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Old 01-01-2010, 04:11 PM
 
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Hi all. I'm looking for a National Forest trail maybe. No motorized vehicles. Peace and quiet. Nature.....

We're in Colorado Springs but willing to drive for a couple of hours.

We've looked at the Leadville area. Twin Lakes. Interlaken.

Also looked at Silver Dollar Lake at Guanella Pass.

Any thoughts? Suggestions? It will be my husband's first time so nothing too strenuous.

Thanks!
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Old 01-01-2010, 06:40 PM
 
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A friend likes to go to the Moffat Tunnel for snowshoeing.
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Old 01-01-2010, 07:06 PM
 
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Rocky Mountain National Park has lots of easy-to-follow snowshoeing trails there. While you won't get complete solitude on many of the trails (it's popular with snowshoers, XC and downhill skiers), it's a good place for beginners. Not sure how much snow they have though (snowshoeing on a thin layer of snow over rock = not much fun; snowshoeing in deep snow = $$$). Going west on I-70, snow cover has increased with the storms rolling through this week (plus more forecasted for this weekend).

Go to any bookstore (e.g. Borders or Barnes & Noble) and look up some snowshoe guide books (a good one is Snowshoeing in Colorado). It'll give you lots of ideas of where to go, as well as places to avoid (Colorado snowpack is very unstable and avalanche danger can be very high in many areas).
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Old 01-02-2010, 06:03 PM
 
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A friend likes to go to the Moffat Tunnel for snowshoeing.
So long as he or she does not trespass on the railroad right-of-way. The railroad takes a very dim view of that and has even installed remote-controlled cameras to monitor the area around the tunnel itself. And they will prosecute trespassers.
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Old 01-02-2010, 06:16 PM
 
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So long as he or she does not trespass on the railroad right-of-way. The railroad takes a very dim view of that and has even installed remote-controlled cameras to monitor the area around the tunnel itself. And they will prosecute trespassers.
Interesting. A big group from my office went up there yesterday. I didn't think that was the way I wanted to spend New Year's Day. The group leader has snow-shoed there many times.
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Old 01-04-2010, 08:45 AM
 
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Default Thanks for your suggestions

Well, we went north of Woodland Park to Manitou Lake. Not enough snow to snowshoe but saw some places in Pike National Forest that would be good to snowshoe when there is enough. And, not too far from Colorado Springs.

I have bought the books about snowshoeing Colorado but was looking for some off the beaten path type of suggestions. Woods. Secluded. Just nature.

Now, if Mother Nature would cooperate......hmmmmm.......hope I don't regret that sentiment.

I'm gonna check out Moffat Tunnel. Googling it now.

Thanks.
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