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Friday, 10/19/2018, Centennial Cone Loop

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

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Friday, 10/19/2018, Buchanan Trail Backpack Near Misses

Hike in, set up camp, explore the area including potential dayhikes to Gibraltar Lake, Red Deer Lake, and Buchanan Pass.

Leader: Matt Leiphart
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 10/20/2018, Cucharas Canyon Backpack

Come enjoy an overnight to one of the remote desert canyons of Colorado.  We will backpack from the Wilson Crossing TH south and upstream to the Sheeps Crossing TH.  This will require setting up a shuttle on day one.  We will find a good spot to camp overnight about half way through the canyon.  The trail through the canyon bottom is faint at best requiring many stream crossings and fighting through underbrush and tall grass.  Long pants and full grain leather boots recommended.  This canyon contains history from recent cattle industry, older sheep herding cultures, and much older Apishapa Phase history.  Come see if we can find any or all of it.  Do not let the trail mileage fool you.  Travel off trail in a desert canyon takes much more energy output than one might expect.  This trip is primarily for Pikes Peak and Pueblo Group members.  All others will be wait listed.  250 mi.  8/400’.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 400
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Saturday, 10/20/2018, Mt Margaret, 7,957' Red Feather Lakes Hike Dog optional hike

A day hike in the Red Feather Lakes area. We will hike one of the more popular Red Feather Lakes trails and finish with an easy scramble to the top of Mt Margaret.DriveTake highway 287 north. At Livermore (the Forks), turn left on the Red Feather Lakes Rd (74E). Take this road to the Mt Margaret trailhead at 8,093'.HikeHike on trails and a series of old roads across South Lone Pine Creek (bridge) to a small pond. Then take a branch trail left to the base of the Mt Margaret. This is the rocky 7,957' knob on the topo maps, not the overlook that is a common destination.See: https://redfeatherhistoricalsociety.org/local-histories/historic-local-sites/mt-margaret-history/Reaching the top requires a short scramble (better without dogs, I'd be happy to hold on to them). We may take a sightly different route for the return. You should be prepared for a 5 hour hike.Here is an overview of trails in the Red Feather Lakes area:https://www.pwv.org/trails/redfeather-lakesMaps: Trails Illustrated/National Geographic #111.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 10/20/2018, Forest Lakes 10,840 *

From the East Portal we will follow the summer trail to both lakes. This is a chance to follow the trail to the upper lake so it will be easier to find it this winter. Bring the 10 essentials and let me know about any medical problems.

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Saturday, 10/20/2018, Bear Peak 8,461'

From NCAR ascend Fern Canyon to Bear Peak. Descend via the West Ridge. This is a great workout with a beautiful views at the top. Looks like the weather is going to be great! Bring microspikes or yak trax just in case we get lots of snow on Oct 14th. 

Leader: Michael Zyzda
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Saturday, 10/20/2018, Roxborough State Park Two Loops

We will hike the South Rim trail and the Fountain Valley trail inthe park.

Leader: Byron Colwell
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 10/20/2018, Bennett Mtn (8045') Rampart Range off trail

From Indian Creek Campground near Rampart Range crest off Hwy-67 we descend 800' on Indian Creek Trail to Bear Creek, then follow north past private property and steep terrain to best east side access up Bennett Mtn north ridge.  The final 1.3 mi east side approach up to the ridge will be quite steep, probably with scrambling and route finding.  Usual easy route up Bennett Mtn is from the west, but what fun is that!  This trip is exploratory to the leader and no Bennett Mtn trip appears in the CMC database in the last 10 years.  The link below is the Caltopo route (for a larger perspective of where this is relative to Denver zoom out).https://caltopo.com/m/UNG3

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Saturday, 10/20/2018, Japan AT Pre-trip Training Hike

Please do not sign up for this trip if you were not invited by the trip leader. This is an Adventure Travel pre-trip hike, specifically for participants of an upcoming AT trip. 

