Outings

Previous Outings 2007

Hike: XC Ski Niwot Ridge

Jan 12, 2008 (Sat)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, in a moderately difficult essentials, XC skis, food and water.

Contact Mike Anstett at mike.anstett@rmc.sierraclub.org or 303-823-8757

Snowshoe: - Full Moon Snowshoe

Jan 5, 2007 (Friday)

Join me for a showshoe outing at Brainard Lake in the light of the full moon. We will depart Boulder at 6 p.m. We will be on the trail at 7 p.m. It is a rolling 5-6 mile round trip with 500ft of elevation gain . Brainard Lake Recreational Area is at 10,000 feet 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 10:00 p.m. Stunning views of the Indian Peaks (weather permitting). Besides snowshoes, bring headlamp and wear appropriate layers for the expected temperature. It could be very cold and windy. NO COTTON - we don't want any hypothermia victims. Bring; the ten essentials and snowshoes.

Contact Reg Gupton 303.588.0030

XC Ski: Happy Jack in Wyoming

Jan 6, 2007 (Sat)

XC skiing at Happy Jack in the Medicine Bow National Forest between Laramie and Cheyenne. The area has green, blue and black trails. We will choose the route based on the skill level of the participants. Happy Jack is about a 1 hr 15min drive from Fort Collins. A possible alternate location in case of bad snow/weather is Michigan Ditch on Cameron Pass. Backup date for this trip will be January 20th if the 6th doesn’t have enough snow.

Contact Camilla at 970-222-6206 or camikris67@yahoo.com.

Hike: Black Lake

Jan 13, 2007, (Sat)

A beautiful trail that follows the frozen Glacier Creek, up to Mills Lake then on up Glacier Gorge to Black Lake, a mountain- backed black tarn that in winter is a scene of stark and desolate beauty. An interesting and varied route through pine and aspen forests a small canyon of black rock and past the vast beauty of Mills Lake and Glacier Gorge. This is a strenuous hike on snowshoes of about 10 miles with about 1400ft of elevation gain. Bring; snowshoes, poles, warm boots, warm clothing, hat, gloves, sunglasses, sun screen, lunch, extra food and water.

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

Hike: Bridal Veil Falls Sunset Photo Hike

Jan 27, (Sat)

Located in a rocky valley on the east side of Dark Mountain in RMNP, Bridal Veil Falls is a brilliant plume of white water cascading over a short granite wall. During the winter the falls are frozen into a solid shaft of ice. The hike parallels Cow Creek along a flat easy trail and leads through open meadows before climbing into rocky gorge that is home to the alluring falls. We will be hiking late in the afternoon making for many photo opportunities. The hike is about 6 miles r/t with 600ft of elevation gain. Depending on conditions snowshoes may be needed. Bring; warm cloths, boots, hat, gloves, food, water, snowshoes, camera and headlamp.

Contact Mike Whiteley (303) 776-7396

Hike: Hollowell Park Snowshoe/Hike

Sun, January 28, 2007

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, in this moderate out-and-back partial off-trail snowshoe hike thru some georgous wooded terrain in the Rocky Mountain National Park to about 9,600’ - lunch on boulders with breathtaking views. Moderate pace – having fun and enjoying the scenery are goals. About 5miRT w about 1,200’ elev change. Suitable for beginning snowshoers. Please wear layers - no cotton - and bring snowshoes, stabilicers / yaktraks / gaiters, poles, gloves, hat, water, and lunch/snacks. Consider ten essentials. Participant limit 12.

Contact Dave Hawley at 303-443-2332.

Full Moon Snowshoe Brainard Lake

Feb 3, 2007 (Sat)

What to Bring: Besides snowshoes, bring headlamp 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.Description: Join the Indian Peaks Group of the Sierra Club for a snowshoe outing at Brainard Lake in the light of the full moon. We will depart Boulder promptly at 6 p.m. We will be on the trail at 7 p.m. It is a rolling 5-6 mile round trip.Brainard Lake Recreational Area is at 10,000 feet elevation, so participants should be in good physical condition and be able to snowshoe at a moderate pace so that we're back at the cars no later than 10:00 p.m. Stunning views of the Indian Peaks (weather permitting).

