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Friday, 8/23/2019, Scramble: Mt Evans (14,231’) Loop Off-Trail *


Leader: Durham Monsma
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000'
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Friday, 8/23/2019, BKPS G5 FD4 - 3 Day Snowy Range

Trip details will be sent to the registered attendees. 

Leader: Joe Kelly
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 25, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Friday, 8/23/2019, Farnum Peak #2*

After a pleasant hike up the jeep road for about 4 miles we reach a saddle where we will head NE and begin the off-trail portion of the hike. The off-trail portion consists of bushwhacking, routefinding, and minor scrambling over broken terrain. Although this section can be a bit challenging, if we are diligent another 1.5 miles gets us to the summit of Farnum Peak. Our return to the parking area will follow our ascent route.This is not an easy hike; it has sections that are off trail with boulder and dead trees impeding our journey. The group will travel at a moderate but deliberate pace. This is less a social hike and more of a goal-oriented hike. Please assess yourself accordingly.

Leader: Rich McAdams
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2200
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Friday, 8/23/2019, Flying J Ranch Park Morning Stroll 5

We will have a leisurely walk in a beautiful area, especially for Early Birds.

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 600 ft
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Friday, 8/23/2019, White Ranch Open Space Park

Bring plenty of cool liquids, sunscreen, sunglasses, cap and loose fitting clothing. We'll spend the day mostly on trail with <10% off trail as we develop our map, compass, orienteering and navigational skills. This is an excellent preparation/refresher for the 2019 Fall Wilderness Trekking School. We'll complete our field activities by 11:30 AM, with a return to Golden by 12:00 PM.

Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 500
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Friday, 8/23/2019, RMOTHG Hare Biking – Mouse Trap Loop

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 at Micky's Top Sirloin.

Leader: Scott Kramer
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 20, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 550
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Friday, 8/23/2019, RMOTHG Terrapin Cycling- Clear Creek

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 at Micky's Top Sirloin.

Leader: Pete Spandau
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 18, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 200
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Friday, 8/23/2019, Mt Bancroft - East Ridge

Priority for this trip will be given to 2019 ACS students who have completed all of the requirments to go on a High Peak Climb.

Leader: Sheryl Lampert
Type: , Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3030
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Saturday, 8/24/2019, Capitol Pk. 14,130'

If you do not have previous class 4 experience then this is not the trip for you. Start at Capitol Crk TH and hike 6.5 miles to Capitol Lk on Saturday. The next morning start early to climb this challenging pk with the famous knife edge. Return back to camp, break camp, and hike out. Helmet required. Everyone must be very comfortable with exposure and self sufficient regarding equipment.

Leader: Nick Quesnel
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 18, Elevation Gain: 5800
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Saturday, 8/24/2019, Apache Falls - Greenhorn Mountain Wilderness

This is a very strenuous hike from Rye, CO up the Bartlet Trail to a little known side trail that takes us down into Apache Creek.  We will then hike up Apache Creek into the canyon that contains the over 100 foot tall Apache Falls.  This trip is incredible (and challenging) any time of the year, and should have a lot of water coming over the falls this year.  This trip is primarily intended for Pikes Peak and Pueblo Group members.  All others will be waitlisted.  San Isabel National Forest Map.  170m.  11/3,245’.  Register with leader. Eric Hunter ehutercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Elevation Gain: 3245
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Saturday, 8/24/2019, Fern Lake - RMNP

Hike along Big Thompson River to the POOL then continue to Fern falls and then onto the Lake. Superb

Leader: Martin Berger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1360 feet
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Saturday, 8/24/2019, Rich Creek & Tumble Creek Denver Group Conservation Program hike

This is a pleasant loop trip into the northern end of the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness. The trail follows two creeks and goes through some nice open areas with views of the Buffalo Peaks. In one place, the trail traverses across the top of a large beaver dam.

