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Friday, 7/20/2018, Citadel Peak 13294 ft

The Citadel is a dramatic, yet somewhat obscure, mountain located on the Continental Divide, north of the Eisenhower Tunnel. The peak is crowned by twin summits which from some vantages look not unlike two fortress-like towers. Known as "The Citadel" among climbers, this ranked 13er is not officially named, and is denoted as point 13,294 on the Loveland Pass quad. The mountain is also known as "Snoopy", due to it's striking resemblance to the beloved Peanuts comic strip character reclining on the top of his doghouse, when viewed from the Loveland Pass area. Despite the Citadel’s proximity to I-70, the mountain is tucked just far enough out of the way to give its environs a feeling of being immersed in the natural alpine world. Not known so as much as a mountain, as it is a climbing objective, The Citadel is overlooked by many.The upper reaches of the mountain are guarded by towering cliffs, yet enough weaknesses exist allowing for more than one non-technical scrambling route to the guarded summits. The elevation difference between the two summits is negligible, and difficult to determine. As such, “summiting” the Citadel has always been a two summit affair. The standard route to the summits is class 3.We will begin this hike from Dry Gulch trailhead off I 70 on the east side of the tunnel. Initially on hiking trails and then elk trails up steep slopes to the southeast ridge. Traverse west and scramble north to summit.Helmet required.

Leader: Eileen O'Leary
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Friday, 7/20/2018, Bluebird Lake RMNP

Ride share is 12.00 from Fort Collins.

Leader: Amy Parker
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12.6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,478
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Friday, 7/20/2018, Mt. Bethel (12,700ft) * bushwhack

We will hike up Dry Gulch.  After following the creek, we will then bushwhack up to Mt. Bethel.  Some sections up will be relatively steep (20% grade)

Leader: James Guerra
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2900
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Friday, 7/20/2018, Fly Fishing Trip - Anthracite Creek


Leader: Jonathan Walter
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 5, Elevation Gain: 300 feet
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Friday, 7/20/2018, RMOTHG Cycling - Boulder 360

The Hares and Terrapins will ride together, slow and sociable.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 bike tire size) appropriate clothing for changes in the weather and carrying ID and a medical card. Wearing a helmet is mandatory.Following the ride, an optional lunch will be at Dark Horse Bar and Grill.

Leader: Peter Spandau
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 24, Pace: Casual
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Friday, 7/20/2018, NEW MEMBER: Bergen Peak 9,708 Elk Meadow Open Space Park


Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Fast, Elevation Gain: 2,100
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Friday, 7/20/2018, Castle Peaks WSA Backpack CMC Conservation Series of Hikes Backpack and Bushwhack

Explore the Castle Peaks Wilderness Study Area (WSA). Locate an ideal place to overnight from a high vantage (water, views, foraging, photography). Practice way-finding navigation skills to bushwhack nearly the entire route through mixed aspen and pine, light grasses, and wild flowers, over and around deadfall, and across ancient volcanic rock. Fresh indicators of elk, deer and bear.  This trip is part of the CMC’s Conservation Series of Hikes developed to promote Colorado’s wilderness areas and elevate the status of “Wilderness Study Areas” to protected “Wilderness.”Ideally we will leave Friday evening to make the roughly 3 hour drive to the trailhead. There is a great space to camp by our vehicles (indicated in the Google directions on the next page – follow the link) on Friday night. Saturday morning we’ll start the hike, likely arriving at Castle Peaks in the early afternoon. Depending on the group’s preferences, we can spend some time on the rocks and scramble up to camp, or explore and move on to Schlegel Lake, a short distance below to the north to make camp for the night. Fishing is an option.Sunday morning we’ll consider route options for returning to the vehicles including a mix of bushwhack, trail and 4x4 roads. Front rangers should be back home in time for dinner.

Leader: Matthew Zeman
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 15, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Monday, 7/23/2018, Thunder Lake RMNP*

Thunder Lake offers beautiful views of the Continental Divide, Boulder-Grand Pass, Tanima Peak, Pilot Mountain, and the massive Mount Alice.

