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Friday, 3/24/2017, Sylvan Lake Cabin overnight, snowshoe or crosscountry ski

Stay at the Sylvan Lake Cabin and ski or snowshoe from there. Cabin will be available after 2:00 pm on Friday         You can drive up to the cabin or better carpool since parking is $ 7 per night. We will have community breakfasts and dinners prepared by Sonia and Ann ( cost will be shared) Bring your own lunch and refreshments, also some wood for the fire pit

Leader: Sonia Webb
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Saturday, 3/25/2017, HAMS Conditioning Warm Up- The Incline to Barr Camp Manitou Springs

This is a HAMS warm up as we begin our training for a high glaciated peak.  HAMS students get first preference.  If you are not in HAMS please email the leader first to see if space is available.Step after step for a little less than a mile - something like over 2000 steeps up.  Then we will proceed to Barr Camp, then down the Barr trail.Total roundtrip length is about 12 miles with around 4,000 ft of elevation gain. 

Leader: Jason Gross
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4000
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Saturday, 3/25/2017, MHS Field Trip – Lory State Park Mountain Hiking School Field Trip #2

This is the second field trip for 2017 Mountain Hiking School.*please note times subject to change

Leader: David Wasson
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Saturday, 3/25/2017, South Boulder Peak and Bear Peak

  The hike is for those BMS students who still need to obtain their 'C' hiker classification.  BMS students will be given first priority.  Others may join if the roster is not full.  This is a challenging hike that starts on the Mesa Trail, then heads up the steep Shadow Canyon trail to the saddle between Bear Peak and South Boulder Peaks.  We will go over to South Boulder Peak first then return to the saddle and head up to Bear Peak.  We will return down the Fern Canyon trail back to the Mesa Trail then South Mesa trailhead   The canyon contains some steep sections and can be icy, so bring microspikes (trekking poles also help).  Expect a lot of rock steps and uneven terrain!  Both peaks have some scrambling opportunities, although these are optional.  If the skies are clear for the hike, you can see a clear view of the entire continental divide from Evans to Longs. If you are working towards a C hiker classification, this can qualify as your difficult C.We will stop in Boulder to finish change classifcation forms. 

Leader: Michael Gaudet
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9.3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3500
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Saturday, 3/25/2017, BC Ski Fooses Creek

This is a moderate out and back ski into the North Fooses Creek Road near Monarch Pass.  We will stay to the main road following the power line as far as everyone can go, have lunch, then return by the same route.  We may explore some of the side roads along the way.  NNN-BC cross-country gear will be fine, but cable binding backcountry gear will be better.  We will avoid avalanche terrain.  Nat Geo Map 130.  240mi.  10/2,000’.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 3/25/2017, Bergen Peak, 9,720', Evergreen

Bergen Peak ranks highly among the best Foothill hikes near the Metro area.  

Leader: John O'Leary
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,100
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Saturday, 3/25/2017, South Creek

Easy hike in meadows & woods With occasional steep terrain.

Leader: Willie McCaw
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: ~1000'
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Saturday, 3/25/2017, WCS Team 2 Overnight #2


Leader: Sarah Thompson
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 3, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 3/25/2017, Winter Camping Group 1 Trip 4

This trip is open only to Group 1 students in the 2017 Denver Group Winter Camping School.We will leave from the American Mountain Center at 8:00 AM.We will hike in a short distance to find sufficient snow depth to practice basic winter tent and snow shelter camping skills.

Leader: John Aldag
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 2, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 3/25/2017, St. Mary's

We will build snow structures and stay for the night either in tents or approved structures. Everybody has to have space in tents and tent platform prepared, even if does not plan to use a tent. Snow structures has to be approved before use by 5 o'clock.  All tents used by people has to be set up before 6 o'clock.Bring snowshoes, snow shovel, snow saw (if you have), two headlamps, two sleeping pads, sleeping bag, bivy sack (to use in snow structures), tarps, stove, food and drink, wind gear. Bring spare gloves, hats, parkas to exchange into dry clothing after building of snow all day long.  Bring other stuff as you do for overnight trips.

