Boulder Hikes

The hikes meet at the parking lot south of 11th Street and Canyon Blvd in Boulder.
We have some great potlucks planned in Boulder, the Mountains and Estes Park!

Two hikes on July 4th!
Hike 1: Friday July 4 Special! Rocky Mountain National Park
Dream Lake Loop, easy/mod
One of the best! Start at Glacier Gorge Junction. Hike to Alberta Falls, Lake Haiyaha, Dream Lake,
Nymph Lake and Bear Lake. Return late afternoon. 4 miles rt and 1100′ gain
meet at 9am
North hikers can meet us at the Stone Cup Cafe on 36 in Lyons. About 9:45am.

Hike 2: Friday July 4 Special! Fireworks Hike
Flagstaff Trails, easy
One of the most popular hikes of the year! Hike to a scenic view point and watch the fireworks
of Boulder and the surrounding metro area. Bring Flashlight.
meet at 7:30pm

Friday July 11 Switzerland Trail Loop, easy
Hike scenic trails with flowers on the historic railroad route.
Views of Bald Mountain, Sugarloaf and Longs Peak.
meet at 5:30pm

Sunday July 13 Special Hike and Mountain Cabin Potluck. Meet 9am in Boulder. More Later.

Recent Hikes: Last Friday we hiked the Pointed Rock Trail.
Sunday we hiked to Forest Lake.

Suggestions? Potluck at your house? Let me know.
Information on my pottery or classes:
If you have a place to park a classic car let me know.
Hike at your own risk. No dogs please.

See you on a hike!
Hiking Bob

Welcome! General: is a Hiking Group (not for profit) based out of Boulder, Colorado.
It is open to hiking adults. We hike in many locations including Local Parks, State Parks, National Forests, Indian Peaks and RMNP. Please don’t be a ‘onetimer’. Bring a friend, mention the web site, copy the flier and post it or e-mail it to someone.
Each hike is unique. Different destinations and different people.

Where to meet: The hikes meet at the lot south of 11th Street and Canyon Boulevard in Boulder.
Meet by the benches and flagpoles. We carpool. For north hikes the secondary meeting place
is the Stone Cup in Lyons on US 36. For south hikes it is the Conoco north of Golden on 93.

What to bring: Please pay gas money to your driver. Bring a daypack, sturdy hiking boots,
a snack, water and raingear. Lunch on Sundays. Dress in layers. Bring a hat, sunblock, and a whistle. Be prepared for bright sun, heat, rain, snow and cold.

More: If you have something else planned after hike then drive your own car
or come on another day. If you are not feeling well come on another day.
We return earlier in the Winter.
Alternative hikes may be done depending on the weather etc.
On some hikes: One group may turn back early. For the Do Your Own Thing Hikes (DYOTH) Bob may or may not show up. It not the group decides where to hike.
Hike at your own risk. No dogs please.

Ratings: The Friday hikes are easy or easy/mod. The Sunday hikes are easy/mod, moderate or strenuous.

On the hike: Be considerate. Please don’t charge ahead of the group. Leaders want to have fun too and don’t want to go searching for you so:
Please stay with the group and hike between the leader and the rear leader.
You may be needed if someone has a problem.
Let leaders know if you need to stop or plan to leave the group.
Please kept track of the route in case you get separated form the group.
If you do become separated from the group then please don’t hike uphill or away from the car.
Either return to the car or wait a reasonable time on the trail for the group and then return to the car.
Please don’t linger at view stops after the group has left for the next one.
Keep track of your driver during the hike.

Hiking is a relatively safe sport but hazards exit. Focus on the where you are stepping.
Please hike with awareness of your safety and the safety of others.
On narrow, rocky or steep trails allow room between you and the hiker in front of you.
Never hike in the Fall Line above a hiker on Steep Terrain! If a sudden storm arrives then exit peak or rock tops even before you put on your raingear!

Let’s go hiking!

* Please send Bob your e-mail address to receive weekly hike notices and updates:
* Hike often for the scenery, the exercise, and meeting more people.
* Hikes meet at the parking lot south of 11th Street and Canyon Boulevard in Boulder.
* Park in the lot and wait for the group to assemble near the red benches and light poles. (see photo)
* From US 36 (28th Street) head west on Canyon Blvd. Cross Broadway (12th) and take the first left into the parking lot.
Get map and directions.
* We carpool. Passengers please pay gas money to your driver.
* We share park fees. Bring your RMNP pass.
* Hikes begin and end at a trailhead. * Hike at your own risk.
* No dogs please.
* is a not for profit group. Donations are $3
per hike and help pay the expenses.

