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Saturday, 12/14/2019, Saint Vrain Mountain - 12,162'* LIT for Mercedes Aponte

Gear: Everyone, please bring the “10 Essentials”, snowshoes and traction devices (i.e. microspikes). Practice attaching your snowshoes to your pack. I would recommend bringing ski goggles/ski gloves or mittens/ face mask in case we encounter higher than expected winds in addition to your normal summer gear as well as plenty of layers. Gaiters would also be a good idea. You will not be allowed to join this trip without the required gear.

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8.2, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3262
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Saturday, 12/14/2019, Lake Helene Snowshoe

The snowshoe to Lake Helene is a popular trip beginning at the Bear Lake trailhead parking lot in Rocky Mountain National Park. Lake Helene is situated in a bowl beneath Flattop Mountain (12,324ft), Notchtop Mountain (12,129ft) and Ptarmigan Point (12,363ft). The trail weaves through aspen and pine forests with scenic views at almost every turn.We will begin the hike at the trailhead at Bear Lake and follow the trail toward Fern Lake. At about .4 miles the trail will connect with the Bierstadt Lake trail on the right. We will continue left toward Fern and Odessa Lakes. As the trail climbs we will have spectacular views of Longs Peak, Keyboard of the Winds, Pagoda Peak, Chiefs Head and the Glacier Gorge valley. After about another .5 mile, we will reach the trail to Flattop Mountain on the left. We will continue on the right fork. The first mile past the junction, the trail continues to climb through dense pine forest. The second mile the trail eases a bit as we ascend Mill Creek drainage.  On the way we will pass the Banana Bowls and possibly see telemark skiers on the bowls. We will continue by Two Rivers Lake and then on to Lake Helene. We will return along the same route.It can be windy as we approach treeline, so be prepared. Bring a shell, extra insulation, face protection and eye protection. I would recommend 1-2 liters of water, snacks, lunch and the rest of the ten essentials. Gaiters and trekking poles can also be handy.

Leader: Bill Trout
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6.0, Elevation Gain: 1250 ft
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Saturday, 12/14/2019, Christmas Bird Count / ColoSprgs

This is the Colorado Springs Annual Audobon Christmas Bird Count.  We will be birding in an area just south of Pulpit Rock, encompassing the UCCS campus and surrounding area.  Some of the area requires walking and some can be driven.  You will need binoculars, birding book and a general knowledge of identifying different bird species.

Leader: Dean Waits
Type: All Other, Trail mileage: 4, Elevation Gain: 200
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Saturday, 12/14/2019, New Member Hike: White Ranch Rawhide Loop

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, 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 bring those of the 10 Essentials http://https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html appropriate to a mountain hike:  Wear proper hiking boots, sunglasses and sunscreen, a hat, a personal first aid kit, nutrition items, and plenty of water. Rain jacket with hood is a year-round pack item. Traction devices, such as Microspikes, may be necessary as the trail could be icy. (We recommend you always carry them in your pack from late fall through early summer.)A few small parts of the trail is steep, 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 designated "Doggie Hikes" on the calendar.

Leader: Robbie Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 900
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Saturday, 12/14/2019, Bennett Mtn 8045' (Rampart Range)

This trip is along the crest of the northern Rampart Range west of Sedalia.  We hike an out-and-back on an old up and down road along Russell Ridge.  On the return we do a short and easy off trail ascent of Bennett Mtn.  Views along our route and especially the summit include the Buffalo Creek burn, Raleigh Peak, Chair Rocks, and Cathedal Spires from a unique perspective rarely seen on CMC trips.  There may be some snow on the ground but not enough for snowshoe.  Weather forcast for this day (less than a week away) indicate some snow coming in later in the day.  The plan is to finish this easy and close to town hike ahead of the weather.

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Saturday, 12/14/2019, Mt. Falcon Circle

Fast moderate-moderate pace - 2+ mph.

Leader: John O'Leary
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 12/14/2019, Uphill skiing at Monarch

Meet at the base of the Breezeway lift at 9:00. We will skin the designated route to Mirkwood Bowl that is published on the website running multiple laps until lunch time ( approximately noon). We may break into different pace groups as appropriate.

