Outings

Previous Outings 2008

Hike: XC Ski Niwot Ridge

Jan 12, 2008 (Sat)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, in a moderately difficult ski up to Niwot Ridge. Start at the Colorado Mountain Research Center north of Nederland. Off the peak-to-peak highway, this area offers steady climb with fun downhill on the return. Nice views. Participant limit 10. 7 mi RT. Starts at 9,200' with elev gain of 1500'. Bring; The ten essentials, XC skis, food and water.

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

Full Moon Snowshoe at Brainard Lake

Jan 19, 2008 (Sat)

Join us for a snowshoe outing at Brainard Lake in the light of the full moon. We will depart Boulder at 4 p.m. and on the trail at 5 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 showshoe at a moderate pace so that we're back at the cars no later than 7:30 p.m. Stunning views of the Indian Peaks (weather permitting). Besides snowshoes, bring headlamp, snacks and 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: Maureen Lienau 303-929-6134

Hike: Mills Lake Snowshoe

Jan 20 ,2008 (Sun)

Enos Mills was one of Rocky Mountain National Park’s greatest heros, through his writings and campaigning it is now a national park. Mills Lake is named in his honor and the lake is as spectacular as the man for w hich it is named. On the winter trail we will travel from Glacier Gorge trailhead along and over a frozen creek bed ending in a stark canyon of black rocks filled with snow. After the small canyon we will arrive at the lake surrounded by stunning peaks. The hike is a moderate hike of about 5 miles r/t with about 600ft of elevation gain. The lake can be very cold and windy at times during the winter so come with warm clothing, hat, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, food, snowshoes, warm boots and gaiters.

Contact: Mike Whiteley (303) 776-7396.

Hike: XC Ski or Snowshoe Day at Snow Mountain Ranch

Feb 2, 2008 (Sat)

Car pool up to Snow Mountain Ranch for a day of XC skiing or snowshoeing. Snow Mountain Ranch is a Nordic center offering many trails for XC skiing and snowshoeing. It is good for beginning or advanced skiers you can even take lessons if you have never XC skied. The cost at the center is $18 per day more for ski rental or lessons plus some for gas. Bring; Skis, Snowshoes, Warm clothing, Sun glasses, Sunscreen, Water and Food ( there is a restaurant at the Nordic Center.) Possible stop for dinner on the way home.

Contact: Mike Whiteley (303) 776-7396

Hike: The Loch Snowshoe

Feb 9, 2008 (Sat)

A Stunning Lake in RMNP the loch is a short hike with a very steep climb up the frozen creek bed through a steep canyon. This spectacular approach is a special treat reserved for the winter traveler. A moderate hike of about 5.5 miles with about 1000ft of elevation gain. The Loch is one of the most popular destinations in the park with a majestic setting and varied scenery along the way. Bring; Snowshoes, warm boots, warm clothing, glo ves, h at, sun glasses, sunscreen, food and water.

Contact: Mike Whiteley (303) 776-7396.

Meeting: Outings Presentation

Feb 17, (Sun) 2008

Come to REI, Boulder to meet and talk with the IPG Outings Leaders. Tell them what you like about the trips they lead or what you would like to see them lead. We will have a special slide presentation from Pat Lehman about Bhutan as well as some slides from IPG trips. If you have an interest in leading trips or have never been on a trip this would be a good chance for you to see what we do. It is open to all Sierra Club members as well as the general public so bring your friends and family. The event will be from 3:00 to 5:00pm Sun Feb. 17th at the Boulder REI.

Any questions contact Mike Whiteley; 303-776-7396.

Hike: Cub Lake Full Moon Snowshoe

Feb 20, 2008 (Wed)

A hike to Cub Lake during the full moon and total lunar eclipse will make for a special night. Cub Lake is a short hike in Moraine Park in RMNP, about 5 miles r/t with 500ft of elevation gain. Weather permitting we should have a good view of the moon and eclipse that should turn the moon blood red. The eclipse is at about 8:30 so we should be back by about 10:30. Bring; snowshoes, warm clothing, food and water.

Contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396

XCSki: Nordic Ski Peru Creek

Feb 28, 2008 (Thur)

7:30 a.m. departure from Boulder

Avoid the weekend traffic on I-70 and escape to this picturesque drainage outside of Keystone. We will make a mandatory stop in Silver Plume at the Sopp and Truscott bakery for incredible cinnamon rolls and bread and then burn the calories off on the trail. Peru Creek is a gentle uphill ski on a forest service road. The road up along Peru Creek is an early season favorite for moderate touring, with a thick forest on the lower part of the route guarding the snow cover. Later, the valley opens up to a classic Colorado vista, as stands of spruce give way to wide swaths of alpine tundra and craggy peaks high above. The Peru Creek trailhead is about two miles up Montezuma Road on the left. This is a moderate Nordic ski for skiers with backcountry ski experience. This trip is weather-permitting! Bring: ski equipment, layered clothing (no cotton!), hats, mittens, sunglasses, sunscreen, lunch, water, and money for gas and baked goodies. Limited to 10.

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

Hike: Ouzel Falls Snowshoe

Mar 1, 2008 (Sat)

A beautiful hike along a creek and past Copland falls, Calypso Cascades and then to Ouzel falls. During the winter the water features are mostly frozen and less dramatic but still quite lovely covered in snow. After reaching the falls I will make lunch for everyone of soup, bread, cheese and desert. This is a moderate hike of about 8 miles r/t with about 1000ft of elevation gain. Bring; snowshoes, boots, gaiters, sun gl asses, sunscreen, snacks, water, soup bowl and utensils.

Contact: Mike Whiteley (303) 776-7396.

Hike: Deer Mountain Snowshoe

Mar 9, 2008 (Sun)

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club on this easy snowshoe hike to Deer Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park. This trail offers some of the best winter views of the Continental Divide and Longs Peak - nonstop views from the beginning - and many Kodak moments. RT 6 mi w elev gain 1,075’. Nice moderate climb - suitable for beginning snowshoers. Wear layers - no cotton, and bring snowshoes, gloves, hat, water, and lunch/snacks. Consider ten essentials. Limited to 12 participants. Carpool from Boulder.

Contact Dave Hawley – 303-443-2332 – to register.

Hike: Klondike Mountain Snowshoe

Mar 22, 2008 (Sat)

A moderate snowshoe through the historic Caribou townsite over the summit of Caribou hill and around the East side of Klondike Mountain. We'll stop for lunch in the saddle between Klondike Mountain and Bald Moun tain, and return through the valley West of Caribou Park. Fabulous views of 4th of July Canyon, Chittendon Mountain, Diamond Lake, Mount Neva. Dress for the weather. Bring daypack with appropriate essentials, lunch, extra food, plenty of water. Don't forget your camera.

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

Hike: Emerald Lake Snowshoe

Mar 30, 2008 (Sun)

A easy hike of only 4 miles r/t and 600ft of elevation gain with four lakes along the route. Besides all of the lakes there is also some beautiful views of Flat Top Mountain, Hallet Peak and Longs Peak. Starting at Bear Lake in Rocky Moun tain N ational Park we hike just a short way to Nymph Lake then on up to Dream lake and finally to Emerald Lake. This is a good hike for people that have not snowshoed before or are just starting out. Please bring; Snowshoes, warm clothing, hat, gloves, sun glasses, sunscreen, food and water. We will take this hike at an easy pace and should be back early afternoon.

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

Altitude Sickness Seminar

April 9, 2008 (Wed evening at 7:30pm)

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 co ncisely. Dr. Keyes is a Yale Med School graduate and an emergency physician at Lutheran Medical Center and University of Colorado Hospital. She has been involved in altitude-related medical research since she was 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 medical 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. The presentation is 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.

Dog Hike with Well-Bred Owners

Apr 12, 2008 (Sat)

Hike with your favorite four-legged friend on a trail with stunning views of the Flatirons and the Devil's Thumb rock formation. This 4+ hike offers exceptional views and gradual climbing and descending on the trail (900 feet). Limited to 12 participants. Bring 10 essentials and enough water and food for yourself and your hiking partner.