Leader: Sue Ahlberg
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2300
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Tuesday, 7/24/2018, Ascending Hikes: Carpenter Peak Loop, Roxborough State Park

Climb Carpenter Peak, then return via Powerline Trail, to see all five of Roxborough State Parks ecosystems. 

Leader: David Thomas
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Tuesday, 7/24/2018, Continental Divide,Vasquez Peak Wilderness

TH begins across from Henderson Mine, and climbs through forest most of the way till reaching the top.  Once on top, trail remains good, as it meanders above tree line and allows for spectaular views of the surrounding area.

Leader: Sigrid Barr
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual
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Tuesday, 7/24/2018, Hike to Lily Pad Lake

" The trail travels south, crossing small streams and skirting beaver ponds, through heavy aspen and pine forest to the two lakes.

Leader: Cecilia ( Lee) Moosburger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3,2, Elevation Gain: 200 ft
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Wednesday, 7/25/2018, Square Top Mtn. 13,794'*


Leader: Martin OGrady
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,500
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Wednesday, 7/25/2018, Awesome Wednesday Evening (AWE) Hike

Some will bring snacks to share during our break midway.

Leader: Rebecca Ruttenberg
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 750
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Thursday, 7/26/2018, Chicago Basin 14ers Windom Pk 14,082'; Sunlight Pk 14,059'; Eolus 14,083', North Eolus 14,039'

Thursday - Drive to Silverton, take the 2:30 train to Durango (1 hour), get off the train at Needleton station and backpack 6 miles / 2,800' elevation gain to Chicago Basin.Friday - Climb Sunlight (class 4 rock) and then climb Windom (class 3 rock) 7 miles RT / 3,500' elevation gain.Saturday - Climb Eolus (class 3 rock) 4 miles RT / 2,900' elevation gain and North Eolus (class 3 rock)  250' elevation gain.

Leader: Sarah Maurer
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 23, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 9200
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Thursday, 7/26/2018, South San Juan Wilderness - Trail Maintenance & Restoration

Join the CMC Stewardship Crew to help improve and maintain this popular trail that accesses the South San Juan Wilderness and the Continental Divide Trail near Cumbres Pass in the Southern Part of the state. This is a great opportunity to visit a remote and beautiful area of the state and provide a valuable service to our public lands at the same time.No experience necessary, the CMC stewardship crew will provide leadership, tools, and food for the duration of this project. We will maintain the trail and improve access by improving the trails capacity to drain water, remove trees and other obstructions, construct cairns and trail confidence markers, and conduct a trail condition survey to inventory and track future maintenance needs.  We will set up a basecamp at the trailhead and hike into the worksites each day. This trip involves volunteer stewardship work with CMC's Stewardship Crew and public land managers. More details to come shortly. To learn more about the CMC stewardship team visit  www.cmc.org/stewardship

Leader: Brinkley Messick
Type: Stewardship, Trail mileage: 5
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Thursday, 7/26/2018, Straight Creek easy B (casual pace for retirees )

From the trailhead  we will hike straight creek  trail to the top. This area is well-known  for excellent  wildflowers  

Leader: Hassan Elghandour
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Thursday, 7/26/2018, MSGR - Hike to Happy Hour

Join Mountain Side Gear Rental to get outdoors, meet new hiking buddies, and have a great time. We'll meet at Mountain Side Gear Rental's store at 6:00pm to carpool over to the Apex Park TH.There is an optional happy hour at Rock Rest Lodge after the hike.Hike is 5.2 Miles RT +1,256 elevation gain. Should take us about a hour to hike.Dogs on leashes are okay on the hike.

Leader: Logan Chandler
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5.2, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1256
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Friday, 7/27/2018, RMNP-Wildflower Hike Alpine Visitor Center Ute Trail to Poudre Lake

Your Leaders are Colorado Native Plant Masters and will provide participants with a detailed plant list and will reference 

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: -900
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Friday, 7/27/2018, Pitkin Lake*

This is a steep climb to a lake in the Gore Range. Let me know about any medical problems ahead of time.Bring the 10 essentials.

