Snowshoe from Bear Lake parking area to Two Rivers Lake, Lake Helene, and Grace Falls overlook and return. Snowshoes required. An opportunity to put the snowshoes on and make tracks in the snow at least one more time before spring really arrives. Bear Lake received at least 5 inches of snow from the recent storm. Bring snacks/lunch, at least 1 liter of water, and clothing layers for the expected weather conditions. Current forecast for the Lake Helene area for Friday is cloudy with temps in the mid 30's, wind gusts to 20 mph, and very little chance of snow flurries. Weather forecast link: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=40.321419995934384&lon=-105.67474365234375
Snowshoe poles, sunglasses, and sunscreen recommended. Leg gaiters and traction cleats optional.
Starting elevation: ~9450 ft.
Max Elevation: ~10650 ft.
Total climb: ~1500 ft.
R/T distance:~6.5 miles.
Difficulty: Moderate pace (around 1.5-2 mph including stops). Packed snow conditions expected to the Flattop Mtn intersection , but wind blown and loose packed snow at the higher elevations. This should be an intermediate level snowshoe.
Hike should take 4-5 hours with about a one hour and 15 minute drive to and from the Bear Lake trailhead.
If anyone wants to meet the group in Lyons, at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, or at the trailhead, so comment when you RSVP.
Probably will do a pie stop in Pinewood Springs on the drive back to Longmont.
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).
Dogs: Not allowed on RMNP trails.
We do regrouping stops at all trail intersections.
Please be prompt so others are not kept waiting. Five minute wait for no-shows.
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.