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Sunday, 4/22/2018, St. Mary's Glacier - Snow

Trip plan completed.

Leader: Michael Gaudet
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Sunday, 4/22/2018, Fly Fishing Trip - South Platte near Deckers

This trip is reserved for Fly Fishing School Group 4 members only.We are planning to fish the South Platte River downstream of Deckers. We'll be fishing from 9.30 AM until around 4:00 PM depending on weather conditions.There will be an optional stop after the trip at a local eatery.A detailed trip plan will be emailed to participants.

Leader: Steve Wolf
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 1, Pace: Casual
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Sunday, 4/22/2018, 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.Although this is for new CMC members, all are welcome.  We will answer new members' practical questions and talk about pace, clothing, gear, etc.  Bring your questions and concerns.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, probably will 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

Leader: Robbie Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 900
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Sunday, 4/22/2018, James Peak 13,294' - Snow Travel

What: Hike to James peak via Saint Mary's GlacierWhere: Saint Mary's GlacierWhen: April, 22nd 2018Carpool: Wooly Mammoth PnR @ 9:30AMTravel Logistics:Meet up at Wooly Mammoth PnR @ 9:30AM leave at 9:40AMCarpool to Saint Mary's Glacier: 39.827985, -105.642269Directions:Follow I-70 W to your destination in Clear Creek County. Take exit 238 from I-70 W23 min (22.9 mi)Follow Fall River Rd to St Marys DrWeather:Days 0-3 James Peak Weather Summary: A heavy fall of snow, heaviest during Fri night. Temperatures will be below freezing (max 30°F on Thu afternoon, min 12°F on Fri night). Mainly fresh winds.Days 3-6 James Peak Weather Summary: A light covering of new snow mostly falling on Sun afternoon. Temperatures will be below freezing (max 32°F on Mon afternoon, min 18°F on Mon night). Winds increasing (calm on Sun afternoon, strong winds from the W by Mon afternoon).FridaySnow. The snow could be heavy at times. Some thunder is also possible. High near 31. Breezy, with a south southeast wind 11 to 17 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.Friday NightSnow. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 18. Breezy, with a west wind 9 to 17 mph becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.SaturdaySnow likely. Some thunder is also possible. Cloudy, with a high near 31. Blustery, with a north wind 13 to 18 mph decreasing to 7 to 12 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%.Saturday NightA 20 percent chance of snow before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 24. Blustery.SundayA 20 percent chance of snow after noon. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. Breezy.Sunday NightA slight chance of snow before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 27.Avalanche: http://avalanche.state.co.us/forecasts/backcountry-avalanche/front-range/LOW(L)  MODERATE (M)  CONSIDERABLE (C)  HIGH (H)Friday 4/20: BELOW TREE (L), AT TREE (M), ABOVE TREE (M)Avy Problems: Wind Slab (N - SE), Persistent Slab (NW - E)Saturday: BELOW TREE, AT TREE, ABOVE TREEAvy Problems: TBDSunday: BELOW TREE, AT TREE, ABOVE TREEAvy Problems: TBDGear Required:10 EssentialsShovelProbeBeaconSnowshoesGoggles

Leader: Victoria Seacrist
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,064
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Friday, 4/27/2018, Fly Fishing Trip - Herb Grotheer Memorial-Arkansas River-Cotopaxi, CO

