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.

15 March, 2017
Snowshoe at Jones Pass

We are planning on a snowshoe trip on Jones Pass trail below Berthoud pass on March 15.  Sorry for the late notice, but we have been out of town for three weeks.  We hope everyone can still make it.

The trail starts as a road that parallels a small stream.  We prefer to hike up the stream as long as someone has already bushwhacked a trail through the snow.  We will determine which path we will take when we get there.  The trail along the stream is beautiful and not as physically demanding because it meanders instead of heading straight uphill.  The first part of the hike goes up a valley 0.8 miles and 600 feet in elevation to a meadow.  The starting elevation is about 10,400 feet.  We can hike another half mile up the meadow for about another 200 feet of elevation, although in the past we have usually quit at the meadow.  We will take the road back down.

There are no restroom facilities at the trailhead, so we will meet at the Starbucks in Downieville at I-70 exit 234.  This is about 5 miles west of Idaho Springs and usually less than an hour from the Denver area.  We can use the restrooms, replenish our caffeine levels if necessary, and caravan to the trail head about 15 minutes away.  To get there we will get back on I-70 and exit at US 40 to Berthoud Pass.  We get off US 40 on Henderson Mine Road right before the big grade up to the pass.  There is also a sign there that reads Big Bend Campground and Jones Pass.  Parking for the trailhead is about 1.5 miles up the road and right above the Henderson mine.

We will meet at Starbucks at 10:00.  This will get us to the trailhead by 10:30, and back to the parking lot by 12:30 or 1:00.  We can have lunch at Tommyknockers in Idaho Springs.

Note that we are very familiar with this trail and have snowshoed it several times, but have not scouted it this year.  So plans might be subject to change based on conditions.

We hope that everyone can make it.

Tom & Sue Pawlowski

(303) 548-1190
15 February, 2017
Mayflower Gulch

18 January,
Mt Falcon

19 October, 2016
Elk Meadow Park

21 September, 2016
Grizzly Peak

17 August, 2016
Guanella Pass to
Square Top Lakes

Click HERE for 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 March 7, 2017, by Jim Kummer  <>