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Wednesday, 7/1/2020, Historic Buildings in FC Women's Suffrage

As Monty Python would say "..... and now for something completely different". This will be a walking tour of historic homes and buildings downtown that were assoicated with Women's Suffrage in Fort Collins.We will meet in Old Town Square in the morning. I will be getting something from a local establishment and eating it in the square (6 ft. away from the rest of you). Others are invited to do the same, bring food from home or eat at home and just meet the rest of the group downtown. From here we will wander around the downtown area checking out buildings and homes assoicated with Women's Suffrage in Fort Collins (I have a brochure with facts on the locations). The entire loop will be approximatly 2.5 miles.As with all CMC Trips, we will be following the full protocol for trips (generally maximum of 8 participants, stay 6ft apart, wear masks, each person has hand sanitizer, confirm you have signed the NEW club waiver, check temperature before the trip, and notify the trip leader if you have "virus issues" after the trip).    

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: All Other, Trail mileage: 2.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 10
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Wednesday, 7/1/2020, RMOTHG Button Rock Preserve

We will take the Button Rock Dam and Sleepy Lion trails through the Button Rock Preserve, a public sanctuary established to protect the natural watershed feeding the Ralph Price Reservoir, the primary water source of Longmont, CO. We will start on a graded service road that parallels the North St. Vrain Creek. We leave the road and take the Sleepy Lion Trail and after a climb through fir and ponderosa trees and rock outcrops reach a large rolling meadow. We climb out of the meadow to beatiful views of the reservoir, Longs Peak and Mt. Meeker. We then descend to the Ralph Price Reservoir Dam base and see the water BLASTING (very impressive sight) out of the dam base. We'll then ascend the trail to the top of the dam where we'll enjoy lunch and views. We return to the cars along the service road. Along the way we'll see where the spillway dumps water through a narrow gorge and the many repairs and improvements made after the massive and destructive floods of 2013. You'll need hiking boots, ample water, and lunch to participate on this hike.
 
 

Leader: Robert Richardt
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5.4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 950
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Wednesday, 7/1/2020, RMOTHG VIRTUAL National Park Hikes

Let's share our favorite NATIONAL PARK HIKES.   Since it's close to the 4th let's be patriotic and share any hikes or experiences we've had with our National Parks or Monuments ... or, anywhere in the world!!!If you are able, please come prepared with a 5-minute presentation on National Parks (stories and/or photos will work).  Also, if you don't have anything to contribute about National Parks ... travel, fall colors, wildflowers, favorite equipment, anything hiking related will be welcome!!!  Don't be shy!!!I will forward the Zoom Invite Email Wednesday Morning.  If you have never used Zoom before PLEASE CALL ME so that we can have a Practice Zoom Meeting before Wednesday.All you need is a computer with a web camera.   When you click on the Zoom Link (that will be in the Invite Email) it will explain how to download and open the Zoom Meeting Software - this is a free service since CMC holds the license.  Your computer screen will sort of look like the "Brady Bunch" in that it will be split into multiple images!!!      

Leader: Jeanne Eiss
Type: Hike
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Wednesday, 7/1/2020, Mountain Bike Floyd Hill Trials Wednesday Evening Mountain Bikes

I'll be leading mountain bike trips throughout Jefferson County Open Space parks on Wednesday evenings after work.  Locations will include Bear Creek Lake Park, Green Mountain, Deer Creek, North Table Mesa and others.  As we approach the date I will update the CMC trip event with further details on where we will decide to ride.  Rides will vary between 5 to 15 miles.This week we'll ride the advanced Floyd hill trails.  Including the front range's only downhill MTB trail.  These trails are advanced, potentially dangerous trails, so if you plan on attending please have an advanced ability level.https://www.mtbproject.com/directory/8021607/floyd-hill 

Leader: Gregory McVie
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 10
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Thursday, 7/2/2020, Cupid 13,117'

Cupid is a steep but short climb.  Round trip is 3.9 miles, with some climbing on the return.  Beautiful 360 degree views, all above treeline.  Starts at about 12,000'.Pace will be steady and moderate.