Contact Reg Gupton at 303.588.0030 for details.

Hike: Lulu City Snowshoe

Feb 4, 2007 (Sun)

An easy snowshoe along the Colorado River in the Kawuneeche Valley, 7.5 miles r/t with 350ft of elevation gain. Once a thriving mining town with 200 residents, Lulu city is now little more than a meadow with a few logs left of the original buildings. Along as a scenic hike I will prepare some warm soup for lunch in the meadow. Bring; snowshoes, warm clothing, gloves, hat, sunscreen, sun glasses, water, bowl for soup and extra food.

Contact Mike Whiteley (303) 776-7396.

Hike: Ceran St. Vrain

February 11, 2007 (Sun)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club on a fun snowshoe hike along the beautiful South St. Vrain Creek among magnificent lodgepole pines. Impressive stream views and wonderful forest floor enchantment. Easy snowshoe - suitable for first-time snowshoers. 4 mi RT, gain/loss about 400’, participant limit 12. Snow shoes and/or stabilicers needed since snow/ice will be on trail. Bring sun/wind/rain protection, layered clothing; warm boots, snowshoes, stabilicers, gaiters, and poles, water, lunch; and snacks. Extra bonus - learn about hypothermia.

Contact Dave Hawley 303-443-2332.

Winter Trip to Yellowstone

Feb 9-12, 2007 (Fri - Mon)

Join members of the PCG at the Mammoth hotel in North Yellowstone for cross county skiing, snow shoeing, soaking in a river hot springs and wolf watching. The cost will be approximately $250/person for the 4 nights lodging which includes breakfasts and ski drops. Additional costs will be meals, car pooling to Gardiner from Ft. Collins and a possible overnight stay traveling to and from Yellowstone. Limit of 12 people.

For more information call Sarah Smith at 970-224-2501.

Hike: Gem Lake Snowshoe

Feb 18, 2007 (Sun)

The short but steep hike up to Gem Lake goes through some of the most varied and scenic terrain in RMNP. First hiking up and through Lumpy Ridge, a popular rock climbing area with a lot of bizarre outcroppings of granite rocks that will be even more strange covered with snow. The trail then moves through a heavily forested area with spectacular views of Estes Park. Then finely hiking to the Lake surrounded by fifty foot rock walls. The hike is 4 miles with 1000ft of elevation gain. Bring; snowshoes, warm clothing, hat, gloves, sunscreen, sun glasses, food and water.

Contact, Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396

Hike: Emerald Lake Snowshow

March 11, 2007 (Sun)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, in an easy snowshoe outing that has great views of Hallett Peak, Flattop Mountain, and Longs Peak. 3.6mi RT, gain/loss about 605’, participant limit 12. Starts at 9,475. Past Nymph Lake, then Dream Lake framed by limber pines, and up to Emerald Lake. Wonderful scenery - great for photographers! Bring sun/wind/rain protection, layered clothing, warm boots, snowshoes, stabilicers, gaiters, and poles, water, lunch; and snacks. Extra bonus - learn about wind chill.

Contact Dave Hawley 303-443-2332.

Hike: Ouzel Falls Snowshoe (Pot Luck)

Mar 11, 2007 (Sun)

We will hike the 8 miles r/t to Ouzel Falls along North Saint Vrain Creek passing Copeland Falls and Calypso Cascades along the way. This is a moderate hike with about 1000ft of elevation gain. In the winter the raging white water of the river and falls is replaced buy snow, ice and silence making for a different but still very beautiful hike. Once at the falls we will have a pot luck lunch with hot home made soup. Bring; snowshoes, warm clothing, hat, gloves, sun glasses, sunscreen, water, snacks, eating utensils and food for the pot luck.

Contact, Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396

Outings Leader Training 101

Mar 24, 2007 (Sat)

Join the Indain Peaks group for a short hike and Outings Leader Training Class in RMNP. We will hike (snowshoe) to Mills Lake and along the way teach Outings Leader 101. This class is for anyone that would like to lead outings for the Sierra Club or would like to see what it would be like. the hike is an easy hike of about 5 miles with 700ft of elevation gain. Bring; snowshoes, warm clothing, hat, gloves, ten essentials.

