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Friday, 7/28/2017, Jones Mountain 13,860' Niagara Peak 13,807'

These are two obscure high 13ers that are seldom climbed by the Club. Jones is a Centennial peak, while Niagara is listed as the 101st highest peak in the Garratt & Martin 13er guide.This will be a two night car camp. Arrive at the trailhead on Friday. Climb the peaks on Saturday and return to camp. Depending on the time taken to do the climbs, the group may elect to return to the Front Range yet on Saturday. Otherwise, we'll leave early on Sunday morning.Note: the current plan does not include a climb of Unnamed 13,806, but we'll see what the ridge and weather look like.Individual food. Probably a good idea to bring your own water, or buy along the way. Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pads needed.  

Leader: Steve Bonowski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 4400
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Friday, 7/28/2017, Windom Pk 14,082'; Sunlight Pk 14,059'; Eolus 14,083', North Eolus 14,039' *

Friday, July 28  - Drive to Silverton, take the 2:30 train to Durango (1 hour), get off the train at Needleton station and backpack 6 miles / 2,800' elevation gain to Chicago Basin.Saturday, July 29 - Climb Sunlight (class 4 rock) and then climb Windom (class 3 rock) 7 miles RT / 3,500' elevation gain.Sunday, July 30 - Climb Eolus (class 3 rock) 4 miles RT / 2,900' elevation gain and North Eolus (class 3 rock)  250' elevation gain.

Leader: Roger Leikas
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 23, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 9,200
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Friday, 7/28/2017, DATE CHANGE TO 7/28 Booth Lake Hike - Exploratory

Prerequisite:  Members registering for this hike should have completed WTS.This is a beautiful hike into Eagles Nest Wilderness. Just east of Vail, this hike offers amazing views of a valley, a waterfall, and an alpine lake. For most of the first half of the hike, the trail goes uphill with moderate steepness with a few flat spots. At about 2 miles, you can see Booth Falls. After the waterfall, the trail continues to climb uphill for awhile, then descends to a wide stream.. Then, the trail heads back uphill and finally, the view opens up to the valley and a single track trail veers through open meadows. Booth Lake is about another 3 miles from the waterfall. Don’t forget to look behind you, as you will be rewarded with great views of Vail ski resort and Mt. of the Holy Cross, a 14er. 

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10.0, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3080
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Friday, 7/28/2017, RMNP-Wildflower Hike Alpine Visitor Center Ute Trail to Poudre Lake

Your Leaders are Colorado Native Plant Masters and will provide participants with a detailed plant list and will reference 

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: -900
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Friday, 7/28/2017, Rollins Pass History Hike* Archaeology and Railroad History

About 3200 years ago, the Native American hunted on the top of Rollins Pass area. This trip will take us to some of the rock walled game drives and rock blinds. Research was started in the 1960, but has been recently been revisited and documented. And yes, if it was a hunting area, there were "points"! This area has much more history. Stan Moore will join us to talk about the railroad history plus more. We will be driving up the Rollins Pass Road and on the way out after the hike, there will be a number of stops for history sites. This will be a laid back hike with lots of information.

Leader: Cheryl Ames
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 300
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Friday, 7/28/2017, NEW MEMBER HIKE-Staunton State Park

We will hike Staunton Ranch Trail to Bugling Elk, to Elk Falls pond, down to the base of the waterdfall, then up to the lookout and back the same way.

Leader: Janet Farrar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Friday, 7/28/2017, RMOTHG Biking – Farmer's High Line Canal and Big Dry Creek Trails to Standley Lake

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 Cinzzetti's

Leader: Wayne Tomasello
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 21, Pace: Casual
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Saturday, 7/29/2017, Argentine Peak from Silver Dollar Lake 13738' Norm Arlt scrambling Mod C Off trail

From the trailhead at 11,200' near Guanella Pass, we will hike up the trail to Silver Dollar Lake and on to Murray Lake. We will then leave the trail, scramble up to the ridge between Square Top and Argentine, hike to the summit, drop down the ridge between Argentine and Wilcox, and loop back to Silver Dollar Lake.Each participant is expected to carry all 10+ Essentials.Passcode is same as all my past trips. If you have not hiked with me before, contact me via email to provide recent experience or let me know that you have a C hiker classification.I like to keep the whole group within yelling distance pretty much all the time, so if you are a free-spirited wanderer, this may not be the trip for you. 

Leader: Norm Arlt
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Saturday, 7/29/2017, Sentinel Point


Leader: Debbie Sheinman
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Elevation Gain: 3200
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Saturday, 7/29/2017, Dome Rock Trail Hike

*** EXPLORATORY HIKE – Trip leader has not been on this trail ***The Dome Rock Trail loop is an 11.2 mile loop trail located adjacent to Mueller State Park, just south of Divide and north of Cripple Creek that features beautiful wild flowers, wildlife viewing, and forest scenery and climbs 1,935 feet over the course of the hike.  This area is restricted and only open to hiking July 16th to November 30th because it is one of the few areas where Big Horn Sheep drop and nurture their lambs.  Dome Rock State Wildlife Area rules - No dogs allowed  and no rock climbing, so we will enjoy the view of Dome Rock but not be climbing on it.We will meet at the Red Rocks Safeway (3275 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904) at 6:15am for a 6:30am departure.  Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/Ld6rqjyyzxA2Hiking from the parking lot, we will hike along Dome Rock Trail (#46) west and then south to Dome Rock, and then southeast on Spring Creek Trail (#43) before heading northeast along Willow Creek trail (#40) to get back to the parking lot.

Leader: Glenn Barr
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11.2, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1,935
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Saturday, 7/29/2017, Arapaho Lakes, James Peak Wilderness--Exploratory and Off Trail

Hike SW on 900 to north on 809 to west on 818 to Arapaho Lakes. Return same way.

