Activities: Outdoor Activities

Summit Trekkers

Thursdays | July – September

The Trekkers do strenuous hikes (slightly slower than the Mountain Goats), usually 8-10 miles with 1,500-2000+ elevation gain. They hike mostly (not always) on trails. Formerly known as the “Trail Goats”, the group originated to provide an alternative to Mountain Goat hikes. For more information email Susan (Sue) Johnson at suesue.paris@gmail.com.

Summit Trekkers

Summit 50+ Archery

We are starting a new group – it’s a great time to meet some new people and learn more about archery! Are you interested in field archery, indoor tournament archery, archery hunting, 3-D archery and/or family archery (just like Good ‘Ole summer camp)???

Contact Dan (512) 328-5055. He is an archery teacher and is looking to find other Summit 50+ members who want to hang out and shoot bows & Arrows. Call for more info!

Easy Riders Cycling

Fridays | Summer


Easy Riders bike in & around Summit County in a leisurely fashion. All are welcome. We do not compete to see who has the best cardiovascular system or the strongest quadriceps, hamstrings or gluteal muscles. No judgment if you walk up a hill or stay in the easiest gear, because we will be cycling at High Altitudes. Have fun, go at your own pace, take in the beauty of the Colorado Rockies and enjoy the people with whom you are cycling. It is a wonderful activity to meet new friends and enjoy beautiful Summit County! For those of you riding e-bikes, we will let you go first since you will likely go faster!
Easy Riders is looking for a new leader in 2024. To volunteer, please reach out to Summit 50 Plus board president, Mickie Parsons (mickiepar@msn.com)

Tentative 2023 Schedule
We will meet on each Friday starting June 23.

DateTimeMeet-Up & Ride Details
June 239:15 AMMeet in the saddle at the Dillon Marina and ride to Keystone and back. Coffee in Keystone
June 30No Ride around holiday weekend
July 79:15 AMMeet in the saddle at the Senior Center and ride to Breckenridge and back. Coffee at Daylight Donuts.
July 148:30 AMMeet in the Target parking lot, Silverthorne. Bike via Frisco to Copper Mountain and return to the Target in Silverthorne. Coffee in Copper Mountain
July 219:15 AMMeet in the saddle at the Senior Center, ride to Dillon & then to Keystone. Coffee in Keystone and return to the Senior Center
July 289:15 AMMeet in the saddle at the Senior Center to Dam Road, down to Silverthorne and ride to North Pond Park. Lots of traffic on the Rec Path in Silverthorne so go slowly and carefully
Aug 49:00 AMMeet in the saddle at the main bus station in Frisco.  Ride to Copper Mountain and stop for chat and coffee in Copper Mountain.
Aug 118:30 AMMeet in the saddle at the Lake Dillon Marina parking lot and ride to Keystone and Montezuma (or as far as you want to ride). Return to the parking lot over Swan Mountain (optional) or return the way we came.  Coffee in Keystone.
Aug 188:30 AMMeet in the Target Parking Lot, Silverthorne. Ride to Frisco. Coffee at Butterhorn Bakery and Cafe in Frisco.
Optional Rides (below)Depending on weather and availability of leader
Aug 258:30 AMMeet at the parking lot on Main Street & Frisco (Exit 201) We will travel to Dotsero** and ride through Glenwood Canyon. Bring a snack/lunch for a picnic before returning to Dotsero and our cars
Sept 18:30 AMMeet at Transportation Center parking lot in Frisco (Exit 203). Travel EAST on I-70 to the Bakerville Exit, park on the south side of the exit in a small parking lot. Ride the Recreation Path to Loveland Ski Area, take a break (you will need a beak, it is a climb) and return to the Bakerville exit & the cars. We can find coffee or lunch in Frisco
A Few Friendly Cycling Reminders

Please accept a few friendly reminders about cycling in the high country.

