MARS Associates

 Hiking Club



Point of Contact:

Sue Janssen at susan.g.janssen@gmail.com 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.







October 16, 2019, Sandstone
Vickie Eberhart has arranged for a hike for October 16 at Sandstone Ranch.. This will be a guided hike. The Natural Resource Specialist, Jackie Sanderson,.will be arranging for your guide.  Please contact Jackie <jsanders@douglas.co.us>  with any questions about your group's hike.








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. 

Ken
ruiz.kenny@gmail.com





June 19, 2019, Alderfer / Three Sisters Park
     Linda Duby and I (Sherry Vargo) will be your HOSTS for the next hike which will be Wednesday, June 19th.   I will send another email in about a week or so with more information.
     Linda and I have checked out several hikes and have decided on "Alderfer/Three Sisters Park".  The last time the MARS Hiking group hiked there was in August of 2017.  You can check out the website for this park at "www.jeffco.us/open-space" and then enter the park name in the "I'm looking for …" box.  On the next page you can check out information about the park and the map.
     We will meet at the WEST TRAILHEAD parking lot (5136 South Le Masters Rd, Evergreen, CO 80439) at 8:30 am.  The hike will be about 4+ miles and has "least difficult" and "more difficult" connecting trails throughout the hike.  There are a few "most difficult" trails that break out further than our "planned hike" for those of you that like more of a challenge.  We can all meet back at the West Trailhead before heading out for lunch in Evergreen.  There are bathrooms at the West Trailhead and the East Trailhead (the hike will take us by the East Trailhead on the way back to the West side towards the end of the hike).
     To access the Park, travel south of Evergreen on Highway 73.  Turn west on Buffalo Park Road, continue about 1 mile and you will see the East Trailhead parking lot - continue on about 1/2 mile more and you will see the West Trailhead Parking lot on the right hand side of the road.  After the hike we will head to a great restaurant in Evergreen for those who would like to partake in food, drink and socializing.  Linda and I are currently checking out restaurants and will let you know which restaurant in the next email.
     Linda and I would really like to see lots of you join us for this hike on June 19th and some great socializing afterwards.  Please RSVP  to let us know if you are joining us.  When I send out the next email in about a week or so, I will let you know where we will be having lunch.  
     Thank you,
     Sherry Vargo (shervargo@comcast.net)




May 15, 2019, Dawson
Butte Ranch Trail





March 27, 2019,
Painted Mines





February 20, 2019,
Echo Lake





January 16, 2019,
Meyers Ranch
Open Space
















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 http://www.cotrip.org/.  Check with CAIC at https://avalanche.state.co.us/index.php.

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.

https://dola.colorado.gov/sar/orderInstructions.jsf

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






Last updated July 15, 2019, by Jim Kummer  <jkummer@comcast.net>