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Saturday, 11/17/2018, Adobe Peak

A pleasant

Leader: Paulette Arns
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6
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Saturday, 11/17/2018, Backcountry Ski Tour, Cameron Pass

The purpose of this early season ski tour is to assess snowpack and avalanche conditions in the Cameron Pass area. We will check out a range of elevations and aspects to assess conditions. We will likely focus on the Montgomery Pass/Diamond Peaks area:www.frontrangeskimo.com/cameron-pass-north/Maps: Trails Illustrated #112, #200The backcountry tour will involve a round trip of up to 5 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 casually paced with periodic stops for snowpack and terrain assessments, but be prepared for a longer day. 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. With the early season snowpack, expect to encounter deadfall, obstacles of various types. Careful and controlled skiing is a must. 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 - BLUEAvalanche training - LEVEL 1 AVALANCHE COURSE AND GEAR REQUIREDPlease read the notes on backcountry skiing ratings below to determine if this trip is for you. You can register for this trip online.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.Please be aware that snowpack conditions at this point are uncertain so be prepared for possible changes.By signing up for this trip, participants agree to allow the trip leader to share contact information with other participants.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 11/17/2018, Walker Ranch Loop

Crescent Meadows-Walker Ranch Loop is a 8 mile roundtrip hike starting at Crescent Meadow Parking Lot on the road to Gross Reservoir, north off Highway 72(Coal Creek Canyon) It's a moderately difficult hike leading down to the Boulder Creek with around 1,500 feet of elevation gain (roundtrip). Great view of mountains to the west, open mountain meadow dropping down to South Boulder Creek and interconnecting with Boulder County Parks and Open Space’s Walker Ranch Loop Trail.

Leader: Nathan Neff
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Saturday, 11/17/2018, High Line Canal Segment 2

 P.S. The High Line canal starts in Waterton Canyon and meanders through the metro area all the way to DIA. The walk2connect.com is walking the whole 71 miles one segment at a time - 14 of them. Each segment has its own history and views. Check it out if your interested. Also check out the High Line Canal Conservancy and Denver Water.A recommended book: The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland by Robert Michael Pyle, 1993. 

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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Saturday, 11/17/2018, Badger Mtn.; 11,294' / Unnamed 11,052

The hike up Badger Mtn. is short and steep and off trail.  It is on the south face of the peak, so there usually isn't much snow on the route this time of year.  There might be more snow going over to Unnamed 11,053.  Bring gaiters, wind gear and microspikes.  Most of the route is off trail, and is often windy.Trip leader lives in Florissant.  If participants want to car pool from Colorado Springs, meet at the Safeway near 31st St. and leave there no later than 8 am.  Meet leader in Florissant at 8:45 am. 

Leader: Mark Silas
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,300
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Sunday, 11/18/2018, Rogers PK 13391

From the bottom of the Mt. Evans Road we will follow it to timberline where we will leave the road and hike off trail to Goliath Pk and intersect the road again at the saddle south of the peak. If conditions permit we will continue south off trail to Rogers Pk. Return by way of the road. Bring snowshoes, microspikes, trekking poles. Bring facemask, goggles, winter gear, wind gear. Be prepared to complete the hike under windy and cold conditions.

Leader: Dean Cates
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2900
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Sunday, 11/18/2018, Mitchell Lake via Brainard Lake

We'll make short work of the first 3 miles by walking the road from the Brainard Lake winter parking lot to the Mitchell Lake trailhead road. We'll catch the trail to Mitchell Lake and enjoy lunch and the view of Mt. Audubon from Mitchell Lake. We'll hike around the south side of Brainard Lake on the return and see if we can see a moose.

