The 2019 hiking season has started. This year I am including snowshoeing in the season, namely because I haven’t snowshoed in a while and I don’t want the first hike of the summer hike season to be a heart-pounder and use the summer season to work up to a twenty-mile hike. The snowshoe season should go though May then switch to summer hikes. Enjoy!

Lake City

May 23 - 25, 2019 ~ Had an interesting time in Lake City, I went to Lake City for Alferd Packer Days and some hiking. The mountains are beautiful in this area and given the epoch snow this year the Spring Runoff had just started. Lake City has an interesting history, the same year that Lake City in a similar epoch snowy year a group of men lead by Alferd Packer became snow bound at Lake San Cristobal.

Mayflower Gulch - Snowshoeing

May 4, 2019 ~ Mayflower Gulch is on the west side of the Ten Mile Range and part of the Avalanche Amphitheatre along the range. This very short trek has spectacular views. There are two ways into the bowl of Fletcher Mountain. The first is along a trail that obscures views of Fletcher Mountain, the other is pretty much straight up the middle of the valley following the stream to the bowl, this is the preferred route with spectacular views the entire length of the gulch.

Mohawk Lakes ~ Cut Short - Snowshoeing

May 3, 2019 ~ The original plan for this snowshoeing trek was to go to at least Lower Mohawk Lake and at best to Upper Mohawk Lake. I have been to Mohawk Lakes in a previous summer hiking season, so I wasn't sure how far I could get. I do remember that the pitch to Lower Mohawk Lake is steep and that there is a steep incline along the side of Lower Mohawk Lake on the way to Upper Mohawk Lake.

Lily Lake - Snowshoeing

April 14, 2019 ~ The trail to Lily Lake is an offshoot of the Colorado Trail / Continental Divide Trail along Tennessee Pass in the San Isabel National Forest. It is not a difficult trail in snowshoes with a total out-and-back elevation gain of a little over 900 feet. Though for the first half of the way in it felt more like going downhill - which meant uphill for the last half on the way out.

Many Lakes ~ Small Loop - Snowshoeing

March 17, 2019 ~ The plan was to snowshoe to the many (frozen) lakes in the Bear Lake area of Rocky Mountain National Park. However, due to the number of social snowshoe trails, none of which looked convincing enough to continue past Dream Lake and Lake Haiyaha, after that the laid snowshoe trails fanned out in every direction except for the planned route.

Brainard Lake Recreational Area - Snowshoeing

February, 17, 2019 ~ The Brainard Lake Recreational Area is a gateway into the Indian Peaks Wilderness and during the winter offers a full day of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing opportunities for all ages. Since this area is closed to traffic in the winter months the snow-covered roads become deep snow trails to spend hours on. Since it is close to Boulder it's a quick and easy drive to get there.

Meadow Mountain - Snowshoeing

Janurary 26, 2019 ~ The Meadow Mountain trail at the Minturn exit along I-70 is interesting, it is super easy access and during the winter caters to many winter activities, including: snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, Telemark skiing, down-hill skiing, snowboarding, toboggining and snowmobiling and add mountain biking and hiking in the summer. I think one of the reasons this area can offer so many different winter activities options is because of its history.