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Sunday, 3/7/2021, Mt Sniktau - 13,234'

From the Loveland Pass crest, traverse the Continental Divide ridge east and north to the Sniktau summit, tagging East Loveland Pass Peak (12,920') and Sniktau-South Peak (13,150') along the way. Panoramic views of the high peaks in this area. Bring windgear, snowshoes, microspikes/traction devices, winter weather gear and ten essentials. This is an ACS training hike. 

Leader: michael brooks
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Sunday, 3/7/2021, Mill Gulch snowshoe (Geneva Basin)

Geneva Basin (elevation 10000 ft) on the far side of Guanella Pass has several good snowshoe routes and this trip combines some existing easy trails with an off trail visit to Mill Gulch.   From the winter TH at the Geneva Park Campground we follow a mostly flat trail on the west side of the basin to Kirby Creek, then return to TH with a slight variation.  This all to make sure we get in some miles in a beautiful area because when we get back to the TH we are not finished.   We contine into the unknown as we go off trail to explore the approach and mouth of Mill Gulch.   Where we turn around and return is TBD as we go.  Mill Gulch has been suggested as a new trail which would ascend the gulch 2000' in 4 miles to the old Geneva Basin ski area patrol hut.  We certainly won't get that far but this should be an interesting exploration.  Here is a CalTopo map of our proposed route https://caltopo.com/m/3UU6Wearing a mask while moving is optional but please keep a respectful distance from other trip members.

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 800
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Sunday, 3/7/2021, Buckhorn/High Drive Loop

New to the Colorado Springs hiking scene and/or winter/spring hiking? Then let this moderate six-mile loop be an introduction. The route follows (the closed) Gold Camp Road west then climbs back steeply east on the Mount Buckhorn Trail to meet Trail 667 (Captain Jack’s). A tad more climbing and we’ll descend to meet the (also closed) High Drive for a gentle final mile back to the cars. Even at a moderate pace and with time for views/breaks, this can be completed in under three hours, leaving plenty of time for other Sunday activities. Traction devices (micro-spikes or Yak-Traks, etc.) will be a must since we can expect some or all of this trail to be snow-packed/icy. Following the hike and if weather allows, anyone inclined can caravan down Gold Camp Road to experience the historic railroad tunnels. We’ll find a pull-out to enjoy some outdoor socializing and hot beverages/lunch/snacks.Meet at 8:20 for a 8:30a.m. start from "the hub" parking area above Helen Hunt Falls (about a quarter mile further up the road). Questions? Contact the leader Andy Lyon, text/cell 719.650.3043 or andyslyon@msn.com. If spots are available on 3-6 and you want to join us, contact me directly at that number.

Leader: Andy Lyon
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Sunday, 3/7/2021, Ski Tour - Kenosha Pass West

We will ski the "Kenosha Pass -- Colorado Trail West" route as detailed in the CMC Guidebook Ski Touring Routes: Colorado's Front Range.  Mountain bikers will be familiar with this trail; we will ski as far as the snow allows us, up to the first 5 miles which would make make it up to a 10-mile out-and-back.  The trail climbs gradually in the trees about 300' in the first 1.5 miles.  It will then level off and then descend from the trees.  There is a stunning view of South Park and the Mosquito Range and a bench for a snack break.  Once you descend, the trail gently rolls.  Shortly after, the trail descends around 250' as you drop down 0.75 mile to a stream, crossing it and then Guernsey Creek at 2.5 miles.  Part of this descent is exposed to a lot of sun, so snow conditions may dictate that we turn around before reaching the bottom.  **Note:**  This is as far as I've scouted the route due to thin snow cover.  It is likely we will go no further.  However, if there is enough snow to continue, the trail then climbs steadily but gradually, regaining those 250' and gaining another 250' in the next mile as we meander into and out of the trees.  At about 3.75 miles we drop to cross another stream, rise again on the other side, and then at about 4.25 miles we descend 200' on the side of Jefferson Hill to Jefferson Creek Campground at around 5 miles (9,900').  We will turn around at the campground and return the same route.On the way back there are opportunities for more skiing.  There are a couple of hills we could climb to get some steeper skiing.  One hill is south of the trail near the top of the first climb (see purple route on CalTop map referenced below). From this hill, we can ski down Forest Road 849  and rejoin the Colorado Trail.  There is another hill to the north of the trail before the first big descent (I haven't scouted it but ran into some skiers who did).  And, there is some pleasant meadow skiing below this hill (see blue route on the CalTop map).Avalanche danger on this route is minimal.  Avy gear not required. 