Leader: Barbara Audin
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3.9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1738
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Thursday, 7/2/2020, Butler Gulch hike the Ski Loop


Leader: Stan Moore
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Thursday, 7/2/2020, RMOTHG Terrapin Cycling - Bear Creek Trail

Please arrive by 9:00 am, so we can leave promptly at 9:30 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.Please review the activity protocol on the CMC site that outlines all the current requirements we have to run a bike trip.Essential basics:1. Participants are required to wear a cloth mask that completely covers their mouth and nose at all times during the trip. Buffs/neck gaiters are acceptable.2. Maintain a minimum of 6 foot distance from participants at all times.3. All participants must carry either alcohol based hand sanitizer or biodegradable soap at all times.4.  Please check your temperature the night before and if not normal, please cancel.Note that public restrooms may be closed and use of public restrooms is not recommended.Lunch: I’m bringing a sack lunch to enjoy on a nearby lawn under the shade of a tree with 6 foot spacing.  It’s your decision on joining me. 

Leader: Pete Spandau
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 18, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 200
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Friday, 7/3/2020, TENTATIVE Father Dyer & Crystal Peak ALTERNATE: Clinton Peak

Exploratory. We will meet at 5:45 AM Saturday morning, West end of the Wooly Mammoth Parking lot, across from the gas station, near the BB sign. Helmet required.Trip Goals: climb safely, have fun, and summit!"Dave Cooper, author of Colorado Scrambles describes this climb as an “an esthetic and enjoyable scramble... a good introduction to the art of scrambling, offering some exposed, but not sustained climbing and even a bit of loose rock to initiate the budding scrambler.”

Leader: Steve Soich
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Monday, 7/6/2020, Mears trail, Ironton townsite & Colorado Boy mine

Note this hike is >5 hours from Denver. COVID restrictions in place: 6 foot social distancing or mouth/nose covering must be worn if distancing can't be maintained during hike or pre/post hike.We'll start by hiking an easy 4 miles (40 ft gain) round trip on the Mears trail off 550 south of Ouray (exploratory) at 9800'. We'll then drive a short distance and visit the Ironton ghost town and hike 2 miles (150' gain) round trip to the Colorado Boy mine. Members and guests welcome. Guests must sign liability waiver.  

Leader: Anne Keil
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 150
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Tuesday, 7/7/2020, BPX Backpack to Skinny Fish Lake--Flattops Wilderness - 2 Day Lollipop

This trip is joined back-to-back with John Walters' BPX Backpacking Trip to Wall Lake Loop, on July 8-10. Both trips will have the same participants. You must sign up for both trips. Day 1 -- Drive to Skinny Fish Trailhead, near Trappers Lake, east of Meeker. Upon departing the trail head on Skinny Fish Trail (#1813), we will climb in the first mile some 600' of elevation. The trail will turn more to the east and contour its way for the next mile climbing only occasionally. The final climb of approximately 250' takes us north for the final 1/2 mile.  Set up camp below the famous Chinese Wall and fish or explore the area until bedtime. Totals for the first day are 3 miles/1,000'.Day 2. -- Break camp and return to the cars. The return trip is virtually all downhill, no elevation gain. At the trailhead, the Skinny Fish Backpacking trip will end. We will load the cars and drive to Wall Lake trailhead, also near Trappers Lake, just a few minutes away to begin the Wall Lake Loop, led by John. 

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 20, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3600
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Tuesday, 7/7/2020, *Backpack 13ers & CD ramble* Landslide 13238, Geneva 13266 and Red Cone12801


Leader: Stan Moore
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 14, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3500
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Wednesday, 7/8/2020, BPX Backpack to Wall Lake Loop -- Flattops Wilderness -- 3 Day Loop

