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Friday, 6/22/2018, Bear Lake-Flattop-Hallett-Otis-Andrews Glacier-Loch Vale Loop

We'll depart from Bear Lake and head up to Flattop Mountain. From Flattop, we'll head south along the western edge of Glacier Gorge and summit Hallett Peak, then continue south and summit Otis Peak. We'll then hike over to Andrew's Glacier and glissade down to Andrew's Tarn. We'll travel down to the Loch Vale and then back to the Bear Lake parking lot. The hike distance is approximately 12 miles with 3,800' of vertical gain.Previous experience with glacier glissade is required as is a recommendation from another CMC hike leader.We'll hike at a moderate pace. An ice axe is required and microspikes are recommended.  

Leader: Pete Tomassi
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,800
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Friday, 6/22/2018, Walker Ranch Loop

This hike will originate from the south entrance to the park, off of Hwy 72. The trail loops up and down through a variety of vegetation and terrain. Boulder Creek provides a beautiful scenic lunch stop.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Friday, 6/22/2018, Drift Peak* 13,900

You must have a C rating for this trip.                                                                                                                                            We will drive to Mayflower Gulch and take the road up valley. We will then evaluate theNorthwest Bowl and the ridge on the right. Depending on the group and conditions we will either do the ridge hike or a snow climb up the bowl. Either way we will look to do a glissade down the bowl.Bring the following: 10 essentials, microspikes ice axe and helmet.    

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.8, Elevation Gain: 2920
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Friday, 6/22/2018, Bobcat Ridge Ginny trail Power Line Trail

 Please don't forget the 10 essentials including your own pharmacy and first aid kid.

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Friday, 6/22/2018, RMOTHG - Platte River Trail to Chatfield

There IS a terrapin group this week.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 The Pint Room.www.pintroomlittleton.com 

Leader: Kirsten Tollefsen
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 19, Pace: Casual
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, ASC CAT1 Father Dyer and Crystal Peak

Scramble of east ridge of Father Dyer Peak.  A good introduction to 3rd class scrambling. Includes a traverse over to Crystal Peak and several opportunities for glissading on the descent, if conditions permit.

Leader: Lynn Lochrie
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, Summer Solstice Hike: Spruce Grove-Lizard Rock-Brookside McCurdy-Lake Park-Hankins Pass Loop

This is an extremely ambitious hike and a very full day.  This loop trail will start from Spruce Grove Campground and go past Lizard Rock to Brookside/McCurdy to Lake Park to Hankins Pass and back to Lizard Rock.  There are some incredible views of the Lost Creek Wilderness along this route.  This is a strenuous hike in a wonderfully remote area close to home.  This trip is intended for Pikes Peak Group and Pueblo Group members.  All others will be wait listed.  Nat Geo Map 105.  16/4,000’. 110 mi.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.  

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 16, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4000
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, ASC CAT 1 Father Dyer Crystal Scramble

Depart trail head and head to Father Dyer's east ridge scramble. Traverse ridge to Crystal and descend via West Ridge where we will intersect our approach trail and return to trailhead. Possible glissade on descent of Crystal if conditions warrant.

Leader: Ken Yaphe
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, Neva Peak

We will climb Neva Peak in Indian Peaks Wilderness, up either Juliet Couloir or Desdemona, depending on snow conditions. Descent will also depend on weather and snow conditions, either a class 2 scramble downclimb or a glissade or plunge-step descent depending on conditions. Participants will be familiar with self-arrest, crampon use, and safe glissading. Leaders will provide 8mm, 30ft safety rope and pieces of snow protection if warranted for belay. Required: previous demonstration of Basic Mountaineering skills as described.

Leader: Laura Hinds
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 8
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, East & West Buffalo Peak 13ers Denver Group

Explore these 2 ranked 13ers just south of Fairplay in the Mosquito Range; East Buffalo 13,300' and West Buffalo 13,326'. This out and back hike starts just below treeline on trail before ascending to the tundra and talus ridge connecting the 2 summits. The ridge is all off trail class 2 requiring the usual minor route finding. One section of easy class 3 is available if the group agrees. This is a day filled with spectacular views in the Colorado alpine environment.

Leader: Nicholas Browne
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,500
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, BKPS Group #5 Overnight #1

This is a BKPS overnight trip for students in group #5.We will travel to the Goose Creek trailhead in Lost Creek Wilderness and hike up to 3.5 miles into Hankins Gulch.  Group exercises will be conducted along the way.Students should come prepared with all required gear and supplies for an overnight trip.

Leader: Jeff Benton
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1700
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, Ouzel Falls - RMNP

Bring your ten essentialsIf for some reason you are not sure if you will be able to do this hike because of a medical issue Please let me know

Leader: Martin Berger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 800
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, Ute Peak 12,303' Conservation Series Hike

CMC Denver Conservation Series 2018. Join us for a  exploratory hike in the proposed Continental Divide Wilderness!  Learn about wilderness planning in Colorado and about climate change on public lands. We'll talk about the bill and what it includes and how you can support it. We'll also talk about how climate change is affecting Colorado's ecosystems and what conservation can do about it.This is a ridge hike along the divide where we will get above timberline with great views of the Gore Range and Eagles Nest Wilderness and the Blue River Valley.   

