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Friday, 9/22/2017, S. Boulder Pk. 8,549'

From the S. Mesa Trailhead hike the Towhee Trail to Shadow Canyon. Pass The Matron, The Maiden and Devils Thumb on the way to the Bear Pk-S Boulder saddle. Follow a sometimes obscure trail S then boulder hop to the summit, with great views and a great cannister.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2900
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Friday, 9/22/2017, Fly Fishing San Juan NM


Leader: Celia Dunlap
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 400, Pace: Casual
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Friday, 9/22/2017, RMOTHG Cycling – Mouse Trap Loop

There is a Terrapin group this week lead by Wayne Tomasello.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 Micky's Top Sirloin.

Leader: Peter Spandau
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 20, Pace: Casual
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Saturday, 9/23/2017, National Public Lands Day Trail Construction in Buena Vista

 What better way to celebrate our public lands that are such an integral part of Colorado's unique identity than by improving access to them! Though this date is one week before the official NPLD day we will be celebrating early by building new trail in Buena Vista Colorado on BLM managed land.This awesome service project is part of a larger partnership between The Town of BV, local stakeholder groups, the BLM, and CMC to improve recreational opportunities for local residents and the many visitors of the Upper Arkansas Valley. The South Bridge Trail will add to the overall function of the Midland Hill Trail System by providing an experience appropriate for beginner mountain bikers, hikers, trail runners, and equestrians, and creating several new loop options with the existing trails.Please be at the parking area by 9:00 a.m. for a general introduction to the project, the tools we will use, and techniques we will utilize to build new sustainable trails. There is no experience necessary and we will have a variety of work projects available to accommodate multiple levels of physical ability.  Lunch will be provided as well as great local brews after the workday  generously donated by Eddyline Brewing.Tools and equipment will be provided by CMC and the BV Trails group however volunteers should be prepared with closed toed sturdy shoes or boots, work gloves, safety glasses or sunglasses, and enough water for a few hours working in the Colorado sun. This trip involves volunteer driven trail work with CMC's Stewardship Team and public land agencies near Buena Vista, Colorado. To learn more about the CMC Stewardship Team visit https://www.cmc.org/Conservation/Stewardship/StewardshipTeam.aspx

Leader: Brinkley Messick
Type: Stewardship, Trail mileage: 2
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Saturday, 9/23/2017, Mountain Bike Fox Run Regional Park

This is the third of three field trips for those completing the two Pikes Peak Group classroom sessions only.  We will bike from the NE entrance.  We will begin with field repair tips and techniques.  Then we will have a casual ride on the trails of Fox Run.  Further details will be provided in the class.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 350
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Saturday, 9/23/2017, Grays and/or Torreys - 14ers. Moderate D. This hike is open to all who are capable.

This is long day so please be prepared!This hike/climb is open to all who are capable of at least a 13 mile hike and over 4,400 feet of elevation gain. This will be a long but fun hike from Bakersville to Grays and/or Torreys. Pace will be moderate and steady with breaks as needed along the way.Will consider Beau Jo's, The Tommy Knocker, or another after-hike stop in Idaho Springs depending on the group's desires and our time back to Denver.  

Leader: Roger Wendell
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4400
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Saturday, 9/23/2017, Citadel Peak 13294 ft

The Citadel is a dramatic, yet somewhat obscure, mountain located on the Continental Divide, north of the Eisenhower Tunnel. The peak is crowned by twin summits which from some vantages look not unlike two fortress-like towers. Known as "The Citadel" among climbers, this ranked 13er is not officially named, and is denoted as point 13,294 on the Loveland Pass quad. The mountain is also known as "Snoopy", due to it's striking resemblance to the beloved Peanuts comic strip character reclining on the top of his doghouse, when viewed from the Loveland Pass area. Despite the Citadel’s proximity to I-70, the mountain is tucked just far enough out of the way to give its environs a feeling of being immersed in the natural alpine world. Not known so as much as a mountain, as it is a climbing objective, The Citadel is overlooked by many.The upper reaches of the mountain are guarded by towering cliffs, yet enough weaknesses exist allowing for more than one non-technical scrambling route to the guarded summits. The elevation difference between the two summits is negligible, and difficult to determine. As such, “summiting” the Citadel has always been a two summit affair. The standard route to the summits is class 3.We will begin this hike from Dry Gulch trailhead off I 70 on the east side of the tunnel. Initially on hiking trails and then elk trails up steep slopes to the southeast ridge. Traverse west and scramble north to summit.Helmet required.

