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Friday, 9/21/2018, Fly Fishing San Juan NM


Leader: Celia Dunlap
Type: Fishing, Pace: Casual
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Friday, 9/21/2018, Torreys Peak 14,276' via Kelso Ridge

Torreys Peak (14er) via Northeast Ridge (Kelso Ridge)#48 in Dave Cooper’s “Colorado Scrambles” guidebook.7 miles, 3,100 feet of elevation gain, 9 hours estimated duration, moderate pace.From the TH, hike the Grays Peak Trail for two miles as it passes Kelso Mountain until just south of the saddle connecting Kelso Mountain and Torreys Peak, at approximately 12,300’.  Leave the trail and head toward the saddle, join Kelso Ridge west of the saddle, then SCRAMBLE to Torreys Peak.  Descend on the trail connecting Torreys with Grays Peak.  Return via the Grays Peak Trail (loop).Required Equipment: Ten Essentials, Helmet, Climbing Harness, Ice Axe, Approach Shoes/Hiking Boots.Will consider making an after-hike stop in Idaho Springs, depending on the group's desires and our time back to Denver.Carpool: 80 miles round trip ($24.00 dollars per car; $6.00 each with 4 passengers; bring cash and pay your driver prior to separating.

Leader: Ken Yaphe
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3100
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Friday, 9/21/2018, S. Boulder Pk. 8,549'

From the S. Mesa Trailhead hike the Towhee Trail to Shadow Canyon. Pass The Matron, The Maiden and Devils Thumb on the way to the Bear Pk-S Boulder saddle. Follow a sometimes obscure trail S then boulder hop to the summit, with great views and a great cannister.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2900
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Friday, 9/21/2018, RMOTHG Cycling - Cherry Creek North

This week’s Terrapin group ride will be led by Pete Spandau.Please arrive by 8:30 am, so we can leave promptly at 9:00 am. The essential items for participating are plenty of water, necessary items to repair a flat tire (replacement tube for your tire size), appropriate clothing for changes in the weather, carrying ID and a medical card. The wearing of a helmet is mandatory.Following the ride, an optional lunch will be at Original Brooklyn's.

Leader: Peter Spandau
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 23, Pace: Casual
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Friday, 9/21/2018, RRCOS Rock Climbing

Meet up at 1 pm for climbing until dark.  Bring your own gear- you can lead or stick to top-ropes.  We will plan on climbing at Sayer's Wall, and move onto the Ripple Wall if time allows.  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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Saturday, 9/22/2018, 14 er and 13 er Antero and White Mtn


Leader: Christie Lee
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Saturday, 9/22/2018, RMNP Chasm Lake LIT Hike w/ Kevin Galliers

 Hiking to Chasm Lake offers many rewards. The trail is excellent and very scenic. Before the final trail fork, you are likely to encounter hikers trying to summit nearby Longs Peak.  (And at Chasm Lake, the view of the massive east face of Longs -- called "The Diamond" -- is awe inspiring.  Climbers going up the Diamond can usually be seen.)This hike will last most of the day.  Bring a lunch to enjoy at the Lake.  (And the rest of your Ten Essentials!)  There is water along the way, as well as at the lake and streams just downstream from the lake.  Bring your filter and/or purifier.Optional refreshment / sandwich stop in Lyons or Boulder after the hike.This hike will be led by Kevin Galliers as the Trip Leader-in-Training (LIT).  He should qualify as a CMC Trip Leader shortly after leading this hike, and possesses a wealth of outdoor education and experience.  

Leader: Tom Hartzell
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Saturday, 9/22/2018, 3 Mile Creek to Abyss Lake Trail Shuttle

The hike starts at 3 Mile Creek and goes to Rosalie Trail and then connects to Abyss Lake Trail.  We'll leave cars at 3 Mile Creek TH and at Abyss Lake TH, so that we can shuttle between the starting TH and the ending TH.This is a long hike, 13 miles, with approximately 2,986 ft elevation gain.Great hike to view fall colors.