This is the second of two BPX backpacking trips led back-to-back between July 7 and July 10. The first trip is Linda Lawson's Skinny Fish Backpacking trip that begins on July 7 and ends on July 8, at the Skinny Fish Trailhead. This Wall Lake trip has the same participants and begins upon arriving at the Wall Lake Trailhead on July 8 about an hour after the Skinny Fish trip ends. If you signup for one trip, you must signup for both.Day 1 -- John's Wall Lake Backpacking Loop will begin at Wall Lake Trailhead, near Trappers Lake, east of Meeker. From here we will hike into the Flattops Wilderness to camp overnight at the outstanding Wall Lake, nestled below the 12,002' Trappers Peak. From the trailhead, we will take Wall Lake Trail (#1818) to the south and immediately enter spruce and lodgepole remains of the 2002 Big Fish Fire. The burned area continues for about 2 miles above Anderson Lake. This trail is one of the quickest but steepest routes up to the plateau.  Once on the plateau, we pass the Oyster Lake Trail junction, but still have a couple of miles to the lake. Upon reaching the lake the trail stays to the west side of the lake and begins climbing "the wall." We'll look for a campsite and leave that climb for tomorrow. Mileage and elevation for this part of the day is 5 miles and 1500'. (Combined totals for the day, including our return from Skinny Fish Lake on Linda's trip are 8 miles/1500'.)Day 2 -- Break camp and begin climbing the wall south and east toward to a saddle into the South Fork drainage. From the saddle and through the meadows below, Shingle Peak dominates the landscape to the south. The trail continues across the alpine tundra for 2 miles ending at the Trappers Lake Trail. Turning northeast on Trappers Lake Trail (#1816) we will trek across the parks of the Flat Tops Wilderness plateau before turning north west to dip into Frazer Canyon. The rest of the day will be down hill. Taking a left fork onto Carhart Trail above Trappers Lake, we will end our trek back at the Wall Lake Trailhead, then seek the nearby Shepherd's Creek Campground to overnight. Travel for the day will be 10 miles/1300'Day 3 --  break camp and drive home.

Leader: John Walters
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 15, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Wednesday, 7/8/2020, Mountain Bike Staunton State Park Wednesday Evening Mountain Bikes

I'll be leading mountain bike trips throughout Jefferson County Open Space parks on Wednesday evenings after work.  Locations will include Bear Creek Lake Park, Green Mountain, Deer Creek, North Table Mesa and others.  As we approach the date I will update the CMC trip event with further details on where we will decide to ride.  Rides will vary between 5 to 15 miles.This will be one of our longer rides.  We'll ride the trials up in Staunton State Park (https://www.mtbproject.com/directory/8007452/staunton-state-park

Leader: Gregory McVie
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 15, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1750
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Thursday, 7/9/2020, Loveland 12s from Loveland Pass

We will hike a comfortable and moderate pace to Peaks 12585, 12414, and 12479.  These peaks are on the Continental Divide, and are on the west side of Loveland Pass.  The first peak 12585 is the steepest and hardest.  After that, it is a very nice ridgewalk to visit the other two.This hike is all above treeline in an area known for high winds.  Poles will be very helpful to keep your balance with high or gusty winds.  Be sure to have hat, gloves, and a warm layer to stay warm.  You may prefer full length pants over shorts. There will be crowds when we finish, so be sure to have a mask or a neck buff for protection.

Leader: Barbara Audin
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.0, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Friday, 7/10/2020, BPX Backpack Sandbeach Lake Fly Fish & Hike Trip* 3 Day Out and Back


Leader: Brian Burd
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 8.8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2020
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Monday, 7/13/2020, Horseshoe Lake, Byers Peak WA Byers Peak Wilderness

Little used trail located at the edge of Byers Peak Wilderness. The lake is at approimately 11,300 feet, surrounded by higher peaks. The trail climbs steadily through cool, shaded pine forest and along fast running creek, for most of the trip. Eventually opening up to to  two amazing, lushly flowered high meadows. The lake sits about 15 mintutes beyond meadows.  This is a long drive.  It is recommended you do not schedule an appointment for early evening after the hike..

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Monday, 7/13/2020, Arbaney-Kittle Doggie Hike

Hike up the steep new trail directly north of the parking lot. Continue climbing past the Fryingpan Overlook to a viewpoint of Independence Pass, Aspen Mtn, and the Williams Mtns. Return on the main Arbaney-Kittle Trail /old ranch road for a loop hike. Elevation 6900-8700', in pinyon-juniper ecosystem with good views of the Elk Range to the south and east. Dogs are welcome. Dogs must be kept on-leash at all times and all waste must be picked up and removed. All members must have completed revised CMC liability waiver. Waiver can be found here: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ad11e69247c3/web/.Please review CMC COVID-19 rules here: https://cmc.org/COVID-19andCMCProgramming.aspx

Leader: Helen Carlsen
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1800'
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Monday, 7/13/2020, BPX TRAILS INVENTORY JOINT TRIP- 3 Day Out & Back LCW Lake Park Lost Creek Wilderness TH Goose Crk - Lake Park

If you love backpacking during the week, love trails and want to bag a peak this is the trip for you!
 