Leader: Eileen O'Leary
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Saturday, 9/23/2017, Peak X 12,429'

Drive west on Hwy 285 over Kenosha Pass. Take the first left after descending the pass (Lost Park road). Go 11.4 miles and turn left on a dirt road to parking. We will take the old Hooper trail, cross the Colorado trail, hike up the valley and then up to the summit. 

Leader: Kenneth Wolma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Saturday, 9/23/2017, Forest Lakes 10,840 *

From the East Portal we will follow the summer trail to both lakes. This is a chance to follow the trail to the upper lake so it will be easier to find it this winter.

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Saturday, 9/23/2017, Kenosha Pass West

West Kenosha pass is the classic fall colors hike for Colorado, we will hike about 3-4 miles up the pass to some gorgeous views and back again.  Moderate pace but we will need to meet at 7am to get a parking spot.  It can get cold so bring the 10 essentials.  This is a Trailblazer hike.

Leader: Nathan Neff
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 9/23/2017, A-Frame Clean Up & Camp

Come help clean the A-Frame area.  Built in 1964 and maintained by PPG since 1999; it’s served as an emergency shelter and a baseline for hikers at 11,900 near timberline.  Meet at the Manitou Shuttle – Memorial Park, 502 Manitou Ave at 7am, ready to go.  We’ll take the shuttle to Barr TH, hike to Barr Camp, 6 mi’s, take a short break, then on to the A-Frame, 3 mi’s.  Set up camp and spend the night.Be equipped to camp outside. If there's space some may sleep inside. We will clean the area, pack out trash and hike back down Barr Trl on Sunday.  More details will be sent to participants.  This is a 9 mi and 6,000’+ e.g. w/pack; this is a difficult hike.  Although this may sound like work; it will be a fun gathering and adventure.

Leader: Dean Waits
Type: Stewardship, Trail mileage: 18, Elevation Gain: 6000
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Saturday, 9/23/2017, Golden Gate Figure 8 Doggie Hike*

A long, strenuous hike. Loop over Ralston Roost to Panorama Point & back. Two excellent uphill climbs& beautiful scenery. See bootleggers & aspen groves. Friendly, very fit dogs on leash welcome but not required.

Leader: Bob Watkins
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Elevation Gain: 2200
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Saturday, 9/23/2017, Spruce Creek Trail to Mohawk Lakes Morning Fall Hike

We will follow Spruce Creek Trail, ~ Elevation 10,350 and hike up past Wheeler Rec Trail and up to lower Mohawk Lake. Spruce Creek trail is relatively low key but the difficulty comes as we ascend up to Lower Mohawk Lake at Elevation 11,400 ft.  Once at Lower Mohawk lake, we can then decide if we want to head up to Mohawk Lake at Elevation 12,390 ft.  The total trip is 7 - 8 miles with 1,550 - 2,000 ft elevation gain.Since we are doing this hike in late September, I hope to beat the crowds and see some nice fall colors as we look back over the Spruce Creek Valley.  We will stop for a snack break and to look around at Lower Mohawk Lake.  Please bring 2 - 3 liters of water, some snacks to munch on, and the appropriate hiking gear.  This trip should take ~ 5 hours.

