What we're about

We are a community of queer (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex) and straight hikers, skiers, backpackers and more. We embrace diversity and celebrate our differences. All orientations, straight and gay, are welcome as well as all gender identities and expressions.

Being queer puts a different slant on life and laughing helps us through the rough times. Our unique brand of humor distinguishes gay hiking from its all straight counterpart. And yes that means we have more fun, but you already knew that!

Our group centers around day hiking, camping, overnight backpacking, snowshoeing, skiing/snowboarding, fishing, peak bagging and dog friendly trips.

Our day hiking adventures include beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

Our backpacking adventures, typically 1-3 nights,include spring, summer and winter trips in the Rocky Mountains. All skill levels are welcome.

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Our meetups are focused on building quality friendships in a no-pressure environment. We enjoy each other's company on the trail and recoup with comforting foods after a great trip.

If you are new to playing in the Rocky Mountains, you are in good company. Many of our members recently moved to Colorado and need to ease into their outdoor experiences. If you have any questions about the group or preparing for activities, let me know.

Best,

Terry Norton

terry.norton@gmail.com

FIND FELLOW HIKERS ON THE HWP FACEBOOK (https://www.facebook.com/groups/hikingwithpride/) GROUP

Upcoming events (4)

Power Walk Wednesdays: Highline Canal, Cherry Hills Village AUG 12 4:30PM~6Miles

ABOUT US: We are a community of LGBTQ+ friendly hikers, skiers, backpackers and more. COVID HIKING: - Stay home if you are not feeling well. - This event is limited to 10 people. No "+1s." For contact tracing, everyone must register and provided valid personal contact info at: http://goo.gl/WpR3GV Please bring a facial covering to use when standing around others or passing them on the trail. ABOUT THIS TRIP: Join HWP for a brisk afternoon Power Walk along the Highline Canal in Cherry Hills Village. The goal is to power walk 5 - 6 miles at an average pace of 3.5 MPH. This is not a leisurely stroll along the trail! TRAILHEAD INFO: We will be meeting at Three Pond Park in Cherry Hills Village off S. Colorado Blvd. Limited parking is on the East side of the street. We will head South and walk at a fast pace for an out and back. This is a wide gravel trail. NOT A DOG FRIENDLY EVENT. We are focusing on our pace and stride. DISTANCE: Approx. 5-6 miles total. RSVP / GOING LIST: Please keep your RSVP status updated so we know if you are joining. You can also text me if you cannot make it so we are not waiting. [masked] EQUIPMENT: Wear good walking / running shoes. Bring water and a snack. FIRST TIMERS: If this is your first meetup with Hiking With Pride, RSVP and then complete the short form following the link below. Organizers need to keep your emergency contact's information on file in case of an accident or other emergencies. http://goo.gl/WpR3GV DISCLAIMER: Your safety is your choice. Though we care about your well-being, your personal safety is 100% your responsibility. The trip organizer has no responsibility or liability for the safety of participants. FIND FELLOW HIKERS IN THE HWP FACEBOOK GROUP https://www.facebook.com/groups/hikingwithpride/

