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Date Friday  2/16/2018
End Date Friday  2/16/2018
Group Denver
Event Title Lake Helene 10,960' RMNP *
Start Time 6:30 AM
Status Complete
Leader Roger Leikas
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants No tickets left
Type Trip
Trip Type Snowshoe
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate 
Trail Mileage 6
Elevation Gain 1200
Driving Distance 140


Coors Tex Parking lot, next to (east of) American Alpine Club Building (710 10th St., Golden, CO).  You can also arrange meetings in Boulder, Lyons and RMNP Beaver Meadows Visitor Center by contacting leader.  

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This is a snowshoe trip, where we will start our hike at Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.  From the Bear Lake Trailhead turn right and follow the Bear Lake Loop trail to the Flattop Mountain trail.  Follow the Flattop Mountain Trail for .9 miles to the junction with the Fern Lake Trail.  Follow the Fern Lake Trail as it climbs steadily through the forest along the northern flank of Flattop Mountain.  The last mile will be near timberline where we may have some wind.  Lake Helene rests below Notchtop Mountain, which rules the scene with its magnificent characteristic notch.  We will have lunch above the lake in the trees.  Most likely we will be snowshoeing at around 1 1/2 miles per hour.  If the trail is packed down we may use microspikes and carry our snowshoes, which will allow for an easier hike.  You should have both snowshoes, spikes and winter clothing appropriate to the day.   A map of the route can be found using a free CalTopo Map application (Caltop download here and using this weblink:  As the trip gets closer, I will provide weather forecasts, trail conditions, map of the area with the route highlighted in a PDF and a Google Earth Flight Simulator, which will provide a tour of the trip using satellite imagery.  Please bring a RMNP Park Pass if you have one.


*This is a Bobcats trip. The Bobcats' mission is to ensure a variety of challenging CMC trips, especially “B Difficult” and “C” hikes and Difficult Snowshoes, for our mostly age-50+ constituents. We may sponsor other activities of interest to our members, everything from bike rides to camping. Although we have members, we don’t have dues or elections, and our trips are non-exclusive. We welcome all CMC members to sign up for any Bobcats trip regardless of age or Bobcats membership. To join our free mailing list, write Membership Services at or call them at (303) 279-3080.

Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.