Leader: Mike Moerk
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1100
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Sunday, 3/7/2021, New Member Hike: Apex Trail

COVID precautions - PLease wear a mask when possible. The goal is to get new members comfortable with the trip sign-up and trip-taking process. We will answer new members' practical questions and can talk as you wish about pace, clothing, gear, etc.I'll write you with a weather forecast the day before. Do not assume bad weather means the trip is canceled. We only cancel if the roads are treacherous. We just try to dress appropriately.Please bring those of the 10 Essentials https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html appropriate to a mountain hike:  Wear proper hiking boots, sunglasses and sunscreen, a hat, a personal first aid kit, nutrition items, and plenty of water. Rain jacket with hood is a year-round pack item. Traction devices, such as Microspikes, may be necessary as the trail could be icy. (We recommend you always carry them in your pack from late fall through early summer.)Part of the trail is steep, so bring hiking poles if you use them. If you have never used hiking poles, I have a few to loan, if you'd like to try them.No jeans or cotton clothing. We can talk more about all that on trip day.NO Dogs, please. Look for designated "Doggie Hikes" on the calendar.Let me know of any medical conditions that might affect you on the hike.

Leader: Michael McMahon
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1,300
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Friday, 3/12/2021, Second Creek Trail to Twin Cones * near Berthoud Pass

From the Second Creek TH below Berthoud Pass, we hike first to the Broome Hut (where Second Creek joins with First Creek), then continue to Twin Cones.  We will visit both cones. You can, if you like, also "register" for this trip through the services of Meetup.com.  Look for the group "Groovy Hiking and Snowshoeing".  The event has the same name is this one.

Leader: Groovy Jeff Stevens
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Friday, 3/12/2021, High Line Canal #11A Segment 11 A

 P.S. The High Line canal starts in Waterton Canyon and meanders through the metro area all the way to DIA. The walk2connect.com is walking the whole 71 miles one segment at the time - 14 of them. Each segment has its own history and views. Check it out if your interested. Also check out the High Line Canal Conservancy and Denver Water for more information.A recommended book: The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland by Robert Michael Pyle, 1993. 

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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Saturday, 3/13/2021, Lumpy Loop-Balanced Rock

The group will start at the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead and travel on the Canyon Trail passed the Twin Owls to the Dark Mountain Trail. There we will turn to the east and connect with the Cow Creek Trail. We'll hike on this trail past a view of The Rabbit Ears to the Gem Lake Trail The group will hike up this trail to the Balanced Rock Spur. We'll hike out this spur for the view of The Rock then return to the Gem Lake Trail  , on this trail we'll make our way around the Gemstones. At the Middle Gemstone we will determine if the group would like to take the short scramble to the summit (we will NOT go to the summit if the rocks are slick). The trip will continue down past Gem Lake, The Boot, and views of Estes to return to the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead.  

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3200
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Saturday, 3/13/2021, Winter Camping Overnight


Leader: Paul Wefald
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 3
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Saturday, 3/13/2021, Women Crush Winter Vert – PLACEHOLDER Winter Easy 13er Series


Leader: Makayla Braden (she/her/hers)
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,100
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Saturday, 3/13/2021, UP 4 TL GRABS Winter 14ers – Sherman S Slope (Trailblazers) TENTATIVE Winter Easy 14er Series

*THIS TRIP IS UP 4 TRIP LEADER GRABS*Description: To be announced. [*Winter 14er hiking series for Trailblazers.*]Activty Type: Winter 14er SeriesPace: Moderate / WinterDistance: TBAElevation Gain: TBAStrava gpx: https://www.strava.com/activities/4505279594PREREQUISITES:BMS, HAMS or equivalent winter mountaineering experience, current fitness training and endurance. Not for casual hikers. Required Gear:Masks required. Winter conditions. Please bring the essential ten essentials on the hike. Click here for the complete list. It will get dark on us during winter months, so please bring those headlamps. Also, bring water and food. Route Information:https://14ers.com/route.php?route=sher3&peak=Mt.+Sherman 

