NOTICE: Folks it’s winter time now and you live in Colorado. Be prepared for winter. Dress in layers and stay away from cotton if you can. Don’t show up in running shoes and have with you a stocking cap, gloves and snowshoes and/or spikes if you think you might need them.
Being RMNP there are NO DOGS ALLOWED.
So I just got off the phone with RMNP and I've come up with a pretty cool snowshoe trip that for the most part seems to be downhill and or level. The return trip would depend on which direction we go....read on.
Ok, so here's the deal.....
Head up to RMNP and leaving my place(Parker/Lone Tree) and heading straight up I25 up to Longmont then going West from there up Highway 66 into Lyons. Anyone interested in carpooling with me let me know via the comments section. I can potentially fit 1 more possibly 3. Keep in mind if I get 3 in my car everyone is going to be holding their packs on their laps. Sooo....if you want to carpool we should meet anywhere off the I25 corridor. Only quick in and out locations right off the freeway.
I plan on leaving my place at 8a.m. so it gives anyone going a good amount of driving time without having to worry about rushing up the road. Due to road conditions I will be taking my time driving to RMNP. It usually takes me 1.5hrs. I expect it will be at least a 2hr to 2.5hr drive if the roads are still snow packed by Saturday.
About the trip....
Here's a PDF of the map
We will park at Bear Lake, from Bear Lake we will snowshoe to Bierstadt Lake and then back. At the lake we can turn around and go back the same way which would mean going uphill. HOWEVER, we would have two other options.
First one is...continue to the Park and Ride(that would involve leaving cars parked at the park and ride and shuttling people back to Bear Lake).
Second one is...going down hill to the Bierstadt trailhead (also would involve leaving some cars at the parking lot for the Bierstadt Lake trailhead).
Total trip length will be approximately 6miles.
Hopefully that all makes sense. If not,feel free to shoot me an email or better yet leave a comment in the comments section so everyone is kept in the loop.
I have a RMNP pass which you will need to get into the park or pay a fee(10.00?) to get in. We can all meet at Beaver Meadows Visitors Center which is just off Highway 36 before the park entrance.