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Monday, 1/21/2019, Brainard Lake Ladies Snowshoe

For the ladies of my past WTS groups! We will follow the Brainard Lake Road from the winter lot to the lake. Depending on conditions, we can loop around the lake, and then take the snowshoe trail back to the lot. In addition to your 10 essentials, please bring:-Snowshoes and poles-Microspikes if you have them -Lots of layers and goggles, it can be quite windy -A thermos with a hot drink!

Leader: Julie Luce
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 600
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Monday, 1/21/2019, Burning Bear snowshoe

this is a quiet valley hike with a gradual gain, then some switchbacks to the high point of  10,780. We go thru forests and meadows.

Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 998
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Monday, 1/21/2019, Easy II Ski Tour Loveland to Bakerville - RMOTHG - anyone with basic skiing ability is welcome! - We will be shuttling cars

This is a one-way ski tour that follows a 2% grade over a distance of 5 miles and about 600 foot descent from Loveland Valley Ski Area to Bakerville. The trail is paved, so pretty wide and smooth. Although the trail parallels I-70 it's almost entirely in the trees with the road only occasionally visible (although you will be able to hear it at times).There will probably be some snowshoe "punch" marks, along the trail at times but overall it's a pretty good experience for skiers with a few gentle downhill sections but mostly "kick and glide" terrain.

Leader: Roger J. Wendell
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 600 loss
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Tuesday, 1/22/2019, Barr Lake State Park-Bald Eagle Watch*


Leader: Durham Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate
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Tuesday, 1/22/2019, XC Ski Coney Flats* BSTS- Tuesday group

Here's a caltopo link:  https://caltopo.com/m/4QM0
Trail Description:  Start at the trailhead on the north side of the Beaver Reservoir. The trail starts ups a hill  into a lodge pole pine mixed forest. At 3.0 miles we will reach the Coney Creek and the Indian Peaks Wilderness sign. At 3.2 miles we will reach the Coney Lake/Creek Trail sign and this will be our turn around point. Metal edged skies are highly recommend for this trip.   

Leader: Jill Yarger
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 700 feet
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Tuesday, 1/22/2019, BSTS Group 310 Coney Flats 3rd Snow Day

CalTopo link: https://caltopo.com/m/4QM0

Leader: Richard Moore
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 600
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Tuesday, 1/22/2019, GUEST: NEW MEMBER HIKE: Evergreen Mountain Mount Evergreen

It is incumbent to bring warm, waterproof clothing with the ability to enjoy subfreezing temperatures, windy conditions and continuous snowfall. Trekking poles, traction devices, and gaiters are highly recommended.

Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate
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Tuesday, 1/22/2019, Nature Walk, Bear Creek, Owls Nests

Walk along the paved path of Bear Creek looking for owls nests

Leader: John Walters
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4
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Tuesday, 1/22/2019, Downhill Ski Breckenridge

Downhill ski at Breckenridge, Tuesday January 22.  Meet time is 10:00am at the Beaver Run Super Chair on Peak 9.

Leader: Carol Schmitz
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 5
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Wednesday, 1/23/2019, Saints John Creek BC Ski

From the trailhead we will skin up the Saints John summer road to the old mining town of Saints John at about 1.25 mi. We will continue up the road for about 1 mile and then head up the stream valley for about 0.75 mile into some nice glades. We will probably do some laps in the glades depending on snow conditions and weather. If the weather and snow conditions are good, we can go above treeline and ski some open slopes. We will ski back down the road to the cars. The total distance will be about 8 miles with about 2,500 vertical gain.The summer road goes up to the Wild Irishman Mine and then to the General Teller Mine. The Saints John Mine was the first silver strike in Colorado (1863). This glacial valley boasted a mining camp, library, mill, smelter and sawmill, but no saloons. Saints John was named after St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist.

Leader: Jerry Rowe
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,500
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Wednesday, 1/23/2019, Butler Gulch Snowshoe New Date*

Bring the 10 essentials, snowshoes and poles, first aid kit, warm clothing, wind gear, and possibly micro spikes.Please inform the leader, prior to the trip, of any medical conditions that could affect you on the trip.

Leader: Ralph Shroba
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Wednesday, 1/23/2019, Jenny Creek*

Start at Lake Eldora ski area. Go west up a forested valley toward Yankee Doodle Lake, stopping about a mile from the lake. Weather and group permitting, continue to the lake. Wind gear required. This will be a Bobcat lite trip.  That means it will be slower pace and we wait for everyone.  If you want to go fast, best not sign up.The Eldora Ski area has changed procedures on gettng access to the Jenny Creek trail from the normal route we have always taken.  It now has a electric gate (next to the "bunny hill" where we always go up) that requires all everyone to get a free card to open the gate to get into the ski area and out of the ski area.  We will need to stop into the Nordic Center for everyone to get this card.   

