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Ben Sinclair
(bensinc) - MLife
Backpacking Near Winter Park, CO on 04/25/2011 19:11:09 MDT Print View

I'd like to plan a backpacking trip near Winter Park, CO, as the train runs right through there. Does anyone have suggestions for a 2-4 night trip this spring/early summer? I'm not too familiar with the area yet.

Thanks!

Ben Sinclair
(bensinc) - MLife
On second thought... on 04/26/2011 10:27:54 MDT Print View

On second thought after checking the weather, I think Winter Park might still be fairly cold and snowy even into June.

The train (California Zephyr) goes through Denver as well, so maybe there are some good choices near there?

Tim Heckel
(ThinAir) - M

Locale: 6237' - Manitou Springs
Train on 04/27/2011 14:56:55 MDT Print View

Hi Ben,
Generally early June at high elevations will still have significant snow, especially in the trees and on north facing slopes. You'd likely need snowshoes and snow safety skills. Most if it will be navigable by the end of June. The lower elevations clear earlier of course.
Are you looking to take the train, get off at one of its stops, and backpack from there without any other transportation?
Tim

Ben Sinclair
(bensinc) - MLife
Backpacking Near Winter Park, CO on 04/30/2011 08:47:05 MDT Print View

Hi Tim, I wasn't really looking for snow, so that might not be the best place to go in June!

Being able to hit the trail right from the train would be ideal, but I'm sure we could rent a cheap car and drive a little. The train is just a really easy way to get there from Iowa!

Tim Heckel
(ThinAir) - M

Locale: 6237' - Manitou Springs
Maroon on 05/03/2011 15:40:01 MDT Print View

Ok. Here is my suggestion.
First, come late in June.
Take the train to Glenwood Springs. The ride through the Rockies is outstanding.
You can take a bus from there to Aspen http://www.rfta.com/valley.html.
They used to run a bus from downtown up to Maroon Lake, they probably still do.
From there you have direct access to The Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness, some to the finest in the state.
Tim

http://www.summitpost.org/four-pass-loop/327228

Edited by ThinAir on 05/04/2011 20:16:22 MDT.

Travis Davis
(rockytop) - F
4 pass loop on 05/07/2011 20:03:56 MDT Print View

I was considering the 4 pass loop as well around the same time, and everyone is telling me that the passes will still have several feet of snow even toward the middle to end of june, and the creek crossing will be very high. That area is at 125% annual snowpack this year, and snow stays late in the Elks. Does that sound right Tim?

Randy Martin
(randalmartin) - F

Locale: Colorado
Very significant snow year on 05/09/2011 11:10:53 MDT Print View

The northern half of the state had a major snow year. Take a look at the pictures in this trip report from just a few days ago on Pyramid Peak (4 Pass Loop area near Aspen). Obviously a lot melting will take place over the next four weeks but I can pretty much guarantee that significant snow will still be present on passes and shaded areas well into June.

http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=9850

Tim Heckel
(ThinAir) - M

Locale: 6237' - Manitou Springs
Late on 05/09/2011 14:57:31 MDT Print View

Agree. Late June would be better.