Leader: John Walters
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 7/29/2017, Watrous Gulch/Herman Lake Loop Mod C Woods Mtn 12,940' / Mt Machebeuf 12,805'

Fast moderate to moderate pace - 2+ mph. We will be above timberline for most of the day. We'll head up Watrous Gulch, follow the trail east, then north to above timberline. Climb Woods Mtn (12,940') and follow the ridge west over Mt Machebeuf (12,805') to Herman Lake where we will stop for lunch. We will descend Herman Gulch to our parked cars. Over 60% of this trip will be above timberline and off-trail. Optional lunch stop afterwards.

Leader: John O'Leary
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,000
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Saturday, 7/29/2017, Adopt A Trail

If you missed  this Service Project in July here is another chance. Combine with the Friends of the Wilderness for the Adopt A Trail Clean Up of Deluge Trail

The second work day for AAT on Deluge Lake trail will be Saturday, July 29.  Start time will be 8:00 or 9:00 depending on how far up the trail we need to go to get work done.  Volunteers can opt for the 3 hr commitment or longer. depending
on their time schedule. Sign Up with Ken Harper   kenh10@comcast.net
Ken Harper
 

Leader: Cecilia ( Lee) Moosburger
Type: , Trail mileage: 7
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Saturday, 7/29/2017, Mesa Cortina - Gore Range - Gore Creek Trails Backpack - Hike and Camp

We will start the trip at the Mesa Cortina Parking area and trailhead starting at an ~ Elevation ~9200' and will travel 2.75 miles to the intersection with the Gore Range Trail.  We turn left and head west and travel on the north side of Buffalo Mountain looking for the Willow Creek Water Falls.  After ~ 3.5 - 4 miles, the Gore Range Trail meets up with the Gore Creek Trail at ~ Elevation 11,450. We turn right and head west up and over Red Buffalo Pass and travel 7 miles down to Gore Creek Trailhead.  We will camp one (1) night at a location on the trail to be determined.  I will scout out the various areas prior to locating the camp site and issue an update prior to the trip. This hike has everything a lot to offer; waterfalls, wildflowers, tremendous views, etc.!  Because we are hiking over Red Buffalo Mountain Pass with backpacks, it makes the trip a C classification.  

Leader: Dale Pfaff
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 14, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2600
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Saturday, 7/29/2017, Kit Carson Pk and Challenger Pt North Ridge Class 4

The North Ridge is a spectacular 4th class scramble.  We will drive through Crestone to the trailhead and hike to Willow Lake to camp.  Alpine start the next morning.  Climb the N. Ridge to Kit Carson, the follow "Kit Carson Ave" to Challenger.  Descend the normal route to Challenger back to camp.  Hike out and drive back.  The climb is steep (average 45 degrees) and exposed, but the rock is pretty solid.  We will carry a small rope, but you should be confident that you won't need it.  Confident BMS and ASC grads should be ok, or significant experience with difficult scrambles.  Google "kit carson north ridge".  Lots of pictures; be sure you will be comfortable with the terrain.Bring helmet and ice ax and suitable boots or shoes. Have a light harness, or know how to improvise a harness or tie in with a bowline on a coil.

Leader: Tom Creighton
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 5900
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Saturday, 7/29/2017, Flat Tops Wilderness Backpack

A short backpack in the Flattops Wilderness. Highlights are wildflowers, especially lupine, and several pristine lakes, and an easy hike to the high point in the area.From Yampa, take CR 7, which becomes FS road 900, and drive 16.7 miles to where the road ends at Stillwater Reservoir. From the parking area at 10,300', cross on the dam to the S side of the reservoir. The good trail (North Derby Trail) passes a few ponds in the forest and reaches an open saddle at 11,160' in 2.2 miles. Descend 1.3 miles and about 300' through meadows to Hooper Lake. Continue on and turn right to reach Keener Lake at 10,780' at another 0.4 mile. Camping is not allowed at those lakes, so we'll continue on for another 1.8 miles (Edge Lake Trail) to the vicinity of Edge Lake at 10,910' and camp there.On the second day, we'll return to near the 11,160' saddle, drop our packs, and hike up grassy slopes to the summit of Flat Top Mtn, 12,354'. Then return to the saddle and follow the trail back to Stillwater Reservoir.A portion of this hike is described in "Colorado Lake Hikes" by David Muller. A description of the Flat Top Mountain climb is given in:http://www.summitpost.org/flat-top-mountain/152822

Leader: John Raich
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 14, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2600
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Sunday, 7/30/2017, Mt Bancroft East Ridge BMS High Peak

This trip is reserved for 2017 BMS students who have completed all of the requirments to go on a High Peak Climb.Saturday night we will car camp at the trailhead. Sunday morning we will climb the East Ridge of Mt Bancroft.Trailhead: 1) Take I-70 to Fall River Road, Exit 238.2) North on Fallriver Road for 8.3 miles.3) Turn left on Alice Road and go one mile.4) Turn right on Stewart Road (Forest Service Road 701.2) and continue until you can’t go any further.5) The gate should be open. This is a rough 4wd road. Drive as far as you can up the road and ook for open areas off the road up the hill from the gate on which to park/camp off the road.Climb: The ridge starts out as moderate rocky slopes, and steepens as it approaches the notch at 12,300 feet. Rap the notch and then climb the 5.2 route out of the notch. Continue up the ridge along rocky ridges and grassy areas that alternate with class 4 moves on rock towers. We need to be careful with routefinding to reach the crest of the ridge at 13,000 feet. A walk across talus fields will then bring us to the summit.We will descend the gentle southeast ridge.

Leader: Larry Post
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3030
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Sunday, 7/30/2017, Nate Stultz Trail South Park area

The Nate Stultz trailhead is located near Tarryall Reservoir off County Road 77 and AL Gulch Road (141).  This lightly used trail climbs through aspen and pine forest to a beautiful high park. The turnaround point will be Topaz Road. Wildflowers abound and there is a possibility of seeing bighorn sheep.   

