Black Lake Snowshoe in RMNP

Come see the power of nature as unleashed on the trees during last November's wind storm.  Come see beautiful frozen waterfalls hanging off the canyon walls.  This will be a snowshoe hike in Rocky Mountain National Park beginning from the Bear Lake Trail head.  We'll use the shortcut to the Loch/Mills Lake junction that was "pioneered" by Larry Anderson of the Grey Wolves.  Round trip should be a bit shy of 9 miles, and it will be a workout since a few miles will be off-trail.  From Jewel Lake we'll proceed up the Glacier Gorge, ducking under the many trees that form a roof over the canyon.  There are only a couple of trees that require a little effort to get over/under.

We'll be out of the wind for the most part, with the windiest places being the 3 lakes we'll cross (Mills, Jewel and Black), and of course the parking lot.  Expect the inevitable "breeze", so bring warm, windproof clothing, and boots/gaiters that are happy submerged in snow. Make sure your snowshoe claws are in working order since we will be making some short but steep ascents.  Poles are highly advisable. Temperatures are predicted to be in the 20s, so dress warmly in layers.   Don't forget water and a snack or lunch.  Here's a link for the local forecast: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=40.293144174659446&lon=-105.64401626586914&site=bou&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text
Let's meet at the 3 Margaritas (3328 N. 28th) parking lot in north Boulder at 8:00 AM on Sunday.

Details:
Starting elevation: 9,500'
Elevation gain: 1,400'
R/T distance: 8.5 miles
Difficulty:  Solid Intermediate - be ready for a hefty workout. You need to be in good shape for this one.
Dogs: no
Duration: We should be back in Boulder by 5:00 PM - later if we stop in Lyons for digestibles.

Carpooling: Meet in the 3 Margaritas parking lot in North Boulder (southeast corner of 28th St. and Iris Ave) at 8:00 AM.    If you'd like to catch us in Lyons, we'll be passing by the Stone Cup around 8:25 AM, but won't be stopping unless you blurt out.

This is a participate at your own risk event!  You must know and be well within your limits.

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  • Sally

    Terrific hike! Awesome day! Spectacular views! High winds! Thanks again, Dave, for leading the way to Black Lake!! :)

    March 5, 2012

  • Perry

    Great outing Dave.

    March 5, 2012

  • Dave K.

    I think we'll be back to the Bear Lake trail head by 3:30pm, so that should work for an earlier car. We can work out the details in Boulder or Lyons in the morning.

    March 3, 2012

  • Karen H.

    Hi Sally,

    I would also like to be back in Boulder early, so maybe we can have one car of people not going out afterwards? I'm happy to drive and I have a pass.

    March 3, 2012

  • Sally

    Dave - I have one! And, is it possible to be back in Boulder by 4:30p?

    March 3, 2012

  • Dave K.

    If you have a National Parks pass, please bring it. We may have enough, but just to avoid an expensive miscount...

    March 3, 2012

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