Leader: Steve Soich
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Sunday, 11/18/2018, Greenland Ranch (Castle Rock area) New Members Welcome! rescheduled

Greenland Ranch is a Douglas County Open Space park between Denver and Colorado Springs along I-25.  This hike is on the open prairie but we will encounter some tree and rocky areas on the ten mile loop trail.  The trail elevation profile is up and down but the grades are easy.  Views of the Rampart Range to the west and Pikes Peak to the south. New MembersThis is a CMC "B class" hike meaning it is 8-12 miles long and 1200-2500 feet of elevation gain.  From the elevation gain given above you see that the 700 ft gain of this hike is less than 1200 ft.  Less than 1200 ft is an "A class" hike.  But the hike is always the higher class (in this case "B") if the distance and elevation gain are in different classes.  I have hedged toward the "A" class designation by declaring this an "easy-B" hike.  In general "A" class hikes are easiest and "B","C",and "D" class hikes get progressively harder.  If this is all confusing come with me and I will (try to) explain all the other confusing aspects of CMC classifications and culture!

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 700
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Sunday, 11/18/2018, Section XVI SNACKLUCK Hike

After climbing about 1,250 feet we will stop and take a break to share each hiker’s favorite snack / edible  ( veges with dip, trail mix etc.). Please bring enough edibles to share with eight hikers.Leader will bring plates, plastic ware, napkins and a trash bag ( Leave No Trace ).Specific meetup and hiking details will be emailed to all registered hikers several days prior to the hike date. 

Leader: Y Mason
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.5, Elevation Gain: 1,300
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Friday, 11/23/2018, NEW MEMBER HIKE: Herman Gulch GUEST HIKE: Herman Gulch

This is the 3rd Annual Post - Thanksgiving Day hike to Herman Lake. This route travels through a number of avalanche zones. Bring the Ten Essential System components. I recommend bringing snowshoes, snowboard, cross country skis based on anticipated snowfall in the days leading up to the hike. In extreme weather conditions - leading to a considerable risk of avalanche danger - probe poles, avalanche beacons and shovels are required. Stay posted for weather updates.The Herman Gulch Trail, which is part of the Continental Divide Trail, follows Herman Gulch through scenic meadows to treeline, where it branches off on a well-defined path to Herman Lake. Visitors will enjoy good trail conditions, open alpine landscapes and a chance to see bighorm sheep and montain goat in their natural habitat. The Herman Gulch Trail begins in a fir - aspen forest and bears north. It steepens on a wide, rocky track to Herman Gulch, where it bends northwest and moderates along the creek and string of slender glades. The trail rises steadily besides the creek into a long meadow in the lower gulch. Travel moderates with emerging views of the Continental Divide between Pettingell Peak (13,553') and Hagar Mountain (13,195'). The trail moves quickly up-valley, gaining only 300' between the first and second mile. At 2.5 miles, it edges back into forest and climbs steeply above the gulch, passing treeline just before reaching the CDT - Jones Pass Trail split (2.85 miles, 11,838'). We will continue west to Herman Lake. The Herman Lake Trail climbs steadily into an expansive alpine landscape, easing across open tundra flats to Herman Lake (3.25 miles, 11,987'). Herman Lake is framed by the steep east wall of Pettingell Peak, but is free of major obstacles and easy to explore. The main trail continues past the lake, eventually fading in the tundra on an informal run up the Divide. OPTIONAL: Climb knolls over the east shore for panoramas across the basin, and scan valley walls for bighorn sheep and mountain goat which inhabit this area.

Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1,655
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Friday, 11/23/2018, x-cSKI!--Mayflower Gulch Day-after-Turkey Tour

Too much turkey, mashed potatoes, & pie? Feeling stuffed? Shed some of those delicious calories and join us for this cross-country ski tour up picturesque Mayflower Gulch. The nice, easy climb up the valley and into the lower basin area near old cabin ruins offers the beginner cross-country skier with enough challenge to practice new uphill and downhill techniques. Expect a casual but steady pace, with enough breaks to remain comfortable both with clothing adjustments and physical exertion. Enjoy the beauty and views of surrounding peaks--and good snow coverage makes Mayflower Gulch an early season favorite. Backcountry Ski Touring School graduates especially welcome--come on out and practice!

