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Sunday, 10/13/2019, Emmaline Lake

The group will be following the "on-trail" route as decribed by Joe and Frederique Grim in the CMC Camanche Peak Wilderness Area Pack Guide. However, note that the trip leader has not done this hike and does not plan to scout it so it still could be an adventure (those of you who have hiked with me before know "We might get mis-placed, but we won't get lost).The trip will start just past Tom Bennett Campground on Forest Development road 145. The group will follow this road for a bit  passing through the Hourglass Fire burn area before entering the forest. We will then pass over Fall Creek a couple of times on bridges before passing the intersection with Mummy Pass Trail. Further down the trail the group will skirt to the north side of a large meadow. We will then start to climb for 2 miles up a rocky trail before arriving at Cirque and Emmaline Lakes. Here the group will be rewarded with views of Camanche Peak and Fall Mountain.After lunch at the lake we will retrace our route back to the trailhead.    

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2200
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Sunday, 10/13/2019, Buffalo Mountain 12,777'

I 70 to Silverthorne, Dillon exit to the Ryan Gulch Trailhead, where we will begin our car shuttle, leaving one vehicle at this location.Directions to Ryan Gulch Trailhead; Go north on Highway 9 to the first light and take a left. This becomes the Ryan Gulch Road. Follow this about 3.5 miles as it switchbacks up the slopes past condos and mountain homes. The parking for the trailhead is on the south side of the road. The Ryan Gulch Trail is found to the right (east) of the parking lot.We will then drive to the Meadow Creek trail head (last Frisco exit going west) and begin our hike.From the Meadow Creek trail we will hike to Eccles Pass and then follow the grassy ridge to the westerly base of Buffalo to begin our rocky ascent to the peak. Prior to reaching the true summit of Buffalo there is a short Class 3 - 4 scramble.Moderate pace, beautiful views of Lake Dillon. Bring warm gear. Strong hikers welcome. Breaks will be taken as a group. In an effort to be respectful to other participants if you are unsure if this is an appropriate hike for you, please discuss with the leader prior to signing up. Contact the leader with any medical concerns prior to the hike. Bring warm clothing, a HELMET and something orange as it is hunting season.

Leader: Eileen O'Leary
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4000
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Sunday, 10/13/2019, Lion Gulch to Pierson Park (Estes Park area)

From Lion Gulch TH off Hwy-36 between Lyons and Estes Park we hike the Lion Gulch Trail to Homestead Meadows.  We then follow the up and down Pierson Park Trail to its TH in the middle of nowhere (but really off a seasonal road just east of RMNP Twin Sisters).  This link shows our route https://caltopo.com/m/LCJF  The Lion Gulch Trail is the light green line and the Pierson Park Trail is the dark blue dots.  Ignore the other routes on the map - they are planning for future trips.  The hike is entirely on trail although most of Pierson Park Trail is an old road long out of use.  Some (including the leader) do not like hiking roads but in this case it has more of a trail feel than road.  The hike is long but except for some short steep spots in Lion Gulch the grades are quite gentle.  If the group tires we can turn around early - this leader is not fanatical about reaching destinations.  The far end of the Pierson Park Trail is exploratory to the trip leader.This year fall color was great at the end of September above 10000' in the Front Range.  As color moves to lower elevations this hike in mid October (around 8000') is hoping it will be there.

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3100
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Sunday, 10/13/2019, Platte Peak (11,941 ft)

Platte Peak is located in the Lost Creek Wilderness. This is a long hike mostly on good trail with some off trail to the summit near the end.  Dress warmly and be prepared for cold, windy conditions.  You may want microspikes after the recent snow. 

Leader: John Collard
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11.6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,681
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Sunday, 10/13/2019, New Member Hike: Kenosha Pass East

This is a lovely hike with aspen groves and spectacular views of South Park.  The goal is to get new members comfortable with the trip sign-up and trip-taking process. We will answer new members' practical questions and can talk as you wish about pace, clothing, gear, schools, etc.  I'll write you with a weather forecast the  day before. Do not assume bad weather means the trip is canceled.  We only cancel if the roads are treacherous. We just try to dress appropriately.Please advise me of any medical conditions that might impact your hiking.Please bring those of the  10 essentials  appropriate to a three-hour hike. Wear proper hiking boots, sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.  Traction devices, such as microspikes, probably will be necessary.  (We recommend you always carry them in your pack from late fall through early summer.)  Part of the trail is steep and gravel-slippery, so bring hiking poles if you use them.  If you have never used hiking poles, I have a few to loan, if you'd like to try them.No jeans or cotton clothing.  We can talk more about all that on trip day. No dogs, please.  Look for "Doggie Hikes" on the CMC calendar. 

