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.

15 February, 2017
Mayflower Gulch

The current plan for our February hike is Mayflower Gulch near Copper Mountain Ski Resort.  Lee and I will check it out this week, but this is a trail that is almost always in great shape.  We will be heading up to Dillon the day before and we still have some room if anyone wants to spend Tuesday night.  (Yes, I know it is Valentine’s day.)  I’d plan on 1.5 drive from Denver to the trailhead (check
Mayflower Gulch:
Date:  15 Feb
Meet at the trailhead at 10:00.  There are no “facilities” there, so stop in Silverthorne at one of the fast food joints near the I-70 exit.
The hike follows a 4WD road through forest but continues into the bowl for grand views!
Snowshoes are recommended, especially if there has been a recent storm.
If you need to reach me on Tuesday (14th) or Wednesday (15th), call my cell phone – 720-428-1676.
Please RSVP by Monday, 13th Feb, so I know to expect you.

18 January,
Mt Falcon

19 October, 2016
Elk Meadow Park

21 September, 2016
Grizzly Peak

17 August, 2016
Guanella Pass to
Square Top Lakes

20 July, 2016
Silver Dollar Lake

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 February 4, 2017, by Jim Kummer  <>