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Our Snowshoe Expedition On A Snowy Winter Day In Colorado's Mountains - February 20, 2010

Colorado Snowshoeing

Ah snowshoeing in Colorado! I realize our mountain state is more known for skiing and snowboarding as the premier winter outdoor activity, but don't count out snowshoeing as an enjoyable and much more affordable option. With snowshoes, you can pretty much explore your favorite trail or area with less frustration from trudging through snow or miserably post holing knee or waist deep in snow. :)

Special thanks to the Naegele family for convincing me to get me out of the house and be active. Snowshoes can be rented at the Trailhead Outdoor Store (their web site: www.thetrailheadco.com) in Buena Vista, and then we were on our way!

Enjoy the photos below. There is also a six minute video of footage of us during our expedition. Happy winter trails!


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Granite, Colorado We began our hike east of Granite, Colorado.
Snowshoers Snowshoers LEFT: I snapped many photos of my snowshoeing partners, Kent, Kim and Stephen.

RIGHT: Every time I would take photos of them, Kim would insist that she take a picture of me with my camera. This was because I noticed I snapped so many more photos of them during our visit to the Oklahoma High Point last month. ;)

Snowshoes Looking down at my snowshoes.
Hawkinsville Gulch

Hawkinsville Gulch

We traveled up Hawkinsville Gulch, one of many gulches among the hillsides of east of this once bustling mining town.

Not much scenery existed because of the thick gray clouds, but it was great to be out there nonetheless.

Three Dogs

With four people and three dogs in our snowshoeing party, the person in front was the most appreciated one for "breaking ground" on the snow. I paid my dues by leading for awhile, but for brief periods, the dogs would scramble ahead of me and make a trail that greatly helped save energy. Thank you doggies!

The two blonde dogs, as they ran all over the snow, began to have snow balls attached to their fur. See them starting to develop in the left photo? Definitely watch the video below to see how bad it got for "Nylon." :)

Now it is the nature of wearing snowshoes, especially on slopes, to occasionally lose balance and fall. Everyone fell today, but I just so happened to have the camera out as Kim plummeted in the snow. The poor woman needed help getting up too! :p)
Colorado Snowshoeing We hiked past one small wooden cabin and Kent tweeted this photo with his cell phone. :)

Colorado Snowshoeing

Ascent to Lousy Barn

We decided to hike far up into the gulch to reach what appeared to be another cabin. However, as we came closer, we noticed it was a dilapidated barn. As we worked our way up, I continued to call it the "Lousy Barn" in my grumpiness to the dismay of others! :p)

SECOND PHOTO: A nice photo of Stephen working his way up the snowy hillside.

THIRD PHOTO: Ahhhh what beautiful mountain views! A nice photo of Kent and Kim in the foreground. If it had been a clear and sunny day, there would have been some very beautiful and tall mountains where much of those gray clouds were.

My other photos galleries in this area:

  • Town of Granite
  • Mountain Biking in Twin Lakes
  • Gene's Yaks (Granite, CO)
  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bike Independence Pass
  • Independence Pass (2007)
  • Mineral Belt Trail (Leadville)
  • Snowy Mountains
  • Snowshoeing at Independence Pass
  • Mt. Elbert
  • La Plata Peak
  • Vicksburg & Winfield
  • Lost Canyon Road
  • Mt. Elbert Forebay
  • Turquoise Lake
  • Interlaken Site
  • Mineral Belt Trail
  • Snowshoeing
    The Lousy Barn

    Upon arrival, the lousy barn was as lousy as I expected, but the mountain views were fantastic and it felt good to know we would be snowshoeing downhill for the remaining of our hike.

    Two photos of us ... and yes, there I was posing because Kim insisted she capture a photo of me! :)

    Colorado Snow


    Two snowy mountain views near this lousy barn.

    If you love Colorado winter snow, here are my other snow pages from this snow season:

  • Mt. Princeton Snow Scene (January 2010)
  • Beautiful Snow (December 2009)
  • Winter Snow Photos (December 2009)
  • Driving in Snow (December 2009)
  • Buena Vista, CO Snow (October 2009)
  • Snowshoeing

    FIRST: A great shot of my friends snowshoeing.

    SECOND: Our descent down another gulch which led to a home in Granite. Fortunately, Kent and Kim are acquainted with the owner and so we weren't viewed as trespassers. ;)

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    Snowshoeing Video

    A long six-minute video of our snowshoeing adventure. You can see all of my videos here: www.youtube.com/kisscactus.