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2900
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Friday, 7/27/2018, Bluebird Lake RMNP *

The trail head is located at the Wild Basin Ranger station.  This is an out and back hike.

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2637
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Friday, 7/27/2018, Airplane Crash Dry Gulch

We will hike to the plan crash site first.  1.2 miles with a 600 foot vertical gain in elevation.gain.  View the sight then decend and hike on the Dry Gulch Trail toward Mt. Bethal to the point we decide as a group to return.Here is some great reading material about the crash:http://www.mountainouswords.com/mountain-air/wichita-state-plane-wreck-mount-bethel-dry-gulch/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wichita_State_University_football_team_plane_crashhttps://www.5280.com/2010/10/the-crash/

Leader: Jan Blue
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 7/27/2018, Mount Sopris 12,953'

Friday, drive down to Mt. Sopris Trailhead at Dinkle Lake and backpack to Thomas Lakes. Saturday, day hike to summits and return to camp at Thomas Lakes. Sunday, backpack out and drive home. Meet at 7:00 AM at the Wooly Mammoth Park and Ride near the BB sign. Please call leader to sign up. Limit: 6. Exploratory.

Leader: Steve Soich
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 5100
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Friday, 7/27/2018, New Member Hike: Mayflower Gulch

This is a long drive but it delivers a big pay-off in terms of views and summer wildflowers.We'll make a comfort stop on the way at the Conoco just off I-70: 60 CO-91, Frisco, CO 80443.  CMC etiquette:  most of us should buy a little something (coffee, granola bar, etc.) in exchange for using the restrooms.

Leader: Robbie Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 800
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Friday, 7/27/2018, Chiefs Head 13,579' Backpack / Scramble RMNP *

This hike will be an adventuresome backpack that will take us into an area that is seldom visited and which offers amazing views of Mount Meeker, Longs Peak, Chiefs Head and Pagoda mountains.  

Leader: Roger Leikas
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 15, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 5300
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Friday, 7/27/2018, Alder Creek and Cimmaron Riparian Restoration

This trip involves volunteer stewardship work with CMC's Stewardship Crew and public land managers. More details to come shortly. To learn more about the CMC stewardship team visit  www.cmc.org/stewardship

Leader: Todd Loubsky
Type: Stewardship, Trail mileage: 5
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Friday, 7/27/2018, RMOTHG & Bobcat Full Moon Hike * Friendly Dogs Ok

Please bring a headlamp or flashlight! We will start out with sunlight but come back in moonlight. Also, bring a bottle of water, light jacket, camera, your 10 essentials with medical information and first aid.We will hike to the ruins of John Walker's home, see the sun set on the west side of the ruins, and see the Buck Moon rising on the east side of them. Then onward to the foundation of what was to be John Walker's gift to the President - a western summer house. We will return the same way probably in the dark..

Leader: Susan Henley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.1, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 300
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Friday, 7/27/2018, Chief Mountain 11,709', Full Moon Hike*

--THIS HIKE HAPPENS AT NIGHT--!This hike will be canceled if skies are overcast!This is a full moon hike. During the full Moon, the moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. Currently, Sunset is about 8:30 PM. We will meet at the Mammoth PnR in Golden section AA/BB across from the Gas Station at 7:20 PM and leave promptly at 7:30. We should arrive at the TH and be leaving the cars at sunset approximately 8:30 PM. We will then hike to the summit of the Chief mountain and bask in the light of the moon for a minute then begin to make our way down. Please please please please bring your headlamps!