Leader: Karl Ford
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, Mt Edwards 13839’ Loop Norm Arlt Mod C Off trail

From the trailhead at Waldorf Mine, hike up to Argentine Pass and scramble up the ridge to Mt Edwards, then have a great glissade (optional) down the east flank of Edwards. High-clearance 4-wheel drive low-range vehicles needed (Xterra, Jeep, etc).Each participant is expected to carry all 10+ Essentials.Ice axe recommended for optional glissade.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, 6/23/2018, Silver Dollar Lake/Mt. Wilcox Loop

After a short, but beautiful hike past Silver Dollar and Murray Lakes, the group will then turn north and then east and climb steeply off-trail 1,200' to the summit of Mt. Wilcox (13,408'). After spending time having lunch and enjoying the incredible views, the group will continue off-trail southeast gently descending elevation past Naylor Lake back to the vehicles.

Leader: Dave Callais
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2300
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, BKPS 2018 Group 4 Trip #2 Rough & Tumble Crk

We will be doing an overnight backpacking trip of the Rough and Tumble trail in the Buffalo peaks wilderness area. The hike will be approx 3.2 miles in. On Sunday there will be an off-trail navigation hike to a specific location between camp and the trail head. This hike will be ~3 miles out to the trail head.    Please dress appropriately for hiking throug brush on Sunday, and expecting warmer than normal temps over the weekend. Water will be available along the trail and at the campsite so plan to hike in with enough water for a 400 - 500ft of verticial 3.2 mile hike. (1.5 - 2L should be enough for most people.)

Leader: Chip Furlong
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 7, Elevation Gain: 800
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, BKPS 2018 Group 2 Trip #2 Buffalo Peaks

We will be doing an overnight backpacking trip of the Rough and Tumble trail in the Buffalo peaks wilderness area.   The hike will be approx 2.2 miles in.  On Sunday there will be an off-trail navigation hike to a specific location between camp and the trail head.   This hike will be ~3miles out to the trail head.    Please dress appropriately for hiking throug brush on Sunday, and expecting warmer than normal temps over the weekend. Water will be available at the campsite so plan to hike in with enough water for a 400 - 500ft of verticial 2.2 mile hike.  (1.5 - 2L should be enough for most people.)

Leader: Joe Kelly
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 7, Elevation Gain: 800
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, Deer Creek Canyon Open Space Spring Hike

Come and enjoy this front range classic hike.  We will go at a casual pace and enjoy the spring flowers in bloom.  Bring your cameras since there will be many opportunities for pictures.  Please also bring some snacks and proper hydration packs, as this usually take 3- 4 hours. We will only go as fast as our slowest hiker.  This is NOT an endurance event, but the elevation gain is about 2,000 feet, so please be reasonably fit.  Non CMC members must sign a release waiver which I will have with me.

Leader: Fred Jorgensen
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1900
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, Backpacking School Group 3 Trip 2

Enrollment in the 2018 Denver Group Backpacking School is a prerequisite for this trip. A passcode is required.From the trailhead at 13 S 0421700, 4363800, we will hike west on the south side of French Creek to the stream crossing, then hike up to camping spots on the Old French Pass Toll Road. While the focus of the trip will be demonstrating skills required for graduation from Backpacking School, hikes to French Pass and perhaps Bald Mountain are possible.

Leader: Paul Wefald
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 4, Elevation Gain: 900
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, BKPS 2018 Group #1 - Trip #2

BKPS 2018 Group 1 students only. Trip Plan will be provided separately.

Leader: Jennie Popovich
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 144
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, Ascending Hikes: Threemile Creek Trail


Leader: Douglas Fries
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Elevation Gain: 950
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, Fly fishing trip-Urad Lake-06/23/18 Day trip

Urad Lake is located at 10,750 ft. a.s.l. We are planning to fish from 9 AM until around 4 PM. Lots of brookies and cutthroats from 10 to 15" in this lake. This day trip is a good opportunity to test your skills in an alpine lake environment.Bring your own lunch and snacks. We will have lunch by the lake.This is trip oriented to a beginner/intermediate level but all levels of experience are welcome.Before you sign up for this trip please know that this outing involves a very short but steep hike from the parking lot to the trail that takes us to the lake and a very steep way down to the lake. Of course, at the end of the day, we have to climb back up to the trail.

Leader: Pablo Balan
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 2, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 300
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, Iceland Get-Aquainted HIke 3

This is a get acquainted hike for participants of the 2018 Iceland Lagavagur Trek AT trip.

Leader: Patty Laushman
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, Woody Creek to Lenado Road Bike Ride

A gorgeous road ride at a moderate pace of 12-15 mph (skinny tires best) that begins on Rio Grande trail towards Aspen and then gets on Lower and Upper River Roads through back roads of Basalt and past the famous Woody Creek Tavern.  Road heads up to Lenado, a small town of about 6 homes. Paved road ends about 4 miles from Lenado in which we will turn around and head back downhill.  Lunch stop at Woody Creek Tavern, a longtime hangout of the writer Hunter S Thompson.Bike helmet required and water bottle (NO CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED -- BRING CASH FOR LUNCH)

Leader: Mary Wiener
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 30, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, Mt Sneffels 14,150' SW Ridge

