Jan 14 2013

Black Canyon Snowshoeing

Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Original Trip Report on ADVENTR.CO

This is it! My final trip report from 2012. I sure hope 2013 is at least as good to me as 2012 was.

For my final trip of the year I had the urge to get out snowshoeing again, except I didn’t want to just head up onto the Grand Mesa again. I wanted to try somewhere new that still wasn’t too far away from home. I realized that I hadn’t made it to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park all year and I know they have some snowshoe trails near the Visitor’s Center, so I thought it would be a great place to check out.

I left my house bright and early and arrived at the park well before sunrise. Let me tell you, it was cold and windy! I hiked around until I found a view into the canyon I liked and waited for the sun to come up.


Black Canyon Dawn by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The Gunnison River far below.


Gunnison River by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

When the sun broke free of the horizon, it lit up the rim of the canyon.


Black Canyon Sunrise by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
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Dec 24 2012

Snowshoeing to Water Dog Reservoir

On Saturday evening I drove up onto the Grand Mesa so I could get my first snowshoe trip of the season in. I ended up going to the Mesa Lakes area and following the route that goes past the Water Dog Reservoir. I didn’t bring my camera with me, but I did take a few photos with my iPhone that I’ll share. I only saw two other people the whole time I was out, and I made it back to my Jeep just as the sun was setting. It was a nice way to spend the evening.


Closed Road by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


Three by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


Tracks by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


Fenceline by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


My Shadow by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


Water Dog Reservoir by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


Dec 24 2011

Christmas Eve Snowshoeing

Christmas Eve | Saturday, December 24, 2011

Since Amanda had to work this morning, I decided to head up on the Grand Mesa to do a little snowshoeing. I bought a new pair of snowshoes and some new poles a few months back and wanted to try them out. Since I was testing out new gear and only had a few hours I decided to head back to the West Bench Trail since I’m familiar with it.

I also only took my iPhone on this short hike instead of dragging along my DSLR, so if my photos don’t look up to my usual standards, you know why…

Here’s my new MSR Evo Tour snowshoes ready for their first hike.


New Snowshoes by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The first bridge I crossed.


Snow Bridge by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The snow wasn’t quite as high as the last time I was here. Last January the snow almost completely covered this sign.


Stop by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Another bridge and a sign pointing the way.


West Bench Trail by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Following the trail across a dam.


On a Dam by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A typical scene along the West Bench.


Winter Wonderland by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


Lone Tree by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Sitting down for a short rest.


Resting by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


Snow & Trees by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


Grand Mesa View by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Leaving the Grand Mesa on my way back home.


Leaving Grand Mesa by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


Jan 8 2011

Snowshoeing the West Bench Trail

Saturday, January 8, 2011

My first official trip report of 2011. Amanda had to work in Avon today, so I headed up on the Grand Mesa to get in my first snowshoe trip of the season. There was an inversion in the Grand Valley today, so it was nice to get up above the haze and into warmer temperatures, too! When I set out I wasn’t sure which trail I was going to hit, but when I got up there I decided to head out on the West Bench Trail for a few miles and then head back. I ended up snowshoeing about 4.3 miles, which isn’t bad for my first trip of the season. It definitely was a good workout! The conditions on the Mesa were great and it was a beautiful day. Here’s a few photos from my hike…

Strapping on my snowshoes for the first time this winter

Gauge of how deep the snow is

Passing by the first reservoir

Ice on the branches

Aspens and Snow

Seeing what kind of sunburst I could get out of my S90….this was as good as it gets when stopped all the way down to f8

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Jan 30 2010

Snowshoeing the Red Mountain Mining District

Amanda and I decided to take my new JK down to Ouray today so that I could do some snowshoeing and so that we could check out the mountains this winter.

Our first stop just above Ouray

A few miles before reaching Red Mountain Pass, we pulled off the highway at CR 31 so I could do some snowshoeing.

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