Leader: Marilyn Choske
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 800
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Friday, 11/23/2018, Staunton State Park Black Friday Hike

No fee to enter Park.  We will do a loop hike. 

Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1062
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Friday, 11/23/2018, Turkey Sandwich Hike - Devil's Backbone to Coyote Ridge - Joint Shining Mts. and Fort Collins Group Trip

This is a continuation of the traditional Turkey Sandwich Hike. Let's get outside on the day after Thanksgiving to burn off those calories!This is a point-to-point trip. We will meet at the Coyote Ridge trailhead at 8 a.m. We will leave 2 or 3 cars at the Coyote Ridge trailhead then form a car pool and drive to the Devil's Backbone trailhead. From the Devil's Backbone trailhead we will hike north along the Blue Sky Trail, then east on the Rimrock Trail (up and down two hogback ridges) connecting to the Coyote Ridge Trail back to our parked cars. We will then drive back to the Devil's Backbone trailhead to pick up the cars that we left there.We will see some fantantic red rock formations along the way, and enjoy stunning views of the foothills with the snow covered peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park in the distance.Participants are expected to know and bring the ten essentials. Be sure to dress in layers with waterproof boots, waterproof pants, gloves, hat and extra thermal layers. 

Leader: Caroline Schmiedt
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1,100
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Friday, 11/23/2018, Moonlight Meander

Discover the magic of moonlight on snow. FInd good snow in the Wet Mountains, or hike the reservoir.

Leader: Isobel Drysdale
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 300
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Saturday, 11/24/2018, South Creek

A pleasant snowshoe or hike, depending on snow conditions, we will do a loop along South Creek.

Leader: Paulette Arns
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6
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Friday, 11/30/2018, New Member Hike: Reynolds Park

This is a beautiful park with a babbling stream (if not frozen!), with an exceptional variety of vegetation, and great views.   On a clear day, we can see all the way to Pike's Peak.   We will be mostly in the forest but sometimes in the sun.  Expect to wear layers.  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  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. Let me know of any medical conditions that might affect you on the trip.  

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 12/1/2018, Barr Camp via Barr Trail

Barr Camp. Maybe you've heard about it but never been. Here's a chance to check it out. It's an historic log cabin in the woods with a wood-burning stove and friendly caretakers. There's coffee, hot chocolate, snacks and Barr Camp merch for sale. This could be a strenuous fall walk through a calm forest or a bit chllier as a couple short stretches get some wind. Either way, the uphill will keep you warm and the cabin provides and out of the wind spot to warm up and eat. Note the elevation gain of 3700 feet - it gets the blood pumping, especially the first three miles. The trail is often snowpacked and icy in its shaded spots so bring spikes/tracks and poles. We'll break for lunch at Barr Camp and then return the way we came, being careful to mind the ice in the shady spots and to dodge the runners coming off the incline. Depending on pace (moderate) and shuttle timing, we should be back at the cars around 4:30 p.m.We’ll meet at the free shuttle stop in Manitou at 10 Old Man Trail, no later than 7:45 a.m. https://goo.gl/maps/3z2yMGepvpT2We'll catch the 8:00 bus and hit the trail by 8:30. Old Man Trail is a right hand turn just past the Chase Bank on the right.  Do not park in spots reserved for the Spa. Additional info in the days leading up to the hike. For more information on Barr Camp. http://www.barrcamp.com/index.phpFirst four spots will be reserved for PP Group members, others will be waitlisted. Register with the leader by phone or email.

Leader: Andy Lyon
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3700
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Saturday, 12/1/2018, SNOWSHOE to Ã…restua Hut

Day trip to Årestua Hut.  Snowshoe to the Hut from Jenny Creek TH.  Lunch at the hut.  If time allows, will snowshoe to Yankee Doodle Lake overlook and return on Jenny Creek Trail.If Eldora Ski Resort is not open, the back-up access point is from Hessie TH via Lost Lake.Dependent upon weather conditions.

