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.
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).
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.
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.