Outings

Previous Outings 2010

Loch Vale/Glacier Gorge Snowshoe RMNP

Jan 2, 2010 (Sat)

Leader Jen Greene

Join the IPG on this moderate hike to Loch Vale which is 2.5 miles up Glacier Gorge in Rocky Mountain National Park. This hike is 5 miles total distance with 900 ft of elevation gain. The trail goes up a narrow drainage with some steep sections. If the day is clear we'll have a nice view of Otis Peak from the lake. Bring the ten essentials, lunch, warm clothing, sunscreen, sun glasses, hat, gloves, water and snowshoes. Hiking/ski poles and Stabilicers also are a good idea. Contact Jen Greene 303-443-1721 or jenbgreene@gmail.com.

Contemporary Landscape Photo Seminar - Mills Lake Snowshoe RMNP

Jan 10, 2010 (Sun)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Part photo class part hike to one of the most spectacular lakes in the front range, named after Enos Mills the driving force behind the formation of Rocky Mountain National Park it is a place of stark beauty in the winter . We will first meet and have a short introduction to Contemporary Landscape Photography, look at some photos and answer any questions that you might have. We will then start out on our hike and take pictures along the way. This Seminar will continue with other outings about one a month so that you will have many chances to take pictures and look at each other's pictures for an ongoing learning experience. Non-photographers are welcome on the hike but remember we will be stopping often to take pictures. The hike itself is a moderate hike of 5 miles with about 700 ft of elevation gain that follows a frozen creek for most of the trip through Glacier Gorge a stunning glacier carved gorge just to the north of Longs Peak. The hike will be late in the afternoon and it is very likely that it will be dark on the way back to the cars so you will need to be prepared for that as well as very cold conditions. Join me on this unique IPG sponsored hike. Please Bring; the ten essentials, Camera, Snowshoes, Headlamp, extra warm clothing, food for dinner, water, warm drink, hat and gloves. Contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396.

Black Lake Snowshoe RMNP

Jan 23, 2010 (Sat)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Join the IPG on this strenuous hike to a lovely small lake high up Glacier Gorge, a continuation of the hike to Mills Lake this is a 10 mile hike with 1400 ft of elevation gain. Black lake is a small alpine lake surrounded by high granite walls covered in ice. The first part of the hike is the same as to Mills Lake, up the creek bed then across Mills Lake and then two more miles up the gorge, at times up steep snow and rock. Bring the ten essentials, lunch, warm clothing, hat, gloves, water and snowshoes. Contact Mike Whiteley (303) 776-7396.

Outings Leader Meeting

Jan 25, 2010 (Mon) 7pm

This meeting will take place at my house in Longmont and would be a good place for anyone that might be interested in leading outings for the Sierra Club to come and learn more about it. Leading outings is not difficult and you can do as many or as few as you like, we are in need of people to lead all sorts of outings so if you have any interest in leading we would love to meet with you at this meeting and help you get started. Contact Mike Whiteley for more information; 303-776-7396.

Full Moon Snowshoe, Old Fall River Road, Endovalley, RMNP

Jan 30, 2010 (Sat)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Join the Indian Peaks Group for this easy snowshoe by the light of the full moon in Rocky Mountain National Park. We will hike up Old Fall River Road and depending on the weather we will either go up to Chasm Falls along the road or stay down in the trees and go to the Endovalley picnic area. At most about 4-5miles with about 400ft of elevation gain. The valley is often full of elk, and our starting point will be just past the remains of the Lawn Lake flood. We should have wonderful views of the valley as we go up and down the road. please bring very warm clothing plus extra clothing, hat, gloves, snowshoes, water, food, headlamp (with a red light if possible) and something warm to drink would be a good idea. Contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396.

Ouzel Falls Snowshoe (Gourmet Lunch Pot Luck)

Feb 6, 2010 (Sat)

Leader Jen Greene

Come along with the IPG and 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 1,000 ft of elevation gain. In the winter the raging white water of the river and falls is replaced by 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 homemade soup. Bring the ten essentials, lunch, warm clothing, sunscreen, sun glasses, hat, gloves, water, snowshoes, eating utensils and food for the pot luck. Hiking/ski poles and Stabilicers also are a good idea. Contact Jen Greene 303-443-1721 or jenbgreene@gmail.com.