Leader: Victoria Seacrist
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Friday, 7/27/2018, 14ers Shavano/Tabeguach

Class 2 rating - Standard routesWe will meet and car camp at the Shavano/Tabeguach trailhead Friday, July 27, 2018 no later than 8pm (bedtime!) for an early rise to start hiking at 4am to avoid afternoon storms and allow time to summit Tabeguach.Participants must be both physically and mentally fit, experienced in high altitude hiking and able to hike at a STEADY uphill pace of no less than 1mph (much faster on flats). Health issues that may not allow you to complete this hike with the group should be discussed with leader and approved by leader prior to participating. If you feel you meet these requirements, contact leader by email if interested in this event.Check the weather forecast and prepare for any kind of weather; sunny, rain, snow. Storms can move in and forecasts can quickly change. If it will be raining early Sat morning in the area, this event will be cancelled. Weather permitting, we will summit Tab.If you need an equipment list, this hike is not for you. Note: Microspikes may be needed if there is snow in the mtns prior to event date. Will check trail conditions prior to the 27th.

Leader: Donna Schneider
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 5600
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Tuesday, 7/31/2018, Mt. Zirkel Wilderness, 7-day Moderate/Difficult Backpack

After reaching the trail head on Day #1, the group will backpack up the Lone Pine Trail up to the Continental Divide. From the divide, we'll turn to the south until the Island Lake Trail is reached. Then we'll hike northwest toward Island Lake and make camp in the vicinity of the lake (8.2 miles/2,200'). On Day #2, we'll leave this area hiking back up to the Continental Divide and follow the divide trail south to the Lake of the Crags Trail. Then we'll hike south west down the trail towards Luna Lake and make camp. Here we'll stay for the night and an extra half day (10.7 miles/2,600'). On Day #3 (in the afternoon), we'll leave the Luna Lake area and hike west to a cluster of lakes (Mirror Lake, Lake Margaret, Fish Hook Lakes and Lake Edward) where we'll find a great location for a base camp and remain there for nights 3 & 4 (4.0 miles/225'). Having our fill of these great lakes, Day #5 takes us back east to Luna Lake and then south to Lake Elbert where we'll spend the night here (4.8 miles/1,200'). Day #6 takes us south from Elbert Lake back to the Continental Divide where we turn our sights north and work our way to the North Lake Trail. Then we head west down to the North Lake area and make camp for the night (9.7 miles/1,700'). On the final day of this incredible adventure, we'll leave the North Lake area working our way back to the Continental Divide, turn north and hike back to our starting point and the trail head (7.6 miles/850').

Leader: Dave Callais
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 45, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 8800
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Tuesday, 7/31/2018, Ascending Hikes: Golden Gate State Park, Mountain Lion Trail

Leader will send 2-day advance e-mail.

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1560
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Tuesday, 7/31/2018, Wheeler Lakes

Wheeler Lakes are high mountain lakes nestled among  even higher peaks,  Flowers are usually abundant.  Trail climbs up through forest with several creek crossings and many views.  Pace will be casual as first mile or so can be warm, once at the lakes temperture will be cooler sometimes requiring a light jacket.    Rain is always a possibility given altitude and the season,  Lightening strikes, will be an automatic turn around  for the group.  New members to CMC, guests are welcome.   

Leader: Sigrid Barr
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Tuesday, 7/31/2018, Butler Gulch Wildflowers

I will send an update the AM befire trip,  If you don't get it, email me.

Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Wednesday, 8/1/2018, Awesome Wednesday Evening (AWE) Hike

Join us for a fun, moderately-paced evening social hike.  As always in Summer, conditions vary widely (from dry to wet and muddy trail), so come prepared for any weather.  You MUST have good footwear, rain jacket, backup clothing in case of weather changes, and a headlamp or flashlight..  Bring an optional snack --  either  for yourself or to share on our hiking break.     AFTER-HIKE SOCIALIZING / MEAL:  Optional after-hike food and drink at a nearby restaurant.  

