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Friday, 5/24/2019, Green Mtn. 8,144' Boulder

Start near Gregory Canyon TH, hike by Saddle Rock and continue to summit. Return on Ranger and Gregory Canyon trails.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Friday, 5/24/2019, Homestead Meadows

This area had early settlers from 1883 to 1923. There will be some signs. We will be in the trees often

Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1374
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Saturday, 5/25/2019, Lower Fish Canyon Backpack and McCloyd Canyon/Natural Bridges NM Day Hikes, Utah

Come enjoy an extended backpack trip through this Ancestral Puebloan cliff ruins and rock art canyon of the Cedar Mesa area of Utah.  We will see some of the best-preserved ruins and rock art of the southwest as well as enjoy an incredible canyon adventure.  We will backpack up Lower Fish Canyon to near the junction on day 1.  We will backpack down Fish Canyon to the TH on day 2.  There are many rock art and ruin sites on this portion.  We will day hike into McLoyd Canyon to visit Moonhouse Ruins day 3.  We will day hike through White Canyon and Armstrong Canyon in Natural Bridges National Monument on day 4.  There are incredible rock formations and ruins on this portion.  We will car camp in BLM land before and after the backpack.  There may be some extra credit canyons or sites before and after Fish Canyon as well.  There is a non-refundable, required $35 fee to reserve your spot due by 15 May.  This trip is intended for those who have completed the Pikes Peak Group Canyoneering Course.  All others will be wait listed.  Nat Geo Map 706.  950 mi.  35/1,500’.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 35, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 5/25/2019, Twin Sisters 11,428' (RMNP)

The hike up to Twin Sisters will have great views of Longs Peak and the Tahosa Valley along the way.  We will also cross a large landslide area left from the 2013 flood.  I suspect we will have some large snowfields to cross at the higher elevations.  You might want to wear gaiters or have an extra pair of socks or two in case your feet get wet from snow going down into your boots.Microspikes WILL LIKELY BE needed for this hike.Feel free to contact the trip leader with any questions or concerns.

Leader: David Sanders
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2338
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Saturday, 5/25/2019, White Ranch OSP

This will be a leader's choice hike where the leader will choose the trails we'll be hiking on for the day.

Leader: Dave Callais
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 5/25/2019, Table Iron + Iron Mountain

We will start at Cameron Pass (~10,250 ft) and travel up the steep rise to the east of the parking area then proceed from a saddle to Table Iron (~12,050 ft). We will then drop into another saddle to the south east before making the climb up to Iron Mountain (~12,250 ft). 

Leader: Steve Dielman
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 2200
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Saturday, 5/25/2019, Ascending Hikes: Chief and Papoose Mtns 11,709' Easy B

Trail to Chief Mtn &  Papoose.   Slight off trail  to Papoose nestledl between Squaw and Chief, but we will need to avoid the gun range off Squaw Mtn Rd.    

Leader: Brian Le Blanc
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1259
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Saturday, 5/25/2019, Bergen Peak Loop Hike

We'll begin from the Lewis Ridge parking lot and hike the Bergen Peak Trail to the summit. Max elevation is 9708', and there are nice views of Mt Evans. We'll descend via Too Long Trail.Bring layers, clothing and footgear appropriate for an approx 6 hour hike on established trails in Colorado. Bring 10 Essentials including sun and wind protection, hat, jacket, 2 liters of H2O, food; your personal medical kit, compass, trail map. 

Leader: Stephen Norman
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Saturday, 5/25/2019, Dixon Trail to Dragon's Backbone - Cheyenne Mtn State Park

We will start on the Talon trail and then take the North Talon trail. We then will connect to the Dixon trail and long switchbacks will take us up through the valley, past stunning rock formations, and even a 1957 plane crash site. We will eventually reach the Dragon's Backbone, a 0.85 mile one way trail that the Park rates as extreme. This trail follows the rocky ridgeline that comprises the top of Cheyenne Mountain. The views from atop its overlooks are worth every grueling, rocky step. There are a few places with easy scrambling and mild exposure. If everyone one is up for it, we will scramble to the top of Robber's Roost, a spectacular viewpoint of Colorado Springs and the surrounding area.

