Loch Vale (and beyond) Snowshoe (RMNP)

Loch Vale and Timberline Falls (maybe) Rocky Mtn Natl Park

We will go at least to Lock Vale (the Loch--pictured below), but depending on conditions could make it as far as Timberline Falls--probably about 5-8 miles round trip. We will take the more challenging route--up the creek. This is not a beginner's trip, and the pace will be moderately fast.

This may be the last opportunity this season to be able to walk across a frozen Loch Vale and to view the bubbles in the ice, as pictured above.

Weather at these elevations is unpredictable, dress in layers and be prepared for any weather conditions. Snow shoes are required. It is recommended that you bring micro-spikes, gaitors, poles and a camera.

There is a fee to get into the park but hopefully there will enough people signing up with passes that we  have one pass per car. We may stop for lunch after in Lyons.

Trail Details

Distance: 5-8 miles round trip

Difficulty: somewhat challenging

Elevation at trailhead: 9,475'

Elevation at the Loch: 10,192' (10,450 at Timberline Falls)

Elevation gain: 717'  (975)

Beginners: not recommended

Dogs: No

Carpool Location

We will meet at the park-n-ride at 88th and Sheridan and will depart at 9AM sharp. I will be at the north end of the lot. Those participants up north can meet us at the trailhead.

Carpool Location Link

Trailhead Location

We will start from the Bear Lake trailhead, I want to leave the trailhead by 10:45AM. Let me know on your RSVP if you intend to meet here.

Trailhead Location Link

Additional Terms and Conditions

You are responsible for knowing where the carpool location and the trailhead are and getting there on time. You are responsible for researching the trail and knowing your own limits. You are responsible for dressing appropriately and bringing the necessary gear, water and snacks. This trip--as are all trips with this group unless otherwise noted--is an all day outing, do not sign up if you have other obligations that afternoon. The pace will be moderately fast, as are all of my more difficult trips, do not sign up if you have been on other outings in which the group has had to wait for you. It is bad etiquette to cancel at the last minute, don't do it without a very good reason.

This is a participate at your own risk event

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  • Bill B.

    The trip will not be cancelled, but there is the possibility of doing something close by instead of going to RMNP. Might do White Ranch instead.

    March 9, 2013

  • Stephanie

    I am not going to make it Sat. See you next time.

    March 8, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Fresh snow*

    March 8, 2013

  • beth f.

    I am a beginner so I can't go, when is a meet up for beginners?

    March 8, 2013

  • Stephanie

    I am thinking I am going to cancel too. But waiting on weather.

    March 8, 2013

  • Kris K

    When is the latest I can sign up? Weather dependent for me.

    March 8, 2013

    • Bill B.

      can sign up till 1 hr before

      March 8, 2013

  • gale g.

    I will have to decide depending on conditions, I may have to cancel

    March 8, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Fresh snow*

    March 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Working yet another weekend... Sigh

    March 5, 2013

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