Leader: Diana Dear
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 749
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Thursday, 8/2/2018, Gannet Peak LIT

Gannet Peak at 13,804' is the highest point of Wyoming. It is also the crown jewel of the Wind River mountain range. We will start our 20-mile approach from the west at Elkhart Park Trailhead northeast of Pinedale. We will take two days traveling northeast through the Titcomb Lakes Basin to our high camp on the Continental Divide at Bonney Pass (12,800'). We will then have two days to climb Gannett Peak and other high peaks in the area. We will take up to 2 days to return along the same route. This is a rigorous and extended backpacking trip but will be done at a moderate pace so we can enjoy the exceptional beauty of this wilderness area.Requirements:

This is a Leader-In-Training trip for Zach Eiten sponsored by Carl Benvenga.  Please contact Zach (zacheiten@hotmail.com or 303-990-1833

Leader: Carl Benvenga
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 45, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4800
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Friday, 8/3/2018, St Vrain Mtn 12,162'*

Bring ou ten essentials.  I will communicate weather conditions, etc. as we get closer to the date.

Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3200
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Friday, 8/3/2018, Handies Peak 14,055' CMC Conservation Series

This is a car camp altho we will need to take our tents, sleeping bags, and pads to the camping area. I generally bring an old, 36", duffel to haul this stuff in.Individual food. Suggest bringing your own water, even if you have a high powered water filter. The stream likely has mine drainage in it and it is along the Alpine Loop. There is a pit toilet at the trailhead, as mentioned, but suggest having your own T-P, "just in case."We'll set up camp on Friday afternoon and lounge around the area. Climb the peak on Saturday, viewing lots of flowers in Grizzly Gulch, and return to rest at camp. Sunday morning, we'll break camp early. If the group desires, we'll drive further west on the road to the entrance to American Basin (on the west side of the Handies ridge) and walk in a mile or so to view more wildflowers. 

Leader: Steve Bonowski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.75, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 3650
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Friday, 8/3/2018, Lone Pine Trail, Gilpin Lake, Ute Pass Loop*

A beautiful hike with the potential for visiting six different lakes and climbing over two passes on the continental divide.  We will visit one of the most scenic spots in Colorado viewing Gilpin Lake from above.All participants are expected to be experienced backpackers or graduates of CMC backpacker school.  Preference will be given to people who can assist with navigation, decision-making and emergency situations. Potential participants will be asked to provide information on their experience, skills and equipment. All are expected to bring essentials and be self-sufficient.  Participants can arrange to share tents, stoves, meals, etc. as they wish. We will maintain a moderate pace and stay together as a group while hiking. This is a Bobcats 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.  We may sponsor other activities of interest to our members, everything from bike rides to camping.  Although we have members, we don’t have dues or elections, and 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 free mailing list, write Membership Services at office@cmc.org or call them at (303) 279-3080.

Leader: Bob Watkins
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 25, Elevation Gain: 5,340
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Monday, 8/6/2018, ISO Columbine Lake Hike 12,685 feet

From the ISO Campground near Silverton, Colorado we head north on US 550 to trailhead. We hike on a steep trail to and from Columbine Lake, weather permitting. Participants must expect to hike in rainy,cold,and windy conditions. Rain,cold weather,and wind gear are likely to be needed. Much of this hike is above timberline. Trekking poles, sturdy boots, stocking cap, and warm gloves are highly recommended. Bring your Ten Essentials and First Aid Kit.

Leader: Ralph Shroba
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2350
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Monday, 8/6/2018, ISO-Hermosa Creek Fly Fishing

Sign up for this trip will be done at the ISO campgrounds We will drive south from Silverton to Hermosa Creek just north of the town of Hermosa.  From the trail head we will hike along Hermosa Creek until we find a good fishing spot.  Any fisherman or fisherman wanna be is invited.  Bring your own gear or I can provide a couple rods and flies.

Leader: David Thomas
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 3, Elevation Gain: 400
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Monday, 8/6/2018, ISO-Engineer Mountain

Engineer mountain is the prominent "double cone" which can be seen when driving northbound on Hwy 550 beyond Purgatory in the San Juan National Forest. It is a fun and challenging mountain with awesome panoramic views in all directons from the summit, since it is nearly 13,000' and stands alone. The hike climbs up moderate switchbacks and then gradually climbs up to the base of Engineer Mtn.

Leader: Karen Hurley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2378
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Monday, 8/6/2018, ISO-Bullion King Lake Porphyry Basin, Silverton


Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1340
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Tuesday, 8/7/2018, South Arapahoe Peak 13,397'* Indian Peaks

Bring your ten esentials.  I will let you know closer to the hike what additional equipment you may need, and the current weather.

Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3300
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Tuesday, 8/7/2018, ISO Porphyry Basin Hike 11,780 feet

We hike to and from Porphyry Lake 11,780 feet, weather permitting. Participants must expect to hike in rainy,cold, and windy conditions. Rain, cold weather, and wind gear are likely to be needed. Much of this hike is above timberline. Trekking poles, sturdy boots, stocking cap, and warm gloves are highly recommended. Bring your Ten Essentials and First Aid Kit.

Leader: Ralph Shroba
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1560
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Tuesday, 8/7/2018, ISO-Handies Peak

Beautiful hike through wildflowers, this is the shortest route up Handies. Starting at the American Basin trailhead, we will go south into the basin on a fourwheel drive road to an old mine at 11,600'. Continue south into upper American basin. The main trail will climb west and we will leave the trail and climb east on a climbers trail which leads to the saddle between Handies point at 13, 588. From the saddle, climb north up Handies south ridge to the summit.

Leader: Karen Hurley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2750
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Tuesday, 8/7/2018, North Ten Mile Creek

A hike along beautiful Ten Mile Creek for approximately 3.5 miles.  The Creek meanders through flowered, meadows and, forest,   Great views.  Lunch will be by the creek,  New CMC members, guests welcome, 

Leader: Sigrid Barr
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 800
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Tuesday, 8/7/2018, ISO-Crater Lake

Sign up for this hike will be at ISO campgrounds.Crater Lake is located in the rugged West Needle Mountains and is the only trail pentrating this segment of the wilderness.The hike to Crater Lake does not require a big expenditure of energy for the scenic rewards.  Starting at 10,770 ft the trail traverese a rolling terrain of meadows and forest with great views of the surrounding peaks.  The lake, cradled in a pretty timber lines bowl is a photographer's delight with North Twilight Peak rising to the south, reflected in the still waters.

Leader: David Thomas
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Tuesday, 8/7/2018, Ascending Hikes: Herman Lake

Hike up Herman Gulch along a good trail through fields of wildflowers to Herman Lake at the base of Pettingell Peak. 

Leader: Stan Moore
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1730
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Tuesday, 8/7/2018, FLOWER HIKE Grizzly Gulch from Bakerville*

We will then hike the Grizzly Gulch road up valley as far as possible, approx 5 mi til where we are at the base of Torrey's.1/4 mi into hike there is a creek that could be fairly deep, approx 5-8 ft across. Be prepared to get your feet wet. Trekking poles would be helpful to get acrosss the creek. There may be other creek crossings also.There are old mining bldgs to check out. One previous hiker up this valley reports flowers are awesome. We will hike at a moderate pace, take time to take pictures, but still go up valley as far as possible. Best flowers are deep up the valley. Hope to cover 1.5 mph, possibly faster in spots.   

Leader: Linda Jagger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Tuesday, 8/7/2018, Continental Divide Trail - Trail Maintenance & Restoration

This trip involves volunteer stewardship work with CMC's Stewardship Crew and public land managers. More details to come shortly. To learn more about the CMC stewardship team visit  www.cmc.org/stewardship

Leader: Brinkley Messick
Type: Stewardship, Trail mileage: 5
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Wednesday, 8/8/2018, Frying Pan Lakes Hike

This high elevation, rugged trail to beautiful lakes is above Ruedi Reservoir past Basalt. The drive is over an hour, so we will discuss where and when to meet after our group forms. Camping the night before is an option. The trail is steep but we will stop often to look and listen for Brown Creepers, Pine Grosbeaks, Golden-crowned Kinglets and Three-toed Woodpecker. Wear sturdy boots, bring rain gear, water, snacks and lunch.

