Category Archives: RMNP Snowshoeing

Mount McHenry And Ribbon Falls In Rocky Mountain National Park

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I took this photograph while on a hike a few weeks ago…before all of the snow! It as a glorious day and just perfect weather. Ribbon Falls is still in the shade a bit, but I think you can see it with Mount McHenry in the background.

Since then, the mountains have gotten hit with a ton of snow and cold temperatures. But I thought I’d post this one anyway. It was such a pretty day. I guess it’ll be a snowshoe hike now until next spring!

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There’s Snow In The Mountains In Rocky Mountain National Park!

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What a difference from one week to the next! Last weekend we were still wearing shorts and t-shirts, marveling at how beautiful the weather has been and what a gorgeous extended summer we were having! Last year at this time we had already had 2 significant snowfalls. So far this year the temperatures were still in the 70s during the daytime. Not bad for the beginning of October.

And then on Friday, the weather changed. It is still beautiful but we turned  the heat on in the house with temps at night in the 30s and 40s and in the daytime in the 60s. We got out the  jeans and jackets. What a difference a week makes!

Phil and I took a ride into the park to see the snow in the mountains. You can see that it is still autumn at the bottom but definitely winter at the top!

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The Loch In RMNP Is Just Spectacular In The Early Morning!

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My friend Debbie and I went for a hike up to Andrew’s Glacier the other day. It was a very atypical late September day in the mountains with the temperatures about 75 degrees and the skies cloudless and blue as blue can be! Summer had not left yet and we were determined to make the most of it!

We got up to the Glacier Gorge parking lot early and were able to find a parking spot without any trouble. Any later and we would’ve had to park at Bear Lake and hike down. The hike up to the Loch was just beautiful! You could see the aspen which had changed color along the trail by Alberta Falls as well as way up in the mountains. They are so pretty this time of year.

We Stopped along the way at the waterfall before the Loch to remember what it was like to snowshoe up that big waterfall in the middle of the winter. It’s amazing to think that you go right up the middle of it! We got to the Loch about 9:15 and there wasn’t a ripple in the water. We got out our cameras and took some pictures of the mountains reflecting in the water. It was so still outside. They were just amazing. The sky  and the water were so blue. What a day…it was perfect!

From there we headed up to Andrew’s Glacier. Debbie had never been there before and I couldn’t wait to show her the views!

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Snowy Twin Sisters From Moraine Park In RMNP

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It was a pretty view of snowy Twin Sisters in Rocky Mountain National Park. I took this photograph from Moraine Park.

Have you ever hiked or snowshoed Twin Sisters? Did you know it’s called Twin Sisters because of its two peaks on the top?

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Enjoy Estes Park Audio Podcast Network Has Been Launched For Estes Park And RMNP!

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Enjoy Estes Park recently launched “The Estes Park & Rocky Mountain National Park Audio Podcast Network.”  The Audio Podcast Network currently has 45 Channels (growing each day) and 13,000+ listeners.  Over 400+ shows have been scheduled for production. You can listen to the Podcast Network with your computer, cell phone and tablet. There are many great Estes Park & RMNP experiences available that you don’t know about or will miss and the Podcast Network brings that information directly to you.  All podcasts and music are professionally produced in a recording studio.

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A Snowy Hike At Sprague Lake in RMNP

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Sprague Lake was just gorgeous the other day in Rocky Mountain National Park! The lake is frozen and there is a lot of snow. The mountain peaks of Hallett and Flattop were just beautiful in the background.

You can hike around the lake with good hiking boots, stabilizers, micro-spikes, snowshoes or cross-country skis. It’s like a winter wonderland. If you’re in the area, maybe you can get outside and enjoy the beautiful winter!

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Recent Snowfall Pano Hiking Photographs Of Bear Lake, Sprague Lake And Storm Pass In Rocky Mountain National Park

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We took a short 3 stop ride into Rocky Mountain National Park after the recent snow storm.  This is a photograph of Bear Lake.  It is an easy and wonderful hike during the winter months as it is a short, flat hike.  I will be adding numerous other photographs of these 3 places during the winter. Hallet Peak and a bit of Flattop can be seen in all 3 photographs with snow rising off the top of Tyndall Glacier.

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Sprague Lake is also a wonderful, short and flat hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. There is so much snow in RMNP at this time that you can snowshoe around Sprague Lake.  Sadness does prevail as some of the wonderful trees that we remember are unfortunately not there any more due to the recent beetle kill of those trees.

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Storm Pass is a place that most people drive by as it only has 3-4 parking spaces.  It is a wonderful backcountry hike, but it is long and steep (not for the average hiker).  But the beauty does show itself in the first 50 feet after you’ve parked your car.

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Showshoeing Hidden Valley Ski Slopes In Rocky Mountain National Park

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I had to bring back an old time movie that we made of us snowshoeing Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain National Park in honor of the recent snow fall that has fallen in the past week. We filmed this video with our Leica Cameras (our older Leica Cameras) and edited the videos into an old-time super 8 type film. We will be snowshoeing and AT skiing Hidden Valley again soon as there is possibly enough snow fall available now as the river has to freeze over and fill with snow.