Leader: Matthew Von Thun
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 2000 -6000
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Saturday, 12/14/2019, Ski/ Snowshoe Old Vail Pass and Christmas Party

We will ski tour or snowshoe up the gradual, scenic Old Vail Pass Road about 2 miles or more, if people are interested, come down the same waythen go back 1 mi to Lee's house at 4325 Spruce Way for some Christmas Cheer with apps, cookies and hot spiced wine or tea. You may contribute some "Eats" if you like.If you can't ski or snowshoe just join us for the party but let me know your plans

Leader: Cecilia ( Lee) Moosburger
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 600 ft
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Saturday, 12/14/2019, Moonlight Snowshoe (RMNP)

There is full moon on Wednesday, December 11th so I figure Saturday night (Dec. 14th) will be a perfect opportunity for another moonlight snowshoe.  I led similar trips last year and they proved to be a lot of fun.We will probably start walking just after 5:00 PM as it starts getting dark.  Our intended destination will be decided upon at a later date when I know what the snow conditions will be like but it will be no more than an "Easy" snowshoe (probably less than 3 miles with little elevation gain).After the snowshoe we will stop in Estes Park for dinner.  For those participants from the Denver area I would expect you would be back to the Park-n-Ride between 10 and 10:30 PM.Feel free to contact the trip leader with any questions. 

Leader: David Sanders
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 500
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Sunday, 12/15/2019, Seven Bridges to Bear Creek to Loud's Cabin

This is an out and back trip starting at the Hub Parking Lot above Helen Hunt Falls in Colorado Springs.  We will hike up Seven Bridges to the new connector trail to Jones Park.  We will follow that trail through the historic site up to the area of Loud’s Cabin and Chipmunk Lodge.  We will explore the ruins in the area and return via the same route.  If the weather requires it, we will change this to a snowshoe trip.  This trip is primarily for Pikes Peak and Pueblo Group members.  All others will be wait listed.  Well behaved dogs on leash welcome.  Nat Geo Map 137.  9/2,300’.  Register with leader. Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2300
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Sunday, 12/15/2019, Rams Horn Mountain (9,553 feet)

Rams Horn is  a rarely-visited mountain that’s close to Estes Park. This destination has great views of Rocky Mountain National Park’s eastern peaks and the mountains that rise west up to the Continental Divide. We’ll begin at the Lily Mountain Trailhead and follow that trail for about a mile before leaving it and traversing through forested terrain to the saddle between Lily and Rams Horn. Once at the saddle we’ll ascend north along the south ridge of Rams Head, keeping slightly east of the ridge’s steep rock slabs and cliffs; eventually we’ll turn northwest to gain the rocky summit. If the weather’s pleasant, we’ll have lunch at the top. If time and conditions allow, a short excursion may be done over to the high point of the closest structure on Teddy’s Teeth before we begin our descent. We’ll snowshoe/ bushwack for about 6 miles RT and gain about 1,000 feet of elevation.  Bring snowshoes AND Microspikes or equivalent. This is an exploratory trip, leader has not done this trip. Be ready for cold, bushwacking and some class 2 hiking where you may have to use your hands to climb over slippery rocks.

Leader: Dominique Hershberger
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Sunday, 12/15/2019, Uphill Skiing at Snowmass

Let's spend our Sunday mornings getting a little excercise at Snowmass Mountain Resort. Meet Lisa at 8:00 AM at the Snowmass mall to uphill ski one of the many trails at the resort. Distance and elevation gain will be based on participant abilities and desires. We will lead this trip every Sunday beginning December 1st until the end of the ski season. Contact Lisa to join. Skiers should be able to ski downhill on at least a groomed, blue-rated ski run. Climbing skins required.

Leader: Lisa Paige
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Sunday, 12/15/2019, Powderhound Loop XC ski

This is a pleasant backcountry ski  mostly through trees and finishing on an old railroad grade.   There are some uphill sections where skis with scales or skins are recommended.  The downhilll section is through trees. We will plan to stop and eat lunch at the highpoint where there is a meadow.

Leader: Candace Winkle
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 300 ft
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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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Saturday, 12/21/2019, Bergen Peak*

We'll begin from the Lewis Ridge parking lot and hike the Bergen Peak Trail to the summit. Max elevation is 9708', and there are nice views of Mt Evans. We'll descend via Too Long and Founder'sTrails.

