Apr 25, 2011 at 6:11 pm #1272864
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!Apr 26, 2011 at 9:27 am #1729641
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?Apr 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm #1730200
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?
TimApr 30, 2011 at 7:47 am #1731222
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!May 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm #1732537
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.
TimMay 7, 2011 at 7:03 pm #1734408
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?May 9, 2011 at 10:10 am #1734480
Randy MartinBPL Member
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.May 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm #1734615
Agree. Late June would be better.
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