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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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Saturday, 7/21/2018, ASC CAT 2 Sawtooth Ridge


Leader: Ken Yaphe
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3600
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Saturday, 7/21/2018, Poplar Gulch to Unnamed Pt 13,078

We will hike from St Elmo up Poplar Gulch to the saddle at 12,000 ft and turn east to summit the unnamed 13’er.  There are many incredible views to Chalk Creek and Cottonwood Creek along this trail.  Keep a close eye out for the miner cabins along this route as they are well hidden. This trip is primarily for Pikes Peak Group and Pueblo Group members.  All others will be wait listed.  Possible stop at Mt Princeton Hot Springs on return.  Class 2, 10/3,100’.  200 mi. Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.comor (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3100
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Saturday, 7/21/2018, Argentine Peak from Silver Dollar Lake 13738' Norm Arlt scrambling Mod C Off trail

From the trailhead at 11,200' near Guanella Pass, we will hike up the trail to Silver Dollar Lake and on to Murray Lake. We will then leave the trail, scramble up to the ridge between Square Top and Argentine, hike to the summit, drop down the ridge between Argentine and Wilcox, and loop back to Silver Dollar Lake.Each participant is expected to carry all 10+ Essentials.Passcode is same as all my past trips. If you have not hiked with me before, contact me via email to provide recent experience or let me know that you have a C hiker classification.I like to keep the whole group within yelling distance pretty much all the time, so if you are a free-spirited wanderer, this may not be the trip for you. 

Leader: Norm Arlt
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Saturday, 7/21/2018, BKPS 2018 Grp 2 - Big Trip Devils Thumb & King Lake trails

This trip is restricted to BKPS 2018 Group 2 students. Trip planning will be done by students.

Leader: Kevin Lutz
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 20, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3400
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Saturday, 7/21/2018, Ascending Hikes: Chief and Papoose Mtns 11,709'


Leader: Victoria Seacrist
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 7/21/2018, Fly Fishing Gibson Lake


Leader: Eric Esswein
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1550
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Saturday, 7/21/2018, Wheeler Lakes Denver Group

Description:  Park in the free lot at Copper Mountain.  Cross the bridge over I-70 to TH.  Trail climbs consistently for the first two miles, following a stream for a portion of the hike.  Trail opens to a meadow then continues to the first lake.  The last 1/2 mile is an easy hike past the first lake to the second where we will break for lunch.

Leader: Tracie Piller
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1400 feet
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Saturday, 7/21/2018, Long Scraggy Pk. 8,812'

Find out why they call this " Long Scraggy ".  From the Colorado Trail,  follow a social trail through an open ponderosa forest that leads to the north ridge and final, steep approach to the summit where we will find lots of interesting boulder formations with great views of the Platte River valley and beyond. Expect some short sections of off-trail hiking.

Leader: Thomas Mourar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1900
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Saturday, 7/21/2018, Fancy Peak 13192

Saturday drive to the trailhead. Backpack on the Missouri Lakes trail to approximately 11,500' where we will find a suitable camping location.Sunday continue west on the trail to the pass between the Missouri Lakes and Treasure Vault Lake. Continue on the trail north to Fancy Pass. Leave the trail climbing north on the ridge to the high point. Return by the same route. Pack up camp, return to the trailhead, drive back to Denver. Back late.Individual food and camping gear. WTS required.5.8 miles RT and 1500' backpacking.4.3 miles RT and 1800' climbing.

Leader: Dean Cates
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10.1, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3200
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Saturday, 7/21/2018, Slackpack - 3 Sisters-Evergreen Mtn to Elephant Butte

This is a Slackpack (a supported backpack) that entails 2 day hikes with sleeping out overnight in between.We will start in the afternoon Saturday and hike about 3 miles up Evergreen Mountain Trail through 3 Sisters/Alderfer Park with day pack, then leave the park about 100 yards for private land and our night's campout. We will eat dinner here on a cliff overlooking pastoral Buffalo Creek Valley and pitch our tents that have been delivered by truck to comfy tent pads made of pine needles. Unfortunately, we will not be able to have a campfire as Jefferson County is on a fire ban. Hopefully, a few wild tales under the stars will put us right to sleep.Sunday morning after making our breakfasts, packing up the tents, and with our day packs we will hike down to neighboring houses. (Our night gear will be taken out by pickup truck to a house nearby and kept safe from bears, other wild creatures - and we won't have to carry it!) We will cross Buffalo Patk Road and Buffalo Creek, go off trail up on Elephant Butte (8.405 ft.) on game trails, remnants of an historic Denver Mountain Park trail and back into 3 Sisters/Alderfer Park to our cars. Our tents, evening equipment will be delivered by truck again to our cars so we can head for home about 5 pm. Sunday evening - 20 minutes after completing our 9 mile second day hiking.