Leader: Steve Bonowski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Saturday, 8/24/2019, Trail Repair (along the Colorado Trail) above Copper Mountain

Before I discuss the work involved, let me tell you a little about myself first! Ever since I backpacked the entire Colorado Trail approximately 11 years ago, I decided to give back to the Colorado Trail Foundation and the trail system by becoming a trail adopter. My section of adopted trail is between the Copper Mountain boundary and Searle Pass, approximately 5.5 miles. As might be expected, there's always more work then one person can handle and that is why I hope that some of you will consider giving back a little of your own time to help maintain, repair or restore some of the Colorado Trail with me. So, if you always wanted to try your hand at some trail work, this is a great way of doing it. Besides giving back, think of how you'll feel afterwards knowing that you were able to make a difference in making a trail safer and better for all those who use it. Now for the description of what we'll be doing along this section of trail. After a short hike along the Colorado Trail to the work site, the group will be repairing some sections of deeply eroded trail by removing berms, adding fill material, cleaning out existing water drains as well as adding additional drains (if necessary), removing loose rocks and trimming willows to open the trail corridor.This section of trail has become deeply eroded primarily due to the work of water, but also due to the amount of use it receives on a daily basis in the summer by hikers, backpackers and bikes. It's my hope that with your help, this trail section can be restored back to its original state!

Leader: Dave Callais
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 800
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Saturday, 8/24/2019, Mt. Sherman


Leader: Debbie Sheinman
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Saturday, 8/24/2019, Independence Pass to Blue Lake Off Trail Hiking

From the summit of Independence Pass, we'll head north and up the south ridge of Twining Peak. On a pass just south of the peak, we'll drop steeply down to Blue Lake. From the lake, we'll follow the outlet creek to the Lake Trail. We'll follow this trail to the highway. Some exposure. Car shuttle required. This trip involves steep, off-trail hiking; sturdy footwear with good tread required.

Leader: Gregory Rydell
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5.0, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Saturday, 8/24/2019, Rosalie Pk. 13,575' Epaulet Mtn Norm Arlt Mod B off trail

Park off the Mt. Evans Hwy past Summit Lake (closes next weekend), and proceed S 1 mile to Epaulet and Epaulie summits. Go SE 1 mi. up ridgeline to Rosalie Peak. Loop back below Epaulie to the TH. Lots of up and down, all above 13000 feet.Each participant is expected to carry all 10+ Essentials.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.Mt Evans Wilderness Limit = 15

Leader: Norm Arlt
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Saturday, 8/24/2019, Island Lake Peak Overnight ASC Elective Scramble

Fort Collins group Alpine Scrambling Course 2019 students and instructors will be given roster preference for this trip.This overlooked, unofficially named peak is the Rawah Wilderness Area's ruggedest peak. We will park at Blue Lake trailhead and follow the Blue Lake trail to the intersection of West Branch trail. From there, head west towards Island Lake. After ~7 miles of hiking with overnight packs, we will establish camp below treeline along West Branch trail near Island Lake, summit 12,220B Sunday morning, then return to break camp and head home Sunday afternoon.Expect Class 3 scrambling with challenging route finding. This route will involve exposure and great views of the Rawah Wilderness Area, North Park, and the northern Front Range.

Leader: Christopher Haugen
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 17, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Saturday, 8/24/2019, La Plata Peak Ellingwood Ridge ASC Elective Scramble

This is an elective trip for the 2019 Fort Collins Alpine Scrambling Course (ASC).  Qualified non-students will be allowed if space is available but ASC students will be given preference.  

Leader: John Wullschleger
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 5,000'
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Sunday, 8/25/2019, South Arapahoe Peak 13397' from Rainbow Lakes 12383' (Indian Peaks Wilderness) (changed from Skyscraper Pk)