Leader: Dale Pfaff
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1550 - 2000
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Saturday, 9/23/2017, TRAIL CREW Tanglewood Creek Bridge

We will build a new, or fix the old, bridge across Tanglewood Creek about 3/4 mile up from the Deer Creek TH off Hgw-285. This is just outside Mt Evans Wilderness shortly before the trail splits into Tanglewood and Rosalie Trails.  Lots of CMC feet passed over the broken bridge this past summer perhaps on the way to Roosevelt Lake or Rosalie Peak (now you know the one I'm talking about!).  If we get enough people we may also work on the creek crossing a little downstream from the bridge.

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 1.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 300
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Saturday, 9/23/2017, Buchanan Pass trail

Gradual hike along the St. Vrain Creek located near the Peaceful Valley and Dicks camp ground in Roosevelt Forest. Great for fall colors and a great day to be out and about.   As of Thursday, 8/22/13, there were lots of wild flowers but appeared to be beginning to fade.  Temperature there was perfect, in the mid 60's. We will hike almost 2 1/2 mi  where the creek provides some very nice falls and have lunch.  It's an easy hike with not much elevation gain so as an option we could hike in further for the exercise if the group wishes.

Leader: Martin Berger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 800 feet
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Sunday, 9/24/2017, Hike Ute Park and RRCOS

This is the local field trip for those completing the Pikes Peak Group Intro to Desert Trekking and Canyoneering classroom session only.  We will hike a wet canyon in Ute Park and two dry to wet canyons in RRCOS.  We will spend time looking at things like terrain/route selection, scrambling and stemming skills, endurance, and emergency situation choices (camping, exiting mid canyon, water procurement, etc).  Further details will be provided in the class.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 750
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Sunday, 9/24/2017, Andrews Glacier RMNP

Hike will depart from Bear Lake in RMNP, or Glacier Gulch, depending on parking.. We will proceed to Andrews Tarn, below the Andrews Glacier. If conditions permit, we will ascend Andrews Glacier to Andrews Pass.  The glacier part of the trip is on low-angle ice and snow of about 20 degrees steepness.  This time of year there may be hard ice to contend with, as well as crevasses, and possibly some fresh snow on top. Leader has not been there recently, so we will need to evaluate it when we arrive. We will turn around if at any time the ascent becomes more than a straighforward crampon climb.Ice axe, crampons, and helmet are required for this trip. Hiking poles are helpful also. Must have previous experience with ice axe, self-arrrest, and crampon use.If we terminate the trip at Andrews Tarn, we will end up with a trip of 9.2 miles RT, 2,200' elevation gain.Please have WTS or equivalent experience. 

Leader: Jeff Damp
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10.2, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Sunday, 9/24/2017, Storm Peak

Meet at Longs Peak trailhead at 5:30 a.m. Call Christie Lee at 719-243-1821 at least two days prior to the trip.

Leader: Christie Lee
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 14, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3700
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Sunday, 9/24/2017, Thunder Lake in Wild Basin

Trail Description:The hike to Thunder Lake begins from the fairly remote Wild Basin Trailhead in the southeastern corner of Rocky Mountain National Park. Lower Copeland Falls, our first destination along this route, arrives at roughly one-third of a mile from the trailhead. Upper Copeland Falls is located another one-tenth of a mile further upstream on the North St. Vrain Creek. Beyond the two waterfalls the trail crosses over Sandbeach Creek. The trail travels through a very beautiful and pristine subalpine forest. We'll cross Calypso Cascades and Ouzel Falls.For the most part the trail travels under the canopy of the forest for almost the entire route. Occasionally, as we climb higher, we'll have sporadic views of the surrounding mountains, including Copeland Mountain, Long's Peak, Mt. Meeker, and Pagoda Mountain.After roughly 5.8 miles from the trailhead, we'll reach Thunder Lake and The Thunder Lake Patrol Cabin. This small one-room log cabin was built in 1930, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.Thunder Lake sits in an incredibly beautiful setting. From left to right it's framed by 12,420-foot Tanima Peak, 12,222-foot Pilot Mountain, and 13,310-foot Mount Alice towards the northwest. 

