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Tuesday, 10/16/2018, Bard and South East Ridge of Parnasus*

 This is exploratory.  I have done the ascent to Parnasus but not the descent and traverse.   Starting at Herman Gulch Trailhead we will hike up the trail to Watrous Gulch until we intersect the Bard Creek Trail. We will then follow that trail to the South Ridge of Parnasus.  We will ascend the South East Ridge of Parnasus to the summit.  We will then traverse the ridgeline to Bard.  We will then retrace our steps to the  saddle and descend the south face until we again intersect the Bard Creek Trail.  The descent may entail crossing both steep scree and talus.  A helmet is therefore required for this trip. This is a Bobcat trip. The Bobcats mission is to ensure a variety of challenging CMC trips, especially “B Difficult” and “C” hikes and Difficult Snowshoes, for our mostly age-50+ constituents.  We may sponsor other activities of interest to our members, everything from bike rides to camping.  Although we have members, our trips are non-exclusive.  We welcome all CMC members to sign up for any Bobcats trip regardless of age or Bobcats membership. To join our mailing list, write the Bobcats at 

Leader: Russell Peterson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Fast, Elevation Gain: 5400
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Tuesday, 10/16/2018, CHANGED TO FINCH LAKERMNP Meadow Mountain CHANGED TO FINCH LK

 Leader will send 2-day advance e-mail with weather information.   

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Wednesday, 10/17/2018, Uneva Pass

Meet Wooly Mammoth park and ride section BB, across from the Conco gas station. Exit 259 off I 70. This hike will depart promptly at 615am. A parking lot leader will be necessary. All participants sign up with the knowledge that their contact information may be shared with the other hike participants for transportation related reasons.Summit County hikers, we will meet you in the Safeway parking lot off I70 in Frisco at 730 am.

Leader: Eileen O'Leary
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3100
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Wednesday, 10/17/2018, Centennial Cone Loop Hike NEW DATE*

Bring the 10 essentials, first aid kit, warm clothing, wind gear, and rain gear.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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Wednesday, 10/17/2018, RMOTHG Black Bear

On this hike we will have Sarah Strandjord doing her final LITThis is the newest Jeffco Open Spaces trail. Black Bear Trail just opened in August 2018. It joins the Deer Creek Canyon and Hildebrand Ranch Parks by connecting the Plymouth Creek & Mountain Trails to the Two Brands Trail. It will be a seasonal trail closed Feb 1st through July 31st yearly, for raptor nesting. We will be hiking from Deer Creek Canyon to Hildebrand.Starting altitude is 6,000 ft and maximum altitude is 7,000 ft. Elevation gain is a total of about 1,600 ft of which 900 ft is over the first 2 miles and decent total is about 2,000 ft. In general the first 3 miles are uphill and the last 8 miles are downhill, with a few short rolling ups & downs. Jeffco rates this trail "Black Diamond / Most Difficult" primarily due to the 11 mile distance and the fact that once started there is no option to exit the trail except at the trailheads at either end. Additionally many sections get narrow and some are near steep cliff ledges. However these ledges offer good vistas.We will stop for breaks as desired and a scenic spot for lunch. We will do a casual pace on uphill portions and a casual - moderate pace on the downhill.Web site for Jeffco Black Bear Trail information and Map:https://www.jeffco.us/DocumentCenter/View/9926/Black-Bear-Trail-Fact-Sheet

Leader: Carole Adler
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1,600
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Wednesday, 10/17/2018, RMOTHG Cheesman Reservoir (exploratory)

I've labeled the hike "exploratory" since we scouted it in the spring.Rather than take the trail/paths that head east to the South Platte tail waters below Cheesman Dam (the Gill Trail), this hike heads west then south circling Cheesman Mtn on our left to get to the northern end of Cheesman Reservoir.This hike is an out-and-back on two dirt roads hopefully with very light traffic. The terrain to and from the reservoir is interesting (especially if we have someone with geological knowledge). The out leg consists of 2 miles up (about 650') and a bit less than a mile down (about 325') to the fenced reservoir property. Depending on whether a gate to the reservoir is open, we may explore (there are trails to the Lost Creek Wilderness starting from the reservoir).