Leader: Michael McMahon
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1550
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Sunday, 10/13/2019, Nepal Training Hike Arestua Hut

4,8 - 5 miles one way, 2,000' - 2500 elevation gain. Up t0 2500 if we head a bit further west for unbelievable views!
 
 Old wagon roads and single track.  High point 11,000 feet.  Adjacent to Indian Peaks Wilderness.
 
 Connects with the natural gas line to Rollins Pass and Frasier.
 
 View Rollins Pass road and Needles Eye Tunnel with additional effort
 
Modest fall colors opportunity.  Historical insights offered.
 
This is a full day, pack plenty of water, food, snacks. Dress for cold weather.
 
Bring your 10 essentials - check your headlamp batteries to be sure they work.
 
Maybe practice wearing your hiking boots.
 
Dogs are welcome

Leader: Carrie Bielen Simon
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Sunday, 10/13/2019, Nepal Training Hike Arestua Hut

4,8 - 5 miles one way, 2,000' - 2500 elevation gain. Up t0 2500 if we head a bit further west for unbelievable views!
 
 Old wagon roads and single track.  High point 11,000 feet.  Adjacent to Indian Peaks Wilderness.
 
 Connects with the natural gas line to Rollins Pass and Frasier.
 
 View Rollins Pass road and Needles Eye Tunnel with additional effort
 
Modest fall colors opportunity.  Historical insights offered.
 
This is a full day, pack plenty of water, food, snacks. Dress for cold weather.
 
Bring your 10 essentials - check your headlamp batteries to be sure they work.
 
Maybe practice wearing your hiking boots.
 
Dogs are welcome

Leader: Carrie Bielen Simon
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Sunday, 10/13/2019, Green Mountain- Full Moon Hike Trailblazers Trip Good Vibe Tribe

The trail is out and back and 3.6 miles round trip. The elevation gain is 803ft. Bring a headlamp! 

Leader: Rachel Jaakkola
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3.6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 920 ft
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Friday, 10/18/2019, Topaz Mtn (11,762') and North Tarryall Pk (11,902') *

We will start the trip by hiking up through a maze of old and confusing logging roads. After an hour or so when we are generally north of Topaz Mountain we will leave the road and hike south cross-county to the SE summit of Topaz. When ready, we will continue NW to the secondary Topaz summit, then continue NW toward North Tarryall Peak. We will approach the summit of Tarryall from the more gentle NE side. At some point we will decide to leave the summit and head NE, cross-country again, to finally pick up one of the logging roads that will take us back to the cars.This is somewhat of an exploratory hike, will consist of a large portion of off-trail hiking through steep terrain, and at a moderate but deliberate pace.

Leader: Rich McAdams
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2900
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Friday, 10/18/2019, Quandary Pk 14,265'

This hike is ~7 miles and ~3500' of gain - we are assuming that you have experience hiking above treeline in adverse conditions - this is not a hike with technical challenges but it will be a full day with considerable time above treeline.Here is a good description of our route: https://14ers.com/route.php?route=quan1&peak=Quandary+PeakWe are climbing this 14er in mid-October - winter conditions are possible - we will know and have more information during the week before the hike - a final communication on expected conditions and necessary gear will be provided to trip participants.

Leader: David Langley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3500
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Friday, 10/18/2019, 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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Saturday, 10/19/2019, Cucharas Canyon Backpack

Come enjoy an overnight to one of the remote desert canyons of Colorado.  We will backpack from the Wilson Crossing TH south and upstream to the Sheeps Crossing TH.  This will require setting up a shuttle on day one.  We will find a good spot to camp overnight about half way through the canyon.  The trail through the canyon bottom is faint at best requiring many stream crossings and fighting through underbrush and tall grass.  Long pants and full grain leather boots recommended.  This canyon contains history from recent cattle industry, older sheep herding cultures, and much older Apishapa Phase history.  Come see if we can find any or all of it.  Do not let the trail mileage fool you.  Travel off trail in a desert canyon takes much more energy output than one might expect.  This trip is primarily for Pikes Peak and Pueblo Group members.  All others will be wait listed.  250 mi.  8/400’.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 400
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Saturday, 10/19/2019, Rosedale Peak via Meridian Trail

