Outings

Previous Outings 2008

Hike: First/Second Flatiron Trail

Jan 2, 2006 (Mon)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, in this strenuous workout to start the year! We will warm up on the Chautauqua Trail before climbing the switchbacks to the saddle between the first Flatiron and Sunset Rock. Beautiful views along the way. We will then descend via Saddle Rock unless the trail is too icy. About 3.5mi w 1400’ elev gain. Moderate pace. Bring warm clothing, waterproof boots, food, and water. Hiking poles recommended - the trail could be icy. Participant limit 12.

Call Bill Farrow 303-442- 2596.

Monday Moderate XC Ski Trip

Jan 9, 2006 (Monday)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, in this Monday outing. Mondays are great days to head up I-70 to ski and avoid the traffic nightmare. Play hooky from work, or if you have Mondays off like I do, join me for a picturesque XC ski of Boreas Pass Road near Breckenridge. This road offers stunning views of the Ten Mile Range. It is an out and back easy ski tour. We'll leave at 8 a.m., ski for 4 hours and then head back home. 8 mi RT w 500’ elev gain. Participant limit 8. Bring XC skies, water, lunch, Ten Essentials, and gas money, and wear layers. Optional stop for dinner.

Contact Mary at (720) 304-3662.

Full Moon Snowshoe Hike: Indian Peaks

Jan 14, 2006 (Saturday)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, for a showshoe outing at Brainard Lake in the light of the full moon. Well depart Boulder at 5 p.m. and be on the trail at 6 p.m. Its a rolling 5-6 mi RT w about 100 elev gain. Brainard Lake Rec Area is at 10,000 elevation, so participants should be in good physical condition and be able to showshoe at a moderate pace so that we're back at the cars no later than 9:00 p.m. Stunning views of the Indian Peaks (weather permitting). Besides snowshoes, bring headlamp, snacks, water, and wear appropriate layers for the expected temperature. It could be very cold and windy. Please - NO COTTON - we don't want any hypothermia victims.

Contact Reg Gupton to join the hike.

Hike: Nugget Hill

Jan 15, 2006 (Sun)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, in this moderate difficulty aerobic hike from the the Lefthand Canyon settlement of Rowena to the top of Nugget Hill. Beautiful winter scenery, and great views from the top despite its moderate altitude (8,582’). 9:00am - 1pm, 5 miles RT, 1,350 ft elevation gain. Wear warm clothing appropriate for the weather - rain/wind gear, gaiters, showshoes may be required based on weather (will coordinate the day prior). Bring 10 essentials. Participant limit 12.

Call Bill Campbell (720) 837-0074.

Snowshoe Clinic: Bierstadt Lake

Jan 15, 2006 (Sunday)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, in this beginner level / easy snowshoe hike. We’ll review the basics of snowshoeing (there aren't many) and then enjoy a moderate tromp to Bierstadt Lake, from Bear Lake, in Rocky Mountain National Park. RT 4mi w 500’ elev gain. Participant limit 12. Bring 10 essentials.

Contact Linda Batlin 303-494-6407

Snowshoe Hike: Black Lake

Jan 21, 2006 (Sat)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, in this moderate difficulty snowshoe hike to Black Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. We will hike along frozen Glacier Creek, through Glacier Gorge and to high alpine lakes in stark winter beauty. From Glacier Gorge Trailhead we will hike on the winter trail to Mills Lake, then on to Jewel Lake and finely to Black Lake. About 9 mi RT, w 1400’ elev gain. We will end close to tree line, so prepare for cold windy conditions. Bring warm layered non-cotton clothing, good boots, snowshoes, gloves, hat, sunglasses, water, warm drink and food. Participant limit 12.

Contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396.

Singles Potluck and Game Night

Jan 21, 2006 (Sat) 7pm.

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club for a social event in South Boulder at which you can learn more about our Outings Program and provide feedback on types of events preferred, as well as have fun and master new games. For example, is “qat” a legal Scrabble word? What about “xi”? Grab your Scrabble dictionary and find out. Maybe you are the artistic type and Cranium is your game? Bring your favorite game and a delicious dish to share for a fun night of games and food. Let the games begin at 7pm! BYOB.

RSVP to Mary at 720-304-3662.

Hike: Marshall Mesa and Community Ditch

Jan 22, 2006 (Sun)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, for an easy Sunday hike on the Marshall Mesa Trail including the Community Ditch walk. 4 mi RT w 180’ elev gain. Bring water and food, and hiking poles as needed, and please wear warm, layered non-cotton clothing. Participant limit 12.

Contact Maureen Lienau at 303.254.6147.

Hike: Betasso Preserve

Jan 28, 2006 (Sat)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club in this hike of the Betasso Link to Canyon Loop and the short trail to Bummers Rock, with great views of the surrounding canyons. 6.4 mi RT w 850’ elev gain. Wear warm clothing and bring food / water. Hiking poles recommended - trail may be icy. Participant limit 12.

Call Bill Farrow 303-442- 2596.

Hike: Eldorado Canyon Hike

Feb 4, 2006 (Saturday)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, in this beautiful hike. 4-5mi RT w about 1,000’ elev gain. Participant limit 12. Wear non-cotton layers, gloves, hats and bring lunch, high energy snacks, & water. Hike poles recommended.

Contact Maureen Lienau at 303.254.6147.

Showshoe Hike: Finch Lake

Feb 5, 2006 (Sun)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, in this easy to moderate hike on the well marked Allens Park Trail that follows the contours of the northern flank of Meadow Mountain. Excellent views to the north across Wild Basin to Horsetooth Peak, then Lookout Mountain and Meeker Ridge and finally the south slopes of Longs Peak. The hikes begins through pine forest and opens up to a large area of old fire damage and then back in to the trees until we reach Finch Lake, which is completely enclosed by gently sloping forest but with views of the jagged ridge joining St. Vrain Mountain to Elk Tooth Mountain and the Continental Divide behind. Lots of great scenery! 7 mi RT w 1,000’ elev gain. Bring extra food / water, consider 10 essentials, wear extra warm clothing (NO COTTON) and sturdy boots. Must have snowshoes.

