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Hike Bierstadt Lake/Elk Festival
Yeah for FALL!!!! Join us for a beautiful hike to Bierstadt Lake! Bring: water, hat, sunscreen, jacket, money for your driver or offer to drive and something to snack on. We'll then go to the festival to grab some lunch. Trail Location:Bierstadt Lake Roundtrip Length:2.4 Miles Trailhead Elevation:8840 Feet Total Elevation Gain:675 Feet Highest Elevation:9466 Feet Trail Difficulty Rating:3.75 (easy) The hike to Bierstadt Lake begins from the Bierstadt Lake Trailhead. From Bear Lake Road the trail steadily climbs more than 600 feet along a series of switchbacks to reach the top of the Bierstadt Moraine. Along the way it passes through stands of lodgepole pines and aspens. As the trail climbs higher spectacular views of the mountains along the Continental Divide begin to open up. Geologically speaking, Bierstadt Moraine is a lateral moraine leftover from the ice age when glaciers sculpted the landscape. Moraines are essentially piles of stones, gravel and soil left behind by a glacier. Bierstadt Lake is surrounded by a thick pine forest, and is ringed by sedges that give it a very serene appearance. The views here are quite nice, but the opposite side of the lake provides far better views of the surrounding mountains. This vantage point can be reached by hiking around the easy loop trail (http://www.rockymountainhikingtrails.com/bierstadt-lake-loop.htm), which will add roughly eight-tenths of a mile to your total roundtrip mileage. ***************************************************** The haunting call of the bull elk fills the Estes Valley during the early days of fall. The call begins with deep, resonant tones that rise rapidly to a high-pitched squeal before dropping to a series of grunts. What is this strange sound and what does it mean? To celebrate the annual elk rut and learn about the "wapiti," the Native American name for elk, Estes Park hosts the annual Elk Fest in Bond Park. The free festival features bugling contests, elk exhibits, the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, elk seminars, elk-inspired arts and crafts, Native American music, dancing and storytelling, a childrens' area with elk-themed activities, and a craft beer garden. For safe & respectful elk viewing tips, please visit our Wildlife Watching page. Vendors will display artwork, handmade elk-ivory jewelry, and will offer distinctive elk cuisine. Mountain men from around the country will gather at the Mountain Man Rendezvous to sell their wares and demonstrate their skills. Enjoy the Educational Seminar Tent to learn more about Elk and wildlife in Estes Park from a variety of professionals including Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Mile High Note Game Calls. Representatives from the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program will display on a gloved hand some of their magnificent rescued birds. It's amazing to see these majestic birds close up! Colorado Parks and Wildlife are on-site offering an Elk Camp where you can explore a variety of educational booths, and their staff will be helping in the field as attendees take the self-guided elk tour! Live country, rock and bluegrass music will light up the park Saturday and Sunday with popular Colorado bands performing on stage. Schedule of Events Saturday, September 29 8:30am - Rut Run 5k 10am - All Vendors Open 10am-3pm Kids Corral w/ fun activities and crafts 10:30-10:50am - "Elk of Estes Park" film in Town Hall 11am-12pm - Native American Storytelling 12:15-1pm - Buglig Contest 1-1:20pm - "Elk of Estes Park" film in Town Hall 1:30-3pm - Live Music from Amplified Souls 3-5pm - Native American Music, Dancing & Storytelling 8pm-12am - Elk Fest Afterparty at Hunters Chophouse

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2665 West Eisenhower Boulevard · Loveland, CO

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We are a group of Christian singles in our 40's-50's based in Northern CO. Our purpose is to get out and enjoy life in this beautiful state we live in with other fellow Christians! We will have a range of activities to include: hiking, biking, camping, snowshoeing, Bible/book studies, sporting events, festivals, performing arts, free concerts in the park, movies, etc. We will also find ministry opportunities in which we can serve as well. Please feel free to let us know of upcoming events and for opportunities of service that we can schedule for our group.

We've made some changes to the group as of November 2016. Meetup is a wonderful service but many people are not aware that they charge the organizer (me) fees to have a group on their site. In the past I have asked for donations every 6 months to cover the cost. We have now decided to charge $10.00 per person for the entire year so I no longer have to ask people to please donate. Our group is not about numbers. We want people to join who actually want to participate in our activities.

We kindly ask that you *RSVP* for events so we'll know who to expect. If we do not have any RSVP's for a particular event, we may choose to cancel and will update it on the site. Also, if you RSVP and then are not able to attend, we ask that you cancel your RSVP. Thank you so much for working with us. Let's go have some fun!

**IN ORDER TO SIGN UP FOR ANY OVERNIGHT/CAMPING EVENTS I NEED TO HAVE MET YOU PRIOR AT ONE OF OUR LOCAL EVENTS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.**

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