Leader: Susan Henley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Saturday, 7/21/2018, BMS Grad Climb - Group 3B

We will climb the Citadel from Herman Lake and continue across the traverse to Pettingell Peak.  This is an elective climb for BMS Group 3B students.

Leader: Jeff Benton
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3850
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Sunday, 7/22/2018, Roxborough-Waterton Canyon AT Pre-trip Training Hike

Please do not sign up for this trip if you were not invited by the trip leader. This is an Adventure Travel pre-trip hike, specifically for participants of an upcoming AT trip.We will meet at the parking lot of Waterton Canyon and carpool to Roxborough Park. From the Visitor's Center, we will hike up to Carpenter Peak (~3.2 miles; strenuous) and after enjoying the view, we will take a connector trail (Indian Creek and Steven Gulch) for ~3 miles (undulating; moderate) that hooks up with the Waterton Canyon road near the top at Strontia Springs Reservoir. After a relaxing lunch, we will walk down to the parking lot along the road (~6.2 miles, easy). Perhaps we'll see some Bighorn Sheep along the way!Once back at the Waterton Canyon parking lot, one driver will transport the drivers of the cars left at Roxborough back there to pick up their cars.View the Roxborough State Park trail map here.View the Waterton Canyon trail map here.

Leader: Kris Ashton
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1,142
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Sunday, 7/22/2018, Rogers Pass 11940' (James Peak Wilderness)

From the east portal of the Moffat Tunnel west of Golden we hike into James Peak Wilderness and up to Heart Lake, then steeper (but nicely switchbacked) up to Rogers Pass on the Continental Divide.  We return the way we came with a stop at the lake for lunch.  The entire hike is on trail.  If you are a good B hiker you can probably do this C hike without problems.

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2650
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Sunday, 7/22/2018, Pre-Cookout Rock Climbing


Leader: Roger Kilcoyne
Type: Rock Climbing
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Sunday, 7/22/2018, Cheyenne Mtn St Pk - Picnic Hike

We will hike a few of the different named trails.  This will be a casual hike before the afternoon, 3pm club picnic.  Hike should complete around 11am.  This is a beautiful park with an interesting variety of trails.  Your $7 permit will be good all day.  Guest are welcome so bring a friend on the hike and to the picnic.  Be sure and sign up for the Picnic BBQ under "Events".

Leader: Dean Waits
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Elevation Gain: 500
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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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Saturday, 7/28/2018, TRAILBLAZERS: Dyer Mountain West Ridge

TRAILBLAZERS SECTION TRIPWe'll climb the short, fun West Ridge up Dyer Mountain (13,855'), one of Colorado's Top 100 peaks (a "Centennial"). Gerry Roach calls it Class 3, though 14ers.com (link to route description) rates one very short chimney Class 4. Descent via Southeast Slopes (Class 2). Optional add-on of unranked 13er West Dyer Mountain (additional 0.4 miles and 270') if group desires.Climbing helmet and familiarity with long, high-altitude hikes required. Scrambling experience preferred, but willing to take beginners with a solid résumé of easier peaks. Please know the 10 Essential Systems and carry all required gear to survive overnight in an emergency.This will be a dayhike at a moderate (1,000 ft/hr) pace.Rough itinerary:


Leader: Jeff Golden
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 5.2, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,400
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Saturday, 7/28/2018, Grizzly Peak and Cupid*

Saturday, July 28th - Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass (Moderate C)5.5mi 2,950 ftPark at the summit of loveland Pass and walk ridge trail across Cupid, to Grizzly Peak D Summit and back. Carpool Details: Wooly Mammoth PnR18561 U.S. 40, Golden, CO 80401AA/BB across from gas stationGPS: 39.697045, -105.207987Meet at 4:50AM for 5AM departure.Trailhead Details: Summit of Loveland Pass39.663376, -105.878967Required Gear:Sturdy hiking boots10 essentials3L waterFoodEasily digestible foods for energy on trail (Shotblocks, honey stringers, Gu's, etc.)Experience: Class C: Up to 15 miles round trip and 3500 ft. elevation gain. (Strenuous to very strenuous physical activity. Prior experience and training is beneficial.)Completion of WTS Required

Leader: Victoria Seacrist
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2950
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Saturday, 7/28/2018, Ptarmigan Lake to Unnamed Pt 13,218

