Feb 21, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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After checking the NWS forecast and considering road conditions and traffic, I'm CANCELING the snowshoe. Hopefully we can try it again in better weather conditons. Stay warm and be safe, whatever you decide to do! :)
Snowshoe Herman Gulch Trail for great views of the upper valley and high peaks traveling though a winter forest and meadows. We will follow the Winter Trail which climbs at a fairly continuous STEEP PITCH for .4 mile. This is the toughest part of the trip, so don't be discouraged. After the slope eases, we'll emerge into a wooded, high valley. The trail bends to the left and the upper reaches of this valley come into view. This is the end of this trip and our turn around point. We will not adventure above timberline as it is very avalanche prone.
This is a moderate to difficult 4-1/2 miles out and back snowshoe with around 1,000 feet of elevation gain. Check www.oriconline.org for snow depths and avalanche conditions.
Directions to Trailhead: Take I-70 West to Exit 218. Get off at this exit and then turn right onto Forest Service Road 98. This road will lead to the parking area, trailhead and restrooms.
Carpooling: Meet at 9am at Wooly Mammoth parking lot, Section CC where we'll form some carpools. The parking lot is located at I-70 West, Exit 259. Turn right then left at US40 west and drive up the hill to the lot across from the Conoco.
Optional Lunch after the snowshoe at Tommyknockers Restaurant, located at 1401 Miner Street in Idaho Springs.
Important Note: This is a participate at your own risk event!
Life is risky. I am not a professional guide. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety.
See you there!