Leader: Renee Howbert
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Sunday, 7/30/2017, Backpack Colorado Trail Segs 18-21

We have 4 nights, 5 days on trail to cover CT Segs 18-21. Seg 18 (13.8 mi, +1447'), Seg 19 (13.7 mi, +2239'), Seg 20 (12.7 mi, +3104'); Plus San Luis Peak (14,014' @ mi 8.8 on Seg 20, +1400' in 1.25 mi), Seg 21 (14.8 mi, +3116'). Total Segs 18-21 = 58 mi, + 11,300', including side summit of San Luis Peak on Day 4. This plan subject to change based on logistics.Participants should have backpacking experience and be capable of carrying all gear at a pace to cover daily mileage, including food, water treatment, cooking, shelter and adequate clothing for the weather.

Leader: Jan Dudley
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 55, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 11,300
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Friday, 8/4/2017, Mt. Zirkel Wilderness, 2 1/2 day Easy Backpack

On Day #1 of the backpack, after driving to the trail head, we'll backpack west towards Rainbow Lakes casualy climbing in elevation. There are a number of areas in which the group can potentially camp and camp will be made based on the status of the entire group. This location may be after 4 miles or 4 1/5 miles or 5 miles or as much as 6 miles. Again, where we eventually set up our base camp will be based on the entire status of the group at the time! The estimated distance and elevation gain for Day 1 will be: 5.0 miles/1,600'.Day #2- Saturday will be an off day where the group has its choice of day hiking to Slide and Roxy Anne Lakes or can fish in any of the lakes in the area or can make an attempt at climbing Mount Ethel to the west of our base camp or can photograph the myriad of wildflowers and scenery that surrounds our camp or if they want, they can just lay around in camp all day and not do anything! There's plenty of things for all to do on this backpack.Day #3- The group can take there time getting up and relax in camp or they can take a short stroll before we leave our base camp and hike back to the vehicles. The plan is to pack up and start back to the cars by noon on this day.The mileage and elevation figures for this backpack are based on the entire backpack, hiking in, hiking out and guessing what participants might do on their day off.

Leader: Dave Callais
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 16, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Saturday, 8/5/2017, Tepee Mtn.

NOTE - All participants must have a climbing helmet and a harness. This trip will involve Class 3 climbing to get up Richthofen and over to the west summit of Tepee Mtn. The intent is to make our way across these Class 3 sections without rope so all participants must be able to handle a bit of exposure. There is also a Class 4 climb to get to the east summit of Tepee.The trip will start a the Lake Agnes Trailhead. We will make our way on trail to the lake then walk around the lake and up to the saddle between Richthofen and Mahler. From the saddle we will climb up loose rock to the summit of Richthofen. From Richtohofen the group will scramble down along the Continental Divide and desend the jagged exposed south ridge of Richthofen to the low point between it and Tepee. From there we will climb to the west summit of Tepee. From the west summit we will decend to the saddle then up the Class 4 climb to the east summit of Tepee. The group will retrace our steps to get back to the Lake Agnes Trailhead.  

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2300
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Saturday, 8/5/2017, Square Top Lakes, 12,288'

From Guanella pass hike through tundra, above tree line, to two small lakes with great views of Mt. Bierstadt and the Sawtooth.

Leader: John Walters
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 8/5/2017, Horseshoe Peerless 13894' 13348' Norm Arlt Mod C wts group reunion hike

This is a reunion hike for my WTS groups, but others are welcome if space is available.From the trailhead at 11,800' above the Four Mile Campground, hike west up road/trails to saddle between Horseshoe and Peerless at 13,200’. Scramble south 1 mile along ridge to Horseshoe. Return to saddle and scramble a quarter mile north along the ridge to Peerless. Continue over Peerless to saddle between Peerless and Sheridan, and head back down around Peerless to THEach participant is expected to carry all 10+ Essentials.Passcode is same as all my past trips. If you have not hiked with me before, contact me via email to provide recent experience or let me know that you have a C hiker classification.I like to keep the whole group within yelling distance pretty much all the time, so if you are a free-spirited wanderer, this may not be the trip for you.

Leader: Norm Arlt
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2600
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Saturday, 8/5/2017, Columbine Lake

THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HIKES YOU WILL EVER GO ON...........ENTER WEST SIDE OF INDIAN PEAKS WILDERNESS AREA.....HIKE TO LAKE WHICH IS NESTLED UNDER CLIFTS ON THE NORT FACE OF ARAPAHO PASS...MOOSE WILL BE ATTENDING AS WELL AS MOSQITOS SO BRING REPELLENT . DON'T MISS THIS

Leader: Martin Berger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 800'
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Saturday, 8/5/2017, Mt. Sherman

Directions to the trailhead are as follows:(High clearance/four-wheel drive vehicles are suggested.)1. From Colorado Springs take Highway 24 west to Hartsel.  West of Hartsel, turn north on Hwy. 9 towards Fairplay.  At the junction of Highways 9 and 285 turn left or south going south for 1 mile to Park County Road 18.  Turn right or west onto Park County Road 18.  After 4 miles you'll pass by Fourmile Creek Campground.  After 8 miles you'll pass by the old Leavick townsite and mine. At about 10-11 miles the road will become rougher. At 12.5 miles park near the gate.2. From Denver take Hwy. 285 south to Fairplay.  Continue south past Fairplay to the Junction of Highways 9 and 285. At the junction of Highways 9 and 285, continue south going south for 1 mile to Park County Road 18.  Turn right or west onto Park County Road 18.  After 4 miles you'll pass by Fourmile Creek Campground.  After 8 miles you'll pass by the old Leavick townsite and mine.At about 10-11 miles the road will become rougher.  At 12.5 miles park near the gate.