Leader: Roger Leikas
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Saturday, 12/21/2019, Avalanche Fundamentals Review

This trip is intended for those who have completed AIARE 1. Objectives will be to review avalanche safety fundamentals to include:Planning Winter trips into the backcountryTrailhead beacon checkProper transceiver useRecognizing Avalanche TerrainRelevant observationsExamining the snowpackEvaluating terrain optionsTravel techniques and best practices to minimize exposure and risk in avalanche terrainCompanion rescue procedure  

Leader: Joe Esseichick
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 4, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 12/21/2019, Gould Loop XC Ski

This will be a casually paced ski tour around a well-established, and often groomed, loop trail beginning and ending at the Moose Visitor Center located a few miles west of Cameron Pass.  Most of the route is along flat or gently rolling terrain with a few moderate hills along the way. The route skirts some large meadows which are often used by moose and other wildlife, with dramatic views of the high peaks above Cameron Pass, such as Iron Mountain and the Nokhu Crags. Good downhill turning skills are not needed on this route, but skiers do need reasonable ability to control skis on the small downhill sections, and to make gentle turns at the bottom of the hills.  Although perhaps not well suited to outright beginners, this trip is appropriate for those with basic XC skills and experience.  Lightweight nordic trail skis are appropriate.  For those with the proper equipment and skills, there are one or two sections where one might have the option of climbing up some distance to make a few turns in powder on 12-18 degree slopes.  This loop is expected to take perhaps 4-5 hours on trail. 

Leader: Steve Dielman
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 12/21/2019, Backcountry Ski Tour, Cameron Pass

A backcountry ski tour at Cameron Pass, for descriptions see:www.frontrangeskimo.com, Cameron Pass, Never Summer MtnsMaps: Trails Illustrated #112, #200. given recent snow, skiing should be good. if avalanche danger rating is "considerable", we'll limit the tour to conservative terrain.The backcountry tour will involve a round trip of up to 6 miles with an elevation gain of up to 2,000', with a portion on an established track. Be prepared to break trail for part of the route. Ascent will be casually paced with periodic stops for snowpack and terrain assessments, but be prepared for a longer day. You should be able to ski untracked snow in variable conditions, both above and below treeline, in trees of varying density. Terrain steepness will generally be 30 degrees or less, except for short, steeper sections. You should be prepared for an outing of 5-6 hours, trailhead to trailhead. Driving to and from the trailhead adds about another 2.5 hours round trip from the meeting location.Bring AT, tele, or split board gear with climbing skins. A helmet (skiing or climbing) is recommended. Avalanche gear (beacon, shovel, probe) and knowledge of how to use it, is required. Bring lunch, including a drink. Winter clothing, including wind protection, is essential.Backcountry AT/Tele ratings for this trip (see Notes below):Fitness - MODERATESkill - BLUEAvalanche training - LEVEL 1 AVALANCHE COURSE AND GEAR REQUIREDPlease read the notes on backcountry skiing ratings below to determine if this trip is for you. You can register for this trip online.Check:NOAA weather forecast: http://www.weather.gov/bou/CAIC avalanche forecast: http://avalanche.state.co.us/Front Range forecast: http://avalanche.state.co.us/forecasts/backcountry-avalanche/front-range/before you leave for this ski tour.By signing up on this trip, you agree to allow the trip leader to share your contact information with other participants.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 12/21/2019, McClure Pass Cross-Country Ski and Potluck Lunch

Join us for delightful cross-country ski tour on McClure Pass, followed by a potluck lunch in Carbondale. We'll meet in Carbondale and carpool to the top of McClure Pass. From there, we'll ski the Ragged Mountain Road 3.5 miles to where it ends at private property. We'll return to the car and head back down to Carbondale where we'll enjoy our lunch at Susan's home. Contact the Mike or Susan to sign-up and say what you'll bring for lunch. You can also sign-up online. For online registration, let us know what you'll bring for the potluck in the "comments" section.