We will hike from the Ptarmigan Lake Trailhead along Cottonwood Creek to the saddle above Ptarmigan Lake and turn west to summit the unnamed 13’er high point of Jones Mountain.  Watch for trout in the lake and mountain goats on the ridges.  Many incredible views exist along Ptarmigan Creek. This trip is primarily for Pikes Peak Group and Pueblo Group members.  All others will be wait listed.  Possible stop at Cottonwood Hot Springs on return.  200 mi.  Class 2, 12/2,600’.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.comor (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2600
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Saturday, 7/28/2018, Bear Peak S. Boulder Peak

ITINERARY: WB NCAR trail => SB Mesa trail => WB Fern Canyon trail => SB Bear Peak trail [Bear Peak, 8,461 feet, S. Boulder Peak, 8,549 feet] => WB Bear Peak West Ridge trail => EB Bear Canyon trail => NB Mesa trail => EB NCAR trail. I will shorten the hike in the event of adverse weather conditions or deterioration of group dynamics. Turnaround time 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. with return to NCAR trailhead by 3:00 - 4:00 P.M. Optional post-hike break based on group consensus.

Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3600
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Saturday, 7/28/2018, Horseshoe Peerless 13894' 13348' Norm Arlt Mod C wts group reunion hike

This is a reunion hike for my WTS groups, but others are welcome if space is available.From the trailhead at 11,800' above the Four Mile Campground, hike west up road/trails to saddle between Horseshoe and Peerless at 13,200’. Scramble south 1 mile along ridge to Horseshoe. Return to saddle and scramble a quarter mile north along the ridge to Peerless. Continue over Peerless to saddle between Peerless and Sheridan, and head back down around Peerless to THEach participant is expected to carry all 10+ Essentials.Passcode is same as all my past trips. If you have not hiked with me before, contact me via email to provide recent experience or let me know that you have a C hiker classification.I like to keep the whole group within yelling distance pretty much all the time, so if you are a free-spirited wanderer, this may not be the trip for you.

Leader: Norm Arlt
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2600
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Saturday, 7/28/2018, Watrous Gulch/Herman Gulch Loop

This trip is primarily for students of Group 10 of the Spring 2018 WTS session. Other club members are also welcome. Contact trip leader for the pass code.We will be above timberline for most of the day and roughly half of this trip is off-trail. Head up Watrous Gulch, follow the trail east then north to above timberline. Climb Woods Mtn. (12,940’) and follow the ridge west over Mt. Machebeuf (12,805’) to Herman Gulch. Visit Herman Lake if time allows. Descend Herman Gulch back to the trailhead.Bring the 10 essentials.

Leader: Timothy Musil
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,100
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Saturday, 7/28/2018, One Day Trail Crew Work Project on the Colorado Trail near Copper Mountain

Before I begin here with the details of this project, I need to tell all of you a little about myself. After backpacking the entire Colorado Trail 10 years ago, I decided that I needed to give back to the CTF (Colorado Trail Foundation) in the way of adopting a section of the CT. That section just happened to be the 5 1/2 mile section from the Copper Mountain boundary to Searle Pass and I'm responsible for maintaining and repairing as much of the trail as I feasibly can. This is where all of you come into the mix by volunteering your time in helping to improve areas of the CT where more people are needed. It's truly very hard for me to take on everything by myself and with your help by volunteering your time, keeping up with all of the maintainence issues this section of the CT contains can more readily be kept in check. So, as the adopter for this section of the Colorado Trail, I want to thank all of you in advance for signing up to not only help maintain or construct this new section of trail alignment, but for giving back to the trail system by volunteering your valuable time! Now for the details: Once we've reached the "trail head" and after a short safety talk, the group will hike in a half mile to the Colorado Trail. Then we'll follow the CT for the next 3 miles to a location where we'll be working on a "trail realignment". In laymans terms, we'll be re-routing a small section of trail which over many years has been slowly eroding away causing a potential nightmare for all users of the Colorado Trail. This is a project that I've had in the works for a couple of years as I awaited approval from the Forest Service and finally last fall, got their blessings to take it on! In this first stage of the project, the group will cut trail within the new section of trail alignment...but will not connect it up into the existing section of trail. This is due to time constraints. After completing this portion of work, we'll hike back out to the vehicles and enjoy some drinks and snacks. Just a quick note: the remainder of the project will be finished a couple weeks later where the new section of trail will be connected up with the old existing section and the discarded section of eroded trail will be "scarified" to look as if it never existed.

Leader: Dave Callais
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 7/28/2018, 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. A majority of this trail is south facing. Make sure you have plenty of water and suncreen! You might want to also consider a shoe change for after the hike (my feet get hot). Bathrooms are at the Visitors Center/TH.