This is a more leisurely climb Mt Sneffels via a less direct route than the normal approach. It requires an overnight backcountry camp. If you are looking to climb this 14er as easily, quickly, and efficiently as possible, this trip is not for you.Directions to the trailheadTake highway 62 from Ridgeway (towards Telluride). turn left (south) on Dallas Creek Road (CR 7), later Forest Road 851 to the Blue Lakes TH on the East Fork of Dallas Creek. This trailhead is at 9,350'. A four wheel drive vehicle is not needed to reach the trailhead.ApproachBackpack 3.3 miles and about 1600' to a campsite at at the lowest of the Blue Lakes at 10,940' or continue further to one of the higher lakes, depending on snow cover and participant preferences. Plan to be independent regarding backcountry camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, pad), cooking gear and food.ClimbHike the trail from camp to Blue Lakes Saddle. The climb of the SW Ridge of Mt Sneffels is described in Dave Cooper's "Colorado Scrambles" book orhttps://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=snef2&peak=Mt.+SneffelsThis is a class 3 scramble with possible short class 4 portions. You'll need mountaineering boots and a helmet. For a June climb one is likely to encounter snow, increasing climbing difficulties:https://www.summitpost.org/winter-in-june-on-sneffels/170129https://www.summitpost.org/the-southwest-ridge-of-mount-sneffels/791804You should be prepared to deal with snow in the couloirs on this route. That snow is usually not shown in the route descriptions. Ice ax and crampons are likely to be needed - check with the trip leader ahead of time. If conditions warrant, we will bring a rope. In that case, a climbing harness would be required.DescentWe'll either reverse the SW Ridge route or descend the normal Lavender Col route to the Blue Lakes Saddle and return to camp. We may remain in camp and pack out and return on Monday.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: Backpacking 1,600', Climbing 3,000'
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Sunday, 6/24/2018, Scramble Woods, Machebeuf & East Ridge of Pettingell

This is an exploratory hike, as I have not done this exact route in the past. Prepare for a LONG day due to distance, elevation and class 3 climbing.We will begin at the Herman Gulch trailhead, heading east to Waltrous Gulch to ascend Woods, south west of Woods is Machebeuf or point 12805, from there essential we will go west ascending the class 3 ridge to Pettingell. We will return to our cars via Herman Gulch.Much of our route is off-trail, some class 3 sections. Off-trail hikes burn considerably more energy than on-trail hikes of similar length and altitude gain. Be sure you're properly conditioned for this situation. We will plan on stopping after 30 min hiking for clothing adjustment, breaks after that approx every 60 min. BRING A CLIMBING HELMET!!! and ice axe.Any trip member with medical conditions that might impact the trip are asked to contact trip leader in advance to avoid discussions at the trail head.

Leader: Eileen O'Leary
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 5000
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Sunday, 6/24/2018, Acorn Creek

The Acorn Creek trail is in the Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness, north of Silverthorne. The trail starts at 8,642 feet elevation and tops out at 11,335 feet elevation. The trail goes through meadows and forests which should have a good flower display at this time of year. Views of the Gore Range are excellent. The trail is in good condition, but the last 400 vertical feet has steep sections with loose dirt and small rocks. Hiking poles are STRONGLY recommended.Here is a link to the Acorn Creek track map and statistics from a July 5, 2017 hike, the US Forest Service trail description, and driving directions to the trailhead.https://drive.google.com/open?id=1o5Z3QnJTrngaDE2o_oxUMSVK5O3sHp8F

Leader: James Margolis
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2900
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Sunday, 6/24/2018, North Twin Cone 12,323' Mt. Blaine 12,230' Pike NF travel planning trip

This trip is in the CMC Conservation Series and also explores an area currently undergoing travel planning by the USFS. Travel planning = where you can go on the forest, in what type of conveyance, including your two feet, and at what time of year (seasonal wildlife closures).We follow an old jeep road to the top of North Twin Cone. The road is open to off road vehicle traffic which has caused severe damage near tree line. The road can't be completely closed due to a USFS communication tower on top.The top of North Twin Cone has incredible views. Mt. Blaine is a short stroll, with little elevation gain, to the east,

Leader: Steve Bonowski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Sunday, 6/24/2018, Sentinel Point Circuit


Leader: Debbie Sheinman
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Elevation Gain: 3200
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Sunday, 6/24/2018, Peaks X,Y and Z, Lost Creek Wilderness

This trip is a Class 2 traverse of Peaks X,Y and Z in the Retirement Range of the Lost Creek Wilderness.Starting at the Long Gulch TH in the Lost Creek Wilderness, we will hike to the top of Peak Z (12,244 ft). We will then follow the ridge from Peak Z west to Peak Y (12,274 ft) and on to Peak X (12,429 ft). This hike will start and finish on trail but for the most part will be off trail.The leader has not done this hike before so expect a little adventure and a little help with route finding.

Leader: Denise Snow
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Sunday, 6/24/2018, Mt. Dewey / Bratton trail loop

This nearby loop hike, starting from Green Mountain Falls, provides some scenic views of Ute Pass area and Pikes Peak, as well as being a good work out. Starting from the parking area we will hike the trail to Mt Dewey and then continue along a fainter ridgeline trail until we reach our high point . After enjoying views of Pikes Peak's north face, we drop down to the Garden of Eden valley for a possible lunch stop. We then descend to the junction of the newly contructed Bratton trail to finish the loop back to Dewey open space.Be prepared for short stretches of steep trail with loose gravel for which hiking poles may be helpful. Estimated total time on trail about 4 - 5 hours. 

Leader: Thomas Mourar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2200
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Friday, 6/29/2018, Pyramid Peak 14,018'

Start at 4:00 am from Maroon Lake trailhead. Pyramid is generally considered to be one of Colorado's most challenging fourteeners, with steep, lose, exposed class 4 rock.  Previous recent experience on this type of route required.  We will climb the standard Northeast Ridge route.  Climbing helmet is required. Ice axe possibly required.  Register with leader at mtnshrink@centurylink.net.

Leader: Mark Silas
Type: , Trail mileage: 8.25, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4,500
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Friday, 6/29/2018, Butler Gulch Wildflower Hike

Your Leaders are Colorado Native Plant Masters and will provide participants with a detailed plant list and will reference Rocky Mountain Flora by James Ells/CMC Press and available at the CMC Office.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Friday, 6/29/2018, Bottle Peak, Byers Peak Wilderness, Exploratory

Bottle Peak is 11, 584' .  Views will include Ptarmigan Pk, Navaho Peak, Vasquez Peak, Byers Pk, Bills Pk - on a clear day.

