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Date Tuesday  4/18/2017
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Lake Helene area* RMNP
Start Time 6:30 AM
Status Complete
Leader Jeff Damp
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 5
Type Trip
Trip Type Snowshoe
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate 
Trail Mileage 7.5
Elevation Gain 1500
Driving Distance 140


Parking lot immediately east of American Alpine Club (CMC Coors lot), Golden, CO

For more info Contact

Jeff Damp

720-936-5921  (accepts texts)


We will start hiking at Bear Lake, and follow the Flattop Mountain Trail and the Fern-Odessa Trail to Lake Helene. Some of this we will probably be able to hike on bare ground, or well-packed trail, but eventually we will almost certainly need snowshoes.  From Lake Helene, we may, weather permitting, travel an additonal one half mile off-trail up to a small tarn in the large glacial cirque of the Ptarmigan Glacier. We will have excellent views of Notchtop Mtn., and Grace Falls, and be able to look down the valley to Odessa Lake.  In mid-summer there is a healty pika population at this tarn.

Bring snowshoes, poles, microspikes. 


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.