Leader: Carol Kurt
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Elevation Gain: 1100'
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Wednesday, 8/8/2018, ISO Bear Creek Trail to Yellow Jacket Mine Hike 11,100 feet

We hike to and from the Yellow Jacket Mine at 11,100 feet, weather permitting. Participants must expect to hike in rainy, cold, and windy conditions. Rain, cold weather, and wind gear are likely to be needed. Some of this hike is above timberline. Trekking poles, sturdy boots, stocking cap, and warm gloves are highly recommended. Bring your Ten Essentials and First Aid Kit. 

Leader: Ralph Shroba
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2660
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Wednesday, 8/8/2018, ISO-Bridge of Heaven

The trail to Bridge of Heaven starts uphill on a series of well graded switchbacks through a mixed forest of spruce and aspen. After about 15 minutes on the trail the trees will reveal views of the Whitehouse mountains. At the next junction we will see great views of Yankee Boy Basin and prominent peaks of the Sneffels range across the valley to the west. At 3.5 miles the trail breaks out of the trees and begins climbing steep switchbacks up a grassy hillside. At the top of the hill follow the trail to a wooden stake marking the Bridge of Heaven at 12,300 ft. From here we will have a magnificent panorama of the Sneffels range forming the south and western walls of Yankee Boy Basin. The south views extend along the San Juan Skyway from Mt Hayden to the Red Mountains. 

Leader: Karen Hurley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Wednesday, 8/8/2018, ISO-Sutton Overlook/Ouray & Cascade Falls


Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 900
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Thursday, 8/9/2018, Booth Lake*

From the TH we will climb steeply to the lake have lunch and return. Notify me of any medical problems. Bring the 10 esentials.  

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Thursday, 8/9/2018, ISO-Upper Ice Lakes

This trail climbs through forests and wildflower filled meadows to the beautiful Lower Ice lakes basin. Great views of Fuller, Vermillion,Peak, Golden Horn and Pilot Knob. A steep climb to the upper basin leads to the turquoise blue waters of Ice Lake nestled in a magnificent cirque of sculpted ridges and peaks soaring well above 13,000 ft. The alpine tundra wonderland around the lake invites exploration, with routes heading toward Island Lake, Fuller Lake and beyond.

Leader: David Thomas
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.2, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2552
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Thursday, 8/9/2018, ISO-Little Molas Lake to High Point Colorado Trail


Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.2, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 750
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Friday, 8/10/2018, Flat Tops Wilderness, Mandall Lakes Easy Backpack

On Friday morning, once the trail head is reached, the group will backpack at a leasurely pace approximately 4.0 miles and 1,200' to an area where we'll basecamp for the next two nights. Saturday is a full day off for whatever the group wants to do. Participants can hike to many of the lakes in the area to either fish or photograph the scenery or they can climb to nearby Mandall Pass or they can attempt a climb of Orno Peak or just lay around in camp all day relaxing. It's their choice as to what they'd like to do. On Sunday, we'll pack up camp and start hiking back to the vehicles.

Leader: Dave Callais
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Friday, 8/10/2018, Jim Creek in the Summer *

Many people ski or snowshoe Jim Creek in the Winter.  So what's it like in the Summer?  I scoutied it and found it to be pretty fantastic.  We'll hike up to near the source of Jim Creek in a Cirque at the base James Peak, Mount Bancroft and Perry Peak.  We'll be just at timberline.  The creekside environment is lush and green and the creek was flowing fast and peaceful.Be prepared to step over and around quite a few downed trees - which did not pose much of a problem.

Leader: Kevin Schaal
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Friday, 8/10/2018, Silver Dollar Lake Wildflower Hike

We will start hiking at the Silver Dollar Lake Trailhead and discover many sub-alpine and alpine wildflowers. Your Leaders are Colorado Native Plant Masters and will reference Rocky Mountain Flora by James Ells/CMC Press and available at the CMC Office.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 8/10/2018, Flat Tops Wilderness Trail Maintenance & Inventory

This trip involves volunteer stewardship work with CMC's Stewardship Crew and public land managers. More details to come shortly. To learn more about the CMC stewardship team visit  www.cmc.org/stewardship

Leader: Todd Loubsky
Type: Stewardship, Trail mileage: 5
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