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.

March 27, 2019, Painted Mines
The Mars March hike is planned for Painted Mines on the 27th which is 4th Wednesday of March. A little later in the month may improve our chances of good weather. The Painted Mines area is east of Monument so carpooling is a good idea. We'll meet up at the Safeway in Castle Rock about 9:15 and plan to be at the Painted mines Trailhead at about 10:30. Lunch to follow is planned for Monument. See the attached word document for additional details and directions. I'll send out a reminder the week before.

See You There

Lenny & Jill  Demchak 

303 905 9685 (c)
303 688 2581 (h)

February 20, 2019, Echo Lake

We're planning to go snowshoeing for our February hike at Echo Lake near Idaho Springs.  We did this a couple of years ago and it was very popular.  If you have never snowshoed but have wanted to try it, this will be perfect.  The basic trail is flat, and as long as there is no new snow will be well broken in.  We were there on Sunday, and a lot of people were just hiking, but there were others, including us, on snowshoes.

We plan on a basic, very easy hike of about a mile.  But then we'll add an optional out and back of half a mile on the Chicago Lake trail that is a little more challenging (it has some mild ups and downs, and curves around the side of a pretty steep hill, making a steep drop on one side).  Anyone not wishing to do that part can return to the parking lot or go down to Idaho Springs and wait at the restaurant.  The reward for doing the Chicago Lake trail is the view - see the photo below.

We will meet at the Visitor's Center in Idaho Springs (The National Forest Visitor Center that used to be just south of I-70 on Highway 103 has relocated to this Visator's Center in Idaho Springs).  It has restrooms and a nice little mining museum that is fun to walk around.  It opens at 9:30.  We highly recommend that you get there about then if you want to check out the museum.  We will leave for the trailhead at 10:00.  It is about a half hour drive from Idaho Springs on highway 103 to Echo Lake.  If you wish to meet us at the trailhead at 10:30 that is fine too. 

Take I-70 to exit 240 at Idaho Springs.  To go to the Visitors Center exit to the north and backtrack about a mile to 2060 Miner St.  To go to the Echo Lake Trailhead, take I-70 to exit 240 at Idaho Springs and go south from the exit on Highway 103 (it's also marked as the road to Mt. Evans) to Echo Lake - you can't miss it, just stay on the road.  There are primitive restrooms at the trailhead.

We plan to eat at a new Restaurant/Brewery in Idaho Springs after called Westbound & Down Brewery - 1617 Miner St.  We have eaten there before and the food and drink are good.

Here are some details: Echo Lake Park, 10600 ft,

Dress warmly in layers - it can be quite cold if the wind is blowing.  You can rent snowshoes at many ski rental places if you don't have any.
We hope lots of people can make it.  Please RSVP.


Tom & Sue Pawlowski

September 19, 2018,

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


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 March 7, 2019, by Jim Kummer  <>