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Friday, 9/25/2020, BPX Backpack - RMNP - Andrews Creek - 3 day out and back

 Andrew's Creek in RMNP: East Entrance at Beaver Meadows (Glacier Gorge TH)National Geographic Map #200We will depart Denver around 6 AM Friday September 25. We will depart campsite Sunday, September 27, tear down camp and start hiking out around 10 AMI would ask that everyone going on the trip is a current and experienced backpacker.Covid protocol: We will be following CMC's Covid protocol on this trip. It's on the main CMC website. Front page.* Please bring the 10 essentials and appropriate gear, food, camping items for a 2 night/3 day trip. I will offer a gear check "get-together" for those who would like to meet and go over the hike, fly fishing, and gear prior to the trip.  Bear canisters are required in RMNP.Description: Fly Fishing and Hiking Trip in one of the top two backpacking locations in RMNP.  We will hike in 3.6 miles Friday morning to set up camp. Options on Saturday will be hike to Sky Pond, 1.0  miles, or you can find other interesting trails in the area. * Changes due to weather conditions:  If the forecast looks like a rainy weekend we will reschedule the trip, I try to set up my trips for mostly sunny weather.The Park requests us to use wag bags on this trip. They are available for free as we check in and get our permits.Please sign up even if the trip is full, you will go on the waitlist. It is very possible the triple will open up to you, occasionally people drop when their schedule changes.

Leader: Brian Burd
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 7.2, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1320
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Friday, 9/25/2020, White Ranch Park Jeffco

Re. Weather: I will send you an e-mail the day before the hike. 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. 

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 900
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Friday, 9/25/2020, Grizzly Peak (13,427') *

From Loveland Pass, follow the rocky, windswept ridge to the summit of Grizzly Peak (13,427’) , tagging Mt. Cupid (13,117') and Peak 12,936 along the way. Summit will reward us with satisfying views of Grays and Torreys, Parnassus, Lenawee, Chihuahua and Grizzly Gulches,  Arapahoe Basin ski area, the Continental Divide, and the Tenmile Range. Here is a link to additional information about Grizzly Peak D:  https://www.climb13ers.com/colorado-13ers/grizzly-peak  https://www.14ers.com/13ers/peak.php?peakkey=3220 

Leader: James Guerra
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2700
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Friday, 9/25/2020, Rock Climb - North Table Mountain Sport Climbing / Top Rope

If interested in this trip, please contact me directly at kyaphe@comcast.net or 720-985-9103 and be prepared to discuss your experience.If you arrive after 3:00, ascend up the obvious trail towards the crag.  We will be climbing at the "Overhang and Table Top Area." The trail brings you directly to the "Brown Cloud Rocks" area. Continue west (left) along North Table, you will first come to the "The Overhang Area."  If we are not there, continue west to the "Table Top Area" where you will find us. As always, be aware of the typical hazards: rock fall, snakes.https://www.mountainproject.com/area/105744735/table-top-areaThere are many trad, bolted and Top Rope routes, 5.6 to 5.11, although we'll be limiting our climbs to 5.6-5.8 Top Rope and Sport routes.   We'll climb as many routes as remaining daylight and our energy permits.Please bring your helmet, harness, climbing shoes, snacks, water, jacket, & hand sanitizer.Ropes, anchors draws will be provided. This is an LIT conducted by Sheryl Lampert for Ken YapheEnsure you read and comply with the additional instructions provided in the Notes section below.

Leader: Ken Yaphe
Type: Rock Climbing
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Saturday, 9/26/2020, Training Wheel 14ers: Democrat, Lincoln, Cameron Rescheduled from 9/12/2020

We will be doing the Democrat, Cameron, and Lincoln Loop. This is a Class 2 climb as part of the Colorado High Peaks Section! Please be wary of the private property by reading the following blog post: https://blog.cmc.org/14er-access-boundaries-and-intersections-of-public-and-private-lands/. The route is around 6 miles with 2700 feet of gain. Please bring the Ten Essentials. In addition to the Ten Essentials, please remember to bring the necessary items in compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines:

