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Date Sunday  9/1/2019
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Ascending Hikes: Crater Lakes from East Portal Moderate B Dog Hike
Start Time 7:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader William Blazek
Member Price Free
Available Participants 3
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate B
Trail Mileage 7
Elevation Gain 1800
Driving Distance 75


Meet at CoorsTek Parking area, located directly east of American Mountaineering Center,  710 10th St Golden at 7AM or

at the East Portal at 8AM.

Let the leader know where you will meet us.


For more info Contact


From the East Portal trailhead, hike southwest on FSR 900 to the intersection with Crater Lakes Trail. The Crater Lakes are a cluster of 5 lakes spread about a rugged valley that forms a major tributary to South Boulder Creek.

Friendly and tough Mountain Mutt welcome.

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For preparation, check out these articles for members at  


1. All About Hiking Pace

2. Trail Etiquette



Post Trip Report

Trip went as planned and everything went like clockwork.  We left the TH at 9 AM. We were at the lower CLs at 11 AM. We were at the Upper CLs by noon. We enjoyed lunch there and the great scenery.  Weather was clear and sunny.  It was in the upper 90s down in the city breaking temp records there but it was a comfy temp at CLs with nice breazes.  We found a different trail down from Upper CL down to Lower CLs past the outlet cateracts flowing out of Upper CLs.  This was very scenic too.  We were back at the cars at ~3:30 PM.  

Everyone had a great time and there were no problems. People needed to get going after the hike so we did not stop to eat anywhere on the way home.


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.




Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.