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Friday, 9/17/2021, Decalibron - Three Fourteeners in One Day near Alma

The Decalibron Loop Trail has been closed to all hikers for many months, but the CMC has been working diligently with the land owners to do whatever it takes to get most of the trails reopened.  As of August 6, we can once again climb 3 of the 4 Fourteeners: Mounts Democrat, Cameron, and Lincoln.  As of this writing, Mount Bross is not yet ready for us, but it is possible that it will be added to the trip if it does get reopened before our trip. If you want to register for this trip, please email me with your name and your CMC member id.  If I do not know who you are, you will also have to state two or three recent hikes you have been on that demonstrate that you can do this one.  You are also encouraged to "register" for this trip through the services of Meetup.com.  Look for the group "Groovy Hiking and Snowshoeing".  The event has the same name as this one. You get several advantages using the Meetup interface, including one-click addition to your electronic calendar; one-click posting to social media; seeing who else is on the trip and messaging them privately (without exchanging email addresses).

Leader: Groovy Jeff Stevens
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3800
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Friday, 9/17/2021, Mt Ouray near Poncha Pass Colorado centennial peak Long difficult Hike Series

This hike will be a continuation of our Long Difficult Hike series. “If it’s not long it will be difficult; if it’s not difficult it will be long.” No respite.For some hikers this can be a very challenging hike. As we do our ascent we will be mostly off-trail, hiking up very steep terrain, hopping over down trees, scrambling through and around boulders, and bushwhacking.Oh, and probably time to bring your cool weather clothing.Weather permitting, we may have the option to do a short celebratory “picnic” back at the trailhead. With this in mind consider bringing a snack, beverage, and folding chair. Alternatively, we also have the option to stop during the drive home.Leader will send out a detailed trip write-up, including GPX file, prior to departure day.Finally, please monitor your email and text messages that morning in case the trip needs to be rescheduled due to weather.

Leader: Rich McAdams
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3200
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Friday, 9/17/2021, Geneva Mtn 12335 ft

Geneva Mt. is in Mount Evans Wilderness. We will go over/around four small peaks before reaching Geneva Mt. on the south end of the ridge.

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Friday, 9/17/2021, Goshawk Ridge Loop

Goshawk Ridge lives up to it's name as a location to view Goshawks and other raptors and songbirds.  The geology we visit will show falting and uplifting strata unique to Foothills topography. Fall wildflowers will add to the uniquness of this area.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 9/17/2021, RMOTHG Terrapin Cycling - Cherry Creek North

Please arrive by 8:30 am, so we can leave promptly at 9:00 am. The essential items for participating are plenty of water, necessary items to repair a flat tire (replacement tube for your tire size), appropriate clothing for changes in the weather, carrying ID and a medical card. The wearing of a helmet is mandatory.Following the ride, an optional lunch will be at Original Brooklyn's.

Leader: Kirsten Tollefsen
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 20, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 280
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Friday, 9/17/2021, RMOTHG Hare Cycling - Cherry Creek North

The essential items for participating are plenty of water, necessary items to repair a flat tire, (replacement tube for your bike tire size) appropriate clothing for changes in the weather and carrying ID and a medical card. Wearing a helmet is mandatory.Following the ride, an optional lunch will be at the Original Brooklyn's.

Leader: Dennis Baumfalk
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 23, Pace: Casual
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Friday, 9/17/2021, BKPS - Grp 2 Backpacking Trip #3 (Rescheduled)

We will meet at 3 PM on Friday, Sep 17th at the Twin Forks Park N Ride.The Backpacking Trip will be west into Kirby Gulch to camp Friday night, then bushwack into Bruno Gulch Saturday morning for our 2nd camp, then back to the cars on Sunday and home. The actual route we take from Kirby Gulch to Bruno Gulch will depend on the whims of the students Saturday morning, from moderately easy to difficult.

