Peak & Prairie

Rocky Mountain Chapter's
Online Newsletter
June / July 1998



To list outings, events or meetings, post the information in the Outings, Events or Meetings Forum of the Chapter BBS (303-402-6905), email to or fax to the chapter office at (303) 861-2436, Attn. Calendar Editors: Please follow the format below.



All Club members and interested public are free to sign up for any outing. There is no cost, except for sharing gas expenses with the driver. We meet for car-pooling at various times and places, so call the leader for that information. Participants may be screened by the leader for appropriate equipment and experience.

Sunday, June 7 - Moderate 11 mile circle hike in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. 1000' gain. Please be aware of vehicle entrance fee to park. Kirk Cunningham, (303) 939-8519 (IPG).

Saturday, June 13 - An intermediate level, 9 mile loop day hike along the Dry Fork Colorado and Hoffheins trails. Call Jan Holt (970) 382-8840 (WEG).

Sunday, June 14 - Moderate hike to Sandbeach Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. This is a beautiful spring hike with plenty of wildflowers. 8 miles round trip, 1900' elevation gain. Kelly Prendergast, (303) 665-7290 (IPG).

Saturday, June 20 -
This is the first day of the annual maintenance of the Cub Creek Trail we will scout as much of the trail as possible. The Cub Creek Trail begins west of Evergreen and winds into the Mt. Evans Wilderness. The work requires strong lungs, legs and back. Learn the basics of trail maintenance with expert workers. Call Tony Trumbly for more information at (303) 674-3149 (MEG).

Saturday, June 20 - Enos Mills Groups monthly trail maintenance on Cherry Creek. During the growing season we need to pull weeds and do our normal collection of trash along one of the most popular of Denver's bike trails. Join us at 9:00 a.m. for a morning of fun and work in our urban environment. Meet us at the bottom of the Colfax ramp to Cherry Creek, or call Bob Tipton (303) 759-2299 (EMG).

Saturday, June 20 - 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Wetland restoration project at Sawhill Ponds Open Space near Boulder. This time we will be tackling that nasty, invasive exotic knapweed. Call Kirk Cunningham, (303) 939-8519 (IPG).

Saturday, June 20 - A day hike to Deer Haven State Trust Wildlife Area. This will be a moderate, medium elevation hike through BLM land to a State School Trust parcel north of Canon City. The area is presently used as a state wildlife area and is eligible for inclusion in the State School Land Stewardship Trust. For more information and to sign up for the trip, call Jim Lockhart at (719) 385-0045 (PPG).

Sunday, June 21 - Moderate day hike to Homestead Meadows and Lion Gulch. Enjoy the spring wildflowers and explore the historic homesteads. 10 miles round trip, partly off-trail, 1500' gain. Linda Batlin, (303) 494-6407 (IPG).

Saturday, June 27 - An easy hike following the South Platte through beautiful Waterton Canyon. The round trip to the dam is 12 miles, but you can turn around anytime you wish. For information, call the Leader: Reg Allen (303) 795-2121 (EMG).

Saturday, July 1 - A difficult to intermediate level, 11 mile day hike along the Missionary Ridge and First Fork trails. Call Jan Holt (970) 382-8840 (WEG).

Friday-Sunday, July 3-5 (Independence Day weekend) - We will take 4WD as far as reasonable up a jeep trail. Depending on the condition of the jeep trail, we will take a moderate to strenuous backpack via 11,400' Music Pass to upper Sand Creek in the Sangre De Cristo Mtns. This high valley has several lakes, is surrounded by 13K'ers and is seldom visited. Come explore this area and enjoy the alpine beauty. Qualified hikers may join the leader on an easy scramble to summit of a 13K'er. Participants should be experienced backpacking in alpine environment. The hike to camp will be from 3 to 7 mi. depending on jeep trail with elevation gain of up to 2500 ft. See USGS Crestone quadrangle. Contact Leader - Greg Young for more information (303) 280-1433 (RCG).

Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12 - The Herman Gulch trail has been adopted by the Enos Mills Group for ongoing maintenance and rebuilding. We will make the first project of the season an over night trip so that we can work on some of the upper portions of the trail. It is anticipated that we will camp just over a mile from the trailhead. We will meet at the Cold Springs park n' ride at 8:30, see a video on trail work produced by the Forest Service, and then proceed to the trailhead. Contact Jan Oen or Don Thompson for more information at (303) 320-4895 (EMG).