Contact Maureen Lienau at 303.929.6134 to sign up.

Map and Compass 101 Workshop and Hike

April 12-13 2008 (Sat-Sun)

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 com pass i f you have one - we’ll share as needed. Maps provided. Also bring snacks / lunch on Saturday – will have a working lunch. Plan to be both inside and outside, so bring layers. Meet on Saturday at 8:30am at the eastern end of the NCAR parking lot – we’ll be outside for the first hour or so – then we’ll move into a classroom in the NCAR building – workshop ends 2:30pm. We’ll meet again at the lower end of the NCAR parking lot on Sunday at 9:30am for a short hike to practice terrain naviga!
tion and consolidate knowledge from Saturday. The Sunday hike is optional but recommended - final coordination to take place during Saturday’s workshop. Free. Limited to 20 participants.

Must register with Dave Hawley 303-443-2332 or dave_hawley@comcast.net.

Hike: Walker Ranch Wildflower Hike

Apr 20, (Sat)

Begin Earth Day week with a moderate wildflower hike at Walker Ranch. We'll look for those early bloomers: oregon grape, pasque flower, spring beauty, sand lily, blue flax, golden banner, lance-leaved chiming bells, and wild geranium. This hike is moderate and at times strenuous with elevation gain and lost of 700 feet three times during the hike. This 7.6 mile loop hike offers spectacular views of snow-capped peaks and meanders along the roaring South Boulder Creek. Bring the 10 essentials, rain gear, 2 liter s of water, and lunch. Hiking poles are recommended. We'll meet at 8 a.m. in Boulder to carpool to Walker Ranch. Limit is 10.

Register with Mary Wiener -- mary_wiener@yahoo.com or 303-495-8959

Navigating with GPS and Paper Maps

Apr 26, 2008 (Sat)

The most accurate way to navigate in the wilderness is with a map (to know what's around you) and a GPS (to fix your position on the map). Learn this essential skill in a single morning session, including two hours of practical application in Boulder Open Space/Mountain Park. Bring a day pack with plenty of water, your GPS and manual, and a snack. 9:00 - 1:00. Map sheets and handouts provided.

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

Outings Leader 101

Apr 27, 2008 (Sun)

Have you ever thought of becoming a Sierra Club Outings Leader? Then this is the class for you. We will do a short hike and go through the process of leading a hike. This will fulfill one of the requirements and prepare you to become a leader. Many of you that come on our hikes would make good leaders so come on along and see what it is all about. The class won’t be a very long hike but will take most of the day. Please bring extra warm clothing for we will be sitting around some as well as the ten essentials, a pen and paper to write with, lunch and water.

Contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396.

GPS Routes and Tracks

May 3, 2008 (Sat)

For Intermediate GPS owners - instruction and field practice in setting and following routes, and using the trakback feature to follow your path back to where you started. 9:00 - 1:00. Bring your GPS and manual, and a day pack with relevant essentials, a snack, plenty of water. Dress for the weather. A Garmin GPS will be assumed - if you own a different brand, please alert the instructor ahead of time. Exercise will be in the Boulder Open Space/Mountain Parks.

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

Hike: Pinon Canyon in Spring

May 23-25, 2008 (Fri-Sun)

Join the Sangre de Cristo Group of the Sierra Club for a weekend of hiking and discussion about the Army’s expansion plans around Pinon Canyon in southeast Colorado. You can spend just the day or the whole weekend $150 includes your hotel in Trinidad, meals, gas and guides for the whole weekend.

Contact: Jenny Kedward 719-582-0249 for more information or to sign up.

