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We'll hike up Dinosaur Mountain (a.k.a. the Mallory Cave Trail). This hike is short but steep. It's about two hours plus a half hour of enjoying the view. Afterwards we can get lunch at the Southern Sun or the Walnut South Cafe.
Friendly dogs are welcome.
The address for NCAR is wrong. From Broadway turn west on Table Mesa (towards to mountains) and go up the hill to the end of Table Mesa.
VISIT BOULDER'S SIGNATURE PEAK ON ONE OF THE SHORTEST DAYS OF THE YEAR!!
Sunset is at 4:37pm.
BRING TRACTION!! (i.e. MICROSPIKES)
Roughly speaking, we'l do a loop Fern Canyon Tr -> Bear Peak West Ridge Tr -> Bear Canyon Tr. Note that Fern Canyon is the steepest trail up Bear Peak!
The tail end of the hike will be in the dark, so definitely have a headlamp!!
• NCAR -> Start of Fern Canyon Tr: 1.8 miles
• Fern Canyon Tr -> Bear Peak summit: 1.1 miles
• Bear Peak West Ridge Tr: 1.9 miles
• Bear Canyon Tr: 1.7 miles
• Mesa Tr -> NCAR Tr: 0.7 miles
• NCAR Tr: 0.6 miles
The total distance is around 7.5 miles and vertical gain is 2700'.
the group on Bear Peak on a previous hike!
Note this is a fairly strenuous due to the steepness of the trail and rock scrambly sections near summits.
Please make sure you have adequate food and water, a map/GPS, headlamp and CAMERA!
Finally, bad weather postpones!!
This site has an excellent description of the hike
Starting at the Chautaqua Ranger Station, we'll hike to the Flagstaff Trail to Panorama Point, then hike up to the Boulder Star.
Afterwards, join us for some holiday festivities in downtown Boulder including food, drinks and dancing!
Boulder Star from the Halfway House
The total distance is maybe 3 miles with maybe 500' of elevation gain total
Definitely bring water & headlamps. Maybe even microspikes depending on trail conditions.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the City of Boulder Open Space program, join us for the Boulder Open Space Trail Challenge. This Trail Challenge consists of hiking all trails that are part of Boulder Open Space, which comprises of 150 miles of trail! Some trails are easy, flat trail walks and some are steep rock scrambles.
Starting at the Boulder Public Library (on the Canyon Street side), walk up Boulder Creek for 2 miles where the path ends at Orodell. Then, a very short walk south to the Chapman Drive Trailhead. Follow Chapman Drive Trail for 2.7 miles to Realization point. Follow Rangeview Trail for 0.7 miles to Flagstaff Trail. Follow the Flagstaff Trail for about 1 mile to Panorama Point. Finally, take the Viewpoint Trail back to the Public Library.
Beautiful scenery from Viewpoint Trail
The total distance is maybe 7 miles with maybe 1000' of elevation gain total
CHAOS is an informal, Boulder-based group of energetic, fun, non-competitive, backcountry enthusiasts who are in their 20s, 30s and 40's, and who enjoy self-powered and self-organized activities including hiking, backpacking, biking, snow shoeing, skiing, mountaineering, and river sports. CHAOS' Main Goal is to be a community through which one can make life-long friendships, share backcountry trips, expand outdoor and leadership skills, appreciate nature and enjoy the sense of community, teamwork, and challenge that prospers in backcountry situations.
CHAOS TRIPS - All trips should be for CHAOS by CHAOS, outdoors, and self powered. CHAOS actively encourages its members to organize trips but does not supervise the activities. CHAOS is not a guide service and a person should only go on trips they feel are at their ability level. If you have questions, ask the trip organizer! Many trip organizers love to help out new members and will gladly answer any questions you have about the trip, what equipment to bring, etc. Above all else, have fun and be safe!
Many past and present members believe that CHAOS enormously improved their "young adulthood and pre-family" phase of life. To ensure that this wonderful opportunity remains for future members, they should be in their 20s, 30s or 40's when they join CHAOS. If the member's ages or the group's style don't feel like a good fit for you, we suggest you check out one of the other great clubs in Boulder like the Flatirons Ski Club , the Boulder Outdoor Group , the Colorado Mountain Club , the Boulder Nordic Ski Club , the Sierra Club , or the C.U. Hiking Club (office in UMC).