Outings

Previous Outings 2012

Emerald Lake Hike, RMNP

Jan 8 2012 (Sun)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Join the Indian peaks Group for this easy snow shoe to one of the most beautiful lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park. A 3.6 mile r/t hike with about 600ft of elevation gain this is an easy hike and with 4 lakes along the way it is packed with scenic views. Starting at Bear Lake the hike works its way through pine forests and by Nymph and Dream Lakes ending at Emerald Lake set just below the towering rock walls of Hallet and Flattop Mountains. It is hard to find a better more scenic hike for the amount of worked required. Bring; lunch, water, snowshoes, warm clothing, Hat, gloves and the ten essentials.

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

Explore Colorado Backcountry in Winter, White River National Forest

Jan 15-21, 2012

Leader Jim Sumrall

Live off of the grid for six days and five nights in a 10th Mountain Division Hut System hut. Explore the Colorado backcountry in winter on skis or snowshoes. Live in a comfortable backcountry hut stocked with food, fire wood and soft bunks. During the day snowshoe or ski to various destinations near the hut and then return each evening for a warm dinner and bed. Leaders; Jim Sumrall, Deirdre Butler and Bill Farrow. A national outing with a cost of $ 1195 for more information : http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/national/brochure/12416a.aspx

Full Moon Snowshoe, Caribou Ranch

Jan 9, 2012 (Mon)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Hiking by the light of the full moon is a wonderful experience, join the IPG for this easy hike on one of the newer Boulder County Open Space trails. First a large cattle ranch and then a recording studio for some of rocks top artists Caribou Ranch is now open space to be enjoyed by all. It is a beautiful trail that winds its way around the ranch through forests and open meadows, by the Bluebird Mine and old buildings from the ranch. The hike is about 5 miles with almost no elevation gain. Please be prepared for very cold and windy weather, night time temps can be quite cold and if it is windy the wind chill can be far below zero. Bring very warm clothing, snowshoes, hats, gloves, food, water, a head lamp (with a red light if possible) the ten essentials and something warm to drink is nice to have.

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

Ouzel Falls Hike, RMNP

Jan 22, 2012 (Sun)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Join the Indian Peaks Group for this moderate hike to frozen Ouzel Falls. About 8 miles r/t with about 950ft of elevation gain. A moderate hike with a gradual climb and just a couple of short steeper sections. Starting out on the road for the first mile and a half then to Copland Falls, along North St Vrain Creek, on to Calypso Cascades and then ending up at Ouzel falls. Most of the hike is through dense forests but with a lot of features along the way including one section that has burned in a fire and even views of Longs Peak. Bring lunch, water, snowshoes, warm clothing and the ten essentials.

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

Outings Leader 101 Training Class

Jan 28, 2011 (Sat)

A class for those interested in becoming a Sierra Club Outings Leader, a wonderful and rewarding experience. This will be a hands on experience, we will go on a short hike where we will go through how to lead a hike and all of the factors of leading hikes for the Sierra Club. After completing this class and another first aid class you will be ready to lead some hikes. You do not need to be an outdoor expert to lead hikes there are a lot of different types of outings that can be done all you need to have is a desire to help others experience the outdoors. Outings can be almost anything from difficult climbs or backpacking trips to simple day hikes or even just trips out to see museums or movies, speakers etc. it is up to you as a leader as to what you do so the best way to have trips that you like to do is to lead them. Bring: lunch, water, warm clothing, snowshoes and the ten essentials.

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

Full Moon Snowshoe and Dessert Pot Luck - Moraine Park, RMNP

Feb 7, 2012 (Tue)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Join the IPG for another full moon snowshoe this time in the large meadow in Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park. This will be an easy hike of about 3 miles with very little elevation gain. We will hike around the large meadow in Moraine Park part of it on a road and part on a trail most all of it with a good view of the moon. Along our hike we will stop and have warm drinks and dessert with each person bringing something to share with everyone. Bring: warm clothing, snowshoes, headlamp, water, warm drink or dessert.

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

Goshawk Trail Hike

February 12, 2012 (Sun) 9:30 AM

Leader Kathleen Flynn

Join the DMO and IPG Sierra Club hikers for a beautiful Sunday outing on the Goshawk trail. The trail begins with a long, gentle ascent and gains less than 800 feet throughout the 8-mile length. This hike affords a wide variety of scenery including open meadows and forest. The two loops include Spring Brook trail North and Spring Brook trail South in addition to Goshawk proper. Our hike begins and ends on a graded service road next to a wall of Dakota Sandstone, compressed layers of sediment deposited by the coming and going of inland oceans. The trail reaches a crest along the fringe of a pine forest where we usually see deer. After the Spring Brook south loop the trail continues at a level grade and crosses over the Denver Water Board Canal where we begin the Goshawk Ridge trail. Beautiful meadows house birds, squirrels, and other wildlife. Rising gently through open space we will have wonderful views of Eldorado Canyon and town of Eldorado Springs. After hiking through a gorge cut out for a train bed, we will loop around and begin another slight incline and catch Spring Brook Trail north to connect back to the service road. Parts of the trail could be muddy or even snow covered in February, so prepare. Please be prepared to pay your driver 10 cents per mile. Bring hiking boots, lunch, plenty of water, and the ten essentials. Contact Kathleen Flynn to sign up (303) 423-8785 or kflynn008@gmail.com.

Bierstadt Lake Hike via Mills Creek Basin and Hollowell Park, RMNP

Feb 18, 2012 (Sat)

Leader Mike Whiteley

An Indian Peaks Group hike in Rocky Mountain National Park along Mill Creek and up the Bierstadt Moraine. At about 7 miles and about 800ft of elevation gain this is a moderate hike with a gradual climb up to the lake. A nice hike through Aspen, pine, spruce and fir ending on top of the moraine at Bierstadt Lake. Out of the wind hiking through the snow covered forest is one of the best ways to hike in the winter. Bring: snowshoes, water, lunch, warm clothing and the ten essentials.

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

Ski Day at Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort, Colorado - Join the IPG for a day of skiing at Arapahoe Basin at a discounted price.