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1200+
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Friday, 6/29/2018, Mount Silverheels(13,822 ft)

This is a climb of Mount Silverheels, a centennial peak, from a little used approach from the east side near Como. The climb itself is only Class 2 and requires mountain skills and endurance. Although the trip leader has climbed this peak from two different approaches in winter, this route is unknown to her, so expect a little adventure!

Leader: Denise Snow
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3500
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Friday, 6/29/2018, Alder Creek and Cimmaron Riparian Restoration

This trip involves volunteer stewardship work with CMC's Stewardship Crew and public land managers. More details to come shortly. To learn more about the CMC stewardship team visit  www.cmc.org/stewardship

Leader: Todd Loubsky
Type: Stewardship, Trail mileage: 5
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Friday, 6/29/2018, West Spanish Peak 13,626' Sangre de Cristo Range, Ranked 13er

This striking mountain just west of Walsenberg holds everyone’s gaze as they drive by I-25. The ridge lines that radiate out from the summit like bicycle spokes are actually volcanic dikes. The dikes are like veins of a volcano, the pathways used by molten rock as it surged upward to the surface, although no volcanic activity occurred as a result of the molten rock in this area being extruded.We'll hike the standard southwest ridge that starts out on class 1 trail and ascends to class 2 on and off trail through a talus and boulder field ridge to the summit plateau. This is a 2 day and 1 night car camp, see notes.

Leader: Nicholas Browne
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,400
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Friday, 6/29/2018, Garden of the Gods Friday Night Dog Walk

This is an easy hike for pets and casual hikers.  This is also a great way to separate the workweek from the weekend.  We will hike from the north parking lot in Garden of the Gods to the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, to the Ute Trail, to the Buckskin Trail and back.  Come see the farm animals at Rock Ledge Ranch.  Well-behaved dogs on leash welcome.  We may even do a pub stop after.  5/500’.  Register with leader. Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 6/30/2018, South / North Arapaho Traverse Scrambling - Exposure

From Buckingham Campground, hike to Fourth of July Mine. Follow Glacier trail to the saddle overlooking Arapaho Glacier, then scramble to South Arapaho summit. Continue on the class 3/4 traverse to North Arapaho, 0.75 miles.  Return the same way along the traverse.  Substantial exposed scrambling.  Please consider your comfort level before signing up for this tripClimbing helmets required.For a good route description see Dave Cooper's "Colorado Scrambles" page 224 to 227. 

Leader: Michael Gaudet
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3500
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Saturday, 6/30/2018, Argentine Peak Loop West 13,738’ Norm Arlt Mod C Off Trail

From the trailhead at Shoe Basin mine, hike up to Argentine Pass and scramble up the ridge to Argentine Peak. We will follow the Continental Divide towards Decatur Mountain, and have a great glissade (optional) down from the saddle to rejoin the trail. We may need to cross steep snowfields.Each participant is expected to carry all 10+ Essentials.Ice axe is recommended for optional glissade.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: 2800
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Saturday, 6/30/2018, Bison Peak (12,431')* via Lost Park Campground

An early start will help ensure we get up and down before potential lightning.  Bring your 10 essentials icluding a recommended three liters of water. We will send out weather updates before the trip.Please advise of any medical conditions that might affect you on the trail.This promises to be a long day, but we will try to  set up carpools based on interest in going out afterwards for dinner or snack.AWD drivers preferred!

Leader: Durham Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,700
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Saturday, 6/30/2018, Ascending Hikes: Square Top Lakes

The Square Top Lakes Trail is a wonderful, high alpine hike to two scenic lakes with wonderful views of Mt. Bierstadt and Mt. Evans to the East.  From the trailhead, you follow the rolling tundra approaching ever closer to Square Top Mountain.  The trail is easy to follow, which is helpful because you will be hard pressed to keep your eyes focused on the trail with such amazing scenery around and behind you.  Starting elevation is 11,587 and will go to the highest point of 12,375.

Leader: Cheryl Ames
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 6/30/2018, Iceberg and Clayton Lakes*

We'll hike on-trail almost to Crater Lakes, then off-trail, initially bushwhacking through forest and then above timberline to Clayton Lake and then 

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Saturday, 6/30/2018, Lost Lake

This is a hike you will always rember....nice trail,waterfall. and a beautiful lake

Leader: Martin Berger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 800 feet
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Saturday, 6/30/2018, Peak 13295

This peak is at the head of Sayers Gulch on the ridge southwest of La Plata Peak and west of Winfield. See Nat'l Geo maps 131 and 127.Saturday drive to Sayers Gulch and park at the bottom of Forest Rd 382. Backpack south up the jeep road and Sayers Gulch 1.5 miles to the wilderness gate. Continue south on forest trail 1465 approximately 1.75 miles to approximately 11400' at the end of the trees and find a suitable camping spot.Sunday we will leave camp at 630 am and continue to hike south on trail and then off trail up the gulch on tundra and scree to the saddle east of peak 13295 where we will follow the short ridge west to the high point.Return by the same route. Pack up camp and drive back to Denver.approximately 3.1 miles one way and 900' backpackingapproximately 1.9 miles one way and 1800' climbingIndividual food and camping gear.WTS required.