Leader: Joe Wojniak
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2986
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Saturday, 9/22/2018, Ascending Hikes: Mt Sherman

THIS IS WHAT YOU'VE BEEN GOING FOR - A 14ER!  YAY - YOU HAVE PREPARED DOING THE ASCENDING HIKESERIES AND YOU HAVE THE RIGHT MIND SET AND YOUR BODY IS NOW POWERFUL!!!! Other 14ers scheduled as the culmination of Ascending Hike Series are Grays & Bierstadt but these are much too crowded on a weekend.  Mt Sherman should be less crowded and more fun without following ants or being one. Mt. Sherman is 14036'.  It is located outside of Fairplay.  Should be a beautiful drive and a beautiful culmination to your hard work.  This will be a long day.  Meet at 6:15 for 6:30 am departure.  Approximately 3 hrs to gate on road.  Then hike to summit and back.  You probably will not be home until 6 or 7 pm.  You may want to bring additional food to leave in a cooler in the car for after the hike as we drive back to  Woolly Mammoth.  

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2850
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Saturday, 9/22/2018, Smarthone as GPS Field Day

For Details on the entire seminar go to Trip 38663, on September 20.This activity is the Field Trip associated with the ViewRanger seminar. The field trip will take place in the Fort Collins area and will be an easy hike. The location, meeting time, and meeting location will be communicated to students during the classroom session on September 20th.

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual
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Saturday, 9/22/2018, Lake Ann and the Continental DIvide

This scenic hike ascends through meadows and trees up the South Fork Clear Creek Valley to beautiful Lake Ann, an aquamarine gem cradled in a small cirque of 13,000-ft. peaks along the Continental Divide. As you ascend the trail enjoy fine views of the Three Apostles rising to the southwest and Huron Peak towering above the east side of the valley.Extend the hike by climbing the trail to a saddle on the Continental Divide with terrific views of the Taylor Valley to the south, the Elk Mountains to the west and Huron Peak (14,003-ft.) and the 13,000-ft. summits lining the north side of the Clear Creek valley to the north.

Leader: Denise Snow
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2364
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Saturday, 9/22/2018, Golden Gate State Park Trailblazer hike Mule Deer trail

This is a fall colors hike.The Mule Deer Trail is one of Golden Gate Canyon's longest trails, leading hikers through magnificent aspen stands and verdant meadows to spectacular views of the Continental Divide from Panorama Point.  This lengthy but moderate trail offers varied terrain, diverse wildflowers, and good year-round wildlife viewing.  We'll start at the Ole' Barn Knoll Trailhead to Fraser Meadow to Panorama Point and then Elk Trail back to Ole' Barn Knoll Trailhead, completing the loop.

Leader: Nathan Neff
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Fast, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 9/22/2018, ROCK CLIMB North Table Mountain / Golden Cliffs Sport Climb / Top Rop

Come and explore this great climbing area. Routes are bolted, well protected face climbs. 5.7-5.9 routes. BRCS or equivalent required. Beginner rock climbing school (or whatever they call it these days) required.

Leader: Bruce Badger
Type: Rock Climbing, Trail mileage: 1, Elevation Gain: 100
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Saturday, 9/22/2018, Meeker Trail Construction

Celebrate National Public Lands Day with CMC!This volunteer project involves stewardship work, including trail construction and maintenance work, with CMC Stewardship Crew and the Bureau of Land Management-White River Field Office. The project will take place on the China Wall Trail in Meeker CO on Saturday, September 22nd. Volunteers will help convert two-track roads to single-track trails and restore/reseed damaged areas.Please come prepared for a full day of work in variable weather conditions (hot and dry to rainy and cool) with long pants, sturdy shoes or boots, gloves, hat, sunscreen, water bottle and snacks.  CMC will provide all tools, lunch and water.CMC staff will email all volunteers the week prior to the event with details on project start time and meeting location.To learn more about the CMC stewardship team visit www.cmc.org/stewardship.