The original hike of Skyscraper Pk changed due to Hessie TH crowding (even with the early start time) and concerns about the difficulty of ascending the ridge above Betty and Bob Lakes.  The leader needs to thoroughly scout this route before leading it.  I am sorry for my inadequate preperation before posting this trip.  I will scout and hope to eventually lead Skyscraper Peak.So the hike has been changed to South Arapahoe Peak from Rainbow Lakes TH.  This route is not far from the original hike, uses a lesser known TH, has the same distance, elevation gain, and difficulty, is rarely done by CMC, and is entirely known to the leader.  From Rainbow Lakes the trail climbs 3000' up to the long ridge extending east from S Arapahoe Peak.  It then follows a contour with little elevation change two miles to Glacier View where it junctions with the Fourth of July Trail.  We then go off trail 500' up class 2 terrain to the summit.  We return the way we came.  This whole trip is about 1000' higher than the Skyscraper trip and we are above 12000' much of the time.   Our early start time will remain in hopes of getting back down to tree line before possible afternoon weather.  See CalTopo map here https://caltopo.com/m/QN00

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3500
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Sunday, 8/25/2019, New Member Hike: Beaver Meadows loop

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.l will 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 http://https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html appropriate to a mountain hike: Wear proper hiking boots, sunglasses and sunscreen, a hat, a personal first aid kit, nutrition items, and plenty of water. Rain jacket with hood is a year-round pack item.Traction devices, such as Microspikes, may be necessary as the trail could be icy. (We recommend you always carry them in your pack from late fall through early summer.)A few small parts of the trail are 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.

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9.4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1821
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Sunday, 8/25/2019, Ascending Hikes: Herman Lake Moderate B

For preparation, check out these articles for members at CMCDenver.org.  

Leader: Sandy McVie
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1730
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Friday, 8/30/2019, Rito Alto Four Pass Loop Backpack

This is a long strenuous loop backpack from the Comanche Venable TH in the Sangre de Cristos north on the Rainbow Trail to Hermit Road to our first camp.  Then we will backpack up to Hermit Pass, then down the Rito Alto Trail to an unnamed pass and over to San Isabel Lake for our second camp.  We will then backpack over another unnamed pass and over Venable Pass to our third camp.  We will continue down the Venable Creek Trail to the TH on the last day.  Incredible views abound on every day of this trip.  Well behaved dogs on leash welcome.  This trip is primarily intended for Pikes Peak and Pueblo Group members.  All others will be waitlisted.  Nat Geo Map 138.  170m.  30/5,650’.  Register with leader. Eric Hunter ehutercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 30, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 6900
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Friday, 8/30/2019, EXPLORATORY HIKE: Mount Harvard + Mount Columbia EXPLORATORY HIKE: Mount Harvard EXPLORATORY HIKE: Mount Columbia

A strong commitment to this hike is required to participate. The fast pace means an average speed of 1 mile/hour AND 1,000' elevation gain/hour. Mount Harvard is the third higherst 14er in the State of Colorado. Preference given to those with recent experience hiking a challenging 14er in the past 1 - 2 - 3 months; or, demonstrate a strong mental and physical stamina for this full day adventure.

Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 15, Pace: Fast, Elevation Gain: 6,100
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Friday, 8/30/2019, InReach practice and learning Green Mountain Lakewood*

InReach allows for satellite text message communication and therefore has lots of utilities for back country communication and coordination even when out of cell service range.   This is a learning and practice day for those who have Garmin InReaches but are not sure of all of the utility.  We will first walk to my house and do the following: 1.  Identify your InReach phone number.2. Send and receive a text message (one preset and one non preset with location)  to another individual on the trip using the InReach device, but not a cell phone.3. Send a reference location to meet at, using only the InReach.4.  Bluetooth connect your Garmin to your phone.   Need to download and open the “Earthmate” app.5. Sync your contacts.6.  Send location using cell phone.  Note: I often had to pair and unpair phone to make it work.7.       We will then split into two groups, an Apple group and an Android group.  We will set out on two separate trails and contact each other after 15 minutes of hiking.8.       We will then decide on a new rendezvous location and navigate to that point  using our phones.9.       We will then hike back to the house and have a debreifing.  Afterwards pizza or Thai food depending on the groups preferences.    

Leader: Russell Peterson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 700
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Friday, 8/30/2019, Bancroft BMS Grad Trip

Head up after work Friday.  Camp at Trailhead. Climb Saturday.