Leader: Dean Cates
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Elevation Gain: 2700
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Saturday, 6/30/2018, Annual Picnic

GRG Picnic on Sat. June 30 at 5 pm at Donovan Park in Vail. The club will provide burgers, hot dogs and soft drinks. Enjoy good food and friends. RSVP to Sonia by phone or text at 702-337-4453 so she knows how many burgers and brats to bring. Bring a side dish or dessert to share and a lawn chair. Hopefully we will have a large group and need extra seating besides the picnic tables. BYOB if you so chose.

Leader: Sonia Webb
Type:
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Sunday, 7/1/2018, 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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Sunday, 7/1/2018, Castle Rock

This trip will not be scouted so it will be an "adventure" in off trail route finding.We will start at the Fern Lake Trailhead and go on trail towards Fern Lake. At the intersection we will go uphill on trail to Spruce Lake. From Spruce we will follow a faint trail to Primrose Pond. From here we will climb "a tree-choked gully riddled with boulder fields and downed trees" (Lisa Foster's words) to a small V-slot with plenty of loose rock and dirt (finding this slot will be the adventure portion). We will scramble up the slot to the ridgeline to a scramble that invovles stepping across a narrow fissure the walking along a slender rock bridge to the summit. The scramble is reported not to be difficult but does have some exposure.Due to the mention of loose rock on a steep climb all participants must bring a climbing helmet. This trip will be a long day, with some relatively tough bushwacking and a bit of non-technical scrambling with exposure. However, the views will be spectacular and in the past I have seen moose at Lomis Lake.     

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Sunday, 7/1/2018, Pikes Peak via the Crags


Leader: Debbie Sheinman
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 14, Elevation Gain: 3900
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Sunday, 7/1/2018, Arapahoe Pass and Lake Dorothy (Indian Peaks Wilderness)

From Fourth of July TH (above Eldora above Nederland above Boulder) we hike up the popular Arapahoe Pass Trail in Indian Peaks Wilderness to Arapahoe Pass on the Continental Divide.  Then we go a short distance beyond to Lake Dorothy (about 12000') before returning the way we came.  This trail is noted for its alpine wildflowers (I think they should be in full bloom) and great views in all directions.Sorry I have to limit this trip to 7 people total because IPW is permitted for groups of 8 or more and they are hard to get around major holidays.

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Friday, 7/6/2018, Homestead Meadows

this trail is NW of Lyons.  A rolling trail in forest (shade) and dense undergrowth.  Our lunch stop will be at the big meadow. This is a historic area where homesteands were established between 1889 and 1923. I WILL SEND AN EMAIL THE MORINING BEFORE OUR TRIP WITH UPDATES.  IF YOU DO NOT GET IT, PLEASE EMAIL/CALL ME.

Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.2, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1387
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Friday, 7/6/2018, Frozen Lake - RMNP *

The hike will start at the Glacier Gorge trail head off of Bear Lake road.  We will take the Glacier Gorge Trail to Black Lake, then we will need to take an unnamed trail to the east to climb to the highest of the three alpine lakes that pour into Black Lake.  Frozen Lake is at an altitude of 11,578 feet, and lies at the base of the Spearhead (12,575 feet), a favorite challenge for rock climbers. 

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11.4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2660
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Friday, 7/6/2018, Alder Creek and Cimmaron Riparian Restoration

This trip involves volunteer stewardship work with CMC's Stewardship Crew and public land managers. More details to come shortly. To learn more about the CMC stewardship team visit  www.cmc.org/stewardship

Leader: Todd Loubsky
Type: Stewardship, Trail mileage: 5
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Friday, 7/6/2018, Ute Park Friday Night Dog Walk

This is an easy hike for pets and casual hikers.  This is also a great way to separate the workweek and the weekend.  We will hike from the trailhead off Rockrimmon Blvd between HP and The Marriott.  This is an unbelievable park within city limits including riparian areas hosting a variety of wildlife and incredible views to the Front Range and Pikes Peak.  Well-behaved dogs on leash welcome.  We may even do a pub stop after.  5/500’.  Register with leader. Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 7/7/2018, Bierstadt NW Gully 14,065’

Saturday, July 7th - Bierstadt NW Gully 14,065’ (Moderate C)6.5mi RT, 2850ft gainThis seldom-climbed gully does not have a trail to the summit and is more difficult than the standard route. If you are comfortable with off-trail talus and want to try something a bit different on Bierstadt, it's a fun alternative.Start by heading down the Bierstadt Trail.  Near 13,300', leave the standard route by turning left and traversing across the slopes toward the bottom of the gully on the northwest face of Bierstadt. This traverse is straightforward. Once you reach the gully, begin climbing up through the talus. Near 13,600', the gully becomes steeper and you must work harder to bypass some large rocks and small cliffs. The gully actually splits into a couple of shallow gullies near the summit we will stay to the right side. Descending Bierstadt down the standard trail Carpool Details: Wooly Mammoth PnR18561 U.S. 40, Golden, CO 80401AA/BB across from gas stationGPS: 39.697045, -105.207987Meet at 4:50AM for 5AM departure.Trailhead Details: Bierstadt Trailhead 39.597302, -105.709976Required Gear:Sturdy hiking boots10 essentials3L waterFoodEasily digestible foods for energy on trail (Shotblocks, honey stringers, Gu's, etc.)Experience: Class C: Up to 15 miles round trip and 3500 ft. elevation gain. (Strenuous to very strenuous physical activity. Prior experience and training is beneficial.)Completion of WTS RequiredAlpine Scrambling Course preferred

Leader: Victoria Seacrist
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2850
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Saturday, 7/7/2018, Diamond Lakes IPW Norm Arlt Mod B off trail Denver Group

TH - 4th of July, trail to lower Diamond Lake, off-trail to Upper Diamond LakeGreat views of Devils Thumb, Woodland Mtn,, Mount Neva. Diamond Lakes are below Arapahoe Pass.Indian Peaks Wilderness - limit 12

Leader: Norm Arlt
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 7/7/2018, 14ers Culebra ( adventure travel )


Leader: Bogie Dumitrescu
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2700
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Saturday, 7/7/2018, New Member Hike: Herman Gulch

This is a lovely hike terminating at a small mountain lake where we will eat lunch before we return.  It crosses the Continental Divide Trail.The goal is to get new members comfortable with the trip sign-up and trip-taking process. We will answer new members' practical questions and can talk as you wish about pace, clothing, gear, schoolsetc.  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.

