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Monday, 12/16/2019, Castlewood Canyon SP *

We will use start and end at the Homestead trailhead, the trailhead nearest the West Entry to Castlewood Canyon State Park.  We will do a counter-clockwise loop hike of the entire length of the park, starting on the Cherry Creek Natural Trail, to the Creek Bottom Trail, then the Lake Gulch trail to the park's Visitor Center.  From the Visitor Center, we will then take the Canyon View Nature Trail to the Inner Canyon Trail, to the Rimrock Trail to get back to the Trailhead.  (NOTE:  the East Canyon Trail is closed for the season)  

Leader: James Guerra
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Monday, 12/16/2019, Ceran St. Vrain and Millers' Rock snowshoe

The easy Ceran Saint Vrain Trail follows the South Saint Vrain Creek downstream for 1.9 miles. The trail ends at National Forest System Road 252, a rough four-wheel drive road. This road climbs 0.5 miles northwest to a four-way intersection from which it is a steep half-mile to the left up to Miller Rock. Miller Rock is a scenic high-point that offers 360-degree views of the Indian Peaks.Dress in layers to be prepared for all types of weather. Remember to

Leader: Sonya Hirsch
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 900'
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Tuesday, 12/17/2019, Pennsylvania Creek Snowshoe * Breckenridge Area

From AllTrails:  Pennsylvania Creek is a 6.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Breckenridge, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from December until February.  

Leader: Kevin Schaal
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Tuesday, 12/17/2019, Snowshoe LOWER McCullough Gulch

Trail description can be found in "Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails" by Dave Muller - #87 McCullough Gulch (Lower).  It avoids snowmobile traffic.  Provides great views of Quandry ahead and Mt. Baldy behind.  This trail is seldom used and will require snowshoes.  We will avoid all avalanch terrain, and will NOT be going to the lakes. 

Leader: Barbara Audin
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 990
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Wednesday, 12/18/2019, Ski - Fraser Expr. Forest* LIT for Jerry Rowe

this is an LIT for Jerry RoweWe will choose an enjoyable ski tour in the Fraser Experimental Forest.  Probably Creekside/Flume, or Deadhorse.  If conditions are icy, we will select more gentle terrain. Cross-country "skinny" skis are required.  Metal edges preferred. Skis may be be wax or waxless. Please bring warm clothes, ten essentials, water, food.This trip is meant for skiers with moderate to advanced cross-country skiing skills and experience. 

Leader: Jeff Damp
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Wednesday, 12/18/2019, RMOTHG North Rock Creek

We'll snowshoe up the road for 1.4 miles and then another 1.3 miles on singletrack to an open area and perhaps find an old abandoned hut. With clear skies, Keller Mountain should be in view for much of the day.

Leader: Elaine Shirley
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5.4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1040
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Wednesday, 12/18/2019, Mitchel Lake Snowshoe (Brainard Lake Rec Area)

From the Brainard Lake Recreation Area winter TH we snowshoe to Mitchel Lake on one of several trails.  On the return we stop by the CMC cabin to see who is home.  Grades are easy and winter views of the Contental Divide are fine.

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1100
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Wednesday, 12/18/2019, SKI Tele Wednesday at Loveland!

This trip is not limited to telemark skiers, all are welcome.   

Leader: Stephanie Porter-Scheinman
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 1
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Wednesday, 12/18/2019, RMOTHG Snowshoe Resthouse Caroling and Hot Chocolate

We will be snowshoeing past Echo Lake from the stone Pavilion, up to the top of Resthouse Meadows Trail (4.4 miles round trip, 620' elevation gain). Returning the same way we will stow our gear in the cars, Frank B will heat up our hot chocolate on his camp stove and we will sing Christmas carols with Frank's wife, Cathy, leading us. Sue will pass out the words for the carols.Bring your best singing voice (hah) and festive attitude. The weather so far will be sunny, about 20 degrees. New snow over the weekend will be fun to track through. We will send out a weather update the day before.Bring your medical information, ID, snowshoes, poles, gaiters, water, snack, sunscreen. 