Everybody that has gone on this trip in the past recommends it to members that have not gone yet. It is designed to be a fun social and instructional trip event. Fly Fishing School Graduates have preference on this trip and there are plenty of senior members to help you solidify your newly learned fly fishing skills. This trip is free of charge but you must contact the trip leader to make meal arrangements. You will have to call the KOA and make your own lodging reservations. When you contact the KOA, please let them know you are with the CMC Fly Fishing Group. Since the lodging has multiple beds, two individual can share a room or a cabin to split the cost in half. When you call the KOA for your lodging ask if one of our CMC members has already registered for the lodging type your desire. If so, the KOA can place you in the lodging with a previous member reservation, saving you lots of money. If not, you will be responsible for the single occupancy cost until another member registers in your lodging. If you want to tent camp or bring your RV, there are plenty of options for this type of accommodations.Let me know if you want to eat dinner at Barry's Den at Texas Creek Friday evening when you contact me to register for the trip. Barry's Den at Texas Creek is closed on Friday, but will open for our group if 10 or more of members indicate they will eat there between 5:30 and 7 pm. If 10 or more members do not support this dining opportunity, I will inform you by email prior to the trip that they will not be open for dinner and you will be on your own for dinner Friday night.The KOA has AT&T cell phone service. The tower is located at the school in Cotopaxi. You have to go to Cañon City or Salida to receive cell service with other carriers. There is one land line phone at the KOA that you can use to place calls. There is no charge to place these calls. There is wireless internet service for a small daily or weekly fee. There is only one gas station between Cañon City and Salida, it is in Cotopaxi at the general store. The Arkansas Headwaters (AHRA) charges a day use fee at all of the improved pullouts along the river. This is part of the Colorado State Parks system, so if you have a Colorado State parks pass you can avoid these fees. Be sure to have your fishing license, the AHRA checks from time to time.

Leader: Pablo Balan
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 1, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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Friday, 4/27/2018, Spruce Lake* NEW DATE

Hike up Fern Lake Trail, then cut off to go to Spruce.  Possibility of going on to Loomis Lake (add'l 600' elev and 1.6 miles RT), if all agree. Bring snowshoes, microspikes, poles.

Leader: Jeff Damp
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 11, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Friday, 4/27/2018, Ã…restua Hut Trip

3 day hut trip: hike in Friday, hike out Sunday.  Saturday day-hike to Yankee Doodle Lake / Rollins Pass area. Dependent upon weather conditions.

Leader: Joe Wojniak
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 4/28/2018, Boudoir Couloir Snow Climb

This is a couloir climb intended for those who have recently completed the Pikes Peak Group BMS Snow Climb course.  All others will be placed on the wait list.  Boudoir Couloir is on Horseshoe Mountain just south of Mt Sherman near Fairplay, CO.  All 10 Essentials, crampons, alpine axe, helmet, avalanche beacon/probe/shovel are required.  Avalanche L1 completion required.  Nat Geo Map 110.  Class III, 9/2,400’.  Register with leader. Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: All Other, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Saturday, 4/28/2018, ACRS Training Trip

This is a training day to apply what was learned in the Advanced Crevasse Rescue Seminar lecture/practice sessions.Attendance at both of the 2018 lecture/practice sessions are prerequisites to register for this trip.  

Leader: Daniel Feighery
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 600
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Saturday, 4/28/2018, Basics of Snow Travel-Rescheduled

This trip is designed as a practical clinic on basic snow travel during all seasons.  Most of our travel during this full-day field trip will be on snowshoes, but some travel on foot will occur.  During the day, we will discuss equipment, such as snowshoes, backcountry skis, boots, foot traction devices, crampons, ice axe, packs, and clothing.  We will discuss recognition, avoidance, and management of snow- & season-related hazards.  Such hazards include avalanches, steep & dangerous snowfields, cornices, tree wells, stream crossings, falling trees, high winds, extreme temperatures, and inadequate knowledge/preparation.  We will practice crossing, ascending and descending snowfields, using footwear appropriate for the snow conditions of the day.  Considerable time will be spent on use of the ice axe to increase safety on firm, steeper snowfields.  This will include self-belay to help prevent a fall, and self-arrest should a fall occur.  If snow conditions are favorable, we will practice rapid, safe descent using the sitting glissade with ice axe speed control.  If the weather is favorable, we will ascend point 11,408 on snow to observe cornices and practice route safety.

Leader: Ward Whicker
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 4/28/2018, White Ranch OSP (Note: the date of this hike was on 4/21 and is now 4/28)

This will be a leaders choice hike as to where the group hikes on what trails. Since this is an early season hike, more emphasis will be put on conditioning then the miles and elevation gain the group does. I too need to condition after tearing my calf muscle 5 months earlier, so regulating the pace to accomodate my past injury as well as everyone else's conditioning levels will be foremost on my mind!

