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Sunday, 5/27/2018, ASC2018 Mt Lady Washington Training Hike Lehr Training Hike

Mount Lady Washington, RMNP

Leader: David Lehr
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3500
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Sunday, 5/27/2018, James Peak 13,294 Ft

From the parking area, we’ll head up the very well established trail to St. Mary’s Lake. We’ll continue around the north side of the lake to the long flat area and then catch the ridge up to James Peak, where we’ll demonstrate our ability to occupy Clear Creek, Grand, and Gilpin counties simultaneously.Snowshoes recommended (will decide at trailhead)Micro-spikes strongly recommended.Your 10 essentials!Gear appropriate for late Spring snowy conditionsIce axe, gaiters, leg braces, or other equipment you use or need for walking over rough terrain and through snow.Trash bag, for stowing muddy boots and other gear on the return trip.SAFETY.Nearest Emergency Medical Facilities (in the event of a medical evacuation):East Grand Community Clinic and Emergency Center145 Parsenn Rd, Winter Park, CO 80468(970) 726-4299Nearest Urgent Care Facility (in the event of a self-evacuation):North Lakewood Urgent Care Clinic605 Parfet St #103, Lakewood, CO 80215(303) 986-9610

Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.1, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2866
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Sunday, 5/27/2018, Sugarloaf Pk 12,513' hike

Follow Hells Hole Tr into the Mt Evans wilderness. Once SE of peak, bushwack to saddle then onto the summit. An extra 2 miles and 400 ft elevation may be added depending on how far up the road we can drive. Bring snow shoes as well as micro spikes and lots of warm gear.If you need to contact me or cancel within 12 hrs of meeting time, please text-do not e mail.

Leader: Eileen O'Leary
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2950
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Sunday, 5/27/2018, Red Mountain

We started on the lower section of Bent Rock Trail to enjoy the geology of this unique 

Leader: Sue White
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 650
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Sunday, 5/27/2018, Medano Lake Mt Herard, option

Join Bud & Sherry's family hiking to this remote alpine lake. 4WD needed for approach up Medano Pass. Mt. Herard is another 1.5 miles & 2000'. Optional camping near the pass.

Leader: Roger O'Hara
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Elevation Gain: 1700
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Sunday, 5/27/2018, Six Benchmark 8360' (Lyons area)

This is St Vrain North Fork country east of Allenspark and west of Lyons which I believe is undervisited by CMC hikes.  You may know of Button Rock preserve and dam. We ascend the west side of Button Rock Mountain to a spectacular overlook of the dam called Six Benchmark.  We start up a rough USFS road which leaves the Big Elk Meadows road and climbs toward Button Rock Mtn.  We eventually leave that road and follow an unmarked trail to a rocky outcrop which is the benchmark, then return the way we came.  I led a winter trip here to the summit of Button Rock Mountain.  At the time I was unaware of the benchmark but on the descent we saw the dramatic cliff above the dam, so I am going back to set foot on it.   In addition to already mentioned views we can also see Meeker and Longs Peaks from an interesting angle.

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Sunday, 5/27/2018, PPG BMS Rock Climbing

Meet up at 1 pm for climbing until 5 pm or so.  Bring all your rock climbing gear from the BMS Rock classes and we will climb, ascend ropes, and rappel.  You will need to have signed the climbing waiver for the City of Colorado Springs Parks found online.

Leader: Scott Kime
Type: Rock Climbing, Trail mileage: 2
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Friday, 6/1/2018, Bridal Veil Falls - RMNP - LIT for Phil Calderbank

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

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Saturday, 6/2/2018, Culebra Peak

Culebra is the only "pay to play" 14er and the cost to climb is $150 plus normal expenses. Registration was required by Tuesday, May 22 as the ranch limits the number of climbers and the slots are taken quickly.If you are reading this after May 22, you can contact the ranch directly at: cvrproperty@gmail.com to see if any climbing slots are still open. If the ranch gives you a spot and you want to join our group, email the leader at: andyslyon@msn.com. I will be checking email only sporadically May 26-31. We may, or may not, climb Red Mountain, an adjascent Centennial, on this trip.