Leader: Todd Loubsky
Type: Stewardship, Trail mileage: 2, Elevation Gain: 100
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Saturday, 9/22/2018, National Public Lands Day Trail Construction in Buena Vista

 What better way to celebrate our public lands that are such an integral part of Colorado's unique identity than by improving access to them! Though this date is one week before the official NPLD day we will be celebrating early by building new trail in Buena Vista Colorado on BLM managed land.This awesome service project is part of a larger partnership between The Town of BV, local stakeholder groups, the BLM, and CMC to improve recreational opportunities for local residents and the many visitors of the Upper Arkansas Valley. The new Overlook Trail will add to the overall function of the Midland Hill Trail System by providing an experience appropriate for beginner mountain bikers, hikers, trail runners, and equestrians, and creating several new loop options with the existing trails.Please be at the parking area by 9:00 a.m. for a general introduction to the project, the tools we will use, and techniques we will utilize to build new sustainable trails. There is no experience necessary and we will have a variety of work projects available to accommodate multiple levels of physical ability.  Lunch will be provided as well as great local brews after the workday  generously donated by Eddyline Brewing.Tools and equipment will be provided by CMC and the BV Trails group however volunteers should be prepared with closed toed sturdy shoes or boots, work gloves, safety glasses or sunglasses, and enough water for a few hours working in the Colorado sun. This trip involves volunteer driven trail work with CMC's Stewardship Team and public land agencies near Buena Vista, Colorado. To learn more about the CMC Stewardship Team visit https://www.cmc.org/Conservation/Stewardship/StewardshipTeam.aspx

Leader: Brinkley Messick
Type: Stewardship, Trail mileage: 2
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Sunday, 9/23/2018, Greyrock, 7,613', Scrambling Route

A hike to the base on Greyrock, followed by a class 3 - 4 scramble up the granite slabs on the SW side.Take the trail to the base of Greyrock. From the flat area on the SW side, hike off-trail to the start of the rock. Initial climbing is class 3 scrambling, followed by steeper climbing up a crack and over a small bulge (class 4) with some exposure. After that, the climbing follows a broken ramp system and is mostly class 3, broken by occasional steeper steps.Bring a helmet. Unless you are an experienced scrambler, bring a climbing harness, a locking carabiener and a short sling.A volunteer co-leader would be welcome.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Sunday, 9/23/2018, Shelf Road Rock Climbing

Rock climbing at the Farside area of Shelf Road.This area has a wide variety of difficulty ratings from 5.6 to 5.12.Lead climbing skills are not required.  Top ropes will be set up.Previous rock climbing experience equivalent to the Pikes Peak BMS Rock class is required. Basic climbing equipment required.

Leader: Darren Funk-Neubauer
Type: Rock Climbing, Trail mileage: 2
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Sunday, 9/23/2018, Hike Ute Park and RRCOS

This is the local field trip for those completing the Pikes Peak Group Intro to Desert Trekking and Canyoneering classroom session only.  We will hike a wet canyon in Ute Park and two dry to wet canyons in RRCOS.  We will spend time looking at things like terrain/route selection, scrambling and stemming skills, endurance, and emergency situation choices (camping, exiting mid canyon, water procurement, etc).  Further details will be provided in the class.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 750
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Sunday, 9/23/2018, Switzerland Trail (Boulder foothills)

The Switzerland Trail was a 19th century narrow gauge railroad line serving gold mines in the foothills west of Boulder.  It ran from downtown Boulder up the canyon a short way then up Four Mile Canyon for 10 miles where branches split north to Ward and south to Nederland.  The route survives as recreational right-of-way (rough narrow road) on the two branches which are open to hiking, mountain biking, and 4WDing. Typical of narrow gauge railroads in rugged terrain these routes are curvy with easy grades as they cling to the steep hillsides in a spectacular setting. Total mileage on these roads is considerable so we hike just one segment of the north branch near Gold Hill as it descends 1000 ft in 4.5 miles to the junction in Four Mile Canyon.  We return the same so this is a down-up hike but as mentioned the grade is gentle.  Elevations here are relatively low and the leaves should be turning nicely.  My recent scout on a weekday saw no one but perhaps weekends are different - we will find out but for reasons unknown CMC rarely visits this delightful, historic, and nearby! place.The leader will be unavailable Sep 20-21 (Thursday,Friday) so if you send a message on those two days there will be no reply until Friday night or Saturday.

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 9/28/2018, Mt Bancroft 13,250 & Mt Perry 13,291 off trail*

I will give weather information and any further details a couple of days before the hike.   Bring you compasses! 

Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2830
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Friday, 9/28/2018, Second Flatiron, Freeway

The Freeway route on the Second Flatiron is an excellent beginner climbing route. Experienced scramblers often climb the route unroped. It is about 7 pitches and is rated class 4 with a few low class 5 moves with some exposure.You can register for this climb online. Please indicate on your registration whether you intend to climb roped or as an unroped scramble. The number of roped climbers that can be accommodated is limited. If you are an experienced scrambler you need to convince the trip leader that you can safely climb the route without the security of a rope.For a roped climb bring helmet, climbing harness, a couple of locking carabiners and slings or personal anchor system, a belay/rappel device, rock shoes if you have them. Approach shoes with sticky rubber soles work well for this climb. Bring a day pack, snacks, and water. You should have some rock climbing training such as a CMC basic mountaineering course. Leader(s) will bring ropes and rock pro for the climb.REGISTER WITH LEADER.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Rock Climbing, Trail mileage: 2, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 9/28/2018, Oil Spring Mtn. 8,550' Demaree Canyon & Canyonlands National Park CMC Conservation Series

This is a car camp. We bring our own food, water, tents, sleeping bags & pads, and any other items needed. Individual food. One gallon per person minimum is required as Oil Spring is dry and canyon bottoms at Demaree likely to be dry in late September.All are strongly encouraged to travel light. It's always good to have as much stuff as possible contained in a small duffel bag rather than cardboard boxes or just loose items.Note that this is an exploratory trip as leader has not been to either area.See Canyonlands extension trip, also posted for September 28 on the calendar. 

Leader: Steve Bonowski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Friday, 9/28/2018, Canyonlands Utah, Oil Spring Mtn, Demaree Canyon

Join us for either or both parts of this fairly casual car camp trip and day hiking for the best time of the year to hike the desert. Two nights exploring two small proposed BLM wilderness areas in westerrn Colorado just north of Grand Junction followed by 3 nights at the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park staying at the private group campground nestled in pinyon pines in a shady sandstone rock alcove. Particpants can leave Friday the 28th and join the CMC Oil Spring Mountain trip led by Steve Bonowski (see separate trip description for that trip and also sign up if your attending that part). For just the Utah Canyonlands option, meet the group Sunday the 30 th in Fruita near Grand Junction or met the group at Wooden Shoe Sundau afternoon. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday nights will be at Canyonlands returning Wednesday October 3. This will be led by Claude Neumann and Roger Wendell. The BLM Colorado protion is the first CMC trip to this area. The Canyonlands portion we do annually and have done many times.  Details. Oil Spring Mountain BLM. Leave Friday morning and drive to Oil Spring Mountain where we will set up camp and do some exploring. This BLM area is part of Congresswoman Diana Degette's BLM Wilderness Bill introduced in Congress in July. The main hike of this area will be Saturday.  Sunday morning we will return to I-70 at Fruita with a stop at Demaree Canyon along the way. Demaree is also an area proposed as wilderness. At Fruita, we will meet anyone joining us for the Utah portion. Meeting arrangements will be verified. Optionally, people just going to Utah can meet at Canyonlands. Leaders will be conducting these  B hikes at moderate but casual pace with some rock scambling.  In Utah, optional day trip to take in the beauty of Bears Ears National Monument nearby to appreciate the significance of this National Monument that President Trump is trying to largely eliminate.  Bears Ears is currently being litigated in court to save it. t was made a National Monument in 2016 by President Obama.   The wooden Shoe campground at Canyonlands has tables, grilles, a pump drinking water supply, and an outhouse. Meals will be bring your own. 

Leader: Claude Neumann
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 9/28/2018, Camp/Rock Climb Turkey Rocks

Come out on Friday during the day or drive up after work, we will be camping and crack climbing Turkey Rocks on Friday and Saturday. Let's get some climbing in before the sun goes down, get camp set up, enjoy a fire, and spend the night under the stars. The next morning a little coffee and breakfast and we will be right back on the wall. You can trad climb or top rope, your decision. Please bring your own gear, camping equipment, and food. We will car camp close to the parking lot. It is a 10 minute hike to the Perch for climbing. A four wheel drive or high clearance vehicle is recomended (Don't bring your car). Hope to see you there.   