Saturday and Sunday: July 11-12 - Easy overnight backpack in the Lost Creek Wilderness with a moderate day hike to Hankins Pass. We will be hiking in about 3 miles on Saturday morning on one of the less-used trails in the Lost Creek Wilderness. On Sunday, we will day hike to the top of Hankins Pass, and possibly farther. For more information and to sign up for the trip, call Jim Lockhart at (719) 385-0045 (PPG).

Friday-Sunday, July 17-19 - We will do a moderate loop backpack on the Mandall trail in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. The Flat Tops are unique and special. where the alpine flowers are known to be extraordinary this time of year. Participants should be experienced backpacking in an alpine environment. The trail starts at Stillwater reservoir near Yampa. The loop is approximately 11miles with a short (3 mi.) car shuttle. The elevation gain to the top of the plateau is 1500 ft. See Trails Illustrated - Flat Tops NE. Contact leader, Greg Young for more information (303) 280-1433 (RCG).

Saturday, July 18 - Trail maintenance on our adopted section of the Cherry Creek bike path between Colfax and Lawrence. We meet at 9:00 a.m. for a couple of hours of weed pulling, trash collection, and exercise for the common good. Arrival by bicycle is always appropriate. Bring work gloves. Other materials are provided. For additional information, call Jan Oen at (303) 320-4895 (EMG).

Saturday, July 18 - A moderate difficult, approximately 9 mile round trip day hike with a 2500ft gain, along the Lost Creek Wilderness/Goose Creek Trail to the spectacular rock formations, extensive boulder caves and historic sites in the Lost Creek Wilderness. This is truly a magnificent place and only 40 miles from Denver. We will hike to the overlook of the once proposed Reservoir Dam and historic shaft house. For more information, call Steve Farley (303) 680-7393 (HPG).

Sunday, July 19 - An special day hike for people excited about photographing wildflowers. An easy hike along the Gore Creek trail in East Vail. Bring water, lunch and something to share. For information, call the Leader: Dann Milne (303) 399-6736 (EMG).

Saturday and Sunday, August 8 and 9 - Depending on participants interest, we will either do some major maintenance on some boggy areas of the Herman Gulch trail, or work on a high altitude section building new trail to connect the Herman Gulch trail with the Continental Divide Trail. We will camp in either case near the site of our work project. This is a good opportunity to join with others while learning backpacking and trail building skills. Contact Jan Oen or Don Thompson for more information at (303) 320-4895 (EMG).

Saturday, August 9 - This will be a nice climb to 12,162 ft St. Vrain Mountain' peak, near Allen's park just in the boundary of the Rocky Mountain National Park (no fees). A moderate difficult 9 mile round trip with a 2,500 ft. elevation gain to have lunch on the peak and to enjoy a great view of the Front Range and the Rocky Mountain National Park. For more information, call Steve Farley (303) 680-7393 (HPG).

Saturday, August 15 - Cherry Creek adopt-a-trail monthly work session for the Enos Mills Group. We meet at the bottom of the ramp to Cherry Creek from Colfax at 9:00 a.m. to walk the section from Colfax to Lawrence pulling weeds and collecting trash. Wearable clothing belongs to the person finding same. It is just an extra reward for helping to improve the urban environment we all share. Call Don Thompson for additional information, (303) 629-1922 (EMG).

Sunday to Saturday, September 13-19 - Colorado National Monument is a spectacular complex of mesas, canyons and monoliths, located just outside of Grand Junction. Join in the week of trail maintenance and play in the best time of the year. This trip is suitable for both beginners or experienced persons. We camp in the Park Service campground. Hawaiian type meals are included in the $295 cost of the trip. For more information call the Leader: Bob Tipton at (303) 759-2299 or the Sierra Club Outing Dept. (415) 977-5630.

Friday to Sunday, September 25-27 -
This is an early warning that our annual retreat will again be held at the Glacier View Ranch. At this time Melanie needs new committee members or former committee member who will help organize this special event. If you can help or if you need information about the retreat, please call Melanie Guerra at (303 ) 715-1838 or preferably email Melanie at .


The Sierra Student Coalition (SSC) will be presenting three high school environmental leadership training programs this summer, one of which will be held in Estes Park. If you know of any high school students who you think would be interested in a week of intensive workshops, hiking, great vegetarian food, and a foot in the door of the student environmental movement, please have them call the SSC at 1.888.JOIN.SSC.