Call Deirdre Butler 303-823-8649.

Full Moon Snowshoe Hike: Indian Peaks

Feb 11, 2006 (Sat)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, for a showshoe outing at Brainard Lake in the light of the full moon. Well depart Boulder at 5 p.m. and be on the trail at 6 p.m. Its a rolling 5-6 mi RT w about 100 elev gain. Brainard Lake Rec Area is at 10,000 elevation, so participants should be in good physical condition and be able to showshoe at a moderate pace so that we're back at the cars no later than 9:00 p.m. Stunning views of the Indian Peaks (weather permitting). Besides snowshoes, bring headlamp, snacks, water, and wear appropriate layers for the expected temperature. It could be very cold and windy. Please - NO COTTON - we don't want any hypothermia victims. Bring 10 essentials.

Contact Reg Gupton to join the hike.

Snowshoe Hike: Caribou-to-Bald Mountain

Feb 12, 2006 (Sun)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, in this invigorating snowshoe hike through this historic silver mining district. From the thrice-destroyed town site of Caribou, we'll climb 1,500’ to Bald Mountain (a sub-summit below South Arapahoe Peak). 5 mi RT. The experience will fall somewhere between bucolic and thrilling depending upon the weather. Wear warm layers (no cotton) to ward off strong wind chill, and bring snowshoes, goggles, pack with 10 essentials. Participant limit 8.

Contact Bill Campbell 720-837-0074.

Hike: Red Rocks/Anemone Trails

Feb 18, 2006 (Sat)

with an Option of Mount Sanitas.

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, on the first part, or both parts, of this hike. Part I (1.5 mi/520’ elev gain) follows an easy trail that takes us past the spectacular fins of Red Rocks in Boulder. Part II (2.4 mi/1280’ elev gain) is a strenuous hike up Mount Sanitas. Both parts will be at a moderate pace. Bring appropriate layered clothing, food, and water. Hiking poles recommended - trails could be icy. Participant limit 12.

Call Bill Farrow 303-442- 2596.

Emerald Lake Snowshoe

Feb. 25, 2006 (Saturday)

Easy snowshoe trip to Emerald Lake in Rocky Mountain Park, limited to 10 people. Enjoy scenic vistas of Hallett Peak and Bear Lake, 3.6 miles rt. with 650 ft. of elevation gain. Bring warm clothes, food, water and light day-pack (No cotton).

Contact Todd Nelson 303-417-9166

Winter Camping 101

Feb 25-26, 2006 (Sat-Sun)

Ever wonder what it’s like to camp in the winter? Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club for an introduction to winter camping and snowshoeing in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. We will have a short pre-meeting and class to cover the basics of winter camping, equipment, and supplies for the trip. This will be a 10 mile RT hike with 1500’elev gain. Each participant will be provided with a complete list of equipment and supplies to bring. Participant limit 12.

Contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396.

Snowshoe Hike: Meadow Mountain

Feb 26, 2006 (Sun)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, in this rigorous 6-hour / 7mi RT snowshoe climb to the summit of Meadow Mountain (11,632 feet), with 3000 feet elevation gain. Meadow Mountain is south of Allenspark, and hikers will be rewarded with the kind of views their more "comfortable" colleagues never see! About 8am to 3pm. Wear warm clothing (no cotton), and expect cold temperatures and strong wind chill. Bring lunch, goggles, and bring 10 essentials. Carry/wear snowshoes. Paticipant limit 8.

Contact Bill Campbell 720-837-0074.

IPG Outings Leader Training (Winter Survival)

Mar.4, 2006 (Sat)

We will meet at camp Dick near ward to practice winter survival skills. This should take a half day with lunch provided. Leaders should wear warm clothing and bring a pack and items that you would normally carry to lead a day hike. All ! outings leaders welcome.

Participant limit 20.

Contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396.

Snowshoe Hike: Bridal Veil Falls

Mar 5, 2006 (Sun)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, in this moderate difficulty hike along scenic Cow Creek to Bridal Veil Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park. Hike among stands of georgeous aspen and through meadows in which elk are likely to be viewed. 6 mi RT w 800’ elev gain. Wear warm non-cotton layered clothing, waterproof boots, hat, and bring snowshoes, poles, lunch, water, 10 essentials. Participant limit 12.

Call Deirdre Butler 303-823-8649.

Snowshoe Hike: Emerald Lake

Mar 12, 2006 (Sunday)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, in an easy 4-6 hour snowshoe outing that has great views of Hallett Peak, Flattop Mountain, and Longs Peak. 3.6mi RT, w about 605 elev gain - starts at 9,475. Past Nymph Lake, then Dream Lake framed by limber pines, and up to Emerald Lake. Wonderful scenery - great for photographers! Max 12 participants. Bring 10 essentials , snowshoes, food, water, and warm clothing. No cotton please!

Contact Reg Gupton to join the hike.

Snowshoe Hike: Coney Flats

Mar 12, 2006 (Sun)

Moderate 7-mile RT snowshoe hike with 600 foot elevation gain. Periodic stops for land navigation practice using map, compass, and GPS. 1:24,000 maps with UTM gridlines provided. Bring a GPS or compass, if you have one (not required). Great alpine scenery and views of Sawtooth and Paiute Peaks 8 – 2. Bring: Snowshoes, cold-weather clothing, 10 essentials.

Contact Bill Campbell (720) 837-0074 or bill.campbell@rmc.sierraclub.org.

Cub Lake Sunset Photography Hike

Mar 18, 2006 (Sun)

Join the Indian Peaks Group on this hike in Rocky Mountain National Park starting in Moraine Park, a large meadow and gathering place for elk and other wildlife. Then out to Cub Lake an easy 5 mile rt. hike with 540 ft. of elevation gain. This hike will take place in late afternoon providing us with great landscape and wildlife photo opportunities. I will be able to provide some basic photo instruction or answer questions. Bring; camera, tripod, warm clothing, good boots, hat, gloves, food and water (snowshoes may be needed)

Contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396.