Leader: Cheryl Ames
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Wednesday, 1/23/2019, RMOTHG Jim Creek Snowshoe

Limited to Members of RMOTHG and their guests.We will meet at Wooly Mammoth Lot to leave at 8:30 AM.We will snowshoe the Jim Creek trail near Winter Park. We go about 2.5 miles to our lunch spot and return the same way. Our pace will be SLOW CASUAL. This trail ascends along the Jim Creek. It begins with a gradual ascent and becomes steeper the further you go. As you rise up the valley, first a shoulder and then James Peak comes into view. 

Leader: Sandy McRae
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 767
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Wednesday, 1/23/2019, RMOTHG White Ranch Park Rawhide Loop Trail

This is an up and down meandering trail  with amazing views for the entire snowshoe.We will be doing a lollipop loop along the Rawhide trail for 2.5 miles where we will have lunch and then return down on the Rawhide trail  cutting across on the Wranglers Run and retracing our steps to the car.When we scouted this hike a few weeks ago, there was no need for spikes or snowshoes.  Hopefully we will have more winter weather.

Leader: Kathy Malone
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 800
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Wednesday, 1/23/2019, High Line Canal #8 Segment 8

 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 for more information.A recommended book: The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland by Robert Michael Pyle, 1993. 

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
see official page

Wednesday, 1/23/2019, Ski/snowshoe W Lakecreek Trail

Trail starts with a fairly steep climb for the first mile and a half thru conifer and aspen forest to level off some later, good back country equipment is recommendedmap

Leader: Judith Rau
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Wednesday, 1/23/2019, RMOTHG Mt. Evans - Echo Lake to Visitor Center (New Member)

We plan to hike to the Mt Evans visitor center that is 2.5 miles from the Mt Evans Road entrance.  This hike follows the Mt Evans road so the grade is mild.  The section of road we plan to hike should be packed in by previous hikers.  There may be drifts in some places.  Bring snowshoes and microspikes in case there is fresh snow.  Be able to attach you snowshoes to your day pack. The starting altitude is 10687 and the visitor center is at 11557.  The pace will be slow!If the weather is bad we may go on the Resthouse trail.

Leader: Ronald Hileman
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 900
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Wednesday, 1/23/2019, RMOTHG Barr Lake State Park - LIT

On this hike we will have Sarah Standjord doing her final LITWe will stop to observe and enjoy the birds and for breaks as desired. It will be a very casual pace.Barr Lake includes a Wildlife Refuge and is especially noted for its many species and large numbers of birds. This includes a population of wintering Bald Eagles, both mature and juvenile, with one established nesting pair.Arrangements have been made for a Barr Lake Volunteer Naturalist to join us and identify birds.

Leader: Carole Adler
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual
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Wednesday, 1/23/2019, RMOTHG South Rim Roxborough State Park

We will meet at the Waterton Canyon parking lot and carpool to Roxbourgh (4 miles.)  People with State Park passes please consider driving.   Wear/bring appropriate clothing, your 10 essentials, lunch or a snack and MICRO SPIKES.Please have your yellow Personal Information Form with you.  If you don't have one, I will have them with me so let me know. once we meet.  If you have any medical concerns please speak to me privately before the hike.I will email you the night before the hike with any updates.  

Leader: Gina Morelli
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 500
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Wednesday, 1/23/2019, 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 (including traction devices for icy/snow-packed trails), 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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Wednesday, 1/23/2019, Monthly Meeting--Avalanche Awareness Tom Chapel

Join the Colorado Mountain Club Fort Collins Group for a great presentation by Tom Chapel on Avalanche Awareness. Tom will discuss safe travel, companion rescue, the Larimer County Search & Rescue, CAIC resource and evolving avalanche safety gear.Tom is a member and trip leader with the CMC. He is a Search Leader, Snow Leader, R2 Technical Rescue Technician, and Lifetime Member with the Larimer County Search and Rescue Team. He has AIARE Level 2 Avalanche certification, has a passion for the outdoors, and enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help others enjoy the backcountry safely.Tom’s mountaineering experience ranges from single-day endurance projects like “The Grand Slam” on Longs Peak to mountaineering expeditions including Denali and other peaks in North America, Mexico, and Australia. Current projects include summiting the named and ranked peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park, State High Points, an upcoming trip to Kilimanjaro on January 26, 2019, and skiing the “Powder Ghost Towns” of Colorado.

