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.

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:

May 17, 2017
Highlands Ranch Trail

I have picked a set of trails close to home.  Meet at 8:30 am area resources /backcountry wilderness area /backcountry activities /trails & archery range /map-entire trail system. This map includes the Douglas County East-West Regional Trail, which is where we'll start. 

 I have in mind to walk west from the Griggs Road trail head/parking lot, as far as we like, then come back through the Highlands Ranch Private Trail system, for which I will have my membership card to give us access.  Near the beginning there is a great view of the mountain range to the west, then we drop downhill to walk through a more secluded area on a narrower trail.  Hopefully we'll not have rain/snow within a few days before we go, or forecast that day, because the trail turns quickly to very slippery mud.

Directions to trail head:  from C-470, go south-east on University, at Highlands Ranch Parkway turn right (now going south-west), at Fairview Parkway (a short distance) turn left (now going south-east), at Wildcat Reserve Parkway keep going ahead one more block, turn right at Griggs Road (now going south-west). This becomes gravel, goes up a hill, bends left, to parking lot on the left, where there is a restroom and signs.

I have not yet picked a place to eat afterwards.  If anyone has a good idea I'd like to hear it!
Please RSVP by Monday 5/15 evening 5 pm.
Vicky Eberhardt  
home 303-791-2532 

cell 303-263-3049

April 19, 2017
Hidden Mesa

March 15, 2017
Jones Pass

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 July 21, 2017, by Jim Kummer  <>