Leader: Michael A. Tamny
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Wednesday, 10/17/2018, The Wild Animal Sanctuary

Come with me and your way is free. The Sanctuary is near Hudson, Co. It has over 750 acres with nearly 500 rescured animals.  We will not be able to see all of them.  It takes about 60,000# of food to feed them each week!    It is the largest and oldest carnivour sanctuary in the world.  Lunch will be in cafe; many choices and reasonable prices which helps support the sanctuary.  Bring binoculars and camera.  A ny type of footware is OK.

Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 600
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Wednesday, 10/17/2018, RMOTHG Castlewood Canyon Park


Leader: Winifred Prall
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 600
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Wednesday, 10/17/2018, Social Hike on Wednesday (SHOW)

Join us for a fun, moderate paced afternoon social hike to experience Boulder's glorious fall weather and fall colors while we are still on Daylight Savings Time and able to take longer hikes.  I will choose the hike by the weekend before, based on weather forecast and where the colors are - but we will likely be able to take advantage of Indian Summer to take some routes up Flagstaff or Green Mountains.To better track participation, please register ahead of time for this trip but it is  also OK to show up at the carpool or trailhead location.Come prepared for any weather with good footwear, rain jacket, headlamp or flashlight.  Some will bring snacks to share during the hike, plus 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, 10/18/2018, Buffalo Mtn 12,777'* Gore Wilderness

I will send out weather information as we get closer to the hikeRemember to bring your 10 essentials, and I will let you know about any other equipment as we get closer.  I do not anticipate needing micro spikes at this time.We will have the option of stopping on the way home for a social stop, not mandatory. 

Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Thursday, 10/18/2018, Mt Machebeuf (12,805) and Woods Mtn (12,940) ridge hike

From the Herman Gulch trailhead on I-70 we will head up the Watrous Gulch trail until we find a good place to climb to the ridge. Once we leave the trail we’ll head up some moderately steep slopes and through light forest.  We’ll climb up to the SE ridge of Machebeuf (point 12,805), which is not an official USGS map name. We’ll head NW and hike the ridge to the summit of Machebeuf.  If the weather and conditions are good we’ll continue on the ridge, NE to Woods Mtn (12,940).  From there we’ll head down to the saddle between Woods and Parnassus.  We’ll hike down the tundra to the trail and then out.  ROUTE MAY CHANGE DUE TO SNOW CONDITIONS.  I will be emailing everyone a couple days before. The elevation gain will be about 3000 ft and mileage is around 7 mi.  Doing just Machebeuf is ~2600 ft of gain.Hikers expect to hike in potentially cold, windy, and snowy conditions. Cold weather, wind, and rain gear will be needed, as well as appropriate boots.   Please bring microspikes, gaiters and SNOWSHOES.  The majority of this hike is above treeline.Please note we will stay together as a group.  If you are a racehorse that wants to just take off, this is not a good hike for you to go on.  We’ll maintain a moderate pace and have rest stops every hour or so.Please notify the leader in advance of any health issues that are relevant to this hike.

Leader: Stephanie Porter-Scheinman
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Thursday, 10/18/2018, Centennial Cone Park mod B (casual pace for retirees)


Leader: Hassan Elghandour
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Friday, 10/19/2018, Centennial Cone Loop

We will start at the Northeast trailhead off of Golden Gate Canyon Road and hike the Elk Range and Travois Trails This rolling trail makes a large loop around Centennial Cone offering great vistas in all directions.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Friday, 10/19/2018, Buchanan Trail Backpack Near Misses

Hike in, set up camp, explore the area including potential dayhikes to Gibraltar Lake, Red Deer Lake, and Buchanan Pass.

Leader: Matt Leiphart
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Monday, 10/22/2018, Mt. Nystrom (12,652')* ANOTHER NEW DATE!

