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Terry Norton @terry1

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ABOUT US: We are a community of queer (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex) and straight hikers, skiers, backpackers and more. We embrace diversity and celebrate our differences. All adventurers of good cheer are welcome! ABOUT THIS TRIP: While Winter continues its firm grip on the high country, let's explore the Spruce Mountain and Spruce Meadows Open Space near Larkspur. This hike starts with the gentle climb up the forested Spruce Mountain (~4.5miles) followed by a gentle rolling stroll through the grassy Spruce Meadows (~8.5 miles). We will meet at the RTD Southmoor Park Park and Ride at 7am; and carpool to the Spruce Mtn Trailhead for an 8am start. See the PHOTOS attached to this event for route information. Message me for a GPS track or a PDF with geo data. Elevation gain / loss is about 1300 ft. We will be sharing most of the trail with mountain bikers and horses. DOGS are welcome. Usual leash rules apply. There will be horses on route. LUNCH (OPTIONAL): Afterwards, we will gather for a late lunch or ice cream at TBD. INTERMEDIATE DIFFICULTY / AVERAGE FITNESS / STEADY PACE: See photos for a description of hiking difficulty. We will take a short break roughly every hour along the route, and a 20 minute break at the summit of Spruce Mtn; and another 20 min break around noon for lunch. This is a 12+ mile hike on variable trails with mountain bikes & horses passing by. You should be in good physical shape and be capable of maintaining a 2 MPH pace over varying terrain. As a guideline, you should have a 2 hour hike on hilly terrain under your hipbelt for the season (or similar level of fitness). The hike will be on varied trail conditions possibly including snow, ice and loose rock. We may encounter temperature changes and rain. You should have the experience to cope with these changes during the day. MAP / PROFILE / INFO: See photos for Route Map & Profile You can download / print a map from: https://caltopo.com/m/FHAU (You can use the "Export" option at the top to download a GPX or KLM file for your gps.) DISTANCE & ELEVATION: Est 13 Miles with 1,300 Ft Elevation Gain / Loss SCHEDULE: 700am - Meet for carpool (Southmoor Park N Ride) 710am - Depart Carpool lot 800am - Meet at Spruce Mtn Trailhead 810am - Start hiking 200pm - Return to TH and depart ~230pm - Optional late lunch or ice cream or whatever group decides. CARPOOL LOT: RTD Southmoor Park and Ride 3701 S Monaco Pkwy, Denver CO https://goo.gl/maps/xELRPDUGhot TRAILHEAD: Spruce Mountain Open Space Trailhead 13415 S Spruce Mountain Rd, Larkspur, CO 80118 https://goo.gl/maps/aLjQawhnLqCyRVPW8 EQUIPMENT: This is a long dayhike. Be prepared to be outside for 5 - 6 hours. Bring plenty of water (2 quarts/liters minimum), snacks / lunch, and clothing (warm layer/jacket and a rain jacket, hat or cap, sunglasses). REI has an equipment list at https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/day-hiking-checklist.html RSVP POLICY: Keep updated! No-shows and cancellations less than 24 hrs before start will be marked as "no-show." Three no-shows, and buh-bye. FIRST TIMERS: If this is your first meetup with Hiking With Pride, RSVP and then complete the short form following the link below. Organizers need to keep your emergency contact's information on file in case of an accident or other emergencies. http://goo.gl/WpR3GV DISCLAIMER: Your safety is your choice. Part of the fun in a group is learning new things about the outdoors. We share stories, tips and happily share our knowledge of gear and trails with others. Though we care about your well-being is true, your personal safety is 100% your responsibility on a trip. The trip organizer provides an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the event together and has no responsibility or liability for the safety of participants. FIND FELLOW HIKERS @ HWP FACEBOOK (https://www.facebook.com/groups/hikingwithpride/)

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Spruce Mountain Open Space Trailhead

13415 S Spruce Mountain Rd

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

2:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Spruce Mountain Open Space Trailhead - Larkspur, CO
13415 S Spruce Mountain Rd

HWP: Mountain & Meadow Hike; ~13miles; 1,300ft gain/loss SAT JUN 1; 8AM
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HWP: Mountain & Meadow Hike; ~13miles; 1,300ft gain/loss SAT JUN 1; 8AM

Saturday, June 1, 2019

2:00 PM - 8:00 PM