Friday, June 5 - At 7:00 p.m. John Fielder/Voter Education Slide show at the Grand Junction, CO at the Station Theater. Don't miss slides of Colorado's most scenic natural areas along the continental divide and in the undiscovered BLM canyon country in western Colorado. John and Sierra Club rep. will also give a short presentation about how Senator Campbell and our members of Congress are voting on public lands/habitat related legislation. After the show, folks will be encouraged to write letters to the editor and pursue volunteer opportunities. Contacts: Brian Mohr, (303) 449-5595 email: or Vicki Mercer, (970) 464-0502.

Friday-Sunday, June 5 - 7 - The Great Wildflower Frame Up and Get Away. Enjoy a relaxing, comfortable weekend with a Wildflower Photography Workshop by Bob Epley in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Cost is $175 If you have any questions, please call Bob Epley at: days: (719) 549-3018, eves: (719) 485-3123.

Saturday, June 6 - 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. REI's annual Service Project will be spent working on the Sand Creek Regional Greenway extending from the High Line canal in Aurora to the Platte River Greenway in Commerce City, the Sand Creek Greenway will create a 13 mile multiple use trail. REI Service Project volunteers will receive a free six-month membership to the American Hiking Society and a gift from REI. If you are interested in getting involved obtain and complete a sign up sheet from any REI Customer Service Department. For more information, please call (303) 932-0600.

Saturday and Sunday, June 6 - 7 - Peoples' Fair will be Site of Big National Trails Day and Trails Month in Colorado. Several trails groups have joined with the Colorado Lottery to sponsor a month-long celebration of trails: Colorado Lottery Trails Month. We're bringing under one umbrella National Trails Day in Colorado, Colorado Bike Month, Denver Bike Summer '98, and many other local events. For information on the Capitol Hill Peoples' Fair National Trails Day weekend on June 6-7 contact: Greg Labbe (303) 255-2177 or Jack Placchi (303) 866-3203 Ext. 338 or email:

Wednesday, June 10 - At 7:00 p.m., John Fielder/Voter Education Slide show at the NIST Auditorium, Boulder, CO. Don't miss slides of some of Colorado's most scenic natural in Colorado's undiscovered red rock canyon country and high plateaus on the western slope. These areas are currently under consideration for wilderness designation by the BLM. John and Sierra Club rep. will also give a short presentation about how Senator Campbell and our members of Congress are voting on public lands/habitat related legislation. After the show, folks will be encouraged to write letters to the editor and pursue volunteer opportunities. Contacts: Brian Mohr, (303) 449-5595 email: or Vicki Mercer, (970) 464-0502.

Friday, June 12 - At 7:30 p.m., Steamboat Springs, CO at the Steamboat Spring Middle School John Fielder/Voter Education Slide Show. Don't miss Fielder's slides of Colorado's most scenic natural areas along the continental divide and in the undiscovered BLM canyon country in western Colorado. Fielder (a renowned nature photographer and a Sierra Club rep. Will also give a short presentation about how Senator Campbell and our members of Congress are voting on public lands/habitat related legislation. After the show, folks will be encouraged to write letters to the editor and pursue volunteer opportunities. Contacts: Brian Mohr, (303) 449-5595 email: or Jane Toothaker, (970) 879-5760.

Tuesday, June 9 - Hiking the Front Range. 7:00 p.m. at the Lakewood REI. Join Steve Billig of the Colorado Mountain Club as he presents some of his favorite hiking spots along the Front Range.

Tuesday, June 30 - 7:00-8:30 p.m. A General meeting on Hiking Safety Course for everyone. At the Downtown Denver Library at 13th and Broadway. Contact Jan Oen (303) 320-4895 for information.

Wednesday, July 8 - At 7:00 p.m. Silverthorne, CO at a location TBA. BLM Wilderness/Voter Education slide show and volunteer meeting - presented by the Sierra Club Blue River Group w/ the SW Regional Office. Don't miss these great slides of Colorado's undiscovered red rock canyons and high plateaus on BLM lands on the western slope. Approx. 200,000 acres of these lands are currently being considered for wilderness designation by the BLM. A brief presentation about how Senator Campbell and our members of Congress are voting on public lands/habitat legislation will be included. Folks will be encouraged to write letters and pursue local volunteer opportunities. Contacts:(and to get final location information: Brian Mohr, (303) 449-5595 or Kevin Knapmiller, (970) 668-8972.

