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Date Saturday  12/14/2019
End Date
Group Fort Collins
Event Title Lake Helene Snowshoe
Start Time 7:30 AM
Status Approved
Leader Bill Trout
Co-Leader Terri Gerard
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 1
Type Trip
Trip Type Snowshoe
Pace
Classification Moderate B
Trail Mileage 6.0
Elevation Gain 1250 ft
Driving Distance 100

Location

Lake Helene snowshoe. Bear Lake area RMNP.



For more info Contact

Question, please contact Bill Trout at trout.bill@gmail.com or 970-222-3398 call or text. 



Details

The snowshoe to Lake Helene is a popular trip beginning at the Bear Lake trailhead parking lot in Rocky Mountain National Park. Lake Helene is situated in a bowl beneath Flattop Mountain (12,324ft), Notchtop Mountain (12,129ft) and Ptarmigan Point (12,363ft). The trail weaves through aspen and pine forests with scenic views at almost every turn.



We will begin the hike at the trailhead at Bear Lake and follow the trail toward Fern Lake. At about .4 miles the trail will connect with the Bierstadt Lake trail on the right. We will continue left toward Fern and Odessa Lakes. As the trail climbs we will have spectacular views of Longs Peak, Keyboard of the Winds, Pagoda Peak, Chiefs Head and the Glacier Gorge valley. After about another .5 mile, we will reach the trail to Flattop Mountain on the left. We will continue on the right fork. The first mile past the junction, the trail continues to climb through dense pine forest. The second mile the trail eases a bit as we ascend Mill Creek drainage.  On the way we will pass the Banana Bowls and possibly see telemark skiers on the bowls. We will continue by Two Rivers Lake and then on to Lake Helene. We will return along the same route.



It can be windy as we approach treeline, so be prepared. Bring a shell, extra insulation, face protection and eye protection. I would recommend 1-2 liters of water, snacks, lunch and the rest of the ten essentials. Gaiters and trekking poles can also be handy.




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