Leader: Pete Tomassi
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2300
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Sunday, 9/24/2017, Eccles Pass

Follow the Meadow Creek Trail as it climbs to an intersection with the Gore Range Trail. Turn right (east) on the Gore Range Trail. A wind-sucking, 600 ft. final push brings the hiker to the summit of Eccles Pass.

Leader: Nathan Neff
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Sunday, 9/24/2017, Marble Peak 11,314'

From the Yule Creek Trailhead near the town of Marble, climb steeply for about a quarter of a mile, then steady climb up trail to Anthracite Pass. From Anthracite Pass, follow trail to summit of Marble Peak. From the peak, descend into Rasberry Creek and out to the lower trailhead. Spectacular fall colors and great views of the town of Marble and the Elk Range. Short car shuttle. Participants should have experience on CMC B level trips or equivalent. If you're not sure of your abilities, please contact the leader prior to signing up for the trip.

Leader: Michael Miller
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Elevation Gain: 2,900
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Sunday, 9/24/2017, Sculpture Trail Evergreen Sculptures

CMC leaders Patricia Leslie and Jay Fell are teaming up for this hike exploring Evergreen's Sculpture Trail.  You can view almost 20 outdoor sculptures following a couple of the paths, one beginning at Evergreen Lake.  We'll take our time on the trail while we scope out the art.  Such beautiful art in such a naturally beautiful place is yet another reason to GET OUTSIDE! The Sculpture Trail website provides visuals of the art:  www.SculptureEvergreen.org. 

Leader: Patricia Leslie
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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Friday, 9/29/2017, Kenosha Pass, East Fall Colors


Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.2, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 600
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Saturday, 9/30/2017, 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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Saturday, 9/30/2017, Centennials Pacific Peak and Atlantic Peak

This is a fun and dynamic climb up the west ridge of Pacific Peak, across to Atlantic, then down the west ridge of Atlantic Peak. The west ridge of Pacific is class 3 the entire way, with lots of scrambing and exposed areas. There are also some limited class 4 sections.The traverse to Atlantic and the return along the west ridge of Atlantic are class 2, involving travel on talus and tundra.The approach to and return from the peaks is off-trail, involving an easy bushwhack through willows. 

Leader: Uwe Sartori
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Elevation Gain: 3600
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Saturday, 9/30/2017, Clinton Peak - 13,857 feet - a Colorado Centennial (4,223.6 metres)

Hike northwest and west over 2.5 miles up the rough 4WD road into Platte Gulch. Near the end of the basin, stay right as the road climbs up to Wheeler Lake at 12,168'. The lake is over 3 miles from the trailhead. The road ends on the left side of the lake. Find a trail that continues north. Before reaching the north end of the lake, turn left and find a smaller trail that leads up a gully to the right of some cliffs.Above 12,400', reach the start of the large basin that leads to Traver Peak, Clinton Peak, and McNamee Peak. There is no trail on the remainder of the route. Continue to the center of the basin to locate a small stream. Traver Peak is ahead to the southwest. Clinton Peak is not visible until you reach the west end of the basin. Follow the stream west where you must climb a couple of brief slopes along the way. Hike west to 13,000' where you can finally see the south slope of Clinton up to the right (northwest). The summit is difficult to distinguish from here. Angle northwest a bit to start the climb out of the basin and up to the summit. Photo #6 is another view of Clinton's south slope.Near 13,200', hike directly north up Clinton's steep south slope. Without snow, this is an easy talus hike. With snow, axe and crampons are recommended. There are some loose areas but the slope is relatively stable. Hit the summit ridge just shy of 13,800' between Clinton's summit (left) and a 13,800-foot point on the east end of the summit ridge. Turn left and hike 100' of elevation up Clinton's east ridge. The actual summit appears at the last moment.