Feb 19, 2012 (Sun) 9 AM - 4 PM

Full Day Lift Ticket, $59 Adult, $49 Teens ages 15 -19, $29 Children 6-14, Free! Children 5 and under Half Day Ski School; 6 people must sign up to get these rates $60 for adult & teens - 2.5 hour lesson Classes Start at 10 AM or 1 PM. RSVP to Melissa by e-mail to zachandallegra@gmail.com by Sat, February 11th. Tell how many will be in your group. Questions? 303-847-8165 Rides: You will be responsible for getting to & from A-Basin on your own. Rideshare may be possible between particapants but you need to arrange yourself. Schedule: Check in for Sierra Club group rate, ski on your own, meet us apres ski for beer, hot chocolate & snacks. (not a Sierra Club Outing but a fun event all the same) 28194 US Hwy 6, Keystone CO 80435 888-272-7246 www.arapahoebasin.com

Ski Day at Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort, Colorado - Join the IPG for a day of skiing at Arapahoe Basin at a discounted price.

Mar 3, 2012 (Sat), 9 AM - 4 PM

Full Day Lift Ticket, $59 Adult, $49 Teens ages 15 -19, $29 Children 6-14, Free! Children 5 and under. Half Day Ski School, 6 people must sign up to get these rates $60 for adult & teens - 2.5 hour lesson Classes Start at 10 AM or 1 PM. RSVP to Melissa by e-mail to zachandallegra@gmail.com by Sat, February 11th. Tell how many will be in your group. Questions? 303-847-8165 Rides: You will be responsible for getting to & from A-Basin on your own. Rideshare may be possible between particapants but you need to arrange yourself. Schedule: Check in for Sierra Club group rate, ski on your own, meet us apres ski for beer, hot chocolate & snacks. (not a Sierra Club Outing but a fun event all the same)

Full Moon Snowshoe - Brainard Lake

Mar 8, 2012 (Thur)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Join the Indian Peaks Group for this classic winter hike on the trails and road in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area. About a 5 mile or less hike with 200ft of elevation gain/ loss, this is an easy hike with great views of the moon and wonderful trail options. It can be very windy here so please come prepared for harsh winter conditions. If it is windy we tend to stay more in the trees on the trails instead of on the road but the road does have better views of the moon. Bring: warm clothing, water, snacks, snowshoes and headlamp (with a red light if possible).

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

Outings Leader Meeting

Mar 19, 2012 (Mon) 7pm

We are having an outings leader meeting for the new RMC Outings program all current outings leaders are welcome to attend and as well anyone interested in becoming an outings leader or anyone who would like to find out more about being a leader.

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

Goshawk Trail, Fowler Trailhead (short route)

Apr 1, 2012 (Sun) 10:00am

Leader Edward Morrison

Hike with the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Sierra Club! Spend a Sunday on a beautiful hike down the Goshawk trail. The trail is easy, 3.2 miles, and begins on a gravel road. WE will gain elevation slowly until we reach the Spring Brook Trail. There are several distinct geologic areas of interest including glimpses of the Dakota Sandstone, 100 million years old. In another mile we will cross a bridge to reach the actual Goshawk Trail. This area has beautiful forests of Ponderosa pine and we might see deer in the trees. Rising gently through open space we will have wonderful views of Eldorado Canyon and town of Eldorado Springs. Parts of the trail could be muddy or even snow covered, so prepare. We will carpool from Arvada to the Dowdy Draw Trailhead, and from there to the Fowler Trailhead. There are only 7 spaces at Fowler. Please be prepared to pay your driver 10 cents per mile, bring hiking boots, lunch, plenty of water, and The Ten Essentials. Contact Edward Morrison to sign up, call (720) 480-6197 or email Edward.Morrison@WesternAlum.org.

Outings Leader 101 Training Class

May 6, 2012 (Sun)

A class for those interested in becoming a Sierra Club Outings Leader, a wonderful and rewarding experience. This will be a hands on experience, we will go on a short hike where we will go through how to lead a hike and all of the factors of leading hikes for the Sierra Club. After completing this class and another first aid class you will be ready to lead some hikes. You do not need to be an outdoor expert to lead hikes there are a lot of different types of outings that can be done all you need to have is a desire to help others experience the outdoors. Outings can be almost anything from difficult climbs or backpacking trips to simple day hikes or even just trips out to see museums or movies, speakers etc. it is up to you as a leader as to what you do so the best way to have trips that you like to do is to lead them. Bring; lunch water, warm clothing, snowshoes and the ten essentials.

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

Outings Leaders Meeting

May 14, 2012 (Mon) 7pm

Join us for a Rocky Mountain Chapter Outings Leader Meeting, all Outings Leaders and anyone interested in becoming an outings leader are welcome. It will be 2 hours at most and we will talk about all things outings related and plans for upcoming summer trips, new ideas and some new programs that will be starting this year. The meeting will be at Kathleen Flynn’s house in Arvada please contact her for the address and directions. gxw008@hotmail.com

Sunset Hike at Pawnee Buttes, Pawnee national Grasslands

May 19, 2012 (Sat)

Leader Mike Whiteley

We will hike in the evening to the Buttes a short easy 3 mile r/t hike with very little elevation gain or loss. We should see many wild flowers as well as maybe some birds of pray as this area is a well known nesting area in the spring for many birds. This should also be a good hike for photography with the setting sun. Please bring; hiking shoes, rain gear, water, food, may also want camera, tripod and binoculars.

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

England’s Coast-to-Coast Walk: From the Irish Sea to the North Sea - FULLY BOOKED

May 19-June 1, 2012 or Sept 10-23, 2012

England’s Coast-to-Coast walk is a classic. It was a life ambition of A. Wainwright’s, as documented in his pictorial guide that describes a 190-mile walk, in an approximate beeline, that keeps a preference for the high ground and crosses some of England’s most stunning countryside. Our walk covers 90+ miles of the original route and begins at St. Bees Head on the coast of the Irish Sea. We will walk through three of England's national parks: the Lake District, renowned for its gorgeous lakes and craggy peaks; the Yorkshire Dales, with its gentle green valleys full of ancient stone walls and old farms, and popularized by the PBS series, All Creatures Great and Small; and the North York Moors, which is secluded and lush with heather, and ends at a picturesque coastline along the North Sea. Along the way we will stop in remote and quiet country villages and hamlets to refresh ourselves in pubs and tearooms, and we’ll also take time to wander around medieval ruins and monuments that give evidence of England’s ancient history. Enjoy charming English villages and their local pubs, and friendly bed and breakfast accommodations. Leader; Deidre Butler. An international outing with a price of; $3845. For more information; http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/national/brochure/12695a.aspx for the Sept 10-23 trip or http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/national/brochure/12595a.aspx for the May 19 - June 1 2012 trip.

