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Old 04-12-2011, 02:35 PM
Location: Denver
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If you want to do three day hiking trips, Colorado has hundreds of really great places to go. It almost seems that all you need is high elevation. That ensures the rain which enriches the flora and fauna including lakes and streams.
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Old 05-15-2011, 11:17 PM
Location: Estes Park
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Well, we're 5 days off from May 21, and there's still incredible snow at even modest altitudes in RMNP. This photo was snapped today's afternoon at Fern Falls, 8850' (ugly cyclist included for scale). I'd estimate 4 feet or so of snowpack remaining at that altitude.

There were patches of gradually deepening snow roughly from the Pool(8400') and complete snowpack from 8600' on. This is in fairly dense lodgepole forest -- more red than green -- on a northeast facing slope, but at Bear Lake and other areas I've visited recently, it's even deeper.

2-3 day hikes somewhat near Denver-fern-falls-spring-029.jpg

This has been an amazingly cold and snowy winter to date for Rocky Mountain National Park, and it'll be about the same near Lake Isabelle. The SNOTEL at Bear Lake is reading 68". Hope they've got microspikes, poles, and some good bags...


Last edited by ndk; 05-15-2011 at 11:28 PM.. Reason: Added SNOTEL
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