Wild Basin Overlook Snowshoe

Mar 26, 2006 (Sun) - 9am-1pm

Join the Indian Peaks and Rachael Carson Groups of the Sierra Club on this moderate difficulty snowshoe hike from Allenspark to a 9,700’ vantage point offering a stunning 180-degree panoramic view of the Wild Basin and the surrounding peaks: Chief's Head, Pagoda Mountain, Mount Meeker, and Long's Peak among them. 3.2mi RT w 800’ elev gain. Dress for the weather and expect strong windchill. Snowshoes and the Ten Essentials are a must on this trip.

Contact Bill Campbell 720-837-0074 or bill.campbell@rmc.sierraclub.org.

Hike: Eldorado Canyon

Apr 2, 2006 (Sun)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, in this moderate difficulty out-and-back hike on a scenic trail in Eldorado Canyon State Park that winds thru ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forest behind the Flatirons. Moderate pace, with a few steep sections, 4 mi RT w 1,000' elev gain. Bring sun/wind/rain protection (NO COTTON), gloves, wam cap, layers, sturdy boots/shoe, water, lunch. Participant limit 12.

Call Deirdre Butler 303-823-8649.

4-Legged Best Friend and Well-Bred Owner Hike

Apr 8, 2006 (Sat)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, for a 2 mile dog & friend hike along Towhee and Homestead Trails. This easy hike will loop through both trails and beautiful vistas of the red rock portals of Eldorado Canyon can be seen to the west as we hike. Also to be seen is the Doudy-Debecker-Dunn Homestead. At the end of the hike, sing Happy Birthday to my rescued grey Daisy and dog treats will be served. Bring: Water & snacks for self and dog, leash (required on trail), appropriate layers of clothing, ten essentials.

Limited to 12 - Contact Maureen Lienau at 303.254.6147.

Hike: Rawhide Trail Loop

Apr 9, 2006 (Sunday)

Easy Sierra Club snowshoe hike along the Rawhide Trail Loop in Northern White Ranch Park. 5 miles RT, 300 ft elevation gain. This trail isn’t marked on the USGS 7.5 minute quadrangle (Ralston Buttes), so bring your GPS and we’ll plot the trail on the map as we go. Dress for the weather and bring a lunch. 9:00 – 1:00.

Contact Bill Campbell (720) 837-0074 or bill.campbell@rmc.sierraclub.org.

Wednesday Night Bike Ride

Apr 12, 2006 (Wed)

Enjoy a spring bike ride with the Indian Peaks Group of the Sierra Club from Boulder to Eldorado Canyon State Park. This is about a twenty mile ride at an easy to moderate pace with about 500ft of elevation gain/ loss. Bring; bike, bike clothing, rain jacket, spare tube, tail light, water and snacks. Limited to 12.

Contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396.

NEW IPG CLASSIC Royal Arch at Sunset

Apr 15, 2006 (Sat)

A short but steep hike from Chautauqua Park through ponderosa pine forest and Bluebell canyon to Royal Arch. We will enjoy wonderful views of the Arch, the Third Flatiron and all of boulder valley at sunset. This is a moderate/strenuous hike of 3 miles RT with 1300ft of elevation gain. Bring; good boots, rain jacket, sunglasses, snacks and water. Consider the ten essentials. Limited to 12.

Contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396.

Hike: Niwot Mountain Snowshoe Climb

Apr 23 (Sun)

Moderately strenuous Sierra Club snowshoe hike to the summit of Niwot Mountain. 6 miles RT, 1,600 ft. elevation gain. Over-the-top views of Long’s Peak, Mount Toll, Pawnee Peak, and Mount Audubon will be the reward for three hours of steady climbing. Howling winds and blowing snow could make it an adventure. Dress for the weather, and pay attention to the emergency provisions of the 10-essentials.

Contact Bill Campbell (720) 837-0074 or bill.campbell@rmc.sierraclub.org.

IPG CLASSIC Hike: Fowler and Rattlesnake Gulch Trails

Apr 22, 2006 (Sat)

Join the Indian Peaks Group Join us for this moderate hike on trails near Eldorado Springs. We will hike past old hotel ruins and an active railroad tunnel. Spectacular views of Eldorado Canyon. Moderate pace - 7mi RT/1200’ elev gain. Partipant limit 12. Consider 10 essentials - trail could be muddy or icey, Hiking poles recommended.

Call Bill Farrow 303-442- 2596.

Wednesday Night Bike Ride

Apr 26, 2006 (Wed)

Join the Indian Peaks Group for a moderate bike ride from Boulder to Jamestown. This is a moderate ride of about 20 miles with about 1500ft of climbing, at an easy to moderate pace (12-15mph). Bring; bike, bike clothing, rain jacket, spare tube, tail light, water and snacks. Limited to 12.

Contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396.

Training: Wilderness First Aid

May 6-7, 2006

The Rocky Mountain Chapter will be sponsoring another of our twice-annual wilderness first aid classes on the weekend of May 6 and 7, 2006. The course will again be provided by Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School - one of the nation's most well-respected providers of wilderness first aid training. The course will be held at the Foothills Nature Center in Boulder, Colorado, and will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The course fee is $140. Active Sierra Club outings leaders may be reimbursed $75 for taking the course.

To receive more information about this course or to sign up, please contact chapter outings chair Jacob Morgan by email: jacob.morgan@rmc.sierraclub.org.

Hike: Bear and South Boulder Peaks

May 7, 2006 (Sun)

Come climb Bear Peak and South Boulder Peak in the Boulder Mountain Parks and Open Space. This is a great conditioning hike to get ready for summer climbing in the high country. We will start at NCAR and hike up Fern Canyon to Bear Peak, then scurry over to South Boulder Peak and scamper down Shadow Canyon and return to NCAR via the Mesa Trail. Total distance about 10 miles and 2900 feet elevation gain. Moderate pace. Bring the Ten Essentials.