Denver Bike Ride and Gallery Tour

Jun 2, 2012 (Sat)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Join the RMC for an day of gallery viewing by bike in downtown Denver. We will start at the Denver Art Museum (free day) and then go to a few smaller contemporary galleries, Next, Pirate, Goodwin, Rule, Plinth as we have time. The bike ride will be about 10 miles total but we will be on downtown Denver Streets so you should be comfortable riding on busy streets. We will go to as many galleries as we have time for and maybe out to dinner afterwards if people want. Join us for all or part of it as you like. Bring bike, helmet, rain jacket, water.

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

Rampart East Roadless Area Hike

Jun 2, 2012 (Sat) Sat, 8am – 4pm

Leader Jim Lockhart

Join Pikes Peak Sierra Club and the Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition for a moderate day hike in the newest of the Wild Twelve proposed wilderness areas, Rampart East Roadless Area. We will access this area from the trailhead in Palmer Lake. Learn about efforts to protect this area, the largest roadless area along the Front Range, from various threats and intrusions. The hike will be a moderate hike of approximately five miles on trails and abandoned jeep roads and 800 feet elevation gain. For more information and to sign up contact Jim Lockhart at 385-0045 or e-mail jlock@datawest.net.

Aiken Canyon Preserve - (Military Active, Veterans, Spouses, and Care Givers)

Jun 9, 2012 (Sat)

Leader Laura Bonds-Johnson

Located 16 miles south of Colorado Springs, Aiken Canyon Preserve offers a variety of plant habitats including prairie grasslands, meadows and woodlands. This ecosystem provides great opportunities for bird and wildlife viewing. Our easy 4 mile loop hike on well maintained trail is designed for military active, veteran, spouses and care givers but is open to all. Please bring hiking shoes, rain gear, water, lunch, sun glasses and sunscreen. To sign up contact Laura Bonds-Johnson (209)-345-0689 email: LBJinSJ@aol.com

Hike with Dogs - South St Vrain Trail

Jun 9, 2012 (Sat)

Leader Ingrid

Bring your friendly dog on a leisurely hike through a beautiful mixed forest east of Brainard Lake. The trail roughly follows the South St. Vrain Creek and there are several good places for the canines to drink and play - though it never hurts to bring extra water! Distance: 6 miles roundtrip; Elevation Gain: about 600 feet. Bring: the Ten Essentials, rain gear, leash, poop bags. Contact: Ingrid; (303) 546-6044

Sunset Paddling , Lake Macintosh

Jun 17, 2012 (Sat)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Join us for an evening of easy paddling on Lake Macintosh in Longmont. We will meet at the lake at about 6pm and paddle in canoes or kayaks, 1-2 laps around the lake, at the pace you choose, 2-4 miles. The lake is in the Northwest corner of Longmont with wonderful views of Longs Peak, the lake is often glass smooth at sunset and stunning to paddle across in the evening light. You may bring your own boat and paddles, rent them at the lake or I do have a few that can be used by the first people that ask. You do not need any paddling experience but you should know how to swim. Bring a boat, paddles, PFD, water, snack or dinner, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat and bug spray.

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

The Crags - (Military Spouses and Care Givers)

Jun 23, 2012 (Sat)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Located on the west side of Pikes Peak The Crags are spires of rock formed from pink Pikes Peak Granite, dating from Precambrian times they are a unique geological treasure in Colorado that few people get to see. The hike is 5 miles r/t with 700ft of elevation gain an easy hike that is designed for Military Spouses and Care Givers but is open to all. Please bring hiking shoes, rain gear, water, lunch, sun glasses and sunscreen.

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

Black Mountain Hike with the Ancients

Jun 23, 2012 (Sat) 7:30am - 6pm

Leader John Stansfield

Ringing the crest of 11,654-foot Black Mountain on the edge of South Park are the oldest living trees in Colorado, bristlecone pines, some over 3,000 years old. Our hike to visit and learn about these beautiful weather-gnarled ancients involves a mostly steady climb of 1,800 feet, rated strenuous, and a roundtrip distance of 7 miles. About one-third of the hike will be on trail, with varied wildflowers a good possibility in meadow and forest. A camera for tree and landscape photos is highly recommended. The hike is sponsored by Pikes Peak Group Sierra Club, Wild Connections, and Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition. For more information and to register, contact John Stansfield, 303-660-5849 or e-mail jorcstan@juno.com by 5:00 pm, June 22.

Easy Bike Ride and Lunch at the Boulder Farmer’s Market

Jun 30, 2012 (Sat)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Come for a bike ride around Boulder on some of the many trails then ending up at the Farmer’s Market for lunch or shopping. A wonderful way to spend an eco friendly summer day. We will meet in Boulder late am and ride on the bike path around the city, at an easy pace for about two hours or about 20 miles. We will end up at the Farmer’s Market where we can get lunch or get some food to take home. Please bring your bike, helmet, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, spare tube, money for lunch and shopping.

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

DOG FRIENDLY HIKE - MIDDLE ST. VRAIN CREEK

Jun 30, 2012 (Sat)

Bring your well socialized dog on a hike in the lovely Middle St. Vrain Valley. The trail starts at 8,500 feet and follows the creek through a beautiful mixed forest of pines, aspen, and spruces. We will pass some lovely meadows where wildflowers abound as well as dramatic cliffs and a waterfall. Our lunch spot is a big meadow with great views of Sawtooth Mountain and the Continental Divide. You do not have to bring a dog to participate! Distance: 8 miles roundtrip. Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet. Bring: the Ten Essentials; rain gear; leash; poop bags

Contact: Ingrid (303) 546-6044

Middle Quartz Creek Hike

Jun 30, 2012 (Sat)

Leader Edward Morrison

A gentle hike up the Middle Quartz Creek valley just outside Pitkin Colorado. Quartz Creek runs through a beautiful glacial valley. Once filled with ice, it is now home to fertile soil and green marshes. We'll meet at Jorgensen Park in Gunnison to carpool up to Parlin, then Pitkin, and on to the valley. The pace will be easy and fun. Anyone who can walk six miles without needing breaks is welcome to join us. The slopes are mostly gentle. Call Edward Morrison at 720-480-6197 or email at Edward.Morrison@WesternAlum.Org. Please RSVP by the 28th.