  1. Mask or Face Covering (a mask must be worn at all times, especially at the trailhead pre-trip, at the trailhead post-trip, and anytime you get within 6 feet of another person).
  2. Hand Hygiene (hand sanitizer of hand soap).
  3. Toilet Paper (there are no public restrooms).
  4. Social Distancing will be practiced at all times.
Additionally, please take your temperature and report it to me the day before and the morning of the trip. Please report any other COVID-19 related symptoms back to me. If you start feeling symptoms within 14 days after the trip start date, please report them to me. For more information on the COVID-19 protocol for the CMC, check it out here. Mt. Democrat:From the parking area, follow the blocked road past the lake. After the lake, begin the ascent out of the basin. Near 12,200', pass a collapsed mine shack. At 12,600', follow the trail up a rugged slope to reach the base of Democrat's east slope. Near 12,800', the trail swings left (south) for a bit before turning right and heading north across the east slope, toward the Democrat-Cameron saddle. From the saddle, turn left and follow the trail west up the ridge. After climbing about 200' along the ridge, the trail turns left and traverses southwest across the slope. Continue up steeper terrain and past some mine prospect holes to reach the summit ridge, near 13,900'. Walk over to the final pitch and follow the easy trail up to the top of Democrat .Mt. Cameron:Taken from the top of Democrat, is the view of Mt. Cameron and Mt. Lincoln. Leave Democrat and descend to the Democrat-Cameron saddle. From the saddle, hike northeast along the right side of Mt. Cameron's west ridge and regain it near 13,500'. Continue along the ridge to 14,000' where the steepness eases and you can see the remaining hike to Cameron's summit. Pass a bump on the left side and walk to the top of Cameron.Mt. Lincoln:Leave Cameron and descend northeast to the Cameron-Lincoln saddle. Follow the trail up past a bump to see Lincoln's summit. Walk over to the final pitch and hike up through some Class 2 terrain to reach the summit . Descend the way you came back to the saddle between Democrat and Cameron.

Leader: Carol Bennett
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2700
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Saturday, 9/26/2020, EXPLORATORY HIKE: Mount Yale Mount Yale Optional Alternate Trip: La Plata Peak Exploratory Hike

NOTE: ALL TRIP PARTICIPANTS MUST CONTACT TRIP LEADER FOR PERMISSION TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS HIKE.NOTE: This trip will occur in wintry, mountain conditions, especially above treeline. ALL participants must have winter hiking and/or mountaineering experience. Bring a traction control device - Yaktrax, microspikes, crampons - for the above treeline journey, and the ten essentials. I also strongly recommend an emergency shelter, snow pants and waterproof jacket, and gaiters.

Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 4,300
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Saturday, 9/26/2020, Deer Mountain Loop 10,013' RMNP *

Deer Mountain extends from Estes Park into RMNP and offers extraordinary views of Estes Park and the high peaks of RMNP.Here is a link to the route and map we will be following  https://caltopo.com/m/HTRP  You can zoom in on the map to see details of the route.1) We will begin our hike on the side of High Drive, which is outside of RMNP.  We will travel east on the road, turn right on to Marigold, and then left on to Upper High Drive where we will find a side trail which leads us to a trail junction with the North Deer Mountain Trail. 2) At this trail junction we will turn left and head up the North Deer Mountain Trail.  This trail section is lightly used and we will have dramatic views of Estes Park and Longs Peak. 3) We will reach a trail junction where we will turn left to follow a 0.2 mile summit trail.  On the broad summit we will have exceptional views of RMNP high peaks. 4) We will retrace our steps down the summit trail and turn left at the trail junction to head down the Deer Mountain trail on Deer Mountain's northwest side.  On the way down we will continue to have exceptional views of RMNP high peaks.5) At the Deer Ridge Junction we will turn right to follow the North Deer Mountain trail, which is also very lightly used.  This trail segment will take us to the north side of Deer Mountain through meadows and heavy timber areas that looks down on Fall River.  This segment will take us back to the side trail we began our hike on, which will take us back down to our cars.

