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Date Wednesday  4/9/2014
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title RMOTHG Chief Mountain Snowshoe
Start Time 9:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Michael Tamny
Co-Leader Barbara Schwarz
Member Price Free
Available Participants 7
Type Trip
Trip Type Snowshoe
Pace Casual
Classification Moderate 
Trail Mileage 5
Elevation Gain 1100
Driving Distance 30


Meet-up - 9:00AM at Bergen Park PnR
Take exit 252 from I-70 onto the Evergreen Pkwy (CO-74), continue approximately 2.4 miles then turn left at the stoplight at the intersection of the Evergreen Pkwy with the Bergen Park Pkwy (County Road 65). The entrance to the Bergen Park PnR is roughly 0.1 mile ahead on the right (and visible from the intersection). Look for familiar faces - other groups also meet at Bergen Park PnR.

Directions to the TH will be handed out at the meet-up.

For more info Contact

Michael Tamny
Barbara Schwarz


Note: This trip is limited to members of the Rocky Mountain Over The Hill Gang (RMOTHG) and guests. Eligible guests (50 years of age and older) may participate up to two RMOTHG activities -- must first sign waiver of liability form.

This moderate snowshoe will follow the Forest Service road east from parking on the shoulder off Squaw Pass Road (just past the Echo Mountain ski area) roughly 1/2 mile then take a hairpin turn onto Old Squaw Pass Road heading west. The route follows the slopes of Papoose Mountain around to the south for a mile or so then turns northwest onto the lower slopes of Chief Mountain. At this point we're looking for the Chief Mountain trail that branches of Old Squaw Road to the west then zig-zags to the top. I estimate 5 miles round trip and 1,100' elevation gain.

We found a foot of newly fallen snow when scouting on Friday and cold temperatures and snow are in the forecast through Tuesday - should have a real snowshoe. If fact we broke trail until blocked by heavy drifts where Old Squaw Road becomes a narrow ridge with steep sides. I expect trail will be broken the rest of the way over the weekend - if not, we can double back and continue up the Forest Service road towards Squaw Peak. We will go at a casual pace, either deliberately or because we're breaking trail.


Optional stop following trip for refreshments.

Bring poles, snowshoes and snowshoe extensions; you'll be postholing wearing microspikes/yak traks in the snow conditions we found. Bring snacks or sack lunch, water, ID, medical insurance card, and appropriate clothes for changing weather conditions. The forecast temperatures for next Wednesday are just above freezing.

Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.