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Friday, 6/22/2018, Bear Lake-Flattop-Hallett-Otis-Andrews Glacier-Loch Vale Loop

We'll depart from Bear Lake and head up to Flattop Mountain. From Flattop, we'll head south along the western edge of Glacier Gorge and summit Hallett Peak, then continue south and summit Otis Peak. We'll then hike over to Andrew's Glacier and glissade down to Andrew's Tarn. We'll travel down to the Loch Vale and then back to the Bear Lake parking lot. The hike distance is approximately 12 miles with 3,800' of vertical gain.Previous experience with glacier glissade is required as is a recommendation from another CMC hike leader.We'll hike at a moderate pace. An ice axe is required and microspikes are recommended.  

Leader: Pete Tomassi
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,800
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Friday, 6/22/2018, Walker Ranch Loop

This hike will originate from the south entrance to the park, off of Hwy 72. The trail loops up and down through a variety of vegetation and terrain. Boulder Creek provides a beautiful scenic lunch stop.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Friday, 6/22/2018, Drift Peak* 13,900

You must have a C rating for this trip.                                                                                                                                            We will drive to Mayflower Gulch and take the road up valley. We will then evaluate theNorthwest Bowl and the ridge on the right. Depending on the group and conditions we will either do the ridge hike or a snow climb up the bowl. Either way we will look to do a glissade down the bowl.Bring the following: 10 essentials, microspikes ice axe and helmet.    

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.8, Elevation Gain: 2920
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Friday, 6/22/2018, Bobcat Ridge Ginny trail Power Line Trail

 Please don't forget the 10 essentials including your own pharmacy and first aid kid.

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Friday, 6/22/2018, RMOTHG - Platte River Trail to Chatfield

There IS a terrapin group this week.Please arrive by 8:30 am, so we can leave promptly at 9:00 am. The essential items for participating are plenty of water, necessary items to repair a flat tire (replacement tube for your tire size), appropriate clothing for changes in the weather, carrying ID and a medical card. The wearing of a helmet is mandatory.Following the ride, an optional lunch will be The Pint Room.www.pintroomlittleton.com 

Leader: Kirsten Tollefsen
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 19, Pace: Casual
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Monday, 6/25/2018, Burro Trail Golden Gate State Park

From the Bridge Creek TH, we will hike the Burro Trail,doing a loop.Most of trail will be hiker only!

Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Monday, 6/25/2018, RMOTHG-Gazelles-Ralston Creek

This Monday, June 25th we will ride the Ralston Creek Trail from Arvada Reservoir to Clear Creek and back. This ride is for the Gazelle members of the RMOTHG Cyclists. We will start out by riding around the north side of the reservoir uphill on a paved trail. The hill is not too steep but is about 300 ft vertical gain so be prepared for a climb. After the hill, it is mostly downhill to Clear Creek where will turn around and head back to the Disc Park. We will go around the south side of the reservoir on the way back to avoid the hill. We will be riding at between 13-15 MPH (most of us will be much slower the hill!) for about 26 miles on paved bike trails with a few sections on streets. Leader is Carole Adler and Jerry Rowe will be doing his LIT.

Leader: Carole Adler
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 26, Pace: Moderate
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Tuesday, 6/26/2018, Finch and Pear Lakes RMNP*

 This is a lesser traveled trail to Finch and Pear Lakes in the Wild Basin area of RMNP with beautiful views.  This is a fairly strenuous hike so please be prepared.Don't forget to pack your 10 essentials.  Denver area members meet for a 6:15 am departure in Coors Tech Lot, Golden CO near CMC building.I will need a Denver area parking lot leader as your leader will be meeting the group in Lyons.Other members meet at Lyons Park & Ride at  6:50 am    We will be starting at the Allenspark TH NOT the Wild Basin THPlease let the leader know where you will be meeting the group when you sign up!There are restrooms near the Lyons P&R.  NO restrooms at Allenspark TH.

