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Lost Lake is a 5-mile out-and-back snowshoe in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The route begins where winter road maintenance ends on Hessie Road (1.3 miles from the Hessie Trailhead), offering a peaceful and pretty addition to the trail. Pass trailhead signs on your left and follow the Devil's Thumb Trail #902. Stay left at the 3-way junction with the Devil's Thumb Bypass before turning left again at the Lost Lake Trail #813. The trail switchbacks gently uphill and crosses several bridges as it follows Boulder Creeks South Fork before a final uphill push lands at the lakeshore. What to bring...Winter is here and Colorado weather changes quickly! Please come prepared with appropriate hiking clothing, waterproof boots, hiking poles, microspikes, backpack and snacks, and water. Make sure you have in your pack in case you need it - winter jacket, snow pants, warm hat, extra gloves, extra socks, and extra layers, hand warmers, etc. Make it the best snowshoeing experience possible by being prepared! Directions: From Boulder, follow Canyon Blvd up Boulder Canyon to the town of Nederland. Turn left at the traffic circle on to Highway 72. From downtown Nederland, go south on Highway 72 for .5 miles to County Road 130 and make a right. You will see a sign for Eldora Ski Resort at this junction. Veer to the right and continue on Highway 130 through the town of Eldora. Park in the designated parking areas along Hessie Road. Carpooling: Meet at the free dirt lot located on Hiway 93 and CO 170 (road to Eldorado Canyon) across the street from the Eldorado Corner Market. We'll form carpools and leave the lot by 7:45am. Optional Refreshment after the snowshoe at a location TBD. Important Note: This is a participate at your own risk event! Life is risky. I am not a professional guide. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety. See you there!
Let's celebrate life in the new year with a small pizza party! Angelo's Taverna has been a Denver neighborhood staple for over 40 years! Serving made from scratch pastas, pizza and limoncello! We have a reservation so keep your RSVP accurate. No Shows and cancellations less than 48 hours before the event will be noted. See you there!
Snowshoe French Gulch followed by lunch and a sneak peak at the Breckenridge International Snow Sculptures! French Gulch, near Breckenridge CO, is about a 5 mile snowshoe with around 600 feet of elevation gain. The trail starts up the road to the left of the kiosk. Shortly thereafter, another road splits sharply off to the right. This road will take you to the Sally Barber Mine, a snowshoe to a mining ruin on a hill. The initial part of the route passes several large homes before breaking out into the open with views of Mt. Guyot dominating the southern sky. We'll pass several privately owned cabins, then continue southeast on a pleasant rolling run with a spectacular view of Bald Mountain. According to history, gold was discovered in French Gulch in 1860 by French Pete. This valley proved to be wildly rich in gold, silver, lead and zinc. We'll see the remains of many mines in this area, as well as the rounded rock piles left by dredge boats. This trail is moderately used and is off limits to snowmobiles, so it should be quiet and beautiful. No dogs. What to bring...Winter is here and Colorado weather changes quickly! Please come prepared with appropriate winter hiking clothing, waterproof boots, hiking poles, microspikes, backpack and lots of food, snacks, and water. Make sure you have in your pack in case you need it - winter jacket, snow pants, warm hat, extra gloves, extra socks, and extra layers, hand warmers, etc. Bring in the car...extra shoes and clothes. Make it the best snowshoeing experience possible by being prepared! Directions: From Denver take I-70 take Exit 203, Frisco / Breckenridge, and travel south on HWY 9 through Frisco and travel to Breckenridge. Turn left at the 7-11 store at the intersection of French Gulch Road (County Road 450) and HWY 9. After approximately .5 miles the road forks, take the right fork into the subdivision. The road turns into County Road 2. Travel through the subdivision and then straight along the road. Continue to the end of the maintained road, park in the parking area (3.9 miles total from HWY 9). This road is usually plowed but snowpacked in the winter. It travels by a new subdivision and several mining ruins before dead ending into a large plowed parking lot with kiosk. Carpooling: Meet at 8:00am at Wooly Mammoth PnR, Section CC (across from the Exxon/Conoco Station) where we'll form carpools. The parking lot is located at I-70 West, Exit 259. Optional Refreshment after the hike. See you there! Important Note: This is a participate at your own risk event! Life is risky. I am not a professional guide. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety.
Let your creative juices flow...bring a new or unfinished arts/craft project to work on...jewelry making, crocheting or knitting, scrapbooking, basketry, beading, stamping, whatever small craft you want to work on! Bring all the supplies you need to work on your project. We'll be working in a small space so the craft must be on the small side and please no toxic adhesives, paints or markers. Optional community salad potluck. If you want to partake, volunteer to bring the lettuce greens and homemade vinegarette OR bring ONE cleaned/chopped veggie OR a protein (hard boiled eggs, can of beans, nuts, etc.). A loaf of crusty bread is good too! See you there!