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Our snowshoe hike today is a winter classic - Black Lake (and above) in the Rocky Mountain National Park. Black Lake is set in a deep well of vertical rock surrounded by ice-covered walls. Of special note, our route above Jewel Lake will be through the Black Lake drainage which can only be done in winter. From Black Lake, our intent is to continue up (+500') its inflow creek into the Upper Glacier Gorge to a rock outcrop where, weather permitting; we will stop for lunch in an incredibly scenic setting. Longs Peak, Keyboard of the Winds, Pagoda, McHenrys, The Stoneman, the sheer face of Spearhead gleaming in the sun, and even the distant Mummy Range will be our companions.
Our pace will be comfortable to all but this is, nevertheless, a difficult class B+ winter outing at about 9 miles roundtrip with 1,950' of gain and the possibility of having to break trail. We will return the way we came utilizing the seat of our pants when possible for some of the steeper descents. Though much of the route will likely be on packed trail, you must bring snowshoes! Also recommended are some kind of shoe traction devices like Micro Spikes. I expect this hike to take about 7 hours trailhead to trailhead. I will meet the group at 8 AM at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park.
If you would like to sign up for this hike or have any questions, contact Pete Langer at 970-227-3614 or
Hike Leaders: Please call the RMNP Backcountry Office at 970-586-1242 and report any changes in trail conditions after your hike. They have requested our help as they cannot cover the hundreds of miles of trails. Also call this number the day before your hike for the latest road, trail and weather conditions at the Park.