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Date Saturday  1/15/2022
End Date Saturday  1/15/2022
Group Denver
Event Title Beaver Reservoir to Coney Flats Out -n- Back
Start Time 7:15 AM
Status Approved
Leader Craig Townsend
Co-Leader Garrett Pettingell
Member Price Free
Available Participants 1
Type Trip
Trip Type Snowshoe
Pace Casual
Classification Moderate 
Trail Mileage 6.5
Elevation Gain 678
Driving Distance 90

Location

I'd like to meet in the REI parking lot in Boulder @ 7:15 AM ... ... We will leave the parking lot promptly @ 7:30 AM ... Follow the link below for directions from Denver to the REI parking lot:

Directions to the REI in Boulder, CO

Check your E-mail 2 days prior for a trip "intro" message discussing expected weather, clothing and special equipment to bring, leader's cell number, etc.  If you don't see the message check your junk mail folder.



For more info Contact

Craig Townsend (303) 819-8812 /  Craig_R_Townsend@Yahoo.com 

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Details

This snowshoe trip will be from Beaver Reservoir to Coney Flats along a relatively flat road/trail... The following description is from the book titled "Snowshoe Routes - Colorado's Front Range" by Alan Apt... If you want to know where to go snowshoeing along the front range I recommend you get yourself a copy.



ROUTE DESCRIPTION:  The road/trail starts a bit steeply in a lodgepole-pine tree tunnel and then mixed aspen and pine for the first mile or so before the trees open up to some nice views of Sawtooth Mountain and Paiute Peak. At a trail junction at about 1.5 miles, Strapp Lake Trail branches off to the left/south. You can use the trail for a short side trip to a small lake, but the trail isn't marked and eventually becomes difficult to follow. If you are careful about retracing your steps you can enjoy the rolling terrain over to the lake and back. Unless you are experienced with a compass and topo map and/or GPS, stay to the right on the road, which then levels and rolls gently.



You will have some nice views of Peaceful Valley through the trees. At 2.25 miles you pass by several small lakes. At 2.5 miles the other end of the trail comes in from the left; the road follows it for about 0.25 mile and then the trail heads to the right toward Middle Saint Vrain Creek. At 3 miles you cross Coney Creek and enter Indian Peaks Wilderness.



At 3.2 miles reach the Coney Lake/Creek Trail junction. Here the trees open up and you can see the flanks of Sawtooth Peak. At this point you will have around 6.5 miles round trip, so you can take a photo and call it a day.



If you are rambunctious, you can jump on the Coney Lake Trail (#914) and see how far you can travel toward the lake. It is another 4.6 miles round trip to the lake, so it is unlikely you'll want a 12-mile round trip. It is also an additional climb of 900 feet. You would be wise to stop short of the lake since the terrain directly above it is steep enough to avalanche. You could safely add an additional mile one-way to your trip.



Link to CalTopo Map: https://caltopo.com/m/8MSNR



 




Notes

Gear Considerations: 1. A set of snowshoes for yourself, 2. Microspikes, 3. Appropriate winter clothing for snowshoeing, and, 4. The Ten Essentials appropriate for a winter mountain trek in the Colorado alpine.  Including, in no particular order, proper winter boots, gaitors, sun protection, your navigation tool, a personal first aid kit, food, and minimum 2 liters of water. Layers, including rain jacket with hood, too (a year-round pack item). Any questions, please ask. 

 

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