Leader: Denise Snow
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 15.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Sunday, 5/26/2019, The Grand Couloir Climb & Ski

We will climb the Grand Couloir on Mt Etna. The TH is off Monarch Pass at the snowmobile shop in Garfield, CO. We'll hike/skin up the forest road for 3ish miles before reaching the base of the couloir. Then 3,000 straight up. Options for the descent include skiing down from the summit, skiing off the ridge to bypass the steep section, or just skiing down the ridge trail. The couloir is wide and genearlly safe for blue/black skiers. Snowshoers are welcome, just know you'll have to descend without the group.If the weather is too warm we'll switch to a north facing couloir on Democrat, Lincoln, or North Star Mtn.Gear required: ice axe, crampons, helmet, AT/Tele Skis or Splitboard with skins. Or snowshoes. The leader will probably drive down the day before and sleep at the TH or hike in a few miles and camp.Contact the leader with your experience to signup.

Leader: Kristen Buckland
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4000
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Sunday, 5/26/2019, 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.  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. In March the retry was frustrated by snow and mud on the access road.  So this is try #3.

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2200
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Sunday, 5/26/2019, Sundance Ski Descent

From a parking area on Trail Ridge Road a bit more than a mile west of the Forest Canyon Overlook, walk or ski north to the Toll Memorial rocks. You can also get there by parking at the Rock Cut and taking a trail NE. Start down a broad, low angle (15 degrees) snow field with few, if any, obstacles. More serious skiing starts about 300' down as the slope begins to roll over and gets increasingly steeper. Over the next 2,000', the slope transitions from a relaxed 20 degrees to a more serious, consistent grade of 45 degrees, with a few patches of 50 degrees. There are possible obstacles at the bottom of this ski run so it is important to ski under control if you decide to ski all the way down.You have the option of stopping whenever the slope angle gets too steep for you or snow conditions are not as stable as you would like. Do not ski lower than your capability and comfort zone. Stopping earlier makes for a shorter return. To return to your car at Trail Ridge Road, boot up the steeper lower portions of the slope and skin up the less steep upper portions. You may want to bring an ice ax and maybe crampons too - check with the trip leader prior to the trip.Map: Trails Illustrated #200In case of an unfavorable weather forecast, unstable snowpack conditions, or delays in the opening of Trail Ridge Road, the alternate date is Saturday, June 8.What to bring:AT, tele skis or spitboard and appropriate boots, poles,Climbing skins,Downhill ski gear will work, but you need to be prepared to boot back up in downhill boots.Winter clothing including wind, sun protection,Day pack with extra clothing, food, drink,Helmet is recommended,Ice ax, boot crampons, or ski crampons may be advised - check with trip leader ahead of time.Avalanche rescue gear (beacon, shovel, probe)

Leader: John Raich
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Friday, 5/31/2019, Mt. Sniktau (13,284') and Mt. Cupid (13,114') *

We will start at Loveland Pass (11,990').  From Loveland Pass, we will head east, along the Continental Divide, up to an unnamed peak (12,915'). From there we will head north, over another unnamed peak (elevation 13,152') to Mt. Sniktau (Elevation 13,284').  From Mt. Sniktau, we will return south to the unnamed peak (elevation 13,152'), then continue further south along the Continental Divide to Mt. Cupid (Elevation 13,117').  From Mt. Cupid, we will return to Loveland Pass.Weather and trail conditions permitting, if the group is up to it, we may also try to go to Grizzly PeakThere are beautiful views all around from the ridges and peaks on this hike   

Leader: James Guerra
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2200
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Friday, 5/31/2019, New Member Hike: Centennial Cone Park OB

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, likely will be necessary as the trail could be icy. (We recommend you always carry them in your pack from late fall through early summer.)Only a few small parts of the trail are 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 if you have any health conditions that might affect your hiking.

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2250
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Saturday, 6/1/2019, Shooting Star Couloir Climb & Ski

The hike starts at the Saint Mary's TH in Alice, CO. We will hike in to the basin of James Peak and climb either Shooting Star or Super Star couloir depending on conditions. The couloirs may have a technical 5.4 rock section that we will rope up for.Crampons, ice axe, helmet, harness are required.AT/Tele Skis or Splitboard with skins. Snowshoers also welcome but you may have to walk by yourself on the descent. We will most likely ski down the standard route and not the couloir, unless you can huck cornices and rock steps.Completion of BMS Rock and BMS Snow is required. Email the leader with your experience to signup.

