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Jim Creek XC Ski or Snowshoe, Winter Park Colorado

Mar 15, 2013 (Fri)

Leader Kathy Glatz

This will be a slow trip, suitable for photography. We'll go about 2 miles thru gorgeous aspen grove, with towering peaks peeking at us, elevation gain of 820' then eat and shoosh down, about 3-4 hrs. Stop in Winter Park for cocoa and appetizers, then return home. Bring non-cotton layered clothing, 10 essentials, water, lunch or snacks, skins for skies. Contact Kathy Glatz 720-233-4567 k.joym@yahoo.com

Eldorado Canyon hike (Fowler & Rattlesnake Gulch Trails), Eldorado Springs Colorado

Mar 17, 2013 (Sun)

A GLS Outing

Join GLS for a scenic hike just south of Boulder. We'll pass the magnificent Eldorado Canyon walls, visit the historic ruins of the Crags Hotel, stop for a great view of Indian Peaks, and break high up along the Denver & Rio Grand railroad where we might see a train pass in and out of the mountain tunnels. This is a moderately difficult half day hike of 7-1/2 miles with a 1250 foot elevation gain and is limited to 12 participants (no pets). This is for intermediate and advanced hikers who have done similar hikes before and are able to maintain a fairly brisk pace between breaks. Beginning hikers or those with physical limitations should not attempt this. Bring water, snacks, sun protection, rain gear, yak tracks, stable hiking boots, layers to stay warm, gloves, and a warm hat. Poles would be helpful. We'll meet in Boulder and car pool to a location outside the park, so no entry or parking fees are required.

Contact Scott at scottdunham00@gmail.com to sign up. Include your phone number.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park Local Favorite Hike

Mar 29, 2013 (Fri) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Leader Bob Wagstaff

Yes, the 29th is a Friday. It is the Friday of spring break for the schools. We will explore trails within Cheyenne Mountain State Park, south of Colorado Springs. These trails are splendid. If you have never been here it’s a great place. If you have been you know how good it is. We will meet at the parking lot next to the trailhead. You are welcome to bring your children but the state park does not allow dogs. The link to the website for the park is parks.state.co.us/parks/cheyennemountain. For more information or to sign up for the hike, please email Bob Wagstaff if you are planning to come on the hike at waggies@sprintmail.com.

Spring Clean in Denver with The Sierra Club

Apr 6th, 2013 (Sat)

We'll be cleaning up Denver this Spring on four Saturday outings. We'll be meeting April 6th at 8:30am at The Breakfast King and cleaning along the Platte River from 9am to noon. The group will be split in two with one group headed North towards Colfax and the other group headed South towards Eastman Ave. Collectively I would like to push for 6 miles of coverage, but that's a goal not a requirement. We'll meet back at The Breakfast King between 12:15-12:30. I will be getting materials (trash bags and trash grabbers) from the city's Keep Denver Beautiful Program; however, supplies are on a first-come first-served basis so there might not be enough trash grabbers for everyone. Please bring your own work gloves to protect your hands from cuts etc. and bring plenty of water, appropriate clothing, and sunscreen. We will be participating in the Great American Cleanup which runs from April 1st-May 31st and we will be involved with the Great Denver Cleanup which takes place April 6th. All outings are limited to 12 people total and children 13 and over are certainly welcome. All events are rain or shine; only if we have a large snowstorm will the outings be canceled (and since it's April in Colorado, totally possible). Please contact Colleen at cafinner@gmail.com or 303-388-1058 to sign up. Let's keep Denver beautiful y'all!