Wolf Watching and Backpacking in Yellowstone National Park

May 23-27, 2008 (Fri-Tue)

We will drive up and spend the first afternoon and evening watching wildlife in the Lamar Valley, home to the reintroduced Yellowstone wolves. After camping for the night in a campground we will start Backpacking at the Hellroaring Creek Trail Head and head up through the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone. This is one of the classic backpacks in the northern Rockies, the trail follows along the Yellowstone River, is mostly downhill, and has abundant wildlife and scenery that rivals any hike in the park. We will spend the first night along the Yellowstone River and then hike along the river the next day to our second camp near Crevice Lake and then a short hike out on the third day and then spend the rest of the day driving through the park to a camp ground at the southern part of the park. There should be time and stop and see some of the other sites on the way to our camp. On the last day we will drive through Grand Teton National park and then home arriving back in the evening. This is an easy to moderate backpack with 5-8 mile days with an elevation lost of 1000ft over three days. There will be some expenses for this trip for permits, campground fees and gas. You will be given a complete equipment list and regulations for backpacking in Yellowstone. This trip should be good for new or beginning backpackers and is limited to 8 people.

Contact; Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396 mgwhiteley@comcast.net or Deirdre Butler 303-823-8649 deirdre@cogico.com .

Bike Ride: Bike Ride and Beer

May 30, 2008 (Fri)

Go for a bike ride, enjoy a free beer, meet like-minded people, and protect the planet.
June is Walk and Bike Month! To kick things off, the Sierra Club is holding an after-work bike ride to Boulder Brewery on Friday, May 30. The ride will begin at the picnic shelter at Martin Park in South Boulder at 5:00 pm and head north to Boulder Brewery. Get some exercise and come meet other people who are passionate about the environment while learning how you can make Colorado a greener place.

Please contact Katie Ryder at 303-449-5595 x102 or Katie.Ryder@sierraclub.org

Hike: Ouzel Lake Hike

June 7, 2008 (Sat)

Ouzel Falls should be spectacular as the melting snow fills North St. Vrain Creek and Ouzel Creek in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park< /st1:P laceType>. We'll have breathtaking views of Copeland Falls, Calypso Cascades, Ouzel Falls, Mount Meeker and Longs Peak on this moderate 10-mile roundtrip trek with an elevation gain of 1510 feet. Bring lunch, water, hiking boots (poles optional), rain gear, hat, sunglasses and sun screen. Limited to 12.

Contact: Bill Roettker at 303-530-3482 or email at wilroe@mindspring.com to sign up.

Adopt a Parking Space Day

June 13, 2008 (Fri)

As part of Walk & Bike Month, June 13th has been declared Park(ing) Spaces Day in Boulder by Community Cycles. To celebrate, the Sierra Club is taking over a parking spot from 11 am to 2 pm. The parking spot will be on Pearl Street and will have information about the reason for this event and other upcoming Sierra Club activities What 's the point? Park(ing) Space parks raise awareness of the trade-off between space for cars vs. space for humans. If we shift our resources toward improved mass transit and telework, how could we reclaim parking spaces? More housing? More outdoor dining? More trees? More water? Did you know paved parking generates excess water that goes directly to storm drains instead of remaining in the soil. Greening a parking place, or using pervious paving, saves water.

Contact Katie Ryder at 303-449-5595 x102 or Katie.Ryder@sierraclub.org

Hike: Full Moon Hike to Brainard Lake

July 18, 2008 (Fri)

Many have enjoyed wintertime full moon hikes in snowshoes to Brainard Lake; how about a summertime hike to Brainard in the light of the full moon! That’s just what we have planned for Friday night, July 18. Hoping for a cloudless full moon sky, we should be rewarded with stunning views of the Indian Peaks, and who knows, the experience of the moonlight bathing us in the wilderness could be magical! It’s a rolling 5-6 mile roundtrip with about 100 feet of elevation gain. Brainard Lake is at 10,360 feet, however, so we could still encounter snow, and it will likely be quite chilly without sunshine. Participants should wear hiking boots and dress and/or bring layers accordingly. Also bring rain gear, headlamp, snacks and water. Hiking poles are optional.

Contact Katie Thompson at 303-570-6790 to sign up.