Leader: Roger Wendell
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2950
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Saturday, 9/30/2017, The Citadel 13,294' *

The Citadel is on the continental divide, near Herman Lake.From the trailhead near I-70, we will take the Herman Gulch Trail as if going to the ever popular Herman Lake. About a mile before the lake, we will veer off to the left, aiming for The Citadel.  There will be a short, but steep climb to the ridge leading to The Citadel, at which point we will have to climb the even steeper ridge to one of the pinnacles.  Expect to do some scrambling towards the end of the climb.  

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3389
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Saturday, 9/30/2017, TRAIL CREW NPLD in Granby Colorado

National Public Land Day (Sep 30 this year) is a day of recognition of public lands across the United States.  Many areas near and within public lands host events where people can express appreciation for these lands by doing a service project with the managing agency.  For many years CMC has sent (sometimes more and sometimes less) members to the event in Grand County, Colorado.  The Grand County event is one of the largest in the country and the trip leader has attended 10 of the last 12 years - always a fun day.  There are projects for USFS, BLM, RMNP, and HTA and you choose what interests you.  It is not necessary for all attending CMC members to do the same project.  If interested, contact the leader who will then send you the official PDF file describing all aspects of this year's event, rather than explaining it here.Previous year events provided brekfast, lunch, and dinner but now lunch has been dropped.  However, we will provide a sack lunch for CMC people.Contact trip leader to sign up and with any questions.

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 1, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 200
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Saturday, 9/30/2017, "Mystery Mountain" 12,818' Where's the $#%*& Trail?

What do you do when the maps you have; including the Trails Illustrated map; show a wrong location for your desired trail/route? This will be a good route-finding exercise. If we make the top, the summit offers spectacular views of South Park. 

Leader: Steve Bonowski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2,500'
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Saturday, 9/30/2017, Silver Dollar/Mt. Wilcox Loop

Upon leaving the trail head, the group will take a leasurely stroll to Silver Dollar Lake passing Naylor Lake from above in the process. From Silver Dollar Lake, we'll climb a short steep section of trail over to Murray Lake and then after nogotiating a few small streams, will climb steeply off-trail some 1,200' to the top of Mt. Wilcox where we'll have lunch. Our return trip involves some off-trail from the top of Mt. Wilcox on a gentle descent SE and past the private Naylor Lake back to the vehicles.

Leader: Dave Callais
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2300
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Saturday, 9/30/2017, St. Charles Peak

Lets enjoy the fall colors! Well behaved humans and their dogs are welcome.With over 1,000 feet of vertical prominence, Saint Charles Peak has earned the right to have a USGS quad named after it! In the Wet Mountains, Saint Charles Peak is second in elevation only to the Greenhorn Mountain. With the high timberline in this part of Colorado, only the tippy top of the summit dome of this peak rises above the trees, but it’s enough to afford dynamite views of the surrounding mountains. All around are vistas of the encompassing Wet Mountains, and across the Wet Mountain Valley, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains jut abruptly from the valley floor to steal the show!

Leader: John Gray
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2700
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Saturday, 9/30/2017, PPG New Member Orientation Hike at RRCOS

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

Leader: Dean Waits
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 500
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Sunday, 10/1/2017, Technical Canyoneering Trip - San Rafael Swell, UT

This is the four day field trip for those completing the Pikes Peak Group Intro to Technical Canyoneering classroom session only.  We will drive to Goblin Valley SP, UT and setup a car camp base camp.  We will then hike in Goblin Valley and visit Curits Bench.  On Monday we will hike Farnsworth Canyon and rappel from the arches - Class 2, B, IV plus Long rappels.  On Tuesday we will hik Ding & Dang Canyons as a loop - Class 3, B, IV and apx 6 miles.  Substitutions may be made to accomodate weather, road closures, etc.  Further details will be provided in the class.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 20, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Sunday, 10/1/2017, Mt Valhalla, D hike &strong C hikers

Route finding the final 1350 ft to summit of Valhalla from Deluge lake.Exploratory. Helmets required as there will be a lot of loose rock. Expect a long day 9 hrs +.

