Sunday, 5/27/2018, Red Mountain

We started on the lower section of Bent Rock Trail to enjoy the geology of this unique 

Leader: Sue White
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 650
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Tuesday, 5/29/2018, Discover Front Range Geology


Leader: carolyn hammond
Type: , Trail mileage: 2.5
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Saturday, 6/2/2018, Navigaton Field Day 2

You must be signed up for the entire Navigation Refreser to participate on this Field Trip.Note this trip will be entirely off trail so it will be much more difficult than the mileage and elevation gain indicate 

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.5, Elevation Gain: 1370
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Tuesday, 6/5/2018, Nokhu Snow Climb

Climb one of the couloirs that start from the bowl NE of Nokhu Crags near Cameron Pass. A description of the couloirs is found in:https://www.frontrangeskimo.com/nokhu-cragsIt is important to start the snow climbs early, preferably by 6 a.m. One way to achieve this is to do a short backpack (2 miles, 1,500') on the evening before and camp or bivy near treeline in the Nokhu Bowl at about 11,000'. It may be possible to drive part way on the Lake Agnes approach road or we may need to hike from the winter trailhead. There is a choice of several couloirs, each about 500' to 600' high. You should be prepared for class 3 to 4 snow climbing with maximum slope of 40 to 45 degrees. For most of the climbs, one has to descend the couloir. A CMC basic mountaineering course or similar experience provides the training necessary for this climb. What to bring: Backcountry camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, pad, cooking gear), mountaineering boots (casual hiking boots are usually not adequate), helmet, ice ax, crampons, climbing harness, winter clothing, gaiters, gloves, rain gear. food, and drink.Possible option: For those who do not wish to backpack on the evening prior to the climb and are willing to start really early, it is possible to do the climb as a 1-day trip. You'd need to start at the designated meeting place by 2:30 a.m. and meet the group at the start of the climb by 6 a.m. This option is limited to those who are familiar with the Nokhu Crags area and the approach route.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Saturday, 6/9/2018, Wintersteen Route Greyrock to Gateway

This one is not in any trail book because it has not been a trail for several decades. Retrace remnants of the old Wintersteen route, which follows along ridgetops between Greyrock Mountain and Seaman Reservoir. The hike starts on the Greyrock Trail, then travels along past the Brinkoff mine to Seaman Reservoir and Gateway Natural Area. A shuttle back to Greyrock Trailhead is required. Expect to encounter some Mountain Mahogany thickets and shrubby vegetation (long pants recommended). Rideshare = $5, plus park fee at Gateway NA. Limit 8.

Leader: Paul Weber
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 6/9/2018, Sundance Ski Descent North Slope Route

From a parking area on Trail Ridge Road a bit more than a mile west of the Forest Canyon Overlook, walk or ski north to the Toll Memorial rocks. You can also get there by parking at the Rock Cut and taking a trail NE. Start down a broad, low angle (15 degrees) snow field with few, if any, obstacles. More serious skiing starts about 300' down as the slope begins to roll over and gets increasingly steeper. Over the next 2,000', the slope transitions from a relaxed 20 degrees to a more serious, consistent grade of 45 degrees, with a few patches of 50 degrees. There are possible obstacles at the bottom of this ski run so it is important to ski under control if you decide to ski all the way down.You have the option of stopping whenever the slope angle gets too steep for you or snow conditions are not as stable as you would like. Do not ski lower than your capability and comfort zone. Stopping earlier makes for a shorter return. To return to your car at Trail Ridge Road, boot up the steeper lower portions of the slope and skin up the less steep upper portions. You may want to bring an ice ax and maybe crampons too - check with the trip leader prior to the trip.One possible option for experienced skiers might be to ski one of the NE Sundance Couloirs, a more challenging and serious descent route in the same area. Those couloirs face east, so may require an earlier start. Ice ax, crampons, and maybe a rope would be needed for this. If you have an interest in this option, please let the trip leader know prior to the trip. For more details on this option: Backcountry Skiing and Ski Mountaineering in Rocky Mountain National Park, by Mark Kelly.Map: Trails Illustrated #200What to bring:AT, tele skis or spitboard and appropriate boots, poles,Climbing skins,Downhill ski gear will work, but you need to be prepared to boot back up in downhill boots.Winter clothing including wind, sun protection,Day pack with extra clothing, food, drink,Helmet is recommended,Ice ax, boot crampons may be needed - check ahead of time.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Sunday, 6/10/2018, New Member Hike-Soapstone