Leader: Debbie Sheinman
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Saturday, 8/5/2017, Lovell Gulch Trail Project #7

Lovell Gulch Trail Project, August 5Trail WorkOpen to the publicAges 16+; Under 18 must be accompanied by parent/guardianDay HikeBring your LunchThe Pikes Peak Group is continuing to help the National Forest with maintenance on Lovell Gulch Trail #706 near Woodland Park.  For our first workday this year, the Forest has asked us to widen a section of trail that we built last year.Once the project is full, we will not be able to accommodate any additional volunteers unless additional leaders/tools are recruited. 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: 1.5, Elevation Gain: 300
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Saturday, 8/5/2017, Trailblazers 14ers: Humboldt Peak

Humboldt Peak is a relatively easy (but not a walk-up) 14er with incredible views of the Crestones and Kit Carson Peak. It is located in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area, south and east of Pueblo, CO. The nearest town is Westcliffe, CO.We’ll be hiking up Humboldt Peak via the standard route (West Ridge), camping overnight before the summit push. The purpose of this trip is to get warmed up for more 14ers in the following weeks and months, while also practicing backcountry camping. If you’re new to 14ers or new to overnighting in backcountry, this is a really great opportunity to practice and get used to both. Note: this does not mean no experience required! Each hiker should have camping/cooking gear (or be able to borrow/share it) and knowledge of how to use it before arriving. Each hiker should be capable of hiking up to 16.5 miles over two days with up to 5,300 ft. of elevation gain at a moderate pace (~1.5 mi./hr.). The hiking will include some class 2 scrambling, so rock-hopping and big steps with hands for balance should be expected. While it isn’t expected that you have summited a 14er before, you should have hiking experience at or above 10,000 ft. This trip is posted a few months in advance, which gives you plenty of summer to go hike before this! Check https://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=humb1&peak=Humboldt+Peak for more information about the hike.The Plan:We’ll meet at the Dinosaur Lots Park n’ Ride near Morrison, CO to carpool, depending on where everyone is starting from. We’ll drive to the trailhead, about 3-3.5 hours of driving, and then hike up to the South Colony Lakes on Saturday. Depending on driving and hiking time, we may have a long evening to hang out. We will be camping overnight, so plan on bringing food to cook. If you like to fish, I hear the lakes are a pretty good area to do it. Due to bears in the area, we’ll have to be careful about where we cook and store everything that has an odor in a bear-proof container. Waking up before dawn, we’ll cook a small breakfast or have cold breakfast, then get started hiking under headlamps. The goal is to summit and be headed downwards by 12 noon at the latest to avoid afternoon storms. Once back to the campsite, we’ll eat, pack camp, then head on out back to the cars. Victory dinner and beers on the route back home!

Leader: Jordan Holquist
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 16, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 5300
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Saturday, 8/5/2017, Coxcomb, 13,656'

A 3-day backpack and climb of Coxcomb Peak in the Big Blue Wilderness of the San Juan Mountains.ApproachOn day 1, drive to Owl Ck Pass from highway 50 via Silver Jack Reservoir. Turn S at a big switchback about 1/4 mile east of Owl Ck Pass. Follow this road S along the W side of West Fork Cimarron River as far as the road is passable to about 10,500'. Passenger cars can usually go 2 miles up the West Fork. Hike up the rough road. Cross to the E side of the drainage near a washed out bridge. Continue up the road and then a trail along the east side and find a suitable campsite at about 11,500'.ClimbOn day 2, hike up the trail to a 12,500' pass W of Coxcomb Pk. Continue S down the trail into Wetterhorn Basin, losing perhaps 400'. Then climb NNW up tundra and rocks. You want to end up on the S side of the Coxcomb summit block, just W of the summit. On the base of the summit block on the SW end, look foe a 12' vertical chimney by which you gain the easier middle section of the summit block. The last 80' are comprised of a sloping chimney. We'll rope up for this 5.2 climb. once on top of the summit block, head NE toward the summit, until you are stopped by a 30' gap. the W side of the gap is a 5.6 climb, the E side class 4. Options are are to downclimb with a belay, rappel, or lower. Parties leave a rope in place for the return through the gap. The 5.2 chimney portion is descended either by rappels or lowers.We'll retrace the ascent route back to camp.The return drive is planned for day 3. An alternative approach route via the Middle Cimarron is described in "Colorado Scrambles" by Dave Cooper.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Rock Climbing, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4100
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Saturday, 8/5/2017, Annual Picnic in Ashcroft

Join Tom and Carol Kurt in Ashcroft for our potluck dinner. RSVP to say what you will bring, 925-6648.

Leader: Carol Kurt
Type: All Other
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Sunday, 8/6/2017, RMNP Glacier Gorge to Green Lake

From Glacier Gorge TH in RMNP we hike through Glacier Gorge to first Black Lake, then on to Green Lake at the base of Longs Peak west side "The Trough" couloir (and a viable way of climbing Longs Peak, which we won't do on this trip).  We return the way we came.

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Sunday, 8/6/2017, Weminuchi Wilderness Llama Trek Mamas N' Llamas Girls' Trip

Sunday, Drive to Silverton; meeting at 6 pmMonday, Hike to first campTuesday, Layover day with hikeWednesday, hike to second campThursday, layover day with hikeFriday, break camp, hike outSaturday, Drive to Denver 

Leader: Sandi Bianchi
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 40, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4000
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Friday, 8/11/2017, Backpack Missouri - Fancy Pass Loop

Enjoy the beauty of moderate backpack hike to Missouri Lakes where we will set up a two-night camp. Bring your own food, and water purification. Bring Fly Rod if interested in some Fly Fishin on small streams or lake. On our second day, choice of a hike to Holy Cross City, fish, or photography. We will hike out the 3rd day via Fancy Pass. 

Leader: Francis Peter
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 7.3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,380 feet
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Friday, 8/11/2017, Canoe & Hike the Canyons of the Colorado River Hosted by Centennial Canoe Outfitters

What’s included in the trip fee: Centennial Canoe will provide 2-3 guides, all meals, water/lemonade, complimentary wine with dinner, boats, paddles, life jackets, straps for securing gear in boats, rescue equipment, first aid supplies, port-a-potty with tent & supplies, 1 large dry bag/person, campfire pan, propane stove, & all kitchen gear & utensils.  What’s not included in the trip fee: tent, sleeping bag, mattress pad & a camp chair. Rentals are available.← Return to Trip Description

Leader: Linda Ditchkus
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Friday, 8/11/2017, North Maroon Peak - 14,014'

Leader can provide suggestions on where to stay the night before the trip.  We will start from the Maroon Lake trailhead at 4:00 am.  Bring a good headlamp and a helmet.  See route description for Northeast Ridge on 14ers.com.  Moderate pace means able to climb at least 1,000 vertical feet per hour.  Which means the ascent shouldn't take more than about 5 hours.  The group needs to stay ahead of the typical afternoon storms.  This is one of Colorado's harder 14ers.  Should have some prior experience doing 4th class climbing.