Leader: - -
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,100
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Saturday, 3/13/2021, Cross Country Ski Leadville Mineral Belt Trail

For those who recently completed the Pikes Peak Group Intro to Backcountry Ski Course, this is a great progression to continue to build your skills.  Crosscountry, classic, backcountry, or skate this wonderful tour around the Historic Leadville Mining District.  We will follow the groomed trail on a one-way car shuttle from the Evans Gulch TH to the Colorado Mountain College TH.  The one way distance is about 8 miles, but we will likely add some side trails and back and forth for the faster (skate) skiers.  Many historic sites are noted along the route.  This trip is primarily intended for Pikes Peak and Pueblo Group members.  All others will be waitlisted.  We will avoid avalanche terrain.  http://mineralbelttrail.com.  Nat Geo Map 109.  250mi.  8/500’.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 3/13/2021, Women's Month - Mount Cutler and Muscoco (dog friendly)

It's Woman's Crusher Month; let's go hike! Women and woman supportive men are welcome to join.

Leader: Audrey Burkart
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Saturday, 3/13/2021, Nav1 Field Day (Frymier)

This is the field trip associated with the Nav1 online course.Prerequisite for participation is either:Completion of lectures 1 & 2 offered in Spring of 2020 ORCompletion of online Nav1 modules 0-10Participants must also attend 7pm MT Thurs (2 days prior to field day) webinar at ZoomLink. The conference will cover general Q&A about the course, review of North Table Mountain plotting exercise, and logistics for subsequent field day.The object of Nav1 Field day is to put into practice the skills acquired during the lectures or online course. We will focus on Nav Core Competencies and acquiring field travel skills including leap frogging and boxing around an obstacle.Students will be required to relate terrain to a map, identify map features and also be able to determine field and map locations using a compass..This class is a prerequisite for participation in Alpine Climbing School (ACS) 

Leader: Mark Frymier
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Elevation Gain: 1,000
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Saturday, 3/13/2021, Curecanti Creek Trail

**NOTE that this hike is about 8 hours from Denver.Bring your microspikes in case the trail is snowy/icy. Also, bring a clean pair of shoes in case your shoes get muddy. From

Leader: Brenda Leach
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Elevation Gain: 900
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Saturday, 3/13/2021, Easy Backcountry ski

If you are just learning to ride in the backcountry, or if you want an easy day, this trip is for you. AT, telemark skis or splitboards are welcome.  It is low angle so avalanche gear is not necessary.  Strongly suggest using full climbing skins, although you might be able to get by with kicker skins. Expect variable conditions from top to bottom.  Subsquent runs may be adjusted based on the best snow. Each "run" is about 600' elevation gain and .6 mile.  If you have any known medical conditions that may manifest themselves during this activity, please notify the leader via e-mail prior to the trip.

Leader: Candace Winkle
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 2, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 600 - 1000
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Sunday, 3/14/2021, Nav1 Field Day (Hull)

This is a field day trip for the Nav 1 online course.Prerequisite for participation is either:Completion of lectures 1 & 2 offered in Spring of 2020 ORCompletion of online Nav1 modules 0-10Participants must also attend a Zoom webinar prior to the field day.That webinar will be held on Wed Mar 10 at 7PM, at the following ZoomLink. The webinar will cover general Q&A about the course, review of North Table Mountain plotting exercise, and logistics for the field day.The objective of the Nav 1 field day is to put into practice the skills acquired during the lectures or online course. We will focus on the Nav 1 core competencies and field travel skills, including leap frogging and boxing around an obstacle.Students will be required to relate terrain to a map, identify map features and also be able to determine field and map locations using a compass.This class is a prerequisite for participation in Alpine Climbing School (ACS).

