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Friday, 12/4/2020, Three Mile Creek Snowshoe *

From the parking lot/trail head, snowshoe north about a half mile before crossing Geneva Creek and Guanella Pass Rd to begin hiking northeast along Three Mile Creek. This trail climbs about 7 miles and 2900' to intersect with Rosalie Trail. We will only hike part of that distance. The main features of Three Mile Trail include hiking alongside creek, multiple creek crossings and dense deciduous and evergreen forests.   

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Friday, 12/4/2020, Uncompahgre Peak 14,309'

FRIDAYWe will drive from Colorado Springs leaving at 8:00am Friday, Dec. 04. driving through Lake City and up to the Nellie Creek (Lower TH). We will park the cars on the Henson Creek Rd. and then snowshoe up the Nellie Creek road to the summer TH where the outhouse is and tent camp for the night.SATURDAYWe will climb the peak starting around 8:00am. We will likely get to the summit between before 1:00pm. We will downclimb the same way we hiked up and return to camp. We currently are planning to tent camp a second night.SUNDAYWe will get up at first light, pack up camp, hike out, and drive home.

Leader: Britt Jones
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 16, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 5,500
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Friday, 12/4/2020, High Line Canal #7 Segment 7

 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: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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Saturday, 12/5/2020, Sharptail Ridge

Let's enjoy the early holiday season with a pleasant stroll through Douglas County Open Space. We'll also go through a corner of Roxborough State Park. Have good foot wear, wind gear, and micro-spikes.Leader wil check the trail a few days before. If the trail is very muddy; that soft, mushy prairie clay; we'll switch the location to Waterton Canyon.

Leader: Steve Bonowski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Saturday, 12/5/2020, Avalanche Fundamentals Review

This trip is intended for those who have completed AIARE 1. Objectives will be to review avalanche safety fundamentals to include:Planning Winter trips into the backcountryTrailhead beacon checkProper transceiver useRecognizing Avalanche TerrainRelevant observationsExamining the snowpackEvaluating terrain optionsTravel techniques and best practices to minimize exposure and risk in avalanche terrainCompanion rescue procedure  

Leader: Joe Esseichick
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 4, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 12/5/2020, Tiehack Ski Hill Hike (no skis)

A beautful, challenging climb up the ski slope before it opens. I just climbed it November 28th and would not recommend skinning up as there are numerous exposed areas. SkiCo hasn't started making snow on this mountain. The bathroom is closed at the base.I plan on climbing with stabilizers (Yak Traks, etc) and poles. It is steep in a few areas and takes about 1 hour to get to the top. Great views of Highlands and Maroon Bells. Bring a lunch to eat outside at picnic tables. There are no bathrooms available except for the woods.Updated COVID-19 rules require wearing face masks both in the parking lot and on the hike. In addition, participants must stay six feet apart at all times. Current CMC COVID rules can be found at https://cmc.org/Portals/0/Documents/COVID-19%20Protocol%20for%20CMC%20Trips%20%281%29.pdf.

Leader: Mary Wiener
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1700
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Sunday, 12/6/2020, Ypsilon Lake RMNP

From the Lawn Lake TH near the start of Fall River Road we trudge up the broad SE face of Ypsilon Mtn at about 500' mile to Ypsilon Lake.  The leader visited the TH a week prior to the trip and believes the trip will encounter minimal snow on the trail.  We return the way we came - on trail all the way.  This is not a snowshoe trip but expect ice on the trail and micro spikes are highly recommended.  Views from everywhere on this trail should be great.  This is a popular CMC hike but it will be exploratory for the leader.Wearing a mask while hiking is optional but please keep decent distance from fellow trip members.