Leader: Samuel Taggart
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Saturday, 8/31/2019, Backpacking School Group 3 Trip 4

Enrollment in the 2019 Denver Group Backpacking School is a prerequisite for this trip. A passcode is required.From the trailhead at N. Cottonwood Creek Trailhead, we'll hike north into Horn Fork Basin, near treeline (3.5 mi). We'll camp in the basin, then optionally, those wishing to summit Mt. Columbia will start very early to climb (3 mi rt). Early afternoon, we'll hike back toward the trailhead, but take the Kroenke Lake Trail toward the lake. We'll camp the night there, fishing and finishing up any Backpacking skills that need to be addressed. Monday morning, after breakfast, we'll pack up, head out then drive back to Denver in the Labor Day weekend traffic... plan to be on the road for a while.

 

Leader: Chip Furlong
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 8/31/2019, Caribou Lake - Exploratory

This will be a long day.  Only 1 car.Limit participants to 5 including leader in hopes of moving quickly before storms come in. while above treeline.Exploratory hike - leader has only seen this on map and signage on trail when hiking Lake Dororthy in 2018.

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Saturday, 8/31/2019, Fly Fishing / Backpack Trip - RMNP, Ypsilon Lake

Labor day Weekend backpack trip in Ypsilon Lake in RMNPAn low mileage backpackrip with the goal of fly fishing the lakes and streams in the area. Day 1: Backpack in about 4 miles, +2200ft and set up camp for 2 nights.Day 2: Hike, fish and explore the area.Day 3: Fish until the afternoon then break camp and hike out. 

Leader: Steve Wolf
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2200
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Sunday, 9/1/2019, Pegmatite Points Unnamed Point 12,227'

From the trailhead, we follow the Tanglewood Creek trail and enter the Mount Evans Wilderness. Our destination is the high ridge running east from Mount Rosalie. There are many rocky points along the ridge going east. Our goal will be the Unnamed Point 12,227.Trekking poles suggested due to some occasional rockiness of the trail. There also are a couple easy stream crossings.The leader has seen moose in the willow patches just below tree line. Right at tree line, we'll see some bristlecone pine and there are great views back down valley.

Leader: Steve Bonowski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2900
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Sunday, 9/1/2019, Ascending Hikes: Crater Lakes from East Portal Moderate B Dog Hike

From the East Portal trailhead, hike southwest on FSR 900 to the intersection with Crater Lakes Trail. The Crater Lakes are a cluster of 5 lakes spread about a rugged valley that forms a major tributary to South Boulder Creek.Friendly and tough Mountain Mutt welcome. For preparation, check out these articles for members at CMCDenver.org.  

Leader: William Blazek
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Sunday, 9/1/2019, Sentinel Point from Devils Playground

We will hike from a starting altitude of ~13,000ft at Devils Playground (on the Pikes Peak Highway) and hike Southwest along a beautiful ridge DOWN to Sentinel Point. Summit of Sentiel Point is not required but for those that choose to there is 3/4 class scrambling involved at the very end.Leader in training/Co-leader will be Brett Book.

Leader: Joseph Carberry
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Sunday, 9/1/2019, 13er Centennial - California Peak - 13,849 feet (4,221 metres) - and Unnamed 13577 (ranked)

Let's climb one of Colorado's 100 highest and grab another ranked 13er while we're at it!This is a strenous hike with a lot of scree. Nevertheless, your humble leader is still in need of California Peak so let's do it! Your leader has been up to Unnamed 13,577, in August, so the route looks very clear from there.From the Lily Lake trailhead we'll make our way to the lake and then up to Unnamed 13,577 (a ranked 13er). From there we'll take the long ridge to California Peak, possibly coming straight down if we feel a shortcut through even more scree is worth it...Your humble leader will be researching a possible alternative route but, for now, Lily Lake is what's planned. Note: We will not risk lightning - turning back anytime lightning becomes a threat. 