  • SAFETY FIRST: YOU are responsible for your own safety, comfort, and well-being.
  • Ride with at least one other person and preferably two other people. As a group we may spread out so having a biking buddy is really important. Please do not ride alone.
  • Have your CELL PHONE with you at all times & any MEDICATION you need during the day.
  • If you have a medical/health emergency please call 911, we do not have a SAG on these rides. After calling 911, please let Mike or the leader for the day know what is happening.
  • If you have a flat tire and do not have the expertise or a buddy to fix the flat you will need to enlist someone along the way or call a friend with a car. Remember to carry an inner tube with you.
  • If you do not think you can make it to the next destination or meeting point, feel free to turn around and go back to the beginning, just let someone in the group know.
  • Make sure you carry water & snacks & a small first aid kit.
  • Dress in layers. It will be cool in the morning and will warm up as the ride progresses. Always have a rain jacket with you.
  • The trails are hard surface for the most part. Nevertheless, keep alert for hazards on the trail. The views are spectacular, but remember to keep your eyes forward when riding. If you want to enjoy the scenery or take photographs, just dismount and gaze to your heart’s content.
  • Remember that we are on recreational trails with riders of all abilities and with people walking.
  • Please be aware & respectful of other people on the trails. Again, this is not a contest. We want everyone to enjoy the trails and stay safe. This is especially true during the height of the tourist season when we have families on the rec paths. IF YOU ARE PASSING, please call out “on your left” so people are aware of your presence.
  • If the weather looks rainy/lightening, etc., you may contact MIKE via cell phone to determine if the ride will continue.
  • PLEASE ENTER Mike Higgins’s CELL PHONE # IN YOUR PHONE: 516-376-7604 (email – for questions or comments that are not time-sensitive – notennis2006@yahoo.com)

50+ Winter Games | Alpine Events

Alpine Events
Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024 from 8:30AM – 11:30AM
Keystone Ski Resort

Come join us for a fun yet competitive GS race at Keystone!
Bring a friend and compete with them. Medals will be awarded.

Free Awards Lunch for Participants & Volunteers
Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 12:30PM
Summit Community Center

Learn more about participating in the Alpine Events

There is no cost to participate in Summit 50 Plus Alpine Events, but you do need to be a member of Summit 50 Plus and have a valid Keystone Pass. If you do not have a pass you must purchase a one-time race day discounted ticket for $60 prior to registering.

Check-in is at 8:30AM in the Mountain House where you will receive your bib and sign a waiver. We will have a table located in the seating area. Then, you will proceed to the Peru lift. Upon reaching the top, you will ski down to the Montezuma lift and ride up to the starting area. You will make two timed runs on Flying Dutchman.  The first race will begin at 9:30 AM.

For additional information please contact Tom LaVoy At 303-204-1095.

Sign up to participate in the Alpine Events



In order for our staff to be able to obtain an accurate headcount and adequately prepare for this event, registration for this event is now closed.

Alpine Events Results

2024 results will be posted after the event! 

50+ Winter Games | Nordic Events

Results for the 50+ Winter Games

 

2024 Seniors Results

 

 

View the Pictures of the 50+ Winter Games

Monthly Trips

The Monthly Trips group will meet once per year to create a schedule consisting of one trip per month. Depending on the number of committee members, each person will serve as lead for specific trips. The trips are usually for a day. Examples include:

  • Summer sculpture/art exhibit in Loveland
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Silver Plume Melodrama
  • Specific theater/music events
  • Crane Migration in Montrose (2-day event)

Participants usually meet at the SCCSC to carpool.  Anyone wishing to join this committee should contact Mickie Parsons

Turtles & Snails

Thursdays | Year Round

The “Turtles” hike all year round on Thursday mornings. We switch to snowshoes and yaktrax in winter, rec paths during mud season and easy hikes all summer. Our hikes are usually 3 to 5 miles. Sometimes we have some “Snails” who hike at a slower pace and not as far. We want our group to be accessible to all so come and enjoy our beautiful mountains.

To be added to the Turtles and Snails hike distribution list email Pat Kopystianskyj (pkopysti@comcast.net)

Summit Older Bushwhackers (SOBs)

Tuesdays, 8:30 AM  | June – Mid October

Summit Older Bushwackers (SOBs) do intermediate backcountry trail hikes on Tuesdays, mostly in Summit County. These typically range from 4 – 7 miles and with 400 – 1500 ft of elevation gain. They are led by volunteer trip leaders, usually a different leader each week. We meet from June through mid October, weather permitting. We usually leave the car-pool location at 8:30, get on the trail by 9:00, and are back between 12 and (rarely) 2 pm.  Check the weekly email for updates to times or locations.

For more information, call Jim Fleshman at 281-507-1059 or email rjftex@gmail.com.