Leader: Kris Ashton
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate
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Sunday, 10/21/2018, Atlantic Peak via Northeast Slope

The trip will be about 7 miles RT with approx. 2900' of elevation to a summit of 13841'.   A group decision will be made on the summit regarding the possibility of bagging Pacific's summit, as well.Required gear: There may be snow on the route.  Bring microspikes at a minimum.  In addition, bring crampons, ice axe, and helmet, and we will decide at the TH what is needed.Expect winter conditions - windy and cold temps - so dress accordingly (crampon-compatible boots appropriate for winter hiking, layers, extra gloves, etc.)Beta:   

Leader: John Martersteck
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2900
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Sunday, 10/21/2018, Thunder Lake RMNP* NEW DATE

Thunder Lake offers beautiful views of the Continental Divide, Boulder-Grand Pass, Tanima Peak, Pilot Mountain, and the massive Mount Alice.

Leader: Sue Ahlberg
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Sunday, 10/21/2018, Lumpy Ridge Circuit Rocky Mountain N.P.

MILEAGE: 10.7 Miles; elevation gain: 2,452 feet (ascent); 2,472 feet (descent), maximum elevation: 9,284 feet; minimum elevation: 7,777 feet; average grade/elevation gain: 9% (5 degrees)/450 feet per mile; maximum grade: 26% (15 degrees); trail difficulty rating: C - Difficult (strenuous); GPS Coordinates: Lumpy Ridge TH: Longitude: 40.39655, Latitude: -105.51319. WEATHER FORECAST: Sunrise: 7:18 a.m.; Sunset: 6:13 p.m. Turn-around time: 2:00 p.m. BAILOUT ROUTES: (1) Instead of continuing along the loop, come back along the Black Canyon creek; (2) Start in the other direction and go up towards Gem Lake and Balanced Rock; (3) Start at the Cow CReek trailhead, if the Lumpy Ridge trailhead has access issues; (4) Skyline Traverse instead due to harsh weather conditions.  GEAR: Ten Essentials, extra clothing layers, microspikes, gaiters, lunch and camera. OBJECTIVE HAZARDS: Rockfall, afternoon thunderstorms, fatigue, dehydration, altitude illness and rock obstacles; SUBJECTIVE HAZARDS: Participant is not classified as a C - hiker; participant doesn't have the proper gear for a fall-Colorado hike; Participant is simply not fit enough for the hike; and, participant exaggerated on the screening questions in order to attend the hike, making him/her unqualified. MEDICAL: Estes Park Health, 555 Prospect Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517, (970) 586-2317. EMERGENCY ROLES: Incident commander, medical commander and scribe, go for help, and bivvy commander. CMC emergency phone number (269) 384-1056; Larimer County Sheriff Department: (970) 577-2070, (970) 498-5100; Rocky Mountain National Park, (970) 586-1203

Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Fast, Elevation Gain: 2,452
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Sunday, 10/21/2018, Fun Hike: Cathedral Spires 8,572' New Members Welcome!

Looking for a hike that gives you some nice scenery, doesn't take all day, and leaves you with enough energy to get other stuff done later in the day?  This could be the hike for you.  All are welcome, especially new members and those that want to welcome new members.  It may be a minor challenge for some, casual for others, but definitely fun for all!  This area is only open August to February due to raptor nesting so it is a great time of year to hike it.    Approach from the gulch/trail west of the peak. Then we leave the trail and bushwhack with some rock scrambling (the scrambling can be pretty much be kept at class 2).  The rock scrambling is over and between boulders which require full articulation of your arms and legs along with some balancing.  Not sure what class 2 scramblings means - sign up for the trip and come find out.  The rock formations provide a fantastic vantage point of the region. Very aesthetic both to climb and look at.This is fairly short duration by milage but has a steep enough approach to elevate your breathing (and make you feel OK about sampling that Hallowen candy you plan to hand out), The elevation gain is roughly 1,050' per mile on the ascent.Social stop available after the hike.

Leader: Jason Gross
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Sunday, 10/21/2018, Bear lake park beginner mountain bike

Beginner to intermediate after work mountain bike ride around Bear creek lake park in lakewood.  Meet at 9:00 at the lot nothwest of C-470 and Morrison road (https://goo.gl/maps/5X6me2eotz82).  This is a great beginner ride for a novice mountian biker, nothing too technical with fun flowy singletrack.  We will also work on mountain bike skills and techniques.If the group is feeling stong and confident we can continue to green mountain for additional trails.Cyclecross bikes can also be sufficent on these trails as well.

Leader: Gregory McVie
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 600
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Sunday, 10/21/2018, Dikes Trail

Hike the ridge that isn’t a dike behind the Dog Bar in Cuchara. Interesting view of West SPanish peak. Check out the southern Spring Fire burn. Finish at the Dog Bar.