Monday and Saturday, July 13 and 18 - Volunteers needed! The Sierra Student Coalition needs help transporting students to and from DIA. If you have a van or station wagon and one or both of these days free, please contact Audra Ransburg at (317) 293.0657 after May 10th or email We will pay for gas and cook dinner for you (what more could you ask for?) Thanks for your help.

Thursday, August 6 - At 7:00 p.m. The Chapter Population Committee and Audubon Society Population and Habitat Campaign invite you to a joint multimedia presentation and discussion at the Planned Parenthood Community Education room, 950 Broadway, Denver. Will we double in the next 50 years? Learn more about population trends. Call Fred Elbel, (303) 220-7499 for more information.

Chapter Meetings

All Sierra Club meetings are open to the public. New and old members who would like to become more active are urged to attend. It's a good way to meet people and share concerns. Chairs : to reserve a conference room at the Club office building, call Mary Romano at (303) 861-8819 (days) at least one week before your meeting.

Metro Regional Council of Groups
The Metro Regional Council of (Sierra Club) Groups, meets monthly for breakfast to provide an informal forum for inter-group communications on issues that cross group boundaries, especially those related to growth (for example, RTD, mountain backdrop, water, open space, air, GOCO). Contact Don Thompson, (303) 320-4895, for agenda information and the meeting date.

Chapter Conservation and Legislative Committee
Monday, June 8 & July 13, 5:30-9:00 p.m. Suite B205 at 1410 Grant St., Denver. (NE Corner of Colfax and Grant). We discuss issues and state legislature bills of importance to the Chapter and how to respond to them. Open to all members. Please contact Conservation Committee Chair. Kirk Cunningham, (303) 939-8519 or regarding information and agenda items for the Conservation Committee meeting and Mark Pearson, Legislative Chair for agenda and information concerning the Legislative Committee, (970) 259-6181, .

Executive Committee
Saturday-Sunday. The Ex-Com is the governing body of the chapter. It meets quarterly at locations throughout the state to discuss and decide on conservation issues and administrative matters. For information and agenda, contact Chair Dave Mastronarde, (303) 440-0253.

Lifestyles/Education Committee
Wednesday, June 17 and July 15, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The Lifestyles/Education Committee seeks to inform our communities on living an eco-friendly life. The next meetings will be at 1410 Grant, Denver (call for room location). For details contact Jan Oen at (303) 320-4895.

Thursday, July 23, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Voluntary simplicity study circles are a project of the Lifestyles/Education Committee. A Voluntary Simplicity introductory evening will be held at 1410 Grant, Denver (call for room location). Join simplicity advocate Mary Romano to learn about what Voluntary Simplicity is, how it can make your life more enjoyable and rewarding, and to get more information on the simplicity study circles now forming throughout the state. Contact Mary Romano w(303) 861-8819 or h (303) 388-0911, or email Mary at

Population Committee
The Chapter Population Committee meets for its bi-monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sierra Club office, 1410 Grant, B205. Overpopulation is the root cause of most environmental problems. Join us for a discussion of current legislation, international action, and the one letter you can write to make a difference. For more information, call Fred Elbel, (303) 220-7499.

Water Quality Committee
The committee holds evening meetings monthly, at irregular times. It deals with all issues covered by the Clean Water Act: pollution, discharge regulation, planning, polluted run-off and wetlands protection. We usually meet for a potluck supper before the meeting. To be on our contact list, call Chair. Kirk Cunningham, (303) 939-8519.

Inner City Outings
Wednesday, June 10 and July 8. ICO meetings are usually held in the evenings on the second Wednesday of the month, in Suite 205B at 1410 Grant St., Denver. ICO introduces disadvantaged urban young people to the out-of-doors. Meetings dates and times may vary, so call the ICO hotline (ahead of time) at (303) 512-8331 to confirm.

Peak & Prairie mailing party
Thursday, July 23. Join us for fun at the mailing party! Dinner and refreshments provided. Call Angela Medbery, (303) 433-2608, to confirm location and time.

Gay and Lesbian Sierrans
Thursday, June 11 & July 9. The GLS Committee welcomes new members in the Sierra Club Headquarters, Suite 205B at 1410 Grant St., Denver. The GLS Committee is a great way to join in appreciation and concern for our natural environment. GLS balances our members' environmental, social and political objectives, call Sue Scheppler (303) 477-4285, for information and to confirm time and location.

