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Sunday, 3/24/2019, Grizzly Peak (13,427ft)

This hike is for current ACS students looking for a C climb but anyone is welcome if space allows. Email leader for passcode.We will start at Loveland Pass and head NE to point 12915. From there we will turn right and follow the ridge to reach Grizzly's summit. We will then reverse our route back to Loveland Pass. Note that 750ft of the elevation gain is on the way back.In addition to the usual 10 essentials, everyone should bring an ice axe, traction devices, trekking poles, snow goggles and face protection.Snowshoes are recommend though the ridge tends to alternate between areas blown clear of snow and areas of good hard-packed snow. If you choose to not bring snowshoes, be prepared for short stretches of postholing. This climb is #3 in Colorado Snow Climbs published by CMC.

Leader: Sheryl Lampert
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5.6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2900
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Sunday, 3/24/2019, Beginner Snowshoes: Kenosha Pass East

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: Robbie Monsma
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 900
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Sunday, 3/24/2019, Lake Helene Snowshoe


Leader: Bill Trout
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6.5, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Sunday, 3/24/2019, New / Prospective Member HIke - Arthur's Rock Loop

This loop in nearby Lory State Park winds through forested hillsides, open meadows, and along rock outcrops with a stop at the upper portion of Arthur's Rock which provides great views of Horsetooth Reservoir and the surrounding area.   The group will start at the Arthur's Rock trailhead and hike approximately 1.8 miles to the upper intersection with Howard's Trail with an optional spur to the summit of Arthur's.  We will return via Howard's Trail and the Mill Creek Link resulting in a loop of approximately 4.5 miles total.  At the end of the hike, we will find a spot to linger for anyone who wants to chat about other CMC trips, classes, or membership in general.   As always, plans may change depending on weather conditions.*ALTERNATIVE DATE NOTE:  Any new or prospective CMC members who can not make this trip on March 24th, or would prefer a trip of similar distance with slightly less elevation gain, can also sign up for the local Reservoir Ridge hike on March 23rd being led by Don Carpenter.  For more detail see the Reservoir Ridge trip posting; to sign up for that hike you can contact Don at dec5018@comcast.net. 

Leader: Steve Dielman
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1250
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Friday, 3/29/2019, Kingston Peak Reschedule

From the parking lot in St Marys follow old roads to the beginning of the glacier above the lake. This trail is usually icy and micro spikes will be necessary. Continue off trail up the glacier to timberline and then off trail over tundra to the high point. this portion of the hike will most likely require snowshoes to ascend the glacier on moderate slopes. This section will also most likely be windy and cold. Be prepared to hike in winter and cold conditions. Micro spikes, snowshoes, trekking poles required. winter foot gear (warm boots) and clothing required. Be able to carry your snowshoes on your pack as necessary.

Leader: Dean Cates
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1700
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Saturday, 3/30/2019, Nordic Ski Gold Run Nordic Center

For those who recently completed the Pikes Peak Group Intro to Backcountry Ski Course, this is a great progression to continue to build your skills.  Come spend the day honing your skate or classic track skiing skills on the groomed trails of this fantastic Nordic Center.  Full rentals available at the center.  All skill levels welcome.  We will avoid avalanche terrain.  Nordic Center Map.  280mi.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 3/30/2019, Backcountry Ski Tour, Cameron Pass

