Hi Secular Hikers,
There will be a hike on Monday, March 24th on St. Mary’s Falls Trail. The first 1.2 miles of the trail is almost flat. After that, the trail becomes steeper. At first, it is not very steep, but the closer one gets to the falls the steeper it gets. The round trip to the falls is 6.42 miles, with a starting elevation of 7491 ft., max elevation of 8933 ft., and a total of 1442 ft. elevation gain. Some of us will be going beyond the Falls. For the people who do not want to go beyond the falls, they will be turning around and going back to their cars either by themselves or as a group. I consider this a somewhat difficult hike. We will be returning the on the same route. For the people going past the falls, we will be completing the hike by mid to late afternoon.
Some of us will be carpooling from the Woodmen Valley park-n-ride. To get there from Interstate 25 and Woodmen Road, go west to the first stop light, turn left (south) on Corporate Drive, turn right (west) at the first intersection onto Mark Dabling Blvd, take an immediate right turn into the parking lot. We will be leaving this parking lot at 8:15 AM.
For those who want to meet the rest of us at the trailhead parking lot, it is located at the upper end of North Cheyenne Road at the intersection of High Drive and Gold Camp Road. We will be arriving there somewhere around 8:45 AM.
There is a good chance that there will be snow and ice on the trail. I highly recommend that everyone on the hike have micro spikes (available at REI).
Please bring enough water and snacks for the hike.
Please let me know if you plan on attending the hike and where you will meet us. If you change your mind, please let me know that also.
p.s. It costs me $72 twice a year to be a meetup organizer. Would you please consider helping by sharing this expense? If I receive about $0.50 per person (including guests) per hike or (to avoid a bunch of quarters) $1.00 per person about every other hike you attend, I would come out roughly even.