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Better Know a 13er: Mount Lady Washington Hike/Snowshoe

  • Longs Peak Trailhead

    Longs Peak Road, Estes Park, CO (map)

    40.271835 -105.549210

  • Event Organizer: Alex Funk; [masked];[masked]

    The second Sierra Club RMC Better Know a 13er Trip! Coloradans near and far flock to the state's stately 14ers, but the state's 637 peaks above 13,000 feet are often the hidden gems of climbing in CO. Come experience Colorado high country without the crowds. Mount Lady Washington (13,281') is located next to Longs Peak, and is one of three peaks overlooking the stunning Chasm Lake cirque. During the hike, the leader will provide an overview of the Sierra Club's work to protect public lands. 

    The route is considered Class 2, which requires some off-trail hiking over rocky terrain, but no scrambling/technical climbing is required. That said, this hike is not an easy undertaking and interested party members should be well-acclimated and familiar with winter travel in the high country. Hikers should be prepared with appropriate gear for cold, inclement weather, such as a hard shell, insulated mid-layers, warm gloves and hat, face protection and an extra pair of dry socks. Depending on weather and conditions, the itinerary for this trip change and become a simple snowshoe and/or hike in the woods! Level: Strenuous (11.6 miles RT, 3,881 feet elevation gain at high altitude) 

    Signup Instructions: RSVP Here: http://www.sierraclub.org/rocky-mountain-chapter/outings-calendar

    Bring: Ten essentials, warm clothing and extra layers, face protection (wind breaker), warm gloves/hat, hard shell, sunglasses/googles, trekking poles, warm boots, traction (microspikes) and/or snowshoes may be needed depending on conditions.

     Our outings are open and free to the public and we welcome anyone and all abilities. It does not what your income, religion, race, disability, sexual orientation, gender, age or political beliefs. Please contact the outing leader if you have questions or need accommodations.

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  • Alex F.

    Hey everyone, just wanted to let everyone know that the plan is to meet at South Mesa Trailhead at 7:15am. I'll be stopping at the Sheridan and 36 Park and Ride at 6:45 to coordinate carpools. Trailhead is $5 for you non-Boulder peeps. I recommend packing some poles and microspikes if you got them just in case we run into any snow and ice. See you in the AM!

    1 · 6h ago

    • Stephanie W.

      Still available to carpool?

      3h ago

    • Alex F.

      Yup! I'll have two spots. I'll have a dog with me. If that that's cool

      3h ago

  • Brian

    I am also in for bear peak tomorrow

    6h ago

  • richard r.

    Count me in to

    7h ago

  • marsha b.

    I'm in! Live in S Boulder and recommend leaving from Shanahan Ridge trailhead for Bear Peak

    10h ago

  • Alex F.

    Hey everyone, Looks like bad weather in the high country for tomorrow:

    Snow likely, mainly after 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 26. Very windy, with a west wind 33 to 40 mph, with gusts as high as 65 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.

    Combined with snow today/tonight, this route will present some difficulties and weather will make navigation difficult and not a lot of fun. With that in mind, I'll work on rescheduling this hike for a weekend with a better weather window. I'm open to still getting out tomorrow, possibly a little lower elevation and closer to the Denver/Boulder area. I'm leaning towards South Boulder/Bear Peak from the South Mesa Trailhead. The hike is about 7.5 miles round trip and gains almost 3,000 feet in elevation, so still a big hike. We'd start around 7am. Email if there is interest and I'll send out a follow-up email with more details. We can still coordinate carpools from Sheridan and 36.

    13h ago

  • Alanna

    I'm coming from Aurora and have a RMNP pass

    3 days ago

    • Alanna

      Sorry to bail late, but it's been an exhausting couple of weeks at work and I don't think I'll be up for this Sat. :( Have a great time and stay warm, everyone!

      2 days ago

  • Alex F.

    I'll have 3 seats available.

    3 days ago

    • Alex F.

      totally, would you like to meet at the Sheridan and 36 station/park-and-ride @ 4:30 AM or just a pick-up in Denver? If the later, just text me an address at[masked] and will pick you both up.

      2 days ago

    • Stephanie W.

      Park and ride works fine- thanks!

      2 days ago

  • Stephanie W.

    Anyone coming from downtown Denver area? Also, does the RMNP fee still apply in the winter?

    4 days ago

    • David G.

      I have a pass as well and am coming from Lakewood so I can meet anywhere.

      3 days ago

    • Alex F.

      I'll shoot to be at the Park and Ride @ 4:30am, have two signed up for a ride, so one spot remaining

      2 days ago

  • Alex F.

    Hey everyone, just wanted to let everyone know I'll be posting a trip status update Friday evening -- looks like snowy conditions for the forecast, so look for any updates before you head to bed!

    2 days ago

  • Alex M.

    Hey Alex, just confirming that we are meeting at the TH at 6:00 am?

    2 days ago

  • richard r.

    coming from estes park . I will meet every one at trail head.

    2 days ago

  • Alanna

    Not seeing this one on the Sierra Club's website to RSVP there... maybe hasn't updated yet?

    November 18

    • Alex F.

      yeah, no worries. I'll let everyone know when it's up!

      November 18

  • Alex F.

    Hi y'all, I will send out weather/equipment updates as the date approaches. Feel free to utilize this board to arrange carpools!

    1 · November 18

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  • Tim

    Triathlons, Hike, Camp, Environment / Public Health, explore!

  • Alanna

    Moved to Denver in Oct. 2015 from PA. Absolutely in love with this state and... more

  • Chris A.
    Co-Organizer

    Rocky Mountain Sierra Club Outings Chair

  • Jim G.

    Interested in hikes near Bailey. Member of Park County Historical Society.

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