Leader: Sue Ahlberg
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2600
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Tuesday, 6/26/2018, NEW MEMBER: Mount Evergreen NEW MEMBER: Aldefer/Three Sisters

PART 1: We will put boots on the ground by 7:30 am. We will ascend Evergreen Mountain - summit brief break - descend Evergreen Mountain to the trailhead. Regroup at the trailhead, clothing and equipment adjustments, and bio break at vault toilet. For those with strength, stamina, endurance speed, continue on Part 2.PART 2: We will proceed along the exterior trail network of the Three Sisters and Little Brother trail system. This will allow us to make smaller and shorter loops in the event of group fatigue or acute weather changes.I expect to finish these combined hikes by 2:00 pm. Part 1, Mount Evergreen completion by 11:00 am. After an extended trailhead break, 15:00 minutes, I expect to complete Part 2, Three Sisters and Little Brother, by 2:00 pm.Bring the Ten Essentials with particular emphasis on layered clothing, hat, scarf, gloves/mittens, sunscreen. 

Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 15, Pace: Fast, Elevation Gain: 2,500
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Tuesday, 6/26/2018, Ascending Hikes: Square Top Lakes

From Guanella Pass parking lot hike west on South Park trail to upper Square Top Lake, for excellent views of Mt. Bierstadt and beyond. Look for mountain goats and bighorn sheep on ridges and moose and elk in the valley below. Return same way.

Leader: John Walters
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Tuesday, 6/26/2018, Shadow Mtn (10610') via Cub Creek Trail (Evergreen area)*

We follow Cub Creek Trail from TH SW of Evergreen (near Brook Forest Inn and Maxwell Falls) west toward Mt Evans Wilderness.  Short of the wilderness boundary we leave the trail for a half mile bushwack to the summit of Shadow Mtn which is just outside the Wilderness Area.  We may continue over the summit and descend slightly for a better view into Elk Creek drainage.  This will be exploratory for the leaders.  

Leader: Durham Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Wednesday, 6/27/2018, Chasm Lake


Leader: Grayson Garner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2456
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Wednesday, 6/27/2018, Woods Mountain 12,940 feet *

From the Herman Gulch–watrous Gulch  trailhead on I-70 we will follow the trail up Watrous Gulch. We proceed up the gulch to the saddle between Woods Mountain and Mount Parnassus. Then off trail up the east ridge to the summit of Woods Mountain. Participants must be prepared to hike in cold windy conditions. Wind gear, rain gear, and cold weather gear may be needed. Much of this hike is above timberline. 

Leader: Ralph Shroba
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2700
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Wednesday, 6/27/2018, Kenosha Pass East

We  can expect to see many Colunbine in bloom.  Also great views of South Park.  I will send an update the morning before. If you don't get it contact me. 

Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 500
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Wednesday, 6/27/2018, Awesome Wednesday Evening (AWE) Hike

Some will bring snacks to share during our break midway.

Leader: Rebecca Ruttenberg
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 750
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Thursday, 6/28/2018, Lonesome Lake*

From the base of the dam we will hike up the trail for 4.5 miles to the lake and then retrace our route.Pleas let me know about any medical conditions in an e-mail. Bring the 10 essentials

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Thursday, 6/28/2018, Button Rock / Button Mtn

The trip starts in Pinewood just west of US-36 (by the Colorado Cherry Shop). We will go up a trail to a for approximately 1.5 miles then go off trail to a short Class 3/Class 3 + scramble up Button Rock. From there we will travel north-west a short distance to another rock formation to play on (Class 3 -). From this rock formation we will go off trail to search for another trail that travels from a saddle to a ridge that goes close to the summit of Button Rock Mountain. At the summit we will discuss whether we want to add 1 to 1.5 miles to the trip by taking a trail that circles the summit or if we want to retrace or steps back the way we came. Note I bumped up the classification of this trip due to the climbing portion of the trip. 