Leader: Andy Lyon
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Saturday, 6/2/2018, 14ers Lincoln Democrat Bros AKA Decalibron


Leader: Bogie Dumitrescu
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3500
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Saturday, 6/2/2018, Old Baldy 13,038' Denver Group

Explore this seldom hiked but ranked 13er in the Front Range just west of Nederland. Sitting next to S. Arapahoe Peak on the Fourth of July trail, this is a class 2 hike offering great views of the Indian Peaks and Longs Peak to the north.

Leader: Nicholas Browne
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,100
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Saturday, 6/2/2018, 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, 6/2/2018, Navigaton Field Day 2

You must be signed up for the entire Navigation Refreser to participate on this Field Trip.Note this trip will be entirely off trail so it will be much more difficult than the mileage and elevation gain indicate 

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.5, Elevation Gain: 1370
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Saturday, 6/2/2018, Carpenter Peak the Longer Way

Carpenter Peak, the highest point in Roxborough State Park, provides great views over Denver and the plains. The park is a short drive just south of Chatfield Reservoir. Starting at the Visitor Center, we will follow the Elk Valley and Powerline Trails to climb the back side of the peak, then descend the front side back to the Visitor Center. The Powerline Trail runs through deep pine forest, quite different from the hotter, drier front side of the peak. 

Leader: Sandy McVie
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 6/2/2018, New Member Hike: Pavilion Point

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

Leader: Robbie Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.0, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 6/2/2018, TRAIL CREW Shelf Lake Trail (Geneva Basin) reschedule

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 a reschedule due to weather.  It is located on Shelf Lake Trail above the new connector trail we constructed in 2017.  We will install drainage structures and clear vegetation off the trail up to about 10700' where the snow becomes too deep to work.  Drainage structures are mostly pick, shovel, and rock work but there is also opportunity to do vegetation clearing in the same area for those who prefer a lighter work load.  And you can always switch what you are doing.  The following link outlines the work (it is more specific than in the previous notification)  https://www.flickr.com/photos/133662227@N04/albums/72157695350567931

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 700
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Saturday, 6/2/2018, NEW MEMBER hike to St Mary’s Falls in Colorado Springs

This hike starts from the hub parking lot located above Helen Hunt Falls in North Cheyenne Canon.Once past Gold Camp Road’s Tunnel number three, the trail becomes quite narrow and begins to climb gradually while traveling through the forest and along Buffalo Creek. The trail is quite steep and eroded as we near the Falls where, weather depending, we will stop for a snack break while admiring the eastward views of town and beyond.This is an enjoyable hike for NEW club members who just enjoy being “out there”. 1,200 feet elevation and 6 miles.Specific meetup details will be emailed to registered hikers a few days prior to the hike.

Leader: Y Mason
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 1,200
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Saturday, 6/2/2018, James Peak (13294 feet) from St Mary's Glacier * RESCHEDULED

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: 8.6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2990
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Saturday, 6/2/2018, Mountain Bike Divide

Come and enjoy this moderate mt bike trip in the Woman's Park in Divide.We will b.e riding thru open valleys and thru the woods on both old roads and trails.Helmets required. Snacks and water for 2 hours suggested.

Leader: Robert Mouner
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 200
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Saturday, 6/2/2018, Citadel to Pettingell Traverse

  From the Herman Gulch trailhead, hike to Herman Lake and camp overnight at 12,000 ft. Climb The Citadel (13,294') East summit via snoopy's backside couloir, then scramble the ridge to Pettingell Peak (13,553'). Return to Herman Lake to recover gear and hike back to the trailhead.This trip is for BMS basic group 1A only.  Trip plan by BMS students. 