We are entering an intermediate season for backcountry skiing, between winter and spring snowpacks. Expect conditions to be variable. Descriptions of a range of backcountry ski routes are found at: www.frontrangeskimo.comMaps: Trails Illustrated #112, 200Route choice depends on weather and avalanche conditions.Trip leader will provide route details closer to the trip date.The backcountry tour will involve a round trip of up to 6 miles with an elevation gain of up to 2,000', with a portion on an established track. Be prepared to break trail for part of the route. Ascent will be moderately paced with periodic stops for snowpack and terrain assessments. You should be able to ski untracked snow in variable conditions, both above and below treeline, in trees of varying density. Terrain steepness will generally be 30 degrees or less, except for short, steeper sections up to 35 degrees. You should be prepared for an outing of 5-6 hours, trailhead to trailhead. Driving to and from the trailhead adds about another 2.5 hours round trip from the meeting location.Bring AT, tele, or split board gear with climbing skins. A helmet (skiing or climbing) is recommended. Avalanche gear (beacon, shovel, probe) and knowledge of how to use it, is required. Bring lunch, including a drink. Winter clothing, including wind protection, is essential.Backcountry AT/Tele ratings for this trip (see Notes below):Fitness - MODERATESkill - BLACKAvalanche training - LEVEL 1 AVALANCHE COURSE AND GEAR REQUIREDPlease read the notes on backcountry skiing ratings below to determine if this trip is for you.Check:NOAA weather forecast: http://www.weather.gov/bou/CAIC avalanche forecast: http://avalanche.state.co.us/Front Range forecast: http://avalanche.state.co.us/forecasts/backcountry-avalanche/front-range/before you leave for this ski tour.By signing up for this trip, participants agree to allow the trip leader to share contact information with other participants. They also agree that responsibility for group safety is shared by all participants.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 3/30/2019, Sky Pond Snowshoe

This will be a snowshoe up to Sky Pond. The large amount of snowfall should make for a very fun trip. We will start at the Glacier Gorge traillhead and head to The Loch. From there we will make our way to Sky Pond, and stop somwehere around there for lunch.Please bring all 10 essentials.Snowshoes are required.Microspikes might be nice to have.Please bring wind protection for the face and everything else as it might be very windy crossing The Loch.

Leader: Robert Gelcius
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 3/30/2019, Johnny Park to N Sheep Mtn (St Vrain North Fork) reschedule

Johnny Park road runs along the north rim of the 1500' deep St Vrain North Fork Canyon east of Allenspark.  The road is open to 4WD in the summer but gated for non motorized recreation in winter.  It would be great for snowshoe if conditions warrant but its low 8000' elevation makes that activity hit and miss.  Recently I observed just enough snow to shoe but that will probably melt significantly by trip date.  I am listing this as a hike but if more snow falls it could be snowshoe.  We hike this up and down back country road  for three miles, then go off road for a rugged 2+ miles on a promontory containing several sub peaks high above the river to N Sheep Mtn.   The leader has visited the entry point and viewed the promontory from a distance but the hike as described is exploratory.   I expect progress along the promontory to be slow but interesting.  There could be exposure and we might not summit all the sub-peaks.  It is because of this off trail part that I give the trip a difficult rating.The St Vrain North Fork is becomming my favorite destination with many good hiking opportunities, but undervisited by CMC.  I tried this trip in January but a mountain storm prompted us to hike elsewhere. So this is a retry.

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2200
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Saturday, 3/30/2019, MHS Field Day 2.1

This trip is the second field day for the 2019 Mountain Hiking School Students. Note the students will be split into two groups, reflected on the schedule as "MHS Field Day 2.1" and "MHS Field Day 2.2." The trip will start at Well Gulch Trailhead, and each group will proceed to Overlook trail. Observations of topography as it relates to the map will be discussed. Bearings will be taken from a variety of vantage points.Students will have the opportunity to lead the group. More details related to this trip will be discussed with students during the 3/26/19 classroom session.

Leader: David Wasson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.0, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 950
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Saturday, 3/30/2019, MHS Field Day 2.2

This trip is the second field day for the 2019 Mountain Hiking School Students. Note the students will be split into two groups, reflected on the schedule as "MHS Field Day 2.1" and "MHS Field Day 2.2."The trip will start at Well Gulch Trailhead, and each group will proceed to Overlook trail. Observations of topography as it relates to the map will be discussed. Bearings will be taken from a variety of vantage points.Students will have the opportunity to lead the group. More details related to this trip will be discussed with students during the 3/26/19 classroom session.