Denver Bike Ride and Gallery Tour

Jul 7, 2012 (Sat)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Join the RMC for an day of gallery viewing by bike in downtown Denver. We will start at the Denver Art Museum (free day) and then go to a few smaller contemporary galleries, Next, Pirate, Goodwin, Rule, Plinth as we have time. The bike ride will be about 10 miles total but we will be on downtown Denver Streets so you should be comfortable riding on busy streets. We will go to as many galleries as we have time for and stop for lunch somewhere along the way if people want. Join us for all or part of it as you like. Bring bike, helmet, lock, rain jacket, water.

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

Colorado Trail Spur Hike

July 7, 2012 (Sat)

Leader Edward Morrison

An easy hike of variable distance. We'll meet at Western State College (Western State Colorado University, now) on the field between Legion Park and McDonalds. We will go as far as the collective group wants to, and then return. Bring lots and lots of water: it is hot, and dry, and there will be no places to filter any more. Please call Edward Morrison at 720-480-6197 or email at Edward.Morrison@WesternAlum.Org. Please RSVP by the 5th.

Happy Hour in the Hills - Falcon Park

Jul 13, 2012 (Fri) 5pm-9pm

Leader Colleen Finnerty

What better way to celebrate summer than by spending your Friday evenings hiking the foothills instead of being stuck in some bar? We'll spend two Fridays a month (through September) out in the foothills on short hikes that range in distance between 2 and 4 miles round-trip. This first hike is 2 miles round-trip and will lead us to the Walker ruins, we'll take in the views at the Tower Lookout, and socialize a bit at the Eagle Eye Shelter before we walk back to the main trail head. This hike is rated easy, and will have several stops so that we can chat and get to know one another because it IS happy hour after all! For more information and to register, contact Colleen Finnerty at 303-388-1058 or email me at cafinner@gmail.com by 10am July 12.

Weston Peak Proposed Wilderness Wildflower Ramble

Jul 14, 2012 7:30am - 6pm

Leader John Stansfield

Hiking up a tributary of Big Union Creek from Weston Pass Road leads to a scenic wonderland of alpine wildflowers. The high country trip will cover five miles and 800-foot elevation gain and is rated moderate. Participants will learn about wildflowers and the campaign to permanently protect Weston Peak and other nearby Forest Service roadless lands. The hike is sponsored by Pikes Peak Group Sierra Club, Wild Connections, and Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition. For more information and to register, contact John Stansfield, 303-660-5849 or e-mail jorcstan@juno.com by 5:00 pm, July 12.

Green Lake Hike

July 14, 2012 (Sat)

Leader Edward Morrison

A moderate 4-mile hike, out then back (8 miles total). We'll meet to bus from Gunnison at 7:00 in the morning just outside Safeway. The trail starts near the Crested Butte Nordic Center at 2nd Avenue and Whiterock. We will meet other hikers here at 8:15. This trail provides a more aggressive and longer trail from Crested Butte, and proceeds through private property during some of its length, so remaining on the marked trail is a requirement. The trail ends at Green Lake, with the return trip a back-track back into Crested Butte. Please call Edward Morrison at 720-480-6197 or email at Edward.Morrison@WesternAlum.Org. Please RSVP by the 12th.

RMC Outings Leader BBQ

Jul 15, 2012 (Sun) 5pm

Welcome all Colorado Sierra Club Outings Leaders to a meeting, potluck and BBQ. We will meet at my house Sun evening for a BBQ and potluck in Longmont. It will be just a fun get together for all Outings Leaders in Colorado, we will have a slide show from outings, and tell stories and tales from past and future trips, have dinner and then Bike, Walk or Kayak around the lake near my house. Anyone interested in becoming an Outings Leader, leaders in training, current leaders, past leaders and your friends family and spouses are welcome to come. We will provide the BBQ items, and beverages you should just bring a side dish or dessert, pictures or tales from your trips and a bike or boat if you like (I do have some extra that people can use as well)

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

DOG FRIENDLY HIKE - SOURDOUGH TRAIL

Jul 21, 2012 (Sat)

Leader Ingrid

Bring your well-socialized dog on a hike along the Sourdough Trail. We will start near Beaver Reservoir and hike through an area some interesting rock outcroppings. The rest of the hike is through a mixed forest. There are two beautiful open areas with views of the Middle St. Vrain Valley and the Indian Peaks. Our lunch spot is a large meadow with wildflowers and a great view of the Continental Divide. You do not have to have a dog to participate! Distance: 6 miles roundtrip. Elevation Gain: 700 feet. Bring: the Ten Essentials; rain gear; leash; poop bags. Contact: Ingrid (303) 546-6044

Sunset Paddling , Lake Macintosh

Jul 22, 2012 (Sun)

Lead Paddler Mike Whiteley

Join us for an evening of easy paddling on Lake Macintosh in Longmont. We will meet at the lake at about 6pm and paddle in canoes or kayaks, 1-2 laps around the lake, at the pace you choose, 2-4 miles. The lake is in the Northwest corner of Longmont with wonderful views of Longs Peak, the lake is often glass smooth at sunset and stunning to paddle across in the evening light. You may bring your own boat and paddles, rent them or I do have a few that can be used by the first people that ask. You do not need any paddling experience but you should know how to swim. Bring a boat, paddles, PFD, water, snack or dinner, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat and bug spray.

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

Happy Hour in the Hills - Apex Park

Jul 27, 2012 (Fri) 5pm-9pm

Leader Colleen Finnerty

What better way to celebrate summer than by spending your Friday evenings hiking the foothills instead of being stuck in some bar? We'll spend two Fridays a month (through September) out in the foothills on short hikes that range in distance between 2 and 4 miles round-trip. This second hike is 4.2 miles round-trip and will lead us to the Apex Gulch where we'll meander stream-side before coming back to the main trail head. This trail has a little bit of everything; cottonwoods, ponderosas, cacti, wildflowers, and Colorado mining history. This hike is rated easy/moderate and will have several stops so that we can chat and get to know one another because it IS happy hour after all! For more information and to register, contact Colleen Finnerty at 303-388-1058 or email me at cafinner@gmail.com by 10am July 26.