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Thursday, 6/28/2018, TRAIL CREW Kirby Gulch in Geneva Basin

We continue to rehab hiking trails in Geneva Basin (far side of Guanella Pass).  The South Park Trail runs from the Red Cone road down into Geneva Basin, passing through the Bruno Gulch Trail junction, over a ridge to Kirby Gulch, then down to the Geneva Creek bridge CMC built last year.  This project fixes some drainage problems, removes down trees, and do misc vegetation cleanup on the Kirby Gulch section of the trail.  Some pics are here  https://www.flickr.com/photos/133662227@N04/albums/72157696521071531/with/42927118161/USFS has just requested we fix a water crossing on Threemile Creek Trail in Mt Evans Wilderness in lower Geneva Basin.  I am waiting to hear from them if they would rather we do the Threemile Creek project instead of that described above.  This is in the same general area as Kirby Gulch and would have the same meeting time and place.  Both projects have similar work assignments and hike stats.  I wanted to get something in the schedule asap so I am listing before knowing which we will do because communications with USFS can be problematic.  Which ever project we do now, we will do the other next.   

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 900
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Thursday, 6/28/2018, Current Creek lake loop difficult A (casual pace for retirees)

From the top of the Berthoud Pass we will hike the unofficial  trail to the aquaduct trail then off trail to the Current Creek lake . After some times spent at the lake we head back to the aquaduct trail and we continue toward second Creek as far as the group  desire . We shall visit the Pete Rabit hut on our way back to the parking lot

Leader: Hassan Elghandour
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Friday, 6/29/2018, Pyramid Peak 14,018'

Start at 4:00 am from Maroon Lake trailhead. Pyramid is generally considered to be one of Colorado's most challenging fourteeners, with steep, lose, exposed class 4 rock.  Previous recent experience on this type of route required.  We will climb the standard Northeast Ridge route.  Climbing helmet is required. Ice axe possibly required.  Register with leader at mtnshrink@centurylink.net.

Leader: Mark Silas
Type: , Trail mileage: 8.25, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4,500
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Friday, 6/29/2018, Butler Gulch Wildflower Hike

Your Leaders are Colorado Native Plant Masters and will provide participants with a detailed plant list and will reference Rocky Mountain Flora by James Ells/CMC Press and available at the CMC Office.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Friday, 6/29/2018, Bottle Peak, Byers Peak Wilderness, Exploratory

Bottle Peak is 11, 584' .  Views will include Ptarmigan Pk, Navaho Peak, Vasquez Peak, Byers Pk, Bills Pk - on a clear day.

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1200+
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Friday, 6/29/2018, Mount Silverheels(13,822 ft)

This is a climb of Mount Silverheels, a centennial peak, from a little used approach from the east side near Como. The climb itself is only Class 2 and requires mountain skills and endurance. Although the trip leader has climbed this peak from two different approaches in winter, this route is unknown to her, so expect a little adventure!

Leader: Denise Snow
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3500
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Friday, 6/29/2018, Alder Creek and Cimmaron Riparian Restoration

This trip involves volunteer stewardship work with CMC's Stewardship Crew and public land managers. More details to come shortly. To learn more about the CMC stewardship team visit  www.cmc.org/stewardship

Leader: Todd Loubsky
Type: Stewardship, Trail mileage: 5
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Friday, 6/29/2018, West Spanish Peak 13,626' Sangre de Cristo Range, Ranked 13er

This striking mountain just west of Walsenberg holds everyone’s gaze as they drive by I-25. The ridge lines that radiate out from the summit like bicycle spokes are actually volcanic dikes. The dikes are like veins of a volcano, the pathways used by molten rock as it surged upward to the surface, although no volcanic activity occurred as a result of the molten rock in this area being extruded.We'll hike the standard southwest ridge that starts out on class 1 trail and ascends to class 2 on and off trail through a talus and boulder field ridge to the summit plateau. This is a 2 day and 1 night car camp, see notes.