Leader: Angela Parris-Raney
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Saturday, 7/28/2018, Missouri Lakes/Fancy Pass Loop Hike optional camping weekend

There are many options for this weekend of camping and hiking.Join me for the beautiful Missouri Lake and Fancy Pass loop hike on Saturday July 28th.This hike offers woods, open meadows, wildflowers, grand rock formations, cascading waterfalls, sparkling lakes and two passes with unsurpassed beauty.I will be camping Friday July 27 and Saturday July 28th at Gold Park Campground off Homestake Road.Campground is first come, first serve and $21/night per site.  Those interested in camping can share campgrounds as they are big for 2-3 tents. Vault toilets and NO WATER. 11 sites available.Those wanting to camp must bring water for the weekend and all meals.Sunday July 29 join me on a hike to Lonesome Lake, an easy gem with gentle grades most of the way.  The reward is an isolated glacial lake nestled within the primitive Holy Cross Wilderness area. Trailhead begins at Homestake Reservoir.10 miles roundtrip with 1600 feet elevation gain 

Leader: Mary Wiener
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2600
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Saturday, 7/28/2018, Fly Fishing / Backpack Trip - Brady and Sopris Lake

Backpack trip.We will trek up to Brady Lake near Homestake Reservoir in the Holy Cross Wilderness. We’ll set up camp at a suitable site and then we can explore the area, fish the lake, or just relax and enjoy the scenery and fresh air. After a good night’s rest, and a leisurely morning we’ll pack up camp and follow the same trail back to the trail head.***Depending on group interest, we may extend this to a 3 day trip (Friday to Sunday) Please email trip leader with your preference when signing up.

Leader: Steve Wolf
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 800
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Saturday, 7/28/2018, TRAIL CREW Shelf Lake Trail (Geneva Basin)

Denver Trails Committee continues its work in Geneva Basin this year which is located on the far side of Guanella Pass.  This area hosts many CMC summer hikes and winter ski and snowshoe trips.This project is to clear vegetation off the trail all the way to end of trail at Shelf Lake.  Above treeline this means willows.  Below tree line this is mostly a tree blowdown which has obstructed the main trail for several years.  No heavy equipment for this project - just lopers for the willows and some saws for the trees.  And there are long sections of trail needing no work so it is just a hike.  Clearing the willows especially is a USFS priority for CMC this year and we need 8 people (but I will take more).  Last year wildflowers in the upper basin were spetacular so make this a work/hike if you have never done trail work before.I have no pics of the problem areas but I do have one from an unobstructed section of trail just below the lake (the next bad willow section is visible ahead):https://www.flickr.com/photos/133662227@N04/albums/72157698604232584 

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Saturday, 7/28/2018, Shrine mountain

Although this hike is a site to behold ,it is also totally covered with the most beautiful wild flowers ever

Leader: Martin Berger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 800 feet
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Sunday, 7/29/2018, GEOLOGY HIKE: Chicago Lakes

This is a geology-themed hike. We will discuss some of the history of the rocks and features we see along the trail to beautiful Chicago Lakes. The landscape in this area has been shaped by glacial processes in the not too distant past, while the rocks visible along the way are much, much older. 

Leader: Michael Tischer
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Sunday, 7/29/2018, Herman Gulch

Hike up Herman Gulch along a good trail through fields of wildflowers to Herman Lake at the base of Pettingell Peak. Remember to bring your 10 esssentials Optional Beverage/Food stop  after the hike. Location TBD

Leader: Joanne Young
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1700
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Sunday, 7/29/2018, Lonesome Lake Hike optional camping weekend

There are many options for this weekend of camping and hiking.Join me for the beautiful Missouri Lake and Fancy Pass loop hike on Saturday July 28th.This hike offers woods, open meadows, wildflowers, grand rock formations, cascading waterfalls, sparkling lakes and two passes with unsurpassed beauty.I will be camping Friday July 27 and Saturday July 28th at Gold Park Campground off Homestake Road.Campground is first come, first serve and $21/night per site.  Those interested in camping can share campgrounds as they are big for 2-3 tents. Vault toilets and NO WATER. 11 sites available.Those wanting to camp must bring water for the weekend and all meals.Sunday July 29 join me on a hike to Lonesome Lake, an easy gem with gentle grades most of the way.  The reward is an isolated glacial lake nestled within the primitive Holy Cross Wilderness area. Trailhead begins at Homestake Reservoir.10 miles roundtrip with 1600 feet elevation gain

Leader: Mary Wiener
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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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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Saturday, 8/4/2018, James Peak LIT

Bring the Ten Essentials and microspikes to safely travel Saint Mary's glacier to James Peak. Some on- and off-trail trekking.

Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,866
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Saturday, 8/4/2018, Mt. Parnassus 13,574' Norm Arlt Mod C

From the Herman Gulch trailhead at 10,300' at Exit 218, hike up Watrous Gulch to the saddle between Woods and Parnassus. Climb the NW ridge to the summit. Bushwhack back down to rejoin trail.Each participant is expected to carry all 10+ Essentials.Passcode is same as all my past trips. If you have not hiked with me before, contact me via email to provide recent experience or let me know that you have a C hiker classification.I like to keep the whole group within yelling distance pretty much all the time, so if you are a free-spirited wanderer, this may not be the trip for you.

Leader: Norm Arlt
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3300
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Saturday, 8/4/2018, Hassell Peak 13215' (from Herman Gulch)

From the Herman Gulch TH off I-70 we hike up the valley to just short of Herman Lake.  There the Continental Divide Trail heads north and we follow it to the summit of Hassell Peak, then return the way we came.  The entire hike is on trail but exploratory to the trip leader. 

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3100
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Saturday, 8/4/2018, The Citadel 13,294' * Scrambling

The Citadel is on the continental divide, near Herman Lake.From the trailhead near I-70, we will take the Herman Gulch Trail as if going to the ever popular Herman Lake. About a mile before the lake, we will veer off to the left, aiming for The Citadel.  There will be a short, but steep climb to the ridge leading to The Citadel, at which point we will have to climb the even steeper ridge to one of the pinnacles.  Expect to do some scrambling towards the end of the climb.  Those of you who are warry of exposure should not attempt the final climb to the peaks. Don’t forget to bring your

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3389
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Saturday, 8/4/2018, Ascending Hikes: Golden Gate State Park, Mountain Lion Trail


Leader: Sean Connor
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1560
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Saturday, 8/4/2018, Redcliff 13642

Saturday drive to the TH and backpack to a camping spot.Backpack (on trail) approximately 3.3 miles one way and 1000' vertical up the beautiful West Fork of the Cimarron River valley to approximately 11400' and find a suitable camping location. Enjoy great views of the rugged peaks in the Owl Creek Pass area. BE PREPARED FOR A MINOR STREAM CROSSING. Bring footware as necessary. The leader did this STREAM CROSSING in hiking boots and gaiters several years ago and this most likely will also be a low water year but be prepared as necessary.Sunday up early and climb southeast over talus and tundra (off trail) to the saddle between Redcliff and Coxcomb and then on tundra and talus back north to the high point. There are cliffs on the north side of the summit block which we will stay away from by climbing the middle of the slope. This is the standard route. 1.4 miles one way and 2200' climbing. Enjoy great views of Coxcomb Peak and other peaks such as Wetterhorn Peak in the Big Blue Wilderness. Pack up camp, backpack back to the TH and drive back to Denver.Stop in Gunnison each way as desired by the group. There is a Subway we can stop at in Gunnison on the way to the hike and a restaurant for the return trip. There is a Subway in Fairplay also. Back Late.WTS required.Individual food and camping gear. Bring trekking poles and footware for the stream crossing. Optional - bring micro spikes if desired for the climb up tundra.

Leader: Dean Cates
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9.4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3200
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Saturday, 8/4/2018, Lost Lake - Eagles Nest Wildnerness

4WD (not AWD) vehicles needed.  Please indicate in your comments if you have a 4WD vehicle, and how many people you can take, and you will be given preference on this trip.  Also if you are a driver please charge an appropriate mileage amount to cover your 4WD expenses.

Leader: Candace Winkle
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1520
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Sunday, 8/5/2018, Bear Lake to Fern Lake Bus Stop

This is a one-way hike from Bear Lake to the Fern Lake Bus Stop. We will meet at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center at 6 a.m. From the visitor center we will form a car pool and drive to the Fern Lake Bus Stop. I anticipate that we will have two cars. From the Fern Lake Bus Stop we will catch the 7 a.m. bus to the Sprague Lake Bus Stop. At the Sprague Lake Bus Stop we will transfer to another bus that will take us to Bear Lake. From Bear Lake will hike back to our parked cars at the Fern Lake Bus Stop.We will pass several beautiful lakes on our hike including Lake Helene, Lake Odessa and Fern Lake. We will also pass Fern Falls and The Pool. The elevation gain on the trip is about 1,200 feet. This is achieved in the beginning of the hike as we ascend from Bear Lake to Lake Helene. Thereafter, the trip will be downhill back to the parked cars.I am very interested in the historic lodges of Rocky Mountain National Park that have long since been removed. This trip will take us to the sites of several of these lodges including The Bear Lake Lodge, Fern Lake Lodge, Forest Inn at The Pool, The Brinwood, and Stead's Ranch. I will bring photos of these lodges and provide a brief history of each one.  Optional Side Trip - The Bear Lake Lodge was built in 1921 and closed in 1959. Thereafter, the lodge was abandoned. In 1966, the lodge was carefully dismantled and relocated to the Elk Meadow Lodge and RV Resort on Highway 66 just prior to being razed. If the group is interested, we could stop by a take a look inside the former Bear Lake Lodge following our hike.