Leader: Chip Furlong
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 12, Elevation Gain: 3,000'
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Friday, 9/17/2021, 13er Double: Grizzly and Garfield

Leader in Training Trip with Alan BridgesPlanning overnight camping near the upper trailhead to climb Grizzly and Garfield, then return Saturday afternoon. The hike is listed as Easy Class 3 on 14ers.com and Class 2+ in Roach’s 13ers guidebook.https://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=201607161106273&type=13ersItinerary:Friday. Caravan to upper trailhead to car camp in the national forest. Carpooling is optional, pending COVID updates and CMC guidance.Saturday: 5:30am start hiking. Climb Grizzly then Garfield. Return via caravan to La Plata Trailhead, thenMap: https://trails.colorado.gov/places/na~1455887

Leader: Joseph Petsche
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3600
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Saturday, 9/18/2021, Lookout Mountain and Horsetooth Peak

Lookout Mountain is a 10,715-foot peak located southeast of Mount Meeker and has a rock outcropping at the top for a little scramble to the real summit.   Our route will start on-trail and follow Horse Creek.  The trail has an average grade around 20%, so it is steep.  About 1.5 miles in, we will go off-trail in search of Horsetooth Peak at an elevation of 10,344 feet.  We will then have a short on-trail section down to the saddle before again going off-trail up the ridge to Lookout Mountain.  The return to the trailhead will be all on-trail.  The hike will provide the opportunity for some Class III scrambling.

Leader: Brad Warren
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2200
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Saturday, 9/18/2021, Ascending Hikes: Payne Creek Trail: Moderate C

Gear: 10 Essentials appropriate for a mountain hike in the Colorado subalpine terrain early September. Wear appropriate clothing, think layers, rain gear. Hat and SP clothing work. Appropriate foot wear. While a well traveled and maintained trail, it will be uneven and hard., Sun protection including sunglasses and sunscreen. Personal first aid kit, headlamp, food for the day, and min 2L of H2O.  If you have map, compass, gps, phone apps like GAIA, bring them.  We can all use the practice. :) Part of the trail is steep, hiking pole(s) recommended. (https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html)Route: https://fomelc.org/trails/payne-creek  While the trail is noted to be 15.2 miles RT, we'll hike to a saddle at 9,200, lunch and return for our planned 13Mi or so RT.  We can use time or miles to guide our turn-around point.Weather: https://mobile.weather.gov/index.php?lat=39.4406&lon=-105.522&unit=0&lg=englishPace: Light Moderate equals a 9-10 hour day with a 1.5Mi/Hr pace. We have the option of re-calibrating our pace/time/mileage.Cancellations: While I hope you don't cancel and miss a great trip, life happens.  Be considerate, notify the Trip Leader as soon as you know.  Please remember to log in and cancel out of the trip. Don't be a no show.

Leader: Uwe Sartori
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3100
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Saturday, 9/18/2021, Ascending Hike: Mt Silverheels (13,822') Off Trail

Mt. Silverheels stands by itself, with a great view in all directions from the summit. Our route is primarily off-trail, steep sections, but without technical difficulties. Off-trail hikes can offer some route-finding challenges and can burn considerably more energy than on-trail hikes of similar length and altitude gain. Be sure you are properly conditioned for this situation.We will be above timberline for most of the hike - be prepared with sunscreen, lots of water, extra clothing layers, possible cold windy conditions. We will plan on stopping for clothing adjustments, snacks/water as well as biobreaks as needed..Any trip member with medical conditions that might impact the trip are asked to contact trip leader in advance to avoid discussions at the trail head.We will follow the North Spur route from Hoosier Pass as described on 14ers.com: https://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=201201050806033&type=13ers

Leader: David Langley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3500
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Saturday, 9/18/2021, Tech Ascents: Lead Climb

Register with leader. Rock Seconding School or the equivalent is the minimum requirement for this trip. Please email to leader a description of training, a list of climbs followed or led in the last year, and whether you would like to lead some pitches. Graduates of Trad Lead Climbing or Sport Lead Schools or those with equivalent experience may lead some of the pitches upon approval of the leader. The climbing area and route or routes will be chosen to accommodate the skill levels of participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Personal gear required: ten essentials, helmet, harness, belay device and locking carabiner, at least three extra locking carabiners, extended rappel setup with autoblock (min 4 lockers total), PAS, climbing shoes, small backpack to carry rain jacket, etc. on the climb. Rain gear must be carried on multi pitch climbs.

Leader: Brian Le Blanc
Type: Rock Climbing, Trail mileage: 1, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 9/18/2021, Gym to Crag Sport Lead - Safari

This trip is only for students of Sport Lead Climbing "Gym to Crag" class.  We we climb at the Safari Crag in Clear Creek Canyon (https://www.mountainproject.com/area/111359556/the-little-five

Leader: Nicky Rucker
Type: Rock Climbing, Trail mileage: 2
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Saturday, 9/18/2021, Bushnell Lakes

We'll drive 10 miles up dusty Kerr Gulch road to behind Hamilton Pk, parking near the Rainbow Trail almost at the junction to the Bushnell Lakes trail. High clearance suggested; may need 4wd for the last bit. Steep for the first mile, then moderate.This high altitude hike has lovely forest & views with a waterfall falling into it. Colors should be changing.

