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Re: Where to go Sledding?

Postby Johnson » Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:18 pm

The Joe wrote:
bjohnson17 wrote:
JDgreen wrote:Hidden Valley, Rocky Mountain National Park


I don't remember where this is and I can't seem to find the info online. Can you direct me?


Check www.nps.gov/romo. Use the search for "sledding". Lots of info. There is a good map off the main page. The turn off is between deer ridge junction and many parks curve. They even have a warming hut. I want to check it out too but I hadn't purchased a parks pass yet. Time to pry out the wallet.


Thanks Joe. After my chocolate lethargy wore off I got my RMNP map and found it! :)
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Re: Where to go Sledding?

Postby glacierPaul » Fri Dec 31, 2010 6:47 am

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 :D .


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! [-o< :shock: :lol:


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.
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Re: Where to go Sledding?

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I took the sled and glacier pics from the middle of the lake, where the sled finally stopped.
Hope this helps Joe!
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Re: Where to go Sledding?

Postby MUni Rider » Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:18 pm

Not all of these are exactly out in the mountains, but if the icy mountain interstates are a nightmare there may be an option with one of these links.

http://www.outtherecolorado.com/blogs/colorado-springs-best-sledding-hills.html
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Re: Where to go Sledding?

Postby Jump Roper » Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:19 am

Thanks for all the great suggestions. I took my friend who was visiting from sea-level to St. Mary's and we had a blast. It is a very short hike which is great for a sea-level girl. Here is a pic. (Remember to bring $5 for parking.)
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Re: Where to go Sledding?

Postby The Joe » Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:30 am

Ca-2-mo, when did you go up? Judging by the wind blown snow in your pic, you were probably up there Sunday afternoon, same as me.

Thanks Glacier Paul. As I mentioned, I went up Sunday afternoon. Way cool! A bit windy. I didn't take my daughter or the sled. Scouting 1st. Maybe next weekend.
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Re: Where to go Sledding?

Postby The Joe » Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:39 am

winmag4582001 wrote:Wasnt there a spot right off Hwy285 by Pine?
I'm trying to think of a place to take some kids sledding too and I'm drawing a blank. St. Mary's Glacier is too long of hike for 8yr olds and I was snowshoeing at Berthoud Pass this morning and there were signs posted "No Sledding".
I need some ideas too.



Do you or anyone else know if the "No Sledding" signs are something new or maybe temparary?
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