Leader: Mark Silas
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9.25, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4,500
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Friday, 8/11/2017, Storm Lake* IPW

Start at HessieTH just outside Eldora and hike northwest along Jasper Creek and around Jasper Lake. Then bushwack up to Storm Lake. Depending on the group we can climb another 500 feet and .7 miles to Upper Storm Lake. If we do that the total hike would be 3100 feet and 13.4 miles. 

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2600
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Friday, 8/11/2017, Silver Dollar Lake Wildflower Hike

We will start hiking at the Silver Dollar Lake Trailhead and discover many sub-alpine and alpine wildflowers. Your Leaders are Colorado Native Plant Masters and will reference Rocky Mountain Flora by James Ells/CMC Press and available at the CMC Office.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 8/11/2017, Fly Fishing Trip - Anthracite Creek


Leader: Jonathan Walter
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: 300 feet
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Friday, 8/11/2017, Fly Fishing Frying Pan and Roaring Fork Rivers


Leader: Celia Dunlap
Type: Fishing
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Friday, 8/11/2017, Crestone Peak 14,294' and Crestone Needle 14,197'

This is a spectacular setting in the Sangre de Cristo range.  These two peaks are some of the hardest of the Colorado 14ers.  This will be a memorable weekend.  We will backpack up 4.5 miles with 1,900 feet elevation gain to South Colony Lakes where we will camp on Friday.  On Saturday we will climb Crestone Peak which is Class 3 rock, 4.5 miles round trip and 3,850 feet elevation gain.  On Sunday, we will climb up Crestone Needle, which is class 3 rock, 3.0 miles round trip and 2,600 feet elevation gain. Climbing helmet is required.  A detailed trip plan will be sent out at least 2 weeks prior to the trip.  Please contact the leader, Michael Gaudet at specmiata37@earthlink.net for the passcode.  Because of the difficult nature and exposure of this trip experience on class 3 rock is mandatory.  BMS grads preferred.We will be utilizing a blue bag system for human waste per LNT principles and the nature of the area we are camping in.              

Leader: Michael Gaudet
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 17.0, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 8350'
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Friday, 8/11/2017, Trailblazers 14ers: Huron & Missouri

At 14,003 ft., Huron Peak is the second lowest in elevation of Colorado’s 14ers. As far as 14ers go, it is a relatively short and beautiful hike with the most difficulty being Class 2. Missouri Mountain is a neighboring mountain to Huron peak. It will be a much more difficult hike if only because of the distance.We’ll be hiking up Huron Peak via the standard route (Northwest Slopes) on Saturday morning after camping overnight on Friday. After hiking Huron, we’ll return to camp and either keep camp where it is, or move it over closer to the start of the Sunday hike. On Sunday, we’ll get a pre-dawn start and hike Missouri Mountain via the non-standard West Ridge. The purpose of this trip is to knock out two neighboring 14er summits in one drive into the mountains, while enjoying relatively remote camping.Each hiker should have camping/cooking gear (or be able to borrow/share it) and knowledge of how to use it before arriving. Each hiker should be capable of hiking up to 19 miles over two days with up to 6,700 ft. of elevation gain at a moderate pace (~1.5 mi./hr.). The hiking will include some class 2 scrambling, so rock-hopping and big steps with hands for balance or loose scree should be expected. Due to the extended amount of time that will be spent above 13,000 ft. on Missouri Mountain each hiker is expected to have some experience with altitudes at or above 13,000 ft. However, it is not expected that you have summited a 14er before. By hiking Huron Peak first (shorter, easier) and camping 2 nights above 10,000 ft., acclimatization to elevation before Missouri Mountain will be improved.This trip is posted a few months in advance, which gives you plenty of summer to go hike before this! Check https://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=huro1&peak=Huron+Peak and https://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=miss2&peak=Missouri+Mountain for more information about the hikes.The Plan:We’ll meet at the Dinosaur Lots Park n’ Ride near Morrison, CO to carpool, depending on where everyone is starting from. We’ll drive to the trailhead, about 2.5-3 hours of driving, and then camp out on Friday night close to the 4WD trail head. If we can’t make it all the way up with the cars, we can either camp by the cars or hike up a bit to the trail head. The extra mileage from the 2WD trail head is 2 miles, each direction (4 mi. round trip). Depending on driving time we may stop in Leadville for dinner. We will be camping overnight twice, so plan on bringing food to cook for two nights, just in case. For bear safety, we’ll have to be careful about where we cook and store everything that has an odor in a bear-proof container.Waking up before dawn on Saturday, we’ll cook a small breakfast or have cold breakfast, then get started hiking Huron under headlamps. The goal is to summit Huron Peak on Saturday and be headed downwards by 12 noon at the latest to avoid afternoon storms. Once back to the Huron campsite, we’ll eat, pack camp, then head on over to the next campsite for Missouri Mountain. We’ll drive over to the Missouri trail head and get the cars as far up the 4WD trail head as seems reasonable. It will take a short wheel base SUV with high clearance to do anything on the 4WD road. The rest of the way, we will hike up with packs and camp out near the trail head. This hiking distance could be as much as 3 miles one-direction. On Sunday morning, we’ll wake up early, have breakfast, and set out on our long day under headlamps. The goal is to summit Missouri Mountain before 12 noon on Sunday to avoid storms and be back to the cars by the evening. When we return to the Missouri campsite, we’ll eat, pack camp, then start our drive back towards civilization. If time and energy permit, celebratory pizzas and beer at High Mountain Pies in Leadville!