Contemporary Landscape Photo Seminar - Shadow Mountain lake to Columbine Bay, RMNP

Feb 20, 2010 (Sat)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Part photo class part hike from a spectacular lake along the Colorado River to Columbine Bay a place of stark beauty in the winter . We will first drive up to Grand Lake and stop for lunch where we will have a short introduction to Contemporary Landscape Photography, look at some photos of contemporary photographers and answer any questions that you might have. We will then start out on our hike and take pictures along the way. This Seminar will continue with other outings about once a month so that you will have many chances to take pictures and look at each other's pictures for an ongoing learning experience. Non-photographers are welcome on the hike but remember we will be stopping often to take pictures. The hike itself is an easy hike of 3 miles r/t with basically no elevation gain, hiking close to sun set we will follow the Colorado River for most of the trip. The hike will be late in the afternoon and it is very likely that it will be dark on the way back to the cars so you will need to be prepared for that as well as very cold conditions. Join me on this unique IPG sponsored hike. Please Bring; the ten essentials, camera, snowshoes, headlamp, extra warm clothing, food for dinner, water, warm drink, hat and gloves. Contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396.

Full Moon Winter Camping Trip, Kawuneeche Valley, RMNP

Feb 27-28, 2010 (Sat-Sun)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Join the Indian Peaks Group for this winter weekend back country trip. Staring at the Colorado River Trail Head on the west side of the park we will snowshoe in 2-3 miles and make camp near the Colorado River. After setting up our camp and by the light of the full moon we will explore the massive Kawuneeche Valley stopping at Lulu City the site of a once thriving mining town. Instruction will be given on winter camping, winter survival, building snow shelters and how to stay warm during the winter. Overall this will be a 8-10mile hike about half of which with a large heavy pack with about 350ft of elevation gain, depending on snow cover, weight of packs and the weather plan on this being a rather strenuous trip. The valley is known for moose sightings as well as deer and elk and should be spectacular in the full moon. I will provide food for the first nights dinner as well as stoves and fuel for breakfast and to melt snow for water. You do not need to have winter camping experience but must have some camping and backpacking experience as well as the equipment required to keep warm for the night. You will be provided with an equipment list once you sign up and any other instruction that you need. there will be a ten dollar fee to cover the food for the first night and the fuel. Contact; Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396 mgwhiteley@q.com for more information and to sign up.

Lake Helene Snowshoe and Chocolate Tasting

March 20, 2010 (Sat)

Join the IPG on this moderate hike to Lake Helene in Rocky Mountain National Park which is 3 miles each way (6 miles round trip) on the Flattop Mountain and Odessa Lake Trails. The hike begins at an elevation of 9,400 feet with elevation gain of 1,200 feet. We'll start at the Bear Lake parking lot and hike through trees and some open sections to the lake where we'll get a good view of Notchtop Mountain. Bring your favorite gourmet chocolate to share with the group! Also bring the ten essentials, lunch, warm clothing, sunscreen, sun glasses, hat, gloves, water and snowshoes. Hiking/ski poles and Stabilicers also are a good idea. Contact Jen Greene (303) 443-1721 or jenbgreene@gmail.com.

Ouzel Falls Snowshoe

March 20, 2010 (Sat)

Join the Indian Peaks Group for a moderate snowshoe trip to Ouzel Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park. This is a spectacular winter trip - you will catch dramatic views of Mount Meeker and the Continental Divide, and get to see several frozen waterfalls. These scenic wonders lie in Wild Basin, one of RMNP's lesser-known backcountry areas. 6.2 miles r/t, 1000 feet elevation gain. What to bring: snowshoes and poles, warm clothes (no cotton) including gloves & hat, lunch/snacks/water, sunscreen. Contact Bill Roettker 303-530-3482 to sign up.

Lost Lake Snowshoe

March 28, 2010 (Sun)

Join the IPG for this moderate snowshoe up above the town of Eldora, 6 miles r/t with about 1000ft of elevation gain. Starting on the road just at the end of the town of Eldora we walk along the road for about a mile then turn off and go down to the Hessie town site and then on the trail up to Lost Lake. The trail is open at first passing through meadows and stands of Aspen then moves into a more dense forest and moves along the south fork of Boulder Creek, should be a pleasant half day hike. Bring; warm clothing, snowshoes, lunch and the ten essentials. Contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396.

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Recertification Course

April 17-18, 2010 (Sat/Sun)

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Sierra Club is sponsoring this 2-day (16-hour) course in Broomfield (about 12 miles east of Boulder). Tuition is $175, and the class is limited to 30 participants. This is a fast-paced, hands-on course that is taught by the Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI), part of the National Outings Leader School (NOLS), and covers a wide range of wilderness medicine. WMI's curriculum is unique and includes many advanced topics that other programs leave out such as dislocation reduction, focused spinal assessment, and epinephrine administration. During just two days, you'll gain many knowledge and skills, and have the ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. This course is ideal for trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts, and individuals who travel to remote locations. For details, contact Dave Hawley at 303-443-2332 or dave.hawley@rmc.sierraclub.org .

