- Beaver Rez to Sawtooth Mountain (12,268'), IPW *DAY HIKE*
Sawtooth Mountain is very visible from Peaks Highway just south of Allenspark. It's a little side trip off the Buchanan Trail. I haven't hiked in that area yet. I don't think it's very busy at all! Starting from the Beaver Reservoir trailhead which is off Peaks Highway, we'll hike about 7 miles to the summit of Sawtooth and back for a total of around 14 miles with 3000' of gain. The trail is at worse a class 2 (don't worry, we'll approach the summit from the gentle north-west side) Depending on how we feel, we can tack on Red Deer Lake as well, for some added mileage. The usual incredible views from the top of Sawtooth! We will follow this track partially. https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/colorado/beaver-reservoir-to-monarch-lake-via-sawtooth-mountain Finally, in this era of Covid, folks should be prepared to drive in their own cars!
- Buffalo Mountain, (high point of Jefferson County) *BUSHWHACK* hike
For a little change of pace, let's hike this peak. It's located near Bailey, CO in the Taryall Mountains and stands at 11,568'. This hike requires significant off-trail navigation, bushwhacking and maybe a scramble at the top. Bring your sense of adventure and navigation chops! If we're lucky, the hike is somewhere between 6 and 8 miles and about 3200'. Solitude practically guaranteed! Meet at Eldorado Park and Ride in map link. The drive is about 1h30 from the Park n Ride.
- 13ers Father Dyer (13,596') and Crystal (13,852') *HALLOWEEN DAY HIKE*
Let's do this fun 3rd class near Breckenridge. Starting from the trailhead, follow some forest service roads, then scramble up Father Dyer Peak then continue on a class 2 to Crystal and back down along some pretty lakes. Crystal Peak is a Centennial 13er, which means, it is among the 100 highest peaks in Colorado. This is an excellent "introduction to 3rd class" in Colorado. Total distance is around 10 miles with 3500' of gain. Bring a helmet, grippy shoes, Halloween costume, headlamp and *camera* because it is very pretty. This hike is heavily condition-dependent. Late October is definitely pushing it as far as "summer hiking conditions" go. If it is snowy or icy, we'll do something else instead in the Breckenridge area. Finally, in this era of Covid, folks should be prepared to drive in their own cars!