Leader: Michael Miller
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 700
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Saturday, 12/21/2019, Capitol Peak-14,130' in calendar winter

Saturday, Dec. 21: We will meet at Britt's house at 43 Misty Creek Dr. Monument, CO 80132 at 5:00pm on Dec. 22 and drive to the Snowmass Creek TH from there. I-25 north, I-70 west to Glenwood Springs, Hwy 82 east. Then see directions from 14ers.com.We should get to the TH at 8,320' around 10:00pm where we will spend the night.Sunday, Dec. 22nd:At day break we will snowshoe up Snowmass Creek 1.5 miles. Here  drop down, cross the creek, and head up West Snowmass Creek. We will hike up 3.5 miles up to 10,400' and set up our high camp for the night. This is .5 mile shy of Moon Lake and makes for a 5 mile approach with 3,000 vertical gain through snow which may be un-broken.Monday, Dec. 23rd:Leave high camp at 5:00am. Hike past Moon Lake and get to K2-13,664' which is 2+ miles and 3,200'. vertical gain. From K-2, Capitol is only a half mile and 500 vertical feet away however, this is where the serious technical climbing begins! Getting from K-2 to the summit of Capitol will possibly take up to 5 hours depending on how much we feel we need to protect the route.We will backtrack our ascent path back to camp. It will likely be 6:00pm before we get there. Some and possibly all of us will tear down camp and hike out as some need to get back home for work.

Leader: Britt Jones
Type: All Other, Trail mileage: 16.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 6,000
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Sunday, 12/22/2019, Coney Flats Snowshoe Loop (Brainard Lake area)

From Beaver Reservoir we follow a narrow, winding, 4WD road 3.2 miles westward and including the road non motorized bypass to the Coney Flats TH at the Indian Peaks Wilderness Boundary, where we turn around.  This road is closed to motorized use in winter and sees both ski and snowshoe (and maybe some fat tire bike) traffic.  Winter conditions are similar to Brainard Lake which is just a few miles south, but there are less people at Coney Flats.  To return we do a loop by heading south on the Beaver Creek Trail to the trip high point, then east on the Stapp Lake Trail (which unfortunately does not go to the private Stapp Lakes), and get back on the road all the way to the TH.  Some recent CMC trips to Coney Falts have taken a long norther loop which is a bit much for this trip leader, so we try this shorter south loop.  We may have to break trail on the Beaver Creek and Stapp Lake Trails since they are not the standard route here.  New snow forecast for the week before the trip should make good snowshoe.  A route map is here   https://caltopo.com/m/A6HD 

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1100
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Sunday, 12/22/2019, Uphill Skiing at Snowmass

Let's spend our Sunday mornings getting a little excercise at Snowmass Mountain Resort. Meet Lisa at 8:00 AM at the Snowmass mall to uphill ski one of the many trails at the resort. Distance and elevation gain will be based on participant abilities and desires. We will lead this trip every Sunday beginning December 1st until the end of the ski season. Contact Lisa to join. Skiers should be able to ski downhill on at least a groomed, blue-rated ski run. Climbing skins required.

Leader: Lisa Paige
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Sunday, 12/22/2019, Spruce Creek Ski Tour

We will ski up the trail to the Mohawk Lakes trailhead then descend down the 4WD Spruce Creek Rd to complete the loop. The trail is a moderate climb through the woods.  Some skiers prefer kicker skins, but it can be done with fishscales.  We will return with a brisk downhill ride back to the TH. Intermediate backcountry downhill skill required. Depending on the group, we may choose to make this an out-and-back, skiing back down the Spruce Creek Trail.  This is more technical but the snow is often better on the trail than the road. Bring the usual: 10 essentials and clothing appropriate for the weather, trail lunch/snacks. You do not need avalanche gear.  

Leader: Mike Moerk
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 4, 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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Saturday, 12/28/2019, New Member: Independence Mountain (8,370') Loop from O'Fallon 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, may 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: Jeff Stevens
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Sunday, 12/29/2019, Uphill Skiing at Snowmass

Let's spend our Sunday mornings getting a little excercise at Snowmass Mountain Resort. Meet Lisa at 8:00 AM at the Snowmass mall to uphill ski one of the many trails at the resort. Distance and elevation gain will be based on participant abilities and desires. We will lead this trip every Sunday beginning December 1st until the end of the ski season. Contact Lisa to join. Skiers should be able to ski downhill on at least a groomed, blue-rated ski run. Climbing skins required.

