Outings

Previous Outings 2013

Ouzel Falls Snowshoe Hike, RMNP

Jan 12, 2013 (Sat)

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.

Full Moon Snowshoe, Brainard Lake Recreation Area

Jan 26, 2013 (Sat)

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.

Outings Leader Meeting

Jan 27, 2013 (Sun) 5:30pm

We are having an outings leader meeting and pot luck at kathi Knipfer's house in Westminster. Please come at 5:30 for the pot luck or at 6:30 for just the meeting. All outings leaders and anyone else interested in becoming a leader is welcome to come. It will be a casual meeting as well as a short talk about hypothermia, understanding and prevention. Contact Mike Whiteley mgwhiteley@q.com or Kathi Knipfer kathiknipfer@gmail.com for directions or more information.

South Chicago Creek Snowshoe, Mt. Evans Wilderness, Clear Creek County near Idaho Springs

Jan 27, 2013 (Sun)

Join GLS on a strenuous, intermediate snowshoe on South Chicago Creek near Idaho Springs. The trail is an out and back 2.9 miles one way, 5.8 miles total, beginning about 10,000' and ending around 10,700' for an elevation gain of 700'. There is an option to continue to treeline (11,600') but the trail is hard to follow beyond the settlement at 2.9 miles. The trail begins after a gradual climb 1.5 miles on a Forest Service road to the trail head, past several summer cabins. The trail follows a creek and passes over the creek several times through a conifer forest and goes steadily upward. It is not a well used trail. There is minimal avalanche danger. There will be an option to stop in Idaho Springs for refreshments afterwards. Please bring snowshoes and poles; outer layers that are good protection for wind, snow, and cold; eye protection, water, snacks and hand warmers if you have them. A hot drink is also suggested. If interested please contact Marcia Weaks at mlweaks@gmail.com and provide a phone number. The outing is limited to 12 participants.

Barr Lake State Park Eagle and Bird Watching

Feb 2, 2013 (Sat)

Leader Mike Whiteley

Join us for a morning of hiking and bird watching at Barr Lake State Park. We will hike out to the observation deck and maybe out on to the lake bed, the hiking is easy and flat and should be less that 4 miles total. Barr Lake is a important stop over point for a lot of migrating birds and the Bald Eagles should be here nesting 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.

Flatirons Vista Hike, Boulder Colorado

Feb 10, 2013 (Sun)

(A GLS Outing - Gay and Lesbian Sierrans)

Join GLS and their four legged friends for an easy hike south of Boulder. We start at the Flatirons Vista trail head and head up to a gentle ridge before hiking down to the Community Ditch and finishing at the Doudy Draw trail head. From there we return via car shuttle back to our starting point. Along the way, we'll have panoramic views of Eldorado Canyon State Park and the dramatic Flatirons. Distance is 3.3 miles. There is a net elevation loss, perhaps three hundred feet.

This outing will be half day and is good for beginners and people who want to enjoy a nice, social trip. Well behaved doggies are welcome. Please bring outer layers (it can get windy), sun protection, water, and food for lunch. For this time of year, shady parts of the trail might be snow packed or icy, so also bring sturdy boots, poles, and yak tracks. For non-Boulder county residents, there is a $5 parking fee.

Contact Marcia at mlweaks@gmail.com or Phil at bringyour4k@msn.com to sign up. Please indicate if you are bringing your pet. You need to provide a contact phone number.

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

Feb 16, 2013 (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.

Paul Intemann Trail Local Favorite Hike

Feb 16, 2013 (Sat) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Leader Bob Wagstaff

This is a great trail which connects with the Section 16 trail or with Red Rocks Open Spaces trails. The Intemann trail connects Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs with good views and enough up and down to keep your interest. The website for the Intemann Trail is www.intemann-trail.com which offers good information including a history of the trail. We will access the trail from the Section 16 trailhead on Lower Gold Camp Road. For more information or to sign up for the hike please email Bob Wagstaff at waggies@sprintmail.com.

Mayflower Gulch Snowshoe, Summit County, Colorado - (A GLS Outing)

Feb 17, 2013 (Sun)

Leader Elaine

Join Elaine and the GLS on a breathtaking snowshoe in Summit Co. This trail has some spectacular views available. The first part of the trail begins at 11,000 ft and gains 500 ft over 2 miles to arrive at some cabins which are part of the old Boston Mine. At this point we may stop for a snack/lunch. Depending on weather conditions and interest, we can continue on somewhat further up the amphitheater-like bowl of the gulch for even more spectacular views. If you've not done much snowshoeing, Mayflower may be just the trail to get you hooked. If you would like a preview you can view a blog of the trail: http://colorado-lifestyle.blogspot.com/2008/03/mayflower-gulch-snowshoe.html This is an easy to moderate trail. Easy for its shorter distance, but moderate due to the high starting elevation. We will go at an easy pace. Plan on a full day outing. Since this is Summit Co. and traffic conditions are unpredictable I cannot guarantee a return time. However, I will mention that this is the middle day of a 3 day weekend, so traffic is typically lighter than normal. Please bring appropriate layers, water, snacks, lunch, etc. For more information or to sign up contact Elaine at ejfut@msn.com. You must include a contact number where you can be reached the morning of the outing to sign up. Participation is limited to 10.

Arkansas Canyonlands Wild Winter Day Hike

Feb 23, 2013 (Sat) 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Leader John Stansfield

Hike a scenic slot canyon (without driving all the way to Utah) in the McIntyre Hills Proposed Wilderness. Learn about the history, wilderness possibilities and environmental threats for the area and the region. This moderate, off-trail hike, approximately 5 miles with 600 feet elevation gain, is co-sponsored by Pikes Peak Sierra Club, Wild Connections, and Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition. Some easy rock scrambling is involved. For more information and to register, contact John Stansfield, 303-660-5849 or e-mail jorcstan@juno.com by 6 PM, February 22.

Full Moon Snowshoe to Lost Lake, Nederland

Feb 24, 2013(Sun)

A GLS Outing

A mid-winter snowshoe adventure by the light of the silvery moon! We'll leave Boulder in late afternoon, start snowshoeing as the sun sets behind the Indian Peaks, and reach Lost Lake with the peaks bathed in an eerie midwinter glow. We can thaw out during a late evening meal at a restaurant in Nederland before heading back home. Although this is rated as an easy-to-moderate hike with a few steep sections (4 miles round trip, 800 feet elevation gain), you must be prepared for very cold weather on this outing. If the clouds cooperate, we'll be rewarded with some spectacular views. The wind chill factor may be well below zero, so bring more warm clothes than you'll think you'll need (no cotton) including extra warm gloves/mittens, face protection, and sturdy wind shell, plus snowshoes or Yaktrax, headlamp or flashlight (preferably with red filter), and water. Contact Mike (303-550-3701 or mft1578@comcast.net) or Bill (wilroe@mindspring.com) to sign up for this mid-winter adventure.

Full Moon Snowshoe, Brainard Lake Recreation Area

Feb 25, 2013 (Mon)

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.