Leader: Gyorgy Kereszti
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 600
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Sunday, 3/26/2017, Mount Sherman - 14,036' (4,278 metres) (Winter 14er)

Participants do not need a hiker rating but must be physically capable to handling about 11 miles of snow travel over sometimes very steep terrain for over 3,100 feet of elevation gain.Mount Sherman is considered a nice Class 2 winter climb when coming up rom the Fourmile Creek trailhead. However, extensive snow cover, over the road, will require that we park well below the summer trailhead at just under 11,000 feet.

Leader: Roger Wendell
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,100
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Sunday, 3/26/2017, Green Mountain 10,421'

This obscure Green Mountain is above Wellington Lake near Bailey. We will try to drive to Stoney Pass. From the pass we will hike up an old road and then practice our bushwhacking and route-finding skills to reach the summit. Bring snowshoes and Microspikes.

Leader: Renata Collard
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Friday, 3/31/2017, 7-mile ski trail * Berthoud Pass Area

We will snowshoe southwest from the trailhead toward Berthoud Pass.  This trail follows the upper section of the Frasier River and is usually tracked by skiers or boarders skiing Berthoud Pass.  With luck we will reach Berthoud Pass and then we'll retrace our path back to the cars.  There is one rather steep hill about 1.5 miles in but we should be able to ascend it.

Leader: Kevin Schaal
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1850
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Saturday, 4/1/2017, Mt Audubon snow climb Couloir climb or ski

The route will ascend one of the couloirs above Blue Lake, either Crooked Couloir or one of the Coney Couloirs, and go back down. We will not attempt to summit Mt Audubon. These are two prominent snow couloirs above Blue Lake, on south face of Mt Audubon. Options are to ski, snowboard, glissade and/or downclimb the route. A moderate, non-technical (i.e. unroped) snow route, quite accessible to anyone with adequate snow experience.Snow conditions will be evaluated that day, and an alternate route will be selected if the couloirs are not safe.References: Crooked Couloir on mountainproject.com Gerry Roach's Colorado's Indian Peaks, p 40CMC Brainard Cabin calendarFRONT RANGE SKI MOUNTAINEERING

Leader: Rick Casey
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 2700
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Saturday, 4/1/2017, BC Ski South Fork Lake Creek Rd

This is a moderate out and back ski into South Fork Lake Creek Road near La Plata Peak.  We will stay to the main road following the creek as far as everyone can go, have lunch, then return by the same route.  We may explore some of the side roads along the way.  NNN-BC cross-country gear will be fine, but cable binding backcountry gear will be better.  We will avoid avalanche terrain.  Nat Geo Map 127.  260mi.  10/1,600.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 4/1/2017, New Member Trip Crosier Mtn 9250' (Estes Park area)

Our destination is the high point of Crosier Mountain Roadless Area which is wedged between the Big Thompson River and its North Fork northeast of Estes Park and west of Loveland.  Despite proximity to Estes Park this area is more foothills than RMNP high country.  Three trails start from the North Fork Road and approach the summit from different directions.  Our route begins in "downtown" Glen Haven and climbs the mountain's west flank steadily for two miles.  The next mile rises more slowly and contours north around to the east ridge.  The last half mile steepens to the summit ending with an easy scramble up a boulder pile.  While much of the hike is in the trees there are many clearings with good views of RMNP peaks and, from the east ridge, the distant plains.  Curiously, CMC does not do this hike very often though it is no more distant than many popular RMNP hikes.  Join me to climb this Front Range mountain hiding in plain sight!

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1900
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Saturday, 4/1/2017, Old Railroad Bed

From the City Park pool lot, hike down to the river trail, Immediately turn left beteween the head dam & the house, and follow the old reailroad bed wetst along the south side of the Arkansas, to somw onds, ad radio tower, and ??? Exploratory!

Leader: Isobel Drysdale
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4
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Sunday, 4/2/2017, Bumble Ski

This is a "bumble ski" in that any one who feels like maybe they will have a little bumbling around while on cross-country/back country skis will be OK! The snow conditions may not be great by early April, but hopefully the weather will! be warm and sunny so who cares! Unless conditions require otherwise, we will plan to travel to the Brainard Lake area to ski a fairly flat trail (TBD) and hopefully stop at the CMC cabin in that area for a spot of tea, cocoa, or just chatting. Estimated mileage will be <5 mi, with a flat trail as much as reasonable. This is NOT a workshop, but geared for folks who may have taken Don and Eileen's excellent back country ski workshop and want to go on an easy trip where some bumbling will be expected. If you have recently purchased, or plan to purchase, end-of season skis and want to try them out, this might be a good venue! If you haven't XC skied in a decade or two and want to ease back in, also good! The leader and co-lead have little XC ski experience so you will not be alone. Register with leader.

