Head out of the city and take a drive into the mountains with other NCSC attendees. Summit a “14er” and hike around Echo Lake. Mount Evans, at 14, 264 feet, is an incredible drive into an alpine environment, above the tree-line, where the mountain goats, marmots, and bighorn sheep call this place home year-round. (If you are afraid of heights, this is not the trip that you’re going to want to go on.) However, for adventurous spirits, it is an incredible drive with spectacular views. There are some stops along the way that can be made from Echo Lake to other various points. Do not forget your camera, for you will not want to miss taking pics! This may be the highest altitude that you will ever drive up to. After driving back down the mountain, the group will have lunch at Echo Lake Lodge Restaurant and then there will be a little time to relax and take in the surroundings, or take a short hike around the lake before heading back to the hotel.
*Note: It can be quite windy and cold when you’re up at 14,000+ feet. The sun can be very intense and you can burn quickly. Please bring a windbreaker, a hat, comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses and sunblock.
8:15am: Gather in Omni lobby
8:45am: Leave promptly for Mount Evans
10:00-12:30pm: Drive to the summit of Mount Evans
1:00pm – 2:30pm: Lunch at Echo Lake Lodge Restaurant
2:30pm – 3:30pm: Hike around Echo Lake/Visit Gift Shop
3:30pm – 5:00pm: Drive back to Omni
5:00pm: Dinner on your own or as a group near the hotel
There is a $15.00 entry fee per vehicle into the Mount Evans Recreation Area & Scenic Byway, plus transportation fees. There are two ways to sign up for this event: the paid option and the free option. The paid option will reserve you a spot in the carpool as a passenger. The free option will just sign you up for the event and you will be a driver (or arranging your own transportation), with the option to take passengers. The price for renting vehicles and gasoline is currently very high, so to help offset the costs, if you would like to volunteer to drive other passengers, please make a note on your registration form and NCSC will pay drivers per passenger.
Drivers will be responsible for making their own $15 reservation for their vehicle to summit Mount Evans. Drivers, please make the reservation ASAP. (Spots open July 21st.) Additionally, the drive up Mount Evans is steep and winding, so if you have any hesitations about heights or driving on winding roads, please do not volunteer to drive. Each driver will be responsible for the safety of their vehicle.
This trip requires pre-registration. Cost is $40 for those who are passengers in the carpool. Click here to RSVP. Registration deadline is 5pm August 13th.
Hosted by Johnny.
See a few sights in downtown Denver while getting to know other NCSC attendees. There will be two options: you can carpool from the hotel or meet the group at the Cathedral. We will attend Mass together in Denver’s beautiful Cathedral. Afterwards, we will grab a quick bite to eat at Tasty Thai. Then we will walk to the Capitol building for a tour. Tours at the Capitol are free and are given on a first come, first served basis to groups of 15 people. If we cannot make it on a guided tour, we will do a self-guided tour and then walk to the 16th Street Mall free shuttle. From there we will explore, take pictures and sight see as people would like. We will end our tour of downtown at Peaks Lounge where we will be able to see a spectacular view of the mountains and the city from the 27th floor of the Hyatt hotel. There will be an option to either eat dinner as a group or to get dinner on your own before the start of the conference.
Schedule (subject to change):
-10:30am: Meet in the hotel lobby
-10:40: Take hotel shuttle to Flatiron Station Gate D
-10:56: Take Bus FF1 Downtown
-11:15am Carpool to Cathedral
-11:40am Arrive at Cathedral (time for prayer before Mass and to look around the church)
(Groups in cars and those taking the bus can meet up at the Cathedral)
-1:00pm Lunch at Tasty Thai
-1:45pm Walk to Capitol Building
-2:00pm-3:00pm Tour of Capitol
-3:00pm – 4:00pm Ride Shuttle, see the sites at 16th Street Mall
-4:00pm-4:30pm Peaks Lounge enjoy a cocktail and take in the view
-4:30pm-4:45pm Walk back to cars
-4:45pm – 5:30pm Carpool back to hotel
-4:00pm-5:30pm Peaks Lounge stay for drinks and a appetizers/light dinner
-5:40pm-6:15pm Ride bus back to Flatiron Station near the Omni and have hotel shuttle take you from bus station to hotel
**Note: You may want to take a bottle of water with you as Denver is at high elevation and the climate is very dry.
Cost are approximate but please budget accordingly: Transportation ($10-$15); Lunch ($10-$20) Dinner/Drinks ($20-$40). Please make sure that you have enough cash or can venmo or payal the driver if you do not have your own vehicle. Rental cars are more pricey than usual and everyone pitching in will help those who decide to rent a car for the weekend and will be offering rides to all those who don’t have their own vehicle. If there aren’t enough cars then there is also the option to share an Uber/Lyft or to take the RTD bus. Bus tickets are $10.50 for an all day pass. For those taking the bus, a group leader will be available to give directions/guide you back to the hotel. However, it is simple to take the bus downtown.
Here are the directions:
From the Omni Interlocken: 1) Take hotel shuttle or walk half mile to Flatiron Station Gate D (with maroon awning). The walk to the station for the bus going downtown, involves no crossing of the turnpike. There’s only two buses that service that station. 2) Take bus FF1 (departing at 10:56 am) to last stop – Union station. 3) From Union station anyone can direct you to the starting point of the free 16th Street Mall shuttle. Call your leader, Reina and she will direct you the rest of the way.
Transportation will be self-organized using a googlesheet. The googlesheet will be sent to you in your registration confirmation email. If you would like to share a ride or if you need a ride, please fill out the sheet. If you do not fill out the sheet, then you will be responsible for your own transportation to downtown and back to the hotel.
Hosted by Reina.
For all those who met in the GS24 online study groups this past year, we have organized a special day in the mountains. We will drive out to Evergreen for a morning hike. (Departure time will depend on people’s interest in whether they would like to go on a longer (5-7 miles) or shorter (2-3 miles) hike.) After the hike, we’ll enjoy a tasty buffet on a rooftop with a beautiful view of the mountains. In the afternoon, everyone can choose from various outdoor activities (boating on the lake, golfing, etc.). Please see confirmation email for more details.
Please bring a windbreaker, a hat, comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses and sunblock.
Schedule (subject to change):
6:00am-11:30am: Early departure and long hike (5-7 miles)
8:00am -11:30am Later departure and short hike (2-3 miles)
11:45am – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 3:30pm Various activities around the lake
3:30pm-4:30pm Drive back to Omni
For those who would like to participate in the carpool and don’t have your own vehicle, please make sure that you reserve your spot by choosing the transportation add-on ($20). **Note: We are aware that the price for gasoline and for renting vehicles is currently very high so to help offset the costs, NCSC will compensate the drivers. If you would like to volunteer to drive other passengers, please make a note on your registration form and NCSC will pay drivers per passenger.
This trip requires pre-registration. Cost is $55 for those who are passengers in the carpool and $35 for those who are drivers. The afternoon activities will be an extra cost depending on the activity. Click here to RSVP. SOLD OUT!
Hosted by Peter.