Contact; Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396

Hike: Fowler & Rattlesnake Gulch

Apr 7, 2007 (Sat)

Join the Indian Peaks Group 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’ elevation gain. Participant limit 12. Consider Ten Essentials - trail could be muddy or icy. Hiking poles recommended.

Call Bill Farrow 303 442 2596.

Altitude Sickness Seminar

April 12, 2007 (Thurs 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. As a Coloradan, you owe it to yourself to understand altitude sickness, and Dr. Keyes is expert at presenting the concepts clearly and conconcisely. Dr. Keyes is a Yale Med School graduate and an emergency physician at Lutheran Medical Center and University of Colorado Hospital. She developed a strong interest in altitude-related medical research as a medical student, married a climber, and spends as much time as she can climbing, trekking, and generally having fun at high altitude. 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 Foothi lls Na ture 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.

Map and Compass 101 Workshop

April 14, 2007 (Sat) 8:30am – 2:30pm.

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 / staying out of trouble. Location is the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in the southwestern part of Boulder (western end of Table Mesa Drive). Bring a compass if you have one - we’ll share as needed. Maps provided. Also bring snacks / lunch – will have a working lunch. Plan to be both inside and outside, so bring layers. Meet initially at the eastern end of the NCAR parking lot – we’ll use a classroom in NCAR later. Will lead an optional hike on Sunday with a focus on practicing terrain navigation - location will be from NCAR to Eldorado along the Mesa Trail - about 5 miles one way (will car shuttle) w about 1,000’ elev gain/loss (rolling terrain). Final coordination of hike during the Workshop. Free. Limited to 20 participants. Register with Dave Hawley 303-443-2332.

Hike: Mesa Trail

April 15, 2007 (Sun)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, in this hike in the Boulder foothills that is designed to consolidate knowledge of terrain navigation gained during the Map and Compass 101 Workshop the day before (or for practice if you have taken Map & Compass in the past). From NCAR to Eldorado. About 5 miles one way (will car shuttle), w about 1,000’ elev gain/loss (rolling terrain). Free. Limited to 20 participants.

Dave Hawley 303-443-2332.

Hike: Outings Leader Training 101

Apr 15, 2007 (Sun)

Join the Indian Peaks Group for a short hike and Outings Leader Training Class in RMNP. We will hike (snowshoe) to Mills Lake and along the way teach Outings Leader 101. This class is for anyone that would like to lead outings for the Sierra Club or would like to see what it would be like. the hike is an easy hike of about 5 miles with 700ft of elevation gain. Bring; snowshoes, warm clothing, hat, gloves, ten essentials.

Contact; Mike Whiteley (303) 776-7396

GPS Confidence Course - Staying Found on the Ground

Apr 21, 2007

This is a practical field exercise for GPS users in turning UTM coordinates into positions on the map. Its purpose is to build confidence in the accuracy and reliability of using a GPS unit to keep track of where you are in the wilderness - "staying found", in other words. Perfect follow-on to Dave Hawley's Map and Compass 101. Starts with a 30-minute refresher on the UTM coordinate system, then we'll tromp around the North half of White Ranch Park plotting our positions on the map. Bring your GPS (not required). Maps will be provided. Dress for the weather. 9:00- 1:00. About 5 miles 500ft of elevation gain.

Contact Bill Campbell (720) 837-0074

Hike: Bear and South Boulder Peak

May 13, 2007 (Sun)

Enjoy this conditioning hike in the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks. We will start at NCAR and go along the Mesa Trail where we will ascend Fern Canyon to Bear Peak ( hopefully the bears won’t be there), then wander over to South Boulder Peak and descend Shadow Canyon and return to NCAR via the Mesa Trail. There are great views on this 10 mile strenuous loop hike with about 2700- 3000ft of elevation gain. Pace is a moderate plod. Bring the ten essentials.