Hike: Shoshoni Peak Scramble

June 21, 2008 (Sat)

This day-long hike will take you up to Pawnee Pass, then South along the Continental Divide, around an unnamed peak (12,878), then east to Shoshoni Peak (12,967), and some of the most sensational views in Colorado. 10 miles RT, 2400 ft. elevation gain. . Considerable boulder scrambling enroute and some exposure near t he summit. 7:00 A.M.-to-3:00 P.M.
Contact; Bill Campbell bill.campbell@rmc.sierraclub.org (720) 837-0074.

Hike: Ypsilon Lake

June 22, 2008 (Sun)

A classic alpine lake Ypsilon sits just below its namesake peak Ypsilon Mountain, at 13,514ft it is an impressive back drop for our hike. We will start at the Lawn Lake trail Head in RMNP and walk along the Roaring River site of the 1982 Lawn Lake flood. Besides views of gouged out Roaring River Canyon we will also see longs peak and the peaks of the mummy range. After crossing the river we will climb up to Chipmunk Lake on our way to Ypsilon. This is a strenuous hike of 9 miles r/t with 2180 ft of elevation gain. Bring; The ten essentials, lunch and water.

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

Lost Lake Backpack, Mummy Range, RMNP

July 5-7, 2008 (Sat-Mon)

Located in the northeast corner of Rocky mountain National Park Lost Lake is the first of three high alpine lakes that we will hike to. Their wild isolation is hard to beat even in a park full of superlative mountain scenery. We will backpack into our camp just at tree line on the first da y and then spend the next day hiking up to the lakes and spend the day, before returning to our camp for the second night. We should have most of this trail to ourselves as it is in a seldom used part of the park increasing our chances of seeing wildlife. Our camp as well as our hike up to the lakes will have stunning views of the surrounding peaks and the Mummy Range. The lakes are nice for fishing, photography or just relaxing and enjoying the scenery. This is a moderate backpack with the first day being a bit more strenuous with 8 miles and 2500ft of elevation gain, the second day will have minimal elevation gain and about 24 miles total for the three days. All food will be provided by your leaders and there will a small charge for the food and permits. This trip would be good for beginning backpackers as long as you are an experienced hiker the trip is limited to 1 2 part icipants. You will be provided with a complete equipment list and any other assistance you need to prepare for the trip.

Contact; Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396 mgwhiteley@comcast.net or Deirdre Butler 303-823-8649 deirdre@cogico.com .

Hike: Mount Toll Scramble

July 12, 2008 (Sat)

Strenuous all-day hike to Mount Toll (12,899) on the continental divide. Great views of Paiute Peak, Mount Audubon, Pawnee Peak, Apache Peak, Navajo Peak.. 10.3 miles RT, 2,300 feet elevation gain. Early start to beat the thunderstorms. Bring a day pack with the 10 essentials, extra food, extra water. Dress for the weather.

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

Wildflower Hike: Arapahoe Pass

July 12,2008 (Sat)

Starting from the 4th of July trailhead , we will venture up the trail to Arapahoe Pass, passing through fields of Colorado wildflowers and crossing a few streams. Participants will be able to identify five CO wildflowers during our outing. This hike is between 7-8 miles roundtrip with an elevation gain of over 2,000 feet. After hiking up to see the wonderful views over to Granby to the west, we can lunch at the lake at the top of the pass (weather permitting). Please bring 10 essentials and wear no cotton.

Contact Maureen Lienau (303.929.6134) to sign up. Hike limited to 12 persons.

Hike: Chapin, Chiquita and Ypsilon

July 20, 2008 (Sun)

A spectacular hike up one 12,000ft and two 13,000ft peaks though a strenuous hike it is not as difficult as you would think for three peaks, 7 miles round trip with about 2800 feet of elevation gain. This is a classic hike in RMNP at the start of the Mummy Range and starts off with a drive up Old Fall River Road (almost worth the trip by itself). We then will start hiking just below tree line from t he Chapin Creek Trailhead and in about 1.5 miles we will be at the top of the first peak. Most of this hike is above tree line hiking on talus without trails. There are lovely views of the Mummy Range and Estes Park as well as of the east faces of the peaks we are climbing. Please bring the ten essentials, your lunch and plenty of water, plan on an early start.

Contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396.

Hike: Timberline Falls Hike

Aug 2, 2008

Timberline Falls in the Glacier Gorge Trail System of Rocky Mountain National Park is described by Jerome Malitz as a “macramé of streams,” having “a delicate beauty that is in striking contrast to its stark surroundings.” On the way there we will go by Alberta Falls and The Loch, a mostly creekside hike through abundant aspens and wildflowers that is beautiful all on its own, pass through coniferous for est an d lush meadows, and get to cross several small streams, ending at an altitude of 10,660 feet with superb views. This is a moderate, 8.6-mile roundtrip trek with an elevation gain of 1,420 feet. Bring lunch, water, hiking boots (poles optional), rain gear, hat, sunglasses and sun screen. Limited to 12.

Contact Katie Thompson at 303-570-6790 or email katieliv@comcast.net to sign up.

Hike: Mt Bierstadt

Aug 3, 2008 (Sun)

One of the easier 14ers in Colorado Mt Bierstadt is a nice beginner mountain. It is a 7 mile r/t hike with 2850ft of elevation gain, still a strenuous class 2 hike and at just over 14,000 feet at the summit you will feel the altitude. We will start at Guanella Pass trailhead, near the town of Georgetown and will follow the classic route (easiest). We will hike first through the willows on boardwalks and then on up on a well maintained trail . Once we get up to the ridge at above 13,000 we will have some hiking on talus and boulders but fairly straight forward with little exposure. Bring; the ten essentials, plenty of water and lunch.

Contact: Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396

Hike: Mesa Trail Full Moon Hike

Aug 15, 2008 (Fri)

Hike Let's go hiking with the Indian Peaks Group, by the light of the silvery moon on the Mesa Trail at Chautauqua Park in Boulder! With the blessing of minimal clouds we should have dramatic views as the moon emerges above the horizon and climbs into the night sky and the lights come on in the City of Boulder below. Afterwards we can continue the feast for our senses with a late supper at the restaurant of group choice. Bring your good ideas about that choice, along with water, hiking boots , and rain gear (just in case) for the hike. Limited to 12.

Contact Katie Thompson at 303-570-6790 to sign up.

Hike: Paiute Peak Scramble

Aug 23, 2008 (Sat)

Strenuous all-day hike to Paiute Peak (13,088) on the continental divide. Great views of the other Indian Peaks and Mount Audubon. 8 miles RT, 2,500 feet elevation gain. Early start to beat the t hunderstorms. 3 miles on-trail on the ascent up to Blue Lake, last mile on loose talus. This is third-class scrambling using both hands and feet. Bring: Sturdy hiking shoes or boots suitable for loose footing, extra food, extra water, 10 essentials. This hike is something of a butt-kicker. Limited to 8.

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

Hike: Chasm Lake

Aug 24, 2008 (Sun) 7:30 a.m.

The hike to Chasm Lake from the Longs Peak Trailhead is a popular hike to one of the area's highest and most dramatic lakes. Nestled at the foot of Longs Peak's famous east face, Chasm Lake is a favorite destination for numerous hikers. The final 0.1 mile approach to the lake involves some basic route finding as the trail climbs a steep rocky area. Distance: 8.4 miles roundtrip. Elevation: 2,360 feet gain. Highest elevation: 11,760Bring; 10 essentials, rain gear, wind jacket, 2 liters of water (minimum), lunch, and hiking poles. Limited to 12 hardy hikers!

Contact Mary Wiener at 303-495-8959 or mary_wiener@yahoo.com to sign up.