Leader: Anita Wright
Type: All Other
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Thursday, 1/24/2019, Spearhead Mtn 11,244 Exploratory*

I am assuming at this time that we will be in snowshoes, but we will assess the weather and snow conditions as we get closer.Bring your micro spikes and snowshoesBring other appropriate winter gear 

Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2443
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Thursday, 1/24/2019, Ruby Gulch mod snowshoe ( casual pace for retirees)

From red mountain mine parking lot  we will hike Ruby Gulch  trail . Ruby Gulch  is located in Henderson mine area

Leader: Hassan Elghandour
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Thursday, 1/24/2019, SKI! Tele Thursday at Loveland Freeheel Skiing Section

TELEMARK SKIERS, from beginners to advanced. Join the group for tele fun and practice. Tele Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays this season are 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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Thursday, 1/24/2019, Michigan Ditch cross country ski tour See revised gear description


Leader: Carolyn Hammond
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 8.4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000 ft
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Friday, 1/25/2019, Climb ice at Hidden Falls for Friday Fun -- Technical Trip

With limited access to RMNP (thanks to the ongoing government shutdown), perhaps Hidden Falls won't have seen too many eager visitors and hopefully will not be as crowded -- nor as kicked out! -- as usual.  Let's go find out!  My understanding is that the road to the Wild Basin Ranger Station is closed, which will add an additional couple of miles to the approach.  So pack your snowshoes as well as your ice tools and climbing gear. Ice climbing school or equivalent experience required. The plan is to top rope or lead the main ice column, side flows, or mixed climbs. We will arrange group gear (e.g. ropes) and carpooling via email prior to the trip.

Leader: John Martersteck
Type: , Trail mileage: 10, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 1/25/2019, Long Scraggy Peak 8812' *

We will start at the Little Scraggy Trailhead.  The trailhead is in the Pike National Forest, 13.7 miles south of Pine Junction and US285, on Pine Valley Road (it becomes Deckers Road).  In Google Maps the trailhead is searchable as "Parking lot for Colorado Trail access" in Pine CO.  There is a $7 parking fee.  Here is a link to the trailhead in Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/T6Kj3wZfdmP2Much of the trail is along a forest service road that will have little traffic since the gate is locked at Deckers Road.  At the base of Long Scraggy Peak, we will leave the forest service road and follow a less developed use trail up the north slope to the summit of Long Scraggy Peak.   

Leader: James Guerra
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Friday, 1/25/2019, Beginner Snowshoes: Pavilion Point

This trip starts near Silver Plume.  It follows the old Argentine Central narrow gauge railroad grade which means a steady but not overly steep trip, climbing east and sheltered in trees. Mining ruins are visible along the way.  At the top, there is a clearing and some ruins from a waystop on the railroad and a summer retreat for town dwellers.  We will have lunch there, then return the way we came.Weather willing, we will have views of the Georgetown valley, Front Range peaks, a look up towards Bierstadt as well as west towards the continental divide.  Georgetown is often a funnel for wind so bring your wind gear.

We'll show you how to select and wear snowshoes, a few principles of snow travel, trail choice, fastening snowshoes to your pack, and anything else you want to know. We want you to leave this trip excited to sign up for the next one.Please bring the 10 essentials appropriate to the weather and a guided day trip:
If you haven't yet re-provisioned your pack for winter sports, consider these items: 

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 900
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Friday, 1/25/2019, Lincoln Lake*

We will be following the Rest House Trail for the majority of this trip. The trail starts at the parking lot at the beginning of the Mount Evans auto road, elevation 10,600 feet. The trail is well travelled and easy to follow. There are a series of ups and downs as we make our way to treeline and travel through the burn area near treeline. The trail to Lincoln Lake, elevation 11,600 feet branches from the Resthouse Trail and ascends about 600 feet over 1 mile to reach the Lake.The views of the Mount Evans massif are spectacular once we clear the trees.While our destination will be the Lake, we will let the weather and the pace of the group determine how far we go beyond treeline. We will set a comfortable pace.Please be sure to bring your ten essentials, several layers for wind, snow shoes and microspikes. We will assess snow shoe needs at the trailhead.

Leader: Tom OConnor
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100 feet
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Friday, 1/25/2019, North Fork Trail Reynolds Park

Depending on the weather, we might need snowshoes and/or micro spikes. Poles are also recommended. And don't forget the ten essentials.

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Monday, 1/28/2019, 7-mile ski trail * Berthoud Pass Area

We will snowshoe southwest from the trailhead toward Berthoud Pass.  This trail follows the upper section of the Frasier River and is used by skiers or boarders skiing Berthoud Pass.  With luck it won't be too busy on a Monday.  Once we reach Berthoud Pass, we'll enjoy lunch and then retrace our path back to the cars.  There is one rather steep hill about 1.5 miles in but we should be able to ascend it.  We went on this trip in 2015 as roster members and remember it as being very pleasant, but we'll consider this trip as EXPLORATORY for your leaders.  