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2200
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Sunday, 12/6/2020, Bighorn Loop @ Gunnison Gorge NCA

The Bighorn Loop is made by combining the upper section of the Duncan trail with the Bighorn trail, the upper section of the Bobcat trail, and the Redrocks-Nighthorse trail. There are some nice views of the Gunnison River and Gunnison Gorge on this trail. For more info and pics, see https://www.gjhikes.com/2014/04/bighorn-loop.html.There is a $3/person fee to access the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness Area. Be sure to bring change for this.Covid restrictions in place: Practice social distancing (at least 6ft) or wear masks if this isn't possible.

Leader: Brenda Leach
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 700
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Sunday, 12/6/2020, Trailblazers: Forest Lakes snowshoe, James Pk Wilderness

From Moffat Tunnel east portal TH we hike into the James Peak Wilderness and up to the lower of two Forest Lakes.  If we feel good, we can visit the upper lake which adds about a mile and 200' to the stats.  This is a popular trail both summer and winter.  It is likely to be well packed and although this is listed as a snowshoe trip some may prefer microspikes.  Be prepared for either.  We get occasional views of the valley below but this trip is mostly in the trees.  The lakes are pretty in winter.Note: If you have not been on a backcountry trip with snowshoes before, please do not sign up for this trip. The club will be posting beginner snowshoe trips this winter.

Leader: Kevin Galliers
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Sunday, 12/6/2020, Learning Backcountry Ski Tour Gear & Technique Training

This ski tour is to refresh XC skills and learn more about backcountry touring.  The Powderhorn Loop on Tennessee Pass is a gentle trail that offers a variety of good areas for perfecting skills.  We will focus on gear and technique used in backcountry touring.  There is no avalanche danger on this loop but bring all your standard backcountry gear.  This is a learning adventure and it would be a good early season refresher to bring and show others your favorite shovel, probe, beacon and essentials.  The early season snow on Tennessee Pass will be bottomless.  I plan on using my waxless fat Fischer S-Bound 112 Crown tourning skis with kicker skins.  Mounted on the S-Bounds are 22Design Axle tele cable bindings.  These bindings have a release mode that makes uphill travel comfortable.  My boots are heavy traditional three pin tele boots.  If your only gear is AT, these will work on this tour, but they will just be slower due to the up and down nature of the route.We will be out on snow about three hours.  Bring lunch, sit upon and a hot drink.  We will dig a snow kitchen and enjoy lunch on the CD looking at Mt Massive and Mt Elbert to the south.We will follow all current safety protocols.   

Leader: George Christman
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 500
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Friday, 12/11/2020, Heart Lake from East Portal *

Starting from East Portal hike the South Bolder Creek trail to Rogers Pass Lake and then onto Heart Lake.  This is an out and back on a rock and root strewn trail with several creek crossings on good bridges.  You'll be serenaded by the sound of the creek much of the way.  We'll take a lunch break at Heart Lake.

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2200
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Friday, 12/11/2020, Columbia Mountain-Happy Hour-White Elephant *


Leader: Suzy Allexan
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Friday, 12/11/2020, High Line Canal #8 Segment 8

 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: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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Saturday, 12/12/2020, TRAILBLAZERS: Lion Lakes RMNP

Have you been wanting to travel a bit further on snowshoes? Maybe learn how tiring breaking trail is? Do you like exploring far beyond the trailhead in winter? Come join the Trailblazers for this winter snowshoe to one of the gems of Rocky Mountain National Park!

Leader: Jeff Golden
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 14, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,000
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Sunday, 12/13/2020, Young's Gulch

First off if there are any trip leaders that would like to co-lead this trip, please contact me.I have not done this hike since they have rerouted the trail and I do not plan to scout it, so it will be an adventure!!We will start at the trailhead off of CO-14 and follow on-trail to the end of the trail at Stove Praire Overlook. The group will then retrace our tracks back to the trailhead. It is hard to say what the weather will be like, IF there is a heavy snowfall before the trip you will need snowshoes, navigation will be a bit more of an issue AND we may get a bit of off-trail adventure :-) If there is any snow at all before the trip, there is a good chance there will be ice on the trail so you will need traction devices (i.e. Stabilizers, Micro Spikes, etc.).Before the reroute the trail did involve some creek crossing without bridges, there is no mention of this in the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers write up buutttt, you may want to "snowseal" (or equivalent) your boots before the trip. Due to Covid we will be following the CMC protocols and I will not be setting up carpools. If there is someone you trust  to carpool with, you will need to work out details with them after I send out the pre-trip email.    