Leader: Isobel Drysdale
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 1000'
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Friday, 10/26/2018, Belcher Hill Trail Jeffco Open Space


Leader: Frank Burzynski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2077
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Saturday, 10/27/2018, Cheyenne Canyon Upper Columbine Trail

Cheyenne Canyon to upper Columbine Trail. We will go out for 1.5 hours (hopefully covering 3 miles at moderate to fast pace) and turn around and head for breakfast at Ivywild School... fun morning! 

Leader: Christie Lee
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 250
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Saturday, 10/27/2018, Apishapa Canyon Backpack

Come enjoy an out and back overnight to one of the remote desert canyons of Colorado.  We will backpack from the historic ranch near Buckleton Canyon south and upstream to a spire and camp near a historic sheepherder cabin.  The trail through the canyon bottom is faint at best requiring many stream crossings and fighting through underbrush and tall grass.  Long pants and full grain leather boots recommended.  This canyon contains history from recent cattle industry, older sheep herding cultures, and much older Apishapa Phase history.  Come see if we can find any or all of it.  Do not let the trail mileage fool you.  Travel off trail in a desert canyon takes much more energy output than one might expect.  This trip is primarily for Pikes Peak and Pueblo Group members.  All others will be wait listed.  250 mi.  8/400’.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 400
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Saturday, 10/27/2018, New Member Hike: White Ranch Rawhide 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, 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  appropriate to a three-hour hike. Wear proper hiking boots, sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.  Traction devices, such as microspikes, mayl be necessary.  (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: Earl Beam
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 900
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Saturday, 10/27/2018, TRAILBLAZERS: Quandary Peak (East Ridge) Winter Mountaineering Prep

There's no such thing as "14er season!" Whether you're an experienced mountaineer looking to dial in the winter kit or a summer peakbagger interested in continuing the fun in the snow, this hike is all about celebrating the arrival of cold weather.Quandary Peak's standard East Ridge is an excellent route for training or beginner snow hikers, as access to the trailhead is available year-round and the stats aren't any longer than in the summer. Avalanche danger is low and avoidable except in extreme conditions (in which case this hike would be canceled).In addition to recent (summer/fall 2018) experience on 13ers and 14ers, anyone wanting to attend this hike should also have the following gear on top of the summer 10 Essentials:


Leader: Jeff Golden
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,500
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Saturday, 10/27/2018, Bike the Test Track Road

Meet by Target Distributing & bike towart the test track & back. Watch for migratig tarantulas!

Leader: Roger O'Hara
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 30
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Sunday, 10/28/2018, WTS Group 21 C Level Hike (Hallett Peak in RMNP)

This hike is set up for the students in Wilderness Trekking School (WTS) Group 21.  Sorry, no other CMC members allowed.  Members of WTS Group 21 have been provided with the password to be used when signing up.The planned destination for the hike will be Hallett Peak in RMNP.  If the weather conditions are not good an alternate destination will be chosen.If you have an annual pass to RMNP, please be sure to bring it with you.Refreshment stop in Estes Park after the hike. 

Leader: David Sanders
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,238
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Sunday, 10/28/2018, Castlewood Canyon State Park

Our very own Grand Canyon of Colorado, we'll rim to rim to rim, some off trail, some easy scrambling. This is a Halloween Hike so wear your favorite Halloween costume, wig or hat and bring your favorite holiday treat (healthy or unhealthy). Let's have some fun while hiking, giving treats to others that we pass on the trail!

Leader: Linda James Diederichsen
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1100
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Friday, 11/2/2018, Falcon Castle 7,600'

From Morrison, hike up into the foothills to the ruins of the "Western White House" and the Walker Mansion. Loop trails through woods and meadows also can be followed if the group wishes. This is a close-in hike in Jeffco Open Space.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Friday, 11/2/2018, MUELLER STATE PARK CABIN STAY CLIMB DOME ROCK SENTINEL PT 11/2-4*

Join leaders for a unique trip to little known hikes. Share costs of cabin. Cost for 2 nites, at winter reduced rates, is $360 divided by 8 people or $90 per person for 2 nites. You will be signed up once room cost received by leader.  Check out the website below:

 
there are 4 bedrooms w/queen beds, 2 bathrooms. There is space to lay out a pad/sleeping bag in main room if bedrooms are taken. The cabins are very luxurious, like a house. We bring our food and cook our own meals. Share spagetti dinner Fri eve, bring own breakfast & lunch. Possibly do group dinner Sat eve also, depending upon group wishes.
 