Leader: Isobel Drysdale
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 9/18/2021, Navigation - DHS


Leader: Mike O'Connor
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual
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Saturday, 9/18/2021, Twin Sisters RMNP 11,428'

Enjoy a pleseant fall hike to Twin Sisters peak in the easternmost part of RMNP.  Enjoy views of Longs Peak, the eastern plains and fall colors.  For details of the trip check out ths description on hiking project.This will be a Trailblazers outing which is geared towards younger individuals within the club, but members of all ages are welcome to join.

Leader: Gregory McVie
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Elevation Gain: 2,400'
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Saturday, 9/18/2021, Saturday Morning Bike Ride

Join us once again for our Saturday morning bike rides. This will be a 20-mile loop from Carbondale along County Rd 109 (Hardwick Bridge). It crosses the bridge just before connecting to Hwy 82. Then there is a nice stop along the Rio Grande trail at Ball Brewing for a refreshing beverage before finishing the loop in Carbondale. Riders should be comfortable using a roadway. Ride will leave at 10am and finish around 1pm. 
 

Leader: Lisa Paige
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 20, Elevation Gain: 300
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Sunday, 9/19/2021, La Plata Peak

Planning overnight camping Saturday night. Hike Sunday.Northwest Ridge - Class 2 hikehttps://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=lapl1&peak=La+Plata+PeakMap: https://trails.colorado.gov/places/na~1459811

Leader: Joseph Petsche
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4500
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Sunday, 9/19/2021, Rich Creek - Rough and Tumbling Loop

Enjoy a beautiful loop hike along creeks and through grassy meadows.This is a training hike for those going on the New Hampshire Fall Colors trip. Others may join on a space available basis.

Leader: Greg Long
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Sunday, 9/19/2021, New Member Hike: Apex Trail

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: Michael McMahon
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1,300
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Sunday, 9/19/2021, Pikes Peak-Barr Camp

COST $35 FOR 1 NITES, inc dinner, & breakfast. Dinner is vegitarian spagetti. .TIME OF DENVER DEPARTURE MAY BE EARLIER, CONTACT LEADER. SUNDAY 9/19 LEAVE LEADER HOME 8AM, START HIKING APPROX  9AM. Arrive Barr camp approx 3pm. Hike 6.5mi/3700 ft. This hike likely will take 5 hr, at a slow-moderate pace.MONDAY 9/20 breakfast provided, --Barr camp pancakes..typical trip time up is 6 hr, with several hours above tree line. GET TO SUMMIT IN TIME TO MEET SHUTTLE AT 3PMShuttle driver will drop us at Barr trailheadReturn to Denver approx 6-7pm.  

Leader: Thomas Jagger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 26, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3400 Barr Camp 7800 Summit
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Friday, 9/24/2021, BPX Backpack Sandbeach Lake Fly Fish & Hike Trip* 3 Day Out and Back

General Requirements:

Leader: Brian Burd
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 8.8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2020
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Friday, 9/24/2021, Maroon Bells East Maroon Creek Fall Hike

East Maroon Creek trailhead is the uncrowded flat trail through beautiful aspen groves. Registration is required to enter the Maroon Bells and I have an all day pass for Sept 24th.  We will meet in Aspen and get my Honda CRV and drive up to the Maroon Bells main parking area to get the famous fall pictures of the changing aspen against Maroon Lake and the Bells. Then we will go back down to the East Maroon Creek TH and hike to the creek which is about 4-5 miles and the flatest trail I know in Colorado. Great views and no crowds.     