Leader: Michael Gaudet
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Elevation Gain: 4000
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Sunday, 6/3/2018, Vasquez Pk 12947

From the parking lot at the Henderson Mine we will follow the CD trail to the wide gully between point 12900 and Vasquez Pk. We can either climb gradual tundra slopes or gradual snow slopes depending on condition to the saddle between point 12900 and Vasquez. Then follow the ridge to the high point. Bring trekking poles, micro spikes, and snowshoes. Plan on soft snow on the trail below timberline in spots. Above the CDT it will probably be snow free as there was only a couple of inches on 5/20/18. The leader descended this route on 5/20/18 and encountered both firm snow and soft snow in spots.

Leader: Dean Cates
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2600
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Sunday, 6/3/2018, Aspen Bridges Bicycle Tour

Pleasant bicycling over about 12 bridges includes John Denver Song Garden, an elevated boardwalk over ponds, and landscape art at the Aspen Institute. Mountain and cross bikes preferable; road bikes possible with slight alternate route. Ride takes about 2 hours. Meet 8:30 a.m. at west end of the Red Brick Building, Garmisch and Hallam

Leader: Sharon DeQuine
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 20
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Friday, 6/8/2018, Ralston Roost - Frazer Meadow Loop Golden Gate Canyon SP

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

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

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

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 6/9/2018, Twin Sisters elevation 11428 ft


Leader: Bogie Dumitrescu
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2516
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Saturday, 6/9/2018, Ptarmigan Peak Trail No. 69 Day Hike

Trail Highlights:  Aproximately 3.5 miles from the trailhead we will come to the Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness boundry and a fork in the trail. We will continue on the trail for another 0.5 miles past the Wilderness boundry.  As a group, we can decided to shorten the trip length if conditions get rough.The Ptarmigan Trail is an excellent trail to experience a panoramic view of all the mountain ranges in the Dillion Range District, Gore Range, Tenmile Range, and Williams Fork Range.Round trip time expected to be ~ 7 hours.  SInce this is May, micro spikes and/or snow shoes may be required.  I will keep an eye on the weather and snow pack.  

Leader: Dale Pfaff
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3400'
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Saturday, 6/9/2018, Battle Mountain Loop 12,044’ Norm Arlt Mod C RMNP Scrambling

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, 6/9/2018, Wintersteen Route Greyrock to Gateway

This one is not in any trail book because it has not been a trail for several decades. Retrace remnants of the old Wintersteen route, which follows along ridgetops between Greyrock Mountain and Seaman Reservoir. The hike starts on the Greyrock Trail, then travels along past the Brinkoff mine to Seaman Reservoir and Gateway Natural Area. A shuttle back to Greyrock Trailhead is required. Expect to encounter some Mountain Mahogany thickets and shrubby vegetation (long pants recommended). Rideshare = $5, plus park fee at Gateway NA. Limit 8.

Leader: Paul Weber
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 6/9/2018, Bergen Peak

Even though the group will be climbing Bergen Peak in the Elk Meadow area of Evergreen (eventually), the leader will choose the route in getting to the top by following a number of other trails in the area. Once the top has been reached, we'll enjoy the views as well as lunch. The return hike will follow a number of other trails as we descend our way back to the vehicles.

Leader: Dave Callais
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 6/9/2018, Antelope Park Loop

This hike straddles the far western area of Hall Ranch and Button Rock Preserve. Our route takes us along North St. Vrain Creek for about a mile, then climbs through forest and descends past rock outcrops into the broad grassland of Antelope Park. There are striking views of snow-capped Longs, Meeker, and Twin Sisters, as well as peaks to the south of those. The loop continues now west on the Button Rock Trail, crossing the wide meadow. After gaining elevation again in the trees, we’ll descend back to the creek via Sleepy Lion Trail. Après-hike in Lyons.

Leader: Kate Valaer
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1050
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Saturday, 6/9/2018, Ascending Hikes: Roxborough St. Park

From the visitors center hike we will explore the Willow Creek trail, then back track to do the South Rim Trail with great views of the red rocks.