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.0, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 950
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Saturday, 3/30/2019, Celebrate WOMEN’s History Month - Mays Peak

Registered hikers will receive specific meet-up and hiking details via email a few days prior to the hike date.                            Some bushwhacking involved.   

Leader: Y Mason
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9.25, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,200
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Sunday, 3/31/2019, Gem Lake and Balanced Rock - Rescheduled

This is a reschedule of the March 3rd trip that was cancelled.  We will begin at the Lumpy Ridge trailhead and take the Gem Lake trail 1.7 miles to Gem Lake.  From the lake we will continue a little over a mile on the Gem Lake trail to the junction with the Balanced Rock trail which we will follow for another mile to its terminus at Balanced Rock. After a little rest and a bite to eat, we'll retrace our route back to the trailhead.  We will enjoy seeing some fabulous rock formations along the way and the incredible sweeping views of the high mountains of the RMNP from Longs Peak and the mountains surrounding Glacier Gorge, to the high peaks of the Mummy Range.  I think you'll find this to be a "gem" of a hike!

Leader: Brad Warren
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Sunday, 3/31/2019, New Member Hike: Carpenter Peak Roxborough State Park

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, 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.Please bring those of thehttp://10 essentials appropriate to a three-hour hike. Wear proper hiking boots, sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.  Rain jacket with hood is a year-round pack item.  Traction devices, such as microspikes, may be necessary as the trail probably will be icy.  (We recommend you always carry them in your pack from late fall through early summer.)  Part of the trail is steep, so bring hiking poles if you use them.  If you have never used hiking poles, I have a few to loan, if you'd like to try them.No jeans or cotton clothing.  We can talk more about all that on trip day. NO Dogs, please.  Look for designated "Doggie Hikes" on the calendar.Let me know of any medical conditions that might affect you on the hike.

Leader: Michael Tischer
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Friday, 4/5/2019, Hell's Hole*

At this writing I'm making this a snowshoe but conditions could change this to a Mod B hike with traction devices. I will scout beforehand and let you know in a pre-hike e-mail

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 7.5, Elevation Gain: 1900
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Friday, 4/5/2019, Picketwire Canyon Dino Trackway Comanche Nat. Grass.

Meet Friday morning at 10:00 at the RTD Park & Ride at southwest corner of South Wadsworth & Hampden.Drive to the Forest Service office in La Junta at: 1420 E. 3rd Street.Regroup and then drive to Withers Canyon Campground & Trailhead.The campground is about 25 miles south of La Junta. Due to dirt roads that can become impassable when wet I will CANCEL the trip if there has been precipitation the previous day or during the trip,Bring all of your own food & supplies for three days. I recommend a good cooler.We might cross the Purgatoire River so bring appropriate footwear.For more info: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/psicc/com

Leader: Phillip Kummer
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10.3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 4/6/2019, MHS Field Day 3.2

This trip is the third field day for the Mountain Hiking School Students. Note the students will be split into two groups, "The Bushwackers" and "The Trailblazers". David Wasson/JoAnn Herkenhoff will lead The Trailblazers and Scott Farquhar/Steve Dielman will lead The Bushwackers (Note a second trip "MHS Field Day 3.1 has been put on the schedule for this group).  The trip will start at Arthur's Rock Trailhead. One group will start up Arthur's Rock Trail and the other will start on the South Valley Loop Trail. Both groups will make their way to a knob labeled 6432 which is in Horsetooth Mountain Park off of Mill Creek Trail. Students will be asked to plan the route and lead (with direction from instructors) during the trip.  One group will be asked to approach point 6432 from the west side and the other group will be asked to approach from the east side. The groups will meet at the base of this destination. The groups will return to the trailhead via the opposite route. More details related to this trip will be discussed with students during the 4/2/19 Classroom session.  

