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Re: Best Dayhike in Rocky Mt. National Park

Postby stlouishiker » Tue Nov 04, 2008 7:47 pm

Thanks for all the advice and I was just wondering how much snow will be left in Glacier Gorge, Loch Vale, Fern Lake, and Estes Cone around June 15. Don't want trails that are too snowy or icy. Thanks.

Re: Best Dayhike in Rocky Mt. National Park

Postby summersja » Tue Nov 04, 2008 11:55 pm

stlouishiker wrote:Thanks for all the advice and I was just wondering how much snow will be left in Glacier Gorge, Loch Vale, Fern Lake, and Estes Cone around June 15. Don't want trails that are too snowy or icy. Thanks.


My wife and I just did Mills/ Jewel Lake this weekend- wanted to make it to Black lake but didn't. I highly recommend this hike as well- beautiful valley along the base of Long's peak (below the Keyhole opposite of the boulderfield).

Last spring, we hiked Estes Cone in March with no snowshoes or other winter equipment without much trouble. Only had one difficult shady part that had some deep snow but other than that, not bad so I don't think you will have any trouble in June. I have hiked the areas you mentioned in late June and have had no snow on the trails. Unless we have an unusually high amount of mountain snow this year, I wouldn't worry about the trails being too icy or snowy below 11,000' or so.

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Re: Best Dayhike in Rocky Mt. National Park

Postby thespoonybard » Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:26 am

Check out this website, there are many helpful suggestions as well as difficulty ratings for you to consider for your Scouts. :D

http://www.rocky.mountain.national-park.com/hike.htm

Years ago, when I was in Boy Scouts, my troop did their high adventure to "Lost Lake" in RMNP. The hike is a little longer than you are looking for, however, from personal experience, the scenery was beautiful, campsites were great, and we were the only ones on the trail ALL WEEKEND LONG :!: Best of luck.
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Re: Best Dayhike in Rocky Mt. National Park

Postby Floyd » Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:32 am

stlouishiker wrote:Thanks for all the advice and I was just wondering how much snow will be left in Glacier Gorge, Loch Vale, Fern Lake, and Estes Cone around June 15. Don't want trails that are too snowy or icy. Thanks.


Hate to say this, but you have to wait and see. A late season freak snowstorm in May is never out of the question, but I would say that regardless you wouldn't need snowshoes. RMNP sees so much traffic that, even if there is some lingering snow, the trails will be well packed down. I would think worst case scenario, the day you get into town, run by REI and pick up some yaktrax on your way to the park.

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