Ranger | 3331 pts
I snowshoed twice in the Berthoud Pass area with other members of the Colorado Mountain Club (CMC). The first hike (3/25/19) started on the Second Creek trailhead (about 4 miles beyond Berthoud Pass going towards Winter Park) and we headed first to the Brume hut on a well marked and used trail and then towards Twin Cones but didn't quite make it because of fog. It was foggy and cold beyond the hut but not at the hut where it was sunny and warmish. This hike was about 4-5 miles long, we walked slowly, we had to break trail on deep and powdery snow and we went up and down about 1300 ft. It took us about 3 and one-half hour with a 1 h lunch break, but my recording of the hike is incomplete because I forgot to turn the recording back on after lunch. The second hike was also with the CMC on 4/4/19 and it involved a car shuttle because we started on the West Side of Berthoud Pass, went up to the Continental Divide and then down to the Brume Hut and to the Second Creek Trailhead. It was a cold and windy day with crusty snow so it was easier to break trail and the pace was faster. The whole hike was 5 miles long and it took about 3 and 1/2 hours with a 40 min lunch break. We went up about 1100 ft and came back down about 1800 ft.
I've posted a lot of pictures from both hikes because the views are simply outstanding. The hikes will be taxing to people not accustomed to high altitudes because you are starting at around 11000 ft. They are well worth it though and they should be easier when there is no snow on the ground. So far this is one of my favorite areas of the Colorado Rockies.