Loops For Mom - 2 Loop Hikes White Ranch Park SUN MAY 12; INTERMEDIATE/AVERAGE

Terry Norton @terry1

25303 Belcher Hill Rd - Golden, CO
25303 Belcher Hill Rd

Sun, May 12, 2019 at 3:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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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 orientations, straight and gay, are welcome as well as all gender identities and expressions. ABOUT THIS TRIP: This hike is two wonderful foothill loop hikes from the same trailhead. Both the Longhorn and Rawhide Loops are about 5 miles in length each, with about 1,200 ft elevation loss/gain per loop. We will hike the Longhorn Loop first (estimate 2.5 hours), then hike the Rawhide Loop. Hikers can hike just the Longhorn Loop, or continue on for the Rawhide Loop. LUNCH (OPTIONAL): Afterwards, we will gather for a late lunch at the Ali Babba Grill, 109 N Rubey Dr, Golden, CO 80403. DOG FRIENDLY: The usual leash rules apply. There will be mtn bikes on the trails; therefore, retractable leashes are generally not a good idea. INTERMEDIATE DIFFICULTY / AVERAGE FITNESS / STEADY PACE: See photos for a description of hiking difficulty. This is a 5 - 10 mile hike on variable trails with mountain bikes 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 mostly improved trail, but we may encounter temperature changes and rain. You should have the experience to cope with these changes during the day. MAP / PROFILE / INFO: Park Info: Park Map: Route Map: DISTANCE & ELEVATION: Longhorn Loop is 4.6 miles with 1200 ft loss/gain. Rawhide Loop is 5.15 miles with 1150 ft loss/gain. SCHEDULE: 9:00 – Meet at trailhead; introductions; start hike 9:05 - Start Longhorn Loop 11:40 - ESTIMATED - Start Rawhide Loop 3:00-4:00pm – Complete hike / return to TH CARPOOL: Plan carpools in the Comments below. I will be leaving Uptown at 800am sharp if anyone wants a ride. TRAILHEAD: West Trailhead of the White Ranch Pk. The trailhead is listed as "Rawhide Loop Trail Head" in Google Maps. Use this link: 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). I will be wearing trail running shoes. REI has an equipment list at 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. 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. MOBILE DEVICE ETIQUETTE: Please be considerate of others by turning off all audible alarms. FIND FELLOW HIKERS ON THE HWP FACEBOOK GROUP