Leader: JoAnn Herkenhoff
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1550
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Saturday, 4/6/2019, MHS Field Day 3.1

This trip is the third field day for the Mountain Hiking School Students. Note the students will be split into two groups, "The Bushwackers" and "The Trailblazers". Scott Farquhar/Steve Dielman will lead The Bushwackers and David Wasson/JoAnn Herkenhoff will lead The Trailblazers (Note a second trip "MHS Field Day 3.2 has been put on the schedule for this group).  The trip will start at Arthur's Rock Trailhead. One group will start up Arthur's Rock Trail and the other will start on the South Valley Loop Trail. Both groups will make their way to a knob labeled 6432 which is in Horsetooth Mountain Park off of Mill Creek Trail. Students will be asked to plan the route and lead (with direction from instructors) during the trip.  One group will be asked to approach point 6432 from the west side and the other group will be asked to approach from the east side. The groups will meet at the base of this destination. The groups will return to the trailhead via the opposite route. More details related to this trip will be discussed with students during the 4/2/19 Classroom session.  

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1550
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Saturday, 4/6/2019, Nordic Ski Breckenridge Nordic Center

For those who recently completed the Pikes Peak Group Intro to Backcountry Ski Course, this is a great progression to continue to build your skills.  Come spend the day honing your skate or classic track skiing skills on the groomed trails of this fantastic Nordic Center.  Full rentals available at the center.  All skill levels welcome.  We will avoid avalanche terrain.  Nordic Center Map.  260mi.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 10, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 4/6/2019, Sourdough Snowshoe*

We will hike the Sourdough Trail between Brainard Lake and Camp Dick in Peaceful Valley.  This will be partially exploratory for the leader as I have only done small sections of the Sourdough at a time.This will involve a car shuttle between the two trailheads. Details will be forthcoming once we have the roster.You must have microspikes and snowshoes.Here is the protrails description of this section:  http://www.protrails.com/trail/457/indian-peaks-wilderness-area-sourdough-trail-brainard-lake-to-camp-dick 

Leader: Sue Ahlberg
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Saturday, 4/6/2019, Bison Peak 12,431'

Saturday, April 6th - Bison Peak 12,431’ (Moderate D)12mi RT, 4000ft gainOn trail Hike to summitCarpool Details:Meeting Location: Meet at 5:20, Leave at 5:30 from US 285 & Twin Forks PNR6164 US Hwy 285, Morrison, CO 80465GPS Cords: 39.606991, -105.229276Meet at 5:20AM for 5:30AM departure.Trailhead Details:UTE Creek Trailhead: 9814 Tarryall Rd, Jefferson, CO 80456Required Gear:Sturdy hiking boots10 essentials3L waterFoodEasily digestible foods for energy on trail (Shotblocks, honey stringers, Gu's, etc.)Experience: Class D: Over 15 miles round trip or 3500’ elevation gain (or both).  Very strenuous physical activity often including exposure or requiring the use of technical skills and equipment.  Knowledge based on prior experience and training is highly beneficial.Email the trip leader with an introduction of yourself, a summary of your winter hiking experience, and ask about being added to the roster. victoriaseacrist @ gmail . com  

Leader: Victoria Seacrist
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4000
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Saturday, 4/6/2019, Lost Creek Wilderness - Payne Creek

General Notes: Group will travel 4 miles in, find lunch location and return to TH.Leaving the trailhead near Bailey, the Payne Creek Trail and the Brookside-McCurdy Trail rise gently and soon reach a trail junction at the foot of a large private meadow. Here the two trails diverge, with the Payne Creek Trail bearing left and the Brookside-McCurdy Trail bearing right. The trail crosses a small drainage and then rises gradually along the west side of Payne Gulch, crossing the wilderness boundary. The next stretch from the Payne Creek crossing to the high point is fairly steep as the trail climbs up an old logging road. This climb puts hikers into a pleasant aspen grove, which is a great place to take a break. The trail now begins to descend into the Craig Creek drainage. In the large open meadow along Craig Creek, the trail first runs down the north side of the creek, then crosses to the south. The trail then continues in a southeasterly direction until you reach the Bluestem Draw flowing north into Craig Creek. Shortly thereafter, the trail crosses another unnamed drainage flowing north into Craig Creek and begins to climb out of the Craig Creek drainage to meet the Colorado Trail.

