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Date Saturday  1/18/2020
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Lake Helene 10,960' RMNP *
Start Time 6:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Roger Leikas
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 1
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.  

In Boulder, we can meet 6:30 am at the Neptune Mountaineering parking lot located at 633 S. Broadway.

In Lyons, we will meet at 7:00 am on Railroad Ave near public restroom in Sandstone Park. (see

At the RMNP Beaver Meadow Visitor Center we can meet at 8:00 am.

In the trip signup comments section, please state your preferred meeting location or send an email to me regarding your preference.



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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 and a map of the area with the route highlighted in a PDF  Please bring a RMNP Park Pass if you have one.

There is an optional social stop on the way drive back.


*This is a Bobcat trip.

The Bobcats’ mission is to ensure a variety of challenging CMC trips, mostly on weekdays, for our mostly age 50+ constituents. We don’t have dues or elections and we invite all CMC members to sign up for any Bobcats trip.


We send out a monthly email with all the coming month’s trips just after those trips are activated. You can search the CMC Calendar for Bobcat trips any time by using an asterisk (*) in the the “Keyword Search” box. 


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Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.