Leader: Derek Sardinta
Type: Rock Climbing, Trail mileage: 1
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Saturday, 9/29/2018, 14er Bierstadt & Evans via the Sawtooth


Leader: Bogie Dumitrescu
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3500
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Saturday, 9/29/2018, Sky Pond

Dress in layers.  Be prepared for precipitation (rain gear) and wind.  Bring sun hat, cold weather beanie and gloves.  Boots with good cleats (bite) are recommended.  Trekking poles plus traction devices may be recommended.  Negotiating Timberline Falls requires that you collapse your poles and attach them to your pack.  You will use hands, knees and feet to surmount Timberliine Falls.  Most any capable hiker can do this.  Take your time.  Leader will spot and assist anyone who requires that kind of support, both ascending and descending.  This is strictly a non-technical hike.Enjoy lunch at Sky Pond with magnificent views of The Sharkstooth, Taylor Peak, Powell Peak.  Optional post hike refreshment stop in Estes Park.

Leader: Grayson Garner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1780
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Saturday, 9/29/2018, Staunton State Park Scout Line Trail

Staunton State Park is the newest Colorado State Park, opened 2013. State Parks pass required or fee admittance. We will hike the Staunton Ranch trail, then connect into Scout Line trail. This trail is steep & rocky, may need to put your hands down to get up/down a rock. Scout Line trail is the most difficult trail in the park, but the difficult part is fairly short. (And unlike the Staunton Ranch trail, there are no bikes allowed on Scout Line!) We will likely make a circle loop after reaching the top of Scout Line trail back to the trailhead.  This will be a casual paced hike - we will hike only as fast as the slowest hiker. We will have short lunch at the top of Scout Line trail.

Leader: Sandy McVie
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 950
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Saturday, 9/29/2018, Hells Hole - hike off Echo Lake Road (Mountain Evans)

Please bring the ten essentials, rain gear, snacks/food, and plenty of water.

Leader: Kenneth Wolma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Saturday, 9/29/2018, Staunton State Park - Bear Paws

Bear Paws is a new trail in Staunton with great views of Rosalie, Kenosha Pass, and Pikes Peak. We will start on Mason Creek Tr then go to Bear Paws Tr, then some short pauses here and there, and a lunch break at a few overlooks, back to Mason Creek, and then return.  This will be a 9 mile hike with an elevation gain of 1500 feet going at a medium pace. Cars that have the Colorado State Pass are needed to get into the park.Note to all: Short and fun scramble to get to the Eagle Cliff OverlookAlso I am up for a lunch and beer stop in Aspen Park on the way back if there is interestPlease remember to bring the Ten Essentials, water, snacks, and lunch.If you have a medical issue, please contact me.Hope to see you all on the trail!

Leader: Rick Romig
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 9/29/2018, Golden Gate Figure 8 Doggie Hike*

A long, strenuous hike. Loop over Ralston Roost to Old Barn Knoll, Bootleg Bottom, Frazier Meadow & back. Two excellent uphill climbs& beautiful scenery. See bootleggers & very nice aspen groves in fall colors. Friendly, very fit dogs on leash welcome but not required.  For those who wish, we will likely stop in Golden, at place allowing dogs, for refreshments after the trip. 

Leader: Bob Watkins
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Elevation Gain: 2200
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Saturday, 9/29/2018, Capitol Lake Fall Colors Hike

An absolutely stunning fall hike with wonderful views of Capitol Peak towering above the head of the valley and endless aspen forests.We will be crossing Capitol Creek which may require water shoes depending on level of water -- there is no bridge or easy area to jump across.Trail is fairly flat to creek and then starts a steady climb to the lake.Lake is nestled at base of Capitol Peak, the most dangerous of all 14ers to climb and claimed 5 lives last year alone. Enjoy the beauty of this peak from the safe Capitol Lake viewpoint.

Leader: Mary Wiener
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Sunday, 9/30/2018, Eccles Pass Scramble* Difficult C Scramble with Exposure

Eccles Pass Scramble: 11.23 miles, 3,930 feet gain, Class 3 Scramble, Bobcat Pace: 1,000 feet/2 miles per hourRequired Equipment: 10 Essentials, Climbing Helmet, Climbing Harness, Approach Shoes/Hiking Boots, PositivityNumber of Particpants: 8This adventure starts with a 4.2 mile the well-defined Meadow Creek Trail approach to Eccles Pass through dense/steep forest initially transitioning to less incline and green/plush valley.  We will leave the trail, gear up and scramble over a North West Ridge Circ.  The ridge scrambling varies from class 3+ to walking upright over class 2 terrain.  We will scramble the ridge all the way around to Red Buffalo Pass and pick up Gore Creek Trail.  We will descend into the valley via Gore Creek Trail, follow the trail and then ascend up to Eccles Pass.  From Eccles Pass we will descend and pick up Meadow Trail, follow back to Meadow Creek Trailhead.Social Stop on the way home. 