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate
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Saturday, 4/6/2019, Long Scraggy Pk 8812' *

One of my favorite hikes this time of year. From the Colorado Trail and Jeffco 126 hike North, and then Southeast to the ridge and summit. Rock scrambling to the summit. The trail is steep in places, so bring poles for stability on the downhill.If the trip has a full foster, consider signing up anyway; it is common for some participants to cancel registration in the days prior to the trip.

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1827
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Saturday, 4/6/2019, Trailblazers:New Member Hike: Meyer Ranch

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, 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. Please bring those of the 10 Essentials http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html appropriate to a mountain hike:  Wear proper hiking boots, sunglasses and sunscreen, a hat, a personal first aid kit, nutrition items, and plenty of water. Rain jacket with hood is a year-round pack item.  Traction devices, such as Microspikes, probably will be necessary as the trail could be icy. (We recommend you always carry them in your pack from late fall through early summer.) A few small parts of the trail is steep, so bring hiking poles if you use them. If you have never used hiking poles, I have a few to loan, if you'd like to try them. No jeans or cotton clothing. We can talk more about all that on trip day. Please let me know if you have a medical condition that might affect you on the trail. NO Dogs, please. Look for designated "Doggie Hikes" on the calendar.I do not check the CMC site nor email the morning of the hike so you must TEXT me if you are unable to attend or unforeseen issues arise. 303-330-4750

Leader: Suzanne Allexan
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 4/6/2019, Gardner area

Hike on private property on the back of Greenhorn mountain.

Leader: Nancie Biery
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4
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Sunday, 4/7/2019, Mt. Rosa

Stand where Lt. Zeb Pike stood (possibly) when he claimed the mountain that now bears his name would never be climbed. Mount Rosa tops out at timberline and, with mileage and elevation gain, is the physical equivalent of many a 14-er hike.  We'll meet at "the Hub" parking area where Gold Camp Road and High Drive intersect, walk up Gold Camp Road, take the St. Mary's Falls trail and connect to the Mt. Rosa trail. Lunch at the top and return the same way. The summit provides a great view of the Pikes Peak area and the Sangres to the southwest. The upper part of the trail is multi-use and has been chewed up by dirt bikes so sturdy footwear is a must. Prepared guests (gear and fitness) are welcome but no dogs.

Leader: Andy Lyon
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4000
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Friday, 4/12/2019, Black Lake Snowshoe RMNP


Leader: Bill Trout
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 9.5, Elevation Gain: 1480
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Friday, 4/12/2019, Ptarmigan Peak Trail, Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness Area

From the TH hike north through lodgepole and spruce fir about 3.5 miles to the Ptarmigan Peak WA boundary. As we climb we see evermore impressive views of Dillon Reservoir and the Gore Range, directly across the Blue River Valley. At the WA boundary, we will turnaround to take a nearly parellel, unmaintained trail heading south to rejoin the main trail about a mile from the trail head.