Leader: Mary Wiener
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 9/25/2021, Ascending Hike: Abyss Lake: Diff C Mt Evans Wilderness

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, headlamp, 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. Part of the trail is steep, so bring hiking poles if you use them. No jeans or cotton clothing. We can talk more about all that on trip day.NO Dogs or Cats, please. Look for designated "Doggie Hikes" on the calendar. Not sure about Kitten Hikes.Let me know of any medical conditions that might affect you before starting the hike.Be prepared for very long hike. Bring headlight with extra batteries in case we need to come out in dark. Bring clothes for weather, esp wind as some of hike is above treeline. Depending upon weather microspikes may be beneficial.Ascend through a dry lodgepole pine forest on the broad pack trail. The Scott Gomer Creek is out of sight to the right. Continue on the dry hillside for another mile, then parallel the creek . Look east to the barren slopes of Mount Kataka for the remnants of an old sluiceway. Views to the northwest include a 1000-ft cliff face on Geneva Mountain (elev. 12,335 ft) with beautiful stands of aspen. Watch for beaver ponds on the right. Views are spectacular north to Guanella Pass and south to Kataka Mountain (elev. 12,441 feet). Climb east up a steep, well-maintained narrower trail through mixed fir, spruce, and bristlecone. The trail reaches a ridge, then crosses over an unnamed creek from Frozen Lake. The remainder of the trail is above tree line, passing around the south flank of Mount Bierstadt. The trail winds around massive rocks, crossing the Lake Fork of Scott Gomer Creek a mile below Abyss Lake. Then it is a long hike along the east side of the glacial cirque to the lake.  

Leader: Gyorgy Kereszti
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 16, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3333
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Saturday, 9/25/2021, TCS Nav1 Field Day (Frymier)

This is the field trip associated with the Nav1 online course.Prerequisite for participation is completion of online Nav1 course modules 0-10. If you have not already registered and completed the Nav1 online course, learn more about it and/or enroll here.For the field day, enrollment password is provided in final module of Nav1 online course material.Participants must also attend 7pm MT Weds (3 days prior to field day) webinar at ZoomLink. The conference will cover general Q&A about the course, review of North Table Mountain plotting exercise, and logistics for subsequent field day.The object of Nav1 Field day is to put into practice the skills acquired from the Nav1 online course. We will focus on Nav Core Competencies and acquiring field travel skills including orienting the map, position fixing, bee lining, leap frogging, handrailng, obstacle avoidance, and more.Students will be required to relate terrain to a map, identify map features and also be able to determine field and map locations using a compass..This class is a prerequisite for participation in Alpine Climbing School (ACS).

Leader: Mark Frymier
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Elevation Gain: 1,000
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Saturday, 9/25/2021, Via Ferrata Weekend Telluride Via Ferrata Ouray Via Ferrata

Please respond with an email the following information to get the passcode:Climbing Harness: Manufacturer and modelHelmet: Manufacturer and modelVia Ferrata Lanyard: Need One or Own One (if you own one please supply manufacturer, model and age)CMC Schools and General Level of ExperienceRequired Equipment: Via Ferrata Specific lanyard: EN958 Certified Via Ferrata Energy Absorbing System (EAS). The Boulder Group has 5 CAMP Kinetic Gyro Rewind Pro via ferrata lanyards for use by participants.Helmet: EN12492 Certified Climbing Helmet. No ski, bike or multisport helmets.Climbing Harness: EN 12277 Certified Harness. No lightweight mountaineering harnesses i.e. Alpine Bod, Black Diamond Couloir, Petzl Altitude or similar)Gloves Leather palm fingerless gloves, belay glovesProper Footwear: Light hiking boots, heavy duty trail runners or approach shoesRecommended EquipmentSmall Day Pack Hydration bladder: There are a few places along each route to remove your pack to get drinks and snacks out. If you want to hydrate more feel free to use one.All participants must abide by the rules of The Telluride Via Ferrata and the Ouray Via Ferrata.https://www.telluridemountainclub.org/via-ferratahttps://ourayviaferrata.org/rules/Please be sure to watch this video on the Telluride Via Ferratahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EPZF3bxxhIFor more general information regarding Via Ferratas visit the Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Via_ferrata

Leader: Kevin Donovan
Type: , Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate
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Saturday, 9/25/2021, Silvershield Trail, Ouray

Note that this trip is >5 hour drive from Denver. We'll hike between 5-6 miles depending on the group's preference. 

Leader: Brenda Leach
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 1,680
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Saturday, 9/25/2021, Golden Gate State Park Loop

Semi-Exploratory.  We'll hike uphill from Reverend's Ridge Campground on the Racoon Trail. Follow the Racoon Trail past Panarama Point and cross Gap Road.  Now on the Mule Deer Trail, we'll connect with the Snowshoe Hare trail and make it's loop clockwise.  We'll intersect the Mule Deer Trail again and trace our way back to the Racoon Trail.  Follow the lower Racoon Trail back to Reverend Ridge Campground.

