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Tax Yourself on Mt. Morrison After Work Hike & Dinner

  • Apr 15, 2011 · 5:30 PM
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STRONG HIKERS ONLY! We'll celebrate tax day (taxes are actually due on the 18th this year) by taxing ourselves on the iconic Mt. Morrison under a nearly full moon starting from Gate #4 of Red Rocks Park. This is a serious hike: 1950' of elevation gain over 1.8 miles each way (3.6 miles total). This hike is steep, strenuous, parts of it are Class II (you have to use your hands to climb over boulders, but nothing serious), and an excellent training hike for more serious climbs on the weekend. If you can't keep up on this hike, you're on your own--DON'T COME ON THIS HIKE IF YOU ARE NOT A STRONG AND REASONABLY FAST HIKER. This hike takes between 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 hours (for strong hikers). After the hike, we'll try out a new restaurant for this group, Jus Cookin's Restaurant.

This hike will be led by Cecilia La France, as Ed White will be recovering from foot surgery.Ed plans to be at the dinner afterward.

Please note the details about bringing appropriate gear and in case of bad weather in this Meetup Group's Welcome! description. In particular, be sure to bring rain gear and a headlamp (we will be hiking down after sunset at 7:39pm, although we'll still be in twilight). Hiking poles are especially helpful on this steep climb. Dogs are welcome on the hike, but you must pick up after your dog and it must be on a leash. If you come on this hike, you are agreeing to this waiver.

Directions: We'll be meeting just inside entrance Gate #4 to Red Rocks Park off of C74 about 1/2 mile outside of downtown Morrison. To get there, exit Morrison Rd. from C470 and turn west, go west/north on Morrison Rd through downtown Morrison, and at the stoplight at the end of the street go straight onto C74 towards Evergreen. You'll pass Gate #3 on the right first, then you'll see Gate #4 on the right. The trailhead is just inside the gate, and you can park on the street near it. If the gate is closed, park outside of the gate or on the street, but do not block the gate as it is used for emergency egress. Click here for a map with directions.

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  • Sally S.

    It was a great hike and fun to meet everyone, despite my somewhat "taxing" start in the parking lot! Hope to see you all on more hikes!

    April 18, 2011

  • david a.

    well, aside from the police encounter, i liked this hike because it was a challenge without the added challenge of thin air. i enjoyed hiking with the deer herd (sort of), seeing the remains of a helicopter, the abundant cacti and trekking on and off (not on purpose) the trail. my legs definitely got a workout. i also enjoyed the conversation/bantering at dinner.

    April 17, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    The hike was so challenging, fast and hard. Cecilia as always a pleasure to hike with you, how was that scenic route down you all took? Missed the dinner, but will do it again soon!!

    April 16, 2011

  • Paul

    The hike and the Mt. were great as always. Company both on the hike and at dinner was great. Don't think I'd go to that place for dinner again.

    April 16, 2011

  • Ed W.

    Thanks Cecilia for leading this iconic hike! This was the first time ever that this Meetup had a hike led by someone other than me. Cecilia is a great person to have this honor :)

    April 16, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Iconic hike, spectacular views and nice people to hike with. Dinner... should have had the chicken, because the I'm not sure what was in the meat loaf...

    April 16, 2011

  • Rick S.

    The iconic is alwYs a challenge...dinner was so so.

    April 16, 2011

  • Bonnie

    Awesome challenge and glad I went! Thanks Ed for planning and Cecilia for being our leader. Nice group of people to spend the evening.

    April 16, 2011

  • Rachel

    Awesome, Strenuous hike! Cecilia Thanx for all your help and use of ur poles.

    April 16, 2011

  • Mark

    Excellent time hiking with my good friends.

    April 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very challenging hike, nice dinner afterwards. Thanks Cecilia & Ed!

    April 15, 2011

  • Myra

    I'll be checking my schedule as the time nears. I hope I can make it and there is still an open spot. Hmmm Boulder climbing...... My cup of tea.

    April 5, 2011

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