Leader: Cynthia Lehr
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4,000
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Sunday, 9/30/2018, Technical Canyoneering Trip - San Rafael Swell, UT

This is the four day field trip for those completing the Pikes Peak Group Intro to Technical Canyoneering classroom session only.  We will drive to Goblin Valley SP, UT and setup a car camp base camp.  We will then practice ground school once more.  On Monday we will hike to the top of Goblin's Lair and rappel from into the cavern, then hike out via Carmel Canyon - Class 2, A, III plus Long rappels.  On Tuesday we will hike Ding & Dang Canyons as a loop - Class 3, B, IV and apx 6 miles.  Substitutions may be made to accomodate weather, road closures, etc.  Further details will be provided in the class.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 20, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Sunday, 9/30/2018, GEOLOGY HIKE: Paint Mines

We will hike the spectacular Paint Mines Interpretive Park near Calhan, listed by Mother Nature Network as one of the world's most colorful natural wonders. The rock formations tell the story of past climate change and are used by scientists around the world as analog for present day global warming. Evidence for human habitation in the area dates back 9000 years.

Leader: Michael Tischer
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 300
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Sunday, 9/30/2018, New Member Hike: Kenosha Pass East Part of CT Segment 5

We will hike east on Segment 5 of the Colorado Trail, 10 miles OB.  We will travel around five miles out to our lunch spot.  Mileage is approximately 90 miles, so the reimbursement total per car is $30 (90 x.30) divided by the number of people in the car, including the driver.  Please bring small bills to reimburse your driver. There are pit toilets near the TH.This is a lovely hike with aspen groves and spectacular views of South Park.  The goal is to get new members comfortable with the trip sign-up and trip-taking process. We will answer new members' practical questions and can talk as you wish about pace, clothing, gear, schools, 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.

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1650'
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Sunday, 9/30/2018, Tater Top 11611' (Lost Creek Wilderness) off trail

From the Terryall Reservoir in South Park we cross the road and hike NE up Potato Gulch on too rough to drive FS-142/A.  The end of the road is at the LCW boundary.  We ascend the ridge at the head of the gulch to a saddle N of Tater Top (the summit block looking like a potato on its side) then scramble to the 11611' top.  The scramble may be exposed so those not inclined can bypass.  We descend to the S saddle then up and over neighboring unnamed 11515'.  Depending on terrain and how fast we are moving we might also visit unnamed 11533'.  Eventually we descend off the ridge back to our entry road. This is Tour de Potato.  This trip is exploratory for the leader and I rate it difficult because of the off trail nature, but I really do not know what to expect.I could find no instance of Tater Top in the CMC trip database in the last 10 years.  Most maps do not show "Tater Top" except as an unnamed summit.  By luck I happened to see it on a CalTopo zoomed out named summit map.  This must be an interesting area because it is obvious the LCW boundary was drawn specifically to include Potato Gulch which is about 5 miles east of the well known Bison Peak.  This may be a hunting area so this trip is the last day before rifle hunting season begins.

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2900
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Sunday, 9/30/2018, Bartlett Trail for Fall Colors

This trail is an excellent place to enjoy fall colors! There are aspen in all of the stands in the 1st 6 miles of the trail. We will go as far as the group decides.

Leader: Jill Mattoon
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: 2200
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Friday, 10/5/2018, Skyscraper Reservoir, Bob & Betty Lakes *

From Hessie Trailhead in Eldora we will hike to Woodland Lake using the Devil's Thumb Bypass. We will continue to Skyscraper Reservoir.The next part will be experimental for the leader and involves off-trail movement and over Woodland Mountain, to find Bob & Betty Lakes. This section is short, about a half-mile, but will possibly involve some scrambling.We will then descend to the King Lake trail and take that trail back to the cars. Don’t forget to bring your

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Friday, 10/5/2018, Mt. Galbraith 7,260