Leader: Steve Soich
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 800'
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Saturday, 9/25/2021, Saturday Morning Bike Ride

Join us once again for our Saturday morning bike rides. This will be a 20-mile loop from Carbondale along County Rd 109 (Hardwick Bridge). It crosses the bridge just before connecting to Hwy 82. Then there is a nice stop along the Rio Grande trail at Ball Brewing for a refreshing beverage before finishing the loop in Carbondale. Riders should be comfortable using a roadway. Ride will leave at 10am and finish around 1pm. 
 

Leader: Lisa Paige
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 20, Elevation Gain: 300
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Sunday, 9/26/2021, Tech Ascents: Lead Climb

Register with leader. Rock Seconding School or the equivalent is the minimum requirement for this trip. Please email to leader a description of training, a list of climbs followed or led in the last year, and whether you would like to lead some pitches. Graduates of Trad Lead Climbing or Sport Lead Schools or those with equivalent experience may lead some of the pitches upon approval of the leader. The climbing area and route or routes will be chosen to accommodate the skill levels of participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Personal gear required: ten essentials, helmet, harness, belay device and locking carabiner, at least three extra locking carabiners, extended rappel setup with autoblock (min 4 lockers total), PAS, climbing shoes, small backpack to carry rain jacket, etc. on the climb. Rain gear must be carried on multi pitch climbs.

Leader: Brian Le Blanc
Type: Rock Climbing, Trail mileage: 1, Elevation Gain: 500
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Sunday, 9/26/2021, Elkhorn Creek Hike/Scramble Red feather Lakes

This outing combines moderate on trail and off trail hiking with short and easy (optional) scrambling on several rocky crags in the Elkhorn Creek area of Red Feather Lakes. The hike starts at a gate off the Boy Scout Road near the Elkhorn Creek trailhead. We'll follow an old road and a trail, then go off trail to a several rocky crags. One crag features a large boulder balanced on top of a rock slab. All provide nice views of the the southern Red Feather Lakes/Poudre River area.Maps: Trails Illustrated #111, #112.https://www.pwv.org/images/hiking-trails/redfeather/red-feather-lakes-map-2-pages.pdfYou should be prepared for a four hour hike. Bring appropriate clothing for September/October weather conditions at 8,000 feet, water/drink and a snack. Pace is casual (slow). Off trail hiking is fairly easy and any exposure on scrambling is minimal.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 10/1/2021, Mt. Galbraith 7,260

We will start at the main park entrance on Golden Gate Canyon Rd and hike the Cedar Gulch Trailhead and then take the Mount Galbraith Loop 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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Saturday, 10/2/2021, Ascending Hikes: Mt Sherman 14'er

THIS IS WHAT YOU'VE BEEN GOING FOR - A 14ER!  YAY - YOU HAVE PREPARED DOING THE ASCENDING HIKESI will l write you with a weather forecast a day or two 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. 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: Mercedes Aponte
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2027
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Saturday, 10/2/2021, Tech Ascents: Lead Climb

Rock Seconding School or the equivalent is the minimum requirement for this trip. Graduates of Trad Lead Climbing or Sport Lead Schools may lead some of the pitches upon prior approval of the leader. The climbing area and route or routes will be chosen to accommodate the skill levels of participants. Personal gear required: ten essentials, helmet, harness, belay device and locking carabiners, at least three extra locking carabiners, extended rappel setup with autoblock, PAS, climbing shoes, small backpack to carry rain jacket, etc. on the climb. Rain gear must be carried on multi pitch climbs.

Leader: Ken Yaphe
Type: Rock Climbing, Trail mileage: 1, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 10/2/2021, Ascending Hikes: 13er Hassell Peak: Difficult C

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 be prepared for early winter conditions and bring the 10 Essentials: rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials You will need 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. Part of the trail is steep, so bring hiking poles if you use them. No jeans or cotton clothing. We can talk more about all that on trip day. NO Dogs, please. Let me know of any medical conditions that might affect you on the hike.This hike will be substantially above-treeline in POSSIBLE WINTER CONDITIONS. If you do not have experience like this, be sure to reach out to me so we can help you be ready.