Happy Hour in the Hills - Reynolds Park

Aug 10, 2012 (Fri) 4pm-8pm

Leader Colleen Finnerty

What better way to celebrate summer than by spending your Friday evenings hiking the foothills instead of being stuck in some bar? We'll spend two Fridays a month (through September) out in the foothills on short hikes that range in distance between 2 and 4 miles round-trip. This hike is 2.5 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 360 feet. This hike will lead us to the Raven's Roost and will cross a seasonal stream several times. This hike is rated easy, and will have several stops so that we can chat and get to know one another because it IS happy hour after all! For more information and to register, contact Colleen Finnerty at 303-388-1058 or email me at cafinner@gmail.com by 10am July 12.

Fine Art Hike - Ute Trail, RMNP

Aug 11, 2012 (Sat)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Come out with us to Rocky Mountain National Park and spend the evening painting, drawing or photographing in nature. We will drive up to the park and then up to the alpine Visitors Center and then hike out onto the Ute Trail. The hike will be about 7 miles round trip at most with about 600 ft of elevation gain and loss. You may not want to hike all of the way, you can stop and paint when ever you like or hike along out and back. The trail starts above tree line with views of the surrounding peaks of RMNP but then drops down into the sub alpine forest giving us a nice variety of different terrain. You can come and not make any art as well but we will be spending some time on the trail so you need to be aware of that. Bring camera, or painting equipment, water, food, rain gear, some warm clothing, sunscreen and sunglasses.

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

Alderfer/Three Sisters, Evergreen

Aug 12, (Sun) 8:00 AM

Leader Laura Bonds-Johnson

Join us for a moderate 7 mile loop hike in Alderfer/Three Sisters, Jefferson County Open Space Park. Enjoy the park’s diversity of conifer forest, open meadows, rock outcroppings, wildflowers, and scenic overlooks. Three Sisters is also home to a variety of wildlife including coyote, red fox, mountain lion, black bear and many bird species. Bring water, food, rain gear, some warm clothing, sunscreen and sunglasses. Contact Laura Bonds-Johnson at 209-345-0689 or email at LBJinSJ@aol.com.

DOG FRIENDLY HIKE - CARIBOU SILVER MINE

Aug 18, 2012 (Sat)

Bring your well socialized dog on a hike starting at the historical Caribou Mine near Nederland. The trail starts at 10,000 feet and passes through wooded and grassy areas with lots of wildflowers. We might even see a moose! We will climb a ridge with great views of the Continental Divide. From there we will make a steep ascent to a large alpine meadow at treeline. You do not have to have a dog to participate! Distance: 8 miles roundtrip. Elevation Gain: 1,300 feet. Bring: the Ten Essentials; rain gear; leash; poop bags. Contact: Ingrid (303)546-6044

Happy Hour in the Hills - White Ranch Park

Aug 24, 2012 (Fri) 4pm-8pm

Leader Colleen Finnerty

What better way to celebrate summer than by spending your Friday evenings hiking the foothills instead of being stuck in some bar? We'll spend two Fridays a month (through September) out in the foothills on short hikes that range in distance between 2 and 4 miles round-trip. This hike is 2.4 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 280 feet. This hike will lead us to several buildings that were once part of the Paul White homestead. We will pass through ponderosas, a creek, and will have stunning views of the Table Mountains, Ralston Buttes and the beautiful high plains. This hike is rated easy and will have several stops so that we can chat and get to know one another because it IS happy hour after all! For more information and to register, contact Colleen Finnerty at 303-388-1058 or email me at cafinner@gmail.com by 10am July 26.

Happy Hour in the Hills - Lookout Mountain Park/Denver Mountain Parks

Sept 7, 2012 (Fri) 4pm-8pm

Leader Colleen Finnerty

What better way to celebrate summer than by spending your Friday evenings hiking the foothills instead of being stuck in some bar? We'll spend two Fridays a month (through September) out in the foothills on short hikes that range in distance between 2 and 4 miles round-trip. This hike is about 4 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 240 feet. This hike is broken into two sections with the first being a nice little educational stroll on top of Lookout Mountain; from here we will carpool to our next destination just a short distance away which has a stunning overlook of Clear Creek Canyon. This hike is rated easy, and will have several stops so that we can chat and get to know one another because it IS happy hour after all! For more information and to register, contact Colleen Finnerty at 303-388-1058 or email me at cafinner@gmail.com by 10am September 6th. Please note that even if you contact me via email, I do need to speak with you over the phone as well . If I only hear from you via email you are not registered and cannot join us on the hike (unless we've spoken on the phone previously or you've joined one of my previous hikes).

RMC Outings Leader Meeting

Sept 10, 2012 (Mon)

More information to come or contact Mike Whiteley 303-776-7396.

RMC Hike-A-Thon - Roxbury State Park

Sept 15, 2012 (Sat)

Come hike in scenic Roxbury State Park and help raise money for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Sierra Club. Easy to difficult hikes, something for everyone, beautiful area and chances to win prizes. For more information and to sign up; http://action.sierraclub.org/site/Calendar?id=165281&view=Detail

Happy Hour in the Hills - Deer Creek Canyon Park

Sept 21, 2012 (Fri) 4pm-8pm

Leader Colleen Finnerty

What better way to celebrate summer than by spending your Friday evenings hiking the foothills instead of being stuck in some bar? This is the last Happy Hour hike of the season, so don't miss out! This hike is about 4 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 600 feet. This hike has a great geological point of interest near the end and the hike has everything you could want for the last Happy Hour Hike of the season: canyon, creek, forests. This hike is rated easy, and will have several stops so that we can chat and get to know one another because it IS happy hour after all! For more information and to register, contact Colleen Finnerty at 303-388-1058 or email me at cafinner@gmail.com by 10am September 20th. Please note that even if you contact me via email, I do need to speak with you over the phone as well . If I only hear from you via email you are not registered and cannot join us on the hike (unless we've spoken on the phone previously or you've joined one of my previous hikes).

MFVI Hike - The Crags, Pike National Forest

Sept 22, 2012 (Sat)

The Crags trail winds its way through pine and aspen forests, quite meadows and ends up on top of a rocky out cropping on the side of Pikes Peak as well as the unique rock formation of Pikes Peak Granite there are also many old and twisted limber pines near the top . This is a moderate hike of 5.5 miles with 725ft of elevation gain and will be even more beautiful with the colors of the changing aspens. A Military Family and Veterans Initiative hike ( a Sierra Club program to promote involvement of the military community) but open to all. Please bring; Hiking boots/shoes, rain gear, water, food, sunglasses, sunscreen.