Leader: Jordan Holquist
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 20, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 6700
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Saturday, 8/12/2017, Rainbow Lakes and Arapaho Glacier Trail -- Indian Peaks Wilderness

From the Rainbow Lake TH (next Indian Peaks access point south of Brainard Lake) we hike about 1 mile to explore all 9 Rainbow Lakes and beaver ponds (some off trail), then begin hiking up the ridge extending eastward from South Arapahoe Peak called Arapaho Glacier Trail (#905). We will go as far as the group wishes and the weather allows to see excellent views of Indian Peaks to the west, Mt. Albion to the north and valleys to the east.  Return the way we came.  

Leader: John Walters
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Saturday, 8/12/2017, Neota and Thunder Mountains

When Scott Farquhar originally scheduled this trip last year, I wanted to go but wasn't able to make it. I just realized I can schedule it myself! Following is Scott's description:

Leader: James Pisula
Type: , Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 8/12/2017, Lakes of the Clouds Backpack

Come see one of the most spectacular canyons on the east side of the Sangre de Cristos.  This hike climbs from Gibson Creek Trailhead to the magnificent views of the lakes nestled in the large canyon surrounded by Spread Eagle Peak, Cloud Peak, and Silver Peak.  We will hike in the loop by Short Creek and out the loop by Swift Creek.  This is one of the more picturesque places close to home with little population on the trails.  Nothing comes this close to simple beauty in the wilderness.  We will camp one night near the lakes in the upper basin.  Well behaved dogs on leash welcome.  Nat Geo Map 138.  180 mi.  11/2,500’.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Saturday, 8/12/2017, One Day Trail Crew Work Project on the Colorado Trail near Copper Mountain

Okay everyone, this is your chance to finally give back to the trail system which we hike and backpack pretty much every day. If you've always wanted to try some trail work or if you have had an opportunity to do some in the past and want to a little more, then this project I'm presently planning might be what the doctor ordered for you. The plan is to repair a section of very wet trail (usually muddy in the spring) so that users of the Colorado Trail will still use the trail and not go around the wet area. I think you all know what I'm getting at because we all have done it in the past when we didn't want to walk through the mud or water. The plan will be to build a turnpike which in laymans terms is a raised structure over the muddy area. More detail about the project will be explained at the work site.Here's a little about me. After having backpacked the entire Colorado Trail 9 years ago, I decided after I'd finished to adopt a section of the Colorado Trail. I'm responsible for maintaining, repairing, rebuilding, cleaning up the trash, marking the trail and removing the downed timber along my 5 1/2 mile adopted stretch of the trail from the Copper Mountain boundary to Searle Pass. It's definitely a lot of responsibility for just one person. This is why I'm always asking for any help I can get. Plus, it's a great opportunity for some of you to volunteer a little of your time and give back to the trail system.That being said, this is a great opportunity to not only volunteer your time to improve a section of trail, but an opportunity to see just what actually goes into trail building, ultimately giving you a much better appreciation of the work involved. Also keep in mind that anyone can do trail work. There are plenty of jobs for all involved and NO experience is necessary! You will be trained as to safety and how to use each and every tool. If you want to work extra hard, you can or if you prefer to try a little light duty work, you can do that as well. So whatever you feel you can do is greatly appreciated because doing the work by myself is just not possible. So I hope you'll join me and many others in maintaining this small section of the Colorado Trail!To get to the work location, once we leave the vehicles, we'll hike on a small side trail over to the Colorado Trail and then follow it up the Guller Creek drainage to a location along Guller Creek where the trail project will take place. The exact distance and elevation gain is not known for sure, but once I've had a chance to scout the trail this July, I'll have a much better idea of the exact distance and elevation gain. Six miles (round trip) and 1,000' of elevation gain is a good estimate!

Leader: Dave Callais
Type: Stewardship, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 8/12/2017, New Member Hike Herman Gulch

This is a lovely summer hike terminating at a small mountain lake where we will eat lunch before we return.  This trail usually features abundant wildflowers midsummer.Although this is for new CMC members, all are welcome.  We will answer new members' practical questions and talk about pace, clothing, gear, etc.  Please bring those of the  10 essentials  appropriate to a five-hour hike and that day's possible weather.  Wear proper hiking boots.  No jeans.  We can talk more about all that on trip day.

I will email you a day or two ahead to advise of trail conditions

Leader: Robbie Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1700
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Saturday, 8/12/2017, BKPS 2017 Group #1 - Trip #4

This is for BKPS 2017 Group 1 Students Only!Trip Plan will be provided to students.

Leader: Jennie Popovich
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 15, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: +3020/-3021
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Saturday, 8/12/2017, Millset Trail

A lovely hike in the Wet Mountains near Lake Isabel and Camp Jackson.  We will travel on mostly a moderate climb with a few steeper sections to a rustic cabin.  We will eat lunch at the cabin.

Leader: Paulette Arns
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,400 ft
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Saturday, 8/12/2017, Browns Creek Trail and Browns Lake

This trail follows the Browns Creek Drainage approximately 5.5 miles to Browns Lake, where it meets with a four-wheel drive road. Begin your trip at Browns Creek Trailhead on County Road 272. Within 1.5 miles of the trailhead is a junction with the Colorado Trail. Browns Creek Trail continues westward from this junction and the Colorado Trail heads southward. Shortly after the trail junction the path crosses Little Browns Creek. The next creek the trail reaches is Browns Creek. (Both of these streams provide access for trout fishing.) From this point to Forest Road 278, Upper Browns Road, the trail follows the stream closely. It also climbs to a high point of 11,280' at the lake. Be sure to visit the 'falls' about half way up.