Leader: Dave Callais
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 4/28/2018, Iceland Get-Aquainted HIke 1

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

Leader: William Blazek
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 4/28/2018, Staunton State Park Doggie Hike* Elk Falls

We will hike over a number of the trails in Staunton State Park and down to the Elk Falls.  Fit, friendly dogs on leash are welcome but not required. There is a $7 entrance fee per vehicle, unless you have a state park pass.

Leader: Bob Watkins
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Elevation Gain: 1,600
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Sunday, 4/29/2018, Lumpy Ridge Loop RMNP

This trip is for 2018 BMS students who still need to get their C difficult hiker classification.  Others will be considered once the BMS students are added.From the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead, hike West on the Black Canyon trail toward MacGregor Ranch and Dark Mountain.  Then follow the Cow Creek Trail East towards the Cow Creek Trailhead.  Then we will follow the Gem Lake trail towards Gem Lake and the final descent to the parking lot.  If we have time, good weather, and everyone is feeling good, we will take a side trip to Bridal Veil Falls and Balanced Rock.   Expect 7 to 8 hours on the trail at an average pace of 2.5 mph.We will gather in Lyons after the trip  to complete any hiker classification forms. 

Leader: Michael Gaudet
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 15.0, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3500'
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Sunday, 4/29/2018, Chair Rocks (CT Seg 2) New members welcome

Chair Rocks is another of those interesting big rock formations in the Pike NF near Buffalo Creek.  It is located midway along segment 2 of the Colorado Trail.  We hike the shorter approach coming from the west.  Most of our route is through the Buffalo Creek burn area with Long Scraggy and Raleigh Peaks looming nearby to keep us company.

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1250
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Friday, 5/4/2018, 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, 5/4/2018, New Member Hike Reynolds Park

This is a beautiful park with a babbling stream (if not frozen!), with an exceptional variety of vegetation, and great views.   On a clear day, we can see all the way to Pike's Peak.   We will be mostly in the forest but sometimes in the sun.  Expect to wear layers. 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.Although this is for new CMC members, all are welcome.  We will answer new members' practical questions and talk about pace, clothing, gear, etc.  Bring your questions and concerns.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, may be necessary.  (We recommend you always carry them in your pack from late fall through early summer.)  Part of the trail is a bit 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 "Doggie Hikes" on the CMC calendar.If after signing up you need to cancel, you can do so at your membership dashboard, at CMC.org>Members>My Membership>My Trips.  I will see that when I check the roster so no need to tell me directly except if within the 24 hours before , especially at the last minute.   

Leader: Robbie Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 5/5/2018, Juliet Couloir, Mt Neva (12,814')

Snow climb of Mt. Neva via the Juliet couloir. Graduation from BMS snow class is an -absolute- requisite for this trip. You must bring: crampons, helmet, ice axe, and snowshoes. From the description in the "Colorado Snow Climbs" book (author Dave Cooper), the couloir is straightforward (~800' gain on snow from lake Dorothy, average angle of 40 degrees). A rope and related protection will not be used here. The trip is well suited to those starting to practice for a BMS or HAMS climb later in the season. The plan is to drive to 4th of July trailhead out of Eldora township. The lateral approach is 4~ miles, with a gain of 1800'. I believe the the time indicated will provide for an alpine start, but may be subject to adjustment based on prior weather. Option to catch brunch afterwards in Nederland or Boulder. Exploratory (I have not done this one yet).Note: I will be an international travel, with very limited communications 4/13 through 4/26, please be patient with communications then.ps If you are inquiring to join the trip, please describe: (a) when you took the BMS course, and (b) snow/ice climbing you have done recently. 