Hike a Denver Hidden Gem: Roxborough St Pk & Carpenter Pk 8.5m/1800ft SAT AUG 15

ABOUT US: We are a community of LGBTQ friendly hikers, skiers, backpackers and more. We embrace diversity and celebrate our differences. ALL ADVENTURERS of good cheer are welcome! COVID HIKING: - Events will be limited to no more than 10 people. No "+1s." For contact tracing, everyone must register and provided valid personal contact info at: http://goo.gl/WpR3GV - You must use a facial covering when closer than 6 ft from others. (e.g., when standing around others or passing large groups on narrow trails.) - Hikes are starting earlier to avoid crowds at the trailhead. Carpooling is suspended. ABOUT THIS TRIP: Roxborough State Park is one of Denver’s backyard jewels. With close to 4000 acres, RSP is filled with dramatic red rock formations, distinct plant communities, and a variety of wildlife ranging from black bears to mule deer. Arrive by 645am to pay for the day pass and park in the lower lot. We will leave from the lower parking lot at 700am, go to Willow Creek Trail Head, to South Rim Trail, and then out and back on the Carpenter peak Trail, and back to Willow Creek Trail. See EVENT PHOTOS for trail and profile maps. It will be a 6-7 hour hike. BRING sun screen, a hat, rain jacket, plenty of water, and snacks. TRAILHEAD DETAILS: 645am - Enter Roxborough State Park & Pay $9 entry fee 700am - Depart from Lower Parking Lot https://goo.gl/maps/JVG2Qi12kYYV3sW77 LAT/LON:[masked], [masked] *** Unreliable cell service at trailhead parking lot! *** ENTRANCE FEE REQUIRED: $9 CASH at entry station (May be self-serve or staffed); August is free for active military & veterans with proper ID. RETURN TO TH:[masked]pm DISTANCE / ELEVATION: ~8.5 miles with 1,800ft gain / loss DIFFICULTY: This is an Intermediate / Fit / Steady hike. See Photos for detailed explanation. RSVP: Maximun 10 hikers. Please keep your RSVP updated. Repeat no-shows and late cancellations will become permanent former members. FIRST TIMERS: If this is your first meetup with Hiking With Pride, RSVP and then complete the short form following the link below. Organizers need to keep your emergency contact's information on file in case of an accident or other emergency. http://goo.gl/WpR3GV DISCLAIMER: Your safety is your choice. Part of the fun in a group is learning new things about the outdoors. We share stories, tips and happily share our knowledge of gear and trails with others. Though we care about your well being is true, your personal safety is 100% your responsibility on a trip. The trip organizer provides an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the event together and has no responsibility or liability for the safety of participants. FIND US ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/groups/hikingwithpride/

HWP: Mt Flora & Mt Eva on the CDT 6.5-11mi (SAT AUG 15) [ADVANCED-FIT]

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ABOUT US: We are a community of LGBTQ friendly hikers, skiers, backpackers and more. We embrace diversity and celebrate our differences. ALL ADVENTURERS of good cheer are welcome! COVID HIKING: - Events will be limited to no more than 10 people. No "+1s." For contact tracing, everyone must register and provided valid personal contact info at: http://goo.gl/WpR3GV - You must use a facial covering when closer than 6 ft from others. (e.g., when standing around others or passing large groups on narrow trails.) - Hikes are starting earlier to avoid crowds at the trailhead. Carpooling is suspended. ABOUT THIS OUTING: Enjoy the amazing views from Mt Flora (13,146) and potentially Mount Eva (13,130') along this[masked] mile out & back hike from Berthoud Pass (11,315'). ~6.5 miles round trip; 2,500 ft elevation change to Mt Flora Add ~4.5 miles, 800 ft gain/loss for the out & back to Mt Eva The are few hikes with as big a bang per heartbeat! Starting just below treeline at over 11,000 ft, the route climbs steadily to the ridge, first on gravel road, then trail to a wonderful ridge walk to the top of Mt Flora (3.2 mi) with amazing views back to James Pk and down the Front Range seeing Mt Evans and Pikes Pk on clear days. If weather allows, we will continue north along the Continental Divide for about 2 miles on unimproved hiking trail to the summit of Mt Eva. The traverse to Mt Eva is EXPLORATORY and optional. I have NOT hiked this section before. Returning, we will attempt to skirt south of Mt Flora to minimize the elevation gain on the return trip. It is not unusual for winds to quickly reach a steady 30-40 mph on the ridge. Be prepared with a windproof jacket and appropriate gloves and hat. TRAIL CONDITIONS will be highly variable. Expect steep sections; loose gravel, rock & sand; some rock hopping & scrambling; and unimproved hiking trail past Mt Flora. Trekking poles are recommended. DOGS welcome WHERE: Berthoud Pass to Mt Flora & optionally Mt Eva TRIP DIFFICULTY: Trail to Mt Flora: INTERMEDIATE Trail to Mt Eva: ADVANCED - trail quality is unknown PACE: (steady - 2 MPH) - See photos for explanation of Difficulty Ratings. MAPS: See photos for map & profile TRAILHEAD: 700am - Berthoud Pass Parking Lot off US-40 https://goo.gl/maps/Y9d5rLD37PCteRtD9 ESTIMATED RETURN: 230pm GEAR: Visit http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice.html for gear recommendations. REI provides checklists by outdoor activity. Ask questions in advance. FITNESS LEVEL [FIT] You should be in above average aerobic and comfortable hiking steep sections, often on variable conditions that may include steep sections with loose soils and rock. You should have a several strenuous hikes under your hipbelt this hiking season. We stop at every trail junction and regroup. We do not hike alone. We will not leave you behind. YOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION (REQUIRED) FIRST TIMERS: If this is your first meetup with Hiking With Pride, RSVP and then complete the short form following the link below. Organizers need to keep your emergency contact's information on file in case of an accident or other emergency. http://goo.gl/WpR3GV RSVP / GOING LIST: Group size is limited to 10 people. When you RSVP, you will be added to the WAITLIST, and I will manually add you to the GOING list. I actively manage the RSVP list to keep a mix of active HWP members and 1-2 1st Timers per hike. I am now 'rotating' thru active members to give everyone a chance since we have a limited number of spaces. DISCLAIMER: Your safety is your choice. Part of the fun in a group is learning new things about the outdoors. We share stories, tips and happily share our knowledge of gear and trails with others. Though we care about your well being is true, your personal safety is 100% your responsibility on a trip. The trip organizer provides an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the event together and has no responsibility or liability for the safety of participants.