Leader: Caroline Schmiedt
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1,200
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Sunday, 8/5/2018, Butler Gulch

Fast moderate to moderate pace - 2+ mph.  We'll start around 10,300' and we will ascend up to around 12k.    We'll try to avoid the heavy traffic on Saturday by going on Sunday! 

Leader: John O'Leary
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1,700
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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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Saturday, 8/11/2018, Mount Flora 13,146’ to Mount Eva 13,130’*

Saturday, August 11th - Mount Flora 13,146’ to Mount Eva 13,130’ (Difficult C)9.5mi RT, 3430ft gain Out and back hike from the summit of Berthoud Pass. Carpool Details: Wooly Mammoth PnR18561 U.S. 40, Golden, CO 80401AA/BB across from gas stationGPS: 39.697045, -105.207987Meet at 5:20AM for 5:30AM departure.Trailhead Details: Summit of Berthoud Pass39.798224, -105.776696Required Gear:Sturdy hiking boots10 essentials3L waterFoodEasily digestible foods for energy on trail (Shotblocks, honey stringers, Gu's, etc.)Experience: Class C: Up to 15 miles round trip and 3500 ft. elevation gain. (Strenuous to very strenuous physical activity. Prior experience and training is beneficial.)

Leader: Victoria Seacrist
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3430
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Saturday, 8/11/2018, Lone Ranger Peak

On the RMNP Trails Illistrated Map, The Lone Ranger shows up as peak 12098 just west of Mt. Cirrus. Note the leader may not scout the hike and much of it will be off trail, so participants should be prepared for an "adventure"We park cars off of Silver Creek Rd. (CR-61/FR780) just after it crosses Silver Creek. From there we will walk down the 4WD Road until it intersects with "what remains" of the Never Summer Trail. The group will then continue to travel south gaining elevation until we reach the saddle between The Lone Ranger and Mt. Cirrus. From here we will travel along the ridge to the summit of The Lone Ranger. From the summit the group will follow a ridge down to the west then back up to point 11740. Here we will head down north-west to the head waters of a small tributary of Silver Creek. At this point the leaders will evaluate the conditions of the forest (amount of downfall) and the energy of the prticipants. If conditions are good, the group will continue traveling to the north-west around a steep ridge to a saddle, then up to peak 10910. From 10910 we will drop back down to the 4WD Road and return to the cars.If the condition of the forest or energy of the group is not too great we will continue down the small tributary to Silver Creek, the 4WD Road and follow this back to the cars. 

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Saturday, 8/11/2018, 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. This trip is classified as a Moderate B

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1730
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Saturday, 8/11/2018, Diamond Lake

From the Buckingham campground we will be going to the 4th of July Tailhead to start this hike.it follows a ridge with waterfalls on the opposite side as well we will go thru a small waterfall then. up the a very scenic lake. incredible site to see

Leader: Martin Berger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1200 feet
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Saturday, 8/11/2018, Lincoln Lake, 11,624' Mt. Evans

Fast-moderate to moderate pace - 2+ mph.  Starting out around 10,700', we will gain about 400' in about a mile, and then we will descend around 560' in just over a mile to Vance Creek.  From the creek, the trail pitches up at variously moderate and steep intervals.  

Leader: John O'Leary
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2200
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Saturday, 8/11/2018, Taylor Pk A 13435 Car Camp

From the TH along the Taylor River at 10800' hike 1.3 miles to a trail intersection.Hike northeast on a trail 0.8 miles.Leave the trail and hike steeply north crossing a jeep road at 11400'.Leave the jeep road and hike north and then west off trail over tundra and talus to the highpoint.Car Camp. WTS required.Individual camping gear and food.This is an "exploratory" hike as the leader has not been to this peak but has been to Taylor Park.Note that the west side of Cottonwood Pass is closed for the 2018 season.Please be prepared for changes in the route due to unknown conditions.

Leader: Dean Cates
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9.2, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Saturday, 8/11/2018, Mt Lindsey (14,042') NW Ridge

We will car camp at the Lily Lake trailhead.See route description from 14ers:  https://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=lind2&peak=Mt.+LindseyWe will start early and hike to the sadlle between Lindsey and Iron Nipple then begin the class 3 up the NW ridge.  At the headwall we will tackle the class 4 section with optional routes past this difficulty.  We will return to the saddle and then tackle the Iron Nipple (13,500') and evaluate everyone's stamina and weather conditions before deciding whether to tackle Heurfano Peak (13,828')  a Colorado Centennial.  Helmets required.  Trip plan to be sent out the week of the trip.