We'll begin from the Meridian Trailhead at elevation 9,040 and hike a steady grade along established trail through pine/aspen up the Elk Creek drainage reaching a saddle at mile 3.25/elevation 10,720. Continue along the Meridian Trail and bear left at the intersection with the Cub Creek Trail. After another 1.5 miles through a forested area reach a second saddle at mile 4.75/elevation 11,410. Head .5 miles gaining an additional 415 feet south/southwest off trail and above tree line to the summit of Rosedale peak, elevation 11,825. Views of Rosalie Peak, Mt Evans, Mt Bierstadt and Mt Spaulding from the top. 

Leader: Stephen Norman
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2870
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Saturday, 10/19/2019, Multi-pitch Climb

We will select an easy multi-pitch climb, most likely in the Flatirons. The route is intended to provide roped climbing experience for CMC members. Difficulty will be in the 5.0 - 5.2 range.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Rock Climbing, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 10/19/2019, Silver Dollar, Murry Lks*


Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1100
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Saturday, 10/19/2019, Black Bear Trail Doggie Shuttle*

Hike on the one year old Black Bear Trail connection the Hildebrand Ranch Park to the Deer Creek Canyon Park.  Hike on a scenic, newly constructed trail. This will involve setting up a short shuttle drive between the two parking areas.  Fit, friendly dogs are welcome BUT NOT REQUIRED. We will likely stop for refreshments after the trip. 

Leader: Bob Watkins
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Saturday, 10/19/2019, Mays Peak in Colorado Springs

A Wonderful cardio workout while climbing up to Mays Peak and weather permitting your efforts will be rewarded by unobstructed 360* views of the surrounding area. RABBITS ( fast - paced hikers ) need not register for this hike please. MODERATE ( 2 miles per hour ) pace. 

Leader: Y Mason
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.25, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1,600
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Saturday, 10/19/2019, Eagle Peak

This hike will be steep throughout with multiple areas with gravel, so it will have a slip hazard. Hiking sticks are suggested, especially if you have weak knees. Near the top there are some tougher rocks that can involve very light scrambling. Basically this hike is lovely, but not your walk in the park; it will be somewhat strenuous despite the short distance. 

Leader: Audrey Burkart
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3.6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2106
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Sunday, 10/20/2019, WTS Group 21 Hike

TBD by students

Leader: Fred Jorgensen
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8
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Sunday, 10/20/2019, Lincoln Lake, Mt Evans Wilderness* CHANGED FROM Mt Wilcox 13,403' LIT for Meaghan Haenn

Bring your 10 essentials and review the weather beforehand.  Be sure to bring rain gear and plenty of cold weather laters since there is exposure as we near the lake.  I will keep an eye on the weather and send out more informations ahead of the trip. The trip may be cancelled in inclement weather.Please let me know if you have any health issues I should be aware of.

Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Sunday, 10/20/2019, Seal Rock East Face

Seal Rock is the large slab, shaped like a barking seal, above Bear Canyon. We'll climb the lower slabs, then the NE ridge to the summit. One 165' rappel puts us back on terra firma. This is a free hanging rappel, so you must be confident dangling in space while lowering yourself. All participants must have climbing gear: a helmet, belay device and glove, harness, several locking carabiners, autoblock, a personal anchor (webbing or PAS) and rock climbing shoes.

Leader: Sheryl Lampert
Type: Rock Climbing, Trail mileage: 5, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Sunday, 10/20/2019, Greenland Ranch (Castle Rock area) New Members Welcome!

Greenland Ranch is a Douglas County Open Space park between Denver and Colorado Springs along I-25.  This hike is on the open prairie but we will encounter some tree and rocky areas on the ten mile loop trail.  The trail elevation profile is up and down but the grades are easy.  The leader likes to lead at least one prairie hike per year and this is it.  Views of the Rampart Range to the west and Pikes Peak to the south.  While new members are welcome it is good to have current members to relate their CMC experiences - so all are welcome.New MembersThis is a CMC "B class" hike meaning it is 8-12 miles long and 1200-2500 feet of elevation gain.  From the elevation gain given above you see that the 700 ft gain of this hike is less than 1200 ft.  Less than 1200 ft is an "A class" hike.  But the hike is always the higher class (in this case "B") if the distance and elevation gain are in different classes.  I have hedged toward the "A" class designation by declaring this an "easy-B" hike.  In general "A" class hikes are easiest and "B","C",and "D" class hikes get progressively harder.  If this is all confusing come with me and I will (try to) explain all the other confusing aspects of CMC classifications and culture!

