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Monday, 4/23/2018, Rosalie Trail OB* Deer Creek TH

Starting from the Deer Creek TH we'll hike the Rosalie Trail for 5 miles, to the top of the saddle at 11680,' between Kataka Mtn. and Tahana Mtn.  If the weather is nice, we might summit Tehana, 11972.' We are counting on a hike but it may be a difficult snowshoe if deep snow is lingering. If the road to the TH is impassible then we'll park and start our showshoe along the road with the goal still being 10-11 miles roundtrip.

Leader: Durham Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Monday, 4/23/2018, West Fork Clear Creek Snowshoe New Date*

Bring the 10 essentials, snowshoes and poles, micro-spikes, first aid kit, warm clothing, and wind gear.Please inform the leader, prior to the trip, of any medical conditions that could affect you on the trip.

Leader: Ralph Shroba
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1,600
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Tuesday, 4/24/2018, Wheeler Peak

Cooper's Colorado Snow Climbs #12Crampons, Ice axe, helmet required.Harness & belay device required.Beacon, shovel, probe required.

Leader: Marshall Hull
Type: , Trail mileage: 9.3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,800
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Tuesday, 4/24/2018, Bobcat Ridge Hike

  

Leader: carolyn hammond
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1530
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Tuesday, 4/24/2018, Little Scraggy Loop Hike

From the Little Scraggy parking lot, the loop begins just across FS Road 550 (marked).
We will hike this one clockwise! The trail winds through forest with some nice rock features.At the first junction (5.1 miles), take the right fork (the left leads to the Kelsey Campground) and begin a gentle climb west. At 6.8 miles, this section winds downhill with good visibility and incredible views. Toward the end of the new section, you get great views of Little Scraggy Dome, a rock climbing area. The next junction (presently unmarked) at 9.2 miles is with the Colorado Trail. To complete the loop, turn right and follow the Colorado Trail back to the Little Scraggy parking lot. 

Leader: Karen Hurley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Tuesday, 4/24/2018, NEW MEMBER HIKE: Evergreen Mountain GUEST HIKE: Evergreen Mountain


Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 750
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Tuesday, 4/24/2018, North Table Mountain* AFTER WORK HIKE meet 3:30pm

Hike in Jeffco North Table Mountain Open Space Park, follow N Table Mt loop trail. This is not your usual A/B hike. We will hike at a moderate, brisk pace with minimal stops..This trip offers wonderful, scenic views of the front range and metro area. 

Leader: Linda Jagger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500
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Wednesday, 4/25/2018, Photography at Guinn Mtn Cabin

Full moon photography.  We will hike to the Guinn Mountain/Arestua Hut on Wednesday morning and stay in the hut two nights.  We will return mid day Friday.We will photograph the moonrise and sunset both evenings and will photograph the moonset and sunrise both mornings.The hut is heated by a wood stove and has solar powered lights.  There is a primitive outhouse.  We will melt snow for water.The hike to the hut is 4 miles with a steady up hill gain of 1,700 ft.  We will take individual food for 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners and 3 lunches.  Take a small stove for cooking and heating water.  A summer sleeping bag should be adequate.  There are 8 bunks with sleeping mats.More information will be provided the week before the outing.For more information on the hut go to; http://www.cmcboulder.org/cabin-arestua.html 

Leader: Ronald Hileman
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1700
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Wednesday, 4/25/2018, RMOTHG Rattlesnake Gulch, Eldorado Canyon State Park

Come and enjoy Eldorado State Park, south of Boulder, that is very popular with rock climbers, hikers, and mountain bikers. We will hike the beginning of the Fowler Trail (easy walk along the side of the canyon wall) to see the rock climbers and get some great views of the mouth of the valley and the "springs" below. Bring your binoculars for closeup views of the climbers.We will then hike the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail approximately 1.5 miles. Footing is quite rocky, with steep dropoffs. We will have spectacular views of the canyon and eastern plains.  We will see the ruins of the old hotel that burned down during an era when Eldorado Springs was known as the "Coney Island of the West".  The hotel, built in 1908 and originally accessed via an inclined railway, burned down in 1913.  The additional loop at the top is currently closed due to golden eagle nesting.Plan for our changing Colorado weather by dressing in layers.  Include your 10 essentials with plenty of water and food for the day.  It may be windy, and very sunny so remember your hat and sunscreen.  Anyone having an annual State Parks Pass please offer to drive. Plan for an entire day, with a brief food stop for those that are interested on our way back to Golden.