Outings Leader Meeting

Apr 15, 2013 (Mon) 7pm

We are going to have an Outings Leader meeting at Kathi Knipfer’s house in Westminster. We will talk about planning hikes for this summer and as well we are looking for some more people to work on the RMC Core Team to help with running the outings program.
If you have some ideas that you would like to do or think that we should do as far as outings for the next year please bring them to the meeting with you or feel free to send them to me ahead of time. Any suggestions would be welcome; we would like to just get out some ideas out to everyone and hopefully get everyone thinking about what they might like to do this year. Last year we came very close to having at least one outing per week at least until winter. We would like to meet that goal and beyond this year.
If you are an outings leader or interested in becoming one or are interested in being on the Core Team please come to the meeting and if you know anyone that might like to become a leader please bring them along as well.
The Core Team is a small group of people that runs the RMC outings program as well as oversees all other outings programs in the state. Serving on this team can take a lot of time or a little whatever works best for you. We can find you simple job or one more involved but we do need at least 3-4 people. We have lost most of the team that we had last year so really need some new people to keep going. We do have a few people interested so far but could always use a couple more.
As always if you have any questions or comments that you would like to bring up at the meeting or before please let me know or bring them with you to the meeting. I will send out more information as we get closer to the meeting. Contact Mike Whiteley mgwhiteley@q.com or Kathi Knipfer kathiknipfer@gmail.com for more information and directions to Kathi’s house.

Spring Clean in Denver with The Sierra Club

April 20, 2013 (Sat)

We'll be cleaning up Denver this Spring on four Saturday outings. We'll be meeting April 20th at 8:30am at Dazbog at 3773 Cherry Creek North Drive and cleaning along the Cherry Creek from 9am to noon. The group will be split in two with one group headed North towards 11th and the other group headed South towards Dakota Ave. Collectively I would like to push for 6 miles of coverage, but that's a goal not a requirement. We'll meet back at Dazbog between 12:15-12:30. I will be getting materials (trash bags and trash grabbers) from the city's Keep Denver Beautiful Program; however, supplies are on a first-come first-served basis so there might not be enough trash grabbers for everyone. Please bring your own work gloves to protect your hands from cuts etc. and bring plenty of water, appropriate clothing, and sunscreen. We will be participating in the Great American Cleanup which runs from April 1st-May 31st. All outings are limited to 12 people total and children 13 and over are certainly welcome. All events are rain or shine; only if we have a large snowstorm will the outings be canceled (and since it's April in Colorado, totally possible). Please contact Colleen at cafinner@gmail.com or 303-388-1058 to sign up. Let's keep Denver beautiful y'all!

Denver B-Cycle Tour Denver, Colorado

Apr 21, 2013 (Sun)

A Gay and Lesbian Sierrans Outing

What are these red bicycles all around Denver? How do I use them? Why would I want to? These questions will be answered as part of an easy ride around central Denver. We will pick up B-cycle share bikes at the Botanic Gardens and ride to several locations around Denver, returning to the Botanic Gardens. Stops for snack, lunch, and general hanging out will be included. Total mileage will not exceed 20 miles and ride will be at a slow pace. Helmets required. Limited to 8 people. Total cost for B-cycles rental should not exceed $12. Please contact Andy at andy@andygerber.com and include your contact phone # for a return call to confirm your spot on the trip.

Clear Creek Bike Ride (Moderate) Golden, Colorado

Apr 27, 2013 (Sat)

A Gay and Lesbian Sierrans Outing

Start your weekend with a brisk Saturday morning bike ride on the Clear Creek Bike Path. We’ll start in Golden and follow the creek all the way to Johnson Park near Wadsworth and I-70 and then head back for lunch in Golden. Approximately 20 miles round-trip, the trip out is either flat or slightly downhill while the return trip is a very gradual incline with two steep climbs. This ride is a leisurely-paced ride for most ability levels. If you are used to faster-paced rides, we ask that you stay with the group. We will return to Golden by lunchtime and purchase lunch along the creek. Be prepared to bring wind gear, water and snacks. Bicycle helmets are required. Contact Lynn at lynnj22@comcast.net for more information or to be put on the list. Please provide a phone number to be included on the list and in case of cancellation.