If you love backpacking during the week and love trails this is the trip for you!
 
One of 3 JOINT TRIPS in 2020 between BPX and Trails Committee to inventory campsites in Lost Creek Wilderness for the USFS.  You will be using a USFS App for your phone or Tablet to take GPS points, measure campsites, remove fire rings.  The CalTopo map for all 3 trips is here https://caltopo.com/m/EJJM  (each trip a different color) and basecamp locations are shown with a tent symbol.  This trip is represented by the yellow line.  This trip attains the highest elevation of all three trips at 11500'. 
 
Day 1 - Carpooling is optional or ride by yourself to Goose Crk TH.  From the Goose Creek TH SW of Deckers we ascend Hankins Pass Trail # 630 in Lost Creek Wilderness four miles west to a junction with the Lake Park Trail #639.  We then climb steeply north one mile on that trail to the high meadow of Lake Park (6 mi, 3000' gain).  Establish a suitable basecamp.
 
 
The Hankins Pass Trail was affected by the Hayman fire so there are treeless stretches of trail with good views of the surrounding country.  Lake Park is reported to be a lush meadow visited by various larger wildlife including moose. 
 
Day 2 - Day hike on 4 miles/1500' gain on Lake Park Trail 639 while taking observations, measuring campsites, relocating rocks used in fire rings. Possible ascent of Tarryall Peak or Lake Park Peak.   Return to base camp at Lake Park.
 
Day 3 - Break camp, take observations along the way while backpacking to the cars at the Goose Crk TH
 
These is a small crew of only 6 members which includes the BPX Leader and the Trails Committee Chair, Grover Cleveland.
 
Equipment Needed in Addition to  your Backpacking Gear:  Compass, GPS, Cell Phone or Tablet, Heavy Work Gloves

Leader: Dean Waits
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 16, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4800 Cumulative
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Monday, 7/13/2020, Local Hike - Sonderman Park

How about a nice after work hike at a quite and lesser known park in town. Sonderman Park has many trail options that follow the creek, and rise high on a bluff with one of the best views of town. We will be following CMC's Covid policies, so please drive separately, keep 6 feet apart as we hike, wear a mask, and have hand sanitizer with you.We'll meet at the south park entrance off Buena Ventura St, there is parking for 2-3 cars on the dirt road trailhead, otherwise street parking is on Buena Ventura St where it dead ends into the park.The length of the hike will depend on what the group wants to do, but plan for 3-4 miles and minimal elevation gain. Some sections of the trails are steep and loose, so good trail runners or boots are suggested.Dogs welcome and encouraged!

Leader: Kristen Buckland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 200
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Tuesday, 7/14/2020, 2nd Horseshoe Lake, Byers Peak WA Byers Peak Wilderness

Duplicate Trip from 7/13 due to large wait list.Little used trail located at the edge of Byers Peak Wilderness. The lake is at approimately 11,300 feet, surrounded by higher peaks. The trail climbs steadily through cool, shaded pine forest and along fast running creek, for most of the trip. Eventually opening up to to  two amazing, lushly flowered high meadows. The lake sits about 15 mintutes beyond meadows.  This is a long drive.  It is recommended you do not schedule an appointment for early evening after the hike.Some on-line reports clock mileage at 9 rather than 7.5.

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Tuesday, 7/14/2020, Staunton State Park*

Staunton State Park is the newest Colorado State Park. State Parks pass required or fee admittance. Plan is to hike Staunton Ranch trail 3mi up, go right on Boundary line trail which is 2.5 mi. we will take short side trail up to high point Staunton Rocks at 9400 ft. The we ill continue to Old Mill Site and hike down Old mill trail (9/10 mi fairly steep downhill on old road back to Staunton Ranch and hike out to our cars.   