Leader: Nicholas Browne
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,400
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Friday, 6/29/2018, Garden of the Gods Friday Night Dog Walk

This is an easy hike for pets and casual hikers.  This is also a great way to separate the workweek from the weekend.  We will hike from the north parking lot in Garden of the Gods to the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, to the Ute Trail, to the Buckskin Trail and back.  Come see the farm animals at Rock Ledge Ranch.  Well-behaved dogs on leash welcome.  We may even do a pub stop after.  5/500’.  Register with leader. Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500
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Tuesday, 7/3/2018, Buffalo Meadows Loop

The Buffalo Meadows Loop, in the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness, is a somewhat long but very pleasant day hike that will take you through an interesting variety of mountain ecosystems. The route starts at the South Fork of the South Platte River and follows Rich Creek, a smaller tributary, to its headwaters. It then crosses a gentle alpine pass and drops down into the wide grassy valley known as Buffalo Meadows. From there the trail follows the Rough and Tumbling Creek down into a gorgeous riparian area that includes numerous beaver dams and lodges. Finally, the trail climbs up over the ridge that separates Rough and Tumbling Creek from the South Fork South Platte and returns to the trailhead.

Leader: Karen Hurley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1650
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Tuesday, 7/3/2018, Ascending Hikes: Burning Bear Trail

From the trailhead gate, the trail heads northwest in an open meadow for about 200 yards, then crosses a big bridge over Geneva Creek. At about 20 minutes from the trailhead you come to a fork in the trail, marked by a signpost. Bear left. The first mile is relatively flat. You then leave the meadow and begin climbing through a stand of lodge-pole pine. At about 2.5 miles you come to the remnant of an old log cabin on the left. Above this point the trail steepens in a series of switchbacks to the ridge summit at 3.7 miles. The high point of the trail is marked by a six-foot dead tree stump. We will turn around here and return to the trail head.    

Leader: John Walters
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Tuesday, 7/3/2018, Staunton State Park Scout Line Trail*

Staunton State Park is the newest Colorado State Park, opened 2013. State Parks pass required or fee admittance. We will Staunton Ranch trail, then connect into Scout Line trail. This trail is steep, & rock, may need to put your hands to get up/down a rock. Scout Line trail is the most difficult trail in the park. We will likely make a circle loop after reaching the top of Scout Line trail back to the trailhead.  Bring clothing to keep you warm and dry for up to 8 hr hike. Some trails are quite rocky.This will be a moderate paced hike approx 2mph. We will have short lunch at the top of Scout Line trail.

Leader: Linda Jagger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Wednesday, 7/4/2018, Lake Charles, Mystic Island Lake Hike

A great way to spend 4th of July -- hiking to beautiful Lake Charles and Mystic Island Lake in Holy Cross Wilderness.Lake Charles has a spectular view of of Fools Peak and a glacial cirque at the end of the valley.  Mystic Island Lake has a glacial tarn and Eagle Peak rises behind the lake. Both lakes have cutthroat trout.Pace will be 2 miles an hour with lunch stop at Mystic Island Lake.

Leader: Mary Wiener
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2300
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Wednesday, 7/4/2018, Butler Gulch/Continental Divide Trail

Meet at Wooley Mammoth Dinosaur Lot-section HH a little early, so we can leave at 8am.

Leader: David Koch
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Friday, 7/6/2018, Homestead Meadows

this trail is NW of Lyons.  A rolling trail in forest (shade) and dense undergrowth.  Our lunch stop will be at the big meadow. This is a historic area where homesteands were established between 1889 and 1923. I WILL SEND AN EMAIL THE MORINING BEFORE OUR TRIP WITH UPDATES.  IF YOU DO NOT GET IT, PLEASE EMAIL/CALL ME.

Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.2, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1387
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Friday, 7/6/2018, Frozen Lake - RMNP *

The hike will start at the Glacier Gorge trail head off of Bear Lake road.  We will take the Glacier Gorge Trail to Black Lake, then we will need to take an unnamed trail to the east to climb to the highest of the three alpine lakes that pour into Black Lake.  Frozen Lake is at an altitude of 11,578 feet, and lies at the base of the Spearhead (12,575 feet), a favorite challenge for rock climbers. 

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11.4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2660
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Friday, 7/6/2018, Alder Creek and Cimmaron Riparian Restoration

This trip involves volunteer stewardship work with CMC's Stewardship Crew and public land managers. More details to come shortly. To learn more about the CMC stewardship team visit  www.cmc.org/stewardship

Leader: Todd Loubsky
Type: Stewardship, Trail mileage: 5
see official page

Friday, 7/6/2018, Ute Park Friday Night Dog Walk

This is an easy hike for pets and casual hikers.  This is also a great way to separate the workweek and the weekend.  We will hike from the trailhead off Rockrimmon Blvd between HP and The Marriott.  This is an unbelievable park within city limits including riparian areas hosting a variety of wildlife and incredible views to the Front Range and Pikes Peak.  Well-behaved dogs on leash welcome.  We may even do a pub stop after.  5/500’.  Register with leader. Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500
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Monday, 7/9/2018, 14ers Lindsey


Leader: Bogie Dumitrescu
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2700
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Monday, 7/9/2018, Mt Valhalla, D hike &strong C hikers Valhalla

Route finding the final 1350 ft to summit of Valhalla from Deluge lake.Exploratory. Helmets required as there will be a lot of loose rock. Expect a long day 9 hrs +.I 70 to Vail.Exit 180. To the Deluge Lake trailhead. From either direction on I-70, take exit 180 about 4 miles east of the main town exit for Vail. As you exit, go south and onto Big Horn Road. Drive east on that road 2.3 miles through condo and residential village to the trailhead. Big Horn Road will turn NE and cross under the interstate, then make a broad curve to the east and SE. Parking for the trailhead is on that curve.

Leader: Eileen O'Leary
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4600
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Monday, 7/9/2018, Lake of Many Winds* RMNP

From the Wild Basin Trialhead, near Allenspark, CO, we will hike on an established trail to Thunder Lake. Continuing past Thunder Lake, we will follow unimproved trails to Lake of Many Winds, a small tarn high above treeline, located immediately below Boulder-Grand Pass. The final 700' of elevation gain are in tundra.Activites to do at tarn: watch playful pica colony; appreciate awe inspiring scenery; rest and relax.Please be ready to share RMNP entrance fee with others in your car.Bring 10 essentials, warm clothes, water, lunch, microspikes.

Leader: Jeff Damp
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 15, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,100'
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Monday, 7/9/2018, Watrous Gulch / Herman Lake Loop Hike *

Participants should expect to hike in cold windy conditions. Wind, cold weather, and rain gear may be needed. Roughly one-half of this hike is above timberline. There will be a comfort stop at Donieville (exit 234). Bring your Ten Essentials. 

Leader: Ralph Shroba
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Monday, 7/9/2018, Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Loop

The Buffalo Meadows Loop, in the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness, is a somewhat long but very pleasant day hike that will take you through an interesting variety of mountain ecosystems. The route starts at the South Fork of the South Platte River and follows Rich Creek, a smaller tributary, to its headwaters. It then crosses a gentle alpine pass and drops down into the wide grassy valley known as Buffalo Meadows. From there the trail follows the Rough and Tumbling Creek down into a gorgeous riparian area that includes numerous beaver dams and lodges. Finally, the trail climbs up over the ridge that separates Rough and Tumbling Creek from the South Fork South Platte and returns to the trailhead.

