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Our main goal/ mission is to explore as many wonderful hikes/ snowshoe trails, snowboarding, skiing, hut trips, camping, backpacking, spelunking, canyoneering, etc.,as well as general socializing, restaurants/pubs/taverns as possible in a safe and responsible manner, so that members can get a greater sense of all that Colorado has to offer and enjoy. Some of these we have experienced before, but many will be new to us as well.

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PLEASE READ OUR GENERAL RULES AND LIABILITY WAIVER (You are required to read, understand and agree to all of our general rules and liability waiver in order to participate in our events. It is NOT necessary for you to physically sign the waiver for it to be in effect) - you can find it here: https://www.meetup.com/Trails-and-Ales-etc/pages

Upcoming events (5)

Aurora Reservoir (stand up paddleboard, kayak, sail?) - 10 max

This event will be limited to 9 others. Because of this, everyone starts on the Wait list for review. I will move you from the Wait list to 'Going' if you have a good attendance record. -NOT Joking: I will review everyone w/in about 24 hours of sign-up. If you have No-Shows/24 Hr Cancels or a lot of 'No' on your summary of Yes's vs No's, I will move you to the 'Not Going' section. Sorry, but with limited space, your track record with Trails and Ales is now vital. If you wind up on the 'Not Going', I think you can just remove yourself from the event and you will not show on the 'Not Going' list. WHAT TO BRING: -A SUP/Kayak/whatever vehicle you can use (no powered vehicles allowed), there might be some places to rent in town ** I don't believe there are any SUP/kayak rentals at the lake due to COVID currently --> Life jacket (just has to be on your conveyance, but if you are a bad swimmer - please wear it!) and whistle (whistle is required at Aurora and best on the life jacket!) <--- - Sack lunch (sorry no potluck due to COVID :( - Water as it can get hot! - Sunscreen - Towel in case you fall in the water (it happens) - Swimsuit or whatever you don't care about getting wet - Sandals, boat shoes, etc. are highly recommended as there are some rocks in the water **Camp chair or something to sit on (we will try to stay a few feet apart) https://www.auroragov.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=1881221&pageId=8840476 Apres-event: Nothing official - if folks want to get together after, feel free to post suggestions. I may or may not join depending on my availability. DISCLAIMERS- By signing up for this event you agree to do all the research and preparation necessary for the weather and what will be needed for the event. By signing up for this event you agree to relieve the event host of all responsibilities and liabilities for anything that may occur during the event as well as any accidents driving to and from the event.

Byers Peak – 12,804’ !

Byer's Peak Trail

9 miles RT with 3,000’ elevation gain. This is the very visible and prominent peak you see from the Fraser Valley. The hike begins by switchbacking up a gated road before connecting to the main trail. The trail can be quite steep and gains the north ridge to the summit. Years ago during a solo hike in late September, I was greeted at the summit by 5 large mountain goats with their gleaming new fall white coats on. There are great views from the top. After, we’ll get refreshments at the Byers The Peak Brewery in Winter Park. They offer a full menu including pizza and sandwiches. TH Directions: Start by turning off of Highway 40 in Fraser onto County Road 72. Take a right onto the Fraser Parkway, then turn left onto County Road 73 and continue on for the next 7 miles. You will pass the St. Louis Creek and Byers Creek Campgrounds along CR 73. Take a sharp right at the Byers Peak sign and continue on for 2 miles to the gate at the closed road and the Byers Peak Trailhead parking area.

Crested Butte

Crested Butte

Visited Crested Butte recently for an overnight and decided a longer adventure was necessary. Have a place to stay for 6 days and want to hike as much as possible. I realize that most folks won't be able to stay the whole duration so come as you please. This event will be a reward for reliable members on my hikes so they get preference. The order of the wait list is meaningless, I'll select who goes. Cost? Free - you should bring food and drink to share with others.

Ptarmigan Lake Trail Moderate

Needs a location

This is a beautiful fall hike! About 6 miles RT and 1400 ft. elevation change out and back. We will be at elevation so make sure you can handle this. Please bring snacks and water. Dress for the weather. Fido stays home and binge watches Netflix. Due to Covid 19 I am not carpooling. Ph.#[masked]. I have not done this hike but have read that parking is not a problem. Having said this it must be mentioned that this is supposed to be a fall stunner so it may be crowded. Directions to trailhead: Ptarmigan Lake Trailhead Buena Vista, CO 81211 https://g.co/kgs/gMPob7 Apres hike: We can have a picnic. Please bring something to share if you want to be part of this. By signing up for this hike Meetup you agree to do all the research and preparation for everything that is needed for the hike. By signing up for this hike Meetup you agree to relieve the event host of all liabilities for any injuries that may occur during the hike as well as any transportation accidents that may occur traveling to and from the hike Meetup. https://images.app.goo.gl/VhyEGerC7LEdkPj2A

Past events (2,693)

Butler Gulch to Continental Divide 13,000'

Butler Gulch Trailhead

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