Purpose is to do 2 hikes below, weather permitting. Both hikes are located outside the park. Only time we hike w/in park is Friday afternoon.
Sat climb Sentinel Point, 12,527, a subpeak of Pikes peak. trail is 7.5 mi/2700 gain.Trailhead is a few miles south of the park.  see description below:
Sun hike Dome Rock in Dome Rock State wildlife area, just outside of Mueller. In the 1990's when we lived in Col Sp it was part of the state park, but not now. Hike along scenic creek to destination.  10.5 mi/2000 gain. Drive to the trailhead. Dome rock is closed for wildlife mgt Dec 1 to July 1. Leaders chose this time to get cheaper lodging.http://www.cospringstrails.com/hikes/domerock.htmlThe cabin is the closest place to these trailhead and its like staying in a house.We will hike approximately a total of 27 miles between 3 days.
 

Leader: Linda Jagger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2700
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Sunday, 11/4/2018, Thunder and Lightning

We will start from the East Portal Trailhead and follow Wind River Trail. After a bit we will cross the creek to start our off-trail jouney. From here we will follow above a drainage that flows from the saddle between Thunder and Lightning. After clearing steeper cliffs we will make our way to Thunder's northwest ridge and follow it all the way to Thunder. After summiting Thunder we will decend to the saddle between Thunder and Lightning then climb up to the south traversing up below the ridge that leads to the summit of Lightning. Comming down we will retrace our steps to the saddle then follow above the drainage down to the creek, cross the creek and return to the trailhead on the Wind River Trail. Although this is only a 6 mile trip, it is mostly off trail AND has 3000 ft elevation gain so don't be fooled by the short distance, it will be a challenge. I have done this trip, but it was in 2012 and things may have changed a bit, so expect an off-trail adventure (not a rose garden). Would you expect any less from me :-) If the area recieves snow then I will require everyone to carry snowshoes just in case the snow is deep in the woods (note it is quite often much deeper in the woods than on trail or in the open). 

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Sunday, 11/4/2018, Red Mountain, 7,464 Poudre Canyon

When driving up the Poudre Canyon, you may have noticed a reddish crag across the river in the N side near the junction with the Stove Prairie Rd. Red Mountain is a rough, steep, off-trail hike, followed by a short class 3 scramble.Drive highway 14 to near the Stove Prairie Landing CG. The first challenge is to cross the Poudre River. Bring wading shoes and trekking poles for the crossing. You'll need dry hiking boots or shoes for the rest of the trip. We'll climb steeply north off trail near a gully and approach the summit from the west side. A short scramble will take us to the top. Bring a helmet. The descent may be a variation of the ascent route.A volunteer co-leader would be welcome.Route photos: http://www.joeandfrede.com/colorado/red_mountain/red_mountain.htmMap: Trails Illustrated #101

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Friday, 11/9/2018, Lichen Peak, N. Table Mtn.

We will do a loop hike, starting on trail on north side and coming down road.

Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.1, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 800
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Saturday, 11/10/2018, Badito Cone Loop

This is an interesting trip around a picturesque peak at the south end of the Wet Mtns. The hike goes up a canyon (across BLM and the FS lands) to an isolated meadow, then returns on a little-used 4WD road. the last time we did this a couple of people chose to summit the Cone, but we will keep that as an option, as the rock on the Cone is very loose.

Leader: Edward Biery
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 11/10/2018, Annual Dinner "Backcountry Skiing the Canadian Rockies" --Lucas Mouttet

Join the Fort Collins Group of CMC for their Annual Dinner, with a very special presentation by Lucas Mouttet of the Never Summer Outdoor School. Social begins at 6:00 p.m., including a cash bar, Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., Business Meeting at 7:30 p.m., Presentation by Lucas Mouttet, "Backcountry Skiing the Canadian Rockies", begins at 8:00 p.m. ***Mail check made payable to CMC Fort Collins Group ($35 per person) to Anita Wright, 1215 Catalpa Place, Fort Collins, CO 80521 to arrive by 10/24/18. Please provide name(s) and choice of entree for each person (Chicken Alfredo or Salmon)

Leader: Anita Wright
Type: All Other
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