A few of our events are listed below. To become a member of Chaos and start attending events, please join our Meetup Group!
Distance: ~10 miles
Start Elevation: 11500’
End Elevation: 14060’
Skill Level: Strenuous
Difficulty: Class 2
This hike is for the fit and acclimated.
Some information on hiking along these routes can be found at the sites below. Please review the route before the trip. https://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=bier1&peak=Mt.+Bierstadt
Carpool location: Skier’s lot (1682 S Foothills Hwy, Boulder, CO), Coordinates: 39°57'14.2"N 105°13'52.8"W
Trailhead location: Guanella Pass, Coordinates: 39°36'41.9"N 105°43'03.7"W
We'll meet at the Skier’s lot 6:00am and carpool to the winter parking lot on Guanella Pass. We should arrive about 7:15am and will start hiking at 7:30am. We may stop for food after the hike.
If you have a reliable car, please be prepared to drive. Please remember to give your driver $5 for gas and car wash. It is always appreciated.
Make sure to bring water, snacks, warm layers, gloves, microspikes and snowshoes.
Bad weather (rain, high winds) postpones/cancels.
By attending this hike, you assume all responsibility for your own safety. Mountaineering in Colorado can be very dangerous. Altitude sickness, dehydration, and fast-building storms are the most common problems. Please be in shape and self-sufficient.
The Twin Lakes Great Horned Owls have returned for Easter! Come celebrate with the most famous Owl Family in Colorado.
The baby owls are now learning to fly. Father and Mother owl are teaching the young owls to hunt in the Owl Hunting Meadow just south of the lakes! We will visit the Owl Nesting tree to see our friends in action.
Led by Owl Naturalist Ken Beitel, this guided hike will explore fascinating Owl facts and biology. Perfect for families and friends this hike will be one of the most amazing events of your Easter season.
By enjoying this hike you will also help create the Twin Lakes Owl Preserve and Open Space. Together we can win permanent protection for the proposed Twin Lakes Owl Preserve in partnership with Boulder County and Boulder Valley School District.
The Owls are looking forward to seeing you!
To sign a Change.org Petition to help Create the Twin Lakes Owl Preserve please click: https://www.change.org/p/help-create-the-owl-open-space-at-twin-lakes
To watch a four minute mini-documentary on the Owls visit: www.BoulderOwlPreserve.org
Questions? Please contact Ken at info@BoulderOwlPreserve.org or text 720 436 2465
-- Twin Lakes Owl Photo Courtesy of Alexa Boyes, Boulder Photographer. Many thanks Alexa! --
Mount Yale is a 14er in the Sawatch Range near Buena Vista. This is a STRENUOUS hike. The distance is roughly 9.5 miles and vertical gain 4300'.
This is not a good introductory winter 14er hike.
Bring winter gear and SNOWSHOES.
Post hike meal somewhere in Buena Vista.
Tonight, we'll explore a few trails around White Ranch starting at the parking lot off the Belcher Trail (near 93)
I'm aiming for about 5 miles with about 2000' of gain
Bring water and a HEADLAMP!
Bad weather i.e. pouring rain or snowstorm cancels.
We can meet at the Park n Ride across from Eldorado Corner Market to coordinate carpool.
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).