Leader: Martha Delporte
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Wednesday, 4/25/2018, RMOTHG White Ranch West side

We will hike from the west parking lot along the Rawhide Trail, then along the Maverick Trail and return via the Sawmill Trail.  This trip is exploratory in that I will not have tmie to scout it but I have been there many times.  The route is varied terrain of forest and meadows, and includes some great views of Denver   It's spring so expect possible muddy areas.  I will send an email the day before hike to indicate weather forecast and any other pertinent info for the hike.  NO JEANS. 

Leader: Martha Mustard
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Wednesday, 4/25/2018, RMOTHG Spring Lair O the Bear Hike!

For RMOTHG members.  This is a relaxing, casual-paced hike to celebrate the last April Wednesday! It's easy/moderate, 5-6 mi  (good start on readying legs for summer hikes),  "moderate" because we wander next to creek, clamber over fallen trees, walk uneven trail parts in the willows and trees and UP Bruin's Bluff about 300 ft elev gain. We'll go east first in shade along burbling Bear Creek off main trail, then UP Bruin's Bluff (gentle up), see if wildflowers appear yet (Bear has great wildflowers in June but sometimes they show early!), walk Castor Cutoff to join Creekside Trail. Then we'll walk west, listen for frogs at creek, stop at the stone castle, and on to end of trail, maybe up Bear Creek Trail for a short bit, and back.  Bring hats as parts of Bruin's Bluff and trail west are in sun. Bring snacks but we'll lunch at end on picnic tables next to creek. LOOK for TUES NIGHT EMAIL for last minute weather, other info!   

Leader: Elaine Kallos
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 300
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Wednesday, 4/25/2018, PPG-Mtn Bike-Wed Eves-Palmer Park-Colo Spgs

Weather permitting! If raining it will be canceled. Start times can vary.Participants will need to bring all essentials necessary to ride. Helmet mandatory!Water, gloves, tools, snacks, rain jacket, sunscreen, first aid, etc.7+ mph is the avg speed for the full 1.5 to 2 hours, 10+ to 15 mile ride.  

Leader: Michael Erickson
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate
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Wednesday, 4/25/2018, Awesome Wednesday Evening (AWE) Hike

Join us for a fun, moderate paced evening social hike.  The plan is to hike up Skunk Canyon to Woods Quarry, though this time of year, conditions vary widely (snowy/icy/muddy trails), so the plan may change. I will check the forecast by Sunday and post any updates.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: Connie Schwab
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 750
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Wednesday, 4/25/2018, Monthly Meeting--Forests of the West Dr. Seth Ex

Join the Colorado Mountain Club Fort Collins Group for an enjoyable evening as Dr. Seth Ex (Silviculturalist with C.S.U. Forestry Dept.) shares his insights into the forests of the West.  Come learn about how our forest ecosystems are dealing with heavy use, wildfires, drought, pollution, pests/disease, and climate change.  What can be done to improve our forests' health?  Let's spend a special evening together investigating this important topic!Social & snacks at 7:00 p.m.,  Presentation at 7:30 p.m.

Leader: Anita Wright
Type: All Other
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Thursday, 4/26/2018, Hewlett Gulch NW of Ft Collins


Leader: carolyn hammond
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1270'
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Thursday, 4/26/2018, Pendleton Mountain 12275


Leader: Stan Moore
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Thursday, 4/26/2018, Matthews Winters Park loop mod B (casual pace for retirees)

We will hike complete loop of the park

Leader: Hassan Elghandour
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Thursday, 4/26/2018, Staunton State Park

we will start on Stanton Ranch trail, then a loop and back to Staunton trail.

Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1060
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Friday, 4/27/2018, Fly Fishing Trip - Herb Grotheer Memorial-Arkansas River-Cotopaxi, CO

Everybody that has gone on this trip in the past recommends it to members that have not gone yet. It is designed to be a fun social and instructional trip event. Fly Fishing School Graduates have preference on this trip and there are plenty of senior members to help you solidify your newly learned fly fishing skills. This trip is free of charge but you must contact the trip leader to make meal arrangements. You will have to call the KOA and make your own lodging reservations. When you contact the KOA, please let them know you are with the CMC Fly Fishing Group. Since the lodging has multiple beds, two individual can share a room or a cabin to split the cost in half. When you call the KOA for your lodging ask if one of our CMC members has already registered for the lodging type your desire. If so, the KOA can place you in the lodging with a previous member reservation, saving you lots of money. If not, you will be responsible for the single occupancy cost until another member registers in your lodging. If you want to tent camp or bring your RV, there are plenty of options for this type of accommodations.Let me know if you want to eat dinner at Barry's Den at Texas Creek Friday evening when you contact me to register for the trip. Barry's Den at Texas Creek is closed on Friday, but will open for our group if 10 or more of members indicate they will eat there between 5:30 and 7 pm. If 10 or more members do not support this dining opportunity, I will inform you by email prior to the trip that they will not be open for dinner and you will be on your own for dinner Friday night.The KOA has AT&T cell phone service. The tower is located at the school in Cotopaxi. You have to go to Cañon City or Salida to receive cell service with other carriers. There is one land line phone at the KOA that you can use to place calls. There is no charge to place these calls. There is wireless internet service for a small daily or weekly fee. There is only one gas station between Cañon City and Salida, it is in Cotopaxi at the general store. The Arkansas Headwaters (AHRA) charges a day use fee at all of the improved pullouts along the river. This is part of the Colorado State Parks system, so if you have a Colorado State parks pass you can avoid these fees. Be sure to have your fishing license, the AHRA checks from time to time.

Leader: Pablo Balan
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 1, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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Friday, 4/27/2018, Spruce Lake* NEW DATE

Hike up Fern Lake Trail, then cut off to go to Spruce.  Possibility of going on to Loomis Lake (add'l 600' elev and 1.6 miles RT), if all agree. Bring snowshoes, microspikes, poles.

Leader: Jeff Damp
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 11, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Friday, 4/27/2018, Ã…restua Hut Trip

3 day hut trip: hike in Friday, hike out Sunday.  Saturday day-hike to Yankee Doodle Lake / Rollins Pass area. Dependent upon weather conditions.

Leader: Joe Wojniak
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Monday, 4/30/2018, Tanglewood Trail to Saddle*

We will have to determine as we approach the date whether this is a snowshoe, a micro spike hike, or just a hike.  Plan on bringing your ten essentials and I will update you as we get closer.

Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2760
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Tuesday, 5/1/2018, Staunton State Park - Bear Paws

Bear Paws is a new trail in Staunton with great views of Rosalie, Kenosha Pass, and Pikes Peak. We will start on Mason Creek then go to Bear Paws at 2.3 miles, back to Mason Creek, and then down the Old Mill to Staunton Ranch trail. This will be a 9 mile hike with an elevation gain of 1500 feet going at a casual pace. Cars need a Colorado State Pass or pay a $7 fee to get into the park.Note: Optional short scramble up to Eagle Cliff Overlook.Please bring the Ten Essentials, water, snacks, and lunch.If you have a medical issue, please give one of the Leaders a call.NOTE: This is a casual pace, which means if you are a faster hiker, it'll be pretty slow for you, especially going uphill. We will set a good pace for new hikers who don't yet know club pacing, or for those returning after surgery or if you are just starting to get back into shape for summer trips.Hope to see you all on the trail!