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 800
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Friday, 10/25/2019, High Line Canal 1 Segment 1

 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.Denver Water has a new book with maps for sale.Also recommended: The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an urban wildland by Robert Michael Pyle.   

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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Saturday, 10/26/2019, Apishapa Canyon Backpack

Come enjoy an out and back overnight to one of the remote desert canyons of Colorado.  We will backpack from the historic ranch near Buckleton Canyon south and upstream to a spire and camp near a historic sheepherder cabin.  The trail through the canyon bottom is faint at best requiring stream crossings and fighting through underbrush and tall grass.  Long pants and full grain leather boots recommended.  This canyon contains history from recent cattle industry, older sheep herding cultures, and much older Apishapa Phase history.  Come see if we can find any or all of it.  Do not let the trail mileage fool you.  Travel off trail in a desert canyon takes much more energy output than one might expect.  This trip is primarily for Pikes Peak and Pueblo Group members.  All others will be wait listed.  250 mi.  4/400’.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 400
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Saturday, 10/26/2019, Second Flatiron Freeway

The Freeway route on the Second Flatiron is an excellent beginner climbing route. Although this route is frequently climbed unroped as a scramble, the expectation on this climb is that the group will climb as rope teams. It is about 7 pitches and is rated class 4 with a few low class 5 moves with some exposure. The climb is rated 5.0.Bring helmet, climbing harness, a couple of locking carabiners and slings or personal anchor system, a belay/rappel device, rock shoes if you have them. Approach shoes with sticky rubber soles work well for this climb. Bring a day pack, snacks, and water. We'll climb with a small pack. You should have some rock climbing training such as a CMC basic mountaineering course. Leader(s) will bring ropes and rock pro for the climb.The number of participants who can be accommodated depends on the number of available leaders. If a wait list develops for this climb, leader(s) will schedule additional climbs of similar duration and difficulty. If you are willing to co-lead on this climb or similar climbs, please contact the trip leader.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Rock Climbing, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 10/26/2019, New/Prospective Member Hike Reservoir Ridge

The intent of this moderate trip is to give New Members and Prospective Members a feel for how CMC trips work. Note although preference will be given to new and prospective members this hike is also open to exisiting members. To save room at the trailhead we will meet in town and carpool to the trailhead off of Michaud Lane. Participants that live close to the trailhead may want to meet the group there. I ask those folks to let me know so we don't wait for them at the "in-town" meeting location. From the trailhead we will climb up to the ridge then do a "firgure 8" on the ridge. On the ridge (if the weather co-operates) we will see views of Greyrock, Watson Lake, Horsetooth, and the city of Fort Collins. Quite often there are also mule deer milling around just off the trial (WOW, all on one trip!!). After completing the figure 8 we will decend down off the ridge back to the trailhead. After the hike the leader will be going to Vern's for brunch, this will be a good opportunity for participants to socialize a bit and ask any questions they have about the Fort Collins CMC Group. Note the carpools will be arranged so that folks that don't want to go to Vern's can go directly back to the "in-town" meeting location.   

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 10/26/2019, New Member Hike: Mt Galbraith

This is a lovely hike with nice views of Golden, the Front Range, and west to the Continental Divide.  The goal is to get new members comfortable with the trip sign-up and trip-taking process. We will answer new members' practical questions and can talk as you wish about pace, clothing, gear, schools, etc.  I'll write you with a weather forecast the  day before. Do not assume bad weather means the trip is canceled.  We only cancel if the roads are treacherous. We just try to dress appropriately.Please advise me of any medical conditions that might impact your hiking.Please bring those of the  10 essentials  appropriate to a three-hour hike. Wear proper hiking boots, sunscreen, a hat, and bring plenty of water.  Traction devices, such as microspikes, probably will be necessary.  (We recommend you always carry them in your pack from late fall through early summer.)  Part of the trail is steep and gravel-slippery, so bring hiking poles if you use them.  No jeans or cotton clothing.  We can talk more about all that on trip day. No dogs, please.  Look for "Doggie Hikes" on the CMC calendar.