Leader: Roger J. Wendell
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,700
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Friday, 9/6/2019, BKPS 2019 Group#1/Field #4

BKPS 2019 Group 1 students only. Trip Plan will be provided separately.

Leader: Jennie Popovich
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: TBD
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Friday, 9/6/2019, French Mountain (Centennial/13,940')*

This is a LIT hike for new leader Brian Tollensdorf. This hike is exploratory for the leader.French Mountain 13,940 ft via South Halfmoon Creek and south slopes10.5 miles, 3,600 feet of elevation gain, 8 hours estimated duration, moderate pace. This is a long and strenuous hike. Only for CMC members who have been active this summer and confident they can complete at least 12 miles should register for this hike.From cabin ruins at 12,500' leave the road and hike north toward the steep slope between Frasco Benchmark and French Mountain. Ascend the grassy slope to reach the 13,600-foot saddle between these two peaks and turn right to see French  Follow the short, Class 2 ridge to reach the summit of FrenchDepending on group ability and time we may go for Frasco and Casco as well and complete the loop. Otherwise, we'll return to the TH after French.Frasco's summit is 0.4 mile away and the ridge is a bit longer and more difficult than the ridge to French. The approach to these mountains includes two stream crossings so a suitable water shoe is required to avoid soaking our boots. We will put on a TEVA-like sandal for these crossings. Required Equipment: Ten Essentials and some kind of sandal or trail shoe for the stream crossingWill consider making an after-hike stop in Leadville, depending on the group's desires and our time back to Denver. Carpool: 200 miles round trip

Leader: Ken Yaphe
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3600
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Friday, 9/6/2019, 2nd Creek to Twin Cones *

We'll hike on-trail nearly the entire way, first passing the Broome Hut at the 1 mile point, then continuing on to the Continental Divide, ending at the Twin Cones.  The intent is to hike to first the South Twin Cone, then traverse to the North Twin Cone.Above the Broome Hut is all above timberline and should be quite beautiful and serene.

Leader: Kevin Schaal
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Friday, 9/6/2019, Fountain Valley Roxborough Park Morning Stroll

This is Early Bird #6 for an easy Morning Stroll, great for flowers, birds, deer etc.

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 2.2, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 300
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Friday, 9/6/2019, Rough Creek Trail, La Garita Wilderness Area

John's backcountry theme for 2019 is to hike all 37 Wilderness Areas in Colorado. This is Day 4 of a five-day trip to hike five Wilderness Areas. Today's goal is to hike Rough Creek Trail in La Garita Wilderness Area. After the hike we will return to Wupperman Campground to overnight.One of Colorado's lesser known Wilderness Areas, La Garita is actually one of the state's five original WAs designated by Congress in 1964. It has twice been enlarged so today it covers 35 miles of the Continental Divide in the northern San Juan Mountains. In Spanish, La Garita means "The Lookout."Rough Creek Trail (463) climbs steadily to cross Rough Creek simultaneously with the intersection of crossing trail #459. We will trek as far as the group wants to, then return to the cars the same way.

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: , Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 9/6/2019, Fly Fishing 11 Mile Canyon


Leader: Celia Dunlap
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 5
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Saturday, 9/7/2019, #3 of 4 Great Ridge Traverses Little Bear Blanca


Leader: Roger Kilcoyne
Type: Hike, Pace: Fast
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Saturday, 9/7/2019, Willoughby Peak

Starting from Krabloonics Restaurant in Snowmass Village, we'll follow the ditch trail to the East Snowmass Creek trail. After about three miles, we turn west and begin hiking up the steep hillside, directly aiming for the Willoughby summit. Footing is loose and difficult at times. 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. Expect a very long day.

