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Trails that are snow-free or close to it?

Postby chrismjx » Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:56 pm

Oh boy... It's been a busy last couple of months, not to mention the holidays, and I have not been out getting the trail time that I would like. Can anyone recommend any good hikes that are likely to still be mostly snow-free or at least manageable? My fiance and hiking partner doesn't feel comfortable hiking on much snow because of weak ankles, so I have to try and find something that doesn't require microspikes or snowshoes! #-o

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Re: Trails that are snow-free or close to it?

Postby TravelingMatt » Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:05 pm

Maybe not as high as you're looking for, but anything in the Kenosha Range is completely dry.
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Re: Trails that are snow-free or close to it?

Postby chrismjx » Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:14 pm

No, that's great info, thanks! I'm not too worried about altitude at this point, just trying to get back outside. I swear I don't know what happened... One day I was climbing mountains and it was still warm and then I turn around and its Thanksgiving already! Ha ha I'm kinda getting fat from being lazy too..... :lol:

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Re: Trails that are snow-free or close to it?

Postby RoanMtnMan » Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:50 pm

With the lack of snow so far, just about any trail in the Frange is gonna be good to go with just boots or trail shoes if you are moving fast.
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Re: Trails that are snow-free or close to it?

Postby denvermikey » Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:58 pm

A good portion of the peaks in the ten mile/mosquito and/or sawatch are fairly snow free especially the ones with south facing trails. Biggest worry might be wind at this point.
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Re: Trails that are snow-free or close to it?

Postby aliciaf » Fri Nov 30, 2012 6:53 pm

I was on Massive yesterday and most of the East Slopes trail was snow free. Some snow here and there but we didn't ever bust out our spikes. Shav/Tab was pretty dry a month ago when I was there too. I don't think they've gotten much (if any) snow since.

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