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 17, 2017
Spruce Creek, Near Breckenridge
Trail:  Spruce Creek, near Breckenridge
Description:  Moderate 3.5 mile loop through forest and return via 4WD road.  (Most descriptions of the hike are for summer and go to Mohawk Lakes which is a longer route.)
Trailhead: >From Breckenridge, continue on Highway 9 for about 2.5 miles.  You will see Goose Pasture Tarn on the left and a sign for “The Crown” subdivision on the left.  Take a hard right on Spruce Creek Road.  Follow SCR to the parking area where the plows stop. This is also a trailhead for Francie’s cabin in the Crystal Lakes basin.,+Lakewood,+CO+80232/Spruce+Creek+Trail+(Dillon+Ranger+District),+Co+Rd+800,+Breckenridge,+CO+80424/@39.4941268,-105.86899,10z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x876b81aa9ce1a645:0x6c72fadd398480c5!2m2!1d-105.0812185!2d39.6849854!1m5!1m1!1s0x876af6b18af09dad:0xad7074bd6adfdb7e!2m2!1d-106.0506392!2d39.436889
Option:  If you don’t want to drive I-70, you can take 285 to Fairplay and drive over Hoosier Pass.
Lunch in Breckenridge or Frisco.
Extended trip:  I will be heading up to Dillon on Tuesday late afternoon.  You are welcome to stay at our “cabin” Tuesday night and enjoy a leisurely breakfast Wednesday morning.  Phone in Dillon is 720-428-1676.
Please RSVP by Monday evening.  I’ll keep an eye on the weather prediction and change plans if driving conditions are poor.

September 20, 2017
Beaver Brook Chavez Loop Trail
This months hike will be Wednesday September 20.  The hike is planned for the  Beaver Brook Chavez Loop Trail.  This is a 4.2 mile hike with 1,180 feet of elevation gain.  It is rated as moderate by AllTrails.  Most of the elevation is on the way out.  The trail drops into the river drainage follows the river for a short while then makes it way back out of the canyon.  it is a very pretty hike.  Dogs are allowed on the trail but must be leashed.  The last couple of times Denver Parks has been on the trail giving out tickets to unleashed dogs.

To get there take I70 to the Chief Hosa exit (Exit 253).  Traveling west at the exit turn right then immediately turn right again on the dirt frontage road.  The trailhead is about a quarter of a mile on your left.  Plan on meeting at the trailhead at 9:00.  

Lunch is planned for the Genesee Pub and BBQ.  This is the first exit back towards Denver (Exit 254).  Please RSVP to me if you are planning to attend by Sept 19.

Ken Ruiz

August 16, 2017 Alderfeld/Three Sisters Park

We will be leading the hike on the subject date in the Jeffco open space park Alderfer/Three Sisters near Evergreen. To get to the trailhead, go south on route 73 from the intersection of route 73 and CO route 74 in Evergreen. After about one half mile, turn right on Buffalo Park Rd and follow it about 1.4 miles to the park’s parking lot & trailhead on the right.

 Meet there at 9:30 am on Aug 16

 We can accommodate two others to car pool from somewhere near Belleview & Kipling.

 Please rsvp by Aug 14

 Allen & Sally Sanders


July 19, 2017 Silver Dollar Lake

June 21, 2017
Bear Peak

Gene Dionne has volunteered to guide a climb of Bear Peak next Wednesday morning. The hike is of moderate difficulty and should last approximately 3 hours. It typically is done in a loop but of course any of us can double back to the trailhead at any time. The very top part is somewhat steep with switchbacks. The summit (at 8,460ft) is a bit of scramble on rock but it's very short. The views of Boulder and the Flatirons are spectacular! You can get a trail description at:

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 January 10, 2018, by Jim Kummer  <>