Leader: Roger Leikas
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,767
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Saturday, 9/26/2020, Tremont Mountain (10,388’) Scramble - LIT

This is a LIT hike for Laura Mullendore. Cyndi Lehr is the Instructor Leader. This will be a short, fun scramble! We will start at 7:00 AM from the Bootleg Bottom Trailhead in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. After a 1.5-mile approach on the Coyote Trail, we’ll head off-trail to ascend Tremont Mountain’s south ridge. The hike is largely below tree line, but there are several rocky bumps along the ridge that will involve Class 3 scrambling with some exposure. There will be approximately 1200’ of elevation gain as we ascend the ridge. After summitting, we’ll descend off-trail down Tremont Mountain’s southwest slope and return to our cars.Required gear: Ten Essentials, helmet, mask or buff/bandana, hand sanitizer.We will follow CMC's COVID-19 protocols, which can be found here: https://www.cmc.org/COVID-19andCMCProgramming.aspx.Trip participants must sign the CMC’s new liability waiver no later than 24 hours prior to the start of the trip. The waiver can be found here: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ad11e69247c3/web.Participants must take their temperature 24 hours prior to and the morning of the trip, and withdraw from the trip if above 100.4 degrees. Participants must also withdraw if they are feeling any symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have had contact with anyone known to have symptoms in the last 14 days.A mask or buff/bandana that covers your mouth and nose must be worn at the trailhead pre-trip, when hiking within 6 feet of other trip participants or other passing recreators, and at the trailhead post-trip.

Leader: Cynthia Lehr
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 4.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 9/26/2020, Lumpy Ridge! Rocky Mountain National Park

One of the most popular loops in Estes Park, this loop passes through open meadows and wooded areas, all while giving the runner stunning views of unique local geology. With one steep ascent, and rolling trail after that, any trail user is sure to feel the burn on this loop. We will be doing this loop clockwise, so we'll start out heading towards the Black Canyon Trail. We will take the Lumpy Ridge Trail to start, and then branch to the left at the first junction. 
 
The Black Canyon Trail starts on a gentle descent, so take your time getting warmed up. This section passes through open grasslands, so there are plenty of unobstructed views. Take in the scenery, and enjoy Estes Park's unique geology as you start to ascend to your next trail junction. At this junction, take a right-hand turn onto the Dark Mountain Trail, which will connect you to the Cow Creek Trail. Once on Cow Creek, you'll be following the trail's namesake creek. Bridal Veil Falls is located at the top of the creek, and the view is worth the detour if we're up for the extra mileage (will be discussed with group during hike)!Once you're ready to continue on to the Gem Lake Trail, take another right at the junction with the Cow Creek Trail. You'll want to save a little bit of energy for the end, as this trail travels through rugged outcroppings. The travel will be mostly downhill from there. Watch your footing!

Leader: Kahle Toothill
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2475
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Saturday, 9/26/2020, Basic Rock Climbing Skills Practice


Leader: Tom Mulcahy
Type: Rock Climbing, Trail mileage: 1
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Saturday, 9/26/2020, Golden Gate State Park Trailblazer hike Mule Deer trail

The Mule Deer Trail is one of Golden Gate Canyon's longest trails, leading hikers through magnificent aspen stands and verdant meadows to spectacular views of the Continental Divide from Panorama Point.  This lengthy but moderate trail offers varied terrain, diverse wildflowers, and good year-round wildlife viewing.  We'll start at the Ole' Barn Knoll Trailhead to Fraser Meadow to Panorama Point and then Elk Trail back to Ole' Barn Knoll Trailhead, completing the loop.

Leader: Nathan Neff
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 9/26/2020, BPX Backpack - Ute Trail/Gunnison Gorge Wilderness Area - 3 Day Out & Back-#1 Gunnison Gorge Wilderness Area

Description: In scenic Colorado canyon country, hike down to the beautiful Gunnison River on an excellent trail and campby the river.  Itinerary:Day 1. Drive from Denver area to the trailhead mid afternoon.  Spend the night at the campground on the rim, car camping.  Day 2. Hike down to camp 4.5 miles/1200'.  Think of a mini Grand Canyon type experience with our initial hike being all downhill with our return all uphill.   There is a fee per person of $10 payable at a self serve kiosk at the TH.                                Day 3.  Hike back up to canyon rim.   Those not participating in the Lone Cone trip will head home; the rest will go on to that activity. 

Leader: Stan Moore
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 9, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Sunday, 9/27/2020, Caribou Trail LIT HIKE

Join Maggie Burns on her LIT (Leader in Training) hike! We’ll start at the DeLonde Trail and then join up with the Blue Bird Loop. This is a pleasant loop hike through meadows & pine forests. Along this hike, you'll be treated to mellow terrain and great scenery as you make your way onto the original Switzerland Trail grade and past the old DeLonde Homestead and Blue Bird Mine. There is lots of mining and ranching history in this area including mine and homestead ruins.  If we are lucky, the Aspen will be showing their pretty fall colors.https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/caribou-trail--2https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7010637/caribou-ranchhttps://assets.bouldercounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/caribou-ranch-trail-map.pdfRemember your 10 Essentials and Face Masks! Face Masks and Social Distancing will be enforced. After our hike we will return to Golden.  For those interested we will walk into town for a post hike celebration.   