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

Hike: Mount Sanitas Loop Hike

May 26th, 2007 (Sat)

Hike with Indian Peaks Group on this very popular loop trail close to downtown Boulder. We will hike up Mount Sanitas Trail and come back down via the East Ridge Trail. At the top, you will be rewarded with grand sweeping views of Boulder and the Front Range. This is a moderate hike of about 3 miles with 1255 feet of elevation gain. Bring: boots, rain gear, sunglasses, hat, sun screen, snacks and water. Limited to 12.

Contact Meow Tan at (720) 977-1492.

Hike: Mills Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

May 27, Sunday

From Bear Lake, ascend Glacier Gorge Trail past Alberta Falls to this beautiful lake named for Enos Mills who was instrumental in establishing the Park. This is an easy hike: 5.0 mi RT; gain 700ft, destination at 9,940ft. Bring 10-essentials, water, and lunch. Limit 12 participants.

Call John Dowd at 303-442-2477 for details

Hike: Estes Cone

Jun 03, 2007 (Sun)

Join the Indian Peaks Group on this hike to Estes Cone one of the most striking profiles in RMNP. A moderate hike of about 6.6miles r/t with 1600ft of elevation gain. The first 2.5 miles of this hike starting at the Longs Peak trailhead is fairly easy up and down but the last half of a mile gains 750ft and the last 30ft is a rock scramble closer to perpendicular than horizontal. We will be rewarded with spectacular views of The Twin Sisters, Mount Meeker and Longs Peak as well as Estes Park. Bring; good boots, food, water and the ten essentials.

Contact, Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396

Hike: Lawn Lake

June 23, 2007 (Sat)

Hike along ragging Roaring River past large boulders and uprooted trees to the source of the 1982 flood, the Lawn Lake Dam. This is a quiet, seldom traveled trail into the beautiful Mummy Range. At 12.4 m r/t and 2250ft of elevation gain this is a strenuous trip to a high mountain lake in RMNP. Horseshoe Park the starting point for this hike is a popular place for viewing wildlife in the park, you might expect to see Elk, Bighorn Sheep, Coyote, Fox and Marmots along this hike. Bring; the ten essentials and good boots.

Contact Mike Whiteley (303) 776-7396

Hike: The Loch / RMNP

June 24, 2007 (Sun)

Departing from Bear Lake, ascend 940ft up Glacier Gorge Trail past Alberta Falls to The Loch, a beautiful lake which is surrounded, at 10,180ft, by incredible natural beauty. Hike is 5.4 miles RT and considered easy. Great scenery. Bring 10-essentials, water, and lunch. Limit 12 participants.

Call John Dowd at 303-442-2477 for details.

Hike: Fly fish Mills Lake in RMNP

June 27, 2007 (Weds)

From Bear Lake Trail Head, ascend Glacier Gorge Trail past Alberta Falls to this beautiful lake named for Enos Mills who was instrumental in establishing the Park. Mills Lake contains lots of hungry Bows which, with the right conditions, feed very aggressively on small Mayflies. This is an easy hike: 5.0 mi RT; gain 700; destination at 9,940. Trip is catch & release, barbless, and limited to 4-rods. Suggest backpack of 3,500 cubic inches to carry FF gear, lunch, H2O and 10-essentails.

Call John Dowd at 303-442-2477 for details.

Hike: Fly fish The Loch in RMNP

June 29, Friday

Departing from Bear Lake Trail Head, ascend 940ft up Glacier Gorge Trail past Alberta Falls to The Loch, a beautiful lake at 10,180ft surrounded by truly incredible, natural beauty. Your adrenalin rushes when sight-fishing the gin-clear waters for good-sized Cutts on small Mayflies and terrestrials. Hike is 5.4 miles RT and considered easy. Trip is catch & release, barbless, and limited to 4-rods. Suggest backpack of 3,500 cubic inches to carry FF gear, lunch, H2O and 10-essentails.

Call John Dowd at 303-442-2477 for details.

Hike: Ouzel Lake

July 1, 2007 (Sun)

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; Water, food, sunglasses, sun screen and rain gear.