Leader: Susan Henley
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 4.40, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 620
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Wednesday, 12/18/2019, RMOTHG South Chicago Creek

This trail is south of Idaho Springs 8.5 miles and we park along the road at Hafferman Rd.  This is an out and back trip.  We will be in the trees a lot. A casual pace with many short stops. This will be a quiet hike till lunch!

Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 3.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 860
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Wednesday, 12/18/2019, RMOTHG O'Fallon Park

O'Fallon Park is one of the Denver Mountain Parks and has connecting trails with several adjacent Denver and Jeffco parks (Corwina, Pence, and Lair O' the Bear). Starting elevation 6,797 feet.                                                                                                                                                      We plan to hike a loop starting with the West Ridge trail and return on Bear Creek trail.  This foothills park has Ponderosa Pines and  Douglas Firs, Bear creek, broad vistas on the ridge including of Mt Evans, and there is a large historic stonework fireplace plus picnic area. Depending on the weather and trail conditions, we might skip the top of the ridge and instead turn off on the lower Meadow View trail loop that also connects with Bear Creek trail and  back to trailhead.This will be a Casual Pace hike. 

Leader: Sarah Strandjord
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 600
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Wednesday, 12/18/2019, Winter Solstice Buttermilk Uphill

Walk or skin up Main Buttermilk ski run to the Cliffhouse restaurant. Have lunch (Mongolian stirfry is a specialty) or just bring a granola bar. Walk, ski, or download for free. Meet at Bumps restaurant at the base of Buttermilk at 8:30 a.m.for coffee if you like, and plan on starting up the hill at around 9. Great early-season conditioning!

Leader: Sharon DeQuine
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 4.0, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Wednesday, 12/18/2019, High Line Canal #8 Segment 8

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

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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Wednesday, 12/18/2019, Snowmass Creek to Moon Lake Snowshoe/Trail Breaking

The purpose of this trip is to break trail on the winter approach to Capitol Peak. WED 12/18, we will meet at Britt's house at 43 Misty Creek Dr. Monument, CO 80132 at 5:30pm and drive to the Snowmass Creek trailhead. I-25 north to the Wooley Mammoth Park N Ride. Here we will meet the Denver folks at 6:30pm. (Go up the hill to the far west lot across the street from the gas station.)Then, I-70 west to Glenwood Springs, Hwy 82 east. Then see directions from 14ers.com for Snowmass Mtn.We should get to the TH at 8,320' around 10:30pm and camp for the night.The goal is to be hiking by 6:30am. We will snowshoe up Snowmass Creek 1.5 miles. At 1.5 miles we drop down & cross the creek, and head up West Snowmass Creek. We will hike up 3.5 miles up to 10,400'. This is our main goal. If we get to 10,400 in a reasonable time (ie: before dark), then we may hike up a little more. This is .5 mile shy of Moon Lake and makes for a 5 mile approach with 2,100 vertical gain through deep snow. If we were to make it to Moon Lake, that would be 5.5 miles but 3,500 vertical. 

Leader: Britt Jones
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Thursday, 12/19/2019, Finch & Pear Lakes Snowshoe RMNP*


Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2700
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Thursday, 12/19/2019, snowshoe - Burning Bear


Leader: Stan Moore
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Thursday, 12/19/2019, Bakerville to Loveland Ski Trip*

We will ski the bike path from Bakerville exit to Loveland Ski area and return. Plan for a lunch stop at Loveland Ski Valley. You can bring your own lunch or purchase at the cafeteria. Waxable or waxless skis. Skins not needed for the gentle grade of this tour. Will try my darnest to keep the group together!

Leader: Cheryl Ames
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Thursday, 12/19/2019, Sunset Holiday Lights Hike

Sunset is a magical time! Combine that with Holiday Lights for magic squared! Join us for a fun, moderately-paced social hike, starting the hiking portion in daylight then as carkness descends continue by walking through neighborhoods back to our cars. We usually aren't disappointed in the changing light show.Conditions can vary (weather and trails) so I will wait to post details until a few days ahead of time.To better track participation, please register ahead of time for this trip but it is also OK to show up at the carpool location.Come prepared for any weather with good footwear, rain jacket, headlamp or flashlight, and traction devices if trails may be icy.  Option for after-hike food and drink at a nearby restaurant.   

