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Friday, 1/25/2019, Climb ice at Hidden Falls for Friday Fun -- Technical Trip

With limited access to RMNP (thanks to the ongoing government shutdown), perhaps Hidden Falls won't have seen too many eager visitors and hopefully will not be as crowded -- nor as kicked out! -- as usual.  Let's go find out!  My understanding is that the road to the Wild Basin Ranger Station is closed, which will add an additional couple of miles to the approach.  So pack your snowshoes as well as your ice tools and climbing gear. Ice climbing school or equivalent experience required. The plan is to top rope or lead the main ice column, side flows, or mixed climbs. We will arrange group gear (e.g. ropes) and carpooling via email prior to the trip.

Leader: John Martersteck
Type: , Trail mileage: 10, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 1/25/2019, Long Scraggy Peak 8812' *

We will start at the Little Scraggy Trailhead.  The trailhead is in the Pike National Forest, 13.7 miles south of Pine Junction and US285, on Pine Valley Road (it becomes Deckers Road).  In Google Maps the trailhead is searchable as "Parking lot for Colorado Trail access" in Pine CO.  There is a $7 parking fee.  Here is a link to the trailhead in Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/T6Kj3wZfdmP2Much of the trail is along a forest service road that will have little traffic since the gate is locked at Deckers Road.  At the base of Long Scraggy Peak, we will leave the forest service road and follow a less developed use trail up the north slope to the summit of Long Scraggy Peak.   

Leader: James Guerra
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Friday, 1/25/2019, Beginner Snowshoes: 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 the railroad and a 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, Front Range peaks, 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.

We'll show you how to select and wear snowshoes, a few principles of snow travel, trail choice, fastening snowshoes to your pack, and anything else you want to know. We want you to leave this trip excited to sign up for the next one.Please bring the 10 essentials appropriate to the weather and a guided day trip:
If you haven't yet re-provisioned your pack for winter sports, consider these items: 

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 900
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Friday, 1/25/2019, Lincoln Lake*

We will be following the Rest House Trail for the majority of this trip. The trail starts at the parking lot at the beginning of the Mount Evans auto road, elevation 10,600 feet. The trail is well travelled and easy to follow. There are a series of ups and downs as we make our way to treeline and travel through the burn area near treeline. The trail to Lincoln Lake, elevation 11,600 feet branches from the Resthouse Trail and ascends about 600 feet over 1 mile to reach the Lake.The views of the Mount Evans massif are spectacular once we clear the trees.While our destination will be the Lake, we will let the weather and the pace of the group determine how far we go beyond treeline. We will set a comfortable pace.Please be sure to bring your ten essentials, several layers for wind, snow shoes and microspikes. We will assess snow shoe needs at the trailhead.

Leader: Tom OConnor
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100 feet
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Friday, 1/25/2019, North Fork Trail Reynolds Park

Depending on the weather, we might need snowshoes and/or micro spikes. Poles are also recommended. And don't forget the ten essentials.

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Saturday, 1/26/2019, Bear Peak + S. Boulder Peak + Green Mountain Boulder Mountain Park

Proceed WB NCAR trail to S. Mesa Trail to WB Fern Canyon and ascend the steep, challenging route to Bear Peak at 8,461' and continue to S. Boulder Peak at 8,549'. Let's regroup, reassess and strategize as to turning back OR contin uing back to the Bear Peak West Ridge Trail to Green Mountain at 8,144'. We'll make a final assessment of fitness, stamina, strength and endurance before returning directly to NCAR in a direct or indirect circuit. This hike will provide a challenge to ascend Winter routes, enduring cold, sub-freezing and windy conditions. As a matter of course, the day will expose all participants to snow, sleet, wind and other challenges. You must possess and know how to use traction devices, multi-layer clothing system, fire starting and bivvy gear, in the event of extreme weather conditions.  

Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Fast, Elevation Gain: 3500
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Saturday, 1/26/2019, Snowshoe Horsethief Park to Putney Falls

This is a moderate out and back snowshoe from the Waters Tunnel Trailhead to Putney Gulch and Putney Falls.  The trail has great views to Sentinel Peak and passes beaver ponds.  The hike can be a slog in deep snow, but we will work as a team to pack out a nice trail.  We will add enough side hills and side trails to get that perfect amount of tired.  We will avoid avalanche terrain.  This trip is primarily for Pikes Peak and Pueblo Group members.  All others will be waitlisted.  Nat Geo Map 137.  60mi.  8/1,000’.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 1/26/2019, Rifle Ice Caves/Coulter Ranch Ski/Snowshoe

Located about 15 miles north of Rifle, these limestone caves, hidden behind frozen waterfalls, display an amazing tapestry of ice that filters the outside light in intense shades of blue. The caves are accessed by a short trail from the road. After exploring the caves, we'll drive further up the road, put on cross-country skis or snowshoes, and follow a groomed trail up to Coulter Ranch for lunch. Foot traction devices (Yaktrax, micro-spikes, etc.) required. Cross-country ski equipment or snowshoes required. Short coffee stop on the way in. Plan to help pay for gas and entry fees on the day of the trip. Cost for lunch is $16/person. Send check for $16 made out to "Colorado Mountain Club Aspen Group; to: Mike Miller, 5145 Crystal Bridge Drive, Carbondale, CO 81623. Please specify if vegetarian or special dietary needs. Registration for trip is not confirmed until check has been received and the amount is nonrefundable. DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS JAN 5 to be guaranteed a lunch reservation.

Leader: Michael Miller
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 800
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Saturday, 1/26/2019, History Hike Eldorado Springs Water, railroads, and tourism


Leader: Stan Moore
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 700
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Saturday, 1/26/2019, Berthoud Pass telemark Norm Arlt

Climb from the Berthoud Pass parking area to good ski terrain and yoyo two or three times. AT or tele-equipped skiers with good downhill skills welcome. We will avoid avalanche terrain, but beacons, shovels, and climbing skins required. Destination subject to snow and weather conditions. Social stop on the way home.

Leader: Norm Arlt
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 1/26/2019, Freckenridge or Peaks Trail


Leader: Debbie Sheinman
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 9, Elevation Gain: 500
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Sunday, 1/27/2019, BC Ski Packed Trail Practice

This field session is for those who have completed the two required classroom sessions and the two prior field sessions with the Pikes Peak Group.  The third of three field sessions, this trip will focus on endurance and technique on a packed trail.  We will spend a lot of time building skills for harder hills in tighter turns.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 12, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Sunday, 1/27/2019, Lake Helene Snowshoe

Note Bill Trout will co-lead this tripThe group will start at Bear Lake and follow the trail towards Bierstadt, before cutting off towards the Flattop Trail. We will continue past the Flattop Trail and "shoe" beneath the "Banana Bowl" stopping to snap a few photos of Notchtop (it is spectacular on a sunny day). We will then make our way though the woods towards Two Rivers Lake, note often this section is tricky and involves breaking trail through deep snow. We will then walk across Two Rivers and make our way to Lake Helene. After checking out Lake Helene we will go to a rocky viewpoint to take in the views of Notchtop and Joe Mills. After that we will climbing up a bit off trail to an overlook of Odessa Gorge where we will be treated to the grandur of the gorge, Oddessa Lake and the LIttle Matterhorn. Note that conditions on the lake can be brutal on a cool windy day so you will need something to cover your face and nose. I also recommend goggles, however, some folks may get by with a set of glasses.  

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Sunday, 1/27/2019, Mt. Bierdstat Skin/Ski


Leader: Roger Kilcoyne
Type: Ski, Elevation Gain: 4000
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Sunday, 1/27/2019, New Member Hike: Roxborough Park: Meadows Willow Creek, South Rim and Fountain Valley Overlook Trails

Roxborough State Park is one of the hidden gems in the Denver area. Red rocks against the blue sky is one great setting.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 [ 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, will 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. If you have never used hiking poles, I have a few to loan, if you'd like to try them.No jeans or cotton clothing. We can talk more about all that on trip day.NO Dogs, please. Look for designated "Doggie Hikes" on the calendar.Let me know of any medical conditions that might affect you on the hike.We will be on several well-maintained trails, hiking at a moderate pace, approximately 5  miles round trip.  The views of the red rocks and changing colors of the scrub oaks are beautiful. There likely will be  is some snow and ice on the trail, so please bring microspike or other traction devices. Plan for changing Colorado weather by dressing in layers and include your 10 essentials in your pack.  Bring lunch, snacks for the day, and plenty of water.  Some portions of the trail are in full sun, so remember your sunscreen and hat.  The leader will send out an email the day before the hike with anticipated weather and any last minute schedule changes so please watch for that note.  