Leader: Denise Snow
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11.0, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2310
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Saturday, 8/12/2017, Silver dollar and Murray Lake

This panoramic hike starts just below the top of Quanella Pass and you will be getting 2 lakes for the price of 1,

Leader: Martin Berger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1600 feet
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Saturday, 8/12/2017, Phoenix Peak (13895 ft)

At 13895 feet Phoenix Peak is the 73rd highest peak in Colorado.  It is located 7 miles northeast of the town of Creede in the San Juan mountains.  We will ascend the south slopes from the East Willow Creek trailhead outside of Creede.  This hike is class 1 and stays on easy terrain.  However, it is a long hike with significant elevation gain.  Beginning peak baggers are welcome as long as they are capable of hiking 12 miles with 4500 feet of elevation gain in a single day with minimal breaks.  RECENT 14ER OR 13ER EXPERIENCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.   We will drive to the trailhead on Saturday.  We will either car camp at the trailhead or hike up the trail a bit and camp higher up.  Camping location will depend on weather and participants.  Participants are required to have the necessary camping skills and equipment.  We will leave camp very early on Sunday.  Participants should plan on being home late on Sunday night.   

Leader: Darren Funk-Neubauer
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4400 feet
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Saturday, 8/12/2017, Meteor Hike Mt Bierstadt 14,060’ Norm Arlt Mod C Scrambling

A great chance to see the peak of the Perseid meteor shower from the open sky of a 14’er (weather permitting – we will need a forecast of “Partly cloudy” or better). The 3/4 moon will rise about 11pm, so best viewing will be earlier. We’ll start from the boardwalk at Guanella Pass at about 7 PM, and easily get back in time for your Sunday picnic. This should NOT be your first 14nr. Each participant is expected to carry all 10+ Essentials.Passcode is same as all my past trips. If you have not hiked with me before, contact me via email to provide recent experience or let me know that you have a C hiker classification.I like to keep the whole group within yelling distance pretty much all the time, so if you are a free-spirited wanderer, this may not be the trip for you.

Leader: Norm Arlt
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Sunday, 8/13/2017, Torreys Peak 14,276' via Kelso Ridge Alpine Scrambling Course

Depart from the trailhead at Steven's Gulch then climb to Kelso Ridge. Follow the ridge to the summit. Be prepared for cold and windy conditions

Leader: Fred Radtke
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Friday, 8/18/2017, Hassel Peak 13,215 via Butler Gulch*

There is repaving on I70 west at Georgetown, scheduled to last through July.  Will keep an eye on it for possible detour on US6

Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3100
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Friday, 8/18/2017, Hike, bike and car camp in the Flat Tops

Contact leader for details to be determined

Leader: Judith Rau
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 20, Elevation Gain: 500'
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Saturday, 8/19/2017, Pacific Peak - East ridge Alpine Scrambling Course


Leader: Fred Radtke
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3350
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Saturday, 8/19/2017, Fern Lake - RMNP

Hike along Big Thompson River to the POOL then continue to Fern falls and then onto the Lake. Superb

Leader: Martin Berger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1360 feet
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Saturday, 8/19/2017, 13,794 Square Top Mountain Easy C

Fast-moderate to moderate pace - 2+ mph

Leader: John O'Leary
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2700
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Saturday, 8/19/2017, Meadow Creek Loop

After setting up the car shuttle, the group ascend the next 4 1/2 miles of trail (steeply at times) up the Meadow Creek drainage to the Gore Range Trail. From this junction, we'll head SW towards the Ten Mile Creek drainage until we come to an idealic location for lunch overlooking the Tem Mile Creek valley. Once finished, we'll descend into the valley and join up with the Ten Mile Trail where we'll follow back to the waiting car shuttle.

Leader: Dave Callais
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Saturday, 8/19/2017, Fly Fishing / Backpack Trip - Lonesome Lake

Weekend backpack trip.We will trek up Lonesome Lake Trail (elev. 10,005 ft) near Homestake Reservoir in the Holy Cross Wilderness. Taking our time, we will stop for fly fishing and pictures as we steadily climb 1600 ft over 5 miles to Lonesome Lake (elev. 11,571 ft). We’ll set up camp at a suitable site and then we can explore the area, fish the lake, or just relax and enjoy the scenery and fresh air. After a good night’s rest, and a leisurely morning we’ll pack up camp and follow the same trail back to the trail head.

Leader: Steve Wolf
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1566
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Saturday, 8/19/2017, Backpack Trip - Lonesome Lake - Holy Cross Wilderness

Weekend backpack tripWe will trek up Lonesome Lake Trail (elev. 10,005 ft) near Homestake Reservoir in the Holy Cross Wilderness. Taking our time, we will stop for fly fishing and pictures as we steadily climb 1600 ft over 5 miles to Lonesome Lake (elev. 11,571 ft). We’ll set up camp at a suitable site and then we can explore the area, fish the lake, or just relax and enjoy the scenery and fresh air. After a good night’s rest, and a leisurely morning we’ll pack up camp and follow the same trail back to the trail head.

Leader: Jorge Dominguez
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1566
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Saturday, 8/19/2017, Byers Peak Loop 12,804' Norm Arlt Mod C

From the trailhead at 9900’ near Fraser, we'll head up the trail to the long north ridge and do some easy class 2 scrambling on the way to the summit. We’ll bushwhack towards the saddle with Bottle Peak and head down to the TH.Each participant is expected to carry all 10+ Essentials.Passcode is same as all my past trips. If you have not hiked with me before, contact me via email to provide recent experience or let me know that you have a C hiker classification.I like to keep the whole group within yelling distance pretty much all the time, so if you are a free-spirited wanderer, this may not be the trip for you.

Leader: Norm Arlt
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3100
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Saturday, 8/19/2017, Peanut Lake and Cherry Lake

This is a hike in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness to the very scenic Peanut and Cherry Lakes. The trailhead follows Wild Cherry Creek to the lakes at the foot of Mount Owens, a 13er.

