We are 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.
This is a strenuous hike. You should be in good shape with at least one, steep five mile hike under your belt in the past year. This climb is a personal fitness experience. We are getting into shape for those big summer hikes (14ers)! It's likely we will hike at different speeds. This is a busy, clearly marked trail. We usually split off into smaller groups of hikers in similar shape. The average round-trip time is 4-5 hours.
ABOUT THIS TRIP:
The trail starts out very easy with well maintained walking trails. As you progress deeper and higher the terrain increases in difficulty; to the point of being slightly technical. The trail gets fairly challenging on the last mile or so before summit. Beautiful scenery from start to end. Vast meadows sprawling with wild flowers to forests with towering evergreens to rocky boulders of great size.
WHERE: South Boulder Peak
WHAT: Day Hiking
CLOSEST TOWN: Boulder, CO
LENGTH: 7.8 miles out and back
ELEVATION GAIN: 3120 feet
CROWDS: expect to share the trail
FITNESS LEVEL [intermediate-fit]
Hikes may be changed or canceled due to weather conditions.
TRAILHEAD: Mesa Trail South Trailhead
COST: $5 per car
TRAILHEAD TIME: 8.30 am
TRAIL MAP: https://caltopo.com/m/NPU0
CARPOOL LOT: none, use the comments below if you want to carpool with hikers in your neighborhood
ESTIMATED RETURN TO TRAILHEAD: 1.00 - 1.30 pm
The South Mesa Trailhead is located 1.7 miles west of Highway 93 on Eldorado Springs Drive (Highway 170).
OR ~ enter "WPQR+FQ Eldorado Springs, Colorado" into Google Maps
YOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION (REQUIRED)
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 emergency.
RETURNING MEMBERS: If your contact information has changed, please email your organizer.
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.
RSVP CODE: You change your mind. No problem. Update your RSVP, including if you are on the wait-list, to no at least twelve hours before the event. Otherwise you'll have a no show. After three no shows, you must wait 90 days to participate in the group again.
WAIT-LIST: Meetup is about making new friends and sustaining current ones. Not all trips are first-come-first serve. Sometimes I move friends from the wait-list to going.
*TRIP DIFFICULTY EXPLAINED: http://bit.ly/2Dj8pJk
beginner: established trails, few steep sections, 3-5 miles
intermediate: usually on established trails, some steep sections. 5-10 miles
advanced: often off trail, many steep sections, 10+ miles
average: you are a casual hiker, you probably don't work out
fit: you are an avid hiker, you try to stay in shape
athletic: you want to feel the burn, you can run up the mountain
mellow: this is a very social hike (1 mph)
steady: still time to chat on the trail, but not when we are going up hill (2 mph)
fast: go go go, chatting only during breaks (>2 mph)
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