Another shot from our recent drive through the Trail Ridge Road in RMNP. Getting those signs cleared is important, don’t want drives drive straight into the cliff.
Trail Ridge Road or HW34 is part of Rocky Mountain National Park that connects Estes Park with Grand Lake during summer months. It opens on Memorial weekend and closes sometimes in early fall after it get covered with snow. Since most of this road is above 9000 feet at some parts around 12000 feet it is covered under large amounts of snow, which must be cleared out to make driving possible. I really wanted to see how much snow it really is, so we went to check it out just couple days after the road was opened for the summer.
Pretty awesome. In some parts it was at least 20 feet high walls of snow. Some parts were more like in the tunnel. More to come over the next few days.
Today I did my first ever snowshoeing little expedition into the mountains. It was awesome. We hiked from the Bear Lake trailhead to the Emerald Lake and took many little detours from the main trail. This is where the snowshoeing awesomeness comes all the way through, just step away from the trail and make your own or follow someone else’s little pass. We didn’t really know what to expect and how to do it all, just got the snowshoes, put layers of clothes, packed some food and went for it. The first time was really cool experience and we are going to explorer many more trails over the next few months, here in the Colorado winter.
btw, I had my little wrist health tracking band enabled with GPS and here it the map of the hike we did. You might wonder about us walking across the Dream Lake, it is frozen solid by now… so no worries..