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matthewhcbates
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Winter Backpacking Suggestions

Post by matthewhcbates » Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:27 am

Good morning fellow mountaineers,

I have a friend coming in from Oregon and there has been a snag in my original itinerary, which is making me redo our week-long backpacking trip, starting this Thursday.

We will be doing the Wigwam trail out-and-back, veering south to the Goose Creek Trail in the Lost Creek Wilderness, as well as the Mt. Rosa via Pipeline trail in Cheyanne Canon (Colorado Springs).

I was hoping for some suggestions for other loops/out-and-backs, preferably avoiding National Parks. I have my state park pass, but dispersed camping is the name of the game. I live in the Springs and since our initial plans that were thwarted were in Estes, we have a ~2.5 hour driving circumference to work with.

We are both experienced in regards to winter camping and backpacking, if that helps.

Thank you in advance!

Matthew
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Re: Winter Backpacking Suggestions

Post by Scott P » Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:58 am

Do you have snowshoes-skis?
I'm slow and fat. Unfortunately, those are my good qualities.
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Re: Winter Backpacking Suggestions

Post by matthewhcbates » Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:20 am

Just my microspikes, and were hoping that would be sufficient for most areas we are looking at.
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Re: Winter Backpacking Suggestions

Post by Monte Meals » Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:15 pm

One of my favorite winter day trips from Colorado Springs is Pikes using the Craigs route.

Second favorite is Almagre from the Cripple Creek side (starting from the road closure
on 376 to McReynolds revevoir.) You can also walk up 379 to the top, but I prefer the
old school map and compass approach from 376.

Microspikes will probably be sufficient if there is (probably) a trench on the Craigs route.
Almagre (low avalanche probability but you need to check) is a different story. You can rent
snow shoes from REI for cheap.
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