Call Linda to sign up at 303-494-6407.

Wednesday Night Bike Ride

May 10, 2006 ( Wed)

Join the Indian Peaks Group On a bike ride from Longmont out to St Vrain State Park. This is about a 15 mile ride with very little elevation gain we will ride at an easy to moderate pace of about 12-15mph. Bring; Helmet, spare tube, water and snacks.

Contact Mike Whiteley at 303-776-7396.

Map and Compass Basics - Parts I - IV

May 11-14, 2006

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, in this combination of hands-on classroom and practical exercises to bring participants from minimal knowledge to confident use of map and compass, with a focus on survival and getting out of trouble. Part I: Thurs, May 11, 7-9pm - Foothills Nature Center in Boulder - maps and types of compasses. Part II: Fri, May 12, 7-9pm - ! Foothills Nature Center in Boulder - use of map & compass together. Part III: Sat, May 13, 9-12am - NCAR parking lot - practical exercises. Part IV: Sun, May 14 - 8am-2pm, carpool to White Ranch, Golden, CO - participate in Rocky Mountain Orienteering Club orienteering meet. Must pre-register - limited to 25 participants. Parts I is pre-requisite for Part II. Parts I and II are pre-requisite for Parts III and IV. Bring compass if you have one, but if not, ask about what you need during registration. Free except for $10 charge by RMOC for orienteering meet.

Register with Dave Hawley 303-443-2332.

Bike Ride: Breckenridge to Vail Pass

May 20, 2006 (Sat)

Join the Indian Peaks Group of the Sierra Club for this scenic ride on the bike trail from Breckenridge to Vail Pass. A 35 mile ride with 2500ft of climbing this is at times a strenuous climb but we will go at an easy pace and take are time going up. Though this ride goes right up the middle of I-70 at times it is still quite scenic with creeks, aspen and pine forests. Bring; bike, b! ike clothing, rain jacket, warm jacket, spare tube, tail light, water, lunch and snacks. Limited to 12.

Contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396.

NEW IPG CLASSIC Hike: Marshall Mesa Trail

May 20, 2006 (Sat)

This has been designated a May Classic Hike by the Indian Peaks Group of the Sierra Club. Come join us on this easy hike through grasslands and the sight of former mining operations to the Community Ditch, where we can continue on for another .5 miles and return to our cars. Hikers are afforded great views of the Flatirons to the west. Participants should bring water, snacks, non cotton layers of clothing and sunglasses if sunny.

Contact Maureen Lienau at 303.254.6147 or e-mail at lieno413@hotmail.com

"Lost Proofing" at White Ranch Park

May 21, 2006 (Sun)

Getting lost is a contributing cause of many backcountry emergencies. This easy field trip is a short introduction (or review) of the three methods for always knowing where you are: terrain association, compass resection, and GPS. We'll start with a half-hour orientation to the three methods at the trailhead, then cover 4-5 miles in White Ranch Park applying what we've learned. Th is is not a substitute for a real land navigation course, such as the IPG Map and Compass curriculum. Participants should bring a compass or GPS if they have them (not required). Maps will be provided.

Contact Bill Campbell (720) 837-0074

Wednesday Night Bike Ride

May 24, 2006 (Wed)

Longmont to Carter Lake, about a 20 mile ride with a good climb up to the dam (optional). Bring; helmet, spare tube, water and snacks.

Contact Mike Whiteley at 303-776-7396.

Hike: Flattop Mountain and Hallet Peak

May 27, 2006 (Sat)

A good way to experience the rugged beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park is to hike to the summit of Flattop Mountain. Starting at bear lake this hike moves through first aspen and then pine forests and out of tree line. Once on top the view of the park and surrou! nding mountains is spectacular with the common sightings of marmots and bighorn sheep to make things even more fantastic. This is a 9 mile hike with about 2800 ft of climbing making for a strenuous but rewarding climb. Bring; good boots, rain gear, warm jacket, hat, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, lunch and snacks. Consider the ten essentials, limited to 12.

Contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396.

Niwot Mountain Hike

Jun 4, 2006 (Sunday)

Moderately strenuous hike to the summit of Niwot Mountain. 6 miles RT, 1,600 ft. elevation gain. Over-the-top views of Long’s Peak, Mount Toll, Pawnee Peak, and Mount Audubon will be the reward for three hours of steady climbing. Dress for the weather, and pay attention to the emergency provisions of the 10-essentials. 9:00 - 2:00.

Contact Bill Campbell (720) 837-0074 or bill.campbell@rmc.sierraclub.org.

Altitude Sickness Seminar

June 7, 2006 (Wed evening)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, for a fascinating 90-minute presentation by Dr. Linda Keyes on the types, treatment, and prevention of altitude sickness. Dr. Keyes is a Yale Med School graduate and an emergency physician at Lutheran Medical Center and University of Colorado Hospital. She has been conducting altitude medicine research since she was a medical student, studying acute mountain sickness and pregnancy at high altitude. She spends as much time as she can climbing, trekking, and generally having fun at high altitude, and she has extensive high altitude medicine experience that includes working at the Himalaya Rescue Association Clinic at 14,000’ in Pheriche, Nepal, and as the expedition doctor on the Colorado Gangapurna expedition. Presentation starts promptly at 7:30 p.m. at the Foothills Nature Center on the west side of Broadway (going north out of Boulder) just north of Quince (look for a one-story white building at the Wonderland Trailhead). Free – arrive early for best seating.

Questions contact Dave Hawley at 303-443-2332.

Hike: Twin Sisters

Jun 17,2006 (Saturday)

Twin Sisters is a pleasant hike with splendid views of Long's Peak. Though we'll ascend some 2400 feet (which qualifies the hike as strenuous), the trail ascends gradually, making it a good first alpine hike of the season. On the peak, we'll be just above treeline. Bring: 10-essentials plus a lunch--do bring plenty of water.