Leader: Joe Wojniak
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Sunday, 12/2/2018, Burning Bear Reschedule

From the Geneva Park trailhead we will follow the Burning Bear trail to the saddle at 10,800. Depending on the group and snow depths we can attempt to go higher towards the high point.Snowshoes, microspikes and trekking poles required. Winter clothing and footware required. Be prepared to complete the hike under possible winteror windy conditions.

Leader: Dean Cates
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Friday, 12/7/2018, X-Country Ski Bakerville to Loveland (Recent BSTS grads welcome)

A perfect trip for those who recently took the Backcountry Ski Touring School. A good trip for strong beginners and the more seasoned skier. Trail begins at Bakerville, and climbs gently on a paved path towards Loveland ski area. The plan is to ski to the Loveland ski area, where we can walk to the lodge for a warm-up and lunch. Downhill is a gentle run. Dress appropriately for possible very cold and windy conditions. Bring lunch just in case we do not make it all the way to the lodge.

Leader: Renee Howbert
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 12/7/2018, Reynolds Park Platte River


Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 12/7/2018, Ski/Snowshoe on Vail Golf Course & Christmas Party

We will meet at the Vail Nordic Center ( Vail Golf Course Club House) You cam classic/skate ski or snowshoe on groomed trails. The cost is $ 10 per person for 8 or more, it is $ 15 for less participants. I plan to use my old narrow clasic track skis with scales.  We will meet back at the Club House at 3:30 and drive the short distance to Lee,s house for some Christmas Cheer with Gluewein, appetizers and cookies. You are welcome t bring something if you like

Leader: Cecilia ( Lee) Moosburger
Type: , Trail mileage: 3
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Friday, 12/7/2018, Grand Mesa Ski Tour

We will spend the night of Fri Dec 7 in the cabins of the Thunder Mountain Lodge. Contact Helen directly for information about reservations and group meals. On Sat Dec 8 enjoy a cross-country ski tour on the snowcat-groomed trails of the Grand Mesa Nordic Council. Starting at the Skyway trailhead there are 32 km of Beginner and Intermediate-level loops in the National Forest. Helen will lead an Intermediate loop on Classic skis, returning to the Skyway Warming Hut for lunch. Beginner skiers, skate skiers, and snowshoers are welcome to do their own tours and to meet us for lunch.

Leader: Helen Carlsen
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 400
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Saturday, 12/8/2018, Beginner Skate Skiing Clinic

Learn the basics of this wonderful Nordic Center sport seen in the Winter Olympics. It is incredibly aerobic and can take years to master. However, one session can show you the basics. It is recommended that you have prior experience roller/ice skating, downhill skiing or Nordic skiing. You must use specialized skate ski equipment that you can rent at the Nordic Center. Plan to meet in the Nordic Center at 9:00. The instruction will take place in the morning, then you will have the afternoon to practice what you learned.

Leader: Denise Snow
Type: Ski
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Saturday, 12/8/2018, ATA Field Day

This half day field experience will teach you how to assess slope angles, identify avalanche terrain, how to use your slope meter and snow quality if there is snow available.p>

Leader: Brad Cotten
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 45, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 12/8/2018, Intermediate Skate Skiing Clinic

This is an intermediate skate ski class. You must have previous experience skate skiing to take this class and be aware that this is an aerobic sport. Instruction will be in the afternoon and equipment can be rented at the Nordic center. Plan on meeting at the Nordic Center at 1:00.

Leader: Denise Snow
Type: Ski
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Sunday, 12/9/2018, 14er Quandary


Leader: Bogie Dumitrescu
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3500
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Sunday, 12/9/2018, Chief Mtn New Member Hike


Leader: Richard Louden
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1100
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