Leader: Kristen Buckland
Type: All Other, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3300
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Saturday, 6/1/2019, Mt. Democrat, North Couloir -- ACS Snow Couloir Climb

This is a moderate, scenic

Leader: John Martersteck
Type: , Trail mileage: 9.9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2600
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Saturday, 6/1/2019, Alpine Scrambling Course Basic Skills Session 2

2019 Alpine Scrambling Course, Basic Skills Session 2 - SnowLocation: Cameron PassDescription of session activities and required gear provided through small instructional groups. For Basic Skills Session 2, students need ice ax, crampons fit to your boots at home (if you selected that option), helmet, climbing harness, 2 locking carabiners, a 60 cm sewn sling, a 120 sewn sling, 60 inches of 5 mm nylon accessory cord, adequate clothing for expected weather conditions, including rain gear, mountaineering boots, 10 essentials. Snowshoes or backcountry ski gear are likely to be needed for the approach - check with your small group instructor. Instructors should bring the same gear as students plus a 30 m rope per instructional group and a few pieces of snow protection.The Basic Skills Session is an all day field trip conducted in small groups. It consists of both reviews and new skills development:* Mountain travel skills* Hazard identification* Route finding* Risk management* Soft snow climbing techniques* Managing emergency situations* Roped climbing practice* Crampon use - optional* Debrief 

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 20, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 6/1/2019, Mt Evans B 13,577 ft Snowshoe Trip

WE WILL DRIVE TO LEADVILLE AND THEN UP MOSQUITO PASS AS FAR AS WE CAN. HIKE OR SNOWSHOE UP TO THE TOP OF THE PASS AND TURN RIGHT AND HIKE UP THE RIDGE TO THE SUMMIT AT 13,577 FEET. WE MAY HAVE TO CARRY OUR SNOWSHOES IN OR ON OUR PACKS.BRING SNOWSHOES, GAITORS AND LOTS OF SUNSCREEN.

Leader: Bruce Badger
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2577
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Saturday, 6/1/2019, Kautz team training climb #3 (HAMS)


Leader: Jane Reuteler
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 15, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 5000
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Saturday, 6/1/2019, Fly Fishing Trip - Crystal Lake below Leadville


Leader: Jorge Dominguez
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 1
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Saturday, 6/1/2019, Ascending Hikes: Carpenter Peak Loop, Roxborough State Park Easy B

Climb Carpenter Peak, then return via Powerline Trail, to see all five of Roxborough State Parks ecosystems. State Park entrance fee of $7 per car to be shared by occupants of each car. 

Leader: Sandy McVie
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Saturday, 6/1/2019, Staunton State Park Doggie Hike* Eagle Cliffs and Staunton Rocks

We will hike a scenic route in Staunton State Park on the Mason Creek and Bear Paw Trails to Eagle Cliffs and on the Bugling Elk Trail to Staunton Rocks.  Return on the Old Mill and Staunton Ranch Trails. Fit, friendly dogs on leash are welcome but not required. There is a $7 entrance fee per vehicle, unless you have a state park pass. A stop for refreshments on the way home is possible.

Leader: Bob Watkins
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10.5, Elevation Gain: 2,300
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Saturday, 6/1/2019, Sentinel Point, 12,527

This will be a loop hike starting at the trailhead on CO Hwy 67.  We will go up the trail for about 1 mile and then north onto the Ring-the-Peak Trail.  We will follow this up to the north slope of Sentinel Point.  We will then go off trail and hike south on steep slopes up to the summit.  There are a few big boulders to negotiate near the summit, but that section is optional.  From the highpoint we will continue south following the south ridge until we get close to treeline.  We will then turn west and drop steeply off trail to Horsethief Falls.  From there we will pick up a trail and follow it back to the trailhead.

Leader: Mark Silas
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,800
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Sunday, 6/2/2019, Scrambled Legs Planning Test

This planning exercise is only for the current members of WTS Group 22. Details are to be determined by the Scrambled Legs.