Leader: David Langley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3600
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Saturday, 10/2/2021, Lost Creek - Shafthouse Overlook

There's nothing quite like the rock formations along Goose Creek -- unless it's adding splashes of aspen and riparian color in the fall.  All but the very end is a relatively easy trail hike.  The final approach to the Shafthouse overlook requires a little class 2-3 bouldering and dropping down into a very narrow passage (narrow = walk sideways without a pack on). We will pass the old cabin ruins on the way out, hang out at the overlook for a while, and visit the final upwelling of Goose Creek on the way back. Walking pace will be moderate, but overall pace likely will be fairly slow. This is a fabulous hike for autumn photos, so we will be free to pause as desired.  Please don't sign up if you just want to move fast all the time.  However, 10 miles is 10 miles and days will be getting short, so when we are moving, we will want to move reasonably quickly between points of interest so we can spend plenty of time at them.  Thus also please don't sign up if you just want to move slow all the time.For this trip, priority is given to Pikes Peak and Pueblo Group members.  Members of other groups will be waitlisted offline until 1 week prior to the trip.No dogs or other non-human companion animals. 

Leader: Thomas Mowle
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 10/2/2021, Wind River and Glacier Creek Hike Sprague Lake

The aspen leaves are changing color and the bull elk are starting to gather their harems, so what better time for a fall hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. This is a loop hike following both the Wind River and the Glacier Creek trails in RMNP. From the seldom used East Portal Trailhead in Estes Park, CO we will follow the Wind River trail into Rocky Mountain National Park and intersect with the Storm Pass trail. We will then hike over to beautiful Sprague Lake, where we will have our lunch before connecting with the Glacier Creek trail that we will take back to the East Portal Trailhead where the hike started.The total distance will be approximately 5.5 miles with an elevation gain of 1,100 feet. This should be a great fall hike on seldom used trails, and would be a great hike for any newer CMC member or more experienced CMC members looking for an easy hike while enjoying the fall colors and listening for elk. We might even be able to spot a moose or two, as they are often seen in the Sprague Lake area. Feel free to contact the trip leader with any questions, or to get more information on the route. Refreshment stop possible in Estes Park after the hike. Bring you essentials, including water, lunch, and a rain jacket. Ride share from Loveland could be $5. COVID-19 vaccination is required to participate.

Leader: Caroline Schmiedt
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1100
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Saturday, 10/2/2021, 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 will start at 8am, should be complete by 11:30ish.  Dress for the weather. All attendees are required to wear a mask and social distance.  If more than 10 are in attendance, the group will be split and another leader will take the overage.

Leader: Dean Waits
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 10/2/2021, 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!We may socialize afterwards, soo...bring a chair and your beverage of choice.Email or text me at 719-369-3163 or just sign up.We will meet at the Exxon / Alta gas station in Penrose @ 9am at916 CO-115, Penrose, CO 81240 Shell Phone #: (719) 372-3077.I will be driving a Silver Subaru Forester.** PLEASE NOTE: A hunting or fishing licenses is now required to hike in wilderness study areas. Please purchase one before the hike.**Hope to see you then!

Leader: John Gray
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1700
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Sunday, 10/3/2021, Apex Hike

Let's hike Apex trail for an early afternoon hike up to the Enchanted Forest and back.   Balloon hike loop.  We will meet directly at the Apex trailhead adjacent to the former Heritage Amusement Park. 

Leader: Lorian Bartle
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Friday, 10/8/2021, BPX Backpack, Bull Creek Reservoirs, Grand Mesa National Forest, 3-Day Out and Back