Leader: Michael Gaudet
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4400
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Sunday, 8/12/2018, New Member Hike: Goliath Pk 12,216' OFF-TRAIL Straight Up

This is a quick but difficult hike terminating atop a mountain peak with 360-degree views.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'll write you with a weather forecast the  day before. Do not assume bad weather means the trip is canceled.  We only cancel if the roads are treacherous. We just try to dress appropriately.

Leader: Robbie Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1700
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Sunday, 8/12/2018, Great Sand Dunes Camp Perseid Meteor Shower

The objective is to enjoy the peak meteor shower from on top of the sand dunes at night.  Our camp site is located just a short walk from the dunes.  Additionally, there are several great day time hikes in the mountains around the park.  Camp sites must be booked individually by everyone joining this adventure.  Please advise me as to your site number.  Our base of operation will be from Loop 1 site 020.  There are no formal programs and everyone is on their own for their camping and food.  We will have a schedule and sign up sheet for each day/night activities.  Join the group or simple go it on your own.

Leader: George Christman
Type: All Other, Trail mileage: 3, Elevation Gain: 700
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Sunday, 8/12/2018, Meteor Hike Mt Bierstadt 14,060’ Norm Arlt Mod C Scrambling

A great chance to see the peak of the Perseid meteor shower from the open sky of a 14’er (weather permitting – we would like a forecast of “Partly cloudy” or better, but “Mostly cloudy” might work). The new moon will set about 9:15pm, so will not interfere with viewing. We’ll start from the boardwalk at Guanella Pass at about 8 PM, and easily get back in time for work on Monday morning. This should NOT be your first 14nr.Each participant is expected to carry all 10+ Essentials.Passcode is same as all my past trips. If you have not hiked with me before, contact me via email to provide recent experience or let me know that you have a C hiker classification.I like to keep the whole group within yelling distance pretty much all the time, so if you are a free-spirited wanderer, this may not be the trip for you.

Leader: Norm Arlt
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Friday, 8/17/2018, Kit Carson Pk 14,065'/Challenger Pt 14,080'

Backpack in to WIllow Lake area on day 1 and set up camp. Day 2, attempt Kit Carson via Challenger Point. Day 3, pack out and drive home. More detailed information regarding route, carpooling, necessary gear, and sharing of gear will be sent to participants by email. 

Leader: Laura Hinds
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 7, Elevation Gain: 5000
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Friday, 8/17/2018, 14ers Castle & Cunundrum Peak


Leader: Bogie Dumitrescu
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4600
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Friday, 8/17/2018, Coxcomb, 13,656'

Day 1: Drive to one of two possible trailheads and backpack to a backcountry camp. Both trailheads are accessible for 2WD vehicles.Day 2: Approach to the start of the technical climbing route on the S side of Coxcomb. The technical portions of the route are described below. Return to camp.Day 3: Pack up camp, backpack to the trailhead, and drive home.Preference is given to participants willing to adhere to this 3-day timetable.Approaches(a) Cimarron West Fork. Drive to the West Fork trailhead near Owl Ck Pass at about 10,400'. One may be able to drove a bit further, depending on the condition of the 4WD road and a stream crossing. Backpack up the Wetterhorn Basin Trail to camp at about 11,500'. From camp, climb to the 12,500' pass W of Coxcomb. Loose about 400' of elevation and contour to the start of the climb on the S side of Coxcomb.(b) Cimarron Middle Fork. drive to the Middle Fork trailhead at about 10,000'. Backpack up the Middle Fork Trail about 4 miles to camp at about 11,500'. from camp, take the Coxcomb Trail to Coxcomb Pass at about 12,900', Contour around the S side of Coxcomb to the start of the technical route. This may involve loosing about 200' and regaining it on the way back.Technical Route Sections* 4th class climb from the bottom of the SW side of the summit block to an alcove. This class 4 step over a detached block was obliterated by a rockfall about 2 years ago and may well have changed from available route descriptions.* Scramble to the base of a chimney.* Low 5th class climb of the chimney.* Scramble along the top of the exposed ridge to a notch.* Rappel into the notch. Leave the rope for the return.* 4th class climb of opposite side of the notch.* Walk the narrow and exposed ridge to the summit.* Return requires re-climbing the mid 5th class step that you rappelled, use the toprope that you left.* Rappel the chimney from anchors (may need to construct). 2 ropes may be required.You may want to take a look at a CMC climb of Coxcomb in Sept 2000: http://climber.org/reports/2000/578.htmlThis is not a light and fast scramble, we will use trad technical mountaineering methods and gear. No route descriptions since the rockfall event a few years ago are available. Hence treat the climb as EXPLORATORY. Leader will do further research on current conditions.If judged not appropriate, another destination will be substituted.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Rock Climbing, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4000
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Friday, 8/17/2018, Fly Fishing Frying Pan and Roaring Fork Rivers