Leader: Laura Hinds
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 5
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Sunday, 4/2/2017, Reservoir Ridge via Foothills Trail Joint Ft Collins/Shining Mountains Groups

This hike is along Reservoir Ridge, between West Fort Collins and Horsetooth Reservoir.  The hike starts at Reservoir Ridge Trailhead at the end of Michaud Lane in Fort Collins, and ends at the Maxwell Natural Area Trailhead.  This hike involves several ascents and descents, and some flatter areas, on a trail that is quite rocky in places.  The views are to the east over city and plains, or to the west overlooking Horsetooth Reservoir and the foothills.  The vegetation is shrub, ponderosa pines and grasses.  Mule deer and other wildlife are common along this route.  Overall, it is a great workout, with excellent views, and it only takes about half a day to complete.

Leader: Ward Whicker
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1100
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Friday, 4/7/2017, Mount Wilcox 13,408*


Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5.3, Elevation Gain: 2763
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Saturday, 4/8/2017, Orizaba - 18,491 feet (Citlaltépetl) - Highest Point in Mexico - This is NOT a HAMS or Adventure Travel Trip!

This is NOT a Hight Altitude Mountaineering (HAMS) or Adventure Travel trip - therefore each participant will be responsible for their own travel, expenses, and paying for the guide and outfitter service. The guide and outfitter will be providing some of the food necessary during the actual climb. However, food in town (and throughout Mexico) will be the responsibility of each participant. Also, participants will be required to have all the gear necessary for a climb of this nature.     

Leader: Roger Wendell
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4,500
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Saturday, 4/8/2017, BC Ski Wigwam Park -or- Twin Cone Peak

This trip will depend on snow conditions.  We will start at the road closure on Lost Park Road in Lost Creek Wilderness and ski the road and trails as far as everyone can manage before skiing back.  If snow is not present or not good enough, we will drive as far as we can up North Twin Cone Peak Road and ski the remainder.  NNN-BC cross-country gear will be okay, but cable binding backcountry gear is recommended.  We will avoid avalanche terrain.  Nat Geo Map 105.  180mi.  14/2500’.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 14, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Saturday, 4/8/2017, MHS Field Trip – Montgomery Pass Mountain Hiking School Field Trip #3

This is the third field trip for 2017 Mountain Hiking School.*please note times subject to change

Leader: David Wasson
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Saturday, 4/8/2017, Barr Camp Hike

Hike 6.5 miles one way through scrub oak, pines, aspen and rock formations on your way to Barr Camp. Once we arrive, we will spend approx 30 minutes at camp for a brief lunch prior to heading back down. This is a long and steep hike. The trail may be dry with slippery scree. Wear shoes with good traction and poles are a good idea but not required. Pack foot traction in case there is ice present on the trail. Check the weather forecast and pack the appropriate gear. Bring trail snacks, plenty of water, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, first aid kit, etc. Bring a filter if you plan to filter water at Barr Camp before heading back down or pay $5.00 to use the Camp's filter. You will be able to purchase Gatorade, candy bars, T-shirts, etc. from the Camp.

Leader: Donna Schneider
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3800
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Saturday, 4/8/2017, Singles! (and other interested people)

Meet at Ivywild school at 7:45 a.m. and choose a longer distance (5-6 mi) or shorter distance (2-3 mi) run/walk. Stop for coffee and/or breakfast afterward. Call Christie Lee at 719-243-1821 at least two days prior to the trip.