Leader: David Miller
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2700
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Saturday, 5/5/2018, Cristo Couloir Snow Climb

This is a couloir climb intended for those who have recently completed the Pikes Peak Group BMS Snow Climb course.  All others will be placed on the wait list.  Cristo Couloir is on Quandary Peak just north of Hoosier Pass.  All 10 Essentials, crampons, alpine axe, helmet, avalanche beacon/probe/shovel are required.  Avalanche L1 completion required.  Nat Geo Map 109.  Class III, 3/2,600’.  Register with leader. Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: All Other, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2600
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Saturday, 5/5/2018, Richthofen Saddle Ski Tour Backcountry Ski Skills Seminar

The intended destination is the Richthofen-Mahler Saddle in the west side of Cameron Pass. However, route choice may be modified, depending on weather, snowpack and avalanche forecasts. This is the 4th field trip of the CMC Backcountry Ski Skills Seminar. To participate, you should have attended at least 2 of the earlier field trips or have similar experience.A description of the Richthofen-Mahler Saddle route is given by:https://www.frontrangeskimo.com/mount-mahlerBe aware that much of the terrain described above is avalanche terrain and that many of the routes are advised only under low avalanche risk conditions.Map: Trails Illustrated #200The trip route starts at the Lake Agnes winter TH (Colorado State Parks pass required), takes the road to the summer trailhead, climbs to Lake Agnes. Skirt the lake on the E side and climb into the basin above. The climb steepens just below the saddle. This is a popular spring ski descent. Participants will develop a trip plan prior to departure.The backcountry tour involves a round trip of about 7 miles with an elevation gain of about 3,000', usually with a portion on an established ski track. Be prepared to break trail for part of the route. Ascent is moderately paced with periodic short stops. You should be prepared to ski ungroomed snow in variable conditions. Terrain steepness is at least 35 degrees for some portions. You should be prepared for an outing of 5-6 hours, trailhead to trailhead. Driving to and from the trailhead adds about another 2.5 hours round trip from the meeting location. With an experienced group under favorable snowpack conditions, we might consider one of the other nearby routes described in frontrangeskimo.Gear and equipment: Bring AT, tele, or split board gear with climbing skins. A helmet (skiing or climbing) is recommended, airbag is optional. Avalanche rescue gear (beacon, shovel, probe) and knowledge of how to use it, are required. Ski or boot crampons and ice ax may be needed - check prior to the trip. Bring lunch, including a drink. Winter clothing, including wind and sun protection, are essential.Backcountry AT/Tele ratings for this trip (see Notes below):* Fitness - STRENUOUS with moderate pace* Skill - BLACK* Avalanche training/gear - LEVEL1 COURSE AND GEAR REQUIREDPlease read the notes on backcountry skiing ratings below to determine if this trip is for you. By signing up for this trip, participants agree to allow the trip leader to share contact information with other participants.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Saturday, 5/5/2018, PPG HAMS skills day

This is a training trip for the PPG HAMS Graduation climb. 

Leader: Tom Mulcahy
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3500
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Saturday, 5/5/2018, Lonesome Lake*

We will drive through Minturn up Tennessee Pass to the Homestake Reservoir Road. Then up to the Reservoir. From there we will follow the East Fork of Homestake Creek to Lonesome Lake. It is in the Holy Cross Wilderness nestled against the Continental Divide. Bring the following: The ten essentials, snowshoes and microspikes.  

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Saturday, 5/5/2018, Rosalie 13,575' D hike

We will start at Deer Creek trailhead,  hike up trail toward Pegmatite Points,  turn left go to top of Rosalie.  Return same route. May be some snow on trail, micro spikes and snow shoes may be needed, participants to will notified.  