Contact: Bill Roettker 303-530-3482

Hike: Arapahoe Pass Hike

July 7, 2007 (Sat)

Join the Indian Peaks group of the Sierra Club for a moderate hike up the 4th of July Valley to Arapahoe Pass. The hike is approximately 6 miles round trip. We will start at the 4th of July Trailhead (~10,000ft) and hike up a moderate grade about 3 miles to Arapahoe Pass (on the Continental Divide) at about 11,900 feet 2,000 ft. elevation gain. Great flowers, water falls and scenic views. Limited to 10 individuals. Bring 10 essentials.

Contact: Reg Gupton at 303.588.0030 for meeting location and start time.

Hike: Heart Lake, James Peak - July 8, 2007 (Sat)

Explore James Peak Wilderness with the Indian Peaks Group. We'll follow South Boulder Creek to its headwaters at Heart Lake and Rogers Pass Lake. Along the way we'll pass through old growth subalpine forest and open meadows, eventually climbing above treeline with views of James Peak and the Continental Divide. We'll proceed at a moderate pace, covering a distance of about 9 miles roundtrip and gaining about 2,100 feet in elevation. Participants should bring lunch, sturdy hiking shoes or boots, rain/wind protection, extra layers, ten essentials, and at least 2 quarts of water.

Contact Steve Welter at 303 499-7261 to sign up.

Hike: Lost Lake

July 14, 2007 (Saturday)

Join the PCG on a 20-mile roundtrip hike to Lost Lake in RMNP. This one-day hike will start early (6:am) and last all day. We will have dinner in Estes Park afterwards. Limit 8 people. To reserve a spot or to get more information

Contact Neal Marsh at 970-443-7999 or nandv@aol.com.

Hike: Blue Lake in Indian Peaks Wilderness

July 15, 2007 (Sun)

Leave Brainard Lake area, passing Mitchell Lake and lots of wild flowers, arriving at beautiful Blue Lake for a picnic lunch. This is a moderate hike: 5.0 mi; 840ft gain; 11,300ft elevation at destination. Bring 10-essentials, water, and lunch. Limit 12 participants.

Call John Dowd at 303-442-2477 for details.

Hike: Fly fish Lake Haiyaha

July 17, 2007 (Tues)

This trail is considered the prettiest, easy, loop hike in the park at a distance of 6 mi with an elevation gain of 980ft. Leave Bear Lake Trail Head and ascend Glacier Gorge passing Alberta Falls to fly fish for beautiful Cutt¢s in the crystal clear waters of Lake Haiyaha at an elevation of 10,200ft. The return loop takes us past postcards called Dream and Nymph Lakes before returning back to Bear Lake. Trip is catch & release, barbless, and limited to 4-rods. Suggest backpack of 3,500 cubic inches to carry FF gear, lunch, H2O and 10-essentails.

Call John Dowd at 303-442-2477 for details.

Backpack Hike: North Inlet/Tonahutu Creek Loop

Jul 28-29, 2007 (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 NorthInlet 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 3500ft 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: Bear-Odessa-Fern Lakes

July 29, 2007 (Sun)

This is an 8.5 mi. shuttle hike beginning at Bear Lake Trailhead that is rated moderate. Climbing 1,215ft in 3 mi. takes us to spectacular views of Flattop and Notchtop mountains and then we look down into an incredible gorge containing the emerald-colored jewel of Odessa Lake. Natural beauty continues as we pass Fern Lake and continue downhill to the Pool before arriving at the shuttle bus at the Fern Lake Trailhead. Bring 10-essentials, water, and lunch. Limit 12 participants.

Call John Dowd at 303-442-2477 for details.

Hike: Fly Fish Bear-Odessa and Fern Lakes

August 2, 2007 (Thurs)

This is an 8.5 mi. shuttle hike beginning at Bear Lake Trail Head that is rated moderate. Climbing 1,215ft in 3 mi. takes us to spectacular views of Flattop and Notchtop mountains, and then we look down into an incredible gorge containing the emerald-colored jewel of Odessa Lake, our fishing destination. Better protected from winds than most high lakes, Odessa’s clear water make watching the Cutt’s surface feed as much fun as catching them. The beautiful views continue when we return downhill via Fern Lake to The Pool before arriving at the Fern Lake Trailhead for the shuttle bus. Trip is catch & release, barbless, and limited to 4-rods. Suggest backpack of 3,500 cubic inches to carry fly fishing gear, lunch, H2O and 10-essentails.

