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Thursday, 11/14/2019, Groundhog Flat*

 This is a pleasant hike in the Mount Evans Wildlife Refuge.  We will hike through Groundhog Flat, then through a meadow with an old cabin.  We will drop down to Lost Creek, follow Lost Creek trail to the Bear Creek bridge and have lunch.  After lunch we will retrace part of our route, then take another trail home.  A side trip up Grass Creek is planned for the return segment.  Please bring winter gear, ten essentials, plenty of warm clothing, and micro-spikes. I will let you know about snowshoes the day before the hike.      

Leader: Jeff Damp
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Thursday, 11/14/2019, Geneva Mountain off-trail 12,335

This peak is located on the East side of Guanella pass road on the South side of the pass. Start from the Abyss lake (Burning Bear) trail head and after about a mile bushwhack North up the ridge just to the West of Francis Creek to tree line and the peak. It is a very nice bushwhack with large trees, moss, small streams and an old beaver dam, and there are great views at the top. The ridge faces South so I'm anticipating no snowshoes needed, just microspikes.

Leader: Christopher Larson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2700
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Thursday, 11/14/2019, Doggie Hike: Mt. Galbraith*

Doggie Hike: Mt. Galbraith LoopMeet Up: Mt. Galbraith Trail Head @ 8 amDrive Miles: 0Mileage: 5.8 , Elevation Gain: 1,200Pace: 2 miles, 1000 feet per hour (moderate)Equipment: 10 Essentials, Microspikes, Leash (dog booties/coat as needed)Bring your canine friends for a nice up/down jaunt in Golden.  We will start at the Mt. Galbraith Trail Head then proceed up the open, rocky Cedar Gulch Trail.  Then we will hike around the Mt. Galbraith Loop that rewards with commanding views of Golden, the plains and the Continental Divide.Note: All dogs must wear leash.  This trail is very icy in spots in the winter and microspikes may be needed.  Bring appropriate dog gear as indicated (coat, booties, water, food.)

Leader: Cynthia Lehr
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5.8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1,200
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Thursday, 11/14/2019, Sunset Hike

Sunset is a magical time! Join us for a fun, moderately-paced social hike, starting in daylight and finishing before pitch-dark. We usually aren't disappointed in the changing light show.  We will stop at a viewpoint and all are invited (but not required) to bring snacks to share (unless it is nasty out, then we will keep hiking!)Conditions can vary (weather and trails) so we will meet at the carpool location to head for a nearby trailhead.To better track participation, please register ahead of time for this trip but it is also OK to show up at the carpool location.Come prepared for any weather with good footwear, rain jacket, headlamp or flashlight, and traction devices if trails may be icy.  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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Friday, 11/15/2019, Kirby Gulch snowshoe


Leader: Stan Moore
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 700
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Friday, 11/15/2019, New Member: Golden Gate State Park, Mountain Lion 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, 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: Julie Luce
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Friday, 11/15/2019, RMOTHG Cycling - Clear Cr & Little Dry Cr Trails

Please arrive by 9:30 am, so we can leave promptly at 10:00 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 which is about 1 mile from the starting location. 

Leader: Pete Spandau
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 20, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 600
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Friday, 11/15/2019, Mt. Herman Hike

Hike Mt. Herman from the Monument Preserve trail. The trail goes up the steep, rugged east face to the Raspberry-Herman Saddle then continues up the Northeast Ridge. It gains 1,750 feet in a mile and a half, so good conditioning is a must.Trail is extremely icy, so traction devoces are a must.

Leader: Greg Long
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1,750
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Monday, 11/18/2019, Bison Peak*

Bring your ten essentials, winter layers, spikes, a good supply of food and water. 

Leader: Tom O'Connor
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3700
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Monday, 11/18/2019, RMOTHG Grizzly Gulch

This hike is in honor of Hassan who led it many times.  He is no longer able to do it.  This willl be a microspike hike, the snow is packed.  From Bakerville, we will hike to a big meadow for lunch & we will be in trees most of the time. It is a good trail with not much rock.  This is also a quiet hike till lunchtime. Our starting elevation is 10,450'.   Know many of us have not be up high as we are doing foothills hikes so the pace will accommodate all.

Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.2, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Tuesday, 11/19/2019, Mt Silverheels 13,822ft Off Trail

Mt. Silverheels stands by itself, with a great view in all directions from the summit. Our route is entirely off-trail, short and steep, but without technical difficulties. Off-trail hikes burn considerably more energy than on-trail hikes of similar length and altitude gain. Be sure you are properly conditioned for this situation.We will be above timberline for most of the hike - be prepared with sunscreen, lots of water, extra clothing layers, possible cold windy conditions. We will plan on stopping after 30 min hiking for clothing adjustment, breaks after that approx every 60 min.EVERYONE bring snowshoes, though we may leave them in the car. Micro spikes or similar are a must. Prepare for winter conditions.Any trip member with medical conditions that might impact the trip are asked to contact trip leader in advance to avoid discussions at the trail head.(mileage/elevation confirmed by 14ers.com 2019)

Leader: Eileen O'Leary
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3500
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Tuesday, 11/19/2019, Baker/Bowen Never Summer Wilderness John's 37th Wilderness Area

John's  Goal this year has been to hike in/to all of Colorado's Wilderness Areas, excluding national parks and national monuments.   This trip marks the completion of the goal with hike #37 in the Never Summer Wilderness Area. Dependent on weather conditions this trip may require microspikes or snowshoes. Two-day advance e-mail to provide forecast and equipment requirements.