Leader: Michael Zyzda
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4300
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Saturday, 5/5/2018, Tour of Wind River and Glacier Creek (RMNP)

This is a loop hike following both the Wind River and the Glacier Creek trails in Rocky Mountain National Park.  From the seldom used East Portal Trailhead in Estes Park, CO we will follow the Wind River trail into Rocky Mountain National Park and intersect with the Storm Pass trail.  We will then hike over to Sprague Lake before connecting with the Glacier Creek trail which we will take back to the East Portal Trailhead where the hike started. When I scouted this route out the first week of April I did not see any other hikers on either the Wind River or Glacier Creek trails.  The total distance will be approximately 7 miles with an elevation gain of 1,100 feet.  This should be a great spring hike on seldom used trails at lower elevations while we wait for the snow to melt on the trails at higher elevation.Microspikes/YakTracks along with trekking poles are encouraged as we may find some melted snow/ice in shaded areas along the Glacier Creek trail.  Snowshoes should not be needed.Feel free to contact the trip leader with any questions or to get more information on the route.Refreshment stop in Estes Park after the hike.

Leader: David Sanders
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1,100
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Saturday, 5/5/2018, Bergen Peak 9708' Evergreen LIT for Laura Armstrong

CMC follows Leave No Trace principlesIf you have medical issues of which the leader should be aware, please contact Laura prior to the trip at  lauaarms@gmail.comLaura's cell:  775-224-1174  OR advise her privately at the TH Participants:  this should not be your first hike with CMC; prior hiking experience requiredBe certain to advise your 'home safe' contact that you expect to be home before 6pm on May 5th.  Should you not arrive by 8pm, your 'home safe' contact should call Jeffco Sheriff's Office 303/277-0211 and advise you are overdue, advising you are on a CMC trip to Bergen Peak, Evergreen, Carpool Reimbursement to driver:  30c per mile x mileage divided by number in car including the driver.  Please have $1 bills available for driver's ease.  

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 5/5/2018, Elephant Butte (Alderfer/Three Sisters OSP)

This will be a leader's choice hike even though part of the hike we'll be climbing to Elephant Butte near the park's boundary. The rest of the hike will consist of trails within the park to and from the Elephant Butte location.

Leader: Dave Callais
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 5/5/2018, Fly Fishing Field Trip Group #2 - Clear Creek near Idaho Springs


Leader: Celia Dunlap
Type: , Trail mileage: 1
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Sunday, 5/6/2018, Dominguez Canyons backpack Conservation Series

CMC Denver Conservation Series 2018. Join us for a spring-time exploratory backpack loop on one of only two BLM wilderness areas in Colorado! Learn about BLM wilderness planning in Colorado and about climate change on public lands. Dominguez Canyons (https://www.blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/colorado/dominguez-escalante-nca) is a land of slickrock canyons, rock art and bighorn sheep. Sunday we will drive to the trail head near Whitewater, hike in a few miles and camp. Monday we will hike 9-10 miles up Big Dominguez Cyn and camp at a BLM campground. Tuesday we'll hike 5 miles on old roads and off-trail to enter Little Dominguez Cyn and after about 5-6 miles, camp. Weds. we will hike 9-10 miles out to the trailhead completing the loop. We expect to motel Weds night. Thursday, if the group desires, we may do a day trip to Sewemup Mesa, a nearby BLM Wilderness Study area and drive part or all the way home. Hikers will need to be in condition, have WTS, BKPS or backpacking experience. Food will be on your own. A planning meeting will be held prior to the trip.  

Leader: Karl Ford
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 35, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4000
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Sunday, 5/6/2018, Curley Pk., 9,622'

Go up East Bear Gulch and return same route. Settle out of the wind for lunch on the peak and enjoy the magnificent view of the Sangres.

Leader: Edward Biery
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Elevation Gain: 2200
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Sunday, 5/6/2018, Fly Fishing Clinic - Practical Entomology For Beginners

The clinic is designed for recent Fly Fishing School graduates and members new to the sport.This aquatic entomology outing consists of two parts:1. Field portion in Clear Creek (Clear Creek Canyon)2. Group discussion (at New Terrain Brewing Company)Members are encouraged to bring their fly boxes. We’ll collect bug specimens and retire to the brewery to gather around a table.Participants will be provided specimen vials, labels and handouts during the clinic and a detailed email beforehand.Practical discussions will center on trout food, their imitations and fishing tactics. Clinic ‘moderators’ are Steve Dohnal and myself.While not bug experts, Steve and I have lots of experience fishing in Colorado. We’ll expand on FF School basics, without Latin name dropping or designer fly patterns.There is no charge to attend the clinic. Food and beverages at New Terrain Brewery are optional.