Leader: John Walters
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 400
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Saturday, 6/9/2018, Sundance Ski Descent North Slope Route

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.One possible option for experienced skiers might be to ski one of the NE Sundance Couloirs, a more challenging and serious descent route in the same area. Those couloirs face east, so may require an earlier start. Ice ax, crampons, and maybe a rope would be needed for this. If you have an interest in this option, please let the trip leader know prior to the trip. For more details on this option: Backcountry Skiing and Ski Mountaineering in Rocky Mountain National Park, by Mark Kelly.Map: Trails Illustrated #200What 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 may be needed - check ahead of time.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 6/9/2018, Great Sand Dunes NP

Southern Colorado's best beach! We cross Medano Creek & then hike to the top of the High Dune [700'].  We usually stop at the Oasis Diner for pie after all this exertion.

Leader: Isobel Drysdale
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 2.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 700
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Saturday, 6/9/2018, RMOTHG Biking – South Platte River near Foxton

There is a terrapin group this week that will be on the same trail, but will slower and shorterThe 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, there is the optional RMOTHG picnic in Staunton State park.See the picnic writeup in newsletter and on the signup website for additional details.Please REGISTER for the picnic as a SEPARATE trip. The registration deadline for the picnic is 6/3/2018.

Leader: Ed Scutellaro
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 20, Pace: Casual
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Saturday, 6/9/2018, Aspen Traverse

This historical tour of the city of Aspen begins at Aspen Grove Cemetery, a 22 acre preserve in east Aspen. We'll pass by the historical homes of the Browns, Cowenhovens and Paepckes, and enjoy a stunning view of Aspen from the walk-on water tower. We'll then cross Hwy 82 to the East of Aspen Trail, following the trail to the Ute Cemetery to see the Civil War veterans’ graves. We'll then proceed down Ute Avenue past the start of the Ute Trail to Ralph Jackson’s memorial; then we'll reverse one block to enter the base of Nell Traverse on Ajax with views of Aspen; then we'll cross over to come out on the trail going down into the Koch Lumber Co. Park. We’ll lunch there and discuss other options, depending on weather, such as crossing Castle Creek on the bike bridge.

Leader: Tom Kurt
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.0
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Sunday, 6/10/2018, New Member Hike-Soapstone

 This is a casual trip intended to introduce new members or prospective memeber to signing up for/participating on CMC trips. Although priority will be given to new/prospective members, "Vintage" members will also be allowed on the trip.The group will hike out on the Towhee Loop, at the first intersection we will discuss sticking to the 3.1 mile loop or extending to a 4.9 mile loop by going up to the Canyon Trail. At the second intersection we will have another opportunity to go out to the Mahogany Loop (making the trip a total of 5.7 miles. Once again the group will stay together and we will only extend the trip IF all the folks feel up to it (and the weather allows). Eveyone will need to bring lunch, just in case we take the longer loop.We will meet in Fort Collins and car pool to Soapstone, the ride share will be $5-6 per person (depending on how many folks in a car).After returning to Fort Collins if folks would like we could stop by a coffee house, ice cream parlor, brewery.... to discuss any questions you have about CMC or talk about adventures planned for this season. We can determine this when we return from the hike.    

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3.1, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 500
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Sunday, 6/10/2018, Homestead Meadows/Lions Gulch

Hike back into fascinating history, visiting several homesteads. Observe many artifacts and learn the culture and lifestyle of our early settlers, circa late 1800s-1918.  Possible lunch stop in Golden after the hike.  Thr round trip mileadge is 6.3 miles but with additional walking around the homestead the mileage is around 8 miles roundtrip.

