MARS Associates

 Hiking Club

Point of Contact:

Sue Janssen at or 303-936-8339

Ours is a gathering of like-minded MARS members who enjoy hiking and desire to share the experience with others. We plan to conduct a sponsored hike each month, on the third Wednesday. Twice a year, in the Spring and the Fall, we will hold a planning meeting to address organizational issues and plan for the forthcoming season. Each hike event will be overseen by a member point of contact. We have no insurance, so members will be required to sign a waiver for each hike.

You must RSVP to the Point of Contact (POC) at least 2 days before the hike.  The POC will provide you with additional information. These hikes are generally rated as easy to intermediate.   Read the descriptions to evaluate your readiness to enjoy the outing. Please check this webpage at your convenience to be sure you have the latest information.

January, 2020 Pam Alstott

December, 2019
Robin Zen

November, 2019
Tom and Sue Pawlowski propose:
given the uncertainty of November weather we would do an urban hike at Belmar Park and the Lakewood Heritage Center.  Belmar Park with
Kountze lake at its center is an enclave of surprisingly natural area surrounded by city.  The Lakewood Heritage Center has a number of
historic buildings that have been moved there from all over Lakewood to save them from destruction. 
There is also a small historical museum that we can walk through.

The hike will really be more of a walk of approximately 2.5 miles over level terrain.  It is a mix of paved and dirt trails.  The dirt trails
were a little muddy today when we checked it out, so wear appropriate footwear and maybe bring something else to change into for lunch.  
We'll meet in the Heritage Center parking lot at 10:00 AM.  The building opens at 10:00 and has restrooms.  We will start the hike by about 10:15. 

The address is:
 801 S. Yarrow Street
But we accessed it by turning west from Wadsworth Blvd onto Ohio St.  The parking lot is down about 100 yards on the left.
Here is a Google Map Link:
Here is a link with a Belmar Park trail map ( we will do a variation of the red trail on the map that ends at the Heritage Center)
Here is a PDF of the Lakewood Heritage Center walking tour brochure  Unfortunately, the buildings will be closed for our visit, but we can walk around and peak in the windows.
There is kind of a dearth of post-hike appropriate restaurants around there.  We tentatively chose a place called Bar Louie in the Belmar shopping area, which is kind of an up-scale bar/restaurant.  We will keep looking and have a final decision before the hike.  If anyone has any suggestions please pass then on.
We hope to see a lot of you there.
Tom & Sue Pawlowski

October 16, 2019, Sandstone

September 18, 2019, Centenial Cone

August 28, 2019, Grays and/or Torreys

July 19, 2019, Straight Creek
Hello Hikers!  The upcoming July hike scheduled for July 17 is up Straight Creek.  This hike starts at 11,150 and gradually climbs to 12,600.  The trail head is the west side of the Johnson Eisenhower Tunnel.  Normally this time of year the wildflowers are spectacular.  The snow pack hasn't totally left but I am hoping by the 17th everything will be clear.  We will meet at Wooly Mammoth Park and Ride Section EE at 6:15 for a 6:30 departure.  The reason for such an early start is this hike is all above timberline and we don't want to get caught in any lightning storms.  On the way up we will stop at the Georgetown Visitor Center.  The after hike is yet to be decided.  This hike is 6 miles and 1,500 ft of elevation gain.  It is basically the same as the Silver Dollar Lake hike.  Please bring your sunscreen, rain gear, lunch along with the other 10 essentials.  You may also like poles and traction devices.  The traction device may help if we have to navigate a snowfield.  We will make real time decisions on to proceed or not if the conditions warrent. 


June 19, 2019, Alderfer / Three Sisters Park

Hikers must complete the Liability Waiver Form

Participants must wear appropriate footwear (no sandals please) and carry their own pack.
Remember the scouting motto – “Be prepared” – and carry the “10 Essentials.”
1.    Navigation (map and compass or GPS and know how to use them)
2.    Sun protection (sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, lip balm)
3.    Insulation (dress in layers –it can rain or snow any day in Colorado)
4.    Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
5.    First-aid supplies (take good care of your feet)
6.    Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
7.    Repair kit and tools (pocket knife, duct tape, extra batteries, etc.)
8.    Nutrition (snacks and food)
9.    Hydration (water - lots of it)
10.    Emergency shelter (such as a space blanket)
You may also wish to add toilet paper, hand sanitizer, garbage bag, camera, whistle, extra socks, medication, pen and paper or sketchbook, insect repellant and a handkerchief.  But don’t make your pack too heavy!

If you don’t own snowshoes you can rent them at lots of places including REI, Sports Authority, and Christy Sports.  Poles are optional, but sometimes helpful.

We will be in the “backcountry” during the winter – be prepared for adverse weather and winter driving conditions.  Before heading out, check road conditions by calling “511” or  Check with CAIC at

COSAR CARD (Optional)

Purchase your Colorado Search and Rescue Card at Roxborough State Park Visitor Center (or other locations). The cost is $3.00 for one year and $12.00 for five years.

If you wish to join the MARS Hiking Club, please contact Sue Janssen at or 303-936-8339.  Provide your email address and phone number.

Last updated November 13, 2019, by Jim Kummer  <>