Let's start 2013 with a snowshoe near Copper! This is a relatively easy snowshoe, BUT it begins at 11,000' and ends around 12,000', so you need to be in solid cardiovascular shape. I don't know if there will be a ton of snow there, but hopefully enough to snowshoe.
PLEASE READ EVERYTHING CAREFULLY BEFORE SIGNING UP!
The trail is basically a road, is fairly wide, and has a steady gain. I've never snowshoed it, but hiked it last summer. There are some cool deserted cabins and mining ruins along the way and great views heading in and looking back.
It will be COLD (forecast right now: Low - 0; High - 25), so be prepared. The first part of the trail is in the trees, but we will eventually get above treeline and be exposed, so it could be quite windy and frigid. Only sign up if you definitely plan on going (see group policy under Pages). If you're not sure you want to wake up and be out in the cold on a Saturday morning, don't sign up.
The organizers take the time to plan fun and challenging events, but we are not professional guides. Therefore, you should be self-sufficient and carry the 10 essentials. On every one of our hikes, members need to know the route, have a map & compass and/or GPS and be able to find their way in case the group gets spread apart.
MEET at CARPOOL LOCATION: 8:30a
LEAVE: 8:45a (hopefully we'll avoid most of the ski traffic this late)
START SNOWSHOE: ~10:20a
We will carpool from the LOWER Apex Park lot (Heritage Park/Apex Park Parking Lot in the pic below).
Coordinates (plug into GoogleMaps, Mapquest, etc.): [masked],[masked]
It's about 70 mi each way to Mayflower Gulch. Bring ca$h for your driver ($6 - 7 based on 3 passengers per car).
DISTANCE/ELEVATION GAIN: ~4.5 mi RT/1,000'
Good description from our local hiking guru, Deb Stanley:
Another from Copper:
One of my summer photos
Right on US-40/CO-93 from Apex to the I-70 W entrance just past the Wooly Mammoth lot. Take exit 195 to CO-91 S/Copper Mountain about 6 miles. Watch your odometer carefully once past the exit, as we'll be on the highway, and the entrance is a left turn into a decent sized lot. It comes up quickly at highway speeds, just around a bend from what I recall.
WHAT TO BRING
Water (recommend warmed up to avoid freezing on the trail), snacks, and layers of winter clothing, including a warm hat, neck gaiter, gloves/mittens, winter boots, heavy non-cotton socks, and of course, snowshoes and poles. Also, Kahtoola microspikes or other traction device (Ice Trekkers, YakTrax) are always highly recommended, esp. in case there's not much snow and this turns into a hike.
While this isn't a beginner snowshoe per se, if you're in good hiking shape and want to try snowshoeing, this should be a good trail to begin with. Snowshoes can be rented at REI or Sports Authority. I also have an extra pair of basic 22" MSRs (good for folks <175 lbs) and poles if someone needs them - just put a note in your RSVP.
APRES SNOWSHOE/HIKE (optional)
For those interested (and please carpool accordingly), Alpine Market and Deli comes highly recommended by a local I work with:
Alpine Market & Deli, 301 West Main Street, Frisco, CO 80443
The deli area closes at 3:30, but if we don't dawdle, we should be able to get there by around 2:30.
See you there!