Leader: Steve Bonowski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 985
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Saturday, 10/26/2019, Family Hike- Mt. Falcon

Join us on our Family Hike series. The goal is to get families outside together, meet other families, and unlock and inspire children’s curiosity for exploring nature.This lovely area of Mt. Falcon includes both forested and meadow habitats, perfect for mellow hiking, trail games, and exploration of Colorado’s wonderful natural history. On this hike, we will focus on mountain safety basics, leave no trace, and overall tips of hiking with children and families.Please come prepared with the following:


Leader: Kathy Nguyen
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 2.0, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 200
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Friday, 11/1/2019, 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, 11/1/2019, EXPLORATORY HIKE: Mount Harvard + Mount Columbia EXPLORATORY HIKE: Mount Harvard EXPLORATORY HIKE: Mount Columbia

A strong commitment to this hike is required to participate. The fast pace means an average speed of 1 mile/hour AND 1,000' elevation gain/hour. Mount Harvard is the third higherst 14er in the State of Colorado. Preference given to those with recent experience hiking a challenging 14er in the past 1 - 2 - 3 months; or, demonstrate a strong mental and physical stamina for this full day adventure.

Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 15, Pace: Fast, Elevation Gain: 6,100
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Saturday, 11/2/2019, Jake and Elwood's Short Loop

This is a short loop trail going out the Alpine Tunnel Trail from the ghost town of Hancock past Jake and Elwood’s Spring to Tunnel Pass, then down the road over the Palisades and back up and over Williams pass back to Hancock.  This is all near St Elmo.  This trip is primarily for Pikes Peak and Pueblo Group members.  All others will be wait listed.  Nat Geo Map 130.  230 mi.  9/1,000’.  Register with leader. Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 11/2/2019, TRAILBLAZERS: Quandary Peak (Winter Welcomer)

This is a Trailblazers trip for CMC members ages 21-39, regardless of group affiliation.Every year, the 14ers.com community hosts a "Winter Welcomer" hike up Quandary Peak. The goal is to introduce new people to the rigors of winter hiking (before the season really ramps up), or for more experienced folks, to socialize and shift back into cold-weather mode. It's a fun event with an average turnout of 50-100. Seems like a great place to take a Trailblazers group! There's a CMC team coming from the Pikes Peak Group, as well.We will be taking the standard East Ridge route.Because this is a "winter conditions" hike, there are additional gear requirements. In addition to your normal summer kit and the Ten Essentials, you will need:

Long story short, you'll need flotation, plenty of layers and the ability to cover every inch of exposed skin if necessary.

Leader: Jeff Golden
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.75, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,450
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Saturday, 11/2/2019, Quandary Peak-14,265'

We will meet at the Safeway at 5:15am to carpool.

3275 W Colorado Ave

Leader: Britt Jones
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3500
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Saturday, 11/2/2019, Crestone Traverse - Subject to change

Priority will be given to those that I have done previous trips with and believe have the experience needed for this trip. This trip is subject to change destinations based on conditions. Other options include Arapahoe Traverse, West Ridge of Quandary, and Sawtooth on Bierstadt/Evans. We will backpack in on Saturday, and start hiking early Sunday morning and return to Denver Sunday night.Participants will be expected to participate in route finding. There will most likely be some "homework" to complete before the trip. Those that do not complete the homework within the given timeframe will be removed from the trip. Everyone must be very comfortable with exposure and route finding. Exploratory - The leader has not done this hike, but has done extensive research into the route.Disclaimer - By signing up for this trip you agree to have your email shared with other participants on the trip.

Leader: Nick Quesnel
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 14, Elevation Gain: 5,300
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Saturday, 11/2/2019, Section XVI SnackLuck

This is an enjoyable hike especially for new club members. SnackLuck: Hikers are encouraged to bring enough of their favorite snack to share with 8 other hikers. We will hike up to a nice overlook and enjoy the views while sharing snacks the group collectively brings. Leader will provide paper plates, untensils, napkins and a trash bag. This is the second SnackLuck of its kind since 2017.  