Leader: Tom Hartzell
Type: , Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: tbd
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Sunday, 6/2/2019, Queens Way Couloir, Apache Peak ASC Fort Collins Climb

We will be climbing Queens Way Couloir on Apache Peak. This is a moderate snow route that with a moderate pace can be done in a half day. As the date approaches, decisions on the gear to bring to deal with the snow pack will be decided. Currently the road to the Long Lake Trailhead is slated to open in late June. This means we will most likely be adding 2 miles (4 Round Trip) to our day.  Snowshoes or AT skis will most likely be needed. However, no matter the method of travel we will be together from TH to TH, unless accompanied by a leader. I am attaching the mountain project link below: https://www.mountainproject.com/route/106639524/queens-way

Leader: Zach Eiten
Type: All Other, Trail mileage: 14, Pace: Fast, Elevation Gain: 2,950 ft.
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Sunday, 6/2/2019, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument hike

Following a quick stop at the Visitor's Center, we will hike part of the Hornbek Wildlife loop, the Boulder Creek trail, and the Petrified Forest loop for a total hike of about 6 miles within the national monument. Hiking at a casual pace will allow time to read interpretive signs, take photos, and birdwatch. The trails follow meadows, ponderosa pine forest, and skirt a riparian area. The Petrified Forest loop leads through the bed of ancient Lake Florissant, and we will pass numerous giant petrified redwood tree stumps. NOTE: There may be a $10 entrance fee if you do not have a national parks pass. Since each pass admits up to 4 people, you may be able to get in free on another participant's pass. Bring your national parks pass if you have one.

Leader: Renee Howbert
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 800
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Friday, 6/7/2019, Mt. Sniktau 13,284' & Mt. Cupid 13,114')*

We will start at Loveland Pass (11,990').  From Loveland Pass, we will head east, along the Continental Divide, up to an unnamed peak (12,915'). From there we will head north, over another unnamed peak (elevation 13,152') to Mt. Sniktau (Elevation 13,284').  From Mt. Sniktau, we will return south to the unnamed peak (elevation 13,152'), then continue further south along the Continental Divide to Mt. Cupid (Elevation 13,117').  From Mt. Cupid, we will return to Loveland Pass.If it's not too windy, we'll have a snack on Sniktau and lunch on Cupid.There are beautiful views all around from the ridges and peaks on this hikeYou need to bring 10 essentials and good wind gear, head to toe.

Leader: Suzanne Allexan
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2200
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Friday, 6/7/2019, Ralston Roost - Frazer Meadow Loop Golden Gate Canyon SP

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

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Friday, 6/7/2019, Friday Bike Ride on the Rio Grande Trail June 7 through August 30

Start your Friday off with a fun healthy bike ride down the Rio Grande Trail. Lisa will lead these fitness bike rides every Friday from 8:00 to 10:00 AM until Labor Day. Meet at the Carbondale RFTA Park and Ride lot.

Leader: Lisa Paige
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 20
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Saturday, 6/8/2019, Couloir Climb

This is a couloir climb for current ACS or HAMS students requiring a climb to meet school prerequisites.Route will be determined 1-2 weeks prior to trip.

Leader: Jeff Benton
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Saturday, 6/8/2019, Pacific Peak, North Couloir

This is a challenging, scenic

Leader: John Martersteck
Type: , Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Saturday, 6/8/2019, Mohawk Lakes

This is a strenuous hike from the Spruce Creek Trailhead along the base of Mount Helen past waterfalls and Lower Mohawk Lake to Upper Mohawk Lake and possibly beyond.  There are incredible views of Pacific, Crystal, and Father Dyer Peaks above treeline.  This trip is primarily intended for Pikes Peak and Pueblo Group members.  All others will be waitlisted.  Nat Geo Map 109.  220 mi. 10/2,000’.  Register with leader. Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 6/8/2019, Evergreen Mountain (Alderfer/Three Sisters OSP)

After leaving the parking area, the group will hike their way towards Evergreen Mountain continually gaining elevation until the summit is reached. Here, we'll take in the great views for a while. Then, we'll leave the summit and descend down the other side of the mountain eventually reaching the upper parking area where we'll have lunch somewhere nearby the area. Finally, to end the day, we'll set out on a number of other trails working our way past the Three Sisters rock formation and finally descending back to the lower parking area and the vehicles.

