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.

September 19,

Roxborough State Park

Wednesday, September 19th

Roxborough State Park

Time: 9:00-12:00

Lunch afterward at JP's Asian Bistro

Let me know if you need any additional information.


Mike Bartlett


August 15, 2018
Silver Dollar Lake Trail
I will be leading a hike up to Silver Dollar Lake and beyond to Murray Lake on Wednesday morning, August 15th. I haven't been up there recently but very often the trail can be a little wet and there might be small patches of snow, but otherwise it should be a nice, fairly easy, scenic hike.  Details on the moderate degree of difficulty hike and trail can be found at:

I expect we'll meet at the "trailhead" parking lot off of Guanella Pass road (on the east side) at 09:00 and if everyone is comfortable with driving further up to the real trailhead on the dirt road, we'll start from there and save ourselves a little time. This is a good hike to take dogs on but they should be on leash, at least until we get up to the lakes. We'll likely have a snack at Silver Dollar Lake then go further up to Murray Lake and enjoy the high alpine scenery and wildflowers. Oh, there may not be restrooms near the trailhead so you may want to stop in Georgetown on the way.
I'll get an update out on Tuesday morning (8/14) and can check out the near-in weather predictions. Will then set up a meeting point/time (likely ~08:00) for carpooling near Morrison. We'll likely stop for lunch in Georgetown at the Happy Cooker (TBD) on the way home.
Please let me know if you're intending to go on this hike and if you'd like to carpool and/or would like to drive.

(M) 303-880-7499

July 18, 2018
Maxwell Falls
Happy 4th! Hoping y’all can join me on Wednesday, July 18th for a hike near Evergreen. Maxwell Falls is a moderate 4.2 mile loop with an 875’ elevation change. There are a couple of steep sections, but they’re switchbacked, so not too bad. And there are waterfalls! Meet at the trailhead at 9:30 a.m. If anyone wants or needs to carpool, let the group know.

From Evergreen, take 73 south about a mile to S. Brook Forest Rd on the right, then another 3.5 miles on S. Brook Forest Rd. to the Lower Maxwell Falls trailhead parking lot on the left.  Right before you get there you’ll see a warning sign about roadside parking for the next ¼ mile. There should be plenty of room in the parking lot midweek, otherwise park along Brook Forest.

There are no restrooms at the trailhead, so if you’re coming into Evergreen from Morrison, stop at the northeast side of Corwina Park, or stay on CO 74 in Evergreen past the lake and turn left onto Upper Bear Creek Rd. – there are facilities at the picnic area west of the Evergreen Lake House.  If you’re coming from I70, along Evergreen Pkwy there are numerous gas stations, a King Soopers in Bergen Park, and a Safeway closer to Evergreen.

After the hike we can head back to Evergreen and the Lariat Lodge Brewing Company for lunch. RSVP on lunch so I have a reservation body count.

Thanks, hope to see you there!

Val Gregory

June 20, 2018
Lost Lake

January 17, 2018
Spruce Creek, Near Breckenridge

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 August 31, 2018, by Jim Kummer  <>