Leader: Y Mason
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.25, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1,300
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Friday, 11/8/2019, Crosier Mtn

The group will start at the Crosier Moutain Rainbow trailhead and make our way up the hill on trail. This trip should be all on trail. However, the trip leader has never done this trip from this trailhead and does not plan to scout it so you never know if there could be and "adventure" waiting to happen :-)   (That is part of the fun!)The trip up will be almost all uphill in the woods, when we get to the summit there are views of The Rockies to the west. 

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.1, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2700
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Friday, 11/8/2019, High Line Canal #3 Segment 3

 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.A recommended book: The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland by Robert Michael Pyle, 1993. 

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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Saturday, 11/9/2019, Raspberry Mountain Loop

This is long loop hike connecting Catamount Ranch Open Space to a historic CCC Camp, over Raspberry Mountain and back through Catamount Ranch Open Space.  This hike will pass historic sites and interesting features.  This trip is intended for Pikes Peak and Puebleo Groups primarily.  All others will be wait listed.  Nat Geo Map 137.  80mi.  11/1,500’.  Register with leader. Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 11/9/2019, Red Mountain Open Space Hike

Red Mountain Open Space, about 25 miles north of Fort Collins, consists of open terrain with red and tan sandstone rocks, small canyons, sandy washes, rolling grasslands and shrublands. Evidence of human habitation 12,000 years ago has been found in the area and people have lived and worked here since then. The Open Space is usually accessible for hikers March through November. It has no entrance fee.We will take a loop hike on several well-maintained trails (Bent Rock, Ruby Wash, Salt Lick, and Sinking Sun Trails) through a variety of interesting terrain (canyons, open grasslands, washes) for about 8 miles, with possible short side trips added. In case of serious winter weather conditions, we plan to reschedule the hike.Bring suitable footwear (hiking boots are suggested, especially if there is snow on the ground), headgear, gloves, clothing for wintry and windy conditions, lunch or snacks, water (there is no drinkable water along the route so bring all you expect to drink, at least 2 liters are suggested).More information and trail map: https://www.larimer.org/naturalresources/parks/red-mountain

Leader: John Raich
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.2, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Saturday, 11/9/2019, Catamount Falls - dog friendly

We will hike from the pond in Green Mountain falls up to Hondo Avenue. This road will lead us to Catamount Falls Trail. We will follow this to the South Catamount Reservoir. From here we will take a snack break, enjoy the scenery, and return. On the way back we will take Thomas trail and then weave back through the neighborhood along Boulder street to the pond.Friendly dogs are welcome but must be leashed for this hike.

Leader: Audrey Burkart
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1700
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Saturday, 11/9/2019, Annual Dinner --Vince Anderson

Join the Fort Collins Group of CMC for their Annual Dinner, with a very special presentation by Vince Anderson, international mountaineer and ski guide certified by the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations. Social begins at 6:00 p.m., including a cash bar, Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., Business Meeting at 7:30 p.m., Presentation by Vince Anderson "Jirishanca: Peru's Cerro Torre", begins at 8:00 p.m.***Mail check made payable to CMC Fort Collins Group ($35 per person) to Anita Wright, 1215 Catalpa Place, Fort Collins, CO 80521 to arrive by 10/24/19. Taco Bar: Beef, Chicken, Steak, soft/hard shells, Spanish rice, pinto/black beans, toppings, lettuce/tomato, mixed vegetables, fruit cocktail, dessert, tea/coffee

Leader: Anita Wright
Type: All Other
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Sunday, 11/10/2019, New Member: Evergreen Mountain Loop 8,536' Alderfer Three Sisters park

The goal is to get new members comfortable with the trip sign-up and trip-taking process. We will answer new members practical questions and can talk as you wish about pace, clothing, gear, schools, etc. I will write you with a weather forecast the day before. Do not assume bad weather means the trip is canceled. We only cancel if the roads are treacherous. We just try to dress appropriately.Please advise me of any medical conditions that might impact your hiking.Please bring those of the 10 essentials appropriate to a three-hour hike. Wear proper hiking boots, sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water. Traction devices, such as microspikes, probably will be necessary. (We recommend you always carry them in your pack from late fall through early summer.)Part of the trail is steep and gravel-slippery, so bring hiking poles if you use them. If you have never used hiking poles, I have a few to loan, if you'd like to try them.No jeans or cotton clothing. We can talk more about all that on trip day.No dogs, please. Look for Doggie Hikes on the CMC calendar.

Leader: Sigrid Barr
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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