Leader: Dave Callais
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 6/8/2019, Castle at Wellington Lake 9200’ Moderate B Off trail, Scrambling Norm Arlt

From the Rolling Creek Trailhead, we will follow the trail toward the NW base of The Castle. We will cross the creek and bushwack up the side of the mountain only to the saddle at 9200' on the backside of the peak from Wellington Lake. The route would become Class 5 if we were to continue higher, which we will not. We will return by the same route.Each participant is expected to carry all 10+ Essentials.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.Lost Creek Wilderness - limit of 15 for groups.

Leader: Norm Arlt
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Saturday, 6/8/2019, Ascending Hikes: Six Benchmark (Lyons area) Moderate B

This is St Vrain North Fork country east of Allenspark and west of Lyons.  The river is in a 1500' deep canyon here offering many great hikes which are unfortunately undervisited by CMC.  We ascend the west side of Button Rock Mountain to a spectacular overlook of Buttonrock Dam called Six Benchmark by starting up a rough USFS road which leaves Big Elk Meadows road and climbs toward the summit.  We eventually leave that road and follow an unmarked trail to a rocky outcrop which is the benchmark, then continue around a loop of the summit back to the road.  There is an optional scramble to the very edge of the benchmark outcrop which requires a little courage.  We may also visit Buttonrock summit with a short side hike and unintimidating scramble.  Great views of Meeker and Longs Peaks far above and Button Rock Reservoir far below.

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 6/8/2019, Bike to Morning Fresh Dairy Tour

This will be a casual pace bike trip.  For the full trip from ELC, we'll ride ~11 miles along the Poudre River Trail to LaPorte, and then a combination of off-road trail and quiet rural roads for ~4 miles to the farm.  The entire trip should be paved and, as a bonus, will pass by the newly constructed Fort Collins Whitewater Park.  We should arrive at the Farm early enough for a stop at the on-site Howling Cow Cafe (counter service) before the 11:30 am tour.  We will return by the same route (but better, because downstream). 

Leader: Steve Dielman
Type: Bike, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 450
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Saturday, 6/8/2019, Pk. 12383 via Skyscraper couloir

Snow climb of Skyscraper couloir (above Bob lake, near Rollins pass) on the south end of Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. Rather than the approach described in Dave Cooper’s “Colorado Snow Climbs” book, we will start from Hessie trailhead, taking a 4 mile 2200’ off trail (but familiar) approach to overnight Saturday at the Boulder CMC Årestua hut for an alpine start on Sunday morning. This trip is a good snow refresher, with mileage and elevation gain for those conditioning for big trips in the summer. The snow climb itself is exploratory (I have not visited Skyscraper before; Cooper describes a ~1000’ gain, with the relatively low average incline of 30 degrees. The trip is intended for those with previous snow experience – CMC Basic Mountaineering School is a pre-requisite. The top of the couloir should offer great views of the final stretch of the former railroad / auto road before Rollins pass, including the remaining wooden trestles above the King lake valley. I hope to top out Peak 12383 before we walk down from the ridge to return to the hut, to gather overnight gear and return to Hessie. The maximum number of participants is limited to the seven overnight spaces at the hut. There is no fee to stay at Årestua, but a $5 donation is recommended.ps If you are inquiring to join the trip, please describe: (a) when you took the BMS course, and (b) snow/ice climbing you have done recently. 

Leader: David Miller
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 16, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3450
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Saturday, 6/8/2019, ACS High Peak Climb Session A

Alpine Climbing SchoolHigh Peak Climb2019 students only

Leader: Michael Gaudet
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 15, Elevation Gain: 5900
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Sunday, 6/9/2019, Skywalker Couloir Climb & Ski

From the Fourth of July TH we'll hike for 2 miles along the Arapahoe Pass Trail, another mile puts us at the base of the 1,500' couloir. The top section of the couloir is a steep 55+ degree slope with potentional for ice or rock steps. If conditions are good we'll ski down the couloir, another option is to ski/walk down the standard trail. You must be an expert double black skier with backcountry skiing experience if you plan to descend the couloirSnowshoes are welcome to join but know you will have to descend without the group.Contact the leader with your experience to signup. Gear Required:AT/Tele Skis or Splitboard with skinsIce Axe, second tool suggestedCramponsHelmetTen EssentialsProper food/clothing  