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10.6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1180
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Sunday, 12/13/2020, Sandstone Ranch, Douglas County Open Space

From the trailhead, the Park features a 3.2 mile loop to the northwest (Juniper Valley Loop) and a 3.7 mile loop to the south (Sandstone Meadow Trail Loop). We can also visit the Ranch Overlook, which is off the south loop.Please not this trailhead is different from the one we used for the November, 2019 staff-guided visit to the Ranch. We'll provide a link to the Park map in the update note prior to the hike date.

Leader: Steve Bonowski
Type: , Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Sunday, 12/13/2020, Sunset Rocks Gunnison Gorge NCA


Leader: John Broadbooks
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Friday, 12/18/2020, D4/D6 loops McInnis Canyon


Leader: Anne Keil
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 500
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Friday, 12/18/2020, Plymouth Mountain-XMAS SOCIAL for Singles* Bobcat

For single BOBCATS or Single's Bobcat wanta bees.

Leader: Suzy Allexan
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Friday, 12/18/2020, High Line Canal #9 Segment 9

 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: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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Saturday, 12/19/2020, 1Year LIT Anniversary - Brainard Lake Loop Snowshoe *

Who knows what the weather and fire restrictions will be but let's try to get out and snowshoe this beautiful area. At this time, the CMC Cabin is closed this winter due to COVID. On the bright side, we could practice some tarp set-up options and make a lunch shelter. Feel free to bring something to share with everyone.Gear: Please bring the “10 Essentials”, snowshoes and traction devices (i.e. microspikes). Practice attaching your snowshoes to your pack. I would recommend bringing ski goggles/ski gloves or mittens/ face mask in case we encounter higher than expected winds in addition to your normal summer gear as well as plenty of layers. Gaiters would also be a good idea. You will not be allowed to join this trip without the required gear.

Leader: Mercedes Aponte
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8.2, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3262
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Sunday, 12/20/2020, Deer Creek Canyon loop

We will go up Meadowlark Trail to Plymouth Creek, circle Plymouth Mountain. Then via Homesteader Trail continue on to Golden Eagle viewpoint for lunch if snow conditions allow. Return down Plymouth Creek to Meadowlark. Carry micro-spikes or ice walkers with you, just in case. Trekking poles may be helpful. Prepare for some mud in places.

Leader: Steve Bonowski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Friday, 12/25/2020, Carpenter Peak 7160ft

"Roxborough State Park is a Colorado Natural Area and a National Natural Landmark. The park was established to protect the area's unparalleled scenery and resource values while providing opportunities for hiking and learning about Colorado's natural heritage. Roxborough's spectacular geologic setting supports a unique mixture of prairie and mountain species. It is a place of beauty, ecological diversity, and serenity."  (flier from the Park).

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual
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Sunday, 12/27/2020, Deer Creek Ski Tour

We ski up the unplowed road beyond the parking lot for about a mile, at which point the road turns left across the meadow and we leave the road and climb to the right up the valley and through trees to a bowl near the tree line where there are great views. The route is easy/moderate, becoming moderate for the climb from the valley up through the trees to the bowl. Skins make the climbing part of the trip more reasonable, although it can be done with fish scales. Expect snowmobiles. Return same route. We will avoid avalanche terrain. Equipment requirements: skis with scales and/or skins required. Bring 10 essentials plus winter extras, appropriate clothing for the weather, trail food.

Leader: Mike Moerk
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 850
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