MARS Associates

 Hiking Club

Point of Contact:

Sue Janssen at or 303-936-8339

Ours is a gathering of like-minded MARS members who enjoy hiking and desire to share the experience with others. We plan to conduct a sponsored hike each month, on the third Wednesday. Twice a year, in the Spring and the Fall, we will hold a planning meeting to address organizational issues and plan for the forthcoming season. Each hike event will be overseen by a member point of contact. We have no insurance, so members will be required to sign a waiver for each hike.

You must RSVP to the Point of Contact (POC) at least 2 days before the hike.  The POC will provide you with additional information. These hikes are generally rated as easy to intermediate.   Read the descriptions to evaluate your readiness to enjoy the outing. Please check this webpage at your convenience to be sure you have the latest information.

April 18, 2018
South Valley Park

From Bob Berry:

Linda and I will lead an easy 2 mile loop at South Valley Park (off of Deer Creek Canyon).    It’s a pleasant hike and sometime we’ve seen deer, coyotes, lots of birds and rattlesnakes.

If you’d like to join us, meet us at the North Trailhead Parking Lot (see attached map).  We’ll plan to start hiking at 10 AM this coming Wednesday (April 18).  We’ll hike the Swallow Trail to Prairie Falcon Trail and loop back on the Coyote Song Trail.  The loop is about 2 miles with an elevation gain of less than 500 ft.

Bring a lunch or snack and we’ll have a picnic after the hike.  There is a nice picnic area with restrooms at the Trailhead.  Then any who would like can join us at the Locavore Brewery for some post-hike refreshment.   Locavore is at the SE corner of Bowles & Platte Canyon in Littleton.

The weather should be great (if the forecast doesn’t change); sunny, 63 degrees with wind of 5-10 mph.  Bring water and probably sun screen.
If you plan to go please drop us an email or give us a call (303-979-7748) so we’ll know whom to expect. 

Hope to see you there,
Bob & Linda Berry

March 21, 2018
Highline Canal Trail

We are planning to hike the Highline Canal trail in Centennial on Wednesday March 21 starting at 10:00 AM.  We thought an urban hike was a good idea in March when the weather can be so volatile. We plan to hike a section of the trail that almost loops back on itself around Dekoevend Park. 

The hike will be a flat four miles on a good quality trails and some sidewalks.  We will meet in the parking lot at Milliken Park, 6445 S Clarkson St. It is on the west side of Clarkson about midway between Orchard and Arapahoe. 

We will stay on the trail for about 2.5 miles then use Orchard and Franklin streets to cut back to the trail near where we started.  It is a very pretty hike through surprisingly rural areas considering it is in the middle of town. Even the neighborhoods we pass through are pretty.  There are beautiful views of the Rockies, and the highlight of the trip will be when we pass right by Sue & Lee Janssen's house.

There is a porta-potty in the Milliken Park parking lot and restrooms at about the midway point.

We suggest lunch at the Viewhouse 2680 W Main St, Littleton, CO 80120.  It is a nice place with good food and drink in downtown Littleton.  Park on Main St. or in the lot on the south side of Alamo St, which is the Eastbound one way street. 

Please RSVP to Tom & Sue Pawlowski

January 17, 2018
Spruce Creek, Near Breckenridge

September 20, 2017
Beaver Brook Chavez Loop Trail
This months hike will be Wednesday September 20.  The hike is planned for the  Beaver Brook Chavez Loop Trail.  This is a 4.2 mile hike with 1,180 feet of elevation gain.  It is rated as moderate by AllTrails.  Most of the elevation is on the way out.  The trail drops into the river drainage follows the river for a short while then makes it way back out of the canyon.  it is a very pretty hike.  Dogs are allowed on the trail but must be leashed.  The last couple of times Denver Parks has been on the trail giving out tickets to unleashed dogs.

To get there take I70 to the Chief Hosa exit (Exit 253).  Traveling west at the exit turn right then immediately turn right again on the dirt frontage road.  The trailhead is about a quarter of a mile on your left.  Plan on meeting at the trailhead at 9:00.  

Lunch is planned for the Genesee Pub and BBQ.  This is the first exit back towards Denver (Exit 254).  Please RSVP to me if you are planning to attend by Sept 19.

Ken Ruiz

(303) 910-7035 cell

August 16, 2017 Alderfeld/Three Sisters Park

We will be leading the hike on the subject date in the Jeffco open space park Alderfer/Three Sisters near Evergreen. To get to the trailhead, go south on route 73 from the intersection of route 73 and CO route 74 in Evergreen. After about one half mile, turn right on Buffalo Park Rd and follow it about 1.4 miles to the park’s parking lot & trailhead on the right.

 Meet there at 9:30 am on Aug 16

 We can accommodate two others to car pool from somewhere near Belleview & Kipling.

 Please rsvp by Aug 14

 Allen & Sally Sanders


July 19, 2017 Silver Dollar Lake

June 21, 2017
Bear Peak

Gene Dionne has volunteered to guide a climb of Bear Peak next Wednesday morning. The hike is of moderate difficulty and should last approximately 3 hours. It typically is done in a loop but of course any of us can double back to the trailhead at any time. The very top part is somewhat steep with switchbacks. The summit (at 8,460ft) is a bit of scramble on rock but it's very short. The views of Boulder and the Flatirons are spectacular! You can get a trail description at:

Hikers must complete the Liability Waiver Form

Participants must wear appropriate footwear (no sandals please) and carry their own pack.
Remember the scouting motto – “Be prepared” – and carry the “10 Essentials.”
1.    Navigation (map and compass or GPS and know how to use them)
2.    Sun protection (sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, lip balm)
3.    Insulation (dress in layers –it can rain or snow any day in Colorado)
4.    Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
5.    First-aid supplies (take good care of your feet)
6.    Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
7.    Repair kit and tools (pocket knife, duct tape, extra batteries, etc.)
8.    Nutrition (snacks and food)
9.    Hydration (water - lots of it)
10.    Emergency shelter (such as a space blanket)
You may also wish to add toilet paper, hand sanitizer, garbage bag, camera, whistle, extra socks, medication, pen and paper or sketchbook, insect repellant and a handkerchief.  But don’t make your pack too heavy!

If you don’t own snowshoes you can rent them at lots of places including REI, Sports Authority, and Christy Sports.  Poles are optional, but sometimes helpful.

We will be in the “backcountry” during the winter – be prepared for adverse weather and winter driving conditions.  Before heading out, check road conditions by calling “511” or  Check with CAIC at

COSAR CARD (Optional)

Purchase your Colorado Search and Rescue Card at Roxborough State Park Visitor Center (or other locations). The cost is $3.00 for one year and $12.00 for five years.

If you wish to join the MARS Hiking Club, please contact Sue Janssen at or 303-936-8339.  Provide your email address and phone number.

Last updated April 15, 2018, by Jim Kummer  <>