Leader: Jorge Dominguez
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 1, Elevation Gain: 10
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Friday, 5/11/2018, NEW MEMBER HIKE: Bear Peak & South Boulder Peak GUEST HIKE: Bear Peak & South Boulder Peak

Bring as many of the ten essentials as you currently use or possess. I heartily recommend bringing trekking poles or a walking stick to ease the ascent of the steeper tail segments.Our trail will allow opportunities to lengthen or shorten the trip based on individual conditioning. I expect to complete the outing by 1:00 pm with a return to Golden, CO by 2:00 pm. I welcome and invite new members and guests to join me in this opportunity for high adventure. 

Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Friday, 5/11/2018, Centennial Cone Loop*

Bring the 10 essentials, poles, first aid kit, warm clothing, wind gear, and possibly micro spikes.Please inform the leader, prior to the trip, of any medical conditions that could affect you on the trip.

Leader: Ralph Shroba
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Friday, 5/11/2018, South Eastern Adventure Picture Canyon Carrizo Canyon

We're visit ing 2 interesting canyons in SE Colorado. On Friday, we'll drive via Lamar, Springfield, Campo to Carrizo Canyon. Carcamp.Check out the short hike along the creek and look for petroglyphs. Saturday morning, drive to Picture Canyon and hike a 9 mile loop through canyons and over the plateau. Back to carcamp. Sunday drive home. Expect wildflowers, birds etc. Individual food. Bring enough water for 3 days, two breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners!Optional sight seeings for Sunday: Bents Old Ford, Sandcreek Massacer sight and the Japanese interment camp Amachi. 

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 5/12/2018, Rampart Reservoir Loop

This is a moderate loop hike around Rampart Reservoir near Woodland Park.  We will start from the inlet trail following Rainbow Gulch and hike counter clockwise around the lake to get through the burn scar and across the dam early in the day, then back out the inlet trail.  There are many incredible views to Pikes Peak and town along the way.  Nat Geo Map 137.  40mi.  15/800.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 15, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 800
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Saturday, 5/12/2018, Lumpy Ridge Circuit Rocky Mountain N.P.


Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 15, Pace: Fast, Elevation Gain: 2452
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Saturday, 5/12/2018, Dakota Ridge Loop

We will head south towards Red Rocks, then turn east, cross the highway and ascend the hogback, hike north on the hogback, then descend to the west, cross the highway and return to the parking lot. Bring a snack for the hike. After the hike, we have the option of having lunch at the trailhead, picnic table next to the creek.  Bring rain gear if needed.

Leader: Janet Farrar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 5/12/2018, Iceland Get-Aquainted HIke 2

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: 500
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Saturday, 5/12/2018, Windy Peak Loop Doggie Hike* Golden Gate Canyon State Park

This time, we will start from the Nott Creek Trail.  This is a scenic hike up a stream canyon and climbing to Windy Peak. Fit, friendly dogs on leash are welcome but not required.  

Leader: Bob Watkins
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Saturday, 5/12/2018, Fly Fishing Trip - Delaney Buttes Lakes

This is an overnight camping trip. We will target the 20+ inch rainbows, and browns that inhabit North Delaney Buttes Lake (a Gold Medal Fishery)We will be camping at Delaney Buttes State Wildlife Area. Camping is free with no reservations required. Facilities are limited.If you've never been, the landscape at Delaney Buttes is wide open land covered in sage brush with no trees. It will very likely be windy and cold this time of year. Members have camped in their tents and camper trailers on previous trips.Participants will receive a detailed email a couple weeks before the trip.