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

Pikes Peak Leaf Hike

Sept 22, 2012 (Sat) 8:30am-4pm

Leader Jim Lockhart

Join Pikes Peak group of the Sierra Club for a hike along a section of the Ring the Peak Trail on the west side of Pikes Peak during aspen season. We can never predict for sure, but hopefully the aspen will be at or near their peak. Learn what the Sierra Club is doing to help protect Pikes Peak, working with other groups such as the Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition and Wild Connections. This hike will be approximately four miles with an elevation gain of 600 feet and is rated moderate. For more information or to sign up contact Jim Lockhart at 385-0045 or e-mail jlock@datawest.net

Hike to Lake Isabelle, Indian Peaks Wilderness

Sep 23, 2012 (Sun)

Leaders Kathi Knipfer and Joan Lutz

Lake Isabelle lies near timberline in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The scenery is breathtaking and worth the easy 4.2 mile r/t hike. It is a popular summer hike with a net elevation gain of 388 feet and at this time of year we should have some nice fall color as well, Elevation at the lake is 10,868 feet. After the hike, we will plan to stop for a group lunch and toss around ideas for future hikes. Limited to 12, Leaders Kathi Knipfer and Joan Lutz. Please bring; Water, food, rain gear, sun glasses, sunscreen and hiking boots/shoes. To sign up please contact Kathi at 303-587-9277 or kathiknipfer@gmail.com.

Caribou Ranch Open Space Hike and Pot Luck Lunch

Sept 29, 2012 (Sat)

Leader Mike Whiteley

An easy loop hike at one of Boulder County’s nicest open space areas. First a working ranch then a recording studio for some of rocks most well known artists it is now a show case for a time gone by and a unique piece of Boulder County history. The hike is an easy hike of about 5 miles with about 200ft of elevation gain and loss. Spectacular in the fall with the changing aspen trees large meadows, old buildings from the ranch as well as a mine and often deer and elk coming down out of the mountains. We will stop at the ranch buildings for a pot luck lunch with everyone bringing something to share.

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

Play Hooky and Hike! Bear Peak - Boulder Open Space and Mountain Park

Oct 5, 2012 9am-5pm (Fri)

Leader Colleen Finnerty

Leave work and school behind as you hike in the fabulous foothills and mountains of Colorado this fall. I will be leading hikes every other Friday from October through December and would love to have your company as we explore the great outdoors. All of these hikes are over 6 and under 10 miles in length, and we will be stopping to enjoy lunch together somewhere along the trail. This hike is a short drive from Denver and will take us to Bear Peak. It does include some scrambling/climbing through Shadow Canyon and requires experienced and in-shape hikers and the hike is considered difficult. The hike is just over 8 miles in length and the elevation gain is around 2,700 feet. Please bring; the ten essentials, lunch, snacks and plenty of water and because the weather can be unpredictable in Colorado please be sure to have rain gear and warm clothing. Interested parties may email me (Colleen Finnerty) at cafinner@gmail.com, but in order to register for the hike, you must call me at 303-388-1058. You will not be registered unless we have spoken on the phone.

MFVI Hike - Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs

Oct 6, 2012 (Sat)

An easy hike in the middle of Colorado Springs just 3 miles with about 200ft of elevation gain and loss. A Military Family and Veterans Initiative hike ( a Sierra Club program to promote involvement of the military community) but open to anyone. The Garden of Gods is a very popular park with a lot of people but still a very unique place worth seeing. Very unusual rock formations in a relative small area make for spectacular and easy hiking. By linking together a few different trails we will walk in a loop around the central area of the park avoiding most of the roads and avoiding a lot of the traffic. Please bring hiking shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, snacks, rain jacket and pants.

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

Blue Lake Hike, IPW

Oct 6, 2012 (Sat)

Blue lake is a easy to moderate hike from the Brainard Lake Recreation Area 5 miles r/t and about 840 ft of elevation gain. Starting at the Mitchell Lake Trailhead the trail passes through pine and fir forests on the way to Mitchell Lake at about 1 mile then continues up and out of the forest to Blue lake at the base of Mount Toll. We will walk through a lot of good moose habitat and maybe we will even see some as well as elk, dear, marmots and pika. At 11,320 ft the lake is just above tree line and may have some new snow on the peaks above as well as beautiful fall colors all around. Please bring; warm clothing, water, lunch and the ten essentials. Contact; Annie at amatula@peoplepc.com.

Outings Leader 101/201 Training - National Training in Colorado Springs

Oct 12-14, 2012

We (training staff and volunteers) will conduct a 201/101 Outings Leader Training that includes modules on planning multi-trips away from cars, leadership styles, group management and leading through a remote medical emergency. An optional basic first aid class will be offered Sunday afternoon. This class will satisfy OLT 101 and OLT 201. Anyone interested in becoming an outings leader should consider taking this class as well any leaders wanting to improve their leading skills should also consider coming. There is a $50 fee for the class that includes your food and lodging for the weekend. After this class and the optional first aid class you will be ready to lead your first hikes with a mentor.

We are negotiating a venue in Colorado Springs and will have that decided soon. Until then, please fill out the online form to let us know you are interested:

Fall Harvest to Rocky Mountains, Colorado

Oct 14-21, 2012

Leader Deirdre Butler.

In the USA, the average distance most of our food travels from farm to consumer is 1,500 to 2,500 miles. But did you notice that little sticker on your Gala apple? Produce of New Zealand. For many of us, our parents and grandparents lived much closer to the land than we do today. Growing your own vegetables, buying local, and only consuming fruits and vegetables in-season was part of everyday life -- not an option. This trip is about experiential learning -- learning how to reconnect with the land and more deeply understanding terms such as green manuring, nitrogen fixing, crop rotation, and soil stratification. All lessons will be conducted on a small-scale working organic farm located north of Boulder, Colorado. We will have the opportunity to do light work in the fields, plant garlic, and harvest the fall produce.

We'll tour the vineyard and get an introduction to viticulture and climate-suited vine selection, then taste wines from locally grown grapes and sample locally made cheeses. Our teachers are award-winning former Colorado University professors and farmer-owners of Stonebridge Farm.

In-between our lessons at Stonebridge, we will have day hikes in and around Rocky Mountain National Park. Elk and deer may be seen on mountain side meadows, and other wildlife encounters will include the black-tailed prairie dog, a keystone species and "soil-engineer." None of the hikes will be strenuous and all are rewarding: we'll see waterfalls, lakes, and peaks on cool, crisp fall days. To minimize use of fossil fuels, your trip leader will pick you up from Denver International Airport in a passenger van to take you to your lodgings --cabins located on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park next to the St. Vrain Creek.