Leader: Tammy Cullins
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 308
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Sunday, 9/27/2020, Crater Lakes (James Peak Wilderness)

From Moffat Tunnel TH we hike into the James Peak Wilderness and up to the lower Crater Lake on good trail, then find an apparently not as good trail to the upper lake.  On the return to the lower lake we either go back down the same or find a loop to the lower lake.  After that we return to TH by the good trail.  Here is our route on CalTopo https://caltopo.com/m/33EFThe purpose of this trip for the leader (in addition to offering CMC members a pleasant hike to pretty mountain lakes) is to scope out the terrain above the lake for a future climb of Sprint Peak which is 1000+ above on the Continental Divide.  We will not attempt Sprint Peak on this trip.  Oddly, Sprint Peak is absent from the CMC trip database (going back 10 years) as a destination which makes it very appealing to the leader.We wear masks at the TH and when hiker traffic is great but otherwise wearing a mask is your choice.

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Sunday, 9/27/2020, Galena Mtn 13,370


Leader: John Broadbooks
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2060
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Sunday, 9/27/2020, Capitol Lake Hike

From the Capitol Creek trailhead, views stretch south to majestic Capitol Peak (14,130-ft.), a massive sentinel towering over the Capitol Creek Valley. This hike traverses the valley’s aspen groves, spruce-fir forests and meadows to visit scenic Capital Lake, an azure jewel cradled beneath the Peak’s monumental west face. The fall colors should be spectacular along the Capitol Ditch Trail portion of the hike. Capitol Lake makes a great, albeit long, day hike.

Leader: Mary Wiener
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Sunday, 9/27/2020, Grand Mesa fall color hike

**Please note this trip is 5 hours from Denver.We'll plan West Bench up to Powderhorn on Grand Mesa, depending on fall color and conditions. Leader will email group a few days before with details. Some of us may be camping in the area the evening before.

Leader: Anne Keil
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Elevation Gain: 400
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Friday, 10/2/2020, BPX Backpack to Powderhorn Lakes-Powderhorn Wilderness Area - 3 Day Out & Back

The relatively unknown Powderhorn Wilderness, north of Lake City, is said to have the largest continuous extent of alpine tundra in the lower 48 states, with a mix of lakes and expansive views. Spend time at the lakes and hiking on the high mesas above treeline where there are great views of the San Juan range.Day 1. Hike 4.5 miles on the Powderhorn Lakes Trail to the Upper Powderhorn Lake and establish camp in the basin (5 miles/1700’).Day 2. On an optional day hike, climb steeply from the lake above tree line to the top of the Calf Creek Plateau. Day hike 1.5 miles across the plateau to beautiful Devil's Lake set like a jewel on the sweeping high mesa. If the weather is good, also climb to the high point on the Cannibal Plateau, named for the Alferd Packer exploits, and then hike back to camp on Powderhorn Lake.Day 3. Hike back to the trailhead (4 miles/0’)

Leader: Uwe Sartori
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1700
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Friday, 10/2/2020, Flying J Ranch Loop

Re. Weather: I will send you an e-mail the day before the hike. 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. 

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 900
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Friday, 10/2/2020, Long Scraggy Peak - 8812' *

One of my favorite hikes this time of year. From the Colorado Trail and Jeffco 126 hike North, and then Southeast to the ridge and summit. Rock scrambling to the summit. The trail is steep in places, so bring poles for stability on the downhill.The top of the peak involves some easy scrambling, which you don't have to do,  Splendid views in either case. See photo below, taken last year April. If the trip has a full foster, consider signing up anyway; it is common for some participants to cancel registration in the days prior to the trip.

