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Snow shoe at Bear Lake in RMNP

Join me on a 1-1/2 mile easy to moderate snow shoe activity around Bear Lake with optional trek to Nymph Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park to get your snow legs together.

Bring ski or trek poles.

To prepare for future longer distance snow shoe activities, try to bring along the following essentials:

1. Navigation: Map and compass.
2. Sun protection: Sunscreen, SPF lip balm, sunglasses or ski googles.
3. Insulation: Enough clothes to keep you warm if you have to stay the night (wind proof outdoor wear, layers, wool/polyester medium weigh body hugging base layer, warm gloves with heating pads, insulating hat, winter trekking boots, etc.)
4. Illumination: Flashlight or headlamp, plus spare batteries and bulbs or a backup device.
5. First-aid supplies.
6. Fire: Two butane lighters or waterproof matches.
7. Repair kit and tools: Knife or multitool.
8. Nutrition: Food and emergency food in case you have to stay the night or longer.
9. Hydration: Two quarts of water (warm soup, etc.) for a day trek and a water purifier for long trips.
10. Emergency shelter: Tent, tarp, emergency blanket, bivy sack or even a trash bag.

Elevation around Bear Lake is approx. 9,500 feet.

Rocky Mountain National Park vehicle fee is $20.00 unless you have an annual pass or seniors pass.

Meet at 9:00AM at the Westminster RTD park & ride, north of the four story parking garage for the 2-1/2 hour drive to the Bear Lake parking lot.

My cell phone on the day of the snow shoe activity is[masked]-9467.

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  • Winston W.

    Even with temperatures around 20 degrees and wind gusts up to 35 mph, we have a good time snow shoeing the 3 miles to Bear Lake and Nymph Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.

    1 · December 16, 2013

  • Jeff D.

    Nice trip... SUPER PEOPLE!!!

    December 15, 2013

  • Jeff D.

    Today at Dear Lake - A 10 percent chance of snow showers before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 34. Wind chill values as low as -2. Windy, with a west wind 24 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph.

    December 15, 2013

  • Mary

    We'll need to rent snow shoes in Estes Park for my 6'3, 205# friend unless anyone has extras they could please bring. Thank you! Sorry for the late notice.

    December 14, 2013

    • Jeff D.

      Snowshoe Rentals

      Only $5 / Day

      MSR Snowshoes - $5/Day

      December 15, 2013

    • Jeff D.

      I will have one extra set

      December 15, 2013

  • maya

    Winston, I really want to join this, but ai don't have snow shoes, and it seems no time to rent them at REI this week.
    Do you know if I can rent ones at the location?

    December 9, 2013

    • Winston W.


      December 12, 2013

    • Jeff D.

      I think I might has two sets extra (will know tomorrow)

      December 12, 2013

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