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This morning Woodsie and I were up at RMNP, planning on snowshoeing up to Bierstadt Lake, but the winds and snow picked up so quickly as we headed up Bear Lake Road that we decided to stay lower down.  The weather was fine until we got into the Park, even in Estes park, but inside the park, bam it all hit and there was very little visibility.

We ended up snowshoeing up into Hollowell Park.  There was only one pair of ski tracks in front of us but we didn't see anyone all the way up.  The winds were strong with sideways blowing snow in the open willow meadows and aspen meadows, but in the tighter canyon parts it was calm and quiet and wonderful with lazy snowflakes.   There were stretches of windblown icy snow in the canyon area and it was hard work side-hilling, but the snow was just too crusted to kick step into.  There will be sore ankles tomorrow.  We enjoyed the snowshoe hare tracks and squirrel tracks.  Once up into Mill Creek Basin (the first aspen meadow) we turned and headed up the trail to Bear Lake, and found the snow in these woods perfect.  The snow was picking up and we could hear the winds getting louder up on the ridge tops, so we turned around and explored off trail up into the open aspen meadow, moving on top of big snow drifts.  At one point we heard branches breaking  and stopped and looked and listened, but never did see what was breaking the branches.

Back lower down we headed across the willow meadow and saw lots of elk poo.

We debated driving around the Park Loop, as it was so windy we thought all the animals would be in the trees for protection, but we decided to go ahead and just see what we would see.  Good thing we did!  In Horseshoe Park we saw out in the open meadow 72 bull elk.  Some standing and eating, some laying down, all but two with big racks.  We saw other elk in small herds of 5s and 7s , and I bet we saw 80 - 90 elk in all.  This day was certainly full of bull. Two fuzzy coyotes were trotting among the elk in Horseshoe park, and we were very please to see them as we hadn't seen coyotes in the park in many months and they used to be regular sightings in both Moraine and Horseshoe Park.

Back at the car we noticed our faces were red with wind- burn.  Driving back through Estes there was no snow, hardly any wind, and by the time we got to Lyons there was blue sky and sun.

I think Woodsie will be adding some photos.

Sometimes the trip just seems like a dream.


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I have a few pics. Visibility was poor, so we didn't see any snowy mountain tops. The woods have their own special beauty in the snow, though. I love the quietness in the snowy woods. Sometimes we just stopped and listened to the silence as the snowflakes fell on our faces.

Our tracks through the trees


Mtngrl heading up a hill


Me enjoying the winter wonderland


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A few of the bulls and the two coyotes. They were far away, and the zoom on my camera isn't that great


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GReat trip and photo's!!  Thanks for posting..  Every time I try to get into RMNP this winter I get skunked..  It's either the weather is crappy or work tells me they are not interested in nature and I need to work on a Saturday..the jerks!
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That looks like a lot of fun.  Thanks for sharing
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Thanks for the report !

Just so you know, today was the "nicest" day, BY FAR, out of the past three days, up this way.

Thursday was too windy to even try and stand upright, and the windchill was brutal. Sheets of plywood were flying through the air and dumpsters were rolling down the street, at work. It was almost too hazardous to even poke my head out a doorway.

Yesterday, I could at least briefly, walk between units.

And this was in Ft.Collins, Estes was 2-3 times worse.

So you picked a "good" day to visit Rocky, though I hear it's supposed to be pretty nice tomorrow  :;):


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Looks great!  My big adventure today was to the hardware stores to find a weird screwdriver needed to take apart the laptop :p. I'd much rather have been out getting windburn in RMNP!

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. . . Sometimes the trip just seems like a dream.

. . . and a dream well worth hanging onto . . . until the next. Thanks for the trip report and photos.


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Loved the pictures. Thank you.

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A perfect day. Thanks for sharing.

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Enjoyed the pictures from Woodsie and the report from Mtngirl.  Mtngrl mentioned the elk poop and I started wondering if you still have that poop collection and.....

Looking at pictures of Colorado gets me all convoluted between Colorado or New Mexico (or Arizona or Michigan, or......) and I'm not sure sure where I should go next.  

Set for New Mexico again starting in April, then the AZT in the all.  Then maybe retire from backpacking and get fat.

Maybe.  Then again, maybe not.


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Sorry I missed this one, but I did have a fun day.    Maybe the next time you two are up this way I can join you again.

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Moo!  (I taught my niece that all animals say "moo".  She still doesn't believe me.  She just graduated from college, so I'm almost ready to give up.)
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Sweet!  THX for sharing...!

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Haa ha Redoug. We now have two freezers!

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