Hike to Upper Cataract Lake - Sunday Oct 13

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HIKE TO UPPER CATARACT LAKE – SUN OCT 13

ABOUT US:
We are a community of GLBTQ+ and Q-friendly hikers, skiers, backpackers and more. We embrace diversity and celebrate our differences. All adventurers of good cheer are welcome!

ABOUT THIS EVENT: Join HWP for hike to Upper Cataract Lake! We will hike approximately 10-11 miles to Upper Cataract Lake, along the way we will pass Surprise Lake and Lower Cataract Lake. This is a great Gore Range hike with a bit of everything - aspens, pines, lakes!

Check out a detailed description & photos:
https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/upper-cataract-lake-trail
http://www.protrails.com/trail/450/summit-county-eagle-county-clear-creek-county-upper-cataract-lake-and-cat-lake

TOTAL Distance: 10-11 miles; elevation gain: approx. 2500ft

SCHEDULE:
• 8:15a– Meet at carpool lot in Silverthorne
• 8:20a- Depart for TH
• 9:00- Meet at Surprise Lake TH
• 9:05a - Start hiking
• 2:30p - Return to TH (approx.)
• 2:45p – TBD late lunch

CARPOOL: We will meet at 8:15A at the Silverthorne Rec Center, 430 Rainbow Drive, Silverthorne CO 80498 – meet at the SOUTH SIDE of the parking lot (see pic below). There will be no organizer led carpool PRIOR to the Silverthorne Rec Center Lot. Please coordinate if you are coming from the Front Range.

TRAILHEAD: Surprise Lake Trailhead (the Hike to Upper Cataract Lakes starts here at Surprise Lake TH)

Driving Directions TO TRAILHEAD: From I-70 take Exit 205, Silverthorne/Dillon, and travel north on HWY 9. Travel 16 miles north on HWY 9. Just after mile marker 118 turn left onto Heeney Rd (County Road 30). Follow Heeney Road 5.3 miles and turn left onto Cataract Creek Road (FDR 1725). Continue for 2.5 miles to the Surprise Lake Trailhead parking area on the left which is past the Cataract Creek Campground.

LUNCH: If and where TBD, good options include Angry James Brewery and Bakers Brewery.

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: Be considerate of those on the Waitlist, and keep your RSVP updated.

DISCLAIMER: Your safety is your choice and your responsibility. We share stories, tips and happily share our knowledge of gear and trails. 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.

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Intermediate – This hike has a total elevation gain of approximately 2500k ft. We may possibly encounter some patches of snow, some route finding, some climbing over downed trees.

FITNESS LEVEL: Fit - You should be active and able to spend 5-6 hours moving at a moderate 2 mph hiking pace without significant breaks.

PACE: We will keep an average 2 MPH pace along the route with a few short breaks, with a longer break at the highest lake.

EQUIPMENT: **The seasons are changing, please come prepared**** Bring a warm jacket, warm hat, gloves and rain gear. Always, the ten essentials: https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html

DOGS are welcome. We will cross streams and other water sources, but please bring water and anything else your dog may need for the trail.

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