Leader: Linda James Diederichsen
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1374
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Friday, 6/15/2018, Vasquez Peak Loop*

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

Leader: Jeff Damp
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3300
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Saturday, 6/16/2018, Perham Creek Trail

Stunning views of Sopris plus history: Hiding in the trees is a World War 1 half-track vehicle. Earlybird hike to beat the heat: Meet 7:30 a.m. in Carbondale. Trailhead is halfway between Carbondale and Redstone. Perham is quiet and lightly travelled. 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Short steep section to begin, then moderate and mellow. Optional post-hike: Carbondale Creamery Cafe for ice cream!

Leader: Sharon DeQuine
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.0, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Saturday, 6/16/2018, Venable Lakes-Comanche Lakes Loop

This is a strenuous loop hike from the Alvarado Campground Trailhead.  These popular east slope trails in the Sangre de Cristo’s are connected by the natural rock ledge called The Phantom Terrace.  Several incredible waterfalls and incredible views to the valley are seen along this trail.  Nat Geo Map 138.  180 mi.  14/4,000’.  Register with leader. Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 14, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4000
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Saturday, 6/16/2018, Green Mtn the hard way 10421' Difficult B Norm Arlt Off trail, Scrambling, Exploratory

Let us see if we can find a route to Green Mountain from the south off Deckers Road. We will start from a small parking lot about 1 mile south of Kelsey Campground. We will work as a group to find a safe and returnable Class 3 or less route to the summit with no extreme exposure. This will likely be a great test of our navigation, route-finding, and scrambling skills. WTS training preferred. Be prepared to contribute your skills to the group. This is not a trip for followers.

Leader: Norm Arlt
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Saturday, 6/16/2018, Lory State Park-Westridge Loop

We will start at the Arthurs Rock TH in Lory State Park.  We will follow the South Valley Trail a short distance to the Mill Creek Trail, then follow it to the Howard Trail.  We will follow the Howard trail to the Westridge Trail and follow it, which should offer a great abundance of early summer wildflowers and distant views of Longs Peak and other alpine areas.  From near the highpoint along the Westridge Trail, we will turn north, off-trail, for a neat walk along an interesting ridge, til we reach Timber Trail.  From there, we have several interesting on- or off-trail options for the return to the parking lot.This will be a moderate fitness-building hike for bigger trips this summer.  Car-to-car time estimate is 4-5 hours, including a stop for lunch, as well as several short breaks.

Leader: Ward Whicker
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2,100
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Saturday, 6/16/2018, Deer Mountain RMNP

Bring all proper gear for hiking and water and food

Leader: Martin Berger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 700
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Saturday, 6/16/2018, Ascending Hikes: Carpenter Peak


Leader: Paul Bleau
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 6/16/2018, New Member Hike: Elk Falls in Staunton State Park

This will be a partial loop hike through many of the trails in the park. We will start on the Staunton Ranch trail, follow it to Bugling Elk. Then we will connect to the Chimney Rock Trail, passing Elk Falls Pond. The trail eventually leads to Elk Falls. On the way out we follow Chimney Rock to Marmot Passage, then on to the Scout Line trail and back to the parking lot on the Staunton Ranch Trail.  This hike will cover about 12 miles, so be prepared for a long day on some very nice trails.  If you are a new hiker or new to elevation, this probably is not the best first hike for you.  Please check for another "New Member Hike" at the cmc.org calendar.Bring plenty of water, lunch and snacks. Please volunteer to drive if you have a State Park pass. Otherwise, we will share the park fees. 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.Although this is for new CMC members, all are welcome.  We will answer new members' practical questions and talk about pace, clothing, gear, etc.  Bring your questions and concerns.Please bring those of the  10 essentials  appropriate to a three-hour hike. Wear proper hiking boots, sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.  Traction devices, such as microspikes, may be necessary.  (We recommend you always carry them in your pack from late fall through early summer.)  Part of the trail is a bit 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 "Doggie Hikes" on the CMC calendar.If after signing up you need to cancel, you can do so at your membership dashboard, at CMC.org>Members>My Membership>My Trips.  I will see that when I check the roster so no need to tell me directly except if within the 24 hours before , especially at the last minute.   

