pointed out and discussed. We will finish at some of the parking areas at and near Cameron Pass to observe and discuss various avalanche paths that portray historic occurrances and which should be avoided.  

Leader: Ward Whicker
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Wednesday, 2/5/2020, Hut Trip Shrine Mtn Upper Walters Vail Pass*


Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 600
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Wednesday, 2/5/2020, Ski - Watrous Gulch*

  

Leader: Russell Peterson
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Wednesday, 2/5/2020, Woody Creek Snowshoe

This is a scenic snowshoe up a narrow canyon following Woody Creek. The trail is located above the tiny hamlet of Lenado. We will encounter a few relics of the area's mining past. Depending on snow conditions, we hope to make it up to the Spruce Creek bridge.

Leader: Heather G Rydell
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5.0, Elevation Gain: 700
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Wednesday, 2/5/2020, Sunset WEDNESDAY Hike

Sunset is a magical time! Join us for a fun, moderately-paced social hike, starting in daylight and finishing before pitch-dark. We usually aren't disappointed in the changing light show.  We will stop at a viewpoint and all are invited (but not required) to bring snacks to share (unless it is nasty out, then we will keep hiking!) Conditions can vary (weather and trails) so I will wait to post details until the day ahead of time.  UPDATE - We will probably hike Shanahan Ridge.  USE YOUR JUDGEMENT on driving icy roads to join the hike! 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, warm jacket, headlamp or flashlight, and traction devices in case the trails happen to be icy as it usually can be this time of year.  Option for after-hike food and drink at a nearby restaurant.      

Leader: Diana Dear
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 750
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Thursday, 2/6/2020, XC Ski Mineral Belt* Leadville OVERNIGHT

Explore the mining history of Leadville on this 12 miles groomed trail loop. Be prepared for cold and windy conditions. Pace will be moderate but sustained. Breaks will be short.  Saquatch spotting territory.    

Leader: Suzy Allexan
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 700
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Friday, 2/7/2020, High Line Canal #13 Segment 13

 P.S. The High Line canal starts in Waterton Canyon and meanders through the metro area all the way to DIA. The walk2connect.com is walking the whole 71 miles one segment at the time - 14 of them. Each segment has its own history and views. Check it out if your interested. Also check out the High Line Canal Conservancy and Denver Water for more information.A recommended book: The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland by Robert Michael Pyle, 1993. 

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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Friday, 2/7/2020, Barr Camp Overnight & Pikes Pk

We will hike Barr Trail to Barr Camp on the flanks of Pikes Peak.  3700 feet elevation gain, 6.5 miles on Fri.  This is 1/2 the way to the summit of Pikes Peak.  We will overnight two nights at Barr Camp in a dormitory setting. If conditions permit we will attempt to summit Pikes Pk on Saturday (13 mi r/t) or if not wanting to do the Peak, we will do a hike in the area.  We will return Sun morning to the TH by early afternoon. You will be asked about your winter climbing experience and conditioning if you attempt Pikes Pk.Dinner and breakfast are included in the reservation cost as well as bed. You must carry your sleeping bag,

Leader: Dean Waits
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 26, Elevation Gain: 7,410
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Monday, 2/10/2020, Jim Creek XC Ski

The trail follows a gentle S.E. trail to a meadow at the base of James Peak. This is where we will stop for lunch before we head down the slope.

Leader: R. Stelzig
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 800
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Monday, 2/10/2020, Wall Climb

Join us for a fun evening of top roping at the CMC Clubhouse in Golden from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Basic Climbing or equivalent experience required. In other words you must be able to tie into your harness correctly and safely belay. Harnesses, locking carabiner, and belay device required. We recommend bringing climbing shoes.  No chalk allowed.Bring a partner, or team up with someone else without a partner. All attendees must be a CMC member. If you have interest in becoming a CMC Member please visit our 

Leader: CMC Office
Type: Rock Climbing
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Tuesday, 2/11/2020, Cabin/Snowshoe Snow Mountain Ranch

Activities and trails for snowshoeing TBD, based on weather, accessibility, and leader's choiceIndividual costs about $100 each, including cabin rental and carpool shareDetails will be emailed a week or more before trip

Leader: John Walters
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Tuesday, 2/11/2020, Wall Climb

Join us for a fun evening of top roping at the CMC Clubhouse in Golden from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Basic Climbing or equivalent experience required. You must be able to tie into your harness correctly and safely belay. Harnesses, locking carabiner, and belay device required. We recommend bringing climbing shoes.  No chalk allowed.Bring a partner, or team up with someone else without a partner.****PLEASE SIGN UP ON CMC WEBSITE IN ADVANCE (If it's full please sign up for the WAIT LIST.  Thx!)**

Leader: Sherri Spencer
Type: Rock Climbing
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Wednesday, 2/12/2020, SKI! Tele Wednesday at Loveland

TELEMARK SKIERS, from beginners to advanced. Join us at Loveland Basin Ski Area for tele fun and practice. Look in the CMC schedule for Tele Tuesdays and other weekdays this season, led by a few of our Telemark Ski School instructors who are happy to offer you telemark improvement tips, if requested! Register online and we'll ski you soon!

Leader: Marilyn Choske
Type: Ski
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Wednesday, 2/12/2020, Uphill Skiing at Sunlight Ski Area

Come join us for an “uphill ski” at the Sunlight Ski Area. Instead of skinning-up one of the downhill ski runs, we’ll instead go up via the nearby cross-country ski trails to just below the top of the mountain. From there, we’ll ski down the Ute Trail, one of Liftopia’s Top Ten Scenic Green Runs in the US. AT, Telemark, cross-country, backcountry skis all welcome. Climbing skins required. Recommend metal edges in case of hard snow pack goingdown. Possible lunch in Glenwood Springs afterward.

Leader: Michael Miller
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 1700
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Wednesday, 2/12/2020, High Line Canal #14 Segment 14

 P.S. The High Line canal starts in Waterton Canyon and meanders through the metro area all the way to DIA. The walk2connect.com is walking the whole 71 miles one segment at the time - 14 of them. Each segment has its own history and views. Check it out if your interested. Also check out the High Line Canal Conservancy and Denver Water for more information.A recommended book: The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland by Robert Michael Pyle, 1993. 

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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