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Good snowshoeing near Boulder?

Postby Vids » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:43 am

Looking for a little advice for a good area to snowshoe this weekend. We will be up near Boulder/Golden area, and want to get out for a couple of hours. Some place that will have decent snow, and not too strenuous. It will be my wife's first adventure after having our second kid a couple of months ago, so something fun but not too difficult at this point. We are from Parker and rarely hike the northern Front Range areas, so really have no idea what's up there.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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Re: Good snowshoeing near Boulder?

Postby OnyourLeft » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:30 am

The Brainard Lake area north of Nederland and about 1 hour west of Boulder has great snowshoeing trails. It's right off the Peak to Peak Hwy at the town of Ward.

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Re: Good snowshoeing near Boulder?

Postby Vids » Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:04 am

Thanks, but it would need to be closer than that. We are leaving a 2 month and a 2 1/2 year old with their grandparents while we snowshoe, for their sanity we need to be about 3 hours door to door.

I was thinking of something right outside of Golden, or near the Flatirons. I've hiked Golden Gate area a few times, is that about the best bet by Golden?

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Re: Good snowshoeing near Boulder?

Postby MaximusAndMe » Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:23 am

Check out White Ranch Open Space Park - very close with lots of trail options.

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Re: Good snowshoeing near Boulder?

Postby Alpineair » Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:32 am

Or Eldorado Canyon or Mesa Trail right off 93.
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Re: Good snowshoeing near Boulder?

Postby peter303 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:59 pm

Drive south on 93 (extension of Broadway) and park at one of the half dozen parking lots you see on the way to Golden. Then walk around there if the snow looks good enough. The chinook winds and 50 degree temps may evaporate most of this snow by Sunday.

Otherwise you have to drive up the canyon to 119 to find colder areas like Nederland or Branaird.. Dead Man Days Festival is a week from now in that area.

Re: Good snowshoeing near Boulder?

Postby forbins_mtn » Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:04 pm

Vids wrote:Thanks, but it would need to be closer than that. We are leaving a 2 month and a 2 1/2 year old with their grandparents while we snowshoe, for their sanity we need to be about 3 hours door to door.

I was thinking of something right outside of Golden, or near the Flatirons. I've hiked Golden Gate area a few times, is that about the best bet by Golden?



I went up and hiked around the flatirons two weeks ago and i could have done it in tennis shoes. there wasn't much snow. that has obviously changed since this last storm, but there wasn't a whole lot. I'd go back into Eldora/Nederland area

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Re: Good snowshoeing near Boulder?

Postby PaliKona » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:20 pm

From Golden maybe drive to Evergreen and snowshoe around Elk Meadows? Or around Centennial Cone? Google Jefferson County open space for info

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