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Date Friday  2/21/2020
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Beginner Snowshoes: Pavilion Point
Start Time 8:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Mark Wolf
Member Price Free
Available Participants 6
Type Trip
Trip Type Snowshoe
Pace Casual
Classification Easy 
Trail Mileage 6
Elevation Gain 900
Driving Distance 90


This clinic will open to register to open on 1/21/2020.  ( 30 days prior to event).

Snowshoeing is almost as easy as walking. We recommend you do NOT buy snowshoes before this clinic. Borrow some or rent a pair at REI or your local mountain store, get snow baskets (usually the same brand) to fit your hiking poles, be sure your hiking boots are waterproof, add some high gaiters, and you will be good to go.This clinic is for CMC members who have NEVER SNOWSHOED BEFORE (or have had only bad experiences ;-) ;IF YOU HAVE BEEN ON A CMC TRY SNOWSHOES (2019) OR CMC BEGINNER SNOWSHOES TRIP BEFORE, please wait until the day before the trip date to sign up, in order to reserve scarce places for true newbies. There are plenty of regular snowshoe trips on the calendar. If you are nervous about that, be sure to speak to the leader before the trip and to your fellow ‘shoers at the TH. Everyone will want to be sure you have a good time. TO ENSURE THE BEST EXPERIENCE FOR EVERYONE ON TRIP DAY, PLEASE COMPLETE THIS BRIEF PRE-ASSIGNMENT PRIOR TO TRIP DAY: Read Preparing for a Snowshoe Trip, which provides links at the end to some very short videos and illustrated instructions on how to snowshoe.  You also can get to that document by going straight to the member resources page.

Wooly Mammoth Section BB.  Wooly Mammoth Parking Lot is off I-70 Exit 259.  Meet in Section BB, up the hill and across the street from the Exxon station, at 6:45 am for a not later than 7:00 am departure. 


We will make a comfort stop at the Georgetown "Gateway Visitor's Center" along the way, Exit 228.


This Trail starts on the other side of I-70 from the quaint town of Silver Plume, so we will get back on I-70 and then exit again at Exit 226.  Go under the freeway, pass the Exit 228 off-ramp and turn right,driving almost to the end of the road.  Park along the road facing back toward Georgetown.  Do not block the house or driveway at the end of the road.

For more info Contact

Mark Wolf

cell (303) 522-0891‬

Whenever you have to cancel out of a CMC trip, it is your responsibility to do that online.  I will see that you cancelled.  Here's how:  Log in to>Members>My Membership>My trips> find this trip (all your upcoming trips are listed in date order) click "cancel."

IN ADDITION:   Please TEXT me if you have to cancel the night before or the morning of.  Emails will be lost in my inbox.


This trip starts near Silver Plume.  It follows the old Argentine Central narrow gauge railroad grade which means a steady but not overly steep trip, climbing east and sheltered in trees. Mining ruins are visible along the way.  At the top, there is a clearing and some ruins from a waystop on the railroad and a summer retreat for town dwellers.  We will have lunch there, then return the way we came.

Weather willing, we will have views of the Georgetown valley, Front Range peaks, a look up towards Bierstadt as well as west towards the continental divide.  Georgetown is often a funnel for wind so bring your wind gear.

We'll show you how to select and wear snowshoes, a few principles of snow travel, trail choice, fastening snowshoes to your pack, and anything else you want to know. We want you to leave this trip excited to sign up for the next one.

Please bring the 10 essentials appropriate to the weather and a guided day trip:

  • Sunglasses/sunscreen

  • Clothing Layers

  • Headlamp/extra batteries 

  • Personal first aid kit

  • Knife

  • Extra food

  • Map and compass

  • Fire starter kit

  • Emergency shelter or bivy.

  • Water/hot drink

If you haven't yet re-provisioned your pack for winter sports, consider these items: 

  • A bigger backpack for winter sports (to hold cold-weather gear) with a trash bag inserted  as a liner to keep everything dry

  • Chemical hand/toe warmers

  • Balaclava or neck gaiter

  • Microspikes or Yaktrax 

  • Ties or bungies for attaching snowshoes to your pack

  • Thermos with hot drink

  • High boot gaiters

  • Sit Pad for lunch stop

  • And don’t forget to put the snow baskets on your hiking poles!


I will send out an email a day or two before with trail conditions. Do not assume bad weather means the trip is canceled.  We only cancel if the roads are treacherous. We just try to dress appropriately.

The round-trip driving distance is 90 miles.  (90 miles x $0.30 per mile) = $27.00 per car to be split equally between all riders in the car, including the driver. Please bring small bills to reimburse your driver. 

Students, please send any feedback, suggestions or comments to


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.