Leader: David Thomas
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 985
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Friday, 2/1/2019, High Line Canal #10 Segment 10

 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 the 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 for more information.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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Friday, 2/1/2019, Ski Vail Pass North

We will meet at Vail Pass rest area parking,  $6.00 per person userfee will be required, head north across I-70 and climb up towards Corral creek, snow conditions will determine which of the slopes we decide to ski back country skies and skins will be required 

Leader: Judith Rau
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Friday, 2/1/2019, Barr Camp Overnight & Pikes Pk

We will hike Barr Trail to Barr Camp on the flanks of Pikes Peak.  3700 feet elevation gain, 6.5 miles on Fri.  This is 1/2 the way to the summit of Pikes Peak.  We will overnight two nights at Barr Camp in a dormitory setting. If conditions permit we will attempt to summit Pikes Pk on Saturday (13 mi r/t) or if not hike in the area or you can hang out in the cabin.  We will return Sun morning to the TH by early afternoon. You will be asked about your winter climbing experience and conditioning if you attempt Pikes Pk.Dinner and breakfast are included in the reservation cost as well as bed. You must carry your sleeping bag,

Leader: Dean Waits
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 26, Elevation Gain: 7,410
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Saturday, 2/2/2019, PPG Avalanche Level 1 Field Practice

This two day field session is for those who have completed the two required classroom sessions with the Pikes Peak Group.  This two day trip will focus on avalanche evaluation, safe travel skills, and team rescue skills.  We will be returning to town between the two field sessions.  Details will be provided in class.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5, Elevation Gain: 400
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Saturday, 2/2/2019, Field Trip Intro to Nordic Backcountry Skiing

Steve Dielman and Scott Farquhar will co-lead this trip.Note this is the Field Trip associated with the Intro to Nordic Backcountry Skiing Clinic, you must be signed up for the classroom to attend the Field Trip. We will discuss equipment in the classroom session, but you should at least have skis with metal edges, if you already have "skins" that would also help during the field trip. Jax has a number of metal-edged Alpina Discovery skis (102-64-87) with Rotafella NNN-BC bindings available for daily rental.  During a recent trip to the shop there were ~3-6 pair in each of the following lengths: 148, 158, 168 and 178. They rent these as a package with boots and poles for $30/day, its possible to reserve in advance, and pickup the evening before does not count as a day.  Kicker skins not available to rent.

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 2/2/2019, Beginner Snowshoes: Payne Creek Trail

We'll show you how to select and wear snowshoes, a few principles of snow travel, trail choice, fastening snowshoes to your pack, and anything else you want to know. We want you to leave this trip excited to sign up for the next one.Please bring the 10 essentials appropriate to the weather and a guided day trip:
If you haven't yet re-provisioned your pack for winter sports, consider these items: 

Leader: Cynthia Lehr
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 900
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Saturday, 2/2/2019, Beaver Reservoir to Buchanan Pass Trail Loop *

We will start the snowshoe trip near Beaver Reservoir, at the Coney Flats trail-head. We will go towards Coney Flats on the Coney Flats Trail, then turning right towards the Buchanan Pass Trail.  We will stay on the Buchanan Pass Trail for about 4 miles, going to the Middle St. Vrain trailhead near Camp Dick.   We will then take the Beaver Reservoir Cut-Off trail, and travel towards the Coney Flats Trail and take a short trail back to the parking area near Beaver Reservoir.For those of you who did this snowshoe last winter, this represents the same loop, except that we will do it in clockwise fashion.Don’t forget to bring your

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Saturday, 2/2/2019, Sunlight Peak Snowshoe

This snowshoe hike follows the service road from Four Mile Road (across from Sunlight Ski Area) to the top of Sunlight Mountain. Spectacular views of the Crystal Valley and surrounding mountains from along the road and the top of the peak. Along with snowshoes, recommend bringing stabilizers (a.k.a. Yak Tracks) in case there are stretches of road where the snow is packed down enough to walk without snowshoes.

Leader: Michael Miller
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 7, Elevation Gain: 2,184
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Saturday, 2/2/2019, 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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Sunday, 2/3/2019, Apex Hike

Let's hike Apex trail for an early afternoon hike up to the Enchanted Forest and back.   Balloon hike loop.  We will meet directly at the Apex trailhead adjacent to the former Heritage Amusement Park.