Ute Cultural Trees Hike Sierra Club Ramble

Apr 30, (Tue) 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Leader Carol Stansfield (PPG)

The Ute people who roamed the Pikes Peak region for thousands of years often “modified” ponderosa pine trees, bending or carving them to create directional indicators or mark ceremonial sites. We will meet at La Foret in Black Forest, where one of the staff will take us on an easy hike to visit and wonder about some of these special trees. For details or to register for our very first Ramble, call Carol Stansfield at 303-660-5849 or email carol.stansfield@juno.com by 6 p.m. Sunday, April 28.

Spring Clean in Denver with The Sierra Club

May 4,2013 (Sat)

We'll be cleaning up Denver this Spring on four Saturday outings. We'll be meeting May 4th at 8:30am at Paris on the Platte and cleaning along the Platte River from 9am to noon. The group will be split in two with one group headed North towards 47th Ave. and the other group headed South towards Phil Milstein Park. Collectively I would like to push for 6 miles of coverage, but that's a goal not a requirement. We'll meet back at Paris on the Platte between 12:15-12:30. I will be getting materials (trash bags and trash grabbers) from the city's Keep Denver Beautiful Program; however, supplies are on a first-come first-served basis so there might not be enough trash grabbers for everyone. Please bring your own work gloves to protect your hands from cuts etc. and bring plenty of water, appropriate clothing, and sunscreen. We will be participating in the Great American Cleanup which runs from April 1st-May 31st. All outings are limited to 12 people total and children 13 and over are certainly welcome. All events are rain or shine; only if we have a large snowstorm will the outings be canceled (and since it's April in Colorado, totally possible). Please contact Colleen at cafinner@gmail.com or 303-388-1058 to sign up. Let's keep Denver beautiful y'all!

Spring Clean in Denver with The Sierra Club

May 18, 2013 (Sat)

This is our last cleanup and it comes with awesome gifts/handouts for those of you who have participated in all or more than one cleanup. We'll be meeting May 18th at 8:30am at St. Marks and cleaning City Park from 9am to noon. Depending on weather, we'll either meet at the City Park Boathouse or we'll meet back at St. Marks between 12:15-12:30 at which time I will hand out all the goodies from Sierra Club that you awesome participants greatly deserve. I will be getting materials (trash bags and trash grabbers) from the city's Keep Denver Beautiful Program; however, supplies are on a first-come first-served basis so there might not be enough trash grabbers for everyone. Please bring your own work gloves to protect your hands from cuts etc. and bring plenty of water, appropriate clothing, and sunscreen. We will be participating in the Great American Cleanup which runs from April 1st-May 31st. All outings are limited to 12 people total and children 13 and over are certainly welcome. All events are rain or shine; only if we have a large snowstorm will the outings be canceled (and since it's April in Colorado, totally possible). Please contact Colleen at cafinner@gmail.com or 303-388-1058 to sign up. Let's keep Denver beautiful y'all!

Booger Red Roadless Area Hike

May 18, (Sat) 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Leader Jim Lockhart

The Bureau of Land Management has a series of trails in a largely roadless area in the Fourmile Creek area southwest of Cripple Creek. Pikes Peak Sierra Club Group is working with the Wild Connections organization to inventory BLM lands in the Royal Gorge management region to determine their roadless and wilderness characteristics. Participants will have the opportunity to visit a relatively unknown area, see the latest GPS/camera/tablet technology, and learn how it can be used to record backcountry visits (and also learn who “Booger Red” was and how he got his name). This moderate all-day hike will cover about nine miles with 800 feet elevation change. Participants should bring lunch, plenty of water, footgear suitable for hiking on rough trails, and clothing suitable to the weather condition, including raingear. For more information or to sign up, contact Jim Lockhart at 719-385-0045 or jlock@datawest.net.