Hike: Peaceful Valley, Middle St. Vrain

Sept 7, 2008 (Sat)

Join the Indian Peaks Group on this hike, we'll depart from the Middle St. Vrain trailhead at approximately 7:30am (allow 1 hour travel time from Boulder...26 miles up Lefthand Canyon). We'll park outside of Camp Dick campground at the Middle St. Vrain Trailhead. Hike along Buchanan Pass Trail up St. Vrain Creek to the bridge turn-around. We will then decide weather and whether to lunch in a wilderness meadow, converse with the trees, or explore the adjacent 4x4 road on the descent. 7.4 mile round trip hike from Camp Dick campground along St. Vrain Creek with 900ft of elevation gain. (8700' to 9600' and back).

Trip Specific Theme: Finding Your Voice on Climate Change..."the peaceful road, the middle road of activism"...this was inspired by a recent Clean Energy Action meeting in Boulder. Think about your motivation, successes, failures, aspirations, sources of inspiration or simply "what does it mean to me?" Plan to share enroute, during breaks, and in a closing circle.

Bring "10 Essentials." Contact Jason Lawrence jasonm_lawrence@hotmail.com 303-827-1019 for questions/sign-up.

Bitterroots Photography Workshop, Backpack and Base Camp

Sept 14 – 20, 2008

Discover the rugged beauty that the Corps of Discovery experienced on their journey through the Bitterroot Mountains in 1805. The 1.3 million-acre Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness along the Idaho and Montana border is one of the largest designated wilderness areas in the United States and lies within four national forests. It is a vast, wild land of high ridges, lake-filled basins, and densely forested slopes. Hidden valleys filled with larch, old-growth cedar, and fir provide natural habit for wildlife including elk, bighorn sheep, deer, mountain lion, moose, and black bear. Opportunities to photograph wildlife, landscapes, and wildflowers are excellent.

This trip has three major components: a three-day backpack trip, four days of base-camping at a U.S. Forest Service (USFS) campground and the study and practice of contemporary landscape photography. Our backpack route is 10 miles up and back on the Kootenai Creek Trail with one lay over day at a high alpine lake at the crest of the Bitterroots. Base camping at the USFS campground provides us the advantages of being just a few miles from stores where we can get fresh food and even take showers. During each day of the base camp we will have short lessons on photography and spend time photographing while hiking. Come explore and photograph the natural beauty of the Bitterroots through backpacking and day hikes. The Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness offers the glacier-carved scenery found only in the rarest of places. As well as being a photographer your leader is also an award winning chef and looks forward to preparing spectacular meals for you.
This is a moderate to strenuous trip with a total of about 40 miles with two 10 mile days. This is a Sierra Club National Outing and is only open to Sierra Club members and has a cost of $995.

For more information contact; Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396 mgwhiteley@comcast.net .

Hike: Peaceful Valley, Middle St. Vrain

Sept 27, 2008 (Sat)

Join the Indian Peaks Group on this hike, we'll depart from the Middle St. Vrain trailhead at approximately 7:30am (allow 1 hour travel time from Boulder...26 miles up Lefthand Canyon). We'll park outside of Camp Dick campground at the Middle St. V rain T railhead. Hike along Buchanan Pass Trail up St. Vrain Creek to the bridge turn-around. We will then decide weather and whether to lunch in a wilderness meadow, converse with the trees, or explore the adjacent 4x4 road on the descent. 7.4 mile round trip hike from Camp Dick campground along St. Vrain Creek with 900ft of elevation gain. (8700' to 9600' and back). Trip Specific Theme: Finding Your Voice on Climate Change..."the peaceful road, the middle road of activism"...this was inspired by a recent Clean Energy Action meeting in Boulder. Think about your motivation, successes, failures, aspirations, sources of inspiration or sim ply "what does it mean to me?" Plan to share enroute, during breaks, and in a closing circle. Bring "10 Essentials."

Contact Jason Lawrence jasonm_lawrence@hotmail.com 303-827-1019 for questions/sign-up.

