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Approximately 8 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain that features Forest Lakes close to Roger Pass in James Peak Wilderness Area. Start Elevation: 9200’ End Elevation: 10900’ Skill Level: Strenuous https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/colorado/upper-forest-lakes-trail Carpool location: Boulder County Justice Center, Coordinates: 40°00'52.8"N 105°17'12.4"W Trailhead location: Moffat Tunnel East Portal TH, Coordinates: 39°54'10.7"N 105°38'38.1"W This hike is for the fit and acclimated. Meet at 7:00am at Boulder County Justice Center to organize carpool. We leave at 7: 05am promptly. If you are driving to trailhead by yourself, meet us at 8:00am at Moffat Tunnel East Portal TH. We will start hiking at 8:00am so don't be late. If you have a reliable car, please be prepared to drive. Please remember to give your driver $5 for gas and car wash. It is always appreciated. Make sure to bring water, snacks, warm layers, gloves and microspikes. We may need snowshoes depending on snow forecast. I'll inform you one day before hike if we need them. Bad weather postpones/cancels. Disclaimer: By attending this hike, you assume all responsibility for your own safety. Mountaineering in Colorado can be very dangerous. Altitude sickness, dehydration, and fast-building storms are the most common problems. Please be in shape and self-sufficient.
Who wants to ski the Talons Challenge? This is an annual event where you ski over 26,000 vertical feet on 14 black and double-black runs at Beaver Creek. https://www.beavercreek.com/explore-the-resort/activities/winter-activities/talons-challenge.aspx The registration for the event is $35 (at the link above) and you’ll need an Epic Pass or have to buy a lift ticket. If you sign up it should be expected that you will register for the event before registration closes, that you have a pass/lift ticket, that you have ski/snowboard equipment, and that you can reasonably complete the challenge (or at least make an honest effort to) no matter what the conditions. It’s safe to assume that we’ll break off into smaller groups based on ability/speed/etc but can all plan to meet for lunch and/or at the end of the day. This is probably the one day of the year Beaver Creek actually feels busy and has lift lines but it’s still fun. I did it once several years ago and it was a good day. The meeting time posted is for the event itself. If you want to carpool from the Denver/Boulder area we’ll need to figure out those plans closer to the day. Otherwise I plan to meet in front of the Starbucks in Beaver Creek Village (between the two escalators) at 8:30 AM.
Let's ski/ride at A-Basin on Thursday. All skier/rider abilities are welcomed. We'll meet at 6:30am at Skier's lot to organize carpooling. This resort is on the EPIC pass. You might be able to score discounted lift tix through the A-Basin web portal for $68.99 for Feb 28th. https://tickets.arapahoebasin.com/products/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&start_date=2019-02-28&days=1 If you have a reliable car, please be prepared to drive. Please remember to give your driver $10 for gas and car wash. It is always appreciated.
Mount Yale is a 14er in the Sawatch Range near Buena Vista. This is a STRENUOUS hike. The distance is roughly 10.5 miles and vertical gain 5000'. This is not a good introductory winter 14er hike. More info: https://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=yale2&peak=Mt.+Yale Bring winter gear and SNOWSHOES. Post hike meal somewhere in Buena Vista.