Leader: Lisa Paige
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 3000
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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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Saturday, 1/4/2020, Nordic Ski Gold Run Nordic Center

Are you trying to get back into the winter season and just need some practice before your big hut trip?  Come spend the day honing your skate or classic track skiing skills on the groomed trails of this fantastic Nordic Center.  Full rentals available at the center.  All skill levels welcome.  We will avoid avalanche terrain.  Nordic Center Map.  280mi.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 1/4/2020, Loch Vale & Timberline Falls Snowshoe

The snowshoe will begin at the Glacier Gorge trailhead. I like to take the summer trail toward Alberta Falls to Mills Junction. At the Junction, depending on conditions, we will either continue on the summer trail or follow Icy Brook through the gorge (the winter trail) to the Loch. We will then cross the Loch to the Timberline Falls trail and follow it to the Falls. After enjoying the views, we will more or less re-trace our track back to the Loch. At the northeast side of the Loch, we will go off trail and hike up Middle Glacier Knob. The hike will involve some easy class 2 scrambling, but the views make it worthwhile. We will have spectacular views of Glacier Gorge, Sky Pond area and Andrews Glacier. We will then hike down the Knob and continue to Serendipity Pond and to the Glacier Gorge winter trail. Then back to the trailhead

Leader: Bill Trout
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: 1700
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Saturday, 1/4/2020, Beginner Snowshoes: Brainard Lake

We'll show you how to select and wear snowshoes, a few principles of snow travel, trail choice, fastening snowshoes to your pack, and anything else you want to know. We want you to leave this trip excited to sign up for the next one.Please bring the 10 essentials appropriate to the weather and a guided day trip:
If you haven't yet re-provisioned your pack for winter sports, consider these items: 

Leader: Cynthia Lehr
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 600
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Saturday, 1/4/2020, Sharptail Ridge

Let's enjoy the end of the holiday season with a pleasant stroll through Douglas County Open Space. We'll also go through a corner of Roxborough State Park. Have good boots, gaiters, wind gear, and micro-spikes.Leader wil check the trail a few days before. If the trail is very muddy; that soft, mushy prairie clay; we'll switch the location to Waterton Canyon.

Leader: Steve Bonowski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Saturday, 1/4/2020, Aiken Canyon Preserve


Leader: Andy Lyon
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 400
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Saturday, 1/4/2020, Maroon Bells XC Ski

Nordic ski to just below one of North America's most iconic mountains, and enjoy the breathtaking view all to yourself. This scenic and moderate 12 mile out-and-back trail sees just about no tourists compared to the summer season when the road is open to cars. With a gentle slope (1,000 feet of elevation), 14ers all around, nothing but the sound of nature, and an easy-to-follow groomed trail, this adventure is a must do! T Lazy 7 Ranch grooms the trail but they also run snowmobiling tours along the same road. There is plenty of room on the road for the snowmobilers to pass and it happens about 2-3 times while climbing up the Maroon Lake Scenic Area.

Leader: Mary Wiener
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 1/4/2020, Avalanche Terrain Avoidance Field Day (ATA)

This field day experience will teach you how to assess slope angles, identify avalanche terrain, how to use your slope meter and snow quality as well as matching terminology on the CAIC report with field conditions..

Leader: Brad Cotten
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 500
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Sunday, 1/5/2020, Uphill Skiing at Snowmass

Let's spend our Sunday mornings getting a little excercise at Snowmass Mountain Resort. Meet Lisa at 8:00 AM at the Snowmass mall to uphill ski one of the many trails at the resort. Distance and elevation gain will be based on participant abilities and desires. We will lead this trip every Sunday beginning December 1st until the end of the ski season. Contact Lisa to join. Skiers should be able to ski downhill on at least a groomed, blue-rated ski run. Climbing skins required.