From Henderson Mine, west of Empire, we will hike about a mile up the Jones Pass Road (unless we have some beefy 4WD's), then follow trail up West Fork Clear Creek, ending up at saddle between Point 12,316' and Point 12,666'.  We will then proceed WSW to Point 12,666', then NW to Mt. Nystrom (12,652').  We will return the way we came.Most of trip is on unimproved trails, or along ridges with no trails at all.  No scrambling is involved.  A touch of 2+ at most.From the saddle mentioned above, it will be exposed to wind and cold, so bring warm and windproof clothing. If you have bright ORANGE

Leader: Jeff Damp
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,400'
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Monday, 10/22/2018, Rock Creek Area Loop*

The Rock Creek area is near Allenspark.  It will be a loop trip starting

Leader: Cheryl Ames
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Monday, 10/22/2018, Mayhem Gulch

This will be a loop hike on a very good trail. We start with elevation gain, nice views of Clear Crfeek Canyon, when trail turns north, most of elevation gain is done. Good toilets at TH.

Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 800
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Tuesday, 10/23/2018, New Black Bear Trail Connecting to Deer Creek

We will connect two great Jefferson County parks by the new Black Bear trail opened this summer.  We will do this via a car shuttle.  Meet at Hilldebrand Park.  We will shuttle up to Deer Creek Open Space and walk back to Hilldebrand.  11 miles total one way.  There will be climbing out of Deer Creek and over the Hogback and downhill to Hilldebrand.  After the hike we will need a car to transport drivers back to their cars at Deer Creek a distance of about 3 miles.  

Leader: Karen Hurley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Wednesday, 10/24/2018, Bison Peak Hike 12,411'*

This trip is a LONG DIFFICULT C. Requires good fitness. Please come prepared for a long day with lots of distance and elevation gain! We will maintain a moderate (but not fast) pace throughout.Contact leader for passcode (maurer_kg@yahoo.com). If you are not a C hiker, please let me know what you've been climbing this summer.NOTE: If you need a D hiker classification, it will also qualify as an EASY D.A beautiful, challenging hike with some interesting rock formations on the summit plateau. We will drive to the Ute Creek Trailhead south of Jefferson. The summit requires some easy scrambling.No special gear required, but I recommend bringing a headlamp, warm clothes, and some extra food and water. This could be a long day!###This is a Bobcat trip. The Bobcats mission is to ensure a variety of challenging CMC trips, especially “B Difficult” and “C” hikes and Difficult Snowshoes, for our mostly age-50+ constituents. Although we have members, our trips are non-exclusive. We welcome all CMC members to sign up for any Bobcats trip regardless of age or Bobcats membership. To join our mailing list, write or call CMC Membership Services at: office@cmc.org or (303) 279-3080.

Leader: Sarah Maurer
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3700
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Wednesday, 10/24/2018, Social Hike on Wednesday (SHOW)

Join us for a fun, moderate paced afternoon social hike to experience Boulder's glorious fall weather and fall colors while we are still on Daylight Savings Time and able to take longer hikes.  I will choose the hike by the weekend before, based on weather forecast and where the colors are - but we will likely be able to take advantage of Indian Summer to take some routes up Flagstaff or Green Mountains.To better track participation, please register ahead of time for this trip but it is  also OK to show up at the carpool or trailhead location.Come prepared for any weather with good footwear, rain jacket, headlamp or flashlight.  Some will bring snacks to share during the hike, plus option for after-hike food and drink at a nearby restaurant.  

Leader: Rebecca Ruttenberg
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 750
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Wednesday, 10/24/2018, Monthly Meeting--Climbing Mexico's Volcanoes

Join the Colorado Mountain Club Fort Collins Group for an evening with Carlo Benvenga, Laura Hinds, John Wullschleger, and Bob Dietz as they share their adventures climbing the Mexican Volcanoes Pico de Orizaba (18,491') and Iztaccihuatl (17,159'), as well as training and acclimatization hikes. Hear of their travels and adventures from climbing sheets of glacial ice to an exploding volcano. You do not want to miss the stunning photography and exciting tales from these mountaineers!Social/Snacks at 7:00 p.m.; Presentation at 7:30 p.m.

Leader: Anita Wright
Type: All Other
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Thursday, 10/25/2018, Lion Lake RMNP*

Bring your 10 essentials. I do not anticipate needing micro spikes at this time.I will let you know closer to the date what weather to expect. 

Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 14, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2565
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Thursday, 10/25/2018, White Ranch loop mod B (casual pace for retirees)

We shall  hike a complete  loop in the white Ranch  Park

Leader: Hassan Elghandour
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1700
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Thursday, 10/25/2018, Dinosaur National Monument Car camp and bkpk


Leader: Stan Moore
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 25, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 10/26/2018, Belcher Hill Trail Jeffco Open Space


Leader: Frank Burzynski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2077
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Tuesday, 10/30/2018, 2018 Halloweenie Hike - Leaders' Choice

This is the annual Halloweenie hike with leaders, Linda Koshio Rogers and Sandi Bianchi. Costumes are required and a good sense of humor.

Leader: Linda Koshio Rogers
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6
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Wednesday, 10/31/2018, Bike the New Trails

Hopefully the weather will cooperate this time.We will start at Fossil Ridge Park and take the Fossil Creek Trail to the Mason Trail (note if the new section of the Fossil Creek Trail is complete we will do this). The group will follow the Mason Trail to Harmony then wind down through neighborhoods to Shields where we will pick up the NEW Long View Trail. We'll follow this south to 57th street where we will turn east to connect with the Loveland Trail(?). From here we'll bike to the NEW (relatively) Power Trail and head north all the way to Keeland where we will make our way through a neighborhood back to Fossil Ridge Park. Just before decending to Fossil Creek Park we will discuss if anyone wants to have brunch at one of the establishments near Lemay and Harmony (Egg & I, Fiona's, Gibbs, Otto Pints, La Buena Vita, etc.) For "road bikers" the trails will not be an issue, however, folks should note that these trails do go up and down quite a bit (more like Cathy Fromme than Spring Creek or Poudre).Costumes are optional :-)Note you must wear a bike helmet on this trip. 

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 20, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 850
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Wednesday, 10/31/2018, Social Halloween on Wednesday (SHOW)

Join us for a fun, moderate paced afternoon social Halloween hike to experience Boulder's glorious fall weather and fall colors while we are still on Daylight Savings Time and able to take longer hikes.  I will choose the hike by the weekend before, based on weather forecast and where the colors are - but we will likely be able to take advantage of Indian Summer to take some route up to the Enchanted Mesa Trail! More details to come! 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, if you dare, a costume that will not impede your hiking!  Some will bring snacks to share during the hike, plus option for after-hike food and drink at a nearby restaurant.     Have a happy Halloween hike with fellow ghouls!

Leader: Diana Dear
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 750
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Friday, 11/2/2018, 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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Friday, 11/2/2018, MUELLER STATE PARK CABIN STAY CLIMB DOME ROCK SENTINEL PT 11/2-4*

Join leaders for a unique trip to little known hikes. Share costs of cabin. Cost for 2 nites, at winter reduced rates, is $360 divided by 8 people or $90 per person for 2 nites. You will be signed up once room cost received by leader.  Check out the website below:

 
there are 4 bedrooms w/queen beds, 2 bathrooms. There is space to lay out a pad/sleeping bag in main room if bedrooms are taken. The cabins are very luxurious, like a house. We bring our food and cook our own meals. Share spagetti dinner Fri eve, bring own breakfast & lunch. Possibly do group dinner Sat eve also, depending upon group wishes.
 
Purpose is to do 2 hikes below, weather permitting. Both hikes are located outside the park. Only time we hike w/in park is Friday afternoon.
Sat climb Sentinel Point, 12,527, a subpeak of Pikes peak. trail is 7.5 mi/2700 gain.Trailhead is a few miles south of the park.  see description below:
Sun hike Dome Rock in Dome Rock State wildlife area, just outside of Mueller. In the 1990's when we lived in Col Sp it was part of the state park, but not now. Hike along scenic creek to destination.  10.5 mi/2000 gain. Drive to the trailhead. Dome rock is closed for wildlife mgt Dec 1 to July 1. Leaders chose this time to get cheaper lodging.http://www.cospringstrails.com/hikes/domerock.htmlThe cabin is the closest place to these trailhead and its like staying in a house.We will hike approximately a total of 27 miles between 3 days.
 

Leader: Linda Jagger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2700
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Monday, 11/5/2018, Homestead Meadows

this trail is NW of Lyons and is a historic site where 8 homesteands were built between 1889 and 1923. There arre mostly ruins now.  Lets make this a quite hike till lunch  time.  It is a lovely fall hike.

Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1374
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