Leader: Lorian Bartle
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Friday, 2/8/2019, Friday Fun -- Technical Trip

In 2019, John and Debbie will be leading technical trips on Fridays.  Each trip will be leader's choice, and may include snow couloirs, ice climbs, fifth-class rock, backcountry skiing, or -- if it's a powder day at Loveland -- downhill skiing.  If the weather is really bad, we will go have fun lead climbing indoors (at Earth Treks) (where you can practice mock leading if you are not yet a qualified lead climber).Except for ski trips and gym days, participants will generally need HAMS-level experience and a high fitness level.  Preference will be given to HAMS grads who are relatively new to technical climbing and who would like to gain more experience in the backcountry (also, any technical trip leaders who need an LIT will be given first preference!).  Because we need to encourage more women to join technical backcountry trips, there will be occasional gals-only trips, given sufficient interest.John will not open the registration for these trips until a week or so before they are scheduled, so that an appropriate trip can be planned, depending on current conditions and the long-range weather forecast, and also so that participants are as sure as they can be that they can make the trip.  John reserves the right to change the trip objective at any time (of course in that case, he will notify all participants beforehand).

Leader: John Martersteck
Type: , Trail mileage: 5, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Friday, 2/8/2019, Steep and Deep*

Bring snowshoes, and the10 essentials. From the TH we will follow the Tanglewood Trail for about 3 miles to 10,700 feet. We will then turn left into the woods. Using GPS waypoints we will traverse and descend back to the Tanglwood-Rosalie Trail junction. The primary purpose is to play in the steep and deep for as long as possible. It is about 1000 feet of descent.  

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6.6, Elevation Gain: 1900
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Friday, 2/8/2019, Goshawk Ridge via Doudy Draw* On Trail Boulder Open Space

The Goshawk Ridge portion of this hike was described in the Mile High Mountaineer in July, 2017.  Follow this link to to the article.:  http://hikingdenver.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/02_MHM-JULY-060917-FINAL.pdf Goshawk Ridge has spectacular vistas, geology, history, flora and fauna, railroad development, agriculture and recreation. Best of all, the treasure is packed into an easy, enjoyable, hike..  The hike offers huge slabs of ripple rock that were formed by waves of water “rippling” over a sandy beach more than 100 mil- lion years ago. The trail wanders through an ecosystem of Ponderosa pine and cactus. Hikers pass remnants of a 1907-planned townsite that never birthed, an early 1900 railroad workers’ camp and a ranching cab- in built with a metal sign for a roof that advertizes a now defunct cola. At the lower end of the ridge, Goshawk Trail tees into the Fowler Trail. The rocky hogback along the Fowler Trail holds a narrow-gauge railroad “cut” that David Moffat scrapped in favor of the current route west. Goshawk Ridge from Doudy Draw adds extra mileage to the hike.  You need MICROSPIKES for this trip.

Leader: Suzanne Allexan
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500 ft
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Saturday, 2/9/2019, BC Ski or Snowshoe Trip to Snow Mountain Ranch

We will stay at a Reunion Cabin in Snow Mountain Ranch and enjoy all the amenities the resort has to offer including skate, classic track, and crosscountry skiing, as well as snowshoeing.  There are also many other activities the resort offers including indoor roller skating, swimming, and rock climbing as well as outdoor tubing hill, ice skating, etc.  Downhill ski resorts, Berthoud Pass, and Rocky Mountain NP west entrance are all close by.  We will have a pre trip meeting to develop our travel plan and group cooking/cleaning plan.  There is a $100 non-refundable fee to hold your spot.  Another $90 will be due at the trip planning meeting.  Avalanche gear and training will be required if going into avalanche terrain.  Nordic Center Map and other various maps.  200mi.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 2/9/2019, 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.