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Friday, 10/2/2020, North Table Mountain Note: Location Change

We'll start hiking at the Nightbird Gulch trailhead . Nice views of the Table Mountains, Golden and the Front Range.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 10/3/2020, GPS Practice - Arapaho Bend Saunter

Well the “new knee” is not quite ready for an epic hike, but I have been getting out some and thought that others might like to join me for a short meander through a Fort Collins Open Space. To make it a bit more exciting I thought we could practice GPS skills (the time to practice is on easy terrain NOT out in middle of nowhere!!!). If you go on the trip, you do not have to participate in the GPS practice, I will only be sending maps, background information and instructions to those that want to get in a bit of practice. After the hike if anyone is interested we will go for coffee/tea/snacks/brunch in the Council Tree Shopping Center. There are a number of coffee shops/snack/brunch options AND there is a nice grassy area outside where we can congregate while still maintaining social distancing. NOTE if you cannot make this trip, but are still interested in this type of activity just send me an email and I can schedule another trip (please include what day you are available in this email). During the trip we will stroll through Arapaho Ponds Open Space. This is a nice wooded area with some views to the west of the mountains and a chance to see birds/wildlife in the numerous ponds or in the Poudre River (no guarantees). The trails are pretty wide and it generally is not very crowded. For those who are interested I will be sending a map of our intended route with waypoints labeled. For practice, participants can develop a “route” using Garmin, Caltopo, ViewRanger or GAIA (there are others, but these are the only ones I have used). During the trip we will stop every now and then to check the plan and discuss how we could use the GPS to find the next waypoint/follow the route. I don't pretend to be an expert on any of these, but have used Garmin, ViewRanger and GAIA enough that I can probably help others (I have used Caltopo, but only a little).When you register PLEASE let me know if you are interested in practicing with a GPS (send an email at fccmcguy@gmail.com ). ALSO, please let me know which gps tool you are interested in (note for Garmin you need to have to purchase a device and the software maps, for the other three you need to download the app on your smart phone, all three are free). I do have links and some slides on instructions that I can send to those that are interested. IF you have questions that you would like to discuss during the trip please let me know so I make sure they are covered AND, if makes me seem a lot smarter if I prepare ahead so I can answer your question :-)As a final note, CMC still has a protocol for trips that includes masks and social distancing. I will email participants a bit more detail before the trip, but if you are interested, the following link takes you to the latest protocol. https://www.cmc.org/Portals/0/Documents/COVID-19%20Protocol%20for%20CMC%20Trips_1.pdf

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3.2, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 20
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Saturday, 10/3/2020, Crestone Traverse - Trailblazers

Participants will be expected to be prepared, know the route, and participate in route finding. Everyone must be very comfortable with exposure and route finding on Class 4-5.0 rock. We won't be using a rope. Sunday is going to be a long day out, moving at a continuous quick pace, with sustained scrambling in no-fall situations.

Leader: Ben Lerman
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Fast, Elevation Gain: 5800
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Saturday, 10/3/2020, Sheep Mountain 12,818'

 The route is on a jeep road as far up as Browns Pass. There is good trail to below the summit. To the summit requires a mild stroll up some talus and scree.

Leader: Steve Bonowski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2,500'
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Saturday, 10/3/2020, Elkhorn Creek Loop Hike, Red Feather Lakes

A loop hike on relatively low use trails and off trail in the Elkhorn Creek area of Red Feather Lakes. The hike includes a moderate scramble through boulders on the approach and some class 3 climbing near the summit of a rocky crag.The route crosses Elkhorn Ck on a bridge and climbs NE through meadows into a small valley. We'll leave the valley and wind our way through a field of large boulders to just N of a prominent rock point at about 8,400'. The climb to the summit involves a very short class 3 scramble.From Pt 8,400', we'll hike north to intersect the Granite Ridge Trail. This portion of the hike involves off trail hiking over rough terrain. We'll follow the Granite Ridge Trail to its junction with an alternate of the Lady Moon Trail which we'll follow back to the trailhead.An option is to shorten this hike by cutting out part of the loop.Trail map (see map 2): https://www.pwv.org/trails/redfeather-lakesRoute map:caltopo.com/m/TUPS

Leader: John Raich
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 10/3/2020, Dillon Gulch Doggie Hike

Well-behaved, leashed dogs, capable of a hike of this nature, are welcome to join me and my friendly Golden Retriever, Augie. We will take the well-established Dillon Pinnacles Trail for 1 mile before taking a faint rail at an unmarked trail junction. We will follow this trail up Dillon Gulch in a Bighorn Sheep habitat, until the faint trail disappears.  We will then traverse on an easy-moderate off-trail route up to point 9017 and then through scattered sage along a rim on almost-flat Dillon Mesa which has spectacular views down into the West Elk Creek drainage, far below.  CMC virus-related protocol will be followed but masks are not required on the hike.

