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Wednesday, 11/14/2018, RMOTHG Staunton Bear Paws

We take the Mason Creek trail for 2 miles, then 2.3 miles along the Bear Paws trail which has 3 overlooks.  The first two overlooks are easily accessible.  The third overlook has a short scramble which, if icy, we will bypass.  We then follow Bear Paws back to Mason Creek trail to the Old Mill site/trail and then back Staunton trail returning to TH.    There are truly wonderful views at the overlooks as well as Pikes Peak view spots along Staunton trail. If you have a state park pass, please consider being a driver.  Otherwise, carpools will share the cost of a $7 day pass for the park.

Leader: Elaine Shirley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Wednesday, 11/14/2018, RMOTHG White Ranch

Rolling farm land with woods, and up and down trails, and some history of the area . Bring micro spikes in your pack in case of any ice on the trail in the woods.

Leader: David Riter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1100
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Wednesday, 11/14/2018, RMOTHG Meyer Ranch Park

We are going to hike Meyer Ranch in Conifer, hiking about 4.4 miles. We will be in the trees the majority of the hike, though there are some meadow portions.  Depending on the weather, there may be some beautiful views from the top.  Remember your 10 essentials, as well as traction devices, lunch, water and snacks.  Plan for the often changing Colorado weather by dressing in layers.  An email will be sent Tuesday evening with any changes to the hike and an updated weather reports.  Please notify Martha if you do not receive this note by 7PM.  If you decide to cancel, please notify Martha and also cancel on the CMC calendar.    

Leader: Martha Delporte
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 870 feet
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Wednesday, 11/14/2018, RMOTHG Lair O’ The Bear

 We will hike the Bruin Bluff Trail and then take the Creekside Trail to the Bear Creek Trail and back to parking lot.  This will be a nice casual hike.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate.    We will meet promptly at 9:00 am at the Coors Tek parking lot across from the CMC at corner of 10th and Jackson.  After hike, we will go to The Cow in Morrison for refreshments.Plan for changing Colorado weather.  Dress in layers and include your poles, 10 Essentials, traction devices and a snack and water.  Tuesday evening we’ll send an email of any changes nd weather conditions.  If you decide to cancel please do so in the CMC calendar on line, and also email Marc: marchasfjord1@comcast.net

Leader: Marc Hasfjord
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 300
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Wednesday, 11/14/2018, Social Hike on Wednesday (SHOW)

Join us for a fun, moderately paced afternoon social hike as we head into less daylight and colder weather - we will likely hike shorter, easier and flatter trails as we will likely finish after dark (bring a headlamp!)   I will choose the hike by the weekend before, based on weather forecast and trail conditions.To better track participation, please register ahead of time for this trip but it is  also OK to show up at the carpool or trailhead location.Come prepared for any weather with good footwear, rain jacket, headlamp or flashlight.  Some will bring snacks to share during the hike, plus option for after-hike food and drink at a nearby restaurant.  

Leader: Rebecca Ruttenberg
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 750
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Thursday, 11/15/2018, Radiobeacon Mtn (12,072')*

From East Portal trailhead, we will hike to Forest Lake.  From there, we will either take North Ridge route, or East Face route, depending on weather.Please dress for winter conditions.

Leader: Jeff Damp
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2860'
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Thursday, 11/15/2018, Bergen Peak Summit 9,708'* LIT for Ty Credo

From the trailhead we will follow the Meadow View and the Bergin Peak trails to the top of Bergin Peak, 9,708 feet.  It should take us no more than six hours to get to the top and back.  There may be snow and/or ice so make sure you have your traction devices.  We will send out weather information as the hike gets closer.The skill level is moderate to strenuous.Equipment to bring: sunblock, water, snacks, acket, warm layers, micro spikes.This is Ty's first hike as a Leader in Training, so be ready to have lots of FUNNNNNNN.The ProTrails link ishttp://www.protrails.com/trail/644/boulder-denver-golden-fort-collins-lyons-bergen-peak 

Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Thursday, 11/15/2018, Wall Climb

Join us for a fun evening of top roping at the CMC Clubhouse in Golden from 6:30 - 9:00 PM. Basic Climbing or equivalent experience required. In other words you must be able to tie into your harness correctly and safely belay. Harnesses, locking carabiner, and belay device required. We recommend bringing climbing shoes.  No chalk. PLEASE SIGN UP ON CMC WEBSITE IN ADVANCE!