Leader: Rebecca Ruttenberg
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 750
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Thursday, 12/19/2019, Thursday After-work Series


Leader: Nathan Free
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 2.5, Elevation Gain: 500
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Friday, 12/20/2019, Ski Big Park

We will meat at Edwards Rest area to car pool from there to trailhead from where we ski on well established trail thru forest out onto Big Park which has expansive views in all directions, ski out into the park as far as we like, stop for lunch and return the way we came 

Leader: Judith Rau
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 400‘
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Friday, 12/20/2019, Highlne Canal Christmas Walk*

We will walk north on highline canal trail then go thru one of the Greenwood village neighborhoods to see beautiful Christmas lights. About 50% of walk is on pavement. It may be beneficial to bring trekking poles and microspikes for possible icy conditions or new snow. Bring headlight with new batteries. Bring snacks and drink you can drink and eat while walking. We will walk at a moderate pace.WE PLAN TO HIKE/WALK approx 2 HR, FINISH APPROX 7PM...

Leader: Linda Jagger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate
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Wednesday, 12/25/2019, Loveland to Bakersville X-C ski trip

Christmas morning on a beautiful trail come and ski with me.  Traffic should be light on I-70 both coming and going;  This popular ski trail follows the frontage road along I-70 between Bakersville and Loveland ski area.  Bordered by forest on both sides it gives the feel of being away from it all.  The plan is to maintain a casual pace, and get use to being back, IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY,  on our skis and enjoy a beautiful day. We will take breaks along the way as needed.  This trip is a key car key exchange trip, one car will be left at the Bakersville TH on way to Loveland.  

Leader: Sigrid Barr
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual
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Wednesday, 12/25/2019, Carpenter Peak and Beyond

Well need spikes and/or snowshoes depending on the weather. Also warm clothing and Holiday cheer.

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Wednesday, 12/25/2019, Christmas Day Breckenridge Nordic Center Snowshoe Cross-County SKi

Cmd+VGet Outside with CMC on Christmas day for snowshoeing and/or cross-country skiing at the Breckenridge Nordic Center. We CMC'ers, adult family and friends, receive discounted trail passes as well as discounts for equipment rentals of all kinds. The Nordic center is similar to a downhill area with easy, moderate, and advanced trails. With a huge lodge featuring a grand fireplace there's plenty of room for brown bag lunches or enjoying owner Therese Dayton's homemade soups. Plan on attending a pre-trip get together on Saturday December 21 at 2 pm at Starbuck's at the REI flagship store to talk Breck Nordic and carpooling there.

Leader: Patricia Leslie
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 4
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Thursday, 12/26/2019, Sunset Holiday Lights Hike

Sunset is a magical time! Combine that with Holiday Lights for magic squared! Join us for a fun, moderately-paced social hike, starting the hiking portion in daylight then as carkness descends continue by walking through neighborhoods back to our cars. We usually aren't disappointed in the changing light show.Conditions can vary (weather and trails) so I will wait to post details until a few days ahead of time.To better track participation, please register ahead of time for this trip but it is also OK to show up at the carpool location.Come prepared for any weather with good footwear, rain jacket, headlamp or flashlight, and traction devices if trails may be icy.  Option for after-hike food and drink at a nearby restaurant.   