The video starts off with us snowshoeing up the main t-bar slope which is extremely steep and very tiring to arrive at the top.  Then we head down Trail Ridge Road for about 1 mile and end up at the bowls (bowl skiing for AT skiers).  Then it is down Columbine (which we have skied down)  and through the back country trees.

Hidden Valley Ski Resort in Rocky Mountain National Park used to be a very popular ski resort from 1955 until 1991 when it was closed by the national park to try to get it back to its natural beauty. Reading and listening to stories about the old ski area is like going back in time to the old T-Bars and chair lifts. It was a hopping place back then.

Today it is used as a sledding and tubing hill in the winter. If you feel adventurous you can hike up and ski down one of the many old trails or try some snowshoeing. We’ve done both of them a few times. It’s lots of fun but what a workout!

In the summer you can hike the many trails or or ski slopes up to Trail Ridge Road. It’s a beautiful place for a hike, whether it be long or short. Near the bottom there are many picnic tables to eat at while you enjoy the spectacular views. It’s a great place to visit either in summer and winter.

Hope you enjoy the video as much as I do!

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We Were Taking Our Last Bite Of Lunch When We Received The Email. All Trails & Area Closures In RMNP Have Been Lifted. We Are Off To Hike The Cub Lake Trail.

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As we were getting ready to figure out what we would be doing after lunch, an email came from Kyle Patterson (as she is our dependable source of all breaking news in Rocky Mountain National Park). “All trail and area closures related to the Fern Lake Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park have been lifted.”  WOW! We both said at the same time.

It is not the best time (around 1:00pm) to start a hike on the Cub Lake Trail, especially on the first day of winter, which is the shortest amount of daylight of the year.  It is because the sun is in the lowest part of the sky and at about 2:00pm, the sun goes behind the ridge and the Cub Lake Trail becomes mighty dark really early.

It was 12:30pm and by the time we went home and put on our gear and drove to the Cub Lake Trail, the soonest we would arrive would be 1:00pm and that is being really optimistic at best.

So off we went, got our gear and start driving into Rocky Mountain National Park.  First problem, a really slow car in front of us on the way to RMNP (probably didn’t know where they were going?). Finally, they pulled into a road while another car pulled right in front of us. The new car was definitely driving into RMNP… and they were not going to miss any of the sights.  Oh well, another slow car.  Finally they pulled into the area, which we call chippy rock (overlooking Horseshoe Park).  But ahead of us were another 5 cars that were from out of state and they didn’t have any experience driving on the icy roads.  Slow but steady. We were never going to start at 1:00pm today and that is why we always start out really early in the AM to hike. No traffic on the roads.

Finally, we arrived at the Cub Lake Trail head, parked the car and noticed all the soot in the snow in the parking area.  But the entrance to the trail head looked the same. It was a familiar beginning.

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As we started walking, we were anticipating being the first footsteps on the trail. Disappointment! We were the second set of footprints! Oh Well. We knew that the conditions on the trail would probably be very deep drifting snow as well as barren trail. That is why we just wore our gators and didn’t bother putting on our snowshoes as there probably would a lot of places that you would have to take the snowshoes off. And we were right. As we went down the last drop to the floor of Moraine Park, low and behold!  The first set of footprints had just turned around and returned.  The snow was way too deep for that hiker!  I guess now we can say we were the first to go this far on the Cub Lake Trail!  Hooray.  We had driven down the road toward the Cub Lake Trail and photographed that section of Moraine Park during the Fern Lake Fire, so what we saw from the Cub Lake Trail didn’t surprise us until we turned the corner and headed up toward where the Marmots sun themselves on the rocks.  The fire had come directly down the Cub Lake Trail for sure.  Were the Marmots in hibernation even aware that the fire burned right over their homes?

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It was as far as our eyes could see (and we are not certain how far the fire burnt but the main trail was absolutely fine as the fire had stayed to the left of the trail).  At that moment, the sun went down in back of the ridge and all the land in front of us turned dark. We could only proceed another 30 minutes or so. How far did the fire come down the Cub Lake Trail?  We are not sure and that is to be discovered at another time and on another hike.

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We had seen an old friend that had faced troubling circumstances and we didn’t know how we would react.  The friend was the same and had the same feelings as before. It will just take a bit while to heal from this troubling circumstance. But we are sure that our old friend will be the same real soon.  It’s good to see our friend return. Welcome back.

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Outdoor Photography Ecards By Mel Launched With Over 350+ Ecards

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Ecards By Mel (www.ecardsbymel.com)  has been launched with over 350+ photographs in 11 categories to custom-design your own Ecards! The categories are Butterflies, Wildflowers, Sunrise / Sunset, Wildlife, Mountains, Birds, Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, Get Well, Love and On Life. Many of the photographs are from Rocky Mountain National Park.

With so many of my friends telling me that I should make prints or cards with my outdoor photographs, I decided this would be a perfect way to share my photographs with everyone.

Ecards By Mel is quick and easy to use. You can select a photograph, write a message and send it out to friends or family within a minute. Businesses can even use these Ecards as Thank You cards for their clients, guests or customers.

I will be constantly adding new photographs as I take them. In this initial release, I have selected my favorite photographs. A sample of a Butterfly Ecard is shown above.

Have some fun and pass the Ecards By Mel link forward to all your friends and family!  If you have any ideas or suggestions, please let me know!

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