Hiking and Camping in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

April 23-26, 2010 (Fri-Mon)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Join the Indian Peaks Group of the Sierra Club for this long weekend in two of Utah’s National Parks. Spectacular spring time hiking in the southwest desert and wonderful photography opportunities await us in this unique area. In Arches National Park we will do two hikes first in the evening of our first night we will do the short hike to Delicate Arch an easy three miles to the parks most iconic Arch, Delicate Arch is the Arch that is the most photographed in the park and if you have ever seen any pictures about the park this is the arch that you most likely were looking at. After camping nearby the next morning we will do the Devils Garden - Primitive Loop trail a longer moderately difficult hike of 7.2 miles. This trail goes by many must see arches, is the longest hike on maintained trails in Arches and is quite possibly one of the most spectacular hikes that you can take in any national park.

The next day we will move on to Canyonlands National Park , The Needles District and to Lost Canyon a moderate/difficult hike of about 9 miles. A loop hike that goes over slick rock through canyons on sandy trails all with wonderful views of the area and of the namesake Needle Spires. The hike has a large variety of terrain from open slick rock to narrow canyons even some climbing through narrow chutes on ladders. After hiking we will visit the visitors center and then return to our camp for dinner.

Our last morning we will leave camp early and head over to the Island in the Sky for a couple of short hikes; the White Rim Trail Overlook and the Upheaval Dome Overlook. Both of these trails are short about 3 miles r/t and easy the first has a spectacular view of the White Rim Trail, the most famous trail in Canyonlands at almost 100 miles it is beyond this trip but we can at least look to see what it is like. The second trail overlooks the Upheaval Dome considered one of the most important and unique geological features in all of Utah. From there we will drive back home returning late in the evening. We will plan on camping at a small unnamed camp site near Indian Creek and Newspaper Rock. I will provide all of the food and kitchen equipment while camping and we will stop for food on the way out and back, as well eat in Moab our first night. You will need to bring basic day hiking gear as well as camping equipment a complete equipment list will be provided when you sign up. There will be a $25 dollar fee for the trip for food and camping. Contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396, mgwhiteley@q.com.

Lake Helene Snowshoe

April 24, 2010 (Sat)

Leader Jen Greene

Join the IPG on this moderate hike to Lake Helene in Rocky Mountain National Park which is 3 miles each way (6 miles round trip) on the Flattop Mountain and Odessa Lake Trails. The hike begins at an elevation of 9,400 feet with elevation gain of 1,200 feet. We'll start at the Bear Lake parking lot and hike through trees and some open sections to the lake where we'll get a good view of Notchtop Mountain. Bring the ten essentials, lunch, warm clothing, sunscreen, sun glasses, hat, gloves, water and snowshoes. Hiking/ski poles and Stabilicers also are a good idea. Contact Jen Greene 303-443-1721 or jenbgreene@gmail.com.

Map and Compass 101 Workshop and Hike

May 15, 2010 (Sat)

Leader Dave Hawley

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. Free, but asking for a $5 donation to defray expenses. Topo maps and all other materials provided for use. Bring (1) a 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, weather permitting (if it's really bad, we'll move inside early) - then we'll move into a classroom in the NCAR building. The indoor 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 this hike to end about 4:00pm. You'll be amazed at how much material is covered, and the confidence you have gained. Limited to 20 participants. Must pre-register with Dave Hawley 303-443-2332 or dave.hawley@rmc.sierraclub.org.

Ouzel Falls Hike – Wild Basin area, RMNP

May 31, 2010 (Mon)

Leader Dave Hawley

Moderate difficulty 5.4mi RT, gain/loss 950' (we start at 8,500’), participant limit 12. Moderate to slow pace – to enjoy the views of the creek and multiple falls, and to take some pictures. Meet in Boulder at 7:30am – avoid the Holiday crowds! Ouzel Falls is named for a dull gray bird, smaller than a robin and shaped like a wren, also called a "dipper," whose preferred habitat is near flowing water. One of our goals will be to sight one of these unique birds. A little early for wildflowers, but the Pasque flower should be ready for us! We will approach the Falls along the Wild Basin Trail adjacent to the North St. Vrain Creek - a noisy white-water stream at this time of year. Most of the elevation gain in is the first 1.8mi up to Calypso Cascades, and then we will pass through a 1978 forest fire re-growth area. Bring "Ten Essentials" - warm clothing, sturdy boots, extra food & water, and because of the elevation avoid cotton clothing (hypothermia prevention).