Leader: Sherri Spencer
Type: Rock Climbing
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Monday, 11/19/2018, Hall Ranch Open Space

we should see a lot of deer, maybe turkeys, on this very pleasant hike,

Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9.6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1080
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Monday, 11/19/2018, Finch Lake via Allenspark Trailhead* Bobcat lite


Leader: Cheryl Ames
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1522
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Tuesday, 11/20/2018, North Table Mountain loop difficult A (casual pace for retirees)

We shall hike North Tablle Mountain  loop

Leader: Hassan Elghandour
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Wednesday, 11/21/2018, High Line Canal Segment 3

 P.S. The High Line canal starts in Waterton Canyon and meanders through the metro area all the way to DIA. The walk2connect.com is walking the whole 71 miles one segment at the time - 14 of them. Each segment has its own history and views. Check it out if your interested. Also check out the High Line Canal Conservancy and Denver Water.A recommended book: The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland by Robert Michael Pyle, 1993. 

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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Wednesday, 11/21/2018, Social Hike on Wednesday (SHOW)

Join us for a fun, moderately paced afternoon social hike - for our annual day-before-Thanksgiving hike we will start earlier to be albe to hike longer to get us ready for Turkey Day!  I will choose the hike by the weekend before, based on weather forecast and trail conditions.To better track participation, please register ahead of time for this trip but it is  also OK to show up at the carpool or trailhead location.Come prepared for any weather with good footwear, rain jacket, headlamp or flashlight.  Some will bring snacks to share during the hike, plus option for after-hike food and drink at a nearby restaurant.  

Leader: Rebecca Ruttenberg
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 750
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Thursday, 11/22/2018, SKI! Tele Turkey Day at Loveland Freeheel Skiing Section

TELEMARK SKIERS, Today is something to gobble about! From beginners to advanced levels, let's get up and get our legs tele-ready for another ski season, and be thankful for the great snow coverage and more open lifts and runs that Loveland offers! Get your Loveland season pass or Loveland card today, then join the group for tele fun and practice! Don't lose your head over occasional spills, it's time to tele turkey-strut your way around the slopes! Beginning Nov. 27, look for Tele Tuesdays at Loveland, offered throughout the season & led by our great tele trip leaders. We're here to offer telemark tips to help you improve your skiing--just ask! Today's ski starts and ends early (noon-ish) for time to return to town for turkey & pumpkin pie. You can stay longer, if you wishbone-- Ski you soon!

Leader: Marilyn Choske
Type: Ski
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Thursday, 11/22/2018, Plymouth Mountain Deer Creek Canyon Park


Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Thursday, 11/22/2018, Thanksgiving Day hike and dinner annual Thanksgiving Day festivities

Our annual Thanksgiving Day Hike and Dinner.  When you sign up for the hike we count you in for the dinner as well that follows the very short easy A level hike.  If weather permits we will hike the Bergen Park/ Evergreen Sculpture trail and be greeted by bears and a rhinoceros among the wildlife sculptures.  A remarkable Thanksgiving buffet feast follows at the Table Mountain Inn in Golden.  

Leader: Patricia Leslie
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Elevation Gain: 50
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Friday, 11/23/2018, NEW MEMBER HIKE: Herman Gulch GUEST HIKE: Herman Gulch

This is the 3rd Annual Post - Thanksgiving Day hike to Herman Lake. This route travels through a number of avalanche zones. Bring the Ten Essential System components. I recommend bringing snowshoes, snowboard, cross country skis based on anticipated snowfall in the days leading up to the hike. In extreme weather conditions - leading to a considerable risk of avalanche danger - probe poles, avalanche beacons and shovels are required. Stay posted for weather updates.The Herman Gulch Trail, which is part of the Continental Divide Trail, follows Herman Gulch through scenic meadows to treeline, where it branches off on a well-defined path to Herman Lake. Visitors will enjoy good trail conditions, open alpine landscapes and a chance to see bighorm sheep and montain goat in their natural habitat. The Herman Gulch Trail begins in a fir - aspen forest and bears north. It steepens on a wide, rocky track to Herman Gulch, where it bends northwest and moderates along the creek and string of slender glades. The trail rises steadily besides the creek into a long meadow in the lower gulch. Travel moderates with emerging views of the Continental Divide between Pettingell Peak (13,553') and Hagar Mountain (13,195'). The trail moves quickly up-valley, gaining only 300' between the first and second mile. At 2.5 miles, it edges back into forest and climbs steeply above the gulch, passing treeline just before reaching the CDT - Jones Pass Trail split (2.85 miles, 11,838'). We will continue west to Herman Lake. The Herman Lake Trail climbs steadily into an expansive alpine landscape, easing across open tundra flats to Herman Lake (3.25 miles, 11,987'). Herman Lake is framed by the steep east wall of Pettingell Peak, but is free of major obstacles and easy to explore. The main trail continues past the lake, eventually fading in the tundra on an informal run up the Divide. OPTIONAL: Climb knolls over the east shore for panoramas across the basin, and scan valley walls for bighorn sheep and mountain goat which inhabit this area.

Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1,655
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Friday, 11/23/2018, x-cSKI!--Mayflower Gulch Day-after-Turkey Tour

Too much turkey, mashed potatoes, & pie? Feeling stuffed? Shed some of those delicious calories and join us for this cross-country ski tour up picturesque Mayflower Gulch. The nice, easy climb up the valley and into the lower basin area near old cabin ruins offers the beginner cross-country skier with enough challenge to practice new uphill and downhill techniques. Expect a casual but steady pace, with enough breaks to remain comfortable both with clothing adjustments and physical exertion. Enjoy the beauty and views of surrounding peaks--and good snow coverage makes Mayflower Gulch an early season favorite. Backcountry Ski Touring School graduates especially welcome--come on out and practice!

Leader: Marilyn Choske
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 800
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Friday, 11/23/2018, Staunton State Park Black Friday Hike

No fee to enter Park.  We will do a loop hike. 

Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1062
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Friday, 11/23/2018, Turkey Sandwich Hike - Devil's Backbone to Coyote Ridge - Joint Shining Mts. and Fort Collins Group Trip

This is a continuation of the traditional Turkey Sandwich Hike. Let's get outside on the day after Thanksgiving to burn off those calories!This is a point-to-point trip. We will meet at the Coyote Ridge trailhead at 8 a.m. We will leave 2 or 3 cars at the Coyote Ridge trailhead then form a car pool and drive to the Devil's Backbone trailhead. From the Devil's Backbone trailhead we will hike north along the Blue Sky Trail, then east on the Rimrock Trail (up and down two hogback ridges) connecting to the Coyote Ridge Trail back to our parked cars. We will then drive back to the Devil's Backbone trailhead to pick up the cars that we left there.We will see some fantantic red rock formations along the way, and enjoy stunning views of the foothills with the snow covered peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park in the distance.Participants are expected to know and bring the ten essentials. Be sure to dress in layers with waterproof boots, waterproof pants, gloves, hat and extra thermal layers. 

Leader: Caroline Schmiedt
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1,100
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Friday, 11/23/2018, Moonlight Meander

Discover the magic of moonlight on snow. FInd good snow in the Wet Mountains, or hike the reservoir.

Leader: Isobel Drysdale
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 300
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Monday, 11/26/2018, Wind River Loop Snowshoe RMNP*

 We will start at the less visited East Portal Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park near the YMCA camp. 

Leader: Sue Ahlberg
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Monday, 11/26/2018, Kingston Peak 12,128"*


Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Tuesday, 11/27/2018, Black Bear Trail NEW TRAIL/TRIP* Exploratory hike

see above, we will start at HIldebrand Ranch, take Two Brands trail 1.6 mi to new trail-Black Bear Trail 6.3 mi to Deer Creek Canyon. We exit into Deer Creek canyon trail, will hike down Plymouth Mt trail and Plymouth creek tr to Deer Creek canyon and the park lot. return to hildebrand trhd in cars.If key exchange is set up than other group will do reverse of above. 

Leader: Linda Jagger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Wednesday, 11/28/2018, Tin Cup Hill (7864)* Ken Caryl Foothills

The Ken Caryl Valley trails are 'residents only' trails, but since I am a resident, I can invite guests and we can hike in this area.  This is likely to be a rare chance for you to visit these excellent trails that rival anything the Jeffco Open Space System has to offer.We will begin hiking up the Manor House Trail situated at about 6200 feet and continue uphilll about 4 miles along the Bradford Trail to the summit of Tin Cup Hill at 7864 feet.  We travel through some interesting ecosystems - Grasslands - Scrub Oak - Ponderosa Pins/Douglas FIr - Aspen groves. The overall hike distance is 8.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2300 feet according to CalTopo.  Here is a link to the map of our hike:  https://caltopo.com/m/8B00There are two nice picnic areas and we will chose one of them for our lunch break.  We will return to our cars via two interesting trails that form a nice loop - the Shaffer Trail and the Lost Canyon Trail.We will bring Micro-Spikes as a precautionary measure and use them if necessary. 