Leader: Linda Jagger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Wednesday, 7/15/2020, BPX Backpack - Bowen Lake - Never Summer Wilderness - 3 Day Out & Back Never Summer Wilderness

Description: Trek along the Wolverine and Continental Divide Trails to a pretty cirque in the NeverSummer Wilderness. Hiking, fishing and photo opportunities abound.   Itinerary: Day 1. After arriving at trailhead, hike on the Bowen Pass Trail. At a junction, turn left and drop 400 feet to the lake.(3.5 miles, 1100’)

Leader: Brad Cotten
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1100
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Wednesday, 7/15/2020, Mountain Bike Heil Ranch Boulder County Parks Wednesday Evening Mountain Bikes

I'll be leading mountain bike trips throughout Denver Metro area Open Space parks on Wednesday evenings after work. This Week we'll ride Heil Ranch (https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/52119/heil-ranch) up near Boulder.We'll meet at 5:30 at the Heil Ranch trailhead- https://goo.gl/maps/gayGaWbn8y2Lh5Ai8   

Leader: Gregory McVie
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: 1000'
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Wednesday, 7/15/2020, Northern Colorado Council Meeting

Open meeting, all members welcome!  

Leader: Gordan Thibedeau
Type:
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Thursday, 7/16/2020, BPX Backpack to North Crestone Lake-Sangre de Cristo Wilderness - 3 Day Out & Back

Hike to a particularly beautiful lake in the Sangre de Cristo wilderness and explore this dramatic area. Possibly day hike over two passes and along the high Phantom Terrace.There is a Forest Service campgound near the trailhead.  If anyone wants to drive down on July 15 and stay at the campgound that is an option.Day 1 (July 16). Drive down early and hike to campsite after lunch. Hike on the North Crestone Creek Trail, #744. Establish camp below treeline and day hike to North Crestone Lake.. (5 miles/1500’)Day 2 (July 17). Fish, relax in camp, or day hike the scenic, west side Comanche Pass/Phantom Terrace/Venable Pass loop.Day 3 (July 18). Return to trailhead (5 miles/0’) 

Leader: Bob Watkins
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Thursday, 7/16/2020, Columbine Lake

This will be a long day.  Only 1 car.Limit participants to 5 including leader in hopes of moving quickly before storms come in. while above treeline.Leader did this trip last year and it is a good repeater.  No one on trail or at lake till almost 11 am.

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1100
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Thursday, 7/16/2020, NoCo CMC Annual Picnic


Leader: Carolyn Hammond
Type:
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Friday, 7/17/2020, BPX Backpack Baker Gulch/Bowen Gulch/Never Summer Wilderness Area - 3 Day Loop [OPEN FOR BUSINESS!]

A spectacular loop to two scenic lakes and on top of the Continental Divide in the Never Summer Wilderness.

Leader: Uwe Sartori
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 19, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4800
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Friday, 7/17/2020, Mt. Sniktau (13,284') and Mt. Cupid (13,114') *

We will start at Loveland Pass (11,990').  From Loveland Pass, we will head east, along the Continental Divide, up to an unnamed peak (12,915'). From there we will head north, over another unnamed peak (elevation 13,152') to Mt. Sniktau (Elevation 13,284').  From Mt. Sniktau, we will return south to the unnamed peak (elevation 13,152'), then continue further south along the Continental Divide to Mt. Cupid (Elevation 13,117').  From Mt. Cupid, we will return to Loveland Pass.There are are beautiful views all around from the ridges and peaks on this hike. 

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2200
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Friday, 7/17/2020, Half Peak - 13,841 feet Backpack and hike- Class 2 scrambling

We will meet at the Hampden & Wadsworth park and ride at 7:00 amWe'll carpool down to Lake City and to the Cataract Gulch Trailhead. We'll backpack in 4 miles to Cataract Lake and camp.We'll get up the next morning and climb Half Peak and return to camp. Depending on when we get back to camp we'll either backpack out on Saturday and drive home or spend another night at camp and come home Sunday.There is class 2 scrambling to get to the summit. Please read some trip reports on 14ers.com for route descriptions.

Leader: Bruce Badger
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 12.6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 4241
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Monday, 7/20/2020, Little Giant 13,416


Leader: John Broadbooks
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2300
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Wednesday, 7/22/2020, Mountain Bike Aldefer-Three Sisters Wednesday Evening Mountain Bikes

This week we'll check out Alderfer-Three sisters park up in Evergreen.  https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/6040893/alderferthree-sistersdedisse-tour.  This ride will be fairly strenous, so if you sign up, be sure you have the cardo for the ride.  There are no significant technical features, although there is a fun rock garden near the trailhead that we'll gingerly ride though.

Leader: Gregory McVie
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 13, Elevation Gain: 1900'
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