HWP Kayaking and SUP at McIntosh Lake

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ABOUT US: We are a community of LGBTQ+ friendly hikers, skiers, backpackers and more. We embrace diversity and celebrate our differences. All adventurers of good cheer are welcome! COVID KAYAKING: - Stay home if you are not feeling well. - This event is limited to 6 people. No "+1s." For contact tracing, everyone must register and provided valid personal contact info at: http://goo.gl/WpR3GV - You must use a facial covering when closer than 6 ft from others. (e.g., when standing around others or passing large groups on narrow trails.) ABOUT THIS TRIP: Come enjoy a leisurely Sunday kayak/SUP excursion at McIntosh Lake. A nice paddle for a few hours and then stop at a beach to have a bite to eat. PLEASE NOTE that this event is dependent on the weather conditions. I will monitor the weather and if it looks questionable then I will cancel the event. Please check your emails/meetup for updates! 830am: Arrive at Dawson Park 900am: Leave the launch and tootle around the lake 11-Noon: Find a nice beach area to have a bite to eat, break, quick hike around, or just a break 100pm: Return to the launch site[masked]: Power Walk the trail around the lake (optional) Parking gets busy so try to get there EARLY. There is 15 minute off street parking along Lakeshore Drive near a launching area near Dawson Park. Look for the sign in the photos when you first enter Lakeshore Drive. You can unload your gear, then head to a parking spot and come back to the launching area where we will depart. DOG FRIENDLY EVENT LAKE INFO: Dawson Park (just south of the lake) 1757 Harvard St & Lakeshore Drive Longmont, CO[masked]https://goo.gl/maps/DFkDACTY5KQa1ctk6 RSVP / GOING LIST: When you RSVP, you will be added to the WAITLIST, and I will manually add you to the GOING list. I actively manage the RSVP list to keep a mix of active HWP members and 1-2 1st Timers per hike. I am now 'rotating' thru active members to give everyone a chance since we have a limited number of spaces. Please keep your RSVP status updated so we know if you are joining. EQUIPMENT: You are on your own for your gear. If you need to rent your equipment you will have to do that in Denver. Here is a link with rental suggestions https://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=kayak+rental&find_loc=Denver%2C+CO FIRST TIMERS: If this is your first meetup with Hiking With Pride, RSVP and then complete the short form following the link below. Organizers need to keep your emergency contact's information on file in case of an accident or other emergencies. http://goo.gl/WpR3GV DISCLAIMER: Your safety is your choice. Part of the fun in a group is learning new things about the outdoors. We share stories, tips and happily share our knowledge of gear and trails with others. Though we care about your well-being is true, your personal safety is 100% your responsibility on a trip. The trip organizer provides an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the event together and has no responsibility or liability for the safety of participants.

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