Leader: Kevin Schaal
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2300
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Wednesday, 11/28/2018, High Line Canal Segment 4

 P.S. The High Line canal starts in Waterton Canyon and meanders through the metro area all the way to DIA. The walk2connect.com is walking the whole 71 miles one segment at the time - 14 of them. Each segment has its own history and views. Check it out if your interested. Also check out the High Line Canal Conservancy and Denver Water.A recommended book: The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland by Robert Michael Pyle, 1993. 

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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Wednesday, 11/28/2018, Social Hike on Wednesday (SHOW)

Join us for a fun, moderately paced afternoon social hike as we head into less daylight and colder weather - we will likely hike shorter, easier and flatter trails as we will likely finish after dark (bring a headlamp!)   I will choose the hike by the weekend before, based on weather forecast and trail conditions.To better track participation, please register ahead of time for this trip but it is  also OK to show up at the carpool or trailhead location.Come prepared for any weather with good footwear, rain jacket, headlamp or flashlight.  Some will bring snacks to share during the hike, plus option for after-hike food and drink at a nearby restaurant.  

Leader: Rebecca Ruttenberg
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 750
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Thursday, 11/29/2018, Staunton State Park mod B (casual pace for retirees)

We shall hike a loop in the park

Leader: Hassan Elghandour
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Friday, 11/30/2018, 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. 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. Let me know of any medical conditions that might affect you on the trip.  

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Monday, 12/3/2018, Calypso Falls/Ouzel Falls via Allenspark Trailhead* Bobcat lite!

This trip (hike/microspikes or maybe snowshoes) will begins at the Allenspark Trailhead on the west side of the small town of Allenspark.  The parking lot is small and not plowed in the winter.  We will hike 8 miles round trip and climb close to 1800 feet.  From the Allenspark trailhead, we will descent in the basin to Calipso Falls then on to Ouzel Falls and return the same route. Great veiws.  This is a Bobcat lite trip, meaning that it is not fast and will not leave anyone behind.  If you like to hike fast, this is not the trip for you. 

Leader: Cheryl Ames
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Tuesday, 12/4/2018, Carpenter Peak Roxborough State Park

We will meet at the Waterton Canyon parking lot and carpool to Roxbourgh (4 miles.)  People with State Park stickers please consider driving.  We will climb Carpenter Peak and return on the same trail.  Please bring appropriate clothing (rain gear), snack/lunch and the10 essentials.If you have any medical issues, please speak with me in private before the hike.  

Leader: John Walters
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1013
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Wednesday, 12/5/2018, Rosalie Pk 13,565/ Pegmatite Points 12,000 *

hike to the Pegmatite Points/Rosalie Peak saddle via Tanglewood trail, then hike west up tundra to Rosalie Peak weather permitting.We are hopeful that we can do the trip with microspikes & trekking poles. Snowshoes likely not necessary. Be prepared for wind and cold. Balaclava and goggles may be beneficial. Bring extra layers for wind. We will be hiking above treeline as we approach the Pegmatite points and onto Rosalie's summit. Linda will go only to Pegmatite points. WHEN YOU SIGN UP PLEASE INDICATE IF YOU WANT TO GO TO ROSALIE OR PEGMATITE POINTS. At some point we will split into 2 groups. If we go to Pegmatite points only than it would be a Moderate C.    

Leader: Thomas Jagger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4500
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Wednesday, 12/5/2018, Bear Peak (8459') and S. Boulder Peak (8549')*

**FOOT TRACTION REQUIRED**We will park at the Cragmoor Connector Trailhead in Boulder and ascend Bear Peak and it's neighbor S. Boulder Peak, then descend back to the trailhead via Shadow Canyon to make a nice loop hike.Please note that while this is a foothills hike, it's very steep with over 3,000 ft. of elevation gain. It's a great way to burn off those extra Thanksgiving pounds, but be ready to work!Be ready for icy trails, possibly the whole 7.5 miles (this has happened to me in winter). This trail can turn into a solid sheet of ice depending on conditions. Foot traction required, poles recommended.Please leave dogs at home. CMC only allows dogs on designated doggie hikes.*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

Leader: Sarah Maurer
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3100
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page

Wednesday, 12/5/2018, High Line Canal Segment 5

 P.S. The High Line canal starts in Waterton Canyon and meanders through the metro area all the way to DIA. The walk2connect.com is walking the whole 71 miles one segment at the time - 14 of them. Each segment has its own history and views. Check it out if your interested. Also check out the High Line Canal Conservancy and Denver Water.A recommended book: The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland by Robert Michael Pyle, 1993. 

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
see official page