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Date Sunday  8/4/2019
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Ascending Hikes: Chief and Papoose Mtns 11,709' Easy B Dog Hike
Start Time 7:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader William Blazek
Member Price Free
Available Participants 5
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Easy B
Trail Mileage 4
Elevation Gain 1800
Driving Distance 50


Meet at the Woolly Mammoth Park-n-Ride, far West end, cross from Exxon gas station.

For more info Contact

Leader: Bill Blazek




From the Cloudland Picnic area on Hwy 103, West of Squaw pass, hike off trail East up the ridge to the summit of Chief Mtn.  Now follow the established trail down to the saddle with with Papoos Mtn. then climb off-trail to the summit of Papoose Mountain. Weather permitting, retrace our route back over Chief Mtn and back down the West Ridge to the Cloudland TH.

The alternate return route, in case of bad weather, will be to decend from the Chief-Papoose saddle to the old FS road that parallels Hwy 103,  follow it West back to Hwy 103, then bushwack SW to the lower part of the West ridge of Chief and back down to the cars.

There is some minor boulder hopping in several places and some easy scrambling to the summits of both Chief and Papoose.  This route was chosen for the better off highway parking area with an outhouse and a little more distance and elevation gain for better preparation for hiking 14ers.  Plan on a moderate but steady pace.  Total hiking time 4-5 hours. 

Please be at the meeting area, Wooly Mamoth Lot, far West end across from the Exxon Gas station, before 7AM so we can leave by 7AM.  Or meet at the Cloudland Picnic area at 7:45 AM.  We need to be hiking by 8AM or before.

Friendly, tough Mountain Mutts welcome.  Feel free to bring casual picnic food for a picnic back at the cars after the hike. 

For preparation help, check out these articles for members at

1. All About Hiking Pace

2. Trail Etiquette

3. Your Personal Hiker Classification


4. Hiker Classification Change Form


The trip leader will email everyone two days before the hike with the most recent weather forecast and any final details. 


Starting this June, the Denver Member Initiatives Committee (DMIC) is excited to offer a second round of the Ascending Hikes series.  This program is geared towards new members and individuals seeking to gradually increase their fitness and hiking difficulty, with the goal of reaching the summit of a Colorado 14er in September 2019.  Members can sign up for any hike and do not have to sign up for the series.

The second round of the series will begin with a classification of Easy A hikes ( up to 8 miles round trip and/or 1200 ft. elevation gain) and progress to a classification of Difficult B hikes (up to 12 miles round trip and/or 2500 ft. elevation gain).  Hikes will occur on Sundays.


Post-Trip Report

Trip went as planned. Weather was good.  Had a little rain but nothing significant.  Had a short picnic back at the TH after the hike.  Everyone did great.  No incidents.


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.