Leader: Gregory Rydell
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Elevation Gain: 4200
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Saturday, 9/7/2019, Bison Peak Hike 12,411'*

This trip is a LONG DIFFICULT C. Requires good fitness. Please come prepared for a long day with lots of distance and elevation gain! We will maintain a moderate (but not fast) pace throughout.If you are not a C/D hiker, please shoot me an email at maurer_kg@yahoo.com and let me know what you've been climbing this summer.NOTE: If you need a D hiker classification, it will also qualify as an EASY D.A beautiful, challenging hike with some interesting rock formations on the summit plateau. We will drive to the Ute Creek Trailhead south of Jefferson. The summit requires some easy scrambling.No special gear required, but I recommend bringing a headlamp, warm clothes, and some extra food and water. This could be a long day!###This is a Bobcat trip. The Bobcats mission is to ensure a variety of challenging CMC trips, especially “B Difficult” and “C” hikes and Difficult Snowshoes, for our mostly age-50+ constituents. Although we have members, our trips are non-exclusive. We welcome all CMC members to sign up for any Bobcats trip regardless of age or Bobcats membership. To join our mailing list, write or call CMC Membership Services at: office@cmc.org or (303) 279-3080.

Leader: Sarah Maurer
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3700
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Saturday, 9/7/2019, Mohawk Lakes

This is a strenuous hike from the Spruce Creek Trailhead along the base of Mount Helen past waterfalls and Lower Mohawk Lake to Upper Mohawk Lake and possibly beyond.  There are incredible views of Pacific, Crystal, and Father Dyer Peaks above treeline.  This trip is primarily intended for Pikes Peak and Pueblo Group members.  All others will be waitlisted.  Nat Geo Map 109.  220 mi. 10/2,000’.  Register with leader. Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 9/7/2019, Mills and the Loch Lakes RMNP RMNP

This RMNP hike starts at the Glacier Gorge Trail Head and is another of RMNP"S beautiful lakes... You will receive 2 lakes for the price of one. Both lakes are SPECTACULAR.

Leader: Martin Berger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Saturday, 9/7/2019, Rampart Range Ramble Denver Group Conservation Program hike

This exploratory trip, primarly for new conservation volunteers and leaders who may want to lead in this area, goes into the wild and semi-trackless 30,000 acre Rampart East Roadless Area. Strictly speaking, there are social trails, game trails, and illegal motorized recreation trails in this rugged country. Few people know such an area even exists so close to metro Denver and metro Colorado Springs.We'll explore the northern end of the roadless area, off Dakan Mountain Road, USFS Road 563. There is an illegal motorcycle trail going off the road two miles east of Rampart Range Road. While here, we'll look for the hidden camera that has been put in to monitor the illegal use.We'll move next down to USFS Road 327, which is roughly the boundary between the South Platte and Pikes Peak Ranger Districts. We'll explore some informal trails in the area and perhaps head across country up to Storm Peak, one of the higher summits in the roadless area.

Leader: Steve Bonowski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 9/7/2019, Seal Rock East Face

Seal Rock is the large slab, shaped like a barking seal, above Bear Canyon. We'll climb the lower slabs, then the NE ridge to the summit. One 165' rappel puts us back on terra firma. This is a free hanging rappel, so you must be confident dangling in space while lowering yourself. All participants must have climbing gear: a helmet, belay device and glove, harness, several locking carabiners, autoblock, a personal anchor (webbing or PAS) and rock climbing shoes.

Leader: Sheryl Lampert
Type: Rock Climbing, Trail mileage: 5, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Saturday, 9/7/2019, Sentinel Point Circuit


Leader: Debbie Sheinman
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Elevation Gain: 3200
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Saturday, 9/7/2019, Bottle Peak Loop 11,600' Norm Arlt Mod B off trail

From the trailhead at 9800’ near Fraser, we will head up the steep trail to the 11,600’ ridge between Byers and Bottle Peaks. We will descend a faint or non-existent trail to the 10,900’ saddle and ascend to Bottle Peak. We will head back down towards the saddle and follow the Bottle Peak trail back to the TH.Each participant is expected to carry all 10+ Essentials.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: 2400
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Saturday, 9/7/2019, North Star Mountain 13,614'

From Breckenridge, Drive south on Colorado 9 to Hoosier Pass. Park at the signed, Hoosier Pass parking area .Enjoy a long ridge hike with great views of surrounding high peaks. Start at Hoosier Pass and follow some old roads and off trail hiking to gain the ridge and then stay on the ridge for a few miles to the summit. Expect class 2+ scrambling and some exposed sections. This is a great ridge walk so decent weather forecast is preferred.