Leader: Robbie Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.0, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Saturday, 7/7/2018, Ascending Hikes: Burning Bear Trail

Leader will send 2-day advance e-mail to participants. This trip is  classified as a Difficult A.  This is the 3rd Tuesday hike in the Ascending Hike series.

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 7/7/2018, Forest Lakes*

Come join us for Debbie Davis's LIT hike. We will hike to the second lake on the trail where we will have a lunch stop and return the way we came. Please inform us of any medical issues and bring the TEN Essentials!

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1700
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Saturday, 7/7/2018, Wind River Loop RMNP

Starting at the East Portal TH in Estes Park. A casual hike through quiet back country with a long stretch along the Wind River. Some really nice views.  If the group is up for it, we'll slide over to Sprague Lake and do a loop of the lake.

Leader: Marc Borai
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Saturday, 7/7/2018, Square Top Lakes

This is a very nice hike with nice views of beautiful moutains.and hike you will want to take friends on

Leader: Martin Berger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 950
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Saturday, 7/7/2018, Salmon and Willow Lakes

Salmon and Willow Lakes are a beautiful hiking destination in the Eagles Nest Wilderness. The route uses part of the Gore Range trail and the Salmon/Willow Trail. The trail is moderately trafficked and is an out and back. We fill first hike to Salmon Lake and then continue on past two other of the Willow Lakes to the upper Willow Lake.

Leader: Denise Snow
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12.6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Sunday, 7/8/2018, 14ers Blanca+Ellingwood


Leader: Bogie Dumitrescu
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2700
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Sunday, 7/8/2018, Crown Point (11,463') & Crown Benchmark (11,637')

About half of this hike is within the Commanche Peak Wilderness Area, one of the more pristine and lesser-known wilderness areas in northern Colorado.  From the trailhead, we will follow the Browns lake trail about 1.5 miles, then climb about 0.25 mile off-trail to the summit of Crown Point, nearly 1,000' above the TH.  From there, we will head off-trail in a southeasterly direction toward a gently-rounded summit (Crown Benchmark), choosing the apparently most efficient route in alpine and near-treeline terrain toward the destination summit some 1.7 miles from Crown Point.  This part involves a descent of about 300', then a gentle ascent of roughly 500'.  This area sees very little human traffic and is mostly gentle, rolling alpine tundra and montane forest.  Distant views and many wildflower species are plentiful, and there is a good chance of seeing mule deer, elk, and other wildlife. Several options exist for the return route, which can be decided upon in the field.  For those planning higher elevation hikes later in the summer, this will provide a good acclimation opportunity with a moderate effort for a few hours at over 11,000'. 

Leader: Ward Whicker
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Friday, 7/13/2018, RMNP-Wildflower Hike Fern/Cub Lake Loop Moraine Park

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: 6.5, Elevation Gain: 1100
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Friday, 7/13/2018, CAR SHUTTLE: Bard Creek Trail TH to TH

The Bard Creek Trail is Forest Service Trail #83. Per the Forest Service: Following the mountain ridge north of Georgetown, views of the town as well as the Continental Divide are numerous. Traveling through fields of wildflowers, groves of aspen trees and passing several abandoned mines, Bard Creek Trail offers countless photo opportunities. The west end joins with the Watrous Gulch Trail and takes you to Interstate 70.  The east end is west of Empire.

Leader: Stan Moore
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 14.2, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2830
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Friday, 7/13/2018, Stanley Mountain*

From the parking lot we will cross the highway and climb the ski area to the ridge. Then do a ridge run to Stanley Mountain and return the way we came.Let me know in advance of any medical problems. Bring the 10 essentials.

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Friday, 7/13/2018, Mt. Elbert - 14er Peak Trail Maintenance & Restoration

Colorado Mountain Club is partnering other Colorado outdoor stewardship groups and the U.S. Forest Service through the National Forest Foundation Find Your Fourteener campaign so that together we can do more on our majestic Fourteeners. We are working collaboratively to increase the pace and scale of trail improvements and ecological restoration. Our vision is to work together, with you, to build and maintain a sustainable trails network, ensuring these peaks remain healthy and inviting for decades to come. With help from skilled, passionate volunteers like you, we can complete even more on-the-ground work on Colorado’s Fourteeners. Every volunteer in the Fourteener community is important in this long-term effort, and we are grateful for your help! Mount Elbert is one of the Find Your Fourteener priority peaks based on an immediate need to address excessive trail erosion, braiding, and widening through a new alignment and restoration. There are excellent opportunities – with proven success – to meet these needs by engaging in collaborative stewardship through extended youth corps seasons, volunteer engagement, and other creative approaches to support an increased pace and scale of on-the-ground work.The overall goal of the South Mount Elbert Realignment and Restoration Project is to complete one mile of new trail construction and to restore approximately 20,000 square feet of trail area to complete the new South Elbert Trail realignment. Work will primarily occur between 10,200 feet and 13,500 feet. The South Mount Elbert Trail, Forest Service Trail #1481 (also known as the “East Ridge Route”) is located on the Leadville Ranger District of the San Isabel National Forest. The 2018 scope of work on Mount Elbert will build on the first season of work in 2017, led by the Forest Service, Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI), Colorado Mountain Club (CMC), Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC), Wildland Restoration Volunteers (WRV) and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC).