Leader: Marshall Hull
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Elevation Gain: 1,000
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Friday, 3/19/2021, Pine Valley Ranch Park * Buck Gulch Trail Loop

We will try to complete the Buck Gulch Trail Loop, 12 miles long.  Maybe snowshoes, maybe spikes, maybe both.You can, if you like, also "register" for this trip through the services of Meetup.com.  Look for the group "Groovy Hiking and Snowshoeing".  The event has the same name is this one.

Leader: Groovy Jeff Stevens
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1700
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Friday, 3/19/2021, Mt. Galbraith 7,260'

We'll start hiking the Nightbird Gulch trailhead and look for early wildflowers like Pasque and Spring Beauty as we climb this peak that offers great 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, 3/19/2021, High Line Canal #11B Segment 11B

 P.S. The High Line canal starts in Waterton Canyon and meanders through the metro area all the way to DIA. The walk2connect.com is walking the whole 71 miles one segment at the time - 14 of them. Each segment has its own history and views. Check it out if your interested. Also check out the High Line Canal Conservancy and Denver Water for more information.A recommended book: The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland by Robert Michael Pyle, 1993. 

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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Friday, 3/19/2021, Indian Creek - Sedalia

This trip is for those of us who live South and are always traveling West for CMC trips.

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 7.0, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 3/20/2021, Women Crush Vert – Winter Closeout Winter Easy 14er Series


Leader: Makayla Braden (she/her/hers)
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,100
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Saturday, 3/20/2021, Nav1 Field Day (Wethey)

This is the field trip associated with the Nav1 online course.Prerequisite for participation is either:Completion of lectures 1 & 2 offered in Spring of 2020 ORCompletion of online Nav1 modules 0-10Participants must also attend 7pm MT Weds (3 days prior to field day) webinar at .https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76147061949?pwd=WmNWQ0VWUVhXbUFZdkZZQmFEUFpXdz09 Meeting ID 761 4706 1949 The conference will cover general Q&A about the course, review of North Table Mountain plotting exercise, and logistics for subsequent field day.The object of Nav1 Field day is to put into practice the skills acquired during the lectures or online course. We will focus on Nav Core Competencies and acquiring field travel skills including leap frogging and boxing around an obstacle.Students will be required to relate terrain to a map, identify map features and also be able to determine field and map locations using a compass..This class is a prerequisite for participation in Alpine Climbing School (ACS)

Leader: John Wethey
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Elevation Gain: 1,000
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Saturday, 3/20/2021, Hike & Rock Climb (5.4 to 5.8) - Staunton State Park

Email leader for passcode.Meeting Time:  8:00 amMeeting Place: Staunton State Park, upper parking lot near restroomsWe will hike 2.5 miles on Staunton Ranch Trail to the climbing area. Plan to climb from 9:00 am to 2:00pm a. Climbing will be sport lead and top rope. Leaders will setup routes within range of 5.4 - 5.8. *** This is an ACS training climb ***

Leader: michael brooks
Type: Rock Climbing, Trail mileage: 4
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Saturday, 3/20/2021, Peak 8 Inbounds Uphill Ski

Enjoy a challenging but safe uphill ski, inbounds at the Breckenridge ski resort.  We will follow the designated uphill route to the Vista Haus (which is usually up Springmeier).  This trip is suitable for anyone who is learning the sport, or anyone who wants to meet people who enjoy uphill skiing.  Whatever your pace, you are welcome to join us.Requirements:

Sunset is at 7:16pm so a headlamp is not required. 

Leader: Mike Moerk
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 2.5, Elevation Gain: 1250
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Sunday, 3/21/2021, Lake Agnes Snowshoe

  The trip will start on CO-14 at the turn-off to Lake Agnes/Craig Campground (note the road is closed in winter). The group will follow the road up to the summer Lake Agnes Trailhead. From there we will follow (best we can) the trail markers going uphill to Lake Agnes. After admiring the great views (hopefully if we don't have blowing snow) and taking photos of Nokhu Craigs, Mt Mahler and Mt. Richthofen we will circle the lake then head down off trail through the deep powder, NOTE this will involve going down some pretty steep slope (but not enough to be a significant avalanche risk). We will then make our way through the trees back to the summer trailhead. At that point we will discuss as a group if we want to go off trail down towards the Nohku Cabins or return back the way we came up. On the road back down we will also have an opportunity to go off trail to cut off a switchback .... if the group is up for it. One word of caution this trip is significantly longer than it is in the summer, requires quite a bit more elevation gain and if now one has broken trail can require quite a bit of energy.  Sooo, it is significantly more difficult than something like going to Emerald Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Please take this and the fact we will come down a steep slope into account when you determine if your skill level matches the trip.   