Leader: Kristen Buckland
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,300
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Sunday, 6/9/2019, ASC-Ptarmigan Glacier Snow Climb & Scramble

This trip will traverse a variety of terrain.  We will hike from Bear Lake to Lake Helene on trail.  Once we reach Lake Helene we will be off trail and on talus and then the Ptramigan Glacier.  After gaining the ridge we will follow the Flat Top trail back down to Bear Lake.  Please bring your 10-essentials along with a minimum of 1-liter of water and some high energy food.  The weather can vary cosiderabley along the route; several layers are advised.  Some of the route will be on the glacier; crampons, sturdy boots that work with your crampons, gaiters, and ice axe with tether are needed.  Please bring your climbing harness and two locking carabiners as well.  Trekking poles are optional, it is up to each individual to decide if they are comfortable with or without them.  Some people like to use one trekking pole and thier ice ax for terrain similar to this route.The roue will be scouted a few days in advance and I will let everyone know if snow shoes will be needed.  The route will cover 8.25 miles and an elevation gain of 2750 ft.

Leader: Bruce Miskulin
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 8.25, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2750 ft.
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Sunday, 6/9/2019, New Member Hike: Apex Trail

I will 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 https://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, may be necessary as the trail could 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.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: Marc Borai
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1,300
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Sunday, 6/9/2019, Bergen Peak via Mountaineers Route

This is an LIT hike for Chris Brown. Come out and support Chris on his first trip as a CMC leader! We will depart the trailhead at 7:40 AM and follow Bergen Peak Trail to the summit.  Near the summit, we will take the mountaineers trail to the summit to save about a mile off the trail distance, then descend via the standard route.  We should be back to the trailhead around noon.Bring ten essentials, especially extra water and sun protection.  We will watch out for mountain bikers that frequent the trail.

Leader: Sarah Maurer
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Sunday, 6/9/2019, Staunton SP-West-Side Mod C

Fast-moderate to moderate pace - 2+ mph.

Leader: John O'Leary
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 14, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Friday, 6/14/2019, Walker Ranch Loop

This hike will originate from the south entrance to the park, off of Hwy 72. The trail loops up and down through a variety of vegetation and terrain. Boulder Creek provides a beautiful scenic lunch stop.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Friday, 6/14/2019, Royal Mountain*

 We will hike in about 1 mile on the Tanglewood Trail as if heading toward Pegmatite Points. Then we will pick a likely spot to leave the trail and bushwack steeply for 400 feet to the ridge. Once on the ridge we will have to climb another 1400 feet to the summit. Along the way are multiple opportunities to scramble with little exposure. You can avoid the scrambles and just go around them. The trip down is substantially easier. 

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Saturday, 6/15/2019, Citadel NE Couloir Snow Climb

Climb the Citadel northeast couloir (a.k.a. “Snoopy’s Backside”) at the headwall of Herman Gulch in Clear Creek County. Start at Herman Gulch trailhead.All participants must leave both Saturday and Sunday (June 15 & 16) open. We'll make a decision on which day to go by the prior Thursday based on forecasted weather and snow conditions.This will be a long day with a very early start. We will probably leave the Herman Gulch trailhead around 2am.We usually rappel the first 200 feet of the south side ("Snoopy's collar") to start our descent.Reference: Colorado Snow Climbs by Dave Cooper. Climb #24.

Leader: Marshall Hull
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,200
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Saturday, 6/15/2019, Couloir Climb Cameron Pass ASC Student/Instructor Sign-up

This is an Alpine Scrambling Course field trip. ASC students and instructors only sign up here. All others should sign up with 'Couloir Climb Cameron Pass, Non-ASC member Sign-up'We will choose one of several possible routes:Mahler Couloirs: https://frontrangeskimo.com/mount-mahleror one of severalNokhu Couloirs: https://frontrangeskimo.com/nokhu-cragsMap: Trails Illustrated #200We may change the date depending on snowpack conditions and/or road openings.Maximum slope angles of the couloirs are in the 40 to 45 degree range. Runouts vary, depending on the route. Experienced snow climbers will be confident enough to ascend and descend these couloirs without the added security of a rope. This climb will include students of the Alpine Scrambling Course. So we plan to provide roped climbing with snow and rock anchors as protection for at least some in the group, particularly for the descent. Most of the couloirs in this group require descending the ascent route.Recommended gear:Mountaineering bootsGaitersIce axCramponsHelmetClimbing harness2 locking carabiners60 cm sewn sling120 cm sewn slingBring snow pickets if you have them.Snowshoes or backcountry skis may be required for the approach.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Saturday, 6/15/2019, Couloir Climb Cameron Pass Non-ASC Members Sign-up