Leader: Denise Snow
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1900
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Tuesday, 7/10/2018, CAR SHUTTLE: Ben Tyler Trail TH-to-TH*

Have you ever wanted to keep going at the top saddle of the Ben Tyler Trail?  Let's do it.  Per the Forest Service:  This popular trail is named for Ben Tyler, who lived with his family in the gulch that bears his name. He operated a lumber mill during gold rush days, hauling the sawed timber over the ridge and into Fairplay. In 1903 a 3,000 acre fire burned up and out the end of Ben Tyler Gulch and is responsible for the huge aspen grove dominating the valley.Major attractions include the numerous and colorful wildflowers in late spring and early summer. The trail also offers spectacular views to the north and south from its high point. Because the trail is almost entirely in designated wilderness except for about a mile at each end, Wilderness regulations apply.  

Leader: Russell Peterson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11.4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3360
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Tuesday, 7/10/2018, Square Top Mtn. 13,794' *

Wind and weather will be the big factors in July, with afternoon thunderstorms always a possibility.  Could be windy on the ridge as well.  Prepare for both.  We will get up and down before any weather hopefully.Bring appropriate gear for summer mountain conditions.

Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2350
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Tuesday, 7/10/2018, Ascending Hikes: Tanglewood Loop

From the Deer Creek Trailhead, the Tanglewood Trail (#636) and Rosalie Trail (#603) go west and north up the Tanglewood Creek drainage to a junction just outside the Wilderness boundary.  Here the two trails split and the Rosalie Trail bears left up an old logging road, while the Tanglewood Trail continues north along Tanglewood Creek.

Leader: Karen Hurley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Tuesday, 7/10/2018, Elk Creek to Needleton Wilderness Loop (Exploratory)* Modified schedule.

A scenic hike in the Weminuche Wilderness beginning and ending with a ride on the Silverton Rail Road. Start at Elk Creek Trailhead and hike on the Colorado Trail to the junction with the Continental Divide Trail.  Climb over Hunchback Pass and down into the remote Vallecito Valley.  From the Vallecito Trail, climb over Columbine Pass and down through Chicago Basin to catch the train at the Needleton Trailhead.All participants are expected to be experienced backpackers or graduates of CMC backpacker school.  Preference will be given to people who can assist with navigation, decision-making and emergency situations. Potential participants will be asked to provide information on their experience, skills and equipment. All are expected to bring essentials and be self-sufficient.  Participants can arrange to share tents, stoves, meals, etc. as they wish. We will maintain a moderate pace and stay together as a group while hiking.  Please contact Bob Watkins, bwatkins08@hotmail.com, if you are interested. 

Leader: Bob Watkins
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 37, Elevation Gain: 8,500
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Wednesday, 7/11/2018, Continental Divide Trail in Montana Embrace the Brutality!

This is not your typical CMC trip! This is a nearly month-long backpack. We will cover 20-25 miles per day with a day off about every 10 days in a town. From Chief Joseph Pass near Darby, we will hike north to Canada through several wilderness areas including the famous Bob Marshall Wilderness and through Glacier National Park and some of the best wilderness, wildlife and and scenery the Rockies have to offer. The northern half of the terrain will be through grizzly bear country. Only experienced Long Distance Hikers or motivated, fit backpackers interested in long distance hiking who are willing to travel light and train should consider this trip. You will provide all your gear and food and travel to/from the trailhead (probably Missoula). I will ask about your conditioning and experience to determine if you are a good fit.I will also consider folks who want to do part, but not all of the trip if they are willing to coordinate a meet-up.If I get some interest, I will hold several shakedown training hikes with full pack.The leader has through-hiked the entire Appalachian Trail and section-hiked the entire Pacific Crest Trail, the Colorado Trail, and all of the 3,100 mile CDT except this section and other long trails. He is also a Senior Instructor in Wilderness Trekking School. 