Leader: Lisa Paige
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Friday, 1/10/2020, Ski/snowshoe W Lakecreek Trail

Let's meet at the Edwards Rest Area to carpool to the trailheadTrail starts with a fairly steep climb for the first mile and a half thru conifer and aspen forest to level off some later, good back country equipment is recommendedmap

Leader: Judith Rau
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 1/10/2020, East Loveland Pass Sunset and Moonrise hike

We will hike from Loveland Pass parking area to the first peak.  The elevation gain is about 900', and one way mileage is 0.9.  The summit of this first peak is about 12,900'.  Aim to be on the summit by 16:50.  The sun will be setting in the west, and the moon will rise directly to the east.  Expect to be standing still at the summit area for about 45 minutes.  Expect frigid cold and winds between 10-20 mph.  Windchill will be 0-10 degrees.  On our headlamp descent, the moon will start to rise over the ridge behind us, casting moon light on the surrounding peaks of Loveland Pass.  Expect to be back at the trailhead no later than 19:00. 

Leader: Barbara Audin
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 1.8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 950
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Saturday, 1/11/2020, AIARE 1 Instructor Field Session

AIARE 1 Instructor Field SessionShed the rust, dial back in, review curriculum, review changes if any, cycle through the AIARE 1 field sessions goals/student outcomes, role playing through teaching scenarios.1/2 day event. Gather at Wooly Mammoth at 06:30. On our way home at 11:30ish, in time for brunch.

Leader: Uwe Sartori
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 2, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 1/11/2020, Snowshoe Practice Field Trip

This snowshoe field session is for those who have completed the two required classroom sessions with the Pikes Peak Group.

 
During this trip you will have the opportunity to practice out in the field, swap snowshoes to figure out differences between models, ask questions about gear and winter trips.  Details will be provided during the classroom session.
 
   

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 700
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Saturday, 1/11/2020, New Member Hike: Matthews/Winters Loop

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, 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 bring those of the 10 Essentials [ https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html] appropriate to a mountain hike:  Wear proper hiking boots, sunglasses and sunscreen, a hat, a personal first aid kit, nutrition items, and plenty of water. Rain jacket with hood is a year-round pack item. Traction devices, such as Microspikes, may be necessary as the trail could be icy. (We recommend you always carry them in your pack from late fall through early summer.)Part of the trail is steep, 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 designated "Doggie Hikes" on the calendar.Let me know of any medical conditions that might affect you on the hike.

Leader: Janet Martel
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Saturday, 1/11/2020, Buttermilk Sugar Bowls Ski Tour

This popular local ski tour in our back yard is for anyone comfortable skinning and skiing in untracked snow. Our route takes us from West Buttermilk parking lot to the top of the ski area and a quick stop in the warming hut for a snack. We'll then continue along the ridge out to the "Sugarbowls", where gentle open slopes may provide some ski turns and then we will tour back along the government trail to the parking area to complete our loop. Avalanche gear will not be required on this trip, however you must have backcountry, telemark or AT skis only (no split-boards). Climbing skins along with all of the appropriate gear and clothing for a day tour are required. Please plan on a full day; our start time will be 8:30am at the West Buttermilk parking area. As always we will try to incorporate some education for those interested including navigation, the what to do "if" in an emergency, along with some fun and mellow backcountry skiing.

Leader: Scott Messina
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 4.5, Elevation Gain: 1460
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Saturday, 1/11/2020, PPG New Member Orientation Hike at RRCOS

We will go for a short hike in the Red Rock Canyon Open Space (3 miles) and then meet at the Gazebo to review the PPG New Member Orientation materials and answer questions.  Guests are welcome so bring a friend. We should be complete by 11:30ish.  Dress for the weather.

Leader: Dean Waits
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 1/11/2020, Moonlight Snowshoe (RMNP)

There is full moon on Friday, January 10th so I figure Saturday night (Jan. 11th) will be a perfect opportunity for another moonlight snowshoe.  I led similar trips last year and they proved to be a lot of fun.We will probably start walking just after 5:00 PM as it starts getting dark.  Our intended destination will be decided upon at a later date when I know what the snow conditions will be like but it will be no more than an "Easy" snowshoe (probably less than 3 miles with little elevation gain).After the snowshoe we will stop in Estes Park for dinner.  For those participants from the Denver area I would expect you would be back to the Park-n-Ride between 10 and 10:30 PM.Feel free to contact the trip leader with any questions.