Leader: Celia Dunlap
Type: Fishing
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Friday, 8/17/2018, EXPLORATORY HIKE: Mount Missouri, Mount Belford, Mount Oxford

Trip participant requirements: (1) WTS; (2) BKPS, (3) Ten essentials, (4) scrambling/off trail physical and mental stamina, strength and conditioning, AND, (5) Successfully trekked a Colorado fourteener within the past 30 - days. Trekking poles will make the hike easier as the trail is unrelenting and locally pockmarked with scree and talus.

Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 5,500
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Saturday, 8/18/2018, Photographing Sunflower Fields Photography Field Trip


Leader: Selma Kristel
Type: All Other
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Saturday, 8/18/2018, Fern Lake - RMNP

Hike along Big Thompson River to the POOL then continue to Fern falls and then onto the Lake. Superb

Leader: Martin Berger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1360 feet
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Saturday, 8/18/2018, One Day Trail Crew Work Project on the Colorado Trail near Copper Mountain

Before I begin with the details of this trail work project, I need to tell all of you a little about myself. After backpacking the entire Colorado Trail 10 years ago, I decided that I needed to give back to the CTF (Colorado Trail Foundation) in the way of adopting a section of the CT. That section just happened to be the 5 1/2 mile section from the Copper Mountain boundary to Searle Pass and I'm responsible for maintaining and repairing as much of the trail as I feasibly can by myself. This is where all of you come into the mix by volunteering your time in helping to improve areas of the CT where more people are needed. It's truly very hard for me to do everything by myself and your additional help by volunteering your time is vital to maintaining this beautiful section of the Colorado Trail. So, as the adopter for this section of the Colorado Trail, I want to thank all of you in advance for signing up to not only help maintain or contruct this new section of trail realignment, but also for giving back to the trail system we use on a daily basis by volunteering your valuable time! ​Now for the details: Once we've reached the "trail head" and after a short safety talk, the group will hike in a half mile to the Colorado Trail. Then we'll follow the CT for the next 3 miles to a location where we'll be finishing up a new "trail realignment". In laymans terms, we'll be re-routing a small section of trail which over many years has been slowly eroding away causing a potential nightmare for all users of the Colorado Trail. This is a project I've had in the works for a couple of years as I awaited approval from the Forest Service and finally last fall, I was given their blessings to take it on. On this day, we'll be taking on the second stage of the project where we'll be finishing up cutting the new section of trail and connecting it into the existing trail. We'll also be "scarifying" the old section of trail in which we re-routed around. Essentially, we have to eliminate the old trail as if it never existed so that trail users don't use it and it has a chance to recover in future years. Just a note: the first stage of the project was completed a couple of weeks earlier where the group cut a major section of the new trail. Once we're done connecting  the new trail and scarifying the old section of trail, we'll pack up and hike back to the vehicles where I'll have drinks, spirits and snacks for the entire group! 

Leader: Dave Callais
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 8/18/2018, Fly Fishing/Backpack Trip - Hartenstein Lake Collegiate Peaks Wilderness

Backpack trip with optional fishing.We will trek up to Hartenstein Lake near Cottonwood Pass. Starting at the Denny Creek Trailhead, off Cottonwood Pass Road, it's a 2.5 mile trek to the lake.We’ll set up camp at a suitable site to explore the area, fish the lake, or just relax and enjoy the scenery. After a good night’s rest and a leisurely morning let's pack up and return to the trailhead.***Depending on group interest, we may extend this to a 3 day trip (Friday to Sunday) Please email trip leader with your preference when signing up.

Leader: Jorge Dominguez
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1100
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Saturday, 8/18/2018, Ascending Hikes: Crater Lakes from East Portal

From the East Portal trailhead, hike southwest on FSR 900 to the intersection with Crater Lakes Trail. The Crater Lakes are a cluster of 5 lakes spread about a rugged valley that forms a major tributary to South Boulder Creek. 

Leader: Dean Cates
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Saturday, 8/18/2018, Upper Colorado River Trail Maintenance

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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Sunday, 8/19/2018, Elk Park to Barr Camp

This Pikes Peak Marathon hike starts at Elk Park Knoll off the Pikes Peak Highway. We'll hike 

Leader: Paul Kozlowski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11.0, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1800
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