Leader: Christie Lee
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate
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Saturday, 4/8/2017, New Member Hike Golden Gate State Park Burro Trail Burro Trail

This is a moderately challenging short hike with a beautiful views.    Although this trip is titled for new CMC members, all are welcome.  We will answer new members' practical questions and talk about pace, clothing, gear, etc.  Bring your questions. The goal is to get new members comfortable with the trip sign-up and trip-taking process.Please also bring  the  10 essentials  appropriate to a three-hour hike and the actual weather.  Wear proper hiking boots.  No jeans or cotton  clothing.  Be prepared for inclement weather.   Anyone who shows up in the wrong footwear or clothing, or with insufficient water, etc., may not be allowed on the hike.  Rain jacket with hood  may  be a good pack item.  We can talk more about all that on trip day.  I will send out an email a day or two before.Microspikes or equivalent  likely a MUST, as the trail may be icy.  If the snowpack  is sufficient,  we may want to  wear snowshoes.  Just borrow or rent  some if you don't have them.  NO prior experience is necessary because snowshoeing is as easy as walking, although we'll share a few tips.  At the end of the day, you will be a snowshoer!No dogs, please.  CMC policy is to allow dogs only on designated "doggy hikes," which abound in the spring and fallDo NOT assume inclement weather means the trip is cancelled.  We usually cancel only if the roads are trecherous.  The leader will advise of any cancellation.  

Leader: Robbie Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1197
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Saturday, 4/8/2017, BMS Land Nav Field Day Lovell Gulch

Students will be split into teams accompanied by instructors.  There will be 6/7 waypoints to locate.  The objective of the day will be to navigate from waypoint to waypoint, using a map and compass.  Various techniques for navigating will be used throughout the day.  Each student will be given the responsibility of choosing the technique used to reach a waypoint.Students will be expected to be prepared for an all-day hike.  You will need to have a day-pack, enough food and drink for the day, carry the 10 Essentials and wear appropriate clothing.  Students should be prepared for changing and possibly inclement weather conditions.  Maps will be provided for use in the field, but you will need to have your own compass.  Use of a GPS is not allowed.  Your instructor will have one for backup.

Leader: David Kuenzli
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 4/14/2017, Raleigh Pk. 8,183'*

This rocky peak near the South Platte River lies between Long Scraggy Peak and Cathedral Spires. Starting from the town of South Platte, hike E on the Colorado Trail about 4 miles. Turn left (S) and bushwhack and rock scramble to reach the summit.

Leader: Cheryl Ames
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Friday, 4/14/2017, New Member Hike Staunton State Park Mason Creek/Bear Paws/Old Mill Creek/Staunton Ranch Trails*

A loop made up primarily of Mason Creek Trail to the Bear Paw Trail, then back on Mason Creek to old mill site then Staunton Ranch TR to Chase Meadow to Davis Ponds to the cars maybe some variations depending on conditions and participant interest.Note: do not assume "bad" weather means trip cancellation. CMC trips usually proceed unless the weather makes road travel hazardous. Wait for the leader to advise you.Leader will email roster members two days prior to the trip with an update on weather and other special info such as "bring snowshoes"Please leave dogs at home. CMC policy allows dogs only on specified "Doggie Hikes."  Although this is for new CMC members, all are welcome. We will answer new members' practical questions and talk about pace, clothing, gear, etc.Please bring those of the 10 essentials appropriate to a  six-hour hike and that day's possible weather. Wear proper hiking boots. No jeans or cotton clothing. We can talk more about all that on trip day.Too early to say now butplan to bring microspikes and maybe snowshoes. (I have a few to lend  to big guys or you can rent them.)Never snowshoed? It's as easy as walking. Rent a pair at REI or your local mountain store, get snow baskets (usually the same brand) to fit your hiking poles, be sure your hiking boots are waterproof, add some gaiters, and you will be good to go. We'll show you a few tricks, if need be.   

Leader: Robbie Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1625
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Saturday, 4/15/2017, Fletcher Mountain via Drift Peak

Start at Mayflower Gulch trailhead and hike southeast to the Boston Mine area. Gain the Northwest ridge of Drift Peak and follow it to the summit of Drift. Conditions permitting, traverse the connecting ridge over to Fletcher Mountain. The ridge to Fletcher requires a short 5.3 climb on the way over and a 30-foot rappel on the way back. Reverse the route to return to the parking area.Estimated Time: 11.5 hoursTrailhead: Mayflower Gulch 11,000 ftDrift Peak 13,900 ftFletcher Mountain 13,951 ft

Leader: Uwe Sartori
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.0, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,538
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Saturday, 4/15/2017, BC Ski Mayflower Gulch

This is a moderate out and back ski into Mayflower Gulch north of Fremont Pass.  We will stay to the main road up to the historic cabins, have lunch, play on the slopes around the cabins, and return.  We may explore some of the side roads along the way.  NNN-BC cross-country gear will be okay, but cable binding backcountry gear is recommended.  Avalanche gear and training is required.  Nat Geo Map 109.  320mi.  7/1,500.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 4/15/2017, MHS Field Trip – Graduation Hike Mountain Hiking School Field Trip #4

This is the graduation hike for 2017 Mountain Hiking School (first of two options).*please note times subject to change

Leader: David Wasson
Type:
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Saturday, 4/15/2017, Corral Creek/Wildcat Canyon

We will hike down the old road into Corral Creek, and then on to the South Platte in Wildcat Canyon (in the heart of the Hayman Burn).