Leader: Robbie Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Saturday, 6/16/2018, Teakettle Mountain + Centennial Climb

Head out Saturday morning for a Sunday climb and drive back. May touch a few of the other close by peaks, depending. Details sent to registrants.

Leader: Uwe Sartori
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Elevation Gain: 4000
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Sunday, 6/17/2018, Horn Peak, 13,450'

This gorgeous peak is a strenuous summit. It is not a 14er, but it will feel like it. We will hike from the Horn Creek Trailhead, to the Rainbow Trail, past Dry Creek to the Horn Peak Trail, which will take us to treeline. From there we will hike the ridge to the summit of Horn Peak at 13,450 ft and back (this part is class 2). There are many wonderful views of the Wet Mountain Valley and the Sangre de Cristos along this trail. Watch out for marmots - they want your salt!

Leader: Edward Biery
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4500
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Sunday, 6/17/2018, Peaks X,Y and Z, Lost Creek Wilderness

This trip is a Class 2 traverse of Peaks X,Y and Z in the Retirement Range of the Lost Creek Wilderness.Starting at the Long Gulch TH in the Lost Creek Wilderness, we will hike to the top of Peak Z (12,244 ft). We will then follow the ridge from Peak Z west to Peak Y (12,274 ft) and on to Peak X (12,429 ft). This hike will start and finish on trail but for the most part will be off trail.The leader has not done this hike before so expect a little adventure and a little help with route finding.

Leader: Denise Snow
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Sunday, 6/17/2018, Kit Carson - 14er Peak Trail Maitenance/Pack in and Gear Staging

Looking for a challenging, rewarding, and fun backcountry hiking adventure? We are seeking volunteers to help us pack our summer basecamp into the Willow Lake Basin in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains! The Willow Creek Trail is a steep and strenuous ~5 mile hike up the basin and the location where RMFI will base all of our work crews from mid-June to mid-September. Needless to say, that's a lot of equipment! A team of mules will be packing this gear towards our camp as far as they are able to go, within the last couple last miles to the basin. From that point, volunteers will help us unpack the mules and hike the gear the remaining pitch up.This effort will help us get set up for a long summer of project work on the Kit Carson-Challenger Ridge Trail Realignment Project. The goal of this multi-year project is to construct a safe and sustainable trail system to the summits of Kit Carson Peak and Challenger Point. Volunteers helping with the pack in will be an important part of this effort and make a lasting impact on this fragile environment that is experiencing increased visitation due to the growing popularity and allure of climbing 14,000 foot peaks. DATES AND SCHEDULE - JUNE 17 - 20Sunday, June 17: Participants meet the RMFI staff at the Willow Creek Trailhead by 5:00pm. We will have an orientation to the project and will camp here for the night.Monday, June 18: We will get an early start hiking up the Willow Creek Trail ahead of the mule team, carrying just our personal gear. A little over 3 miles up the trail is where we will rendezvous with the mule team at the point they are unable to pass. Here we will unload the mules, repack the equipment for us to hike up, and continue on the remaining 1-2 miles to the Willow Lake Basin with basecamp equipment loads. If time allows, we will return to this point for another load up. This will be a very strenuous but highly rewarding day of hiking! On this night we will camp in the basin, relaxing in the crisp mountain air and cooking up a delicious backcountry dinner.Tuesday, June 19: After a hearty breakfast, we will continue packing gear from the mules’ drop-off point until all equipment is in the basin. Another evening spent in the basin basecamp.Wednesday, June 20: Pack up camp, hike back down to the trailhead, and head out after a good few days of packing!