A National Outing with a price of $1675 for more information: http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/national/brochure/12248a.aspx

Play Hooky and Hike! Miller Rock, Roosevelt National Forest

Oct 19, 2012 9am-5pm (Fri)

Leader Colleen Finnerty

Leave work and school behind as you hike in the fabulous foothills and mountains of Colorado this fall. I will be leading hikes every other Friday from October through December and would love to have your company as we explore the great outdoors. All of these hikes are over 6 and under 10 miles in length, and we will be stopping to enjoy lunch together somewhere along the trail. This hike will take us to Miller Rock on the Ceran St Vrain Trail and is considered moderate for experienced hikers in good shape. The hike is just over 6 miles in length and the elevation is gained and lost around 600 feet. Please bring; the ten essentials, lunch, snacks and plenty of water and because the weather can be unpredictable in Colorado please be sure to have rain gear and warm clothing. Interested parties may email me (Colleen Finnerty) at cafinner@gmail.com, but in order to register for the hike, you must call me at 303-388-1058. You will not be registered unless we have spoken on the phone.

Barr Lake State Park Hike and Bird Watching

Oct 21, 2012 (Sun)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Join us for a morning of hiking and bird watching at Barr Lake State Park. The trail is 9 miles all the way around the lake with no elevation gain loss but you can go just part way around and turn back if you want. Barr Lake is a important stop over point for a lot of migrating birds and should have a lot of different species at this time of year. We will go early in the morning so plan on a very early meeting time and because it is a state park there is a $7 per car entry fee. The lake is near Brighton along I-76 and is a great place to watch and photograph all types of birds. Please bring warm clothing, camera, binoculars, rain gear, water, snacks, sunscreen, sun glasses.

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

Full Moon Hike/Sustainable Solar Bicycle Museum Tour -- South Table Mountain Golden

Oct 28, 2012 (Sun) 4:15-8pm

Leader Lin Hark

Join the Mount Evans Group of the Sierra Club for an easy to moderate 3 mile full moon hike to the top of South Table Mountain where the old Dance Hall was built. See where the Funicular went up the side of the mountain to take people to the top. We will watch the moon rise, and the sunset from this high point in the center of Golden. Plan to view the outside of Steve Steven's Sustainable Solar Home before the hike and Steve's Golden Oldy Cyclery Museum inside after the hike -- Steve's bicycle museum is in a zero carbon footprint home in Golden. Steve will give a tour of his converted solar sustainable energy home and bicycle museum after we hike from his home to Castle Rock to watch the moonrise and sunset. Steve's house was a part of the Solar Home Tour in both 2007, 2008 and 2010. We will meet in Golden at 4:15 PM for a 10 minute outside tour then hike up the mountain at 4:30- 7 PM . Moonrise on Oct 28th is at 5:22pm and Sunset is at 6:03pm. Contact Lin Hark at (303) 507-3502 lin.hark@rmc.sierraclub.org to sign up for this hike and for directions to Steve's house and address. 15 hiker limit.

Haunted Bridal Veil Falls - Full Moon Hike, RMNP (4pm- 11pm)

Oct 29, 2012 (Mon)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Bridal Veil Falls named because of the horrific murder that happened here 200 years ago. Two days before Halloween in 1812 a young bride was kidnapped at gun point from her wedding party, still in her bridal gown she was taken up to the falls and murdered then thrown into the falls. Every 100 years it is said that the spirit of the murdered bride appears at the falls as the full moon rises and the falls run red with her blood in the light of the full moon. In order to appease the spirit of the bride it is necessary to hike to the falls as the full moon rises with treats for the bride. Join us for a moderate 6 mile r/t hike with about 1000ft of elevation gain, through open meadows then aspen and pine forests with a final climb up to the falls. We will hike up as the sun sets have treats at the falls and then return by the light of the full moon. Each person will need to bring treats for the bride and to share with the rest of the group (the better the treats are the more likely they will satisfy the spirit of the bride and the more likely we will get out alive). Please bring the ten essentials, warm clothing, headlamp or flashlight, and treats to share with everyone. (Caution; story has not been fact checked! other ghost stories welcome).

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

Wild South Slope of Pikes Peak Dayhike

Nov 3, 2012 (Sat) 8am -5pm

Leader John Stansfield

Take a walk on the wild side for this canyon trek in spectacular Beaver Creek. Learn why the area and other nearby wild areas are proposed for Congressional wilderness designation on this moderate six mile hike with elevation gain of 800 feet, sponsored by Pikes Peak Sierra Club, Wild Connections, and Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition. Well-behaved, leashed dogs allowed. Wear bright orange, as it is hunting season. For more information and to register, contact John Stansfield, 303-660-5849 or e-mail jorcstan@juno.com by 6 PM, Friday, November 2.

A Journey Through The Past - Golden Gate Canyon State Park

November 10, 2012 (Date changed)

Leader Annie-Marie Matula

Staff at Golden Gate Canyon State Park think the access road to the Bootleg trailhead will be closed by the 10th thus the start has been changed as below.

We will go from Blue Grouse trailhead, down Horseshoe and then over to Ralston Roost in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. 4.5 miles and approximately 700 elevation change. On this hike, which requires a car spot, we will we'll pass through meadows and forest on our way to Frazer cabin. We will briefly explore some of the area north and west of Frazer meadows. Most of the elevation is at the start where we will switch-back up a hillside to a ridge with views of the Gore Range and James Peak wilderness. Then it is mostly flat and downhill with the exception of a short steep section 1/2 mile before the end of the hike to connect with a ridgeline leading to Ralston Roost. We’ll stop at the Visitors Center too before the hike. The pace will likely be what I term a photographer’s pace (if the weather cooperates :-) ), allowing time to take photos or just take in the views. After the hike, we’ll stop for coffee/tea in Golden if there is interest. Please Bring; Warm clothing, rain gear, food, water, consider the ten essentials. Please contact Annie at amatula@peoplepc.com or 303-671-2486. (Email is better). This is a child and dog friendly hike (dogs must be leashed). Since this hike is in a state park there is a fee for all vehicles: $7

Outings Leader Meeting

Nov 11, 2012 (Sun) 7pm

All Outings Leaders and anyone interested in becoming an Outings Leader is welcome to attend our meeting. It will be at Joan Lutz’s house in Longmont at 7pm Sun Nov 11th. We will talk about any ideas or concerns you have about outings as well as have a short class on avalanche awareness and winter survival equipment.

