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Post Posted: Nov 11, 2017 4:49 pm 
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My family and I are new to the mountains, and I would love to get into hiking more. My family refuses to go with me; so, I would like to find a group or anybody that is looking for a hiking buddy. I've looked at the Conifer Newcomers website, but they hike during the week. I work Monday through Friday; so, I need weekend hikers. Does anybody have any ideas or suggestions?


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Post Posted: Nov 11, 2017 5:10 pm 
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I've seen a couple groups on Facebook, on some of the local groups. You might try that.

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Post Posted: Nov 11, 2017 9:36 pm 
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You can check out the Colorado Mountain Club and what they have to offer at cmc.org.

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Actually, the local JeffCo Open Space parks have many people on hiking on weekends so are a safe place to go. Flying J in particular always has other hikers, we've never been there that we didn't see others. Meyers Ranch also has a lot of hikers. Reynolds doesn't have as many hikers as the other parks. The walk around the lake at Pine Valley always has several people.

My husband and I mostly hike on week days but do hike occasionally on a weekend day. We usually see single women hiking alone even during the week, not just weekends.


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Post Posted: Nov 13, 2017 7:25 am 
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Jo H - i am usually up for shorter hikes (1-2 hours max) on Saturday mornings. I have spent some time in Flying J and Staunton and on Maxwell Falls trail. I would be happy to show you around those trails anytime. Happy hiking!


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Hi Jo H. You're just in time! Winter hiking is the best! When properly dressed and carrying spikes or snow shoes the trails are so peaceful. I would be interested in hiking on a Saturday or Sunday. Discovering new beautiful views is thrilling. It is awesome to meet new people whom know of new and different trails. We completed Chief Mountain (up Squaw Pass) last week in the fog and it was fantastic!


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Post Posted: Nov 14, 2017 12:44 pm 
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Mountain people are awesome!! Happyindianhills, where are you located? I am able 3 miles south of Pine Junction.


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Jo H, I am in Indian Hills, but I'll go anywhere to hike. Sunday we travel to Sante Fe so a hike on Saturday morning would be preferable this weekend. Anyone have a good recommendation for a hike near Pine Junction?


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Pine Valley JeffCo Open Space down by Pine. Staunton State Park is close to Shaffers Crossing but does have an entrance fee.


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Post Posted: Nov 15, 2017 10:47 am 
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www.14ers.com - great forum to find partners at any ability level. Not only for hiking 14ers either (14ers = 14,000+ foot peaks), but for pretty much any sort of hiking, snowshoeing, backcountry stuff, etc. Also has a lot of information on what gear to bring, acclimatization for the altitude, avalanche awareness tips, and general safety when in the mountains.

www.summitpost.org - great for finding more information on Colorado mountains, though with more of a mountaineering slant.

Near Bailey, I'd recommend:
* Deer Creek Trailhead (Pegmatite Points). Can search for Tanglewood trail and Rosalie Trail.
* Meridian Trail - Rosedale Peak and just a generally nice trail, especially in the fall colors, as there's a lot of aspen trees
* Cub Creek Trail
* Lost Creek Wilderness - Lots of trails and peaks
* Mt. Evans Wilderness - Peaks and trails.

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Post Posted: Nov 15, 2017 6:53 pm 
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I would agree with the Bee. Pine valley open space hooks up with buffalo creek trails. Totally cool!!!


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Post Posted: Nov 16, 2017 6:49 am 
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Jo - I am still waiting to see what the weather brings Friday night and Saturday morning. If there is fresh snow on Saturday morning, I am more likely to stay in bed with coffee than hit the trails. :)


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