Leader: John Walters
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Tuesday, 11/19/2019, Centennial Cone from Mayhem Gulch*

We will start our hike from the Mayhem Gulch trailhead on Hwy 6.  We will hike up Mayhem Gulch, connect into the Elk Range Trail (which closes December 1 for elk calving) and hike to the top of Centennial Cone (8679'), eat lunch, and return the way we came with a diversion on the parallel Juniper Trail, doing approximately 10 miles and 2100' of elevation gain.   

Leader: Robbie Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Tuesday, 11/19/2019, RMOTHG: Shrine Mountain Hut Trip


Leader: Frank Burzynski
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Wednesday, 11/20/2019, Ghost Sign Walk

The plan is to walk around Old Town Fort Collins to track down Ghost Signs!!! We will wind our way through the city streets and allys in search of these "almost" lost treasures. Along the way we will also be looking for other hidden gems like painted power boxes, pianos and wall murals. Sooo, you can tell your friends not only are you an Outdoorsperson, but you also "gots plenty of Cultcha"!The plan is to have breakfast downtown before the walk (a breakfast burrito doesn't have any calories if you walk after). Since one of the "signs" is inside The Silver Grill that is where we will have breakfast. Other participants will need to let me know if they also would like to join the rest of the group for breakfast or would prefer to meet the group. 

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 2, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 5
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Wednesday, 11/20/2019, Chair Rocks Buffalo Creek Rec Area

Depending on the weather, we might need snow shoes and/or spikes. Please bring both and we'll decide at the trail head.

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Thursday, 11/21/2019, Bob and Betty Lakes IPW*

At this point we don't know if this will be a hike or a snowshoe.  Be prepared to have snowshoes and/or microspikes and as we get closer, the weather will dictate our choice.Bring your 10 essentials and be prepard for winter weather and temperatures.If you have any medical conditions I should be aware of, please let me know.

Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2600
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Thursday, 11/21/2019, Sunset Hike

Sunset is a magical time! Join us for a fun, moderately-paced social hike, starting in daylight and finishing before pitch-dark. We usually aren't disappointed in the changing light show.  We will stop at a viewpoint and all are invited (but not required) to bring snacks to share.Conditions can vary (weather and trails) so I will wait to post details until a few days ahead of time.To better track participation, please register ahead of time for this trip but it is also OK to show up at the carpool location.Come prepared for any weather with good footwear, rain jacket, headlamp or flashlight, and traction devices if trails may be icy.  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, 11/21/2019, Thursday After-work Series


Leader: Nathan Free
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 2.5, Elevation Gain: 500
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Friday, 11/22/2019, Hells Hole*

This is an out and back hike on trail. We will decide the week of the hike about spikes or snowshoes or both. Lots of willows at the end of the hike so if there is a lot of snow we probably won't get to the end of the trail. We will see. dress warmly, bring the 10 essentials and let me know about any medical issues. 

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.42, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1906
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Friday, 11/22/2019, Meadow Creek Trail Snowshoe

This trail enters the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area (see regulations below). At the beginning of the trail the grade increases significantly as it passes through aspen stands. Approximately 0.6 miles from the trailhead you will come to the intersection with the Lily Pad Trail (FDT 50).  Pleasant views of Dillon Reservoir and the Upper Blue Valley can be seen from occasional clearings along the Meadow Creek Trail. Near timberline, the trail opens up in a large meadow providing beautiful views of the surrounding area. Once above timberline, look for rock cairns marking the trail. Approximately 4.2 miles from the trailhead you will intersect the Gore Range Trail (FDT 60). Bear to the right and continue on toward the summit of Eccles Pass, elevation 11,900 feet. Achieving Eccles Pass and snowshoes will depend on the weather conditions.Bonus, extra credit is Lilly Pad Lake on the way down if group agrees. This is also a pleasant hike with outstanding views and the lake is approximately 0.7 miles up the trail.Starting at 7:30 we should return to parking area at 2:30. At (1.2 to 1.5 mph) up and 2 mph down we should easily make timeframe.Required Gear:

Leader: Rick Bell
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Friday, 11/22/2019, High Line Canal #5 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
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Tuesday, 11/26/2019, Bear Peak, Boulder Open Space* LIT for Michael Rees