Leader: Steve Wolf
Type: Fishing
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Sunday, 5/13/2018, Snow Climb: Dragon's Tooth Couloir

Dragon's Tooth Couloir is just west of the more popular Dragons Tail Couloir above Emerald Lake in RMNP. It sees fewer ski descents because of a rock band in the upper third - so fewer descending skiers to worry about on the climb. The rock band varies from 5 to 20 feet in height, depending on snow coverage. Rock climbing difficulty varies with snow coverage between class 4 to mid 5th class with possible icy spots. Be prepared for about 1,500' of moderately steep snow climbing, maximum snow slope angle is about 45 degrees. The approach is via the Emerald Lake trail and the snow apron below the couloirs.The top of the climb is on Flattop Mtn. Descent is via the Flattop trail on the east slope.This snow climb is intended as a moderate snow climb for those who recently completed the snow portion of a basic mountaineering course or have equivalent experience. We will rope up for portions of the climb and will spend some time reviewing snow climbing and belaying techniques.Bring helmet, climbing harness, a couple of locking carabiners, a sling or two, mountaineering boots, crampons, ice ax, gaiters, cold weather clothing, wind and sun protection.Although this climb is likely to fill up quickly with non-leaders, we are looking for a second co-leader who would enable enlarging the group.The date and location is tentative. We may reschedule the date and location if conditions are unfavorable.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Sunday, 5/13/2018, Fly Fishing Trip

Meet at 7 am at place to be determined to drive to destination. This trip is ideal for recent graduates of the ​Fly Fishing School or those with similar training who want to review and consolidate their knowledge and skills. The leader will spend most of the day helping with fly selection, rigging and casting and fishing technique, Leader will contact participants the week before the trip to suggest fly selection.

Leader: Jonathan Walter
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 5, Elevation Gain: 200 feet
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Friday, 5/18/2018, Royal Mountain*

 We will hike in about 1 mile on theTanglewood Trail as if heading toward Pegmatite Points. Then we will pick a likely spot to leave the trail and bushwack steeply for 400 feet to the ridge. Once on the ridge we will have to climb another 1400 feet to the summit. Along the way are multiple opportunities to scramble with little exposure. You can avoid the scrambles and just go around them. The summit itself is nothing great and the trip down is substantially easier. 

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Saturday, 5/19/2018, Storm Peak 9,150' Colorado Public Lands Day CMC Conservation Series

Hike to celebrate the second ever Colorado Public Lands Day. Also another entry for the new CMC Conservation Series. In the Series, members will explore how our public lands are managed; what restrictions might exist, if any; and what are the threats to continued enjoyment of our public lands.Storm Peak is a moderate distance from a trailhead at the end of 327 involving some cross country, off trail, travel. We'll also check out some informal trails in the area: Upper Bear Creek, Little House, et al. Note that these trails are informal, and are not official Forest Service system trails at this time.

Leader: Steve Bonowski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Saturday, 5/19/2018, BLM Royal Gorge Area Proposed Wilderness Conservation Series

CMC Denver Conservation Series 2018. Join us for a spring-time exploratory hike on Colorado Public Land Day on BLM land proposed for wilderness in the proposed 2018 DeGette Colorado Wilderness Bill! Learn about wilderness planning in Colorado and about climate change on public lands. There are several candidate locations near Canon City, including Beaver Creek, McIntyre Hills, Cooper Mountain, Table Mountain, Badger Creek and more. We will have a chance to explore two of these, probably Beaver creek WSA and Cooper Mountain Lands with Wilderness Characteristics. Learn about the BLM Resource Management Plan process and the anticipated Colorado Wilderness Bill by Rep. DeGette and our Conservation Series hikes around the state. We'll also talk about how climate change is affecting Colorado's ecosystems and what conservation can do about it.This is a land of rock outcrops, domes, canyons, creeks and bighorn sheep. Saturday we will drive to a trail head at Beaver Creek and get in a half-day hike, and car camp near the trail head or nearby. We expect to have a social hour, group dinner, campfire and more talk about wildlife and conservation in Colorado. Sunday we will rise early and hike Cooper Mountain LWC for a day hike on our way home.  