Description: Hike up to Crag Crest Trail on Grand Mesa then down to the Bull Creek Reservoirs for a couple of days with optional hiking and fishing. This is a chill trip with dramatic views all around.Itinerary: Beginning from the West Crag Crest TH, this 9.5mile hike takes you up to Crag Crest Ridge but instead of traversing this narrow ridge, we will connect with the Lake of the Woods Trail. This trail for travels at a level grade with occasional slight up and downhill grades through mixed spruce/fir and open meadows and marshy areas.  The trail provides access to several quality fishing reservoirs like the Bull Creek Reservoirs and travels just below the northern rim of the Grand Mesa offering many scenic vistas. Day 1: Drive to Crag Crest West Trailhead (approx. 4 hrs from Golden). Pit toilets. Hike in on Crag Crest National Recreational Trail #711, keeping left, and ascend the ridge. At the trail junction, turn left on Cottonwood Trail #712. Descend about 1.5miles to the junction with Lake of the Woods Trail #508. Turn left and continue to Bull Creek Reservoir #2 and find camping for 2 nights.  Daily total 4.5 miles/ 690ft ascent/ 980 ft descent.https://trails.colorado.gov/routes/38332?t=CAoS8D8RhFWYeknY2j1wDay 2: Options to stay around camp and fish, or day hike to the other Bull Creek Reservoirs #1, #4, and #3. If you go all the way to reservoir #3, the round trip will be 5 miles and 500ft elevation.https://trails.colorado.gov/routes/38300?t=I1uyNIOsdw42AeOEK11jDay 3: Break camp mid-afternoon, and retrace your steps up to Crag Crest and then down to the TH. Daily total 4.6miles/ 980’ ascent/ 675’ descent. Home in the evening.https://trails.colorado.gov/routes/38301?t=9dIjmMWGg7RhC6Y5qTFFOption to visit the Grand Mesa Visitor Center before driving home. Several campground options near the Visitors Center if you want to stay longer.General Requirements: Approved Bear Food Canister required at campground. Maps:https://trails.colorado.gov/routes/38302?t=GFigy9sSWJzTNSYtssZP

Leader: Uwe Sartori
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1670
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Friday, 10/8/2021, Dowdy Draw Spring Brook Loop

Dowdy Draw/Spring Brook Loop explores unique Foothills topography.  We will observe raptors and songbirds along the trail.  The geology we visit will show falting and uplifting strata typical to Foothills topography. Fall wildflowers will enhance the richness of this area.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 10/9/2021, Ascending Hike: Mt Bierstadt (14,065')

I will l 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: Kevin Durkan
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2782
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Saturday, 10/9/2021, Tech Ascents: Lead Climb

Register with leader. Rock Seconding School or the equivalent is the minimum requirement for this trip. Please email to leader a description of training, a list of climbs followed or led in the last year, and whether you would like to lead some pitches. Graduates of Trad Lead Climbing or Sport Lead Schools or those with equivalent experience may lead some of the pitches upon approval of the leader. The climbing area and route or routes will be chosen to accommodate the skill levels of participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Personal gear required: ten essentials, helmet, harness, belay device and locking carabiner, at least three extra locking carabiners, extended rappel setup with autoblock (min 4 lockers total), PAS, climbing shoes, small backpack to carry rain jacket, etc. on the climb. Rain gear must be carried on multi pitch climbs.

Leader: Brian Le Blanc
Type: Rock Climbing, Trail mileage: 1, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 10/9/2021, Kelso Mtn. 13,164'

Late season hike up Kelso's steep and seldom-traveled north ridge.    

Leader: John Mill
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2900
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Saturday, 10/9/2021, Horsethief Park reroute Day 1

Horsethief Park reroute Day 1, 9 October 2021Trail Work / Day HikeAges 16+; under 18 requires parent/guardian to accompanyDay HikeBring your LunchThis project will reroute a part of the trail into horsethief park, where an encroachment onto private property has recently been discovered.  We are going to try to do the work in one day but are putting it on the calendar for both Saturday and Sunday if needed. This project is a high priority for preventing the closure of access to this area and avoiding the creation of unsustainable work-around routes.It is possible that this project will not happen as scheduled, given the short time frame for getting it officially approved, designed, and cleared of trees. If it does not, the project will be rescheduled for next summer.The project area is about a half mile up the trail. Volunteers must bring work clothes & gloves, water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, and hat.  This project is open to the public.  If you are a CMC member, it is recommended that you log on to register; non-CMC members will have to sign a liability waiver.Once the project is full, we will not be able to accommodate any additional volunteers. This is for safety's sake - to retain a safe crew leader to volunteer ratio - and due to the number of tools available.  Please cancel if needed to make room for others, and join the wait list if the trip is full.

Leader: Thomas Mowle
Type: Stewardship, Trail mileage: 1, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 300
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Saturday, 10/9/2021, New Member Hike: Apex Trail

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: Michael McMahon
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1,300
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Saturday, 10/9/2021, Teddy's Peak 12,547 Dogs are welcome! La Veta Area

Lets hike this 12,547 PeakWith an elevation gain of 2,257 ft and no switchbacks, this will be a fairly tough hike.There are loads of aspen trees in the area. Hopefully, we will have some good leaf peeping!This is an experimental trip for the leader, as I have not climbed this before.My understanding is, it is not technical & has grrrreat views!Well behaved dogs (dog & people friendly) & people (at least dog friendly :) are welcome!Please bring water & food, if you bring your furry friend.Bring your lunch or snack to have on the peak.We may socialize afterwards, soo...bring a chair and your beverage of choice.Hope to see you then!