Leader: Durham Monsma
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1850
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Monday, 1/28/2019, Snow Mtn Ranch Snowshoe/Ski adventure* Multi Day trip


Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate
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Monday, 1/28/2019, Argentine Train Trail Snowshoe Snowshoe

This snowshoe starts out of Silver Plume at exit 226 and follows the gentle Argentine Central Grade Railroad route to the Waldorf mine. We will go to Pavilion Point and maybe a little beyond. Good views of I-70 below and snow-capped peaks surrounding Pavilion Point. Bring snowshoes, poles with baskets, gaiters and traction. Bring lunch to eat at Pavilion Point. Plan on 4-5 hours for hike. 

Leader: Sandi Bianchi
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Tuesday, 1/29/2019, Lower Forest Lake Snowshoe, James Peak Wilderness Area

John's backcountry theme for 2019 is to hike all 38 wilderness areas in Colorado. This trip intends to bag James Peak Wilderness Area.From the East Portal TH hike SW on 900 to turn hard right on 809 (Forest Lake Trail) to lower Forest lake. Return same way. Snow drifts may be a problem, but we'll go take a look and do what we can.  

Leader: John Walters
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Tuesday, 1/29/2019, GUEST: NEW MEMBER: White Ranch Open Space Park White Ranch Open Space Park


Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
see official page

Tuesday, 1/29/2019, Butler Gulch mod snowshoe (casual pace for retirees)

From Jones Pass parking lot we will hike Butler Gulch trail  then off trail to the top 

Leader: Hassan Elghandour
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Tuesday, 1/29/2019, XC Ski Dead Horse Creek

Trip Details:  From the Deadhorse Creek parking lot, follow the trail for 2/10 of a mile to the unmarked intersection. Continue for 5/10 of a mile to the sign for the Deadhorse Creek loop.Head down hill past the Saint Louis Creek.  Follow the main road and stay right at all intersections.  Follow the trail up hill for 3.0 miles to the lunch spot.

Leader: R. James Stelzig
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 800 feet
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Tuesday, 1/29/2019, Ski tour Red Creek

We will meet in Gypsum, carpool to trailhead, ski the moderately steep Red creek trail as far as we like have lunch and a fun ride back down. Dogs are welcome

Leader: Judith Rau
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000'
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Wednesday, 1/30/2019, Heart Lake*

From the East Portal trailhead we will snowshoe up the South Boulder Creek trail to Heart Lake, which is nestled below the Continental Divide near Roger's Pass.  Bring microspikes.  

Leader: Roger Leikas
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Wednesday, 1/30/2019, Caribou Ranch O.S. snowshoe

we will be starting at 8200 ft.and doig a loop.  No bikes allowed here!  There is interesting history with information signs.But alas, no caribou.

Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 300
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Wednesday, 1/30/2019, Woody Creek Snowshoe

This is a scenic snowshoe up a narrow canyon following Woody Creek. The trail is located above the tiny hamlet of Lenado. We will encounter a few relics of the area’s mining past. Depending on snow conditions, we hope to make it up to the Spruce Creek bridge.

Leader: Heather G Rydell
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5.0, Elevation Gain: 700
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Wednesday, 1/30/2019, High Line Canal #9 Segment 9

 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 for more information.A recommended book: The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland by Robert Michael Pyle, 1993. 

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
see official page

Wednesday, 1/30/2019, Horsetooth Mountain Towers Trail


Leader: Carolyn Hammond
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.2, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1682 accumulated
see official page

Wednesday, 1/30/2019, 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 (including traction devices for icy/snow-packed trails), 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
see official page

Wednesday, 1/30/2019, Classroom Intro to Nordic Backcountry Skiing

Note to sign up for the classroom session you must also be available for the field trip on February 2. The fee for the course is $10. The fee for active Trip Leaders will be wavied, the fee will be reimbersed to folks that become trip leaders in 2019. This course is intented to those who want to safely ski off-trail into the backcountry using Nordic equipment and techniques.  Participants should already feel comfortable skiing on-trail, either with narrower lightweight trail skis or the wider BCX skis.  We will cover the various ski/boot/pole choices, uphill aids such as climbing skins, clothing, safety equipment, and the wintertime essentials that should be in one’s pack.  We will discuss the many types of snow conditions and discuss techniques for skiing the various types of snow, especially climbing and turning when descending.  We will review winter hazards and discuss avalanche recognition & avoidance. Note for the field trip you will need at to have skis with metal edges (there are options for renting these).