Not enough snow to snowshoe, so once again, we will talk about snowshoes, equipment and clothing, then take a short hike. If this changes your plans, please change your RSVP.
One more beginner snowshoe! Meet at White Ranch near Golden Gate State Park to learn how to snowshoe. We'll talk about the basics - how to dress, boots to wear, other gear to bring, water, and snacks. We'll learn how to put on snowshoes at the trailhead! Then we'll practice in the snow! Depending on the group and the snow, we'll snowshoe through a meadow (with less than 200 feet elevation gain) for 2-3 miles.
Directions to the Trailhead: From Golden, head north on Hwy 93 from Hwy 6 for about 1.5 miles and turn west on Golden Gate Canyon Road. Follow for about 4 miles to Crawford Gulch Road (Highway 57) and turn right (near the Granger Hall). Travel another 4 miles to Belcher Road and turn right. Follow Belcher Road to the second parking area on your left. You'll see a large parking lot and the trailhead sign. There are bathrooms near the parking lot.
What to Bring for Snowshoe: Snowshoes and poles, plus a backpack to carry your water, food and extra clothing. Have a layering system - base wicking layer (long underwear), warm layer (light fleece or other winter wear), outer protective (from wind and snow) layer in the form of a jacket and pants. If you don't have snow pants, wear gators to keep snow from going in the tops of your boots. Always bring an extra jacket, wear good winter socks (wool is good)and bring an extra pair of socks just in case. Bring gloves, hat, scarf, extra pair of gloves in case the first get wet or sweaty, waterproof boots, sunglasses, poles, snacks and extra food in the form of high carb, high energy food, comfortable shoes to change into after the snowshoe and don't forget your camera!
For your first snowshoe, bring extra layers in a separate bag so you have choices for the weather. It's better to have more than enough than not be prepared and cold. I recommend starting out a little chilled because once you start moving, your body will warm up quickly. And if not, this is when you can start adding layers.
Bring a snack to eat at the campground.
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!