Contact Rebecca Dickson 303-499-7261

Navajo Peak Scramble

Jun 18, (Sunday)

Strenuous (long) hike to the summit of Navaho Peak - one of the most imposing 13ers along the continental divide. Some off-trail, 3rd-class scrambling towards the summit. Route via Lake Isabel, Niwot Ridge, and Airplane Gully. 8:00 - 5:00. Bring: Lunch, 10-essentials, camera.

Contact Bill Campbell (720) 837-0074.

After Work Sanitas Hike

June 22, 2006 (Thursday)

Join the Indian Peaks Sierra Club Chapter for a short but wonderful after-work hike! This 6,863-foot summit is a Boulder classic. The trail loop is steep, but short
to squeeze in after work. Bring water and a snack. No need to call, just meet at the trailhead at 5:30 pm.

Carla Farsi 720-272-3685

Walk in the Woods: Walker Ranch

June 23, 2006 (Fri) 9am–2pm

Walker Ranch Loop South Boulder Creek Trailhead Skip work and spend a Friday with Boulder County naturalist Mary Wiener for a moderate 7.6 mile loop hike with elevation gain/loss of 700 feet a few times. We'll stop to look for signs of wildlife and early summer wildflowers as well as learn how James Walker homesteaded the area in the 1800s. Bring two liters of water, lunch, sunscreen, hat, and good hiking boots.

Contact Mary Wiener at 720-304-3662.

Hike: Ouzel Lake Hike

June 24, 2006 (Sat)

Ouzel Falls should be spectacular as the melting snow (or what's left of it) fills North St. Vrain Creek and Ouzel Creek in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park. We'll have breathtaking views of Copeland Falls, Calypso Cascades, Ouzel Falls, Mount Meeker and Longs Peak on this moderate-to-strenuous 10-mile roundtrip trek with an elevation gain of 1510 feet. Bring; Sturdy hiking boots, water, snacks and lunch, rain gear, and 10-essentials.

Contact: Bill Roettker 303-530-3482

Hike: Chasm Lake

Jun 25, 2006 (Sat)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, on a strenuous hike to Chasm Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Chasm Lake sits at the base of Longs Peak's east face and is one of the most stunning scenes in Colorado. 4.2 miles each way with starting elev at 9,400 ft with an elev gain of 2,360 ft. Prepare for hiking above tree line. Bring a lunch, water and the 10-essentials. Limited to 12.

Contact Jack Austin 720-323-2566

Blue Lake Wildflower Hike

Jun 25, 2006 (Sat)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, on a hike into the high country of our namesake Indian Peaks Wilderness. From the Mitchell Lake trailhead, this hike will take us up 840 ft as we walk to Blue Lake located at 11,350 ft and just below the Continental Divide. We’ll enjoy seeing colorful wild flowers, several postcard alpine lakes, plus numerous peaks on the Divide. Elevation makes this an easy-moderate hike; 2.5 miles each way. Please bring water, lunch, and the 10-essentials especially wind/rain gear (please no cotton). Limit 10-hikers, plus leader and co-leader. We’ll leave Boulder at 8:00 AM with the location to be identified when you make your reservation.

Beginning May 22nd, call John Dowd at (303) 442-2477.

After Work Hike: Royal Arch –

June 29, 2006 (Thur)

The Royal Arch Trail begins at the Ranger Station in Chautauqua Park and heads up the closed access road, which skirts the open grassy meadows of the lower foothills. After a quick drop into a gulch the trail climbs steadily through coniferous forests to a sandstone arch. Although not as big as most arches in southern Utah, Royal Arch is quite an impressive sight, especially with the City of Boulder as a backdrop. Bring; Water, snack, sun and rain gear. No need to call. Meet at the Chautauqua Ranger's Cottage at 5:30 pm.

Contact Mike Anstett 303-823-8757

Bike Ride: Fall River Road Bike Ride

July 1, 2006 (Sat)

Join the IPG Sierra Club for a mountain bike ride up Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. A scenic ride from the valley floor to Fall River Pass at 11,800ft it is a hard nine-mile climb. We will ride along Fall River with many small waterfalls and stunning vistas of the valley below. Elk and Bighorn Sheep are often present above tree line. We will return down Trail Ridge Road this is a strenuous ride of 40 miles with about 4000ft of elevation gain. Bring your bike, helmet, spare tube, cycling clothing, rain jacket and pants, food and water. Limited to 12.

Contact; Mike Whiteley, 303-776-7396

AfterWork Hike: Sunset Over the Flatirons

July 6, 2006 (Thur)

Watch the sunset from near the top of the First Flatiron! A steep hike in gorgeous surroundings. The trail snakes up in between the second and First Flatiron among amazing rock formations. No need to call, just meet at 5:30 pm at the Chautauqua Ranger Cottage. Bring: water, snack, rain gear.

Contact; Carla Farsi 720-272-3685

Hike: Old Ute Trail –

July 8, 2006 (Sat)

Sunset Photo Hike. Stunning views, abundant wildflowers, elk and bighorn sheep, this hike has it all. We will start are hike around sunset and end up under the full moon. Hiking the Old Ute Trail in RMNP from the Alpine Visitors Center to Poudre Lake, we will spend our time photographing the wildlife and landscape. This is an easy hike of 4.2 miles with 1000ft of elevation loss. Bring boots, rain gear, camera, warm jacket, gloves, hat, food, water and head lamp.

Contact: Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396.

Hike: South Arapahoe Peak

July 9, 2006 (Sunday)

Spectacular views of the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, the Continental Divide, and Arapahoe Glacier will be the reward for three hours of steady climbing. 4th of July campground to South Arapaho Peak. 7 miles RT, 3,300 feet elevation gain. 8:00 A.M.-to-3:00 P.M. Bring: lunch, camera, extra water, 10-essentials.