Leader: Denise Snow
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3300
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Saturday, 8/19/2017, Pikes Peak Trail Maintenance and Restoration

This project is part of the National Forrest Foundation’s(NFF) newly initiated Find Your Fourteeners campaign which hopes to increase the pace and scale of improvements to sustainable recreation opportunities on Colorado’s beloved and covenanted Fourteeners through the development of new partnerships and funding, building local capacity, and increasing the pace and scale of on-the-ground trail improvement projects.  NFF is accomplishing these goals by supporting partnerships between the many stewardship organizations across our great state that work maintain and preserve it’s natural resources and access to it’s many natural wonders. This project is made possible through one of these partnerships between the US Forest Service, NFF, The Rocky Mountain Field Institute and the Colorado Mountain Club.The Crags/Devils Playground trail is one of the two main routes used to climb Pike’s Peak’s, one of the most iconic 14’er summits.  Heavy use combined with unsustainable alignments and insufficient drainage structures have resulted in very poor conditions of this much loved route.  Volunteers will install structures and make improvements to the trail which work to mitigate the negative impacts of erosion and create a more enjoyable experience to climbers, backpackers and hikers.Whether you are new to trail work or a seasoned trail dog this service project offers a variety of tasks for different levels of experience and physical ability. A typical workday begins at 8 a.m. includes a hike of 1 to 3 miles and work wraps up around 3:00 each day.  All meals from Saturday morning through Sunday lunch will be provided as well as all tools and equipment however volunteers should bring the following:

Anything else to ensure a comfortable and safe weekend in the woods! This trip involves volunteer driven trail work with CMC's Stewardship Team. To learn more about the CMC Stewardship Team visit  https://www.cmc.org/Conservation/Stewardship/StewardshipTeam.aspx

Leader: Brinkley Messick
Type: Stewardship
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Saturday, 8/19/2017, Tabor Lake

This is a beautiful alpine lake tucked into a rocky bowl. Jim Harrison will lead this six-mile roundtrip hike with 2060' gain accessed from the Lincoln Creek Road. Bring stream crossing shoes.

Leader: James Harrison
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 2060'
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Sunday, 8/20/2017, Elk Park to Barr Camp

Pikes Peak Marathon hike starts at Elk Park Knoll off the Pikes Peak Highway. We'll hike 

Leader: Paul Kozlowski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11.0, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Sunday, 8/20/2017, Laramie Peak, WY Solar Eclipse Camp & Hike

** Exploratory - trip leader has not hiked this trail nor visited this area **What better way to view the August 21st North American Total Solar Eclipse than from the top of a mountain in Wyoming??  We will drive to Friend Park Campground (300 miles / 5.5 hrs) located west of Glendo, WY) on Sunday, August 20th in hopes of beating some of the crowds and traffic, tent camp that night at the campsite (fee) or dispersed nearby (free), and then hike up the trail (5.2 miles one way / 2,722 ft elev gain) to Laramie Peak on Monday morning to catch the total solar eclipse (starting at 10:23am - totally obscured 11:44-11:46am - and ending 1:11pm). Then hike back to camp, and either camp another night or drive back to Colorrado Springs - depending on group's desires (planned in advance).Laramie Peak (Elev 10,272 ft - west of Glendo, WY)is the highest Wyoming peak in the Laramie Range, which is located in the northern part of Medicine Bow National Forest. The mountain does not rise above treeline and the switchback trail leading to the top begins around 7,500 feet, making the days elevation gain about 3,000 feet.Easy Class C - based on trail mileage.  Trail is multi-use (horse, hikers, ATVs).  See trail data websites below for more details.Nominal camping / parking fees ($5/day trailhead parking and $10/day camping - if in campground).

Leader: Glenn Barr
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,722
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Friday, 8/25/2017, Ptarmigan Lake, 2 1/2 Day Easy Backpack

On Day #1, after driving to the trail head, the group will climb on a very easy trail and at a casual pace gradually to a location just below Ptarmigan Lake near timberline. It is here that our base camp will be made for the next two nights. The approximate distance and elevation gain to base camp is: 2.5 miles/1,200'.Day #2 is our day off to enjoy what this area offers us. The group can take a short stroll up to Ptarmigan Lake or a longer day hike exploring the area or climb any of the numerous 12,000' and 13,000' peaks in the area or fish in Ptarmigan Lake or just lay around all day long and do nothing. It's up to you!Finally, on Day #3, we'll take our time in the morning before leaving around noon and hiking back to the vehicles.The additional mileage and elevation gain stated in the description is an estimate based on the participants doing a little additional day hiking on the free day after base camp has been made. The more you do, the higher the estimate becomes! 

Leader: Dave Callais
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 3500
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Friday, 8/25/2017, Whale Pk, 13,078'*


Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Friday, 8/25/2017, Steamboat Lake Hiking, Camping, Hot Springs

Steamboat Lake hiking weekend.  We have our choice of some spectacular hikes around Clark, North of Steamboat Springs.The Zirkel Circle is 11miles and rises up to 2,474 ft. This is a long hike up but so worth the effort.  Starting from Slavonia TH we will hike up to stunning Gilpen Lake with views of Mt. Zirkel along the Continental Divide.  We then loop around to Gold lake and circle back down.Mica Lake is an 8 mile, 2,227ft. hike also from Slovonia TH to Mica Lake with views of Big Angnes Mountain.  This is an out/back hike.  This will be an Exploratory hike.Hahn's Peak is a great afternoon hike.  At 3.8 miles and 1,430 ft. elevation everyone can join in.  We are rewarding with stunning views from an old fire lookout station at the top.  Very cool, as this landmark can be seen for miles around the area.Logistics:  Some of us are camping at Steamboat Lake State Park. Steamboat Lake offers RV and tent camping, pay showers, boat ramp, and fishing.  Not to mention that it is a stop over for the crane migration at this time of year.  It is wonderful to fall asleep with the sound of cranes chattering and cooing.Leader has reserved a tent site that she is willing to share.  You may contact her directly @ mary.wiener25@gmail.comSteamboat Lake State Park info:  https://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/steamboat-lake-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=CO&parkId=50041If camping isn't your thing, you are welcome to book a hotel/Airbnb and join us for a weekend of hiking.

Leader: Mary Wiener
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,474 ft.
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