View the SOBs Schedule

Preliminary Monthly Schedules 2024

For more precise notes on carpool locations, please scroll to bottom of schedule

DateHikeLeaderMiles / VertCarpool
June 4TenderfootJohn Crumlin 3m / 640 ftCounty Rd 51 in Dillon
June 11Angler MountainJohn Crumlin5m / 1400 ftTarget
June 18Ophir MountainLinda Boyd6m / 1000 ftSCSC
June 25Acorn Creek Flower LoopRuth Haley5m / 1000 ftTarget
July 2Sallie Barber / Trail of TearsLater5m / 800 ftGold Hill
July 9Horseshoe GulchLater3m / 700 ftGold Hill
July 16Bowman’s ShortcutLater5m / 900 ftKayak
July 23Wheeler LakesBarbara Noonan7m / 1400 ftCC
July 30Hoosier Pass WestLater4m / 600 ftIce Rink
Aug 6Upper Straight CreekLater5m / 1400 ftFBT
Aug 13Mayflower Gulch LoopLater6m / 1000 ftFBT
Aug 20North 10 Mile CreekAlan Waxman5m / 1500 ftKayak
Aug 27Wilder GulchLater7m / 1200 ftFBT
Sept 3Mohawk LakesLater7m / 1900 ftIce Rink
Sept 10Corral CreekLater5m / 1400 ftFBT
Sept 17LaterLaterLaterLater
Sept 24Salt Lick AspensLaterLaterSL

Notes on Carpool Locations:

  • CC – Copper Conoco station. Park in the dirt lot South of the Conoco
  • FBT – Frisco Bus Transfer lot behind the Safeway
  • Gold Hill – Dirt parking lot between Frisco and Breck – corner of Rt 9 and Gateway Drive.  On Google Maps search for “Gold Hill Trailhead”. 
  • Ice Rink – East (far) end of Breck Ice Rink parking lot
  • Kayak – West end of Main St in Frisco – between the creek and I-70
  • SCSC – Summit County Senior Center
  • SL – Lower Salt Lick parking lot and trailhead
  • Target – Southeast corner of parking lot

Canine Companions

Wednesdays | May – October, meeting times vary by month

Moderate Wednesday hikes at a leisurely pace, with furry friends welcome — Those unfortunate to not be owned by a dog are also welcome. The group’s meeting times and carpool locations vary over the summer. Contact Howard at brown.howard2@gmail.com to get on their email list. Plan to bring leashes, lunch and good rain gear.

View the 2024 Schedule for Canine Companions

View the 2024 Schedule for Canine Companions

May (9:30 at trailhead)
1 — Old Dillon Reservoir — Sharon Smith — 970-485-2290 thd
8 — Tenderfoot — Elaine Polhemus — 970-389-0379 thd
15 — Dillon Nature Preserve — Simon Lewis — 409-939-7132 thd
22 — Maryland CK — Joe Lanzetta — 860-836-9894 thd
29 — Anglers’ Ranch. — Sandra Grogan — 281-705-9289 thd
other May options:Frisco Overlook, Peninsula, Miners’ Monument, Harrigan, Miners’ Ck Loop, Frey Gulch

June (8:30 to carpool or 9:00 at trailhead)

5 — Prairie Peak — Target
12 – Acorn South Flower Loop — Angela Brand 720-212-7757 Chris Daly 970-389-4989 Target
19 — Mtn Pride (ghost town) — Charlotte Clark — 970-376-5153 Frisco Transit/Breck Rec
26 — Lower Straight Ck –– Deb Gerhard — 850-292-9945 thd
other June options, backups: other ghost town hikes, Keystone Gulch, Gold Run Gulch Loop; Arctic Placer,Ditch Trail/Hunters’ Knob


July (8:00 to carpool or 8:30 at trailhead)
3 — Corral Ck — Joe Lanzetta — 860-836-9894 Frisco Transit
10 — East Arkansas – Elaine Polhemus — 970-389-0379 Frisco Transit
17 — Upper Straight Ck — Kari Kronborg — 970-406-1952 Silverthorne Recycling
24 — Loveland Pass West — Taylor Simpson — 512-799-3786 Silverthorne Recycling
31 — Blue Lakes — Connie Eberhart — 402-301-6806 Frisco Transit/Breck Rec
other July Wilder Gulch

August (8:30 to carpool or 9:00 at trailhead)
7 — Officers’ Gulch – Mary Bell — 330-692-6599 Frisco Transit
14 — Bowman’s Shortcut – Frisco Transit
21 — Porcupine Gulch – Silverthorne Recycling
28 – Mayflower Loop Frisco Transit
other August options: Timberline Lk (Leadville), A-Basin

September (9:00 to carpool)
4 — Sky Chutes (Wheeler Trail from Copper) — Frisco Transit
11 – Mohawk Lakes – Frisco Transit/Breck Rec
18 – Eaglesmere — Connie Eberhart — 402-301-6806 Target
25 – Martin Ck (MInturn) — Mary Bell — 330-692-6599 Frisco Transit
other September options: Upper Salt Lick, your favorite fall-color hike, main Acorn, Rock Creek/Boss Mine —


