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Date Sunday  2/9/2020
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Beginner Snowshoes: Brainard Lake
Start Time 7:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Cynthia Lehr
Co-Leader Michael Simon
Member Price Free
Available Participants 2
Type Trip
Trip Type Snowshoe
Pace Casual
Classification Easy 
Trail Mileage 6
Elevation Gain 700
Driving Distance 88


This clinic will be open to register on 1/9/2020.  ( 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.

Meet at the CoorTEK parking lot just east of the Colorado Mountain Club building in Golden.  We can also stop along the way at the small lot at Hwy/93 and Hwy 72 to pick up North Folks.

We will drive north on Hwy 93 to the intersection with Hwy 72 where we head west.  When we reach the Peak to Peak Hwy #119, we head north (right) through Nederland and Ward, then turn left onto the Brainard Lake Road.

Trip starts at the winter parking area of Brainard Lake, north and west of Nederland, CO.  We will hike on the CMC snowshoe trails to the lake and back.

For more info Contact

Cyndi Lehr

cell ‭(720) 252-7551‬

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 round-trip driving distance is 80 miles.  (80 miles x $0.30 per mile) = $24.00 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.