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Date Thursday  6/24/2021
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Ascending Hike: Upper Forest Lakes (10,850') Mod B East Portal Trailhead
Start Time 6:00 AM
Status Approved
Leader Kevin Schaal
Co-Leader Jim Guerra
Member Price Free
Available Participants 4
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate B
Trail Mileage 8.3
Elevation Gain 1900
Driving Distance 94


Ascending Hike Series - Will be released - 05/24/2021

Covid Precautions - check latest in effect re carpools, masks and social distance between hikers -

We will meet at The Wooly Mammoth Park and Ride, Section BB at 6:00 AM on June 24th for a no later than 6:15 AM departure. The Wooly MammothPark and Ride is located on US Highway 40 at I-70, Exit 259.  This link gives a Google Map for Wooly Mammoth:  Section BB is across the road from the Exxon Gas Station on HIghway 40.

The trailhead for our hike is East Portal west of Rollinsville, about a 45 mile drive.  We will plan a comfort stop along the way.

The first 1.25 miles pon the hike will follow S. Boulder Creek.  At a trail intersection, we turn right and follow Arapahoe Creek for another 1.5 miles.  Upper Forest Lake is reached at about the 4 mile mark.  The hike to this point is all on trail.  We will decide the day of the hike another if we ascend another 500 feet off trail to a small lake higher in the cirque.  This would add another 0.3 miles round trip to our total distance.

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For more info Contact

Name:  Kevin Schaal                    

 ph#  (303) 519-0364                                 


Feel free to touch base with me at any time.

Whenever you have to cancel out of a trip, it is your responsibility to do that online. I will see your cancellation. Here's how: Log in to>Members>My Membership>My Trips> find this trip (all your upcoming trips are listed in date order). Click "cancel."

IN ADDITION: Please TEXT me if you have to cancel the night before or the morning of. Emails will be lost in my inbox.


Trail Description from the US Forest Service:  (

From the East Portal Trailhead, follow the South Boulder Creek Trail around the north side of the train tunnel. The trail soon enters James Peak Wilderness Area.

It is 1.2 miles on the South Boulder Creek Trail to the signed Forest Lakes Trail junction. Turn right as indicated.

The Forest Lakes Trail cuts across the front of a steep ridge on an old road for a half-mile until it intersects Arapaho Creek. It follows the creek for about another mile before it turns away from the creek to the northeast following a gentle grade to the lower of the two lakes. The trail leads around the lower lake and continues west to the upper Forest Lake.  

I will write you with a weather forecast the day before. Do not assume bad weather means the trip is canceled. We only cancel if the roads are treacherous. We just try to dress appropriately.

Please bring those of the 10 Essentials appropriate to a mountain hike:  Wear proper hiking boots, sunglasses and sunscreen, a hat, a personal first aid kit, nutrition items, and plenty of water. Rain jacket with hood is a year-round pack item. 

Part of the trail is steep, so bring hiking poles if you use them. 

No jeans or cotton clothing. We can talk more about all that on trip day.

NO Dogs, please. Look for designated "Doggie Hikes" on the calendar.

Let me know of any medical conditions that might affect you on the hike.


Starting this May, the Denver Member Initiatives Committee (DMIC) is pleased to offer the third annual Ascending Hikes series.  It is designed for CMC members of all ages wanting to increase (or recover) hiking speed and stamina.  The series also provides an opportunity to meet CMC veterans, make new friends, and explore more of Colorado's hiking trails.  The AH series provides everyone a supportive way to work on their day hiking skills.  

Hikes start off easy and gradually progress in length and difficulty so you're ready to tackle a new challenge by the end of summer.  We’ll even offer a couple of 14’er climbs just for AH Participants at the end of the season!
No big commitment. You can jump in or out anytime.
For questions write


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