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Old 02-09-2010, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
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Looking to get out on Saturday but I'm not sure how good the snow is close to Denver. Any suggestions for areas within two hours of the city? Thanks!
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Old 02-10-2010, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Snow in the Denver metro is non-existent. I'm not sure how it is in the foothills. My wife's parents live in Breckenridge so we do a lot of snowshoeing up there. I know that they have struggled with snow as well this year. We have not been up since early January as I had knee surgery but we didn't need our snowshoes on the trails. I believe my father-in-law said that they hiked without shoes in Breck recently; not sure where.

Breck is about 2 hours from the Denver area depending on where you are. However, it is Presidents day weekend and the I70 corridor can be pretty crowded this weekend.

If you head to Breck (or Frisco) here are some places we go:

Boreas Pass
French Creek
Gold Hill Trail (part of the CO Trail system)
Mohawk Lakes
North Ten Mile Trail (Frisco)
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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Looking to get out on Saturday but I'm not sure how good the snow is close to Denver. Any suggestions for areas within two hours of the city? Thanks!
You can snowshoe in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. There is snow up here west of the Peak to Peak hwy. It's about an hour and a half drive, maybe less.
The Brainard Lake area near the Indian Peaks Wilderness offers many connecting trails for snowshoeing. One of these is the Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) South Trail, which parallels the Brainard Lake Road. High winds often rake this area, resulting in variable snow conditions. Dogs are forbidden on the CMC South Trail, as well as some of the other trails in this area. CMC South Trail | Ward Colorado Snowshoe Trails | Trails.com
Boulder Area Snowshoeing - Snowshoe Trails
Ski Boulder County Colorado! Cross-country Ski & Snowshoe Trails in Boulder and Colorado Rocky Mountains | Boulder Magazine, Boulder Colorado CO (http://www.getboulder.com/sports/ski_xintro.html - broken link)

You can also snowshoe near the Eldora ski area on the Jenny Creek trail. Read this for more info: Skiing and snowshoeing in Colorado's backcountry
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Old 02-10-2010, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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A co-worker of mine likes to snowshoe in the Moffat Tunnel area.
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Earth
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There's a snowshoe race at Eldora on Sunday, in case that might be of interest.

Screamin' Snowman Snowshoe Race

And they've got a decent trail that you can take up to the Guinn Mountain hut.

Just slap your shoes on and go...I've never paid the $18 for a pass there just to tromp around in snowshoes...that seems like fleecing to me.
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