BASECAMP AND EQUIPMENTOn our first night we will be car camping at the trailhead. Basecamp on Monday and Tuesday nights will be the Willow Lake Basin, approximately 11,500 feet above sea level and 5 miles UP the steep and switch-backed Willow Creek Trail. This is a remote backcountry location. Our camp will be fully equipped – all group equipment, including stoves, and kitchen supplies, as well as all meals will be provided by RMFI. RMFI prides itself on providing volunteers with hea

Leader: Brinkley Messick
Type: Stewardship, Trail mileage: 10
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Friday, 6/22/2018, Bear Lake-Flattop-Hallett-Otis-Andrews Glacier-Loch Vale Loop

We'll depart from Bear Lake and head up to Flattop Mountain. From Flattop, we'll head south along the western edge of Glacier Gorge and summit Hallett Peak, then continue south and summit Otis Peak. We'll then hike over to Andrew's Glacier and glissade down to Andrew's Tarn. We'll travel down to the Loch Vale and then back to the Bear Lake parking lot. The hike distance is approximately 12 miles with 3,800' of vertical gain.Previous experience with glacier glissade is required as is a recommendation from another CMC hike leader.We'll hike at a moderate pace. An ice axe is required and microspikes are recommended.  

Leader: Pete Tomassi
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,800
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Friday, 6/22/2018, 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, 6/22/2018, Drift Peak* 13,900

You must have a C rating for this trip.                                                                                                                                            We will drive to Mayflower Gulch and take the road up valley. We will then evaluate theNorthwest Bowl and the ridge on the right. Depending on the group and conditions we will either do the ridge hike or a snow climb up the bowl. Either way we will look to do a glissade down the bowl.Bring the following: 10 essentials, microspikes ice axe and helmet.    

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.8, Elevation Gain: 2920
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Friday, 6/22/2018, Fly Fishing Trip - Stagecoach Yampa River Camping Trip

 

Leader: Celia Dunlap
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 1, Elevation Gain: 100
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Friday, 6/22/2018, Castle Peaks WSA Backpack CMC Conservation Series of Hikes Backpack and Bushwhack

Explore the Castle Peaks Wilderness Study Area (WSA) and scramble up Castle Peaks if conditions permit. Locate 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 more.  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 well before noon. Depending on the group’s preferences, we can spend some time on the rocks and scramble up, 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 pursue an easterly track back to a main trail and 4x4 track to return to the vehicles, or continue to bushwhack back along an upper ridge. 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, 6/23/2018, Summer Solstice Hike: Spruce Grove-Lizard Rock-Brookside McCurdy-Lake Park-Hankins Pass Loop

This is an extremely ambitious hike and a very full day.  This loop trail will start from Spruce Grove Campground and go past Lizard Rock to Brookside/McCurdy to Lake Park to Hankins Pass and back to Lizard Rock.  There are some incredible views of the Lost Creek Wilderness along this route.  This is a strenuous hike in a wonderfully remote area close to home.  Nat Geo Map 105.  16/4,000’. 110 mi.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.comor (719) 266-9647.  

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 24, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4000
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, Ouzel Falls - RMNP

Bring your ten essentialsIf for some reason you are not sure if you will be able to do this hike because of a medical issue Please let me know

Leader: Martin Berger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 800
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, Mt Edwards 13839’ Loop Norm Arlt Mod C Off trail

From the trailhead at Waldorf Mine, hike up to Argentine Pass and scramble up the ridge to Mt Edwards, then have a great glissade (optional) down the east flank of Edwards. High-clearance 4-wheel drive low-range vehicles needed (Xterra, Jeep, etc).Each participant is expected to carry all 10+ Essentials.Ice axe recommended for optional glissade.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, 6/23/2018, Ute Peak 12,303' Conservation Series Hike

CMC Denver Conservation Series 2018. Join us for a  exploratory hike in the proposed Continental Divide Wilderness!  Learn about wilderness planning in Colorado and about climate change on public lands. We'll talk about the bill and what it includes and how you can support it. We'll also talk about how climate change is affecting Colorado's ecosystems and what conservation can do about it.This is a ridge hike along the divide where we will get above timberline with great views of the Gore Range and Eagles Nest Wilderness and the Blue River Valley.   