Leader: Karl Ford
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 5/19/2018, Steep Mountain 9,538' (RMNP)

This is a point to point hike in RMNP starting at Hollowell Park and going thru Mill Creek Basin; bushwacking off trail to Steep Mountain; down to Cub Lake via a trail and then finally on down to Moraine Park where a car will be parked so we have a way to get back to the starting point at Hollowell Park.  The total distance of the hike will be about 9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,100 feet.  Approximately 2 of the 9 miles will be off trail as we hike to the summit of Steep Mountain.Huge panoramic views abound from this small mountaintop including Moraine Park, the Mummy Range, Stones Peak, the Continental Divide and Longs Peak.As we descend on trail to Cub Lake on the north facing side of Steep Mountain we may encounter snow/ice so I would strongly encourage everyone to bring Microspikes/YakTraks. Likewise as we go off trail to the summit we may encounter snow but not enough to warrant snowshoes.  Gaiters will probably be nice to have.  You might also want trekking poles.  I did this route last December and it should be a great spring hike at a lower elevation. The trip leader has extra trekking poles you can borrow if needed but please let the trip leader know before the day of the hike.Feel free to contact the trip leader with any questions or to get more information on the intended route.

Leader: David Sanders
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1,100
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Saturday, 5/19/2018, Fly fishing-South Platte River-05/19/18 Happy Meadow Campground Area Day Trip

We will leave the Fort Restaurant (on Hwy 285, Morrison exit) at 7 AM and carpool to the river.We are planning to fish from 9.30 AM until around 4 PM.Bring your own lunch and snacks. We will have lunch by the river.This trip is oriented to a beginner/intermediate level but all levels of experience are welcome.

Leader: Pablo Balan
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 1, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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Saturday, 5/19/2018, Beaver Brook Trail

After leaving the trail head, the group will hike generally west through a slightly difficult section of trail only to be followed up by a much easier section of trail. After 5 miles of hiking, the trail will turn into a steeper climb as we ascend our way over the next 1/2 mile to the top of Bald Mountain where we can enjoy lunch while admiring the scenery. The return trip is via the opposite direction.

Leader: Dave Callais
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Saturday, 5/19/2018, James Peak (13294 feet) from St Mary's Glacier *

If the trip has a full foster, consider signing up anyway; it is common for some participants to cancel registration in the days prior to the trip.

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2990
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Sunday, 5/20/2018, Canyonlands Hiking and Car Camp. Conservation Day To Bears Ears National Monument

Join us for our 5 th annual weekday getaway at peacefully remote Canyonlands National Park to camp and hike the park. Wooden Shoe campground is a great private group site nicely nestled in a shady sandstone rock alcove.  Leave Sunday to camp in the BLM area outside the park Sunday night. Option could be considered to depart Saturday visting the Bears Ears National Monument Sunday. Monday morning we will enter the park about 9 AM and regroup at the visitor center. We will then proceed a couple miles to set up camp at Wooden Shoe for 3 nights hiking Monday afternoon  through Wednesday and optional Thursday. Depart Thursday. Leaders will be conducting a variety of B hikes and C -easy hikes at moderate pace with some rock scambling.  Optional day trip to beautiful Bears Ears National Monument nearby on Tuesday or Wednesday to appreciate the significance of this National Monument.  Bears Ears is currently being litigated with the Trump administration. It was made a National Monument in 2016 but President Trump is attempting to largely eliminate it.  The campsite has tables, grilles, a pump drinking water supply, and an outhouse. Firewood would be desirable if each person would like to bring a bundle. Simple group potluck dinner on Tuesday.  

Leader: Claude Neumann
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Sunday, 5/20/2018, New Member Hike Mt Falcon

This should be a pleasant hike and a good workout, as we climb up the hill, have lunch and then descend back down.   We'll  travel on the Turkey Trot and Castle Trails to an old foundation, out and back.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.

Leader: Robbie Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1837
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Sunday, 5/20/2018, Overland Trail Stagecoach Route Historic Trail, Part 2


Leader: carolyn hammond
Type: , Trail mileage: 1
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