Leader: Cheryl Ames
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2250
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Saturday, 2/9/2019, Kenosha Pass Snowshoe - West Side CO Trail Segment 6

This will be a casual, out and back snowshoe hike along the Colorado Trail from the west side of Kenosha Pass – perfect for beginner snowshoers or those putting on the snowshoes for the first time this season.  We will hike out along the Colorado Trail about 4.25 miles to Deadman Gulch, have a break for lunch, and then return to our cars. For those interested – a post-hike stop in Fairplay will be an option.This is a 8.5 mile out-and-back hike with an elevation gain of 400 and loss of 500 for 900 total (Start at 10,000ft – gain 400 to the highpoint at 10,400ft – and drop as low as 9,850 feet). Climbs are gradual. We will be below treeline – but enjoy some openings along the trail. We will avoid any avalanche terrain – none on planned route. CMC classifies this as a MODERATE Snowshoe Trip - up to 8 miles round trip and 1200 ft. elevation gain.No speedsters please - we will stay together and set a pace to accommodate our slowest hiker, and enjoy the scenery and trip as a group. Photo ops and stops are probable. This trail has beautiful views of South Park, the Mosquito Range, the Tarryall Mountains, and an overlook of Baker Lake, and passes through several outstanding stands of Aspen.For those wishing to carpool, we will meet at the Safeway Parking (south end where not cars park) at 3275 W Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904 (Google Map https://goo.gl/maps/PrQ5uBj2qjq) at 7:00am for a prompt 7:15am departure.

Leader: Glenn Barr
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 900
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Sunday, 2/10/2019, Beginner Snowshoes: Burning Bear Trail

We'll show you how to select and wear snowshoes, a few principles of snow travel, trail choice, fastening snowshoes to your pack, and anything else you want to know. We want you to leave this trip excited to sign up for the next one.Please bring the 10 essentials appropriate to the weather and a guided day trip:
If you haven't yet re-provisioned your pack for winter sports, consider these items: 

Leader: Julie Luce
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 700
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Sunday, 2/10/2019, Ladies Ice Climbing RMNP


Leader: Erin Bohler
Type: Ice Climbing, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000ft
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Sunday, 2/10/2019, Barr Camp via Barr Trail*

Barr Camp via Barr Trail:Gear: 10 Essentials, Snowshoes, Microspikes (optional: trekking poles)We will meet in the parking lot at 7:00am; note there is a fee to park.  Carpooling can be arranged with meet up along !-25 South (to be determined.)The Barr Trail starts steep and climbs quickly over successive switchbacks for the first miles.  Once we climb into the trees the switchbacks lengnthen.  About halfway most of the elevation gain is complete.  We will stop for lunch at Barr Camp and then return.

Leader: Cynthia Lehr
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3800
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Sunday, 2/10/2019, SKI! Backcountry Telemark Practice Telemark Ski School

TELEMARK SKIERS, beginners to intermediate--Need some backcountry telemark practice? This ski tour is designed to help 2019 and prior Telemark Ski School (TSS) students who ski green and easy blue runs to get "out there" and practice their telemark skiing techniques in the backcountry. "Tele hill" is within a mile from trailhead, and students will ski "laps" to practice turns. Leader is a TSS instructor and will provide telemark tips and instruction. Group will also discuss safe backcountry winter travel that includes routefinding & trailbreaking, avalanche avoidance, snow/weather conditions, and telemark equipment for backcountry use. You do NOT need avalanche equipment for this tour; but if you have it, carry it. Remember skis & skins, boots, poles, pack, food, water, extra warm clothing. This shouldn't be your first ski tour into the backcountry. Call or email leader with ???

Leader: Marilyn Choske
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Sunday, 2/10/2019, Butler Gulch Snowshoe

We'll go Sunday morning to avoid the heavy Saturday am traffic - which means we will contend with the return traffic on Sunday afternoon.

Leader: John O'Leary
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Friday, 2/15/2019, Mt. Princeton Resort Weekend 2019

The Mt. Princeton Resort party weekend for 2019 will take place from February 15th to February 17th. This annual weekend of ski, snowshoe, swim, soak, and dining adventure includes two nights lodging at the resort (Friday and Saturday), dinner on Friday and Saturday, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, two complimentary drinks on Friday night (wine, beer, or soft drink), all the swimming and soaking you can get in on three days, as well as an informal get together on Saturday after dinner. On Saturday and Sunday, after breakfast, local trips will be sponsored for all levels and abilities. The cost is only $295 for double occupancy and $405 for single occupancy (please add $10 for non-CMC members). This is a fun event, attended by members from several CMC groups. The registration deadline is January 4th and payment by check will be due by January 10th. Guests are welcome.