Leader: Todd Loubsky
Type: Stewardship, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate
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Friday, 7/13/2018, Treasury Mountain 13,462' Elk Range Ranked 13er

The Raggeds Wilderness is home to some of the Elk Range’s best peaks. Treasury Mountain sits between Crested Butte and Aspen. It’s a class 2 plus, off-trail, walk-up that rolls along fields of crimson grass and gnarled alpine shrubbery before topping out at the perfect vantage point to catch unique views of the Maroon Bells and the other Elk Range 14ers. This is one of the top 10 hikes in Colorado.We'll use the southeast ridge route starting from the Paradise Divide trailhead and hike up Paradise Valley. The summit ridge has exposure and scrambling evaluated as class 2+ or easy class 3. This is an out and back hike. The trip is a 2 day and 1 night wilderness car camp, see notes.

Leader: Nicholas Browne
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,100
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Saturday, 7/14/2018, South Arapaho Peak 13,395’ Norm Arlt Diff C Scrambling

From Buckingham Campground, hike to Fourth of July Mine. Follow Glacier trail to the saddle overlooking Arapaho Glacier, then scramble to South Arapaho summit. If the group is strong and the weather is willing, we will explore some of the exposed ridge toward North Arapaho.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.Indian Peaks Wilderness Restriction - limit 12

Leader: Norm Arlt
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3300
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Saturday, 7/14/2018, Snow Lake

American Lakes trail head is located approximately 60 mi up the Poudre Canyon.  Snow Lake sits above American Lakes at 11,516 ft in a stone basin surrounded by Static Peak and the Nokhu Crags. The dramatic setting makes the final push traveling up the rough trail above American Lakes to Snow Lake well worth the effort. 

Leader: Diane Quinn
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1900
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Saturday, 7/14/2018, Watrous Gulch/Herman Lake Loop

After leaving the parking area, the group will start climbing practically immediately with only a few locations within the first 1 1/2 miles where the trail levels out briefly. Once Watrous Creek is crossed the trail moderates a little until a location is reached where the group will turn it's sights (off trail) and will climb to a small saddle. After a short breather at the saddle, we'll continue our climb above timberline and follow the ridge over Woods Mountain and Mt. Matchbeaf and down to the Continental Divide Trail. After a short hike along the trail, we'll connect up with the Herman Lake trail and hike a short distance up to Herman Lake for lunch. Finally, after enjoying lunch at the base of the divide, we'll hike back to the vehicles via the Herman Lake trail.

Leader: Dave Callais
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Saturday, 7/14/2018, Ascending Hikes: Silver Dollar & Murray Lakes

Leader will send 2 day advance e-mail to participants

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Saturday, 7/14/2018, Avalanche Pass

Avalanche Pass is located near Marble at 12,100 feet. We'll start at the North Lost Creek trailhead and hike through aspen and spruce forest for a couple miles before breaking out above treeline. Spectacular views at the summit and along the trail. Some snow may be encountered near the pass. Trail is steep and slippery in places. There will be at least one wet creek crossing, so wading shoes/sandals are required. We will need 4WD vehicles to get to the traihead. This is a strenuous hike and participants should have experience on CMC "C" 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: 8.0, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Saturday, 7/14/2018, South and North Arapaho Peaks* Scrambling

This is an exploratory hike to South and North Arapahoe Peaks.The route includes 4 sections of class 3 scrambling to cross the ridge from the summit of South Arapahoe. We will follow the standard trail to South Arapahoe and then cross the ridge to the summit of North Arapahoe and then return..Participants should be comfortable with class 3 scrambling.

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,500
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Saturday, 7/14/2018, French Pass

Let’s celebrate Bastille Day by hiking to French Pass! The trail parallels French Creek on the easy grade of an old wagon road. After crossing the creek it becomes single-track and climbs more steeply as the view opens up. We’ll hike across meadows of wildflowers, then through willows and krummholz until the final, steep ascent to French Pass on the Continental Divide at 12,046’. Enjoy views of Boreas and Bald Mountains, the valley below, and distant peaks to the north. We might spot mountain goats if we’re lucky. Be prepared for crossing French Creek on logs and a snowfield at the pass. Après-hike in Bailey.

Leader: Kate Valaer
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Saturday, 7/14/2018, Putney Gulch Stewardship 1

Putney Gulch StewardshipTrail WorkOpen to the publicAges 16+; Under 18 must be accompanied by parent/guardianDay HikeBring your LunchThe Pikes Peak Group is collaborating with Friends of the Peak to work on the Ring the Peak Trail.  This project will focus on maintenance and repair of drainage/erosion issues on the trail in Putney Gulch, which lies between the Crags and Horsethief Park. 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: 3, Elevation Gain: 300
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Saturday, 7/14/2018, Eccles Pass Loop


Leader: Janet White
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2,740 ft.
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Saturday, 7/14/2018, Vestal, Arrow & the 3 Trinities

We will drive to Durango on Saturday July 14th and spend the night in a hotel.On Sunday we will take the Durango Silverton Narrow gauge railroad to Elk Park and then back pack into Vestal Basin at 11,400 ft.Monday - we'll climb Vestal Peak via Wham Ridge. 5.4Tuesday - We'll climb Arrow Peak by the Northeast Face.Wednesday - We'll climb West Trinity Peak by the West Ridge and then we'll do the traverse over to Trinity Peak and East Trinity. 5.4Thursday - we'll backpack out and take the train back to Durango and spend the night in Durango.Friday - we'll drive back to Denver.I also included an extra day for weather or as a rest day in between climbs.I will bring a rope and some rock gear for climbing Wham Ridge.Required gear -Helmet, harness, belay / rappel devive, personal anchor, maybe a pair of sandals for creek crossings.If I don't know you personally then please call me and I'll determine if you qualify for this trip.  

