Saturday, 8/25/2018, Lookout Mountain, 10,626' (LIT)

This is a Leader-in-Training trip for Brad Warren, so please contact Brad at (801) 755-5876 or bradwarren27@gmail.com to be added to the roster. Lookout Mountain is a 10,626' peak located approximately 5.5 miles north of Glen Haven.  Lookout offers spectacular views including the Mummys, Comanche, and the Longs Peak Group. We will be starting at the Miller Fork trailhead.  Permission has been obtained to use this private trailhead for this trip. We will depart the Miller Fork trailhead hiking through the Miller Fork creek canyon until reaching the Donner Pass Trail. We will then head north on the Donner Pass trail to its junction with the Lookout Mountain trail.  We will travel a short distance east and then turn north to the summit by following the Lookout Mountain Summit trail.  After lunch at this beautiful location we will descend by the route we followed up, but will eventually depart from it onto a trail that drops into the interesting terrain in the upper portion of Miller Fork. We will follow this trail down to its intersection with the trail we had ascended through the lower canyon, making a nice loop.

Leader: Steve Martin
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 3,500 feet
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Saturday, 9/1/2018, American Lakes

The distance to the lakes is 3.4 miles one way. When we reach the lakes we will decide if we want to head up to Snow Lake, which is a little over half a mile further and up a rock scramble, or continue on to Thunder Pass for another mile and a half.

Leader: Brigitte Dempsey
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1,860
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Tuesday, 9/11/2018, New and Prospective members meeting

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE Colorado Mountain Club - CMC!  The Fort Collins Group offers quarterly orientation meetings for new and prospective members at the Harmony Library - Poudre River Public Library. Participants will learn about the Colorado Mountain Club -- CMC! there is an overview of all the Club has to offer including outdoor trips/activities for every season lead by experts, social events, training, and membership privileges. We'll have plenty of time to answer questions the participants might have and provide them with all the tools to get started with the CMC!The CMC is a State wide organization, your membership provides access to all groups throughout the State.Meeting runs  6:00pm to 7:00pm. Signup is not required to attend, but preferred. All are welcome!

Leader: Amparo Maya
Type: All Other
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Friday, 9/14/2018, Jack's Gulch Dog Walk

Old Flowers Road leads West from Pingree Park Road. We will hike out and back for approx. 7 miles. The two track road meanders through beautiful meadows and light forest. The road is virtually unused by vehicles or horses during the week and offers lots of rooms for four legged friends.

Leader: Brigitte Dempsey
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 706 ft
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Sunday, 9/16/2018, Braddock Peak (11,963'), Rescheduled

This hike will ascend on a rough trail to near the saddle between Mt Mahler and Seven Utes Peak, where we will connect with the faint Never Summer trail.  From there, we will head northeast to the north ridge of Braddock Peak.  We will follow the ridge in a southerly direction to Braddock Peak at nearly 12,000' elevation.  This peak sits directly west of Lake Agnes.  We will then take the most-efficient off-trail route on alpine meadow to the Mahler-Seven Utes saddle.  If the weather is good and everyone has sufficient energy & interest, we may also ascend Seven Utes Peak, which would add about one mile and 500' vertical gain to the hike.  We will likely retrace our route back to the trailhead.  This hike follows an unusual and seldom-used route to a recently-named peak which few people know about.  Scenic views, solitude, and abundant wildlife can be expected.

Leader: Ward Whicker
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2600'
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Thursday, 9/20/2018, Smartphone as GPS Classroom

You must contact the Trip Leader to register for this trip/seminar.Due to interest in the use of the ViewRanger app, Sheila Dielman has graciously agreed to lead a seminar on this subject. The seminar will involve one classroom session in the evening during the week and one short local hike to practice your skills. To register you must be a CMC Member and willing to attend both sessions. The seminar will be limited to 20 students, if interest is greater than this active trip leaders will be given priority. Before the class students must download the app on their phone. Students can also sign up for a ViewRanger account as the website features will also be covered. Students will be able to participate in the seminar using the free maps provided with the free apps. An e-mail will be sent before the classroom session with guidance on what to download and how to sign up for an account. The classroom session will be held on September 20th from 6:30 – 9:00 pm. The location will be e-mailed to students along with the Guidance package.The field trip will be an easy hike in a local area TBD on September 22. The meeting place and time will be communicated to students during the classroom session. After the field trip the instructors will probably have brunch at a local establishment (TBD), students that would like to participate are welcome. Note this seminar is sponsored by the Fort Collins CMC Group to assist members in learning how to use the ViewRanger app. The seminar is not sponsored by ViewRanger and they are not responsible for the content of the seminar.

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: All Other, Trail mileage: 3
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Saturday, 9/22/2018, Smarthone as GPS Field Day

For Details on the entire seminar go to Trip 38663, on September 20.This activity is the Field Trip associated with the ViewRanger seminar. The field trip will take place in the Fort Collins area and will be an easy hike. The location, meeting time, and meeting location will be communicated to students during the classroom session on September 20th.

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual
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Sunday, 9/23/2018, Greyrock, 7,613', Scrambling Route

A hike to the base on Greyrock, followed by a class 3 - 4 scramble up the granite slabs on the SW side.Take the trail to the base of Greyrock. From the flat area on the SW side, hike off-trail to the start of the rock. Initial climbing is class 3 scrambling, followed by steeper climbing up a crack and over a small bulge (class 4) with some exposure. After that, the climbing follows a broken ramp system and is mostly class 3, broken by occasional steeper steps.Bring a helmet. Unless you are an experienced scrambler, bring a climbing harness, a locking carabiener and a short sling.A volunteer co-leader would be welcome.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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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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