Leader: CMC Office
Type:
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Friday, 2/15/2019, Deer Creek Trail (Montezuma Area)* Difficult Snowshoe

We follow the road south and slightly west till we reach a beauiful, dramatic open cirque near 11,400.  We can proceed uphill toward Radical Hill depending on weather and wind.  When I scouted the trip, the wind was quite strong in the cirque. The trip is an out and back difficut snowshoe.

Leader: Kevin Schaal
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Friday, 2/15/2019, Bruno Gulch snowshoe


Leader: Stan Moore
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 2/15/2019, New Member Hike: Mt. Falcon

This should be a pleasant hike and a good workout, as we climb up the hill, have lunch and then descend back down.   We'll  travel on the Turkey Trot and Castle Trails to an old foundation, out and back.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 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 will be icy in places. (We recommend you always carry them in your pack from late fall through early summer.)Part of the trail is steep, so bring hiking poles if you use them. If you have never used hiking poles, I have a few to loan, if you'd like to try them.No jeans or cotton clothing. We can talk more about all that on trip day.NO Dogs, please. Look for designated "Doggie Hikes" on the calendar.Let me know of any medical conditions that might affect you on the hike.

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1837
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Saturday, 2/16/2019, Sawmill BCX Ski Trip

We will park at the Blue Lake Trailhead and walk the short distance to the Sawmill Trail. Here we will ski on-trail uphill for approximately 2 1/2 miles. At this point the group will cut off trail uphill through the powder to the west then to the south-west. The climb will be approximately 700 to 800 ft through what we "hope" is deep powder. At this point we will turn around and ski downhill through the trees back to the trail then down the trail to the trailhead.Note the maximum slope will only be slightly above 20 deg so you will not need AT Equipment or Avalanche beacons. HOWEVER, due to the slope and since we will be skiing in the trees you will need shaped skis (BCX or Tele) with metal edges (not skinny skis) and skins (for the climb uphill). A helmet will not be "required", but I will be wearing mine on the way down. You also need to be comfortable skiing downhill on a decent slope, in the powder through the trees. In some past years even the final downhill trail section has been a bit icy making for an "exciting" ending to the day. THINK SNOW!! 

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 2/16/2019, Nordic Ski Breckenridge Nordic Center

Did you just complete the Pikes Peak Group Backcountry Ski Class?  Are you trying to get back into the winter season and just need some practice before your big hut trip?  Come spend the day honing your skate or classic track skiing skills on the groomed trails of this fantastic Nordic Center.  Full rentals available at the center.  All skill levels welcome.  We will avoid avalanche terrain.  Nordic Center Map.  260mi.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 10, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 2/16/2019, Rescheduled from Jan. 5: Breckenridge "New Nordic" Ski Tour Upper loop trails

Please register with Leader jandudley01@gmail.com. The auto-registration was hacked.Ski just below Breck's Peaks 6&7 with outstanding views from many locations! We will meet at the Breckenridge Nordic Center to obtain trail passes. Discounted day pass is $20/$15 for age 65+. Rental gear is available, but advise leader if renting to allow extra time. Following pass transactions, we will ski to the upper trails from the lodge. Trails are blue & black rated. The trails are groomed and tracked for classic and skate skis, but narrow backcountry skis are OK. Participants should be comfortable with climbing (herringbone when needed) and descending steep grades. We will have a snack stop at the Hallelujah Hut before returning to the parking area.Breck Nordic upper trails: "Nestled on the *Upper trails are two destination huts, the Hallelujah Hut and Kathy’s Viewpoint Cabin/Sauna. The 18 X 18 hand hewn square log cabin called the Hallelujah Hut (shown below) was the original “Retort House” for burning gold ore into 20 lbs. gold blocks during historic mining days."

Leader: Jan Dudley
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Sunday, 2/17/2019, Burning Bear Trail snowshoe * new snowshoers welcome

This trail is very flat at the beginning, under tree cover and some open meadows.  After about 2 miles, we will start climbing. Depending on the trail conditions, we will go for about 5 miles in total, then return the same way.There will be a short stop on US 285 on the way to the trail head.

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Sunday, 2/17/2019, Full Moon Snowshoe & Potluck

Full moon snowshoe with potluck dinner to follow in Lenado. Join us for this annual favorite with Greg and Heather rydell. Call to let them know what dish you will bring. Please no celery or crab due to allergies.

Leader: Gregory Rydell
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5, Elevation Gain: 500
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