Leader: Edward Biery
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Friday, 4/21/2017, Eldorado Canyon to Walker Ranch Loop*

Starting in Eldorado Canyon State Park we'll hike Eldorado Canyon trail to Walker Ranch Loop, follow the loop, and return to where we came. This trip will depend on the weather and group for the entire loop.

Leader: Cheryl Ames
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 15, Elevation Gain: 3200
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Friday, 4/21/2017, North Table Mountain Information Hike Natural History

Come discover the birds, flowers and wildlife of this "Serengeti of Golden". We will see some great vistas as we wind our way through grass/shrubland and lava cliffs to explore the mesa top and its origin. Bring binoculars.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 4/21/2017, (Photo Section) Hole In The Rock Road (Utah) Car Camping Trip & multiple day-hikes & slot canyons Grand Staircase-Escalante N.M. (SE of Escalante,Utah)

Photo Section Trip.Hole In The Rock Road, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah, starting a few miles east on Hwy 12 (paved) from Escalante UT.  Some of the most scenic and remote areas, trails, and slot canyons in the USA!  Car pools to be arranged from Denver starting the morning of Friday April 21, 2017.  Primitive dispersed car camping on BLM land along the dirt road at various locations. Return to Denver on the evening of Sunday April 30, 2017.  Utah is normally sunny and warm at this time while Colorado is still waiting for cold, snow and mud to clear!Trails and other activities will be chosen each day as based upon weather conditions, trail conditions, and the desires of the group (must be flexible).  Many spectacular must see trails, slot canyons and other natural features!  This is a Photo Section event, thus we will be stopping to take photos as desired, so bring your camera or plan on taking breaks of half an hour here and there, as the scenery demands.I have hiked some of the trails in the area in the last number of years, however many trails will be hiked and explored for the first time.  I am very experienced with southern Utah and have spent considerable time there over the last decade. Many trails consist of following cairns and other natual features up and down an assortment of rocky or sandy terrain.  consistent elevation gain at one time generally is less than 400 feet followed by easier terrain before the next up or down segment.  Some trails require use of scrambling or climbing over large rocks/boulders for a short distance.The area can provide outstanding star gazing under clear skies! (some of the best in the lower 48 - no towns for many miles) in addition to extremely colorful sunrise/sunsets that look like another planet! Other short scenic activates and stops will be made as the group desires. All trip costs including but not limited to; park entrance fees, gas, vehicle costs (possible rentals), so on to be split by all attending.  ALL supplies (including water) must be brought from Denver or topped off in Grand Junction or Moab,  Escalante UT is a very small town with very limited supplies and hours.  Limited supplies at high prices sometimes available.  Advised to bring; ALL food, cooking gear, camping gear, wide brim hats, sunglasses, sunsceen (there is no shade and you will be in the sun all day, every day for over a week after being inside most of the winter), zip-lock bags for camera eq contact lens and anything else sensitive to fine dust, camp chairs, small table (if you have), 5 or more gallons water per person, small (low value "school") backpack without frame which is easy to take on and off often for slot canyons (in addition to standard day-packs), and ALL supplies you will need for the entire trip. NO cel phone coverage, NO internet, NO supplies, NO towns nearby. Medical services are many many hours (or days) away. Come prepared! Stop when available for anything you have forgotten and always fill up with gas and water.  Must be in good physical condition (currently able to complete B level hikes without problems/complications) and flexible enought to traverse thru non-techical slot canyons, and other rock features. Due to the remoteness of this trip, all participants MUST discuss the trip with Leader prior to signing up.  Please have your membership number available. Mark Haugen -Trip Leader303-744-0625 

Leader: Mark Haugen
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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