Leader: John Gray
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2260
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Saturday, 10/9/2021, Photography Club-Glen Eyrie Castle tour


Leader: Diana Bliss
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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Sunday, 10/10/2021, Ascending Hike: Quandary Peak (14,265')

I will l 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. Let me know of any medical conditions that might affect you on the hike.

Leader: Grayson Garner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3300
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Sunday, 10/10/2021, Colorado Trail Section Hike ~ Segment 2

Want to do the Colorado Trail but don't have the time for a through hike? Join me for a few segments of the Colorado Trail as day hikes from Denver.This fall I leading a series of day hikes on Segments 1-5 of the Colorado Trail.  They will be generally long, 10-16 miles, moderate paced, on-trail hikes requiring a car shuttle.A few of them will be exploratory hikes since the leader has not done all of these segments.  However the routes are well marked and mapped out, and the leader has excellent route finding skills and GPS.This hike we will do Segment 2, as described in The CMC Guidebook, The Colorado Trail, 9th Edition, starting at the South Platte River Trailhad and ending at the Little Scraggy Trailhead.  Segment 2 is 11.7 miles long and has 2,482 ft. elevation gain / 753 ft. loss.Link to CalTopo Map

Leader: Craig Townsend
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11.7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,482
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Sunday, 10/10/2021, Horsethief Park reroute Day 2

Horsethief Park reroute Day 1, 9 October 2021Trail Work / Day HikeAges 16+; under 18 requires parent/guardian to accompanyDay HikeBring your LunchThis project will reroute a part of the trail into horsethief park, where an encroachment onto private property has recently been discovered.  We are going to try to do the work in one day but are putting it on the calendar for both Saturday and Sunday if needed. This project is a high priority for preventing the closure of access to this area and avoiding the creation of unsustainable work-around routes.It is possible that this project will not happen as scheduled, given the short time frame for getting it officially approved, designed, and cleared of trees. If it does not, the project will be rescheduled for next summer.The project area is about a half mile up the trail. Volunteers must bring work clothes & gloves, water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, and hat.  This project is open to the public.  If you are a CMC member, it is recommended that you log on to register; non-CMC members will have to sign a liability waiver.Once the project is full, we will not be able to accommodate any additional volunteers. This is for safety's sake - to retain a safe crew leader to volunteer ratio - and due to the number of tools available.  Please cancel if needed to make room for others, and join the wait list if the trip is full.

Leader: Thomas Mowle
Type: Stewardship, Trail mileage: 1, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 300
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Friday, 10/15/2021, Historic Lindsay Ranch Rocky Flats NWR

We will start at the main NWR entrance on CO Hwy 128 about a mile west of Indiana St.  Great views of the surrounding foothills and views of Niowt Ridge and Indian Peaks.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 10/16/2021, St. Vrain Mtn and Meadow Mountain

 

Leader: Carolyn Hammond
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Fast, Elevation Gain: 4,000
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Saturday, 10/16/2021, Monument headwaters: rocks and fall color

Let's see the aspens and other fall color in the Rampart Range! Even if the timing on the leaves doesn't work out, we'll still have lots of rocks! Rocks to look at, rocks to look out from the top of, rocks to look at while standing on top of other rocks, even the OG balanced rock! This trip is mostly on rough, user-created trails; 1 downhill mile is off-trail; about 500' is technically exploratory (I believe I have in the past missed an even better overlook). There are three stream crossings that will probably be benign in fall but you might prefer boots off. We will move slowly enough to take lots of pictures, so don't sign up if that will make you impatient -- this trip will take all day while we soak up the nature. Gettnig out to one optional rock might be Class 3 & has a bit of exposure; otherwise just the usual hazards of pea gravel where dirbikes are chewing up the slopes & big steps on uneven ground when off trail. Don't overlook the elevation gain: Rampart Range hikes often kick people's asses more than they expect. In this case, there are three major climbs out of the upper valleys of North Monument Creek and Monument Creek. No dogs or other nonhuman animal companions. Email or call to sign up with leader. 

Leader: Thomas Mowle
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Elevation Gain: 2000
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