Contact Dave Hawley at (303) 443-2332

Mesa Trail Hike

June 5, 2010 (Sat)

June 5th is National Trails Day; good day for a hike

Leader Rebecca Dickson

Join the Indian Peaks Group for this spring hike. We’ll hike north from the south Mesa Trail trailhead (east of Eldorado Springs) to Chautauqua Park. Great views, promising wildflowers. The hike has downhill and uphill sections but is a moderate hike overall with 65 feet elevation gain. Distance: 6.7 miles. We’ll do a car shuttle to get hikers back to their cars. Bring; lunch, hiking boots and the ten essentials.

Call Rebecca Dickson to sign up: 303/499-7261.

Castlewood Canyon - Photo Hike - Castlewood Canyon State Park

June 5, 2010 (Sat)

Come and celebrate National Trails Day with the Indian Peaks Group with an easy hike in Castlewood Canyon State Park South of Denver. The canyon was formed by Cherry Creek and the hike travels along the creek for most of the way it is an easy hike of about 6miles r/t with about 400ft of elevation gain/loss. The Canyon is a mix of prairie, forest and riparian ecological areas which will make for a pleasant and interesting hike. We will be hiking in the late afternoon and evening and at a causal pace to allow for photography. I will show some photos and talk briefly about the Sierra Club Trails Photo Contest and explain how you can go about entering. Dogs are allowed in the park and are welcome on this hike. Bring; camera, dinner, hiking boots/shoes and the ten essentials.

Contact Mike Whiteley (303) 776-7396

Mount Goliath Natural Area - Photo Hike - Mount Evans Wilderness

June 26, 2010 (Sat)

Join the Indian Peaks Group for a short easy hike of 3 miles r/t with 600ft of elevation gain to a very unique area. Mount Goliath Natural Area is on the slopes of Mount Evans and is an extensive forest of Bristle Cone Pines, one of the oldest living things on earth, the oldest ones elsewhere can be 5000 years old, the ones here are newer only 1600 years old but still very significant. We will go in the evening and spend time photographing amongst the trees. If people want we could also drive to the top of Mount Evans. Bring; camera, dinner, warm clothing, the ten essentials.

Contact; Mike Whiteley (303) 776-7396

Mirror Lake Backpack and Fly Fishing, RMNP

July 10-11, 2010 (Sat-Sun)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Join the Indian Peaks Group for a weekend of backpacking and fly fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park. We will hike into Mirror Lake and set up camp with plenty of time left to fish in the lake or the nearby streams. The hike will follow the Cache La Poudre River and then Cascade Creek for part of the hike ending up at Mirror Lake, a high alpine lake just below tree line in the Northwest corner of RMNP. It is a moderate hike of about 6 miles each day with about 1300ft of elevation gain / loss. You do not need to fish to come on the trip you can just spend the extra time photographing or just relaxing by the lake. If you do plan on fishing you will need a current Colorado fishing license and the fishing is catch and release only and artificial lures only. There will be a $10 fee for the trip for permits and bear canisters. A full equipment list will be provided once you have signed up. To sign up you must pay the $10 fee which is non-refundable after July 3rd.
For more information or to sign up contact; Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396 Mike.whiteley@rmc.sierraclub.org.

Old Ute Trail - Wildflower and Photo hike

July 24, 2010 (Sat)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Join the IPG for this easy evening high alpine hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. The hike is 4.2 miles with about a 1000ft elevation loss. Starting above tree line just across from the alpine visitors center in RMNP it is an easy hike across the tundra with high alpine wildflowers and stunning vistas of the Never Summer Range. We will hike at an easy pace to allow for pictures and wildflower viewing. The hike will be in the late afternoon - evening so that we will be up there near sunset. We could be hiking the last part of the hike in the dark or near dark so a headlamp would be highly recommended and there is a possibility that there might be some snow that we will have to cross. We will also use a car shuttle to return to the start of the hike. Bring; camera, dinner, the ten essentials. Contact; Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396.

