Lake Haiyaha Snowshoe

  • March 27, 2013 · 8:45 AM
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Snowshoe hike to Lake Haiyaha and beyond from the Bear Lake parking area in RMNP.  Snowshoes required. One of the more interesting RMNP snowshoes.  Should be great with the latest snow.  Wear waterproof boots and bring at least 1 liter of water and snacks/lunch. Trekking/snowshoe poles, leg gaiters, sunglasses, and sunscreen also recommended.  Bring clothing to handle the predicted weather conditions and maybe a little more.  Current forecast is for partly sunny skies, temps in the low 30's, and winds as high as 10 mph with possible snow flurries.

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=40.308854425637634&lon=-105.64659118652344

Total RT distance: ~ 4.0 miles just to the lake.  Maybe more than 6 miles if we decide to navigate our way to the Loch.

Trailhead Elevation: ~ 9450 ft.

Max elevation:  ~10250 ft.

Total climb: ~1300 ft.

This is an advanced blue (intermediate) level snowshoe at a pace of around 1-2 mph including rest stops depending on trail conditions.   Total hike time should be around 4 hours and about 1 hour 15 minute each way for drive time.  Hike will be mainly off trail with some some navigation through untracked deep snow.  Lake Haiyaha in the winter gets some beautiful wind blown ice sculptures on the east end of the lake, some higher than six feet.  We may proceed up Chaos Canyon above the lake or find a route over to the Loch depending on the wind/weather/snow conditions and how the group is feeling.

Please read the hike description carefully and don't sign up for the hike unless you are confident you can complete the described hike (pace, expected conditions, RT distance, total climb, and max elevation).

 

Notes:
No dogs on RMNP trails.
Please be prompt so others are not kept waiting.

We do regrouping stops at all trail intersections.

Please, don't show up for a hike unless your YES RSVP has been accepted for you and any guest(s) that you intend to bring with you.

Please cancel if you decide not to attend so spaces will be available for others.

Disclaimer:
Hiking is risky. Every year people are hurt and killed because they go beyond their abilities, get lost, or bring the wrong gear. I normally lead hikes that I've done before. I don't do technical climbs but some of my hikes have strenuous climbs that may require using some handholds and require good physical strength and agility. I am not a professional guide. You are responsible for yourself. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety and will do the necessary research to understand the conditions of this hike and the gear and conditioning you require.
And lastly, anyone choosing to hike with our group should carry personal medical insurance and a CORSAR (Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue) card in case of an emergency.

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  • Sandy G.

    Great day! I wasn't ready for it for it to be over, but hopefully we can get 1 or 2 more snowshoes in before the season is over. Thanks Perry for another wonderful day.

    March 28, 2013

  • Gary J.

    Thanks Perry, for leading us on a cool meander.

    March 28, 2013

  • Robert

    BMVC 9:30 ok. I am now having my coffee with steak and potatoes!

    March 27, 2013

  • Perry

    So let's plan to meet at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center at 9:30. We'll have to take 2 vehicles to the trailhead.

    March 26, 2013

  • Sandy G.

    Sorry it's so late. I just checked my email. I will be at Beaver Meadow's Visitor Center by 9:30. If no one is there by then or shortly after, I will head on to Bear Lake. I will check my email in the morning before I head out too.

    See you in the morning.
    Sandy

    March 26, 2013

  • Marsha

    Perry, I'm going to drive up separately, so I'll meet you at the visitor center at 9:30.

    March 26, 2013

  • Perry

    If nothing is posted by 8 am, just head for the trailhead.

    March 26, 2013

  • Gary J.

    Well, we'll check in the AM. If no word to meet Sandy, we'll just head to Bear Lake and meet you there. Probably in the warm car, parked where we can't miss you. Most likely be in Bert's old North Dakota Jeep.

    March 26, 2013

  • Perry

    Yes, 9:30 should work. I haven't heard back from Sandy yet. The only reason to meet at the visitor center would be so the three of you could carpool together.

    March 26, 2013

  • Gary J.

    I'm riding with Bert and have one.
    Bert's thinking you'd be at the visitor's center about 9:30.
    Sound right?

    March 26, 2013

  • Perry

    Bert and Sandy, We could meet at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and three of you could ride to the trailhead together. I know Sandy has a park pass. Do you have one available Bert?

    March 26, 2013

  • Maria

    Sorry to miss this one (in AZ) but looking forward to seeing the pictures. Have fun!!

    March 26, 2013

  • Robert

    It appears you have a full car, so Gary and I will meet you at the Bear Lake parking lot. We could touch bases at the Beaver Meadows visitor center at 9:30 if you like.

    March 26, 2013

  • Pete L.

    Sorry, I have an appointment during the day.

    March 25, 2013

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