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* 5 PEAKS, 5400' ELEVATION GAIN, FALL FOLIAGE *
I've been wanting to do this hike for a while. This is possibly THE signature hike in Boulder. The goal is to hike all 5 peaks: Bear, South Boulder, Green, Flagstaff and Sanitas in one day. We won't necessarily rush it as it's an absolutely stunning hike .
Starting at the South Mesa Trailhead, follow trails up to South Boulder Peak (8549'): one section of trail gains 1600' in 1 mile, making it perhaps the steepest trail in Boulder. Then, proceed to Bear Peak (8461') followed by Green Mtn (8144'). As we approach Flagstaff Mtn (6898'), we'll cross the road a few times; there are many trail crossings so it will be a bit of a navigational challenge to ensure we follow the right trail. Finally, we will get to the lowest point of the trail, basically, downtown boulder before we tackle our final peak, Mt Sanitas (6791').
Outline of trails we will take:
Homestead Tr from South Mesa TH -> Shadow Canyon Tr 2.2 mi
Shadow Canyon Tr -> S. Boulder Peak: 1.5 mi
S. Boulder Peak -> Bear Peak: 0.7 mi
Bear Peak West Ridge Tr: 1.9 mi
Green-Bear Tr -> Green Mtn West Ridge Tr: 1.5 mi
Green Mtn West Ridge Tr -> Green Mtn: 0.5 mi
Green Mtn -> Flagstaff Road via Flagstaff Tr: 1.8 mi
Flagstaff Rd -> Flagstaff Mtn via Ute Tr: 0.6 mi
Flagstaff Mtn -> Panorama Pt 1.5 mi
Panaromana Pt -> Arapahoe Ave: 0.5 mi
Arapahoe Ave -> Centennial TH: 0.5 mi
Centennial TH -> Mt Sanitas Summit: 1.4 mi
Mt Sanitas Summit -> Centennial TH 1.4 mi
The "city" portion of our hike: go from Viewpoint Trail to Settler's park
The total distance is a over 16 miles and vertical gain is 5400'.
Note this is a strenuous hike due to the distance, elevation gain and sometimes challenging terrain.
I will post a more detailed route description as we get closer to the date.
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
Given that the days are getting shorter, let's do some fun cardio activities before work! I'd like us to do a run to Boulder Reservoir starting at Tod's Cafe on Lookout Road in the Gunbarrel area of Boulder.
From Tod's we will run along the Lobo trail, cross under new route 119 underpass towards Boulder Reservoir where we will can take in views of the beautiful Flatirons. The return path is the same way we came in.
The total distance is around 4 miles. The run itself should take us under an hour! So we'll be done exercising and have our coffees/breakfasts before work!
Join us for this pretty hike with views of downtown Boulder and the rest of the Flatirons! This hike is fairly steep as it gains 1300 feet in less than 1.7 miles!
The hike is roughly 3.3 miles and vertical gain, around 1300'
Bring some water and a snack!
If you don't know the Brainard cabin it is a true treasure. Beautifully made and maintained this historic cabin sits at the foot of Mt. Audubon with panoramic views of the Indian Peaks. http://www.cmcboulder.org/cabin-brainard.html. Mid October the road to Brainard Lake in Indian Peaks Wilderness closes making the whole area much less traveled and accessible. From the cabin there are many awesome hiking destinations both easy and intense.
I propose we hike (or bike) to the cabin (2.5 miles) before lunch, open the cabin, have lunch, pick a hike for the afternoon, then spend the night and return in the morning.
The cabin has solar lighting, wood heat, propane cooking, and full kitchen (but no running water). There are foam mattresses, pillows, and wool blankets. Most people bring a pillow case and a light sleeping bag. There is plenty of water and an outhouse. Bring food and gear. There are plenty of board games and other stuff to do.
Cost is $12 for CMC members, and $24 for non CMC members. Sign up and I'll work out the payment before the trip.
Drive up the Brainard Lake road to the winter gate and park. I'll meet you there. The road should be passable on a bike if you want to mt. bike the road instead of walking.
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).