Group Meetings

Enos Mills Group (Denver)
Tuesday, June 11 and July 9, 6:00 p.m. potluck, 6:30 p.m. meeting. The Ex-Com. meets at Sierra Club Headquarters, Suite 205B at 1410 Grant St., Denver. An opportunity to meet other EMG activists and learn what the Sierra Club is doing in Denver. Call Jan Oen, (303) 320-4895 to confirm time and location.

Thursday, June 30. 7:00 p.m. EMG outings planning meeting at Sierra Club Headquarters, Suite 205B at 1410 Grant St., Denver. An opportunity for outings leaders and potential leaders to plan and co-ordinate August and September outings. For information call Reg Allen at (303) 795-2121 or email to

High Plains Group (eastern Denver suburbs)
For information on meeting dates, call Chair. Roger Wendell at (303) 693-4244.

Indian Peaks Group (Boulder county)
Thursday, June 11 and July 9, 6:15 p.m. (potluck supper), 7:00 (meeting), at the Hoge's home at 2300 Iris Ave. in north Boulder. IPG Ex-Com meeting. The Ex-Com discusses management issues and sets conservation policy for the IPG. For information and agenda contact Group Chair. Susan LeFever at (303) 443-5943.

Wednesday, June 3 and July 1, 7:00 p.m.. IPG Conservation Committee meeting, LAW Fund Building, SW corner of Baseline and Broadway in Boulder. We discuss and formulate a Group strategy on pressing conservation issues not involving urban areas. Contact Kirk Cunningham, (303) 939-8519, for information and agenda.

Thursday, June 4 and July 2, 12:00 p.m. IPG Urban Land Use Committee. We meet for lunch in downtown Boulder at the Harvest Restaurant, 18th and Pearl Streets We discuss issues involving cities in Boulder County. Call Pam Hoge, (303) 440-3827, for agenda and other details.

Mount Evans Group (western Jefferson County)
Thursday, June 11 and July 9, 7:30 p.m. at the Evergreen Recreation Center. MEG meets on the second Thursday of every month. Currently, we're working on the proposed paving of Guanella Pass Road, the proposed Bierstadt Trail, zoning of the Golden Watershed in Clear Creek County, Jeffco Open Space issues, mapping for the Upper Arkansas South Platte Project, and the Aurora Water Grab in Park County. Trail maintenance on the Cub Creek Trail starts in late June (see Outings). Call Myron Gerhard for more information, (303) 948-9778.

Pikes Peak Group (El Paso & Teller Counties)
Tuesday, June 16, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. At the Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo. All members are invited to attend and participate in our monthly Conservation Committee and Executive Committee meetings. If you are interested in local, state, or national environmental issues, this is the place to learn more and get involved with the activities which relate to them. Hope to see you there! For more information, call Chuck Hachmeister at (719) 592-0963.

Sunday, June 28, 5:00 p.m. Newsletter Folding Party and Potluck Dinner. Come join us to help assemble and prepare for mailing the next issue of our Timberlines newsletter. This is a great place for new and newly-active members to get involved. It's one of our most enjoyable social activities. For more information about the location please contact Judy Bolin at (719) 592-0963.

Poudre Canyon Group (Larimer and Weld Counties)
Monday, June 9 and June 14, 6:30 p.m. Ex-Com usually meets at the Norlarco Credit Union, 700 Whaler's Way, Fort Collins. Confirm dates with Will Walters, (970) 568-9841, or email to

Rachel Carson Group (Eastern Jefferson County)
Thursday, June 18 and July 16. Meetings are usually held at the Arvada Municipal Hall, but call Joan Rech, (303) 541- 0710 to confirm location and time.

Sangre de Cristo Group (Arkansas River & San Luis Valleys)
Tuesday, June 9 and July 14, 6:30 p.m. Ex-Com meets at the Lamplighter Coffee House in Pueblo. Call Susan Finzel-Aldred, (719) 947-0315, for confirmation of dates.

Uncompahgre Group (Mesa, Delta & Gunnison Counties)
Wednesday, June 10, 6:15 p.m. Ex-Com meeting and potluck supper. Meet the second Wednesday of alternate months at Shelly Weiss' home, 2215 Driftwood Lane, Grand Junction; call Shelly for directions, (970) 243-5138.

Weminuche Group (Durango area)
Monday, June 1 and July 6. Ex-Com meeting. Call Jim Decker for information and to confirm meeting dates, (970) 247-8811.