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- Posts: 447
- Joined: Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:20 pm
- Location: Denver
My girlfriend and I just got some snowshoes and were looking to do a fun showshoe hike this weekend. We are looking for recommendations on some areas that have good conditions right now for snowshoeing.. ideally some fairly fresh snow. Has anyone been out recently and could recommend a nice area where we could try out our new shoes? Neither of us has avy training yet, so we are looking for an area with fairly low avy risk.
We were considering Brainard Lake in IPW.. anyone been up there recently. Oh yeah, we're also from Denver so we don't want to drive much further than ~2 hours...
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- Joined: Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:04 pm
- Location: EVERGREEN, CO
I've been to Brainard Lake twice the winter most recent time was two weeks ago. There really is very little snow on the loop and the road and snowshoes were not needed. Im guessing not much has changed. Once you reach the Long Lake TH snowshoes become a little more useful. You can go all the way to Lake Isabelle without crossing any avalanche areas. I have pretty much given up on snowshoeing the front range until later this winter.
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- Joined: Sat Jul 07, 2012 3:35 pm
- Location: Fort Collins
We did a snowshoeing trip up FlatTop Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park 2 weekends ago. The trail was packed but if you wanted to step a few feet off trail you could get pretty deep. Also, above treeline it was very windy. Let me know where you end up going. I just bought the MSR Evo Ascent's, & Im also new to the snowshoeing life. Journey Well sir.
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- Joined: Sat Feb 27, 2010 3:21 pm
If you want to get out on a trail, some ski resort have nordic centers with snowshoe trails--Granby Ranch has trails for instance
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- Joined: Thu May 17, 2012 12:01 pm
- Location: Parker, CO
I bet the trail up to Naylor Lake/Silver Dollar Lake might be a good place to go off of Guanella Pass Rd on Sunday?
2nd Creek on the north side of Berthoud Pass on Hwy 40 is another good place.
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- Joined: Thu Apr 01, 2010 12:26 am
- Location: Louisville, CO
Doubtful any spots have FRESH snow but Echo Lake is a good spot for shoeing and close to Denver.
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- Joined: Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:31 pm
- Location: Thornton, CO
I was at East Portal just a few days ago. The first two miles are hard pack, but after that the snow got very deep. Before putting on my now shoes I was post holing up to my upper thigh.
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