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LMC Calendar
Date:
03.15.2018

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From our starting point at the Bear Lake trailhead (9,450') we will take what will likely be a well-tracked route that crosses Two Rivers Lake (10,620') about 3 miles in, then reaches Lake Helene (10,580') just beyond. Snowshoes may or may not be needed to this point but Micro Spikes or similar shoe traction devices are recommended. Snowshoes will be required from Lake Helene to Grace Falls and back as we drop into the Odessa Gorge.
Wind permitting, we will take a break before descending to the falls at an awesome viewpoint on the rocks to the north of Lake Helene. A sharp, snowy descent followed by a rising traverse will put us at the base of the ephemeral Grace Falls (10,260'). This can be a magnificent wall of blue ice in the winter. We will likely wander about a bit in the flats below Grace Falls and look for a sunny, windless lunch spot before climbing back out of the gorge by retracing our outbound tracks.
Overall, this will be about a 7.5 mile class B+ effort with about 1,600' of gain/loss and a trailhead to trailhead time of about 6 hours. Our pace will be comfortable but one should consider this a moderately difficult hike in winter conditions. We will make a very slow (safe) descent on the steeps below Lake Helene and an equally slow ascent upon our return from the falls to the lake. I will meet the group at 9 AM at the ranger station at the Bear Lake 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
langer_pete@hotmail.com.

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