Leader: Bud Tasch
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.0, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 10/3/2020, Creek Week Cleanup

4.You MUST sign the new liability wavier https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ad11e69247c3/web

Leader: Audrey Burkart
Type: , Trail mileage: 2.6
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Sunday, 10/4/2020, Fall Color Hike on the Colorado Trail LIT for Lisa Shroyer

Forget the usual aspen hot spots and hike this quiet section of the Colorado Trail for some epic fall

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1100
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Sunday, 10/4/2020, Shadow Mountain Loop

A fun way up the face of Aspen Mountain, beginning on Little Cloud Trail. After a series of switchbacks, it levels out a bit but still climbs to our destination of Compromise Mine cabin. We return a different route, intersecting Ajax Mountain trail.  Much of the hike is shaded. Begins and ends at Koch Lumber Park at Cooper and Garmisch.  Meet 9 a.m. Please review CMC COVID-19 rules here: https://cmc.org/COVID-19andCMCProgramming.aspx

Leader: Sharon DeQuine
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5.0, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Friday, 10/9/2020, Pine Valley Ranch Buck Gulch Trail Strawberry Jack trail

Re. Weather: I will send you an e-mail the day before the hike. 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. 

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 10/10/2020, Mt. Lindsey-14,042'

We will drive down to the summer trailhead on Friday afternoon/evening. The road is rough and will not be passable for low clearance vehicles. We will start hiking around 5:30am from the summer trailhead. We will follow the Northwest Ridge route to the summit and repeat the same way down. 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.We will move quick and efficiently. Participants will be expected to have their 10 essentials, climbing helmet, ice axe, and microspikes.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: 9, Pace: Fast, Elevation Gain: 3,500
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Saturday, 10/10/2020, Cub Creek Trail

We'll hike the Cub Creek trail towards Evans Wilderness area. At 5 miles, we'll have a snack, and then turn around. COVID precautions should be taken.

Leader: Chris Bartle
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Sunday, 10/11/2020, MTB Cheyenne Canon Captain Jacks & Chutes

Ride recommended for more experienced MTB riders.  You should be comfortable on single track; areas of deep gravel or trail "kitty litter" riding; moderate prolonged elevation gain and intermediate (blue) MTB trails.  15-20 Miles and ride should require no longer than 3 hours with a couple breaks.  Average speed 6-7 mi/h for total trip is desired.Primary trails for ride include: Chamberlain / Chamberlain Connector / Ladders / Gold Camp / Spring Creek / Columbine / Chutes  & Captain Jacks (Specific trails riden will be adjusted based on experience level of riders.)Reference mountain bike project for details on specific trails and overview of riding area: https://www.mtbproject.com/directory/8014873/stratton-open-space-trailsMTB setup recommended: Full Suspension XC or a "lighter" Enduro (there is significant elevation riding); however, if experienced, a front suspension only is very doable if you normally ride with this setup.IMBA: RULES OF THE TRAIL will be followed:


Leader: Charles Cromwell
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 15, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000-2500
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Friday, 10/16/2020, Staunton State Park - Lion's Head 9,450 feet *

The Lion's Head is the best overlook in Staunton State Park.  Moreover, because it is an important nesting area for raptors, it is closed to visitors throughout the summer.  This is a good time to climb to the overlook and get a great view of the park.The group will hike the Staunton Ranch Trail to the Bugle Eagle Trail, then onto Lion's Back trail to the Elk Falls overlook. We will then ascend up to Lion's Back at 9,450', then descend to the Marmot Passage Trail, the Scout Line Trail then back down Staunton Ranch Trail parking lot.Don’t forget to bring your

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Friday, 10/16/2020, Mt. Galbraith 7,260 Note: Location Change

We will start at the neighborhood access for Nightbird Gulch Trailhead.  Great views of the surrounding foothills and Mt Evans

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Friday, 10/16/2020, Reynolds Park Raven's Roost trail Eagle's View

Re. Weather: I will send you an e-mail the day before the hike. 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. 

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 10/16/2020, San Rafael Swell UT camping/hiking

Western Slope Group hiking/camping trip to San Rafael Swell area, Friday 10/16 thru Sunday 10/18. Details upcoming. We will be dispersed camping 2 nights (tent and trailer friendly area). CMC COVID policies in place. Preference will be given to members living on the Western Slope and others will be waitlisted until 10/11 when registration for this trip closes, then waitlisted participants will be added at that time depending on space available.