Leader: Karl Ford
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 530, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: a lot
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Wednesday, 7/11/2018, Lenawee Mountain (13204)*

Per a trip description I have from a Dave Muller writeup, "This is a moderately steep hike to a ridge and a peak overlooking three lovely mountain valleys.  The off trail portion of the hike is above timberline and proceeds easily to a grassy ridge and a summit that can be seen to the north throughout the second half of the hike."The round trip hikng distance is 9 miles with 2875 feet of elevation gain.The hiking pace will accommodate all hikers.Here is a link to a CalTopo map. "https://caltopo.com/m/A738".  Copy and paste the link into a search engine's URL Address Bar and you should be able to view the map.

Leader: Kevin Schaal
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2875
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Wednesday, 7/11/2018, Spruce Creek Birding Hike

Join birding enthusiast and Roaring Fork Audubon Board Member Jennifer Long and CMC Leader Helen Carlsen for a special birding hike along Spruce Creek near Lenado. This seldom-visited riparian area has a mix of forests and meadows and is an excellent environment to see a variety of bird life. We will meet at the the Rio Grande Trail parking lot (downvalley from the Woody Creek Tavern) at 6:30 AM and carpool to the Spruce Creek trailhead from there.

Leader: Helen Carlsen
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.0, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Wednesday, 7/11/2018, Comanche/Fall Mtn Backpack Camp Mirror Lake

This will be a three day trip. Note I will not be scouting this trip ..... it will be an adventure! There are no fires allowed at this campsite, it does not have a privy and bear canisters are a mandatory requirement. I have found RMNP campsites to be small so we will need to share tents, we may also try to share cookstoves/fuel and filters to lighten everyone's load (i.e. for six people we could probably get by with 3 stoves and 3 water filters). However, everyone will be responsible for bring their own food. Note if you plan to fish you will need a fishing licence (and pole). Day 1, Wednesday July 11 will be a 6 mile, 1400 ft gain backpack on trail to Mirror Lake from the Corral Creek Trailhead off of Long Draw Road. We will follow Corral Creek to Poudre River Trail then on to the Mummy Pass Trail. We will cut off the Mummy Pass Trail to the Mirror Lake Trail. We will follow this trail to the campsite. After setting up camp folks will be free to explore on their own or try their hand at fishing on Mirror Lake. Because this will be a short day we will leaving later in the morning on Friday.Day 2, Thursday July 12 will be a 10 mile hike with 3250 ft elevation gain. We will rise up realively early, make breakfast the head back down the Mirror Lake trail, depending on how the lay of the land looks we will either follow that trail all the way down to the intersection of the Comanche Peak Trail or bushwack to the east directly over to the Caomanche Peak Trail. We will follow this trail until we hit the south-west ridge of Comanche Peak where we will go off trail to the summit. From the summit we will travel off trail to the south-east to the summit of Fall Mountain following the ridge between Comanche and Fall Mountain. From the summit of Fall Mountain the group will decend to Mummy Pass then climb up to the south to a knob above Flint Pass (Flint Mountain?). From there we will follow the north-west ridge down to Mummy Pass trail which we will follow to Mirror Lake Trail.Day 3, Friday July 13. Wake up cook, fish if you would like for a bit then pack up and head back to the trailhead. The hike will be 6 miles with 360 ft elevation gain.     

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3300
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Thursday, 7/12/2018, Fly Fishing Crested Butte-July 12-15

We will be fishing the Gunnison, Easter, Spring and Taylor rivers in the Crested Butte area. There are 8 rooms available (5 queen size and 3 king size) at Cristiania Guesthaus in Crested Butte. Rooms have been blocked out for our group from Thursday, July 12, 2018 through Sunday, July 15.If you prefer to camp, there are several camping along the Taylor river.Those registrants need to advise leaders of arrangements including dates. This trip has been scheduled to coincide with the world famous Wildflower Festival. Each registrant is responsible for making and paying for their accommodations. If you are bringing a guest please let the leaders know. On the mornings of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the group will meet at the Inn for breakfast between 7 and 8 AM to finalize fishing locations, transportation arrangements, and dinner plans for the evenings of Friday and Saturday. Fishing, dinner, etc. are on your own on Thursday fi you get there earlier. All guests must sign a CMC release.

