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Snowshoeing in Summit Co.?

Postby Eph 2 5 » Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:19 pm

I know this is going to be a really tall order, but are there any good snowshoeing areas currently in the Summit County area ? Anything in the Gores, near Vail Pass, near Loveland Pass, near Breckenridge? I'm looking for a pretty tame 1-3 mile snowshoe for approx. a week from now. Maybe the Mohawk Lakes area, McCullough Gulch (depending on if the road is closed), or the lower part of the standard route on Quandary? I hiked in the Mosquito Range a week ago and it was really dry, so I realize there might not be any good spots. Views would really be nice, but I'd settle for something in the trees if that's the only option. Thanks a lot for your help.

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Re: Snowshoeing in Summit Co.?

Postby pseudoghost » Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:29 pm

You might be in luck as we're supposed to get some snow here this week. Otherwise, your best bet would be in the trees on a north-east facing aspect probably in the Gores somewhere, and that's going to be a stretch. I was up by Wheeler Lakes last weekend and there was about 4 inches of snow, in the deepest areas. Absolutely stay away from south facing aspects, as there won't be any snow on them. Bone dry, and that was last weekend.

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Re: Snowshoeing in Summit Co.?

Postby Scott P » Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:30 pm

I'm not sure of the other areas, but Vail Pass area has barely enough snow to snowshoe in the north facing slopes and in the trees above 11,300 feet or so. You will be carrying snowshoes up to that point though.

It may snow tomorrow night as well.
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Re: Snowshoeing in Summit Co.?

Postby FFLpilot » Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:49 pm

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Re: Snowshoeing in Summit Co.?

Postby MuchosPixels » Sun Dec 02, 2012 4:36 am

Only slopes with snowmaking have continuous snow all the way through. Everything else has spotty coverage with junk snow to nothing at all. :(

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Re: Snowshoeing in Summit Co.?

Postby tylermacguire » Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:32 pm

When I drove by yesterday, the Mayflower Gulch trail looked snow packed. That being said, I could only see the first 30 feet.

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Snowshoeing in Summit Co.?

Postby Eph 2 5 » Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:53 pm

I thought I'd re-post in this thread to see if the snowshoeing conditions have improved in Summit County over the last few days. I'm guessing there's been at least a little accumulation. The forecast seems to call for a decent amount of snow over the weekend. We'd like to snowshoe early next week. Any info. regarding good places to snowshoe, given the current conditions, would be appreciated. Thanks for the previous posts.

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Re: Snowshoeing in Summit Co.?

Postby BKS » Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:43 am

There was very little additional snow the last couple of days. You'll have a hard time finding enough snow for snowshoes. Maybe high in basins above treeline.

Trail to Mt Royal is hardpacked. onto Mt victoria -hardpacked. Victoria to saddle of Peak 1 has some snow deep enough for snowshoeing.

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