Call John Dowd at 303-442-2477 for details.

Hike: Lake Haiyaha

Aug 5, 2007 (Sun)

This is considered the prettiest, easy, loop hike in the park at a distance of 6 mi with elevation gain of 980ft. Leave Bear Lake and ascend Glacier Gorge passing Alberta Falls for lunch at Lake Haiyaha at elevation of 10,200ft. Continue loop past postcards called Dream and Nymph Lakes before returning back to Bear Lake. Bring 10-essentials, water, and lunch. Limit 12 participants.

Call John Dowd at 303-442-2477 for details.

Hike: Mount Audubon

Aug 5, 2007 (Sun)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, on this strenuous ascent in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Brainard Lake area. Among 13ers, Audubon is considered relatively easy, but distance each way is 3.8mi, and the elev change is 2,723’ (1,000’ during the last mile), so being in shape is important. Must carry wind jacket and pants, ski hat and gloves, and wear strong boots. No cotton / jeans and no sneakers - can snow / sleet in mid-summer. Great views.

Bring ten essentials. Participant limit 12.

Contact Dave Hawley at 303-443-2332.

Hike: Arapaho Peak/Arapaho Glacier

Aug 18, 2007 (Sat)

Effects of Global Warming

Join the Indian Peaks Group on a hike to see the effects of Global Warming first hand, at Arapaho Glacier and then to So Arapaho Peak, in Colorado’s Indian Peaks Wilderness. This hike starts at the Fourth of July Trailhead then climbs up a gentle slope through sub alpine forests and meadows of bountiful wildflowers to the Fourth of July mine at tree line. From there the trail up steep through switch backs to the saddle and the glacier. We will be joined on this trip by Katie Ryder IPG’s new Conservation Organizer who will lead us in a discussion about the effects of Global Warming that we can see at the glacier and also answer any questions that you might have. After Katie’s talk we will continue up the steep talus slope the last half of a mile to the summit. This is a strenuous hike of 8 miles r/t with 3250ft of elevation gain. Bring; the ten essentials and lunch.

Contact; Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396

Camping: Canyonlands Needles District

Aug 31 – Sept 3 2007 (Fri - Mon)

Camping trip to the Needles section of Canyonlands National Park in Utah, Aug. 31-Sept. 3 (Labor Day weekend). The Needles is about 65 miles south of Moab, Utah, and is a unique and remote landscape in southeast Utah's canyon country. We will depart Fort Collins early Friday morning, Aug. 31, to arrive in the Needles in the afternoon. We will reserve a group campsite in Squaw Flat campground that can accommodate a minimum of 15 people and several vehicles. We will hike on Saturday and Sunday (Sept 1-2), and return to Fort Collins on Monday, Sept. 3. Most hiking trails in the Needles range from 6-10 miles roundtrip and involve a combination of sandy trail and cairns over slickrock.

Contact Laurie Schmidt at lschmidtphoto@yahoo.com or (970) 223-5887.

Hike: Blue Lake via Mitchell Lake Hike

Sept 1, 2007 (Sat)

Join the IPG on this short, moderate difficulty trail with fine scenery and a series of stunning alpine lakes. Abundant wildflowers. Splendid views of Mts Audubon & Toll, Pawnee & Paiute Pks. 2.5mi each way, with 840' elev gain. Ending elev 11,352'. Must carry wind jacket & pants, and wear good boots. Bring lunch + ten essentials. Participant limit 12.

Contact: Mike Anstett at 303-823-8757 or mike.anstett@rmc.sierraclub.org

Bear Peak Conditioning Hike

Sept 15, (Sat)

Three-plus hours of steady climbing - 2,800 elevation gain feet over 3.5 miles ( 7 miles round trip). Shadow Canyon route. 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Saturday, September 15th. Great view of Boulder Valley if the day is clear. Bring lots of water, a snack, 10 essentials.