Leader: Pablo Balan
Type: Fishing, Elevation Gain: 100
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Friday, 7/13/2018, RMNP-Wildflower Hike Fern/Cub Lake Loop Moraine Park

Your Leaders are Colorado Native Plant Masters and will provide participants with a detailed plant list and will reference 

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.5, Elevation Gain: 1100
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Friday, 7/13/2018, CAR SHUTTLE: Bard Creek Trail TH to TH

The Bard Creek Trail is Forest Service Trail #83. Per the Forest Service: Following the mountain ridge north of Georgetown, views of the town as well as the Continental Divide are numerous. Traveling through fields of wildflowers, groves of aspen trees and passing several abandoned mines, Bard Creek Trail offers countless photo opportunities. The west end joins with the Watrous Gulch Trail and takes you to Interstate 70.  The east end is west of Empire.

Leader: Stan Moore
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 14.2, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2830
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Friday, 7/13/2018, Stanley Mountain*

From the parking lot we will cross the highway and climb the ski area to the ridge. Then do a ridge run to Stanley Mountain and return the way we came.Let me know in advance of any medical problems. Bring the 10 essentials.

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Friday, 7/13/2018, Mt. Elbert - 14er Peak Trail Maintenance & Restoration

Colorado Mountain Club is partnering other Colorado outdoor stewardship groups and the U.S. Forest Service through the National Forest Foundation Find Your Fourteener campaign so that together we can do more on our majestic Fourteeners. We are working collaboratively to increase the pace and scale of trail improvements and ecological restoration. Our vision is to work together, with you, to build and maintain a sustainable trails network, ensuring these peaks remain healthy and inviting for decades to come. With help from skilled, passionate volunteers like you, we can complete even more on-the-ground work on Colorado’s Fourteeners. Every volunteer in the Fourteener community is important in this long-term effort, and we are grateful for your help! Mount Elbert is one of the Find Your Fourteener priority peaks based on an immediate need to address excessive trail erosion, braiding, and widening through a new alignment and restoration. There are excellent opportunities – with proven success – to meet these needs by engaging in collaborative stewardship through extended youth corps seasons, volunteer engagement, and other creative approaches to support an increased pace and scale of on-the-ground work.The overall goal of the South Mount Elbert Realignment and Restoration Project is to complete one mile of new trail construction and to restore approximately 20,000 square feet of trail area to complete the new South Elbert Trail realignment. Work will primarily occur between 10,200 feet and 13,500 feet. The South Mount Elbert Trail, Forest Service Trail #1481 (also known as the “East Ridge Route”) is located on the Leadville Ranger District of the San Isabel National Forest. The 2018 scope of work on Mount Elbert will build on the first season of work in 2017, led by the Forest Service, Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI), Colorado Mountain Club (CMC), Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC), Wildland Restoration Volunteers (WRV) and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC).

Leader: Todd Loubsky
Type: Stewardship, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate
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Friday, 7/13/2018, Treasury Mountain 13,462' Elk Range Ranked 13er

The Raggeds Wilderness is home to some of the Elk Range’s best peaks. Treasury Mountain sits between Crested Butte and Aspen. It’s a class 2 plus, off-trail, walk-up that rolls along fields of crimson grass and gnarled alpine shrubbery before topping out at the perfect vantage point to catch unique views of the Maroon Bells and the other Elk Range 14ers. This is one of the top 10 hikes in Colorado.We'll use the southeast ridge route starting from the Paradise Divide trailhead and hike up Paradise Valley. The summit ridge has exposure and scrambling evaluated as class 2+ or easy class 3. This is an out and back hike. The trip is a 2 day and 1 night wilderness car camp, see notes.

Leader: Nicholas Browne
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,100
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