Contact: Bill Campbell (720) 837-0074

Hike: Chicago Lakes

July 10, 2006 (Monday) 8am-4pm

Mt. Evans Wilderness Area, 8 miles, 1200 feet elevation gain/loss A Monday stroll to Chicago Lakes will revive any troubled soul. The lakes rest in a soaring U-shaped valley, stair-stepping upward behind a series of glacial moraines. An optional trip up the Mt. Evans road to see the thousand year bristlecone pines will be offered. Bring two liters of water, lunch, sunscreen, hat, and good hiking boots.

Contact: Mary Wiener at (720) 304-3662.

Hike: Arapahoe Pass Wildflowers

July 15, 2006 (Sat)

The Arapahoe Pass Hike is a designated Classic Hike of the Indian Peaks Group. We will try to identify at least 5 wildflowers along the route so bring any books to help. Reg Gupton will co-lead (303.444.3215). Altitude gain of 1779 feet if we hike all the way to Arapahoe Pass (although Diamond Lake is lower and a shorter route) and 6.5 miles distance.

This may be a strenuous hike for some people. Please call for meeting time and to arrange car pooling. Bring: Water, high energy snacks and lunch, non-cotton clothing, rain gear, camera, and 10-essentials. Wildflower books if you have them.

Contact: Maureen Lienau (303) 828-6134.

Hike: Mount Ypsilon

July 15, 2006 (Sat)

Mounts Ypsilon, Chapin, Chiquita in the South Mummy range in Rocky Mountain National Park. This hike star ts out high on Fall River Road. It traverses a ridge to the North passing by three 3 peaks: Chapin, Chiquita and finally Ypsilon.
We will ascend Ypsilon and perhaps the other 2 peaks depending on time and interest of group. From Ypsilon there is a spectacular view of Spectacle Lakes two thousand feet below. Get off the beaten path on this panoramic high alpine terrain outing. Level: Strenuous, Start Elevation: 10640, Maximum Elevation: 13514, Elevation Gain: 2874, Distance: 7.0m. Bring the 10-essentials, including food, water, rain gear, sun gear and warm clothing.

Contact; Mike Anstett 303-823-8757

Hike: Little Yellowstone Canyon

July 16, 2006 (Sun)

Following the Colorado River through the Kawuneeche valley in the west side of RMNP, the hike to Little Yellowstone is a pleasant summer day hike. At 9.4 miles round trip and 1100ft of elevation gain this is a moderate hike through pine forests and peaceful meadows. On the way back we will pass through Lulu City a one time mining town of 200 people. We will drive over Trail Ridge Road on the way to the hike seeing stunning vistas and possibly wildlife such as Elk and Bighorn Sheep. You should bring Rain gear, boots, sun screen, sunglasses, food and Water.

Contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396

Summer Singles Bash

July 22, 2006 (Sat) 6pm- 11pm

Summer has arrived with hot sizzling weather making the evenings perfect for a potluck and outdoor games. Bring your favorite dish to share and an outdoor game such as volleyball, badminton, crochet, Frisbee or water guns!

Contact Mary Wiener at 720-304-3662 to get directions.

Hike: Mills Lake

July 23, 2006 (Sun)

Named after the man who from the 1880's to the 1920's tirelessly promoted establishment of RMNP, Mills Lake is appropriately one of the most beautiful in the entire Park. Great photo ops are available at Alberta Falls and Mills Lake. 5 miles R/T; gain 700 ft. to 9,950 ft. at destination. Rated as Moderate ; limited to 10; meet at 8:00 AM. Please bring lunch, H2O and the 10 essentials; Co-Leader is Reg Gupton;

Please call John Dowd at 303-442-2477 for further info and reservation.

Hike: Shoshoni Peak Scramble

July 30 (Sun)

This day-long hike will take you up to Pawnee Pass, then South along the Continental Divide, over an unnamed peak (12,878), then east to Shoshoni Peak, and some of the most sensational views in Colorado. Bring; lunch, camera, water, 10-essentials.

Contact Bill Campbell 720-837-0074.

Hike: Barr Lake

July 30, 2006 (Sun)

Join the Sierra Club on a beautiful hike around Barr Lake in Brighton, Co. Barr Lake is one of the few known Bald Eagle nesting sites along the front range as well as a stopping spot for other migratory birds. We will hike about 3 miles around the lake and also visit the nature center. With almost no elevation gain this will be an easy hike. There is a cost of five dollars per carload to get into the park. We will meet at noon at the pay station as you first enter the park. Bring boots, sunglasses, sun screen, rain jacket and pants, food and water. Directions- Take I-76 northeast from Denver, exit on Bromley Lane. Go east to Picadilly Road, then south to the park entrance. Contact Alison Jones at (303) 832-8551.

Backpack: North Inlet-Tonahutu Loop

Aug 12-14, 2006 (Sat - Mon)

A three day backpack on two of RMNP’s most stunning trails. Starting on the west side near Grand Lake we will hike up the North Inlet Trail along North Inlet Creek, passing Cascade Falls and Big Pool with possible Elk and Moose sightings along the way, reaching our first camp near North Inlet Falls by late afternoon. The next day we will leave early and climb up to Flattop Mountain, watching for Mountain Goats and Bighorn Sheep as we traverse across the high alpine tundra. Our next camp will be just below tree line at the start of the Tonahutu Trail. On our last day we will descend down along the Tonahutu Creek past Granite Falls and through Big Meadows and back to Grand Lake.

This is about 27 miles total with about 3000ft of elevation gain/loss, at about 9 miles a day you should be a good hiker with some backpacking and camping experience. A complete list of equipment and map will be provided to each participant and we will meet one week before the trip to go over the food and any last minute details.

Contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396

Hike: Mount Audubon

Aug 13, 2006 (Sun)

IPG Classic Hike to the summit of Mount Audubon (13,223 feet). Stunning views if the day is clear. 8 miles RT, 2,700 feet elevation gain. What to Bring: Weather-appropriate clothing, 10-essentials , camera.

