The Joe wrote: glacierPaul wrote:
St. Mary's is a very short hike, basically 1/2-3/4 of a mile to the lake. Me and my 6 year old son hike above the lake to the left, 100-200' above, then sled down and damn near across the lake. You will not need snowshoes for this.
Merry Christmas! We will be up there later, me attempting to beat Clark Grizwalds record
Hey Clark, how did ja' do?....How were the conditions up there? I am planning on checking out the area this coming weekend. Quite honestly I don't know much about that area but I've always wanted to check it out. How's the access road and is the trailhead pretty easy to find. I was also curious about the avalanche danger in the imediate area. I don't really want to take my daughter sledding in an avalanche shute.....although I'll bet we could really pick up some good speed riding an avalanche with some "Grizwald geese" on the bottom of the sled!
Made it up to the glacier on Dec. 28, but took me this long to get my Adobe program figured out. First off, we had an absolute blast! Fall River Rd. is a primary road for Clear Creek County, which means it gets first attention during storms. Right now it is mostly dry pavement, we did get around 6-8" of snow yesterday so I have yet to see FRR. The trailhead is a little over 8 miles up on the left, and my parking lot is 300' past on the left, you can't miss them. The snow was hard crust on top of wind packed snow, pretty solid stuff. No avy worry for just sledding, at least right now. The trail is packed down, so snowshoes are not needed. Yak-trax or microspikes may be good for some folks, but not really needed to get to the lake or glacier. Weather was great that day, bluebird w/gusts of wind here and there. We sled to the left of the cliffs that look over glacier lake, hike up 150' or so, and sled down and out onto the lake. Also have shot of other folks sledding at the base of the glacier, which I don't do because of all the other visitors, plenty of area to sled, we stay out of snowboarders/skiers/snowshoers/hikers way, because they are there for the glacier. To each there own. Hope you enjoy the pics.