Leader: Anne Keil
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: tbd
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Saturday, 10/17/2020, More GPS Practice - CSU Environmental Center

Note I got a request after posting my October 3rd trip for a second GPS Practice session. Note if you participated on the first session you are more than welcome to participate on this one as well (practice makes perfect ...... well maybe not perfect). A lot of the following is a repeat of the previous trip description, but most of it still applies.Well the “new knee” is not quite ready for an epic hike, but I have been getting out some and thought that others might like to join me for a short meander through anOpen Space in Fort Collins. To make it a bit more exciting I thought we could practice GPS skills (the time to practice is on easy terrain NOT out in middle of nowhere!!!). If you go on the trip, you do not have to participate in the GPS practice, I will only be sending maps, background information and instructions to those that want to get in a bit of practice. After the hike if anyone is interested we will go for coffee/tea/snacks/brunch in Rigden Farms. There is a coffee shop there with snack options AND there is a nice area outside where we can congregate while still maintaining social distancing. During the trip we will stroll through the CSU Environmental Center. This is a nice wooded area with a chance to see birds/wildlife in the Poudre River (I have seen a mink, but I am guessing we would be lucky to spot it again ..... no guarantees). This is a nice area and generally it is not very crowded. For those who are interested I will be sending a map of our intended route with waypoints labeled. For practice, participants can develop a “route” using Garmin, Caltopo, ViewRanger or GAIA (there are others, but these are the only ones I have used). During the trip we will stop every now and then to check the plan and discuss how we could use the GPS to find the next waypoint/follow the route. I don't pretend to be an expert on any of these, but have used Garmin, ViewRanger and GAIA enough that I can probably help others (I have used Caltopo, but only a little).When you register PLEASE let me know if you are interested in practicing with a GPS (send an email at fccmcguy@gmail.com ). ALSO, please let me know which gps tool you are interested in (note for Garmin you need to have to purchase a device and the software maps, for the other three you need to download the app on your smart phone, all three are free). I do have links and some slides on instructions that I can send to those that are interested. IF you have questions that you would like to discuss during the trip please let me know so I make sure they are covered AND, if makes me seem a lot smarter if I prepare ahead so I can answer your question :-)As a final note, CMC still has a protocol for trips that includes masks and social distancing. I will email participants a bit more detail before the trip, but if you are interested, the following link takes you to the latest protocol. https://www.cmc.org/Portals/0/Documents/COVID-19%20Protocol%20for%20CMC%20Trips_1.pdf

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3.0, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 20
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Saturday, 10/17/2020, Shelf Lake 12000' (Geneva Basin)

Geneva Basin is on the far side of Guanella Pass from Denver.  The CMC Denver trail crew regularly maintains trails in this area for the USFS.  The hike to Shelf Lake is beautiful especially with profuse flowers in the spring and golden willows in the fall.  Hopefully the willows will have turned for this hike but there are no guarantees.  

Leader: Carol Bennett
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 10/17/2020, BMS Land Nav B Field Day Lovell Gulch

Field session for 2020 PPG BMS Land Nav AStudents will be split into teams accompanied by instructors.  There will be 6 to 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 in non-optimal weather.  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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Saturday, 10/17/2020, Beaver Creek Wilderness Study Area Dogs are welcome!

We should have fall colors on this low elevation, remote hiking area.Well behaved dogs (dog & people friendly) & people (at least dog friendly :) are welcome!Bring lunch & enjoy this fall hike.Parts of the trail will be overgrown & two creek crossings will slow our progress.So.... don't have afternoon plans & bring lunch as this will take most of the day.Be sure to bring water shoes for the two major creek crossings.Poles would be handy too!Email or text me at 719-369-3163 or just sign up.Please note: I will be out of state for the second 1/2 of September into October, my communications will be delayed until a few days before the hike.COVID: Lets all bring a mask to wear at the trail-head and social distance. Wearing a mask while hiking is not required.We will meet at the Shell gas station in Penrose @ 9am at916 CO-115, Penrose, CO 81240 Shell Phone #: (719) 372-3077.I will be driving a Silver Subaru Forester.Hope to see you then!

Leader: John Gray
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1800
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