Leader: Rebecca Ruttenberg
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 750
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Friday, 12/27/2019, High Line Canal #9 Segment 9

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

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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Tuesday, 12/31/2019, Test Entry from CMC office

This is a test entry from the CMC office

Leader: Roger J. Wendell
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 1, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 100
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Tuesday, 12/31/2019, Pikes Peak-Barr Camp*

 COST APPROX $86 FOR 2 NITES, inc 2 dinner, 2 breakfast. Dinner first night is vegitarian spagetti. Last yr, for the 2nd night we brought food for beef stew and camp staff cooked up for us-so that we could have a different meal the 2nd night.TUESDAY 12/31 LEAVE LEADER HOME 7 AM, START HIKING APPROX  8:30AM. Arrive Barr camp approx 3pm. Hike 6.5mi/3700 ft. This hike likely will take 5 hr, at a slow-moderate pace. ENJOY FIREWORKS FROM CLOSE UP TO BRING IN THE NEW YEAR!WEDNESDAY  1/1 breakfast  & dinner provided by Barr camp staff, Optional Pikes Peak Climb return to Barr camp-12/3900.  leave 8am for summit, return 4pm. Summiting is not guaranteed. Summitting is dependent upon weather and how participants feel after starting out. Summit trip is 2 parts, -part 1 goes up 3 mi to tree line & A frame. Discussion will be had to continue or not to summit. Final 3 mi,  leader may take winter route, or regular Barr trail thus 2-3 mi to summit. Typiical round trip time is 8 hr, with several hours above tree line. Summit house may/may not be open.For those that do not want to summit, Linda will take people on a day hike on new Lake Moraine trail that starts from Barr camp. -This new trail will be "exploratory". Leader has been told it is a well marked trail. THURSDAY 1/2 breakfast  provided by Barr camp staff, hike to base, 6mi, loss 3700 ft, have a celebration dinner at local restaurant & drive home. Return to Denver approx 4pm.  

Leader: Thomas Jagger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 26, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3400 Barr Camp 7800 Summit
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Tuesday, 12/31/2019, Clear Creek in Golden to Buffalo Bill's Museum*

Finish off 2019 with a close in easy hike before you go celebrate 2020.The hike will start from Parfet Park in Golden, hike a mile west along Clear Creek, under Highway 6, join the Chimney Gulch trail west and up for 2.5 miles, catch the Windy Saddle Trail for .6 miles and hike about a mile to the Buffalo Bill Musuem. There will be time to the gift shop and food center (has fudge!) and have a picnic as well. This will be a casual pace hike. For more information on Buffalo Bill Museum: http://www.buffalobill.org/  

Leader: Cheryl Ames
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Tuesday, 12/31/2019, SKI! New Year's Eve Tele Tuesday at Loveland

TELEMARK SKIERS, from beginners to advanced. Join us at Loveland Basin Ski Area for tele fun and practice. Wrap up 2019 by skiing for a few hours on Loveland's snowy slopes and return to town in time for your New Year's Eve evening festivities! Tele Tuesdays and other weekdays this season are led by a few of our Telemark Ski School instructors who are happy to offer you telemark improvement tips, if requested! Register online and we'll ski you soon! Happy New Year!

Leader: Marilyn Choske
Type: Ski
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Thursday, 1/2/2020, Walker Ranch Loop* LIT for Michael Rees

Bring winter clothing, including microspikes and gaiters and snowshoesMileage: 54miles x $.30/mile = $16.20 charge to be divided by the people in the car.Weather: TBD

Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1737
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Thursday, 1/2/2020, Sunset Hike

Sunset is a magical time! Join us for a fun, moderately-paced social hike, starting in daylight and finishing before pitch-dark. We usually aren't disappointed in the changing light show.  We will stop at a viewpoint and all are invited (but not required) to bring snacks to share (unless it is nasty out, then we will keep hiking!)Conditions can vary (weather and trails) so I will wait to post details until a few days ahead of time.To better track participation, please register ahead of time for this trip but it is also OK to show up at the carpool location.Come prepared for any weather with good footwear, rain jacket, headlamp or flashlight, and traction devices if trails may be icy.  Option for after-hike food and drink at a nearby restaurant.   

Leader: Rebecca Ruttenberg
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 750
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Friday, 1/3/2020, Legault Mt. Meyer Ranch Park

The Meyer Ranch Park is one of many beautiful Jefferson County Open Spaces. We will walk to the highest point of the trails and then follow a side trail to the summit. The top is rocky but not difficult and has great views in all directions.

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1400 ft
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