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Saturday, 4/13/2019, BC Ski Mayflower Gulch

For those who recently completed the Pikes Peak Group Intro to Backcountry Ski Course, this is a great progression to continue to build your skills.  This is a moderate out and back ski into Mayflower Gulch north of Fremont Pass.  We will stay to the main road up to the historic cabins, have lunch, play on the slopes around the cabins, and return.  We may explore some of the side roads along the way.  NNN-BC cross-country gear will be okay, but cable binding backcountry gear is recommended.  Avalanche gear and training is required.  Nat Geo Map 109.  320mi.  7/1,500.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 4/13/2019, Ascending Hikes: Roxborough St. Park Easy A

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: Paul Bleau
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 400
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Sunday, 4/14/2019, New Member Hike: Corwina Park-Panorama Point

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, 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.Please bring those of thehttp://10 essentials appropriate to a three-hour hike. Wear proper hiking boots, sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.  Rain jacket with hood is a year-round pack item.  Traction devices, such as microspikes, may be necessary as the trail probably will be icy.  (We recommend you always carry them in your pack from late fall through early summer.)  Part of the trail is steep, so bring hiking poles if you use them.  If you have never used hiking poles, I have a few to loan, if you'd like to try them.No jeans or cotton clothing.  We can talk more about all that on trip day. NO Dogs, please.  Look for designated "Doggie Hikes" on the calendar.Let me know of any medical conditions that might affect you on the hike.

Leader: Julie Luce
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 900
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Friday, 4/19/2019, Twin Owls Loop GGNP*


Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3120
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Friday, 4/19/2019, North Table Mountain Information Hike Natural History

Come discover the birds, flowers and wildlife of this "Serengeti of Golden". We will see some great vistas as we wind our way through grass/shrubland and lava cliffs to explore the mesa top and its origin. Bring binoculars.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 4/20/2019, Snow Climb - Cristo Couloir

This will be a snow climb of Cristo Couloir.  We will descent the couloir by glissading or skiing down. If bringing skis/splitboard you must be an expert skier.Previous completion of BMS Snow and Avalanche Level 1 classes are requried to register. Priority will be given to PPG members first. We will leave the Springs around 5am.Crampons, Ice axe, helmet, beacon/probe/shovel are required.  Backcountry skis/splitboard or snowshoes.

Leader: Kristen Buckland
Type: All Other, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Saturday, 4/20/2019, Snowshoe Tennessee Pass Narrow Gauge Railroad Bed

This is a moderate out and back on the old railroad bed that went over Tennessee Pass before the tunnel was cut in.  The narrow gauge route was cut in 1881 and served the D&RG until a standard gauge route was cut in 200 ft below in 1890.  This old narrow gauge route serves as a wonderful easy snowshoe with many trail options to the sides.  We will do as little or as much as the group feels ready for at the time. We will avoid avalanche terrain. This trip is primarily intended for Pikes Peak and Pueblo Group members.  All others will be waitlisted.  Nat Geo Map 109.  300mi.  7/600’. Register with leader.  Eric Hunterehuntercmc@gmail.comor (719) 266-9647

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 600
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Saturday, 4/20/2019, Timber, Kimmons,W Valley Trail Lory State Park

This hike is a loop beginning just south of the visitor center in Lory State Park west of Fort Collins. We start on the Timber Trail, hookup to the Kimmons Trail and finally the West Valley Trail returning to the trailhead. It offers beautiful views of Horsetooth Reservoir, the hogbacks and foothills. There is also the chance of seeing wildlife. Register with the leader at dec5018@comcast.net.

Leader: Don Carpenter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.1, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 574
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Saturday, 4/20/2019, Ascending Hikes: Carpenter Peak Moderate A


Leader: Paul Bleau
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Sunday, 4/21/2019, BMS Snow - Dead Dog Couloir Climb

This is a couloir climb for recent graduates of the Pikes Peak Group BMS Snow class. Priority will be given to 2019 students.  Completion of Avalanche Level 1 or AIARE Companion Rescue within the past 5 yeras is required.Conditions will dictate where we climb, possibly Dead Dog Couloir, Horseshoe Couloir or Cristo Couloir.  We will need to be at the trailhead at 6am/7am so an ealry start from the Springs is required.Crampons, ice axe, beacon/probe/shovel, snowshoes required.Contact the leader to signup

Leader: Kristen Buckland
Type: All Other, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4000
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