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Date Saturday  7/17/2021
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Ascending Hike: Shelf Lake; Diff B Guanella Pass Area
Start Time 6:15 AM
Status Complete
Leader Kevin Schaal
Co-Leader Durham Monsma
Member Price Free
Available Participants 5
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Difficult B
Trail Mileage 7
Elevation Gain 2000
Driving Distance 96


Meet at at 6:15 AM at The Fort Restaurant near Morrison at Highway 285 and Colorado Route 8 for a NO LATER THAN 6:30 AM Departure!  (Google Map of location of the Fort is:  We car caravan to the Guanella Pass Road at the town of Grant.  The last several miles are on dirt road  We will need drivers with SUV's (but not 4-wheel drive cars) to reach the trailhead. 

Once reaching Shelf Lake, if the group is willing we may consider hiking the ridge above Shelf Lake and then on to the summit of Decatur Mountain.  This would add an extra 1.7 miles and 1000 feet of climbing.  We will decide the day of the hike.

Due to high demand for this hike, I've arranged to have a co-leader - Durrie Monsma.  We will divide into 2 groups of 10 each and allow some 15 minutes of separation for this hike.

For preparation, check out these helps for members at

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





For more info Contact

Contact trip leader Kevin Schaal at or 303-519-3064 (cell)
Durrie Monsma, co-leader, at

Whenever you have to cancel out of a trip, it is your responsibility to do that online.
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."

Please let me know privately of any medical conditions that might affect you on the hike!

IN ADDITION: Please TEXT me if you have to cancel the night before or the morning of.


I will email you with a weather forecast several days before the hike. Do not assume bad weather means the trip is canceled. We just need to to dress appropriately for whatever conditions we will encounter

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. 

Please let me know privately of any medical conditions that might affect you on the hike!

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.



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


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.