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Sunday, 3/21/2021, TCS SPI Exam Prep Day

This trip is designated for those preparing to take the SPI Exam this year. The Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Program teaches climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting. 

Prerequisites:Gear: 

Leader: Doug Maiwurm
Type: Rock Climbing, Trail mileage: 1
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Sunday, 3/21/2021, White Ranch Park, west TH

All participants must review the Club's COVID procedures on the Club web site and must have signed the Club's COVID liability waiver. 

Leader: Steve Bonowski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Sunday, 3/21/2021, 10th Mtn Division Jackal Hut Overnight Trip Snow Shoe and Ski Camp Hale

From the South Camp Hale Trailhead, ski NE across the flats of Camp Hale (use a snow bridge to cross the Eagle River). Intersect the road at the base of the mountain, turn right (SE), and ski the snow-covered road 1/4 mile to the well-signed intersection with the Ranch Creek Road. Put on your skins here. Take a left (N) on the Ranch Creek Road and follow a distinct road-cut that climbs Ranch Creek 2 miles to 10,700 feet. Here you'll break into a clearing with several beautiful old cabins. Climb NE through the clearing and re-enter the timber at about 10,900 feet. Follow the trail up several switchbacks. Strong skiers will certainly want to cut some of these switchbacks. If you do so, take care to relocate the 10th Mountain marked trail.At 11,220 feet the trail takes an important right turn (E), then climbs 1/4 mile (around 2 more switchbacks) to a large open area on the ridge. Follow the ridge E for 1/2 mile to the ridge top at 11,716 feet. As you are skiing along the flat, sparsely timbered ridge top, you'll see the stove pipes of the hut down to your right. In poor visibility take care not to overshoot the hut. Your altimeter can help prevent this, since the main goal is the high point of the ridge. Ski a few hundred feet E along the ridge top, then double back W to the hut.The trip includes two (2) nights.  Please bring your breakfast, lunch, and snacks for two (2) days.  We will coordinate two (2) Group Dinners as we get closer to the date.  The cost per person is $81.00. After being accepted, you will need to send a check made out to CMC-Gore Range Group to Dale Pfaff, 16 Montane Court, Dillon, CO 80435 to secure your place.For planning purposes, please see 10 essentials and gear list at https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/backcountry-skiing-snowboarding-checklist.html

Leader: Dale Pfaff
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Friday, 3/26/2021, RESCHEDULED Early AM Uphill Ski Winter Park (Trailblazers) Inbounds Pre-Work Dawn Patrol Skin

Description: To be provided. [*Early morning pre-work inbounds dawn patrol skinning (ski or splitboard) series for Trailblazers.*]Activty Type: Before work dawn patrol ski seriesPace: ModerateDistance: TBA miElevation Gain: TBA ftStrava gpx: To be provided.Required Gear:Masks required. Pass or Uphill pass for Winter Park required. Uphill setup required. Please bring the essential ten essentials on the hike. Click here for the complete list. We will start in the dark, so please bring those headlamps. Also, bring water and food. Route Information:To be provided. 

Leader: Makayla Braden (she/her/hers)
Type: Ski, Pace: Moderate
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Friday, 3/26/2021, Beaver Reservoir to Buchanan Pass Trail Loop *

We will start the snowshoe trip near Beaver Reservoir, at the Coney Flats trail-head. We will go towards Coney Flats on the Coney Flats Trail, then turn right towards Camp Dick, then turn left on the Buchanan Pass Trail.  We will stay on the Buchanan Pass Trail for about 4 miles, then cross the creek and travel towards the Coney Flats Trail, to return back to the parking area near Beaver Reservoir.Don’t forget to bring your

Leader: Groovy Jeff Stevens
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Friday, 3/26/2021, High Line Canal #12A Segment 12A

 P.S. The High Line canal starts in Waterton Canyon and meanders through the metro area all the way to DIA. The walk2connect.com is walking the whole 71 miles one segment at the time - 14 of them. Each segment has its own history and views. Check it out if your interested. Also check out the High Line Canal Conservancy and Denver Water for more information.A recommended book: The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland by Robert Michael Pyle, 1993. 