Contact Bill Campbell 720-837-0074

Hike: Grays and Toreys

Aug 19, 2006 (Sat)

Just a few miles south of I70 near Georgetown Grays and Toreys are very popular 14’ers. They are the only 14’ers in Colorado that are on the Continental Divide and are usually climbed together. From the summit you will be able to see Pikes peak to the south and Longs peak to the north. This is a grade II and class 2 climb and at 9 miles RT and 3600ft of elevation gain this is a strenuous climb but one of the ea sier 14’ers and a good choice for your first one. I would strongly suggest that you have climbed at least one 13’er in the IPG Mountaineering Series before trying this climb. You should bring; the ten essentials, good boots, rain gear, warm jacket, hat, gloves, food and water.

Limited to 8, contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396

Hike: Longs Peak

Sept 9,2006 (Saturday)

At 14,255ft Longs Peak Dominates the northern front range. It is the highest point in RMNP and is one of the most popular peaks in the western United States. Although this peak is climbed by hundreds of people each year it should not be underestimated, it is both a beautiful and serious mountain. Our climb will follow the popular Keyhole Route (the easiest route) at 15 miles RT and 5000ft of vertical gain this is a grade II and class 3 climb. This is not a good climb for your first 14’er, you will need to be a very strong hiker, have completed at least one hike in the IPG Mountaineering Series as well as climbed at least one 14’er to go on this hike. Because of the length of this climb we will need to leave very early plan on a meeting time around 4:30am. You should bring: the Ten essentials, good boots, headlamp, rain gear, warm jacket, gloves, hat, food and water. I can provide with a more detailed description of the route and a map if you would like.

Limited to 8, contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396

Trail Building: New Loop at Heil Valley Ranch

Sept. 16, 2006 (Sat)

With assistance from Boulder Mountainbike Alliance, Boulder County Parks and Open Space will begin building a new loop trail at Heil Valley Ranch. Volunteers are needed to help build basic trail on September 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This new loop will begin off the existing Ponderosa Loop and will be approximately two miles long. Volunteers will be shuttled to the work site and need to bring work gloves and water. The county will provide all the tools. Minimum age is 15 with adult supervision. Thanks to a generous REI grant, lunch will be served after the project and volunteers will receive a t-shirt. To register, contact Mary Wiener at 303-678-6216 or email mwiener@co.boulder.co.us

Hike: Caribou Ranch Open Space

Sept. 23, 2006 (Sat.)

An interpretative hike on elk. Cool mornings and shorter days trigger elk to begin their migration to lower elevations including portions of Caribou Ranch Open Space. I will be leading a slow-paced interpretative hike on the migration patterns of elk, their elaborate mating habits, and the efforts that Boulder County has taken to protect elk habitat. After the interpretative hike, we will continue hiking to the Blue Bird Mine and complete the loop on the old Switzerland Trail amongst the golden aspens. This is an easy 4.5-mile hike at 8,300 feet with little elevation change. The hike will be from 9 a.m to noon. Wear layers and bring a lunch. To register, contact Mary Wiener at 720-304-3662.

Hike: Bear, Odessa and Fern Lakes

Sept 24, 2006 (Sun)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, for a scenic fall hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. This is a moderate in d ifficulty hike as we ascend from Bear Lake, traverse aound Flat Top Mountain and drop down into Odessa Gorge. We will lunch at Odessa Lake and then on to Fern Lake, Fern Falls, The Pool and out into Moraine Park. The hike is 8.5 miles one way. with about 1,200 ' elev gain. We will use the Park shuttle to return to start. Limit to 12, bring lunch, layered clothing, water and ten essentials. Please contact Jack Austin at 720-323-2566.

Hike: Pear Lake Hike

Oct 1, 2006 (Sun)

Come eat pears at Pear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park! From the Finch Lake Trailhead, hike on good trail to this lovely lake nestled below St. Vrain Mountain. Fantastic views of high peaks in the Park can be seen along the way. Pears and special dipping sauce will be provided. This is a strenuous hike at 13miles and 2112' . Bring the ten essentials.

To register contact Linda Batlin at 303-494-6407.

Hike: Harmonica Arch 9020’

Oct 14, 2006 (Saturday)

This is a scenic hike to the longest natural arch in Colorado. Bring your camera! En route, we will trek through a portion of the Haymon Fire burn area in Lost Creek Wilderness. A moderate 5mile hike with 900ft of elevation gain. Bring hiking boots suitable for steep, off-trail hiking and plenty of water/food. Participant limit is 11.

Contact Bill Farrow (303) 442 2596 for details.

Hike: Lion Gulch/Homestead Meadows

Oct 21, 2006 (Sat)

Join us for a comfortable autumn hike through the forest between Lyons and Estes Park. We'll visit the meadow and enjoy lunch where several historic ranching and mining hometeads can still be explored. About 6 miles roundtrip and 1200 feet elevation gain. Bring comfortable hiking boots, water, snacks and lunch, sun and rain protection. Dress in layers since autumn weather can be unpredictable. Limited to 10 hikers.

Contact Bill Roettker (303) 530-3482

Hike: Centennial Cone

Oct 21, 2006 (Sat)

Moderate hike to the top of Centennial Cone, near Clear Creek Canyon West of Golden. 5 miles round trip, 1,100 feet elevation gain. 8:00 - 1:00. Limited
to 8 participants. No dogs. Dress for the weather, bring a snack and water.

Contact Bill Campbell for details (720) 837-0074 or bill.campbell@rmc.sierraclub.org.

Map and Compass 101 –

Nov 4, 2006 (Sat) 8:30am – 2pm.

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, in this combination of hands-on classroom and practical exercises to bring participants from minimal knowledge to confident use of map and compass, with a focus on survival and staying out of trouble. Location is the Foothills Nature Center in Boulder. Bring a compass if you have one - we’ll share as needed. Maps provided. Also bring snacks / lunch – will have a short lunch break. Plan to be both inside and outside (near Nature Center), so bring layers. For class participants, will lead an optional Sunday hike / snowshoe on Sunday with a focus on practicing terrain navigation. Location will be Deer Mountain in Rocky Mountain Park - 6 miles RT w elev gain 1,075’ – moderate climb and suitable for beginner showshoers. Specifics on hike provided on Saturday. Free. Limited to 20 participants. Register with Dave Hawley at dave_hawley@comcast.net , or by calling 303-443-2332.

