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Date Saturday  4/29/2017
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Fern Lake Snowshoe canceled due to storm
Start Time 7:30 AM
Status Canceled
Leader Patrick McKinley
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 1
Type Trip
Trip Type Snowshoe
Pace Moderate
Classification Easy C
Trail Mileage 7
Elevation Gain 1601
Driving Distance 130



Hike Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017

Start Time: 7:30 a.m. (from Coors Tek Lot across from CMC). We will depart by 7:30 a.m. Please arrive early enough to be ready to depart by 7:30 a.m.

End Time: 4:00 p.m.

CMC Trip Type: Snow shoe, class difficult B to easy C hike

Trip Difficulty: On-trail, moderate depending upon weather and snow conditions

Trip Prerequisite:B level or equivalent, knowledge of winter skills, perfer WTS expererience or equivalent

Elevation Gain: 1,601 ft

RT: 7.30 miles from winter trail head

TH: Fern Lake
Driving Instructions:

From Hwy 36 in Estes Park, we will enter RMNP from the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center entrance. From the entrance, take the first left at .25 miles onto Bear Lake Road. After .5 mile, there is a hairpin S turn and a sign for Moraine Park. Turn right here at the Moraine Park sign. At the next junction (about .4 miles), turn left and continue toward the Fern Lake trail head. (If you go straight, you go into the Moraine Park Campground). After you pass the Cub Lake trail head, the Fern Lake trail head is approximately 1 mile further. Park at the end of the road.

For more info Contact

Your trip leaders are Pat McKinley and Jeff Stevens (LIT). 

Jeff's mobile: 720-285-0567

Pat's 303 916 5111


CANCELED due to storm Reference(s)

RMNP info: Also call 970-586-1206 (Mon-Sat. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)


Trip description: Snowshoe Routes: Colorado’s Front Range by Alan Apt

Topo map: http:/


A map is a part of your 10 essentials.


Our objective is to get outside and enjoy a lovely snow shoe hike together. While we will aim to finish at Fern Lake, our ultimate goal is to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Depending on the condition

and our pace, we will do our best to arrive Fern Lake. Our goal is to have lunch at the lake. If you don't make the lake our turn-around time will be 1:30 PM and return to our cars.




Layers of clothing and footgear appropriate for a snow shoe hike.  Bring your snow shoes and trekking poles. If you have micro spikes or yak tracks, please bring them as they may be appropriate for the beginning of the trail. Be sure to bring a warm hat (or balaclava), gloves, and sunglasses; 10 Essentials appropriate for this hike, including sun protection, 1 ½ to 2 liters of H2O (with protection from freezing), snacks/food, your personal medical kit, compass, trail map. Optional: a thermos with a warm beverage.


Entrance into the Park.

One-day pass per vehicle is $20. There is a link to purchase online if you choose.


Drive Conditions to TH/RT Mileage

Paved road, 2wd


Car Pooling Cost Sharing

For CMC Denver, the formula to share the driving costs: $0.30/mile divided by number of persons in the car.  From Golden Parking lot to the trail head is approximately 130 mi round trip x $.30 = $39.00/number in car  plus $20/ number in car for park enterance.

Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.