Bring winter clothing, including microspikes and gaiters.  We will likely be hiking in snow in some places.City of Boulder charges nonresidents $5/car to park in the South Mesa parking lot.Mileage: 32 miles x $.30/mile = $9.60 +  $5 parking charge to be divided by the people in the car.Weather: TBDComfort stop: At the trailhead

Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2735
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Wednesday, 11/27/2019, Sunset Thanksgiving Hike

Sunset is a magical time! Join us for a fun, moderately-paced social hike, starting in daylight and finishing before pitch-dark. We usually aren't disappointed in the changing light show.  We will stop at a viewpoint and all are invited (but not required) to bring snacks to share.For our now annual day-before-Thanksgivig hike we will start earlier to be able to hike longer to get us ready for Turkey Day!   Conditions can vary (weather and trails) so I will wait to post details until a few days ahead of time.To better track participation, please register ahead of time for this trip but it is also OK to show up at the carpool location.Come prepared for any weather with good footwear, rain jacket, headlamp or flashlight, and traction devices if trails may be icy.  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, 11/28/2019, Thanksgiving Hike and Dinner

Get outside Thanksgiving Day in Golden for a short hike along the waters of Clear Creek  followed by a delicious buffet dinner at Golden's Table Mountain Inn.  When you sign up for the hike you are automatically signing up for the buffet dinner that will dazzle you with both traditional and new choices of great food.  Though the hike will be short and easy it' offers a  chance to meet some new CMC friends and share plans for winter trips.  The hike begins around noon on the northside of downtown Golden's bridge over Clear Creek.  Once you register the leader will update you with more details including free parking details and the dinner prices, as well as any time change due to the weather.

Leader: Patricia Leslie
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 50
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Thursday, 11/28/2019, Thanksgiving Day Special

An easy, casual, on-trail hike in RMNP.  Purpose of the hike is merely to be outside in a beautiful place and to work up an appetite.  Snow shoes will hopefully be unnecessary.  Traction devices and trekking poles will be essential.  Leader will determine trailhead and hike destination 48 hours in advance of trip.  Participants must be prepared for wind and cold weather.  The group must stay together.  Participants opting to return to their cars because they are cold or unprepared or for any other reason or for no reason, will be offically removed from the trip roster at the point and time of their departure.  If this hike "makes" with four plus participants, it will be conducted for what it is:  an official CMC trip.Group will enjoy a meal at Nepal Cafe in Estes Park.  We need to arrive at Nepal Cafe about 2:00 p.m.

Leader: Grayson Garner
Type: Hike, Pace: Casual
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Thursday, 11/28/2019, Plymouth Mountain Deer Creek Canyon Park


Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Friday, 11/29/2019, 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, 11/29/2019, White Ranch - Black Friday #OptOutside

Let’s do a Black Friday, #OptOutside day hike to shake off those awkward Thanksgiving holiday family arguments or the over-indulgence on the holiday food and drink. From the White Ranch Park West trail head, we will do the clockwise loop of the Rawhide Trail.  As part of our #OptOutside event, my goal will be to try and do any trash pickup along the way.As of November 10, 2019, the White Ranch Park East Trailhead is closed until further notice due to muddy trail conditions, so we’ll take a north loop up the Rawhide Trail.  Preparation:  Make sure you consider your 10 Essentials and check the forecast to be prepared for anticipated weather.  While this loop isn’t a horribly steep hike, if you like using trekking poles for steeper ascents/descents, consider bringing them.  There is a descent of 300 feet in approximately 0.7 miles before a 400-ft climb in the last 1.25 miles.  Also, if you are willing to help pick up any trash along the way, please bring a zip-lock bag or some sort of trash bag to help out.

Leader: Kevin Schaal
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 400
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Tuesday, 12/3/2019, SKI! Tele Tuesday at Loveland

TELEMARK SKIERS, from beginners to advanced. Join us at Loveland Basin Ski Area for tele fun and practice. Get your season pass today and then work your tele quads on Loveland's well-covered ski runs! Look in the CMC schedule for Tele Tuesdays and other weekdays this season, led by a few of our Telemark Ski School instructors who are happy to offer you telemark improvement tips, if requested. Register online and we'll ski you soon!

Leader: Marilyn Choske
Type: Ski
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Wednesday, 12/4/2019, High Line Canal #6 Segment 6

 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, 12/4/2019, Wall Climb

Join us for a fun evening of top roping at the CMC Clubhouse in Golden from 6:00 - 8:00 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 allowed.Bring a partner, or team up with someone else without a partner.****PLEASE SIGN UP ON CMC WEBSITE IN ADVANCE (If it's full please sign up for the WAIT LIST.  Thx!)**

Leader: CMC Office
Type: Rock Climbing
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Thursday, 12/5/2019, Thursday After-work Series


Leader: Nathan Free
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 2.5, Elevation Gain: 500
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