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

Mount Sanitas Hike, Boulder, Colorado

Nov 23rd, 2012 (Fri)

A GLS Outing (Gay and Lesbian Sierrans), Are you indulging too much during the holidays? Join GLS for a half day, post-turkey hike on Boulder's Mount Sanitas. This south facing trail offers a chance to enjoy the outdoor views of the plains to the east and the Indian Peaks and foothills towards the west. This hike is rated moderate and covers 3 miles round trip and 1500 feet elevation gain. Bring warm clothing layers, lunch and snacks, and sun protection. Contact Phil at; bringyour4k@msn to sign up. You need to provide a phone number for contacting you.

Full Moon Snowshoe, Brainard Lake Recreation Area

Nov 28, 2012 (Wed)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Join the Indian Peaks Group for this classic winter hike on the trails and road in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area. About a 5 miles or less hike with 200ft of elevation gain/ loss, this is an easy hike with great views of the moon and wonderful trail options. It can be very windy here so please come prepared for harsh winter conditions. If it is windy we tend to stay more in the trees on the trails instead of on the road but the road does have better views of the moon. Bring: warm clothing, water, snacks, snowshoes and headlamp (with a red light if possible).

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

Easy Snowshoe Saturday Pikes Peak

Dec 1, 2012 (Sat) 9am-3pm

Leader Jim Lockhart

Snow typically comes to the Pikes Peak region in late November. Join Pikes Peak Sierra Club Group for a moderate snowshoe hike to the best available local snow: a warmup for winter. Length and altitude gain will depend on location. Beginners welcome. Although this hike is intended as a snowshoe hike, if snow conditions are light, we will conduct it as a regular hike. Bring lunch, water, and appropriate clothing and footgear. For information and to register, contact Jim Lockhart at (719) 385-0045 or e-mail jlock@datawest.net.

Douglas County Mesa Hike

Dec 9, 2012 (Sun)

Is It Possible to Get Lost on a Mesa? No. But you will feel world's away... This is a little known gem in Douglas County near Larkspur. The trail goes from grasslands to woods with Scrub Oak, Douglas Fir, and Ponderosa Pines and then up a hillside to the top of a tree-covered mesa with interesting sandstone rock formations. From the top we will do a loop that offers many overlooks for viewing the surrounding areas, including Pikes Peak and the Mt Evans wilderness. Most of the 800 feet elevation change is in the first 3/4s mile and then it is mostly flat with only a few minor uphill sections. The pace, if the weather cooperates, will be a what I term a photographer's pace with plenty of stops for photographing or just enjoying the views. Total distance (and it is always hard for me to believe this is possible on this mesa) is around 5.5 miles. If there is interest (please let me know) we will go into Palmer or Larkspur after the hike for a small town dinner/lunch. Children are welcome on this hike! Please contact Annie at amatula@peoplepc.com to sign up. Please bring the 10 essentials and be prepared for any weather.

Emerald Lake Snowshoe, RMNP

Dec 15, 2012 (Sat)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Join the Indian peaks Group for this easy snow shoe to one of the most beautiful lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park. A 3.6 mile r/t hike with about 600ft of elevation gain this is an easy hike and with 4 lakes along the way it is packed with scenic views. Starting at Bear Lake the hike works its way through pine forests and by Nymph and Dream Lakes ending at Emerald Lake set just below the towering rock walls of Hallet and Flattop Mountains. It is hard to find a better more scenic hike for the amount of work required. Bring; lunch, water, snowshoes, warm clothing, Hat, gloves and the ten essentials.

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

End of the World Hike, Mills Lake, RMNP

Dec 22, 2012 (Sat)

Leader Mike Whiteley

If we are all still here we can celebrate with one of the classic hikes in Rocky mountain National park. Join the Indian Peaks Group on this moderate hike 5 miles and 700 ft of elevation gain. Named after Enos Mills one of the parks first great benefactors, tirelessly he campaigned for the formation of what is now Rocky Mountain National Park. The lake named in his honor is no less spectacular than the man, set in Glacier Gorge with a back ground of stunning peaks like Longs, Chiefs Head and McHenerys it is one of the most beautiful lakes in the park. As nice as the destination is the route up to the lake is just as lovely a varied and interesting hike from Glacier Gorge Junction that ends going up a creek bed through a stark black walled canyon just before the lake. Bring; warm clothing, snowshoes, water, lunch and the Ten Essentials.

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.

Eldorado Canyon State Park Day After Christmas Hike

Dec 26, 2012 (Wed)

Leader Annie Matula

‘Twas The Day After Christmas When All Through The Woods… The RMC group was roaming, filled with good cheer and a hearty appetite for some adventure.

We will go to Eldorado Canyon State Park (fee required) and take the Rattlesnake Gulch trail up past the hotel ruins (which we’ll explore) then onwards to an overlook of the Continental Divide. From there we will do a less traveled .8 mile loop back to the main trail seeing if we can spot the train tunnels and trains. We will then follow the Fowler Trail (mostly flat) up to the park boundary and back, with views of the cliffs and connecting Open Space trails. We’ll return to the cars following the creek. 5-6 miles, 1300 feet elevation gain. Pace should be moderate, with ample opportunity for stopping/photography. Children are welcome. Bring; warm clothes, water, food, the ten essentials and snowshoes, stabilicers or the like may be needed depending on the weather and conditions. Possible food/coffee stop after the hike. Please contact Annie Matula, amatula@peoplepc.com or (303) 671-2486 to sign up or inquire.

Full Moon Snowshoe, Brainard Lake Recreation Area

Dec 28, 2012 (Fri)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Join the Indian Peaks Group for this classic winter hike on the trails and road in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area. About a 5 miles or less hike with 200ft of elevation gain/ loss, this is an easy hike with great views of the moon and wonderful trail options. It can be very windy here so please come prepared for harsh winter conditions. If it is windy we tend to stay more in the trees on the trails instead of on the road but the road does have better views of the moon. Bring: warm clothing, hat, gloves, water, snacks, snowshoes and headlamp (with a red light if possible).

For more information contact Mike Whiteley on (303) 776-7396 or at mgwhiteley@q.com.