Leader: John Walters
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Wednesday, 5/2/2018, Awesome Wednesday Evening (AWE) Hike

Join us for a fun, moderate paced evening social hike.  This time of year, conditions vary widely (snowy/icy/muddy trails). I’m thinking from the ashram road Fowler-Goshawk-Springbrook but still plan on meeting at the carpool location in case I change. 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: Diana Dear
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 850
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Thursday, 5/3/2018, Bridal Veil Falls via Lumpy Ridge Loop*


Leader: Sue Ahlberg
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2900
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Thursday, 5/3/2018, Lair O the Bear to Panaroma point easy B ( casual pace for retirees)

From the parking lot of Lair O Bear Park we will hike the Bear Creek  trail to the Panaroma  point 

Leader: Hassan Elghandour
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1350
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Thursday, 5/3/2018, Southern Utah Car Camping Trip & multiple day-hikes

Southern Utah,6th Annual Spring Car Camping Trip to UT, if you have been on my previous trips to UT you know the drill, bring lots of supplies (including; only in Utah; Polygamy Porter), expect anything, have a great time!2018; GENERAL PLAN; start in the vicinity of Kodacrome Basin State Park (Utah), then head south on Cottonwood Canyon Road (FR400) towards Hwy 89 to just north of the AZ/UT state line, sights include; Shakespear Arch, Grovsnor Arch, Natural Arch, Hackberry Canyon, Paria River Canyon, Buckskin Gulch (called the ultimate slot canyon) and many more!  There is an old western movie set at the south end of the road (Paria) in which many classic westerns were shot back in the 40s-50s-60s.  The second part of the trip will include a 3-day/2-night backpack trip down Hurricane Wash/Coyote Gulch (off of Hole In The Rock Road SE of Esclante UT), which becomes a large canyon with a few very large natual arches and small waterfalls (if there is water that is).  All hikes will be first time adventures.  Plans may need to be changed depending upon conditions, weather, or time (need to be flexible).Some of the most scenic and remote areas, and trails, in the USA!  Car pools to be arranged from Denver starting the morning of Thursday May 3, 2018.  Primitive dispersed car camping on BLM land along the dirt/sand roads at various locations. Return to Denver on the evening of Sunday May 13, 2018.  Utah is normally sunny and warm at this time while Colorado is still waiting for the cold, snow and mud to clear!Trails and other activities will be chosen each day as based upon weather conditions, trail conditions, and the desires of the group (must be flexible!).  Many spectacular must see trails, and other natural features!  This is a Photo event, thus we will be stopping to take photos as desired, so bring your camera or plan on taking breaks of half an hour here and there, as the scenery demands.I have camped and hiked in southern Utah at least once a year for the last decade, however many trails will be hiked and explored for the first time.  I am very experienced with southern Utah and have spent considerable time there over the last decade. Many trails consist of following cairns and other natual features up and down an assortment of rocky or sandy terrain.  Some trails require use of scrambling or climbing over large rocks/boulders for a short distance.The area can provide outstanding star gazing under clear skies! (some of the best in the lower 48 - no towns for many miles) in addition to extremely colorful sunrise/sunsets that look like another planet! Other short scenic activates and stops will be made as the group desires. All trip costs including but not limited to; park entrance fees, gas, vehicle costs (possible rentals), so on to be split by all attending.  ALL supplies (including water) must be brought from Denver or topped off in Grand Junction or Moab/Green River, extreamely limited supplies and hours thereafter.  Limited supplies at high prices sometimes available.  Advised to bring; ALL food, cooking gear, camping gear, wide brim hats, sunglasses, sunsceen (there is no shade and you will be in the sun all day, every day for over a week after being inside most of the winter), zip-lock bags for camera eq contact lens and anything else sensitive to fine dust, camp chairs, small table (if you have), 5 or more gallons water per person, small (low value "school") backpack without frame which is easy to take on and off often for slot canyons (in addition to standard day-packs), and ALL supplies you will need for the entire trip. Count on; NO cel phone

Leader: Mark Haugen
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Friday, 5/4/2018, New Member Hike Reynolds Park

This is a beautiful park with a babbling stream (if not frozen!), with an exceptional variety of vegetation, and great views.   On a clear day, we can see all the way to Pike's Peak.   We will be mostly in the forest but sometimes in the sun.  Expect to wear layers. 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.Although this is for new CMC members, all are welcome.  We will answer new members' practical questions and talk about pace, clothing, gear, etc.  Bring your questions and concerns.Please bring those of the  10 essentials  appropriate to a three-hour hike. Wear proper hiking boots, sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.  Traction devices, such as microspikes, may be necessary.  (We recommend you always carry them in your pack from late fall through early summer.)  Part of the trail is a bit 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 "Doggie Hikes" on the CMC calendar.If after signing up you need to cancel, you can do so at your membership dashboard, at CMC.org>Members>My Membership>My Trips.  I will see that when I check the roster so no need to tell me directly except if within the 24 hours before , especially at the last minute.   