Hike: Woodland Lake Hike

Sept. 28, 2008 (Sun)

The quaking aspen are rapidly changing signaling that winter is quickly approaching. Enjoy the fall colors while hiking this moderate trail that leaves from the Hessie Trailhead and climbs to Woodland Lake and Skyscraper Reservoir following the Jasper and Woodland Creeks through forest, riparian woodland and wet meadows into alpine tundra. Steep stretches of trail are followed by more gently sloped terrain, leading you to Woodland Lake, in a gentle valley, and Skyscraper Reservoir, set in a cirque basin below the Continental Divide. Distance: 8.6 miles roundtrip. Elevation: 1,972 feet gain. Highest elevation: 10,972. Bring 10 essentials, rain gear, wind jacket, 2 liters of water (minimum), lunch, and hiking poles. Limited to 12 hardy hikers!

Contact Mary Wiener at 303-495-8959 or mary_wiener@yahoo.com to sign up.

Howl with Wolves and Serve them Lunch

Oct 3 - 5, 2008

Camping and Service trip to Mission: Wolf

Join The Indian Peaks Group far away from the noise and bustle of human activity, a wolf refuge started in 1988 and located in the Wet Mountain range of the San Isabel National Forest, provides sanctuary to about 40 captive bred wolves and wolf dogs. With 410 acres this remote location gives seclusion and space for these much persecuted animals. Opportunities to interact with their Ambassador wolves – take once in a lifetime photos.

We will camp on-site at Mission: Wolf for 2 nights – time to unwind, reconnect with nature and listen to the wolves howling to the stars. Depending on the needs of the refuge, we may assist with feeding the wolves, preparing their buses for an upcoming road trip to New York or ad hoc building repairs.

This trip includes a personalized education tour of the sanctuary and all meals while at Mission: Wolf - menu designed and served by award-winning chef, Mike Whiteley. In return, we are asking each participant to donate $100 to Mission: Wolf. We would like to raise $1000 to help pay the fuel costs of $3000 - $4000 for their upcoming annual education road tour. Furthermore, it costs $3000 to feed each wolf for one year and since the refuge doesn’t get many visitors over the winter months – your donation is especially needed.

Bring work gloves and camping equipment, a complete list will be provided. No prior experience necessary. Limited to 14, participants, minimum age 10 years. For more information, contact Deirdre Butler 303-823-8649, deirdre@cogico.com

Map and Compass 101 Workshop & Hike

Nov 22, 2008

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, in this combination of hands-on classroom and practical exercises - designed 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) at the western end of Table Mesa Drive in Boulder. Topo maps provided. Bring (1) compass if you have one - we’ll share as needed, and (2) snacks / lunch – we will have a working lunch in the classroom. Plan to be both inside and outside, so wear / bring layered clothing.

Meet at 8:30am at the eastern end of the NCAR parking lot (the lower end of the parking lot that overlooks Boulder city) – we’ll be outside for the first hour or so – then we’ll move into a classroom in the NCAR building. Workshop ends about 2:30pm, followed by a short hike to the west of NCAR to practice terrain navigation and consolidate knowledge gained in the classroom. Expect hike to end about 4:00pm. You’ll be amazed at how much you’ll learn! Limited to 20 participants.

Must pre-register with Dave Hawley 303-443-2332 or dave_hawley@comcast.net.

Hike: Bridal Veil Falls, RMNP

Nov 23, 2008 (Sun)

A lovely autumn hike along the Cow Creek through aspen forests and spectacular meadows, where it is not uncommon to see elk and deer moving through the woods. The hike is fairly flat until the last mile, it is 6 miles r/t with about 1000 ft of elevation gain and ends at a small but beautiful water fall. An Indian Peaks Group hike which will meet in Lyons to car pool. Bring; Water, lunch, warm clothing and the ten essentials – snowshoes may be needed.

Contact, Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396.

Hike: Emerald Lake Snowshoe, RMNP

Dec 20, 2008 (Sat)

Join the Indian Peaks Group on this easy hike to a spectacular alpine lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. A 5 mile r/t hike with about 600 ft of elevation gain. This hike goes by three alpine Lakes and ends at Emerald which is at the bottom of a beautiful cirque. We will watch for Snowshoe Hares along the hike running through the soft new snow and will have lunch and hot chocolate at the lake. Bring; snowshoes, lunch, water and the ten essentials.

Contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396.