Full Moon Hike: Great Sand Dunes –

Nov 4-5, 2006 (Sat-Sun)

We will travel down to the Great Sands Dunes National Park on Sat. am and set up our camp at the pinon campground. We will hike out on to the dunes at sunset heading to High Dune and return by the light of the full moon. At camp I will prepare a gourmet dinner for everyone. The hike out to High Dune is only 2 miles RT with 400ft of elevation but can be much more strenuous than you might think because of the sand. On Sun. am we will hike to the Dunes Overlook an easy 2 mile hike on the Sands Ramp Trail. The Great Sand Dunes is one of the most unique and beautiful places in Colorado and our nations newest National Park. We will return to boulder by Sun. evening. I will provide everyone a list of equipment and supplies that you will need for the trip as well there will be some expenses to share (Gas, Camping permits and food) about $30 each. Limited to 12,

Contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396 mgwhiteley@comcast.net

Map and Compass Hike: Deer Mountain

Nov 5, 2006 (Sun)

This 11/5/06 hike / snowshoe is a practical exercise on terrain navigation tailored for participants in the Map&Compass 101 course offered in Boulder by the Indian Peaks Group on 11/4/06. 6mi RT w 1,075 elev change - suitable for beginner snowshoers. Bring: Ten Essentials, compass, map of Rocky Mtn National Park, snacks / lunch, water, snowshoes / poles if needed Specifics on hike provided on 11/4. Free. Register with Dave Hawley at dave_hawley@comcast.net , or by calling 303-443-2332.

Hike: Ceran St. Vrain

Nov 12, 2006 (Sun)

Hike or snowshoe along the beautiful South St. Vrain Creek among magnificent pines. Impressive stream views and wonderful forest floor enchantment. Moderate difficulty. 4 mi RT, gain/loss about 400', participant limit 10. Snow shoes are required in case of snowfall. Bring the 10 essentials including water, food and warm layered clothing. No cotton please. Optional - stop for a late lunch at a peak to peak highway restaurant. Bring: sun/wind/rain protection; layered clothing; sturdy hiking shoes or boots; snowshoes; water; lunch; and snacks. Meet at 9am.

Call Joanie for location and signup. 303-494-6492.

Workshop: Basic Landscape Photography

Nov 25, 2006 (Sat)

A one day class/ workshop on landscape photography, that will cover basic camera operation of both digital and film cameras and an introduction to modern landscape photography. The classroom portion will last about two hours, after which we will drive to Wild Basin in RMNP to photograph at sunset. We will hike about 2- 4 miles on trails and roads with little or no elevation gain. Bring; Camera, warm clothing, warm boots, hat, gloves, water, food and a headlamp.

Limited to 12, contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396

Hike: Orienteering for Grownups

Nov 26, 2006 (Sun)

Regular orienteering involves specilized, highly detailed, large-scale maps where every power pole, picnic table, and boulder is noted. They contain so many features, it's nearly impossible to get lost. Good orienteer’s are not necessarily good land navigators, and many would be at a loss if they had to use regular USGS 7.5-minute quad topographic maps. This will be an orienteering-like activity where participants accumulate points by finding locations on the ground using regular 1:24,000 topo maps in a set amount of time (similar to a ROGAINE, only abbreviated). Bring appropriate clothing for the weather, water and food.

Contact Bill Campbell 720-837-0074.

Betasso Preserve Hike

Nov 29, 2006 (Wed)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club for this hike of the Betasso Link to Canyon Loop with great views of the surrounding canyons. Take the short trail to Bummer's Rock to examine 1.7 Billion yr old granodiorite, one of the oldest rock types in Boulder County. 6.5 mi RT w 850 feet elev gain. Wear warm clothing and bring food / water. Dogs on leash are welcome. Hiking poles recommended - trail could be icy. Participant limit 10.

Contact Bill Farrow 303-442-2596.

Walker Ranch Loop

Dec 7,2006 (Thur)

Join us for a great workout on various trails in Walker Ranch. Expect to find a great diversity of plants, animals and birds. Coyote, deer, black bear, mountain lion and wild turkey frequent the area. Dogs welcome but must be on leash. Moderate Pace. What to Bring: Food/Water/warm clothing. Trails may be icy in spots. Hiking poles and/or Yak-trax recommended.

Contact Bill Farrow 303 442 2596.

Snowshoe Hike: Bierstadt Lake

Dec 9, 2006 (Sat)

An easy snowshoe to Bierstadt Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. This is a good beginning snowshoe hike of about 5 miles with 500 ft of elevation gain. Starting at bear lake this hike climbs for the first half mile then levels out and travels through a dense forest out to and around the lake. At the lake we will stop for lunch and hot chocolate. Bring warm non cotton layered clothing, waterproof boots, snowshoes, poles, gloves, hat, sunscreen, sun glasses, lunch and water.

Limited to 12. Contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396

Hike: Fern Lake Snowshoe

Dec 10, 2006 (Sun)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, in a moderately strenuous climb on a gorgeous trail to Fern Lake in the Rocky Mountain National Park. Highlights along the way include Windy Gulch Cascades, Fern Falls, and Marguerite Falls. Fern Lake is at 9,500 feet elevation, and Fern Falls is often a photographer's prize. 7 mi RT with 1,345 feet elevation gain. Suitable for beginning snowshoers. Wear layers - no cotton - and bring snowshoes, gaiters, poles, gloves, hat, water, and lunch/snacks. Also recommend stabilicers or yaktraks for possible icy conditions. Consider ten essentials. Participant limit 12. Call Dave Hawley at 303-443-2332.