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

Hike: Caribou Ranch Open Space

Sept 29, 2007 (Sat)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, on this easy hike on the Caribou Ranch Open Space. 4.5mi RT, w elev gain of about 600'. Elev ranges from 8,300 to 10,000, and the area spans both montane and subalpine zones, featuring a rich tapestry of wetlands, meadows, streams and forests that provide a wide diversity of habitat for wildlife. Also see historical sites that have been preserved. Must carry wind jacket & pants, and wear good boots. Bring lunch + Ten Essentials. Participant limit 12.

Contact: Mike Anstett at 303-823-8757 or mike.anstett@rmc.sierraclub.org

Hike: St Mary’s Glacier Hike

Sept 29, 2007 (Sat)

The hike to St. Mary's Glacier is a short one and includes a beautiful little lake which is fed by the glacier. This hike starts at about 10,300 feet at ends at almost 11,000 feet, making it an easy level hike, great for beginners.

We will begin at the trailhead and take the 3/4 mile one-way trip to the glacier and take in the spectacular view of the lake from the base of the glacier. Those who feel up to it can climb up the glacier as well to get a view of beautiful St James peak. After the hike and some good photo ops, we will return to the trailhead and head back to Boulder. Group limit 12.

Please contact Katie Ryder for more info and to RSVP: katie.ryder@sierraclub.org (303) 449-5595 x102

Hike: Odessa and Fern Lakes

Sept 30, 2007 (Sun)

A beautiful fall hike starting from Bear Lake in RMNP we will hike uphill for the first 2 miles then from there it is all down hill. The hike starts through stands of aspen then out in the stunning Odessa Gorge and down to Odessa Lake at the base of the Little Matterhorn. Further on down we get to Fern Lake and then fern falls and then end up in Moraine Park. We will hike in the afternoon – evening making for wonderful photo opportunities and an almost guaranteed herd of elk at the end of the hike. This is a moderate hike of 9 miles with about 1200ft elevation. We will use a car shuttle or take the bus back to Bear Lake. Bring the ten essentials and your camera; we will try to stop in Estes Park for dinner.

Contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396

Green Mountain Conditioning Hike

Oct 6, 2007 (Sat)

Gregory Canyon–to-Green Mountain via Saddle Rock Trail up and Green Mountain Trail down (5 miles RT, 2,400 feet elevation gain). 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Saturday, October 6th. . Great view of Boulder Valley if the day is clear. Bring lots of water, a snack, 10 essentials.

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

Hike: Pear Lake in RMNP

Oct 7, 2007 (Sunday)

Come eat pears at Pear Lake in RMNP out of Allenspark! This moderate hike will meander through aspen and pine forest and ascend up past Finch Lake and continue to Pear Lake where we will enjoy spectacular views of the high peaks while we munch on pears dipped in chocolate sauce. Pears and sauce will be provided. The round trip distance is 12 miles with an elevation gain of 2500 feet. The pace will be a moderate plod. Bring the 10 essentials.

To sign up call Linda Batlin at (303) 494-6407.

Hike: Woodland Lake/Hessie Trailhead

Oct 21, 2007 (Sun) 7:30am

As the elk are rutting the fall away, the moose begin to head to the high country. The Woodland Lake Trail is highlighted by an abundance of streams making it an ideal hike for possibly spotting a moose. Spend a Sunday learning a bit about this largest ungulate and traveling through both upper montane and subalpine terrain to the unusually shallow Woodland Lake. Be prepared for all sorts of weather: snow, sleet, wind, rain, hail or sun. This is a moderate 8.6 mile hike with 2,000 feet of elevation gain. Please bring 10 essentials, water, and lunch. Optional stop at Katamandu afterwards.

Contact Mary Wiener at (303) 495-8959 or mary_wiener@yahoo.com

Great Sand Dunes Full Moon Hike/Base Camp

Oct 27-28, 2007 (Sat-Sun)

We will travel down to the Great Sand Dunes National Park on Sat. am and set up our camp at the Pinon Campground. We will hike to the Dunes Overlook Sat. afternoon and then out on the dunes at sunset to High Dune for the full moon. Back at camp I will prepare a gourmet dinner for everyone. The hikes to the overlook and to High Dune are each short hikes of about 2 miles each but hiking on the dunes can be more strenuous than you might think because of the sand. On Sun. morning we will along the dunes on the Sand Ramp Trail a moderate 8 mile hike. The Great Sand Dunes is one of the most unique and Beautiful places in Colorado and one of are nations newest National Parks. We will return to Boulder Sun afternoon/evening. I will provide everyone with a list of equipment that you will need for the trip as well there will be some expences to share ( gas, food, camping permits ) about $30 each. Limited to 12.