This is a field trip of the Alpine Scrambling Program.Non-ASC members sign up here.We will choose one of several possible routes:Mahler Couloirs: https://frontrangeskimo.com/mount-mahleror one of severalNokhu Couloirs: https://frontrangeskimo.com/nokhu-cragsMap: Trails Illustrated #200We may change the date depending on snowpack conditions and/or road openings.Maximum slope angles of the couloirs are in the 40 to 45 degree range. Runouts vary, depending on the route. Experienced snow climbers will be confident enough to ascend and descend these couloirs without the added security of a rope. This climb will include students of the Alpine Scrambling Course. So we plan to provide roped climbing with snow and rock anchors as protection for at least some in the group, particularly for the descent. Most of the couloirs in this group require descending the ascent route.Recommended gear:Mountaineering bootsGaitersIce axCramponsHelmetClimbing harness2 locking carabiners60 cm sewn sling120 cm sewn slingBring snow pickets if you have them.Snowshoes or backcountry skis may be required for the approach.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Saturday, 6/15/2019, Crystal Lakes

This is a strenuous hike from the Spruce Creek Trailhead up the old mining road past Francie’s Cabin to Lower and Upper Crystal Lakes.  This trail skirts along the southern slopes of Peak 10, which forms the southern edge of Breckenridge Ski Resort.  This trip is primarily intended for Pikes Peak and Pueblo Group members.  All others will be waitlisted.  Nat Geo Map 109.  220 mi. 10/2,800’.  Register with leader. Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 6/15/2019, Battle Mountain Loop 12,044’ Norm Arlt Mod C Scrambling RMNP

From the Longs Peak Ranger Station, ascend Longs Pk Trail through Jims Grove and at high point depart trail. Scramble NE to summit. Continue loop to Jims Grove from opposite side and back to Ranger Station.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: 2700
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Saturday, 6/15/2019, Ascending Hikes: Herman Lake Moderate B

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

Leader: Paul Bleau
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1730
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Saturday, 6/15/2019, Beartracks Lake Trail *

This popular trail climbs the ridge between Truesdell Creek and Beartracks Creek to Lower Beartrack Lake. From the Camp Rock Campground, the trail travels along a Bear Creek for about a mile. On crossing the creek, it climbs through the 485 acre Beartracks Fire (1998). Leaving the burn, it continues up the ridge, briefly joins the Cub Creek trail, then turns SW and crosses Beartracks Creek to the lake.

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11.3, Elevation Gain: 2509
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Saturday, 6/15/2019, Lake Ridge Lakes

Lake Ridge Lakes is set in a lush bowl deep in the heart of the Thompson Divide. The trail climbs steeply to the top of Lake Ridge, then drops down the back side of the ridge to a hidden trail that takes us to the lakes. Return the same way. We'll need vehicles with 4WD/AWD with some clearance to negotiate the road to the trailhead.

Leader: Michael Miller
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Elevation Gain: 1,200
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Saturday, 6/15/2019, Vail Pass Bike Trail Clean Up

Assist Eco Trails Committee with the annual cleanup of the bikeway up to Vail Pass. This is a fun project that benefits everyone who uses the bikeway Bring work gloves, hat, sunscreen,long pants and rain gear. Transportation to work site provided by TOV bus. Picnic lunch afterward provided by ECO Trails. Meet 8am at the top of Lionshead parking structure.  Please register on line, for questions contact Lee Moosburger 970-476-4567 or moosburger@peoplepc.com

Leader: Cecilia ( Lee) Moosburger
Type: , Trail mileage: 2
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Saturday, 6/15/2019, Willow Lake Basin Basecamp Pack-In Day 1

Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) is seeking help on June 15, 16, and 17 to pack their summer trail crew basecamp into the Willow Lake Basin of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. For three months, the RMFI backcountry basecamp will house staff, youth corps crew members, and volunteers who will continue to work throughout the summer on the realignment of the summit trail to Kit Carson Peak and Challenger Ridge, two of Colorado's 14,000' peaks. Needless to say, that's a lot of equipment! Please help share the weight by carrying a load on 1, 2, or all 3 days of the pack-in weekend! This will be great training for backpacking season, and you will be doing it for a worthy cause. Additionally, the trail and lake up top are gorgeous, a must-do trail in Colorado! The Willow Creek Trail is a steep and strenuous 4.75 mile hike up to the basin. Each day of the pack-in we will meet at 8:45am at the Willow Creek Trailhead outside of the town of Crestone, CO and together make one round trip to the basin and back down. Going up, we will carry trail work tools and other project equipment as well as basecamp gear including tents, group camp kitchen equipment, food, water filtration systems, bear hang rigging, and more. The return trip back down will be virtually weightless and easy! Some volunteers may need their own backpacking backpacks but RMFI will provide loaner carrying equipment and packs for most items.For those participants willing to pack a roundtrip load on multiple days, camping is available at the trailhead and RMFI staff will provide and cook all of your meals during your stay on the project! They will be hearty and delicious meals that will help fuel all of our team's hard hiking!  REGISTER ON THE RMFI WEBSITE. But indicate that you are a CMC volunteer so we get credit!Find more information on the Kit Carson-Challenger Ridge Trail Realignment Project

Leader: Thomas Mowle
Type: Stewardship, Trail mileage: 9.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Sunday, 6/16/2019, Arthur's E Ridge Scramble (ASC Elective)

This is an elective trip for the 2019 Fort Collins Alpine Scrambling Course (ASC).  Non-students are welcome but ASC students will be given sign-up preference.  The trip will be led John Wullschleger (ASC Instructor) and Steve Dielman (Trip Leader and Asst. ASC Instructor). This is a fun half-day trip close to home with a scramble up Arthur's East Ridge to the summit over moderate Class 3 terrain with fairly mild exposure in a few spots.  From the Arthur's Rock trailhead there are several options for gaining the East Ridge, we will likely take the one with the most scrambling which is from the Overlook Trail approximately 1 mile from the trailhead.  After climbing our way to the top, we will return down via Arthur's Rock Trail.  

Leader: Steve Dielman
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Sunday, 6/16/2019, Willow Lake Basin Basecamp Pack-In Day 2

Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) is seeking help on June 15, 16, and 17 to pack their summer trail crew basecamp into the Willow Lake Basin of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. For three months, the RMFI backcountry basecamp will house staff, youth corps crew members, and volunteers who will continue to work throughout the summer on the realignment of the summit trail to Kit Carson Peak and Challenger Ridge, two of Colorado's 14,000' peaks. Needless to say, that's a lot of equipment! Please help share the weight by carrying a load on 1, 2, or all 3 days of the pack-in weekend! This will be great training for backpacking season, and you will be doing it for a worthy cause. Additionally, the trail and lake up top are gorgeous, a must-do trail in Colorado! The Willow Creek Trail is a steep and strenuous 4.75 mile hike up to the basin. Each day of the pack-in we will meet at 8:45am at the Willow Creek Trailhead outside of the town of Crestone, CO and together make one round trip to the basin and back down. Going up, we will carry trail work tools and other project equipment as well as basecamp gear including tents, group camp kitchen equipment, food, water filtration systems, bear hang rigging, and more. The return trip back down will be virtually weightless and easy! Some volunteers may need their own backpacking backpacks but RMFI will provide loaner carrying equipment and packs for most items.For those participants willing to pack a roundtrip load on multiple days, camping is available at the trailhead and RMFI staff will provide and cook all of your meals during your stay on the project! They will be hearty and delicious meals that will help fuel all of our team's hard hiking!  REGISTER ON THE RMFI WEBSITE. But indicate that you are a CMC volunteer so we get credit!Find more information on the Kit Carson-Challenger Ridge Trail Realignment Project

Leader: Thomas Mowle
Type: Stewardship, Trail mileage: 9.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2800
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page