October (9:30 to carpool)
2 — McCullough Gulch — Mary Bell — 330-692-6599 Frisco Transit/Breck Rec
9 — Little French Gulch — Connie Eberhart — 402-301-6806 Frisco Transit/Breck Rec
16– Lower McCullough — Frisco Transit/Breck Rec
23 – Turks/Sally Barber Frisco Transit/Breck Rec
30 — Ptarmigan Lookout — Mary Bell — 330-692-6599 thd
other October options: May hikes, ghost towns, Peninsula Loop, Miners’ Ck loop

Mountain Goats

Wednesdays | Mid May – September

The Mountain Goats are Summit 50+’s most challenging hiking group. Our mid-season hikes are typically 8-12+ miles with 3000-4000+’ elevation gain. They usually contain a significant off-trail component with some Class 2+ scrambling, moving at a brisk pace. Our members make our hikes a priority in their summer plans because they love hiking, and they love hiking with our group. We hike every Wednesday from mid-May through the end of September. If this sounds like what you are up for doing on a regular basis with a group, please email summitmountaingoats@gmail.com for further information and a possible try-out hike..

Mountain Goats Photo

Loosey Goosey

Thursdays, 3:30-5 :30p.m. | January– March, and 1 Thursday in December

Learn More About Loosey Goosey

Thanks for your interest in the Loosey Goosey Ski Group, our Après Ski potlucks and Summit 50 Plus.

 

Established in 1989, we are a loosely (Loosey Goosey) structured group of fun and active folks 50 years old and over who ski and ride together on specified days at local resorts and enjoy gathering at weekly socials during the season.

 

Our group, with a membership of over 200 local and visiting senior skiers, coordinates popular potluck après ski parties on most Thursdays, from 3:30 to 5:30, December through March at the Summit Community & Senior Center in Frisco. We are now part of the Summit Seniors, a non profit organization, that is the social organization connected to the Center.

 

Our members participate in many local ski day programs including the Meetup 50+ Ski Group at Breckenridge on Tuesdays and at Keystone on Thursdays. When you attend our potluck après ski parties you will always hear about other members joining up to travel to Loveland, A-Basin, Copper, Vail, Beaver Creek, Steamboat, Cooper and other resorts near and far.

 

Our nominal, but critical, annual membership fee this year of $15 helps cover the costs of weekly room rental fees, serving supplies, some beverages, and our annual membership party which is held in January. Members also receive our emailed announcements. All members must also belong to the Summit 50Plus.

 

Below is a link to the Summit 50Plus on-line Membership signup, or to download an application which can be mailed. You can also join at the Summit County Community Center.

 

Online registration: https://summit50plus.org/membership/

 

For the 2023-2024 Après Ski Season, our members bring an appetizer, or beverage(wine/beer/soda) to share and meet at the Summit County Community and Senior Center on Thursday December 14, 2023 from 3:30 to 5:30 and from January 4, 2024 until March 28, 2024 every Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30.

Sign Up for Loosey Goosey Annual Party

Cross Country Skiing Group

Wednesdays | December 13, 2023 – March 27, 2024

Cross country skiing with designated leader, info provided for trail difficulty, distance, and elevation gain. Easy-moderate & a couple of upper level backcountry trails on Wednesdays.  The meeting time for carpooling (recommended) to the trailhead is always 9:30 AM.  A weekly email is sent out with tour details.  Roundtrip distances are usually 3-6 miles with an elevation gain of roughly 300-800 feet. Outings are suitable for all levels of skiers who have mastered snowplow and herringbone skills. You will need backcountry skis with metal edges and fish scales, or know how to wax and/or bring skins.  After some outings, a volunteer host will provide light appetizers, hearty soups, dessert and beverages in her home (a $10 donation is recommended). Contact the host by Monday noon for a reservation and headcount, as all lunches are limited in number and skiers are the priority. This year we are fortunate to have eight hostesses and seven restaurants lined up. We also have a few new trails this year and our awesome leaders are all coming back to help out.