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

Hike: Lost Lake Snowshoe Hike

Nov 3, 2007 (Sat)

Easy snowshoe hike from the Eldora trailhead to Lost Lake. Five miles round trip, 1000 feet elevation gain. Meet in Boulder at 7:00, back by 1:00 P.M.

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

Hike: Map and Compass 101 Workshop

Nov 10, 2007 (Sat) 8:30am – 2:30pm

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 / staying out of trouble. Location is the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in the southwestern part of Boulder (western end of Table Mesa Drive). Bring a compass if you have one - we’ll share as needed. Maps provided. Also bring snacks / lunch – will have a working lunch. Plan to be both inside and outside, so bring layers. Meet initially at the eastern end of the NCAR parking lot – we’ll use a classroom in the NCAR building later. Will lead an optional hike on Sunday with a focus on practicing terrain navigation - location will be from NCAR to Chautauqua along the Mesa Trail - about 4 miles one way (will car shuttle) with less than 1,000’ elev gain/loss (rolling terrain). Final co-ordination of hike during the Workshop. Free. Limited to 20 participants.

Register with Dave Hawley 303-443-2332.

Hike: Mesa Trail Area Hike

Nov 11, 2007 (Sun)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, in this hike in the Boulder foothills that is designed to consolidate knowledge of terrain navigation gained during the Map and Compass 101 Workshop the day before (or for practice if you have taken Map & Compass in the past). From NCAR to Chautaqua. About 4 miles one way (will car shuttle), with less than 1,000’ elev gain/loss (rolling terrain). Free. Limited to participants in the Map & Compass 101 course the day before, and those who have previously participated in the Map & Compass 101 course.

Dave Hawley 303-443-2332.

GPS Drivers Ed.

Nov 18, 2007 (Sun)

This half-day course is for GPS owners who want some instruction and practice in basic GPS functionality: determining your position on a map, setting and following waypoints, track-capture, route-setting, common mistakes, and system weaknesses. two hours of instruction followed by a two-hour field exercise. Map sheets and handouts provided. This offering is designed to compliment Dave Hawley's map and compass course.

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

Hike: Meadow Mountain Snowshoe Hike

Dec 8, 2007 (Sat)

Strenuous snowshoe hike to the summit of Meadow Mountain, near Allens Park. 8 miles round trip, 3,000 feet elevation gain. Meet in Boulder at 7:00 A.M., back by 3:00 P.M. If the day is clear, expect great views of Isolation Peak, Ogalala Peak, Elk Tooth, Mount Copeland, St. Vrain Mountain, Mount Alice, Long¢s Peak, Mount Meeker, Sawtooth Mountain, and breathtaking Wild Basin.

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

Hike: Bierstadt Lake Snowshoe

Dec 15, 2007 (Sat)

A short easy trail to a nice sub-alpine lake this is a good snowshoe for beginners. With only about 500ft of elevation gain, most of which is at the beginning of the hike, this is a lovely hike through dense forest on mostly flat terrain. We will hike to and around the lake for a total of about 4 miles r/t. During the hike we should have some nice views of both Longs and Hallett peaks. Bring; snowshoes, warm boots and clothing including hats and gloves, sun glasses, sunscreen, food and water also some type of warm beverage is nice to have.

Contact: Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396

Hike: XC Ski Coney Flats, Indian Peaks Wilderness

Dec 16, 2007 (Sun)

Dust off those XC skies and join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club for an intermediate level XC ski trip to Coney Flats in Indian Peaks. It is a gentle rolling hill ski (8 mi RT, elev gain about 500') with a view at the end. You must have some back country ski experience or good classic ski experience. Participant limit 10. Bring XC skis, winter layers, lunch, snacks, water, 10 essentials.

Contact Mike Anstett at mike.anstett@rmc.sierraclub.org or 303-823-8757.