Leader: David Langley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,400'
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Saturday, 9/7/2019, Årestua Hut: Season Preparation, 11,000’


Leader: David Miller
Type: Stewardship, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 800
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Saturday, 9/7/2019, Independence Trail Loop, Uncompahgre Wilderness Area

This is the final exploratory hike and Day 5 of a five-day trip to hike five wilderness areas in Colorado.The trip starts as we break camp in Wupperman Campground, drive to Independence TH to hike Independence Trail in Uncompahgre Wilderness Area, then continue home.Uncompahgre WA has one of the most distinctive skylines in Colorado, with broken summits, lofty ridges and precipice peaks.Ouray, on the west side of Uncompahgre calls itself America's Switzerland.  Independence Trail (234/244) is a short loop on the east side of Uncompahgre, off hwy 149, just north of Lake City. Going clockwise, the trail runs west up Independence Gulch for about three miles, then forks north about a mile, to turn east for about three miles back to the trailhead. It's situated prefectly for a team heading home to stop and stretch our legs before beginning the long ride to Denver.

Leader: John Walters
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Saturday, 9/7/2019, Evening Hike Series # 4 of 4 Black Forest Section 16

This is the 4th of 4 hikes within the Evening Hike Series specifically designed for hikers who have the time for a SATURDAY evening hike in the forest. This is a mellow and peaceful trail which offers some nice views of Pikes Peak. **** Option to dine at a nearby eatery afterwards.  

Leader: Y Mason
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.2, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 200
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Sunday, 9/8/2019, Fly Fishing Trip - Arkansas River near Canon City

Brown trout should be in pre-spawning mode and eager to take a fly. Flows are normally low and clear this time of year. Sign-ups receive an email of tactics and gear. There's an optional stop in Canon City, on the way back, for 'debriefing.'

Leader: Jorge Dominguez
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 1, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 50
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Sunday, 9/8/2019, New Member Hike: Kenosha Pass West

This is a lovely hike with aspen groves and spectacular views of South Park.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, schools, etc. I will 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 advise me of any medical conditions that might impact your hiking.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 and gravel-slippery, 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.

Leader: Robbie Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1550
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Sunday, 9/8/2019, Ascending Hikes: Meadow View Trail to Bergen Peak Difficult B

For preparation, check out these articles for members at CMCDenver.org.  

Leader: Kevin Galliers
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2050
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Saturday, 9/14/2019, Torreys Peak 14,276' via Kelso Ridge Alpine Scrambling Course

Depart from the trailhead at Steven;s Gulch then climb to Kelso Ridge. Follow the ridge to the summit. Be prepared for cold and windy conditions

Leader: Fred Radtke
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Saturday, 9/14/2019, Grays and/or Torreys (14ers)

This is long day so please be prepared!This hike/climb is open to all who are capable of at least a 14 mile hike and over 4,400 feet of elevation gain. This will be a long but fun hike from Bakersville to Grays and/or Torreys. Pace will be moderate and steady with breaks as needed along the way. On the way up to Bakersville we'll stop at Downieville for short break.On the way down from Bakersville we will consider Beau Jo's, The Tommy Knocker, or another after-hike stop in Idaho Springs depending on the group's desires and our time back to Denver.