 This is a casual trip intended to introduce new members or prospective memeber to signing up for/participating on CMC trips. Although priority will be given to new/prospective members, "Vintage" members will also be allowed on the trip.The group will hike out on the Towhee Loop, at the first intersection we will discuss sticking to the 3.1 mile loop or extending to a 4.9 mile loop by going up to the Canyon Trail. At the second intersection we will have another opportunity to go out to the Mahogany Loop (making the trip a total of 5.7 miles. Once again the group will stay together and we will only extend the trip IF all the folks feel up to it (and the weather allows). Eveyone will need to bring lunch, just in case we take the longer loop.We will meet in Fort Collins and car pool to Soapstone, the ride share will be $5-6 per person (depending on how many folks in a car).After returning to Fort Collins if folks would like we could stop by a coffee house, ice cream parlor, brewery.... to discuss any questions you have about CMC or talk about adventures planned for this season. We can determine this when we return from the hike.    

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3.1, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 6/16/2018, Lory State Park-Westridge Loop

We will start at the Arthurs Rock TH in Lory State Park.  We will follow the South Valley Trail a short distance to the Mill Creek Trail, then follow it to the Howard Trail.  We will follow the Howard trail to the Westridge Trail and follow it, which should offer a great abundance of early summer wildflowers and distant views of Longs Peak and other alpine areas.  From near the highpoint along the Westridge Trail, we will turn north, off-trail, for a neat walk along an interesting ridge, til we reach Timber Trail.  From there, we have several interesting on- or off-trail options for the return to the parking lot.This will be a moderate fitness-building hike for bigger trips this summer.  Car-to-car time estimate is 4-5 hours, including a stop for lunch, as well as several short breaks.

Leader: Ward Whicker
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2,100
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Wednesday, 6/20/2018, Annual Picnic

Let's enjoy the summertime with our Annual Picnic BBQ.  Burgers, brats, drinks, plates, plasticware provided.  Please bring your favorite dish to share!  

Leader: Anita Wright
Type: All Other
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Friday, 6/22/2018, Bear Lake-Flattop-Hallett-Otis-Andrews Glacier-Loch Vale Loop

We'll depart from Bear Lake and head up to Flattop Mountain. From Flattop, we'll head south along the western edge of Glacier Gorge and summit Hallett Peak, then continue south and summit Otis Peak. We'll then hike over to Andrew's Glacier and glissade down to Andrew's Tarn. We'll travel down to the Loch Vale and then back to the Bear Lake parking lot. The hike distance is approximately 12 miles with 3,800' of vertical gain.Previous experience with glacier glissade is required as is a recommendation from another CMC hike leader.We'll hike at a moderate pace. An ice axe is required and microspikes are recommended.  

Leader: Pete Tomassi
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,800
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, Mt Sneffels 14,150' SW Ridge

This is a more leisurely climb Mt Sneffels via a less direct route than the normal approach. It requires an overnight backcountry camp. If you are looking to climb this 14er as easily, quickly, and efficiently as possible, this trip is not for you.Directions to the trailheadTake highway 62 from Ridgeway (towards Telluride). turn left (south) on Dallas Creek Road (CR 7), later Forest Road 851 to the Blue Lakes TH on the East Fork of Dallas Creek. This trailhead is at 9,350'. A four wheel drive vehicle is not needed to reach the trailhead.ApproachBackpack 3.3 miles and about 1600' to a campsite at at the lowest of the Blue Lakes at 10,940' or continue further to one of the higher lakes, depending on snow cover and participant preferences. Plan to be independent regarding backcountry camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, pad), cooking gear and food.ClimbHike the trail from camp to Blue Lakes Saddle. The climb of the SW Ridge of Mt Sneffels is described in Dave Cooper's "Colorado Scrambles" book orhttps://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=snef2&peak=Mt.+SneffelsThis is a class 3 scramble with possible short class 4 portions. You'll need mountaineering boots and a helmet. For a June climb one is likely to encounter snow, increasing climbing difficulties:https://www.summitpost.org/winter-in-june-on-sneffels/170129https://www.summitpost.org/the-southwest-ridge-of-mount-sneffels/791804You should be prepared to deal with snow in the couloirs on this route. That snow is usually not shown in the route descriptions. Ice ax and crampons are likely to be needed - check with the trip leader ahead of time. If conditions warrant, we will bring a rope. In that case, a climbing harness would be required.DescentWe'll either reverse the SW Ridge route or descend the normal Lavender Col route to the Blue Lakes Saddle and return to camp. We may remain in camp and pack out and return on Monday.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: Backpacking 1,600', Climbing 3,000'
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Wednesday, 7/11/2018, Comanche/Fall Mtn Backpack Camp Mirror Lake