We'll start hiking at the Nightbird Gulch trailhead . Nice views of the Table Mountains, Golden and the Front Range.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 10/6/2018, Tour of Lakes (RMNP)

From the Bear Lake Trailhead in RMNP, we will head first to Cub Lake followed by The Pool, Fern Falls, Fern Lake, Odessa Lake and Lake Helene before returning to Bear Lake and the trailhead.  This is a loop hike and the total distance should be just over 11 miles.  There will be some up and downhill travel throughout the day.  The most difficult ascent during the hike will be when we go from The Pool (8,320 feet) up to Lake Helene (10,700 feet).  The total elevation gain during this section will be approximately 2,380 feet but this is over a distance of 4 miles and is really no more difficult than most of the other hikes I lead in RMNP if you've ever hiked with me before.This will be somewhat of a long day just because of the overall distance and we will take plenty of stops along the way to look at the scenery and enjoy the lakes.  If you've done other B level hikes with a distance in the 7-9 mile range I don't think you will have any problems doing this hike.Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about the route.Refreshment stop after outing.

Leader: David Sanders
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11.3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,380
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Saturday, 10/6/2018, Medicine Bow Peak Loop

This is a loop hike. We will do the loop counter clockwise, ascending along several pretty lakes. The hike gets steeper and exposed heading up to Medicine Bow Peak at 12,013 ft. The last bit is a rock scramble over large boulders. The down portion will take us over the gentler slopes at the back of the Snowy Range, to return to Lake Marie.We will need good weather to do this hike, as there is exposure and proximity to drop offs. No really dangerous areas or anything requiring special equipment, but visibility is important.  

Leader: Brigitte Dempsey
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1,700
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Saturday, 10/6/2018, Shafthouse Overlook

There's nothing quite like the rock formations along Goose Creek -- unless it's adding splashes of aspen and riparian color in the fall.  Originally, this trip was going to go to above the canyon to Harmonica Arch, but the Forest Service has asked CMC not to visit that location because of its overuse.All but the very end is a relatively easy trail hike.  The final approach to the Shafthouse overlook requires a little class 2 bouldering and dropping down into a very narrow passage (narrow = walk sideways without a pack on). We will pass the old cabin ruins on the way out, hang out at the overlook for a while, and visit the final upwelling of Goose Creek on the way back.  We may follow a fisherman's path along the creek for part of the way back before rejoining the main trail.Walking pace will be moderate, but overall pace likely will be fairly slow. This is a fabulous hike for autumn photos, so we will be free to pause as desired.  Please don't sign up if you just want to move fast all the time.  However, 10 miles is 10 miles and days will be getting short, so when we are moving, we will want to move reasonably quickly between points of interest so we can spend plenty of time at them.  Thus also please don't sign up if you just want to move slow all the time.No dogs or other non-human companion animals. 

Leader: Thomas Mowle
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 10/6/2018, Hankins Pass, Lake Park Trail, McCurdy Trail Loop (Lost Creek Wilderness)

This is a beautiful, although strenuous, loop hike in the Lost Creek Wilderness. Starting at the Spruce Grove TH, we will hike the Lizard Rock trail to the Hankins Pass trail and then to the top of Hankins Pass. From here we will head north on the Lake Park trail to Lake Park, keep climbing to the top, continue back west, intersect with the McCurdy Trail and follow this trail back south to the Spruce Grove TH.

Leader: Denise Snow
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 17, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Friday, 10/12/2018, Sharptail Ridge

The first part of the trail can get muddy, although we haven't had any rain for weeks. Just in case: Bring some plastic bags for your boots. 

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 10/13/2018, New Member Hike: Tremont Mountain Loop

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, schools, etc.  

Leader: Robbie Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1460
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Saturday, 10/13/2018, Grand Junction Trail Maintenance

This trip involves volunteer stewardship work with CMC Stewardship Crew and the Bureau of Land Management. This work will involve restoration and trail maintenance on the Palisade Rim Trail.The Palisade Rim trail is located in the Little Book Cliffs east of the town of Palisade. The trail is aptly named as it runs along the edge of the cliffs in many places offering some rather precipitous views of the Grand Junction area from a vantage point some 1000 feet above the valley floor. Access to the Palisade Rim trail can be made by following the Palisade Rim trail or for double the fun by beginning from the Rapid Creek trailhead.