For more information contact Joyce Bearse at (508-280-4910) or joyce@joycebearse.com

View the XC Ski Group Schedule

DateTourCarpoolDescriptionMiles/VertLeaderLuncheon
Dec. 13Salli BarberCMCBOut & back easy2.8mi/398 ftBarbara Noonan
973-896-7119
Ben & Karen Little
716-425-2112
($15.00 kick-off luncheon)
Dec. 20Mayflower GulchFWMSOut & back with options4mi/765ftAlan Waxman
505-331-0619
Camp Hale Restaurant
184 Copper Circle, Copper
Jan. 3Turks/B&B TrailsCMCBLollipop trail moderate with some options for side trips3.2mi /400 ftCharlotte Clarke
970-376-5153
Windy City Pub
Breckenridge
City Market shopping center
Jan. 10Peru Creek
SMROut & back with options7mi/400ftJane Johnston
303-238-4732
Linda Boyd
719-332-0841
Jan. 17Gold Run GulchGHTLoop, moderate3.5mi/ 541ftJim Fleshman
281-899-6360
Lynne Knott
816-898-3554
Jan. 24Mesa Cortina/Royal
Buffalo Trail
TAROut & back moderate1.4 (or 4.3mi)/450 ftHoward Brown
970-468-2313
Howard Brown
970-468-2313
Jan. 31Windy PointSMROut & back moderate1.5mi/200 ftLarry Moskowitz
mosk5@comcast.net
Charlotte Clarke
970-376-5153
Feb. 7Rock Creek
TAROut & back
easy
5 mi/900ftEric Erslev
970-231-2651
Bluebird Market
325 Blue River Pkwy, Silverthorne
Feb. 14Saints John TrailSMROut & back
hard
Alan Waxman
505-331-0619
Steep Brewing & Coffee
Keystone
Feb. 21Soda Creek Loop
FSALoop
moderate
4.5mi/300ftLarry Moskowitz
mosk5@comcast.net
Larry & Daria Moskowitz
daria22@comcast.net
Feb. 28Deer Creek
SMROut & back
moderate
4mi/900ftJohn Crumlin
719-310-1784
Haywood Café
Keystone
Mar. 6Miner’s Creek & Peaks TrailFSALoop, moderate3mi/300ft or 8.5mi/995ftBen Little
716-481-4280
Nina Holmquist
414-840-1288
Mar. 13Bakerville to Loveland ValleyFWMSOut & back
moderate
9.8mi w/options/1128ftBarbara Noonan
973-896-7119
Loveland Ski Lodge
Mar. 20Placer/WaldenTAROut & back3.2mi/433ftJohn Crumlin
719-310-1784
Snarf’s Sandwich Shop
Mar. 27BemroseBIRLoop, moderate3mi/500ftHoward Brown
970-468-2313
TBD

*Locations for carpooling:

BIR: Breck Ice Rink-east end of parking lot furthest away from building.

CMCB: Colorado Mountain College Breckenridge -SW corner of parking lot, furthest from building.

FSA: Frisco Safeway -NE corner of parking lot by gas station.

FWMS: Frisco West Main St. -west end of Main Street Kayak parking lot.

GHT: Gold Hill Trailhead -parking lot on highway 9 across from Tiger Road.

SCSC: Frisco Community Center -west end of parking lot by Peak One Blvd.

TAR: Target, Silverthorne -NE corner of parking lot furthest away from building.

SMR: Town Lot where Swan Mountain Road meets Route 6

Summit 50 Plus Golf Program

May through September

The Summit 50 Plus Golf Program is an excellent way to meet other Summit 50 Plus folks who have the same passion for the sport. The golf courses in the area are beautiful, challenging and provide opportunities for players of all skill levels. Golf courses in the program include the Keystone River and Ranch courses as well as the Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks.  Golf discounts are given for the Raven and Keystone courses. These include: green fees, merchandise and lesson discounts.

Three programs exist for the 50 Plus golfer:

  1. The golf program coordinator has arranged discounted green fees at each of the courses identified above for Summit 50 Plus members. To participate in this program, folks must be up to date on Summit 50 Plus membership dues and have purchased a Summit 50 Plus Golf Card at the Community Center for $5.
  2. Boomers on the Links: The Summit 50 Plus Golf Program promotes and supports a weekly Tuesday clinic at the Keystone River Course. During these outings, participants play nine holes of golf, receive a group lesson and are treated to lunch for a reasonable price. Those interested in this clinic should contact the Keystone Pro Shop at (970) 496-1520 to reserve a spot.
  3. Special golf outings are arranged at courses apart from those mentioned above. These outings give the Summit 50 Plus golfer an opportunity to try courses not played before. The group aims for two special outings in the summer during July and August.

If you would like to help with the Summit 50 Plus Golf Program, please call Tom McCullough at 630-880-8024 or email Tmccull567@aol.com.