Leader: David Sanders
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 500
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Sunday, 1/12/2020, BC Ski Nordic Center Practice

This field session is for those who have completed the two required classroom sessions with the Pikes Peak Group.  The first of three field sessions, this trip will focus on balance and weight transfer with tracked skis at a Nordic Center by demonstrating and practicing drills.  If time permits, we will begin progressing to low hills both up and down.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: 200
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Sunday, 1/12/2020, Beginner Snowshoes: Brainard Lake

We'll show you how to select and wear snowshoes, a few principles of snow travel, trail choice, fastening snowshoes to your pack, and anything else you want to know. We want you to leave this trip excited to sign up for the next one.Please bring the 10 essentials appropriate to the weather and a guided day trip:
If you haven't yet re-provisioned your pack for winter sports, consider these items: 

Leader: Michael McMahon
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 600
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Sunday, 1/12/2020, Sisters Cabin 11,445'* snowshoe XC SKI


Leader: Suzy Allexan
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1328
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Sunday, 1/12/2020, Meadows Trail + Zimmerman Loop - BCX Ski

A classic Cameron Pass BCX/XC ski route.  This will be a point-to-point trip with a short car shuttle.  We will leave a vehicle at the Meadows parking lot and start our ski at the Zimmerman Trailhead five miles up the road.This will be a casually paced trip. From the trailhead we will ski up ~600 feet to Zimmerman Lake area, do the loop trail around the lake, and then descend the Meadows Trail to Long Draw Road ~1200 feet below Zimmerman Lake.   Despite its name, the Meadows Trail mostly traverses rolling terrain through forested areas with several short but fun downslopes.  Total elevation gain for this trip is ~800 feet and the total descent is ~1400 feet. Recommended gear: BCX.  More specifically, wider skis (>80 cm in the shovel) with metal edges and backcountry bindings (3-pin or nnn-BC) are recommended unless you are comfortable climbing and descending both packed trail and powder through trees on moderate slopes with lighter weight gear.  This trip has much rolling terrain and is not well-suited to AT or other skis without traction surfaces ("fish scales").  Kicker skins are also recommended in case the steeper portions of the track are icy. If you want to join this trip with alternative gear such as nordic XC skis, please contact the trip leader to discuss. 

Leader: Steve Dielman
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 800
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Sunday, 1/12/2020, Uphill Skiing at Snowmass

Let's spend our Sunday mornings getting a little excercise at Snowmass Mountain Resort. Meet Lisa at 8:00 AM at the Snowmass mall to uphill ski one of the many trails at the resort. Distance and elevation gain will be based on participant abilities and desires. We will lead this trip every Sunday beginning December 1st until the end of the ski season. Contact Lisa to join. Skiers should be able to ski downhill on at least a groomed, blue-rated ski run. Climbing skins required.

Leader: Lisa Paige
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Sunday, 1/12/2020, Beginning Snowshoe

Experience the thrill of winter with snow in the mountains. Join us for a fun, easy day learning how to get around on snowshoes and being safe in the winter. If you do not already have snowshoes we will have an opportunity to rent snowshoes as needed in Estes Park. We will head up to Rocky Mountain National Park with the exact trail to be decided as we get closer to the date.Email questions to Don Carpenter - dec5018@comcast.net.

Leader: Don Carpenter
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 250
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Sunday, 1/12/2020, Deer Creek Ski Tour

We ski up the unplowed road beyond the parking lot for about a mile, at which point the road turns left across the meadow and we leave the road and climb to the right up the valley and through trees to a bowl near the tree line where there are great views. The route is easy/moderate, becoming moderate for the climb from the valley up through the trees to the bowl. Skins make the climbing part of the trip more reasonable, although it can be done with fish scales. Expect snowmobiles. Return same route. We will avoid avalanche terrain. Equipment requirements: skis with scales and/or skins required. Bring 10 essentials plus winter extras, appropriate clothing for the weather, trail food.

Leader: Mike Moerk
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 850
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Sunday, 1/12/2020, Crown Loop Snowshoe

A local's favorite, the Crown Loop starts and ends at the Prince Creek Road and climbs an oak-covered ridge to the top of the Crown. Spectacular views of Mount Sopris and the Roaring Fork Valley. Exact route will depend on snow conditions. Snowshoes required.

Leader: Rosemary Burkholder
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 9, Elevation Gain: 1900
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