Mills Lake Hike, RMNP

July 24, 2010 (Sat)

Leader Dave Hawley

Join the Indian Peaks Group, Sierra Club, in this moderately difficult hike of 5.6mi RT, with 750' elev gain, ending at 9, 950',in Rocky Mountain National Park. We'll depart Boulder at 6:15am for the Glacier Gorge Trailhead, pass by Alberta Falls, and cross Icy Brook to the slopes to Mills Lake. This lake is named after Enos Mills, who lived in these mountains from 1884 to 1922, acted as a naturalist and guide, popularized the area through his writings, and all the while campaigned for establishment of a national park. We might explore Jewel Lake as well (just to the south of Mills Lake). This lake is very beautiful, with an impressive backdrop. Great photo ops! The pace with be moderate so we can enjoy the scenery. If you would like to participate, email dave.hawley@rmc.sierraclub.org and include a telephone # at which you may be reached Thursday (7/22) evening or Friday (7/23) during the day for final coordination. Limited to 12 hikers. Bring snacks, lunch, water, and 10 Essentials.

Mount Chapin, Chiquita and Yipsilon

IPG Classic Aug 1, 2010, (Sun)

Leader Mike Whiteley

A strenous hike to three high peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park's Mummy Range. With all three peaks it is 7 miles r/t and 2800ft of elevation gain but we do have the option of skipping some of the peaks depending on how we feel and the weather. Mt Chiquita and Yipsilon are both 13rs and Chapin is 12,500 and all three have spectacular views from the top. As well as being an IPG Classic Hike it was also recently named in Backpacker Magazine to their National Parks Hall of Fame this hike is wonderful from start to finish. The short hiking distance is made possible by starting at the trailhead which is high up on Old Fall River Road which is a lovely drive all by itself although often quite crowded. The hike is almost completely above tree line somewhat rocky and at times can be quite cold and windy but one of the must do hikes in the park. Plan on an early start. Bring; lunch, warm jacket, hat and gloves and the ten essentials.
Contact; Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396.

Outing Leader Meeting

Mon Aug 16th 7pm

Location has not been determined yet. Please contact Mike Whiteley if you would like to attend.

Contact Mike Whiteley (303) 776-7396, mgwhiteley@q.com.

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Recertification Course

Sept 25-26 (Sat-Sun)

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Sierra Club is sponsoring this 2-day (16-hour) course in Broomfield (about 12 miles east of Boulder). Tuition is $185, and the class is limited to 30 participants. This is a fast-paced, hands-on course that is taught by the Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI), part of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and covers a wide range of wilderness medicine. WMI's curriculum is unique and includes many advanced topics that other programs leave out, such as dislocation reduction, focused spinal assessment, and epinephrine administration. During just two days, you'll both gain valuable knowledge and skills and learn to make sound decisions in emergency situations. This course is ideal for trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts, and individuals who travel to remote locations. For details, contact Dave Hawley at 303-443-2332 or dave_hawley@comcast.net.

Mountain Bike Ride - Boreas Pass Road

Sept 25, 2010 (Sat)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Join the Indian Peaks Group on this wonderful fall bike ride up Boreas Pass Road just outside of Breckenridge. The ride is a moderate ride of about 12 miles r/t with about 1500ft of elevation gain over the first 6 miles. The road is an old railroad grade so it is up hill but not very steep in any one spot and is technically easy. It is a great road for leaf viewing as it is lined most of the way with Aspens. There are some old railroad buildings at the pass and a water tank part of the way up. We could also stop on the way back for late lunch /dinner if people want. Bring; Mountain bike, helmet, spare tube, tire levers, pump, water, food, extra warm clothing, rain jacket/pants, gloves, bike shorts/pants.

Contact: Mike Whiteley (303) 776-7396.

Goshawk Trail

Oct 9, 2010 (Sat) - 9am

Leader: Kathleen Flynn

Join the DMO group of Sierra Club for this easy and scenic loop hike near Eldorado Springs. Total distance from the Dowdy Draw trailhead is about 6 miles with minimal elevation gain. The trail boasts an amazing diversity of plants and animals with beautiful views of Eldorado Canyon on one side and the eastern plains on the other. Bring the ten essentials including a jacket and rain gear for sudden weather changes, sturdy boots, plenty of water, sunscreen, and a lunch. We will stop in a pleasant meadow to eat together. We will meet in Arvada at 9AM and carpool to the trailhead. Expect to return to Arvada about 2:00 PM. Participant limit 10. No dogs, please. Contact Outings Leader: Kathleen Flynn, Phone (303) 423-8785

Bridal Veil Falls, RMNP

Oct 23, 2010 (Sat)

Leader Mike Whiteley

A lovely autumn hike along the Cow Creek through aspen forests and spectacular meadows, where it is not uncommon to see elk and deer this time of year. The hike is fairly flat until the last mile, it is moderate hike of 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. Contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396