Leader: Karl Ford
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, Silver Dollar Lake/Mt. Wilcox Loop

After a short, but beautiful hike past Silver Dollar and Murray Lakes, the group will then turn north and then east and climb steeply off-trail 1,200' to the summit of Mt. Wilcox (13,408'). After spending time having lunch and enjoying the incredible views, the group will continue off-trail southeast gently descending elevation past Naylor Lake back to the vehicles.

Leader: Dave Callais
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2300
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, Ascending Hikes: Threemile Creek Trail


Leader: Douglas Fries
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Elevation Gain: 950
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, Fly fishing trip-Urad Lake-06/23/18 Day trip

Urad Lake is located at 10,750 ft. a.s.l. We are planning to fish from 9 AM until around 4 PM. Lots of brookies and cutthroats from 10 to 15" in this lake. This day trip is a good opportunity to test your skills in an alpine lake environment.Bring your own lunch and snacks. We will have lunch by the lake.This is trip oriented to a beginner/intermediate level but all levels of experience are welcome.Before you sign up for this trip please know that this outing involves a very short but steep hike from the parking lot to the trail that takes us to the lake and a very steep way down to the lake. Of course, at the end of the day, we have to climb back up to the trail.

Leader: Pablo Balan
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 2, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 300
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, Iceland Get-Aquainted HIke 3

This is a get acquainted hike for participants of the 2018 Iceland Lagavagur Trek AT trip.

Leader: Patty Laushman
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, Woody Creek to Lenado Road Bike Ride

A gorgeous road ride at a moderate pace of 12-15 mph (skinny tires best) that begins on Rio Grande trail towards Aspen and then gets on Lower and Upper River Roads through back roads of Basalt and past the famous Woody Creek Tavern.  Road heads up to Lenado, a small town of about 6 homes. Paved road ends about 4 miles from Lenado in which we will turn around and head back downhill.  Lunch stop at Woody Creek Tavern, a longtime hangout of the writer Hunter S Thompson.Bike helmet required and water bottle (NO CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED -- BRING CASH FOR LUNCH)

Leader: Mary Wiener
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 30, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 6/23/2018, Mt Sneffels 14,150' SW Ridge

This is a more leisurely climb Mt Sneffels via a less direct route than the normal approach. It requires an overnight backcountry camp. If you are looking to climb this 14er as easily, quickly, and efficiently as possible, this trip is not for you.Directions to the trailheadTake highway 62 from Ridgeway (towards Telluride). turn left (south) on Dallas Creek Road (CR 7), later Forest Road 851 to the Blue Lakes TH on the East Fork of Dallas Creek. This trailhead is at 9,350'. A four wheel drive vehicle is not needed to reach the trailhead.ApproachBackpack 3.3 miles and about 1600' to a campsite at at the lowest of the Blue Lakes at 10,940' or continue further to one of the higher lakes, depending on snow cover and participant preferences. Plan to be independent regarding backcountry camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, pad), cooking gear and food.ClimbHike the trail from camp to Blue Lakes Saddle. The climb of the SW Ridge of Mt Sneffels is described in Dave Cooper's "Colorado Scrambles" book orhttps://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=snef2&peak=Mt.+SneffelsThis is a class 3 scramble with possible short class 4 portions. You'll need mountaineering boots and a helmet. For a June climb one is likely to encounter snow, increasing climbing difficulties:https://www.summitpost.org/winter-in-june-on-sneffels/170129https://www.summitpost.org/the-southwest-ridge-of-mount-sneffels/791804You should be prepared to deal with snow in the couloirs on this route. That snow is usually not shown in the route descriptions. Ice ax and crampons are likely to be needed - check with the trip leader ahead of time. If conditions warrant, we will bring a rope. In that case, a climbing harness would be required.DescentWe'll either reverse the SW Ridge route or descend the normal Lavender Col route to the Blue Lakes Saddle and return to camp. We may remain in camp and pack out and return on Monday.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: Backpacking 1,600', Climbing 3,000'
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