This will be a three day trip. Note I will not be scouting this trip ..... it will be an adventure! There are no fires allowed at this campsite, it does not have a privy and bear canisters are a mandatory requirement. I have found RMNP campsites to be small so we will need to share tents, we may also try to share cookstoves/fuel and filters to lighten everyone's load (i.e. for six people we could probably get by with 3 stoves and 3 water filters). However, everyone will be responsible for bring their own food. Note if you plan to fish you will need a fishing licence (and pole). Day 1, Friday September 15 will be a 6 mile, 1400 ft gain backpack on trail to Mirror Lake from the Corral Creek Trailhead off of Long Draw Road. We will follow Corral Creek to Poudre River Trail then on to the Mummy Pass Trail. We will cut off the Mummy Pass Trail to the Mirror Lake Trail. We will follow this trail to the campsite. After setting up camp folks will be free to explore on their own or try their hand at fishing on Mirror Lake. Because this will be a short day we will leaving later in the morning on Friday.Day 2, Saturday September 16 will be a 10 mile hike with 3250 ft elevation gain. We will rise up realively early, make breakfast the head back down the Mirror Lake trail, depending on how the lay of the land looks we will either follow that trail all the way down to the intersection of the Comanche Peak Trail or bushwack to the east directly over to the Caomanche Peak Trail. We will follow this trail until we hit the south-west ridge of Comanche Peak where we will go off trail to the summit. From the summit we will travel off trail to the south-east to the summit of Fall Mountain following the ridge between Comanche and Fall Mountain. From the summit of Fall Mountain the group will decend to Mummy Pass then climb up to the south to a knob above Flint Pass (Flint Mountain?). From there we will follow the north-west ridge down to Mummy Pass trail which we will follow to Mirror Lake Trail.Day 3, Sunday September 17. Wake up cook, fish if you would like for a bit then pack up and head back to the trailhead. The hike will be 6 miles with 360 ft elevation gain.     

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3300
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Saturday, 8/11/2018, Lone Ranger Peak

On the RMNP Trails Illistrated Map, The Lone Ranger shows up as peak 12098 just west of Mt. Cirrus. Note the leader may not scout the hike and much of it will be off trail, so participants should be prepared for an "adventure"We park cars off of Silver Creek Rd. (CR-61/FR780) just after it crosses Silver Creek. From there we will walk down the 4WD Road until it intersects with "what remains" of the Never Summer Trail. The group will then continue to travel south gaining elevation until we reach the saddle between The Lone Ranger and Mt. Cirrus. From here we will travel along the ridge to the summit of The Lone Ranger. From the summit the group will follow a ridge down to the west then back up to point 11740. Here we will head down north-west to the head waters of a small tributary of Silver Creek. At this point the leaders will evaluate the conditions of the forest (amount of downfall) and the energy of the prticipants. If conditions are good, the group will continue traveling to the north-west around a steep ridge to a saddle, then up to peak 10910. From 10910 we will drop back down to the 4WD Road and return to the cars.If the condition of the forest or energy of the group is not too great we will continue down the small tributary to Silver Creek, the 4WD Road and follow this back to the cars. 

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Friday, 8/17/2018, Wild Basin Lake Loop

We'll depart from the Wild Basin Ranger Station/Trailhead and hike up to Thunder Lake. After a snack break at Thunder, we'll proceed up to Lake of Many Winds, which lies just below the Boulder-Grand Pass. We'll then hike up to the summit between Lake of Many Winds and Falcon Lake before descending to Falcon Lake. There's a good place to enter the water for those of us who are so inclined to take a summer dip in an alpine lake.  After lunch at Falcon, we'll bushwhack our way back down to Thunder Lake and to the Wild Basin Trailhead. 

Leader: Pete Tomassi
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 17, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,300
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Friday, 8/17/2018, Kit Carson Pk 14,065'/Challenger Pt 14,080'

Backpack in to WIllow Lake area on day 1 and set up camp. Day 2, attempt Kit Carson via Challenger Point. Day 3, pack out and drive home. More detailed information regarding route, carpooling, necessary gear, and sharing of gear will be sent to participants by email. 

Leader: Laura Hinds
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 7, Elevation Gain: 5000
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