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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 (4+)

Brainard Lake X/C Ski

3348 28th St

Let's enjoy the new snow! Beginner and experienced skiers are welcome.

We'll spend the day at Brainard Lake. We usually break into groups of similar abilities so this is an event for all levels of skiers. If you don't have skis you can rent at REI, or other stores like Crystal Sports in Boulder (cheapest ~$22), Neptune Mountaineering or similar shops. Be sure to get backcountry or touring skis that have have metal edges.

The trail is easy and fun and if you are a little athletic you'll find X/C skiing easy to learn. I'll provide tips and instruction along the way. We'll ski along the beautiful CMC ski trail and on the return either take the road or Little Raven trail that gives us a pleasant downhill glide to the trail head.

If you are meeting us there then be at the warming hut at 9:15

After skiing we'll head to the RayBack Collective for food and drinks.

Let's go X-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing in RMNP followed by lunch in Estes Park!

Estes Park Visitor Center Parking Garage

Hey guys,
We did this quite a bit last year and it was a blast! We'll plan to head up to the Bear Lake area in RMNP and head out for a few hours on the trails up there. If you haven't been it's pretty amazing between the views of the alpine lakes and high peaks off in the distance. Estes Peak and the surrounding area has gotten quite a bit of snow the last few weeks so we should be good to go. We'll plan to meet in Estes Park and then carpool up to the park for some fun! Post ski lunch in Estes Park somewhere. : )
Hope to see you on the trail!
*If you're looking to rent ski's for the day. JAX rents them for $20 a day. I believe REI also rents them.
*Please be committed to going if you sign up for this event. Late cancelations and no show's will not be tolerated.

Mt.Muscoco Plus! Moderate

Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center

This is a special Colorado Springs hike that I have created to access the summit of Mt.Muscoco which is beautiful! We will actually be doing the Lower Columbine and part of the Middle Columbine trail to access the trailhead to Mt. Muscoco which we will then hike up to the top. The first two trailheads are an easy hike through the canyons and Mt.Muscoco is moderate with some rock scrambling. Poles and or microspikes are recommended.This should involve about 7 miles and 1500 ft. of elevation change out and back.

We will meet and park here at 9:15. I will be wearing a black jacket. Directions to Trailhead:

Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center

2120 S Cheyenne Canyon Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Use only the above hyperlink to direct you to Starsmore Nature Center. DO NOT try to navigate to Mt. Muscoco. We will meet at Starsmore and hike into Mt. Muscoco. There are several parking lots across the street from Starsmore.

Please dress for the weather. Bring snacks and water. Fido OK on a leash. Ph.#[masked]. Carpools are your call and responsibility.

Apres hike:

ViewHouse Colorado Springs

7114 Campus Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80920

By signing up for this hike you agree to be totally responsible for all the preparation and what is needed for this hike.

By signing up for this hike you agree to relieve the event host of all responsibilities and liabilities for any incidents that may occur during the hike as well as any incidents that may occur traveling to and from the hike Meetup.

Lookout Mountain sunset hike

Chimney Gulch Trailhead

Gorgeous but tough 6.5-mile hike up & down Lookout Mountain from Highway 6. Lots of switchbacks and there will be ice and snow. Bring microspikes or other traction devices, and a headlamp.

This is a joint event with The Good Life Meetup. RSVPs are low to keep group size manageable.

Leaving at 4 should get us up there for sunset and lots of purdy lights! I reconned this a few weeks ago, and for a close-in hike, it is unexpectedly amazing.

After, let's try local's favorite Woody's Wood-Fired Pizza in downtown Golden, 1305 Washington Ave. They don't take reservations so if that's too busy, we'll find another restaurant nearby. Plenty of decent choices thereabouts.

Rated moderate but lots of reviewers think it should be classified hard. I agree with the moderate rating. There's a lot of elevation gain, but the switchbacks keep it from being brutally steep.


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