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Date Saturday  2/1/2020
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Beginner Snowshoes: Payne Creek Trail
Start Time 7:00 AM
Status Approved
Leader Michael McMahon
Member Price Free
Available Participants Full- Join Waitlist
Waitlist Participants 4
Type Trip
Trip Type Snowshoe
Pace Casual
Classification Easy 
Trail Mileage 6
Elevation Gain 900
Driving Distance 56


This clinic will be open to register on 1/1/2020. ( 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 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.

Trip is to the Lost Creek Wilderness, just outside Bailey. Payne Creek Trail/Brookside McCurdy Trail FS Trailhead. See directions below.

Meet at the Fort pull-out, Morrison/Evergreen exit on Rt 285 South at 6:45am am for a not later than 7:00am departure.

We will stop at the Bailey Loaf n Jug, just before we reach the TH, 173 Bulldogger Rd, at the stoplight.

Upon leaving the Loaf n Jug, continue south  on Hwy 285 for 3.6 miles.  Directions from Bailey: From Bailey proper leave Highway 285 opposite the Post Office and turn on to County Road 64. Drive .45 miles to a Y in the road. Follow the left side of the Y, which is a gravel road and continue 1.6 miles to the trailhead.

For more info Contact

Michael McMahon

cell 720.384.5609

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.


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 approximate 56-mile round trip will require a contribution from each passenger to the driver.  56 miles x ,30 = &17.00 per car, to be split equally between all people in the car, including the driver. Please bring small bills to reimburse your driver. 

Students, please send any feedback, suggestions or comments to




This program is currently full. If you would like to be placed on the wait list please complete the form below. If a spot opens up you will be contacted.

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