Leader: Eileen O'Leary
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4600
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Sunday, 10/1/2017, TRAILBLAZERS- Fern Lake

Hike along Big Thompson River to the POOL then continue to Fern falls and then onto the Lake.Check out the protrails description if you are curious for more information

Leader: Erin Thompson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1360 feet
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Sunday, 10/1/2017, Carpenter Peak and Powerline Roxborough State Park


Leader: Debbie Sheinman
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: 2200
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Friday, 10/6/2017, Keller Mountain - D hike.Strong C's welcome

This trip is sign up with leader and rated as difficult due to the mileage and class 3 ridge prior to the summit. In an effort to be respectful to other participants if you are unsure if this is an appropriate hike for you, please discuss with the leader prior to signing up.If you have good class 3 skills but don't have a D rating no worries. Please e mail your CMC number when you contact me.Bring your helmet and 10 essentials.With 4 wheel drive, we will shave 3 miles, each way, off the trip, so if you have one please bring it. (10 miles/ 16 miles).

Leader: Eileen O'Leary
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4100
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Friday, 10/6/2017, Bob and Betty Lakes *

Fron the Hessie Trail-head, follow glacial valleys on the King Lake Trail to Bob and Betty Lakes high in the alpine tundra, just under the Continental Divide.

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2550
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Friday, 10/6/2017, Twin Sisters Peak 11,428' (RMNP)

Start on east side of CO-7 across highway from Lily Lake.  Hike up Twin Sisters trail to summit.  Note that the trailhead was relocated several years ago.  A small part of the trail was wiped out by a landslide in 2013 but a new users path has been developed.  Views from the summit of RMNP and surrounding areas are terrific.

Leader: Randy Rhodes
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,477 ft.
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Friday, 10/6/2017, Mt. Galbraith 7,260

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

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Friday, 10/6/2017, The Wild Animal Sanctuary

Come with me and you get in free. We will spend our time at The Wild Animal Sanctuary near Hudson.  It coonsists of 720 acres with over 350 carnivours plus other animals.  All have been resecured in the US and other countries.  It is the largest sanctuary for rescured carnivours. It is over 30 years old.  Bring your lunch or eat there in the nice cafe which supports the sanctuary. Photography encouraged.  No dogs allowed, even in cars.Suggest you bring water, sun screen, sun hat, wind breaker,binoculars, sandles are OK.

Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 30
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Saturday, 10/7/2017, Green Mtn the hard way 10421' Difficult B Norm Arlt Off trail, Scrambling, Exploratory

Let us see if it is possible to find a trailhead and route to Green Mountain from the south off Deckers Road. We will work as a group to find a safe and returnable Class 3 or less route to the summit with no extreme exposure. This will likely be a great test of our navigation, route-finding, and scrambling skills. WTS training preferred. Be prepared to contribute your skills to the group. This is not a trip for followers.

Leader: Norm Arlt
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Saturday, 10/7/2017, Resthouse Meadows and Lincoln Lake Doggie Hike*

From Echo Lake Campground, take the Rest House Trail over two ridges, to a 11,600' scenic highpoint in an area burned in 1968, and then climb less than a mile to Lincoln Lake in a rocky bowl. Friendly, fit dogs are welcome but not required. 

*This is a Bobcats trip. The Bobcats mission is to ensure a variety of challenging CMC trips, especially “B Difficult” and “C” hikes and Difficult Snowshoes, for our mostly age-50+ constituents.  We may sponsor other activities of interest to our members, everything from bike rides to camping.  Although we have members, our trips are non-exclusive.  We welcome all CMC members to sign up for any Bobcats trip regardless of age or Bobcats membership. To join our mailing list, write Bobcats Coordinator Robbie Monsma 

Leader: Bob Watkins
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Elevation Gain: 2200
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Saturday, 10/7/2017, Beaver Creek Wilderness Study Area Hike

A wonderful late season hike!Please bring your lunch.With 3 stream crossings, this hike takes longer than the 8 miles would suggest.Water shoes and poles are recommended.Well behaved humans and dogs are welcome.

