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It would be a great idea to wear all weather hiking boots, gloves and sunglasses for this hike. Bring food and water with you also Also, there have reports all over the state of Colorado where there are people who are scanning Meetup's, finding where the Meetups are being held and while we're hiking they're breaking into your cars. Take all information about you and your address: Titles and registrations are the targets and anything else with names and addresses. Directions to the Mud Lake parking lot and trailhead: Find your way to the city of Boulder to Canyon Blvd (CO-119) towards Nederland, once you head into Nederland take C0-72 (Peak to Peak Highway) towards Wray, Estes Park and Jamestown. Once you get to County Rd 126 take a left. You will see signs indicating Mud Lake and Caribou Open Space. Drive up the dirt road to the parking lot and you're there! No dogs are permitted in Caribou Ranch Open Space. Caribou Ranch Open Space is Boulder's highest open space, well above 8000 feet. The Caribou Ranch Open Space provides a nice level trail with minimal elevation gain. Additionally, Caribou Ranch features a wide variety of wildlife not commonly seen in the other Boulder open spaces including Moose, Elk, the Short-tailed Weasel, and Beaver. A herd of at least 175 Elk use the area as transitional range in the spring and fall, with Elk calving and rearing in the spring. This hike is a bit over 6.5 miles, hardly any elevation gain I know of. The heavy density of Aspens makes Caribou Ranch an excellent spot for fall aspen color tree viewing, certainly some of the best near Boulder and Nederland. We'll begin our hike at the Mud Lake Trail Head, pick up the trail leading to the Tungsten Trail, follow it for about 1/4 mile before connecting with the Caribou Ranch Link and hike for 1/2 mile before connecting with the Caribou Ranch Trail. After the hike let's go into Nederland for lunch. Have a great day everyone! Sincerely Don

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For the past ten years this group was called Second Wind Hiking. I kept the name after the former organizer had to resign. But this year (2017-2018) has been a year of personal as well as professional changes and I decided to change the name of my hiking group as well.

I have also made changes in wanting the group to be more of a social group and not just a hiking group, so you'll be seeing more outdoor events, happy hours and social outings such as concerts, river rafting and camping.

Our hikes are an array of different types, skills, lengths, strolls to difficult and at times strenuous (not if I can help it!!!) and are usually followed up by an after hike appetizer get together a one of our local favorite restaurants.

All members are more than welcome to suggest an outdoor event, or put a weekend together of camping, hiking and fishing. I promise, you won't be turned away.

Here is a list of items Diane made up for the group which you should always keep in your car, this way you'll never have to ask what you need to bring. The items do not take up much room. Don't forget snowshoes, cleats and goggles during the winter season.

Water: Don't underestimate how much you will need. We will be at elevation which means thin air and drier climate, so plan on drinking half a liter per mile

Map and compass:

Hat, eye protection, sunscreen: Even during the winter, at the higher elevations UV light is stronger because there is less atmosphere to filter it so you can get sunburned more easily. Sunglasses in summer, ski goggles in winter will protect your eyes from wind, which can get pretty fierce in the higher elevations.

Food/Snacks: A snack will help if you are feeling the effects of the higher elevations, too.

For winter hikes, wear real ski pants over long johns, stretch pants, or regular pants. Ski pants are water resistant and made for the cold climate. Blue jeans are not really good for hiking, as they offer little wind protection and take forever to dry out if they get wet. During the winter hikes you should always have these items in your car: Hand and foot warmers, Snowshoes, traction devices, Snow goggles and water resistant gloves.

Layering is a good idea in case you get hot, wet, or it is very windy. Wind chill is not to be taken lightly. Winds of 10-20 MPH can make you feel up to 20 degrees colder, depending on how cold it is to begin with. Prepare for gusty wind always in the mountains. On a really cold day, bring a scarf, face protector , or balaclava (a ninja mask-looking headgear that covers your head, face, and neck).

Proper hiking shoes: Regular athletic shoes are not rugged enough for hiking in rough or steep terrain. You want hiking shoes or boots that will protect your feet from banging up against rocks and give plenty of traction on steep or slippery surfaces. Gloves: Preferably ski gloves, which are padded and water resistant, or mittens, which actually keep your hands warmer than gloves do.

Optional items: bug repellent, small first aid kit, whistle (for bears) if you can't whistle without one, a hiking pole (reduces uphill and downhill effort), tissues, chapstick, and a camera.

Disclaimer Information:

When Meetup members sign up and accept the Meetup Terms of Service, they are agreeing to the Release found in Section 6.2: This Release basically states that members attend events at their own risk, and release The Organizers, the assistant organizers and Meetup from any claims that may result in injury or death.


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For the cost of the card, you have helped ensure that trained and well equipped search and rescue teams will respond should you become lost or in need of rescue. Furthermore, volunteers will not have to incur undue expense due to your emergency.

To add to the disclaimer the organizers of Second Wind Getaways are not reponsible for transportation to or from our destinations, reserving lodging including motels, hotels, campgrounds and resorts. Be sure to purchase a CORSAR Card.

I hope you will have not only a good time but an educational experience as well.

See you on the trails!

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