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Monday, 5/28/2018, Lumpy Ridge Water Falls


Leader: Grayson Garner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 17, Elevation Gain: 920
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Monday, 5/28/2018, South Tarryall Peak (11,206 ft)

Starting at the Spruce Grove TH in the Lost Creek Wilderness, we will hike to the top of South Tarryall Peak. We will follow a good trail to the top of Hankins Pass and then do a modest bushwhack for a mile to the summit. There are tremendous views from here.

Leader: Denise Snow
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2766
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Tuesday, 5/29/2018, Roosevelt Lakes 11,742

This hike begins at the Tanglewood Creek trail head and gradually climbs to a saddle along Pegmatite ridge. The bulk of the elevation gain we do on this trip is covered over the first 3 ½ miles, so expect some tough steep sections. There are good switchbacks now that make the trail better. From the saddle, we’ll then descend approximately 300’ in 1 mile to Roosevelt Lakes where we can finally enjoy lunch. Our return trip involves only 300’ of elevation gain, but having just finished lunch, it might feel like a thousand feet!!

Leader: Karen Hurley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Tuesday, 5/29/2018, Discover Front Range Geology


Leader: carolyn hammond
Type: , Trail mileage: 2.5
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Wednesday, 5/30/2018, RMOTHG Lair of The Bear to Panorama Point


Leader: Frank Burzynski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 900
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Wednesday, 5/30/2018, RMOTHG Walker Ranch Loop

This is an Easy B moderate paced loop hike in one of Boulder County's Open Space parks.  Overall elevation is 1600 feet as the trail dips down to S. Boulder Creek then back up to overlooks and vistas twice during the hike.  

Leader: Janice Johnson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Wednesday, 5/30/2018, West Meadow Trail & Elk Falls Overlook* Staunton State Park

Let's explore the upper, western reaches of Staunton State Park, near Pine, Colorado.  West Meadow Trail may be exploratory for the leaders.  We will enjoy that newish trail, catch the Elk Falls overlook, and then descend to Elk Falls.  A big loop. More details to come.Each vehicle entering the park will need to display a state parks pass, either a valid annual pass, or a day pass ($7, available at the park, may need exact change).  Riders are expected to compensate drivers for any necessary pass and travel expenses; round-trip drive from the Fort is approximately 40 miles.

Leader: Durham Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 14, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Wednesday, 5/30/2018, Craig Meadows (Lost Creek Wilderness) New Members Welcome

After our recent try at an early season backpack to this area failed due to lack of interest, I have decided to lead a day hike to what "The Best Lost Creek Wilderness Hikes" (Enquist, CMC Press) described as "one of the more beautiful and isolated spots on the Lost Creek map".  The Payne Creek Trail runs through the meadow and can be accessed from its TH just west of Bailey or from a junction with the Colorado trail west of Rolling Creek TH SE of Baily.  We hike the latter which is much easier.  We climb 1100' on the CT then drop down 700' into Craig Meadow and we return the way we came.

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Wednesday, 5/30/2018, RMOTHG South Table Mountain

We will hike from the middle of the south side of South Table Mountain, out to the west end which terminates at the Coors plant, back to the east end of the mesa and then back to the trailhead.  The elevation gain isn't great but it is a fairly long hike.  Great 360 degree views.  

Leader: Margie Schliemann
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 400
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Wednesday, 5/30/2018, RMOTHG Lion's Lair loop-Boulder

We will hike a six mile loop of Sunshine Canyon, Lion's Lair, East Ridge and Sanitas Valley trails in Boulder's lovely backyard. First four miles will take us across wildflower-filled meadows and on switchbacks through pines. The gradual 1300 foot climb will find us at Mt. Sanitas where we'll have lunch before heading back down to the trailhead..

Leader: Susanne Spandau
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Thursday, 5/31/2018, Pacific Peak, East Ridge 13950 ft


Leader: Eileen O'Leary
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: 3350
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Thursday, 5/31/2018, Hell's Hole Trail *

We will hike the Hell's Hole Trail to its end point and return via the same route. 

Leader: Kevin Schaal
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Thursday, 5/31/2018, Belcher Hill Trail Jeffco Open Space


Leader: Frank Burzynski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2077
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Thursday, 5/31/2018, Deer Creek Canyon, Plymouth Mtn Loop

From the DCC trailhead hike west and south on Meadowlark Trail to join Plymouth Creek Trail, to Plymouth Mtn. Trail, loop around Plymouth Mtn, then back to Plymouth Creek trail to the trail head. Not as crowded as some other foothills trails. Meadowlark Trail is Hikers Only (no bikes). The final mile on Plymouth Creek Trail is steep and rocky and when wet the lower quarter mile can be muddy. Wildlife include Elk, mule deer, mountain lion, black bear, coyote, wild turkey and rattlesnakes. 

Leader: John Walters
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Thursday, 5/31/2018, Sunnyside Trail to Hunter Creek

This hike will begin at the Sunnyside trailhead off Mclain Flat road and we will descend Widower's Gulch into Hunter Creek. A short car shuttle will be required as will a senior parking pass in Hunter Creek. There is some off trail hiking on old roads in Widower's Gulch.

Leader: Scott Messina
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.0, Elevation Gain: 2400'
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Friday, 6/1/2018, Bridal Veil Falls - RMNP - LIT for Phil Calderbank

Cow Creek TH elevation  7820Bridal Veil Falls elevation 8880 Hike is on trail to falls which have a vertical drop of 20 ft Leader in Training Hike for Phil Calderbank.   Come on out an meet a new about-to-be leader!Contact Phil with any medical issues of which he should be aware:  pcalderbank@hotmail.com

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Tuesday, 6/5/2018, Ypsilon Lake RMNP*

I will let you know as we get closer what gear we will need to bring along with the current weather.

Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2376
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Tuesday, 6/5/2018, Ascending Hikes: Roxborough St. Park

From the Visitors Center we will explore the new Willow Creek trail and then back track and do the South Rim Trail with the great views of the red rocks.

Leader: David Thomas
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 400
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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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Wednesday, 6/6/2018, Awesome Wednesday Evening (AWE) Hike

Join us for a fun, moderate paced evening social hike.  This time of year conditions vary widely (snowy/icy/muddy trails). I’m thinking we’ll hike up the steep west ridge of Mt Sanitas then down the valley but still plan on meeting at the carpool location in case I change. Some will bring snacks to share during our break midway. To better track participation, please register ahead of time for this trip but it is  also OK to just show up at the carpool location. Come prepared for any weather with good footwear, rain jacket, headlamp or flashlight.  There will be an optional after-hike food and drink at a nearby restaurant if still feeling sociable!    

Leader: Diana Dear
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 850
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Thursday, 6/7/2018, The Other Ptarmigan Peak 13739


Leader: Stan Moore
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Thursday, 6/7/2018, Mt Nystrom trail difficult A ( casual pace for retirees)

From Jones Pass parking lot we Wil hike a side trail to the continental devide trail and we will turn west on the CD trail toward Mt Nystrom. The view is outstanding from the the top

Leader: Hassan Elghandour
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Friday, 6/8/2018, Ralston Roost - Frazer Meadow Loop Golden Gate Canyon SP

We will take the Black Bear and Mule Deer Trails to Frazer Meadow and return via the Horseshoe Trail.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Friday, 6/8/2018, Gold Camp Path Friday Night Dog Walk

This is an easy hike for pets and casual hikers.  This is also a great way to separate the workweek and the weekend.  We will hike from the trailhead at the water tank parking lot in Cheyenne Cañon to where the trail joins Gold Camp Road.  Those who come along on this hike will be rewarded with a wonderful view of the city.  Well-behaved dogs on leash welcome.  We may even do a pub stop after.  5/500’.  Register with leader. Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500
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Monday, 6/11/2018, Grand Canyon - One Spot Open

2 nights in canyonone night at Cottenwood Gardensone night at Bright Angelout the third daycarpool or fly

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 24, Elevation Gain: 5000
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Tuesday, 6/12/2018, Bison Peak (12,431')* via Lost Park Campground

I will assess snow level and weather and let you know appropriate gear as we get closer.

Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,600
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Tuesday, 6/12/2018, Beaver Meadows Loop* Mt Evans Wilderness

We will do a 10 mile loop through the East side of the Mt Evans Wilderness.  Beaver Meadows, Beartrack, and Cub Creek Trails.  This may be exploratory for the trip leaders. 

Leader: Durham Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2300
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Tuesday, 6/12/2018, Ascending Hikes: Carpenter Peak

From the visitors center Carpenter Peak trail is 6.4 miles round trip and 1000' gain up moderate to steep terrain. The summit of 7,160 is the highest point in the park, with great views in all directions.

Leader: John Walters
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Tuesday, 6/12/2018, Staunton State Park

We will hike Staunton Ranch Trail to Bugling Elk, to Elk Falls pond, up to the waterfall lookout, down to the base of the falls and back the same way.

Leader: Janet Farrar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Wednesday, 6/13/2018, Lake Park Peak (11,403 ft)

This is a peak in the Lost Creek Wilderness. Starting at the Spruce Grove TH in the Lost Creek Wilderness, we will hike to the top of South Tarryall Peak. We will follow a good trail to the top of Hankins Pass and then take the Lake Park trail to the ridge top above Lake Park. After descending a little ways we will leave the trail heading northeast near the saddle between two summits. Then we will do an easy scramble to the highest point of Lake Park. It's been awhile since the leader has done this peak, so expect a little adventure after leaving the trail.

Leader: Denise Snow
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3043
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Wednesday, 6/13/2018, Aspen to Lenado

This is an annual favorite three-hour hike ending with a potluck lunch at Greg and Heather Rydell's beautiful home. Call them at 970-923-2751 to say what you will bring and to help with the shuttle driving.

Leader: Gregory Rydell
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Thursday, 6/14/2018, Battle Mtn 12,044' RMNP LIT* LIT for Cynthia Lehr


Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Thursday, 6/14/2018, Uneva Pass *

We will hike to Uneva Pass, enroute stopping to view the sights at Lost Lake.  We will return via the same route.

Leader: Kevin Schaal
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2850
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Thursday, 6/14/2018, Bald Mtn 13684


Leader: Stan Moore
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2300
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Friday, 6/15/2018, Vasquez Peak Loop*

We will park at the Butler Gulch TH, near the Henderson Mine, and hike on established trail to Vasquez Pass (11,700').  From here, we will leave the established trail and hike steeply uphill to Pt. 12,707', then on to Pt. 12,900', and then to Vasquez Peak (12,947').  Our traverse will continue westward, down to the pass between Vasquez Peak at Pt. 12,316'.  Back on established trail, we will continue back to our start.This trip will be above treeline for a significant distance. Leader has done this trip before. Distance/elev are accurate per GPS.  Trip is pretty straightforward except for some moderately steep snow slopes which may be inconvenient to circumvent.  Therefore, microspikes and ice axe are necessary.  Please wear boots with fairly stiff soles for kicking steps.

Leader: Jeff Damp
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3300
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