Lost Creek Wilderness Dayhike Wilderness

Jun 1, 2013 (Sat) 7:30 am to 5:30 pm

Leader John Stansfield

Next year, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of the American Wilderness System. To celebrate this milestone, Pikes Peak Group Sierra Club, Wild Connections, and Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition are conducting a series of hikes to regional Wilderness areas, beginning with Lost Creek. On a trail initially constructed by Pikes Peak Group members in 1974, we will trek about six moderately strenuous miles, gaining 1,200 feet elevation to visit a rare old growth forest. For more information and to register, contact John Stansfield, 303-660-5849 or e-mail jorcstan@juno.com by 6 PM, May 31.

Gunnison River Canoe Trip with Centennial Canoe and the Sierra Club

Jun 7-9, 2013 (Fri-Sun)

Canoeing in Colorado on the Gunnison River will spark your sense of adventure with opportunities for hiking and exploring, floating in your lifejacket and camping along the river’s edge. During this Colorado canoe trip covering 31 miles, you will be dwarfed by high walls of red sandstone and shale deposited during the age of the dinosaurs. These canyons in the Colorado Plateau are truly magnificent and not soon forgotten. Massive cottonwoods stand on many river bends supporting the huge nests of blue herons, hawks and eagles. Depending on campsite availability, you may have a layover day (staying camped 2 nights in the same place) in Dominguez Canyon, Colorado’s newest designated Wilderness Area, one of the most beautiful stops on the river. Hiking into the canyon will reveal deep, cool swimming holes, waterfalls and many ancient Indian petroglyphs (rock art panels).

Facilitated by the Sierra Club, enjoy fun activities that will deepen your connection to the group, to the earth and river, and to your Self. Have you always thought of living in community? Here is your chance! We'll have an evening talent (or no talent?) show and partake in some team exercises that will have you laughing and feeling connected. And you will also learn techniques to find inspiration and healing in nature. Time permitting you will have the opportunity to experience a "solo" quest in nature. Children (and children at heart) are welcome on this trip! Centennial Canoe will not be packing any wine on this trip per facilitator's request. Feel free to bring instruments, art supplies, and whatever you may want for the talent show.

Facilitator Annie Matula has extensive leadership experience in nature, including leading outdoors trips for children and adults for the Sierra Club and guiding river trips on class 2-3 rivers for clubs. She also has training and experience in sacred passages/quests in nature. Feel free to email Annie amatula@peoplepc.com with any questions.

In order to register or sign up for this trip you must go to the Centennial Canoe website. There is a fee for this trip and a deposit needed to register this trip is guided and organized by Centennial Canoe and is a fund raiser for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Sierra Club. http://www.centennialcanoe.com/destinations.php?trip=97

Happy Hour in the Hills - Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Friday, June 7, 2013 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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 each Friday (June-July) out in the foothills on short hikes that average around 5 miles round-trip. This hike is about 5 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 775 feet. This hike is rated easy to moderate and will have several stops so that we can chat and get to know one another because it IS happy hour after all! Remember that Golden Gate is a State Park and therefore has a park fee-$7 per vehicle-so I highly recommend carpooling to this hike. For more information and to register, contact Colleen Finnerty at 303-388-1058 or email me at cafinner@gmail.com by 10am June 6th. All participants must sign a waiver in order to go on this hike. These hikes are for adults only with no dogs. Remember that it is summer so it will be hot and sunny; bring plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat. You may also want to bring something to eat since we will be out hiking at dinnertime.

Alderfer/Three Sisters Park

Friday, June 14, 2013 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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 each Friday (June-July) out in the foothills on short hikes that average around 5 miles round-trip. This hike is about 5 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 320 feet. 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 June 13th. All participants must sign a waiver in order to go on this hike. These hikes are for adults only with no dogs. Remember that it is summer so it will be hot and sunny; bring plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat. You may also want to bring something to eat since we will be out hiking at dinnertime.