Leader: Roger J. Wendell
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 15, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4,400
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Saturday, 9/14/2019, Lost Man Lake Loop Backpack

This is a moderate loop backpack from just west of Independence Pass.  We will backpack up Roaring Fork River to Independence Lake and over the pass to Lost Man Lake.  We will follow Lost Man Creek to the first junction and setup camp.  There will be time to explore beyond that point or just relax.  The next day we will backpack over the saddle of Geissler Mountain and back to the trailhead.  Each day will be about 3.5 to 4 miles and over 1,300 feet elevation.  The entire trip is above 11,500 feet elevation.  The views in this area are incredible and expansive.  This trip is primarily intended for Pikes Peak and Pueblo Group members.  All others will be waitlisted.  Nat Geo Map 127.  300 mi.  8/1,300’.  Register with leader. Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Saturday, 9/14/2019, Fly Fishing Trip - Cheesman Canyon

Our target is the Gold Medal waters of Cheesman Canyon. We should be fishing by 9:30 am and headed back to the trailhead by 3 pm. Many large browns and rainbows inhabit this scenic, boulder- filled canyon, an uphill hike along the Gill Trail near the town of Deckers.

Leader: Jorge Dominguez
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 9/14/2019, Staunton State Park

Leader will select trails that will be rouhgly 11 miles in length with 1,600'. Distance and elevation may vary slightly.Trekking poles may be helpful.

Leader: Samantha Loucks
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Saturday, 9/14/2019, West Apostle, 13,568' ASC Elective Scramble

West Apostle, 13,568', is Ice Mountain's western neighbor and makes for a mellow and less strenuous climb. W Apostle has a variety of scrambling routes with moderate routefinding challenges to choose from. By September, routes involve class 3 rock scrambling with occasional moderate exposure. This is a fairly casual 2-day backpacking trip with an overnight backcountry camp.Drive to S Winfield trailheadTurn W from highway 24 onto Chaffee County Rd 390 (gravel). This junction is 14.9 mi N of the stoplight in the center of Buena Vista and 4.3 mi S of the junctions of highways 24 and 82. Drive 11.8 mi W on Chaffee County 390 to Winfield. from the center of Winfield, turn S (left) across a bridge. Go 0.3 mi W on South Fork Clear Ck Rd to the 2WD trailhead at 10,260'. 4WD vehicles can continue 2 mi further to the Forest Service closure at 10,600'. ApproachFrom the 4WD trailhead, hike 0.6 mi SE on the Lake Ann Trail to the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness boundary at 10,680'. Continue 0.6 mi to the Hamilton townsite and a trail junction at 10,820'. Pass Hamilton, cross to the W side of South Fork Clear Creek on the Lake Ann Trail. Stay on the Lake Ann trail and hike 1.8 mi SSW to Lake Ann at 11,509'. Set up camp near the lake, Provides access to W Ridge, alternate access to the N Ridge. The plan is to climb the N Ridge and descend via the W Ridge.W Ridge, Class 2+Hike 0.2 mi E around Lake Ann's N side ESE to a 12,380' saddle on a small ridge running N from the Continental Divide. climb 0.3 mi S up a rounded, rocky ridge, and reach the W Ridge at 13,100' (Class 2+). climb 0.25 mi E along the Continental Divide to a 13,540' false summit (Class 2). From the false summit, climb E on the ridge for 50 yards, descend 50' to the S, climb E on a ledge then climb NE to the summit. Occasional modest exposure.N Ridge, Class 3+From camp, climb SE to a small saddle below W Apostle's N Ridge. There will be a small lake below you to the W. Stay on or near the N Ridge to the summit. The climbing is Class 3+ with occasional moderate exposure.Descriptionshttps://www.summitpost.org/west-apostle/154570Map: USGS WinfieldGear:Light mountaineering bootsMountaineering clothing appropriate for the season, including rain gearHelmetSeat harness2 locking carabiners60 cm and 120 cm sewn slingsIce ax possibly neededBackpacking gear (tent, sleeping bag and pad, cooking and eating gear, water treatment)Food and snacks for 2 days

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Sunday, 9/15/2019, Chasm Lake, RMNP


Leader: Kahle Toothill
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.2, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Sunday, 9/15/2019, Ascending Hikes: 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.Once we get everyone safely back to the Coors Tek lot, for those who are interested, we'll walk a block to the Mountain Toad Brewery for refreshment and a food truck.  They brew and serve kombucha in addition to beer.

Leader: Sean Connor
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2200
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