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Snow Shoe Chief Mountain in Arapaho National Forest

Join me on a casual 2 mile snow shoe trek to the top of 11,709 foot high Chief Mountain south of Squaw Pass Road, east of Mt Evans.

The winter trek starts at an elevation of ~10,750 feet from Squaw Pass Road (state road 103) for 2 miles round trip.

Bring ski or trekking poles.

To prepare for future longer distance snow shoe activities, bring along the following essentials:

1. Navigation: Map and compass.
2. Sun protection: Sunscreen, SPF lip balm, sunglasses or ski googles.
3. Insulation: Enough clothes to keep you warm if you have to stay the night (wind proof outdoor wear, layers, wool/polyester medium weigh body hugging base layer, warm gloves with heating pads, insulating hat, winter trekking boots, extra winter socks, etc.)
4. Illumination: Flashlight or headlamp, plus spare batteries and bulbs or a backup device.
5. First-aid supplies.
6. Fire: Two butane lighters or waterproof matches.
7. Repair kit and tools: Knife or multitool.
8. Nutrition: Food and emergency food in case you have to stay the night or longer.
9. Hydration: Two quarts of water (warm soup, etc.) for a day hike and a water purifier for long trips.
10. Emergency shelter: Tent, tarp, emergency blanket, bivy sack or even a trash bag.

Meet me at 10:00AM at the Federal Center RTD park & ride (2nd & Routt Street) in Lakewood on the south side closest to St. Anthony Hospital parking garage.

My cell phone on the day of the snow shoe activity is[masked]-9467.

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  • Winston W.

    After the Echo Lake snow shoe hike just west of Mt Evans, we head down to Idaho Springs. On the way down the mountain, I stop at a popular waterfall on the side of the road. There is the water is flowing under a thin sculptured layer of ice. Here are some videos of the frozen waterfall.


    December 17, 2013

  • Winston W.

    Still a nice day to snow shoe and snow hike, even though we had to change the snow shoeing from Chief Mountain to Echo Lake mainly do to the high 55+ mph wind gusts on the mountain and the lack of snow at the trail head. The snow shoe / snow hikes was a nice alternate place to hang out for the day.

    December 17, 2013

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