Leader: John Gray
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Sunday, 10/8/2017, Jones Park Fall Colors

Join the group for a wonderful hike along the Seven Bridges Trail and up to Jones Park where the aspen trees might quite possibly be displaying their incredible Fall Colors.Specific meetup and hike details will be emailed to registered hikers several days prior to the hike. 

Leader: Y Mason
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9.25, Elevation Gain: 2,000
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Saturday, 10/14/2017, Harmonica Arch 9000' ... Mark Porter ... Mod B

Sculpted from granite, Harmonica Arch is one of Colorado’s longest arches. You can see Harmonica Arch from the lower Goose Creek Trail and the short hike to this suspended spectacle provides a unique outing. Hike up the west side of Goose Creek to Dome for close-up views of the arch and exceptional granite rock formations. Return eastward by steep bushwhack, crossing Goose Creek on boulder bridge and intercepting main trail for return to the trailhead. This trip will involve some off trail hiking and light scrambling. We’ll stop at the Bucksnort for libation afterwards.

Leader: Mark Porter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Saturday, 10/14/2017, Ptarmigan Lake Backpack

We will hike from the Ptarmigan Lake Trailhead along Cottonwood Creek to the area of the lakes and setup camp.  There is an option to hike to the saddle above Ptarmigan Lake and turn west to summit the unnamed 13’er high point of Jones Mountain. Watch for trout in the lake and mountain goats on the ridges. There are many incredible views along Ptarmigan Creek including possible fall colors. Fall conditions may require warm gear for the overnight. This trip is intended primarily for Pikes Peak Group members who have recently completed the BMS Backpacking course.  Nat Geo Map 129.  200 mi. Class 2, 12/2,600’.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2600
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Saturday, 10/14/2017, Staunton State Park - Exploratory

Mainly Exploratory for Leader. Staunton State Park ranges in elevation from 8,100 to over 10,000 feet. We will hike a variety of interconnecting trails going up the middle (SR trail), and then staying mostly on the West side of the Park. We'll pass Elk Falls Pond, EF Overlook, etc.  We'll hike roughly around 14 miles and around 2,500' (including elevation gain, loss, re-gain, etc), which will make this a Moderate C  hike.

Leader: John O'Leary
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 14, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Saturday, 10/14/2017, Lizard Rock

This hike is in the Tarryalls ( an hour's drive west from COLORADO SPRINGS ). Although this a short 5 mile/ 1,000 feet of elevation hike and a 60 mile drive one way, the reward of hiking thru this area is spectacular especially when Mother Nature is working her magic on the aspens. **** Weather permitting, lunching at the Lake George Café is an option.  Meetup and carpooling details will be emailed to registered hikers several days prior to the hike. 

Leader: Y Mason
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1,000
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Sunday, 10/15/2017, New Member Hike - Golden Gate Canyon Mule Deer Trail Loop

Starting at the Ole Barn Knoll, you'll climb up to Panorama Point on gradually steepening terrain along wider paths. Once past Panaroma Point, you'll be in more dense pines and eventually make your way back down through some meadow areas.

Leader: Joanne Young
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 880
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Sunday, 10/15/2017, Tribute to Mary Willow Creek Trail to Dome Rock Trail Loop

This hike is in memory of Mary, an avid outdoors woman and conservation steward.Mary absolutely appreciated hiking along this trail especially during the Fall. The leader is grateful to Mary's husband Tom for giving his permission to lead this hike as a tribute to Mary's love of the outdoors.Meet-up specifics will be emailed to registered hikers several days prior to the hike. ** After the hike there is an option to lunch at Mike's BBQ in Divide.  

Leader: Y Mason
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.5, Elevation Gain: 1,400
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Friday, 10/20/2017, Centennial Cone Loop

We will start at the Northeast trailhead off of Golden Gate Canyon Road and hike the Elk Range and Travois Trails This rolling trail makes a large loop around Centennial Cone offering great vistas in all directions.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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