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|15 March, 2017
||Snowshoe at Jones Pass
We are planning on a snowshoe trip on Jones Pass trail below Berthoud pass on March 15. Sorry for the late notice, but we have been out of town for three weeks. We hope everyone can still make it.
The trail starts as a road that parallels a small stream. We prefer to hike up the stream as long as someone has already bushwhacked a trail through the snow. We will determine which path we will take when we get there. The trail along the stream is beautiful and not as physically demanding because it meanders instead of heading straight uphill. The first part of the hike goes up a valley 0.8 miles and 600 feet in elevation to a meadow. The starting elevation is about 10,400 feet. We can hike another half mile up the meadow for about another 200 feet of elevation, although in the past we have usually quit at the meadow. We will take the road back down.
There are no restroom facilities at the trailhead, so we will meet at the Starbucks in Downieville at I-70 exit 234. This is about 5 miles west of Idaho Springs and usually less than an hour from the Denver area. We can use the restrooms, replenish our caffeine levels if necessary, and caravan to the trail head about 15 minutes away. To get there we will get back on I-70 and exit at US 40 to Berthoud Pass. We get off US 40 on Henderson Mine Road right before the big grade up to the pass. There is also a sign there that reads Big Bend Campground and Jones Pass. Parking for the trailhead is about 1.5 miles up the road and right above the Henderson mine.
We will meet at Starbucks at 10:00. This will get us to the trailhead by 10:30, and back to the parking lot by 12:30 or 1:00. We can have lunch at Tommyknockers in Idaho Springs.
Note that we are very familiar with this trail and have snowshoed it several times, but have not scouted it this year. So plans might be subject to change based on conditions.
We hope that everyone can make it.
Tom & Sue Pawlowski(303) 548-1190
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If you don’t own snowshoes you can rent them at lots of places including REI, Sports Authority, and Christy Sports. Poles are optional, but sometimes helpful.
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