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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Saturday, 3/27/2021, Intro to Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Tour - Cameron Pass

A field trip for students who completed the CMC Introduction to Backcountry Ski and Splitboard Course.The backcountry tour will involve a round trip of up to 6 miles with an elevation gain of up to 1,600', with a portion on an established track. Be prepared to break trail for part of the route. Ascent will be casually (slow) paced with periodic stops for snowpack, terrain, and gear assessments. You should be able to ski untracked snow in variable conditions, both above and below treeline, in trees of varying density. Terrain steepness will generally be 30 degrees or less, except for short, steeper sections. You should be prepared for an outing of 5-6 hours, trailhead to trailhead. Driving to and from the trailhead adds about another 2.5 hours round trip from the meeting location.Bring AT, tele, or split board gear with climbing skins. A helmet (skiing or climbing) is recommended. Avalanche gear (beacon, shovel, probe) and knowledge of how to use it, is highly recommended (see notes). Bring lunch, including a drink. Winter clothing, wind, and sun protection are essential.We will follow the CMC Covid-19 protocol for trips. That includes the trailhead, the ascent, the descent, and any rest stops. Wear a face mask in the parking lot, when starting on the track and finishing, and at rest stops. When exercising without a face masks, preferred separation on the route is 10'. A good rule of thumb is for ski tour participants to keep at least 2 ski lengths apart. When passed by other skier groups or passing other groups, one group should step aside to maintain appropriate distance or put on face masks.This is a register with leader trip. Contact: john.raich@colostate.edu.By signing up on this trip, you agree to allow the trip leader to share your contact information with other participants.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Saturday, 3/27/2021, Pineries Open Space Ramble

Come explore a new open space! Celebrate Women’s month with a hike.The Pineries is a new open space in Northern El Paso County. It is a balloon loop trail with varied terrain: open field, forest, burn scar from the Black Forest fire.This is a relatively long, flat loop with no bail out.Colorado Springs and Douglas county members, I’d love to meet you and hike in our backyard.

Leader: Julie Kiley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 600 ft
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Saturday, 3/27/2021, Squaw Mtn 11,486* Full Moon Full Moon


Leader: Suzy Allexan
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3.3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 750
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Friday, 4/2/2021, High Line Canal #12B

 P.S. The High Line canal starts in Waterton Canyon and meanders through the metro area all the way to DIA. The walk2connect.com is walking the whole 71 miles one segment at the time - 14 of them. Each segment has its own history and views. Check it out if your interested. Also check out the High Line Canal Conservancy and Denver Water for more information.A recommended book: The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland by Robert Michael Pyle, 1993. 

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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Saturday, 4/3/2021, Navigation Practice - Dutch George

If you would like to help out as a co-leader for this trip please contact the trip leader. As always I will share all the glory with you :-)Then intent of this trip is for ALL of us to practice our navigation skills using MAP AND COMPASS. The trip will be 90% or more off trail and I WILL NOT be scouting this trip so we may run into some exciting/challenging terrain.The group will park at the Dutch George Campground then go west along the road for a short while to a drainage that we will climb up. From there we will make our way off trail to four un-named summits (all under 8000 ft) then return back to the cars.Before the trip the leader will be sending out a "pdf" file identifying our starting point, the four summits, and the proposed direction of travel. You will also recieve a VERY rough description of how the leader thinks the trip should go. It will be up to all the participants to review the map, review the proposed route (and either agree or come up with an alternative proposal) AND to develop a plan including compass bearings, features to look for (hand rails), distances, etc. During the trip we will review plans at specific locations and agree upon a path forward (unfortunately, since I am responsible I will have the final say in our path forward). Participants may also pre-plan the trip on a gps using waypoints (I will be doing this for safety reasons), BUT I will be urging participants not to refer to their gps during the trip since we will be concentrating on map, compass and land feature recognition during the trip.   

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2950
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