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Date Saturday  2/10/2018
End Date
Group Fort Collins
Event Title Gould Mountain Snowshoe or Ski
Start Time 7:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Ward Whicker
Co-Leader Amy Parker
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 1
Type Trip
Trip Type Snowshoe
Pace Casual
Classification Moderate BII
Trail Mileage 6
Elevation Gain 1400
Driving Distance 160


Trip will meet at 7:00 am at Pringles Liquor parking lot at the NW corner of Taft Hill and Drake Roads in SW Fort Collins, to form a car pool.  The group will drive to the Moose Visitor Center near Gould on CO Highway 14, where we will prepare for the trip.


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To register, contact trip leader Ward Whicker by email .  No on-line signups.


This trip will be a snowshoe or ski tour from CO Highway 14 to the summit of Gould Mountain (10,390').  The terrain involves considerable uphill travel, but the inclines are mostly quite gentle.  Participants can either snowshoe or ski.  Appropriate ski gear would be the slightly wider cross-country skis with 3-pin or nordic norm bindings designed for off-trail backcountry travel in ungroomed snow. Climbing skins will be useful in the steeper sections.  If snow conditions warrant, there will be ample opportunity to make some easy turns in gentle terrain on parts of the trip.  Snowshoers and skiers will travel together most of the time, but on the descent, the skiers may separate from the group for some downhill runs in a couple of sections if conditions warrant, then wait for the snowshoers.

Most of the trip will be in coniferous forest, clear-cut areas, and some aspen groves.  In good weather, distant views of the Rawahs, Never Summers and North Park are spectacular.  This area is seldom traveled, yet the route follows abandoned logging roads and is straightforward most of the way.  The last 0.25 mile to the summit is steeper and involves more strenuous effort. Skiers may elect to walk the last 0.1 mile to the summit.  Because of the open clearcuts in the area, high winds could create some discomfort and the need for face protection and goggles. There are numerous alternative destinations in the area in case of bad weather or poor snow conditions.  Participants should be somewhat experienced with off-trail travel, comfortable with some moderate adventure, and reasonably fit to climb through a bit of steeper forested terrain.  Skiers should have intermediate X/C skills, including the ability to control downhill speed and to make gentle turns.

The terrain we will be on has virtually zero chance of avalanches, but there may be some chance of encountering downed trees or rocks under the snow in some areas.  




Be prepared for winter conditions and have appropriate clothing options in your pack.  Each person should have the "Ten Essentials" in the pack.  Ski poles will be very useful for snowshoers, and essential for skiers.