- Sunset Hike of Estes Cone in RMNP (**VIEWS!**)
Starting at the Longs Peak Trailhead (at 5pm), we will follow the Longs Peak Trail for a bit, then past Eugenia mine and finally go up the scrambly trail to Estes Cone.
The hike is entirely on trail, but the Estes Cone portion is a bit of a scramble.
The total distance is 6 miles RT with nearly 2000' of ascent.
Track is here
Bring water, snacks and headlamp.
This is RMNP, so no dogs are allowed.
- Sunset & Full Moon Hike & Ski @StMary's
"Chaos Adventurer's: I'm heading up for a Sunset & Full Moon hike at StMary's Glacier (an hour+ west of Denver off I-70,, Take the Fall River Rd exit past IdahoSpgs) on Friday afternoon (late)...
Hikers can just go up to the lake, or as high as they want,, descend whenever... I'll head down the mtn with whoever's left after dark & after the moon has risen,, Bring the 10 essentials of course,, Headlamps better than a flashlight but if the moon is out good, neither is necessary...
I hope to ski a lap an hour or so before sunset (@ 8:31pm), hike back up & wait for the full moon to rise (5min later @ 8:36pm!),, then ski down again. (That will make my 12th month in a row of full moon skiing, so I'm familiar with the area & terrain)...
And skiing-riding is optional of course!,, Blue terrain,, there's some steeper terrain a little harder for those inclined. Avy gear not mandatory as snowpack is consolidated & super-stable,, Helmets always recommended!...
Meet in main parking lot by entrance @ 5:30pm,, Short hike (1-mile) to the lake,, Further to get on the snow. If delayed meet on the snow before &-or after sunset! C'mon!!"
- Lightning Talk, NCAR, rescheduled
Rescheduled due to lightning four miles away!
Christine Shields, NCAR Project Scientist, will tell us the latest science of lightning and how to stay safe. Where are you safe or in danger? Is distant lightning a danger? What times of the day and year are most dangerous? Where to find safety when there is lightning in the mountains?
We'll meet at the NCAR parking lot next to the sign that says "You are here." Then we'll walk around the nature trail (about a quarter mile). If you're late you can easily catch us. My cellphone is (720)[masked]
- Miller Rock / Ceran St Vrain *SUNSET HIKE*
Following along our "less traveled trails" sunset hikes, let's explore this gem of a trail northwest of Boulder near Jamestown.
The trailhead is past Jamestown on Lefthand Canyon.
The hike is roughly 6 miles RT with about 1000' of gain. There's a fun little scramble at the end that takes you to a gorgeous viewpoint of the Northern Front Range.
Following this track
It says "Take Overland Rd. and make a right on Riverside Lane. " to get to the trailhead.
Bring water and headlamp.
Meet in front of Amante Coffee in North Boulder to coordinate carpool.
- Backpacking RMNP "The Gorge" two nights Wednesday (tomorrow!) and Thursday
These are the lakes you see across the valley from Trail Ridge Road. The permit is for Wednesday July 14 and Thursday July 15. We return Friday. This is the hardest permit to get in RMNP. There's one campsite and no trail. My hiking partner canceled 12 hours before we were planning to leave. (His boss revoked his vacation because someone quit.) I'm intending to leave Boulder at 10am and start hiking from the Alpine Visitor Center around noon. This is all off-trail so experienced, fit backpackers only.
- Hike 12ers Sawtooth and Algonquin (IPWA) from Beaver Rez
Sawtooth (12,304') is an iconic looking peak in the northern Indian Peaks bordering Rocky Mountain National Park. I haven't had the chance to hike up there yet.
Starting from the Beaver Reservoir trailhead off of Peaks highway, we'll follow the Buchanan trail up to Buchanan Pass, hop over to Sawtooth, then head south to Algonquin, then go off trail down to Coney Lake and back on trail to the parking lot. Potentially we could do the reverse of this track, that is go off trail up to Algonquin first.
The total distance, if we follow Clayton's track, is about 15 miles
The total distance is roughly 15 miles RT. The vertical gain would be about 4300' per the track. This is a class 2+ hike, mostly well established trail, some talus, minor scrambling.
Meet at 5am by Amante Coffee in North Boulder.
- Random RMNP two-night backpacking trip Sunday-Tuesday June 27-29
I don't have a permit so we'll just show up at the ranger station and go wherever is available. Leave Boulder at noon Sunday, return Tuesday.
A bearproof food canister is required at all campsites in RMNP.