Leader: Bruce Badger
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 24, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 11,300
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Saturday, 7/14/2018, Arkansas River Float/Kayak

Float from the dam to the Nature Center river campus or the top of the kayak parkl

Leader: Roger O'Hara
Type: All Other, Trail mileage: 5
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Sunday, 7/15/2018, Mt. Sherman


Leader: Debbie Sheinman
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Friday, 7/20/2018, Mt. Bethel (12,700ft) * bushwhack

We will hike up Dry Gulch.  After following the creek, we will then bushwhack up to Mt. Bethel.  Some sections up will be relatively steep (20% grade)

Leader: James Guerra
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2900
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Friday, 7/20/2018, Snowmass Mtn. 14,092'

Backpack 8 miles to Snowmass Lake and establish camp on July 20. Climb Snowmass via the famous snowfield and its Class 3 SE ridge on July 21. Pack out on July 22. You will need to carry all your camping gear plus ice ax, helmet and crampons. Register with leader via email or phone. Exploratory hike.

Leader: Steve Soich
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 21, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 5700
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Friday, 7/20/2018, Fly Fishing Trip - Anthracite Creek


Leader: Jonathan Walter
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 5, Elevation Gain: 300 feet
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Friday, 7/20/2018, Castle Peaks WSA Backpack CMC Conservation Series of Hikes Backpack and Bushwhack

Explore the Castle Peaks Wilderness Study Area (WSA). Locate an ideal place to overnight from a high vantage (water, views, foraging, photography). Practice way-finding navigation skills to bushwhack nearly the entire route through mixed aspen and pine, light grasses, and wild flowers, over and around deadfall, and across ancient volcanic rock. Fresh indicators of elk, deer and bear.  This trip is part of the CMC’s Conservation Series of Hikes developed to promote Colorado’s wilderness areas and elevate the status of “Wilderness Study Areas” to protected “Wilderness.”Ideally we will leave Friday evening to make the roughly 3 hour drive to the trailhead. There is a great space to camp by our vehicles (indicated in the Google directions on the next page – follow the link) on Friday night. Saturday morning we’ll start the hike, likely arriving at Castle Peaks in the early afternoon. Depending on the group’s preferences, we can spend some time on the rocks and scramble up to camp, or explore and move on to Schlegel Lake, a short distance below to the north to make camp for the night. Fishing is an option.Sunday morning we’ll consider route options for returning to the vehicles including a mix of bushwhack, trail and 4x4 roads. Front rangers should be back home in time for dinner.

Leader: Matthew Zeman
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 15, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Saturday, 7/21/2018, Poplar Gulch to Unnamed Pt 13,078

We will hike from St Elmo up Poplar Gulch to the saddle at 12,000 ft and turn east to summit the unnamed 13’er.  There are many incredible views to Chalk Creek and Cottonwood Creek along this trail.  Keep a close eye out for the miner cabins along this route as they are well hidden. This trip is primarily for Pikes Peak Group and Pueblo Group members.  All others will be wait listed.  Possible stop at Mt Princeton Hot Springs on return.  Class 2, 10/3,100’.  200 mi. Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.comor (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3100
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Saturday, 7/21/2018, 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, 7/21/2018, Ascending Hikes: Chief and Papoose Mtns 11,709'


Leader: Victoria Seacrist
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 7/21/2018, Fly Fishing Gibson Lake


Leader: Eric Esswein
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1550
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Saturday, 7/21/2018, Fancy Peak 13192

Saturday drive to the trailhead. Backpack on the Missouri Lakes trail to approximately 11,500' where we will find a suitable camping location.Sunday continue west on the trail to the pass between the Missouri Lakes and Treasure Vault Lake. Continue on the trail north to Fancy Pass. Leave the trail climbing north on the ridge to the high point. Return by the same route. Pack up camp, return to the trailhead, drive back to Denver. Back late.Individual food and camping gear. WTS required.5.8 miles RT and 1500' backpacking.4.3 miles RT and 1800' climbing.

Leader: Dean Cates
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10.1, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3200
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Sunday, 7/22/2018, Pre-Cookout Rock Climbing


Leader: Roger Kilcoyne
Type: Rock Climbing
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Sunday, 7/22/2018, Cheyenne Mtn St Pk - Picnic Hike

We will hike a few of the different named trails.  This will be a casual hike before the afternoon, 3pm club picnic.  Hike should complete around 11am.  This is a beautiful park with an interesting variety of trails.  Your $7 permit will be good all day.  Guest are welcome so bring a friend on the hike and to the picnic.  Be sure and sign up for the Picnic BBQ under "Events".

Leader: Dean Waits
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Elevation Gain: 500
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Sunday, 7/22/2018, Pre-Cookout Mountain Bike - Cheyenne State Park

We will explore the bike trails and be back by 3pm for the PPG Annual Cookout. Please signup for the cookout separately so we know how much food to purchase.Guest lead by David Weldon, more details of mileage and elevation will be posted as we get closer. 

Leader: Kristen Buckland
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 15
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