Meeting on the sidewalk south of 11th Street and Canyon Boulevard before the hike

* We visit some of the most scenic places in the area: mountains, lakes, creeks, waterfalls, rock formations and more.
* We visit County and City Parks & Open Space, State Parks, National Forests, Indian Peaks & Rocky Mountain National Park.
* We do evening hikes on Friday and dayhikes on Sunday.
* The Friday hikes meet at 5:30pm and the Sunday hikes meet at 9am. Meeting times can change.
* We usually go to a restaurant after the Friday hikes.
* The hikes vary with the weather and season. The evening hikes are shorter, easier and closer to Boulder.
* In winter we hike after sunset. The lights of the citly light the trails.
* The Sunday summer hikes may start earlier, may be longer and be to more exotic locations.
* The Sunday summer hikes return time is usually mid to late afternoon. Later for long hikes.
* On some Sunday hikes Group A will do a shorter hike. In winter all the hikes are toned down.
* Short thunder storms occur in the summer. The clouds travel west to east. They are localized and pass over quickly.
* We seldom get rained on. Usually by the time we get to the trail the clouds are usually off to the east.
* If the clouds are evident at the trailhead we may wait in the car until they pass.
* Sometimes the leader may change a hike to a less cloudy area.
* Hiking goals may be abandoned or changed if weather, lightning, ice or other conditions warrant.
* If a sudden storm approaches then leave summit and rock tops immediately even before putting on raingear.

* Beginners should start with the easy hikes.
easy – hikes on flat ground, or minimal elevation gain on trails that last up ot 90 minutes.
easy/moderate – longer hikes with more elevation gain.
moderate – longer hikes with moderate elevation gain and possible cross country
We sometimes do more difficult hikes.

* The hikes are open to all adult hikers. Age group varies. Group size and makeup varies each time.
* You are encouraged to participate often.
* Bring a friend or tell someone about the hikes. Mention the website:

Please follow these guidellines to make the trip safe and enjoyable for all.
* The leader and the members of the group want to enjoy the hike so please be cooperative and considerate of others.
* We will be hiking as a group where the leader will wait periodically for the rest to catch up.
* Do stay behind the leader and ahead of the rear leader. Let the leader lead!
* If you are falling behind, want to stop or want to leave the group CALL OUT and let the leader and the group know your wishes.
* Do not crowd the person in front of you and stay back at least 4′ from the person in front of you on steeper sections.
* Please warn the person behind you of some difficulty on the trail.
* Never take off on your own and this includes in storms because this will cause the group to have to look for you.
* When lightning is present the leader may stop hiking and have the group lay low until the threat passes.
* We will stop for some special overlooks, lunch and snack breaks and bathroom breaks. Don’t continue alone.
* Do know the general plan of the hike. Keep track of the route. What is the final destination?
* Do keep track of your driver and where the car is parked.
* Be properly equipped for the trip planned.

Your health and comfort while hiking depends on how well you are prepared.
Unprepared or unqualified hikers may be asked to come another day.

* Hiking boots are necessary and should be sturdy and have good traction.
Don’t skimp on boots. If you plan to hike a lot then buy a good pair of boots.
All leather and waterproof is best. Lighter ones for easier hikes.

Short Hikes
* Daypack
* Water is the most importnat item.
* Raingear – A waterproof rainsuit or poncho is recommended.
You will be warm and dry in a downpour.
* Flashlight
* Sunglasses and sunhat.
* Sunblock
* First aid kit
* Pocket knife
* Matches
* Kleenex.

Longer Hikes
* All the items for short hikes
* Lunch
* Extra food
* Extra water
* Extra warm clothing

* Camera
* Binoculars
* Cell phone
* Flower books
* Notebook

* Wool socks, gaiters.
* Dress in Layers. Examples: Down vests, fleece, sweaters, synthetics, gortex or nylon shell, parkas.
* Winter hats, gloves, scarfs.
* Thermos
* Long underwear. Don’t forget a T-shirt in case it is a hot winter day.

Thanks to everyone involved in making these fun hikes possible.
The web site is under construction so let us know your ideas.

See you on a Hike!

Hikes organizer:
E-Mail us today for rates and availability
and to make your Colorado Hiking adventure reservation

Bob Baumgartner

(Note: Bob is also a potter and pottery teacher. His pottery can be seen on the website.)
Please contact Bob about his pottery or pottery classes at: Bob Baumgartner


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