Green Mountain Falls to Catamount Reservoir

June 15, 2013 (Sat) 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Leader Bob Wagstaff (PPG)

The hike is an out and back hike about 7.5 miles long up to the Catamount Reservoir. It is rated moderate due to the elevation gain on the first section. The total elevation gain for the hike is 1500 feet. We should see wildflowers when we reach the Garden of Eden section. This is a great hike. Bring water, lunch and the ten essentials. A very good description of the hike including lots of pictures can be found on the website on-walkabout.com/2012/09/24/on-walkabout-on-the-catamount-trail-colorado/ . To sign up for the hike contact Bob Wagstaff 473-4651 or e-mail waggies@sprintmail.com.

Happy Hour in the Hills - Reynolds Park

Friday, June 21, 2013 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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 each Friday (June-July) out in the foothills on short hikes that average around 5 miles round-trip. This hike is just under 5 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 800 feet. This hike is rated easy to 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 June 20th. All participants must sign a waiver in order to go on this hike. These hikes are for adults only with no dogs. Remember that it is summer so it will be hot and sunny; bring plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat. You may also want to bring something to eat since we will be out hiking at dinnertime.

Midweek Reinvigoration at Corwina and O'Fallon Parks, near Evergreen

Wednesday June 26, 20013

Leader Annie Matula

Take a mid-week break and be refreshed and serenaded by the sights, smells, and sounds of nature. This is a less frequently visited gem of a hike on the way up 74. This pleasant 4 mile (approximately) hike starts along a brook and moves gradually uphill, leading to a ridge and then to a vista point with views of Evergreen and the Evans range. The pace is steady but moderate, offering an opportunity to relax and take in the many offerings of nature. Approximately 700 feet elevation change. The parking lot is small so let’s meet at Lair O’ the Bear at 5:30 which is about 4 miles east of Corwina and carpool up to the trailhead. Bring a headlamp although we should be out before dark. Please contact Annie Matula at amatula@peoplepc.com to sign up or if you have any questions. This is a family and dog friendly hike, but dogs must be leashed.

Happy Hour in the Hills - Windy Saddle Park

Friday, June 28, 2013 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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 each Friday (June-July) out in the foothills on short hikes that average around 5 miles round-trip. This hike is just under 5 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 290 feet. This hike is rated moderate because the trail requires us to climb through some boulders and cross talus fields. We 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 June 27th. All participants must sign a waiver in order to go on this hike. These hikes are for adults only with no dogs. Remember that it is summer so it will be hot and sunny; bring plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat. You may also want to bring something to eat since we will be out hiking at dinnertime.

Happy Hour in the Hills - White Ranch Park

Friday July 5, 2013 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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 each Friday (June-July) out in the foothills on short hikes that average around 5 miles round-trip. This hike is just over 5 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 375 feet. This hike is rated easy and we 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 4th. All participants must sign a waiver in order to go on this hike. These hikes are for adults only with no dogs. Remember that it is summer so it will be hot and sunny; bring plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat. You may also want to bring something to eat since we will be out hiking at dinnertime.

Happy Hour in the Hills - Apex Park

Friday, July 12, 2013 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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 each Friday (June-July) out in the foothills on short hikes that average around 5 miles round-trip. This hike is just over 4 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 960 feet. This hike is rated easy to moderate and we 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 11th. All participants must sign a waiver in order to go on this hike. These hikes are for adults only with no dogs. Remember that it is summer so it will be hot and sunny; bring plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat. You may also want to bring something to eat since we will be out hiking at dinnertime.

Happy Hour in the Hills - Deer Creek Canyon Park

Friday, July 19, 2013 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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 each Friday (June-July) out in the foothills on short hikes that average around 5 miles round-trip. This hike is just under 6 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 600 feet. This hike is rated easy to moderate and we 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 18th. All participants must sign a waiver in order to go on this hike. These hikes are for adults only with no dogs. Remember that it is summer so it will be hot and sunny; bring plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat. You may also want to bring something to eat since we will be out hiking at dinnertime.