Leader: Todd Loubsky
Type: Stewardship, Trail mileage: 4
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Saturday, 10/13/2018, Staunton State Park - Lions Head 9,450'- Doggie Hike*

A very scenic but long hike. The group will hike the Staunton Ranch Trail to the Bugle Eagle Trail, then onto Lion's Back trail to the Elk Falls overlook. The group will then ascend up to Lion's Back at 9,450'. The group will then descend via the West Meadow Trail, the Marmot Passage Trail, the Scout Line Trail and then back down Staunton Ranch Trail to the parking lot. Fit, friendly dogs are welcome on leash.An after trip stop for refreshments is likely.This is a Bobcats trip. The Bobcats' mission is to ensure a variety of challenging CMC trips, especially “B Difficult” and “C” hikes and Difficult Snowshoes, for our mostly age-50+ constituents.  We may sponsor other activities of interest to our members, everything from bike rides to camping.  Although we have members, we don’t have dues or elections, and our trips are non-exclusive.  We welcome all CMC members to sign up for any Bobcats trip regardless of age or Bobcats membership. To join our free mailing list, write Membership Services at office@cmc.org or call them at (303) 279-3080.

Leader: Bob Watkins
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 14, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Saturday, 10/13/2018, Florissant Fossil Beds


Leader: Christie Lee
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate
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Sunday, 10/14/2018, Thunder Lake RMNP* NEW DATE

Thunder Lake offers beautiful views of the Continental Divide, Boulder-Grand Pass, Tanima Peak, Pilot Mountain, and the massive Mount Alice.

Leader: Sue Ahlberg
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Friday, 10/19/2018, Centennial Cone Loop

We will start at the Northeast trailhead off of Golden Gate Canyon Road and hike the Elk Range and Travois Trails This rolling trail makes a large loop around Centennial Cone offering great vistas in all directions.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Friday, 10/19/2018, Buchanan Trail Backpack Near Misses

Hike in, set up camp, explore the area including potential dayhikes to Gibraltar Lake, Red Deer Lake, and Buchanan Pass.

Leader: Matt Leiphart
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 10/20/2018, Cucharas Canyon Backpack

Come enjoy an overnight to one of the remote desert canyons of Colorado.  We will backpack from the Wilson Crossing TH south and upstream to the Sheeps Crossing TH.  This will require setting up a shuttle on day one.  We will find a good spot to camp overnight about half way through the canyon.  The trail through the canyon bottom is faint at best requiring many stream crossings and fighting through underbrush and tall grass.  Long pants and full grain leather boots recommended.  This canyon contains history from recent cattle industry, older sheep herding cultures, and much older Apishapa Phase history.  Come see if we can find any or all of it.  Do not let the trail mileage fool you.  Travel off trail in a desert canyon takes much more energy output than one might expect.  This trip is primarily for Pikes Peak and Pueblo Group members.  All others will be wait listed.  250 mi.  8/400’.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 400
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Saturday, 10/20/2018, Mt Margaret, 7,957' Red Feather Lakes Hike Dog optional hike

A day hike in the Red Feather Lakes area. We will hike one of the more popular Red Feather Lakes trails and finish with an easy scramble to the top of Mt Margaret.DriveTake highway 287 north. At Livermore (the Forks), turn left on the Red Feather Lakes Rd (74E). Take this road to the Mt Margaret trailhead at 8,093'.HikeHike on trails and a series of old roads across South Lone Pine Creek (bridge) to a small pond. Then take a branch trail left to the base of the Mt Margaret. This is the rocky 7,957' knob on the topo maps, not the overlook that is a common destination. See: https://redfeatherhistoricalsociety.org/local-histories/historic-local-sites/mt-margaret-history/Reaching the top requires a short scramble (better without dogs, I'd be happy to hold on to them). We may take a sightly different route for the return. You should be prepared for a 5 hour hike.Here is an overview of trails in the Red Feather Lakes area:https://www.pwv.org/trails/redfeather-lakesMaps: Trails Illustrated/National Geographic #111.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 10/20/2018, Forest Lakes 10,840 *

From the East Portal we will follow the summer trail to both lakes. This is a chance to follow the trail to the upper lake so it will be easier to find it this winter. Bring the 10 essentials and let me know about any medical problems.

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: 1400
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