Leader: Robbie Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 5/4/2018, Falcon Castle 7,600'

From Morrison, hike up into the foothills to the ruins of the "Western White House" and the Walker Mansion. Loop trails through woods and meadows also can be followed if the group wishes. This is a close-in hike in Jeffco Open Space.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Tuesday, 5/8/2018, Lake Park Peak 11,403'*

Bring your 10 essentials.  I will have micro spikes along, but doubt we will need them.  Once we leave the trail at Lake Park, we will be off trail finding our way to the summit.

Leader: Carol Munch
Type: , Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3100
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Tuesday, 5/8/2018, Vedauwoo Scramble

This is a Class III scrambling trip, not a hike. We will be take the loop trail at Vedauwoo and look for interesting locations to do some Class III scrambling. We will take a "short rope", but the intent of the trip is to avoid Class IV areas that would require participants to be roped for protection. However, to err on the safe side all participants must bring a climbing helmet and a climbing harness or a diaper sling. Note the leader has not climbed in this area before so it will be an "adventure". 

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500
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Tuesday, 5/8/2018, NEW MEMBER HIKE: Chief & Squaw Mountain GUEST HIKE: Chief & Squaw Mountains


Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Wednesday, 5/9/2018, South Boulder Peak & Bear Peak*

This hike will start from the North Shanahan Trailhead to the Mesa Trail, catch Fern Canyon trail to Bear Peak continue on to  South Boulder Peak  return back down  Shadow Canyon . We'll take South Shanahan Trail back out.

Leader: Cheryl Ames
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3300
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Wednesday, 5/9/2018, Mt Evans Road* AFTERNOON HIKE

We'll walk up the Mt Evans road before the road opens for cars. We will walk up the road 6 mi to view Resthouse lake and back. Awesome views, and quiet, no cars to deal with. This is an opportunity for high altitude training. Expect cold winds and above treeline winter conditions.  If there was a recent storm microspikes may be beneficial, but hopefully not needed. Bring headlight with fresh batteries.If weather is not good for this above treeline hike we will do Bergen peak. 

Leader: Linda Jagger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Friday, 5/11/2018, NEW MEMBER HIKE: Bear Peak & South Boulder Peak GUEST HIKE: Bear Peak & South Boulder Peak

Bring as many of the ten essentials as you currently use or possess. I heartily recommend bringing trekking poles or a walking stick to ease the ascent of the steeper tail segments.Our trail will allow opportunities to lengthen or shorten the trip based on individual conditioning. I expect to complete the outing by 1:00 pm with a return to Golden, CO by 2:00 pm. I welcome and invite new members and guests to join me in this opportunity for high adventure. 

Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Friday, 5/11/2018, Centennial Cone Loop*

Bring the 10 essentials, poles, first aid kit, warm clothing, wind gear, and possibly micro spikes.Please inform the leader, prior to the trip, of any medical conditions that could affect you on the trip.

Leader: Ralph Shroba
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Friday, 5/11/2018, South Eastern Adventure Picture Canyon Carrizo Canyon

We're visit ing 2 interesting canyons in SE Colorado. On Friday, we'll drive via Lamar, Springfield, Campo to Carrizo Canyon. Carcamp.Check out the short hike along the creek and look for petroglyphs. Saturday morning, drive to Picture Canyon and hike a 9 mile loop through canyons and over the plateau. Back to carcamp. Sunday drive home. Expect wildflowers, birds etc. Individual food. Bring enough water for 3 days, two breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners!Optional sight seeings for Sunday: Bents Old Ford, Sandcreek Massacer sight and the Japanese interment camp Amachi. 

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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