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Private Rocky Mountain Snowshoe Tours

Private Snowshoe Tours can begin any time between 6:30am – 9:00am at the Estes Park Mountain Shop. Anticipate your guide contacting you the evening prior to your hike with specific details and plan your custom tour. After introductions, your guide will shuttle you to the trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park. Wildland guides have extensive experience in this region, and will customize the day to meet your desires.

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Half Day Moderate Tour

Overview

DURATION: 4-5 Hours
DISTANCE: 3-4 Miles
ELEVATION: 600-800 Feet
START TIME: 8:00 AM
END TIME: 12:00-1:00 PM
1/2 DAY PRIVATE: Sliding Scale


Description

Our moderate hike will consist of starting at Bear Lake (9,475ft), a stunning alpine lake at the base of Tyndall Gorge, a glacially carved canyon that marks our route. After fitting our snowshoes and gearing up, we’ll circle Bear Lake, where we can fine-tune our shoes and gear before heading up the gorge.  

Starting from Bear Lake our route takes us to a series of mountain lakes (Dream, Nymph, and Emerald), where we’ll take in views of the majestic Longs Peak through the trees. We’ll break to enjoy Emerald Lake, and gaze upon the massive face of Hallett Peak and the jagged south ridge of Flattop Mountain above us. Tyndall Glacier looms to the west, in the shadow of the Continental Divide. After a warm drink and snack we we’ll head back down the drainage towards Bear Lake. Before concluding our trip, we will have the option to break trail in deep snow and experience the beauty of the winter subalpine forest away from the beaten path!  

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Half Day Difficult Tour

Overview

DURATION: 4-5 Hours
DISTANCE: 5-7 Miles
ELEVATION: 1000-1500 Feet
START TIME: 8:00 AM
END TIME: 12:00-1:00 PM
1/2 DAY PRIVATE: Sliding Scale


Description

For those seeking a more physically challenging hike, we will opt to begin our tour at Glacier Gorge Trailhead. Donning our snowshoes, we’ll leave the crowds behind, as your guide leads you on trails less traveled making our way to Mills Lake. From here we are provided a superb view of the Keyboard of the Winds, a ridge of alpine peaks rising towards Longs Peak. After a break to embrace our surroundings, we’ll return the way we came and head west, gaining elevation as we enter The Loch Vale (10,090ft). One can feel embraced by the magnificent peaks and summits surrounding us. After enjoying a warm drink and snack we will head back to our trailhead where we’ll break off trail, discovering new routes in deep snow.

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Full Day Private Tour Overview

Overview

DURATION: 7-8 Hours
DISTANCE: 7-9 Miles
ELEVATION: 1000-2000 Feet
START TIME: 8:00 AM
END TIME: 4:00-5:00 PM
FULL DAY PRIVATE: Sliding Scale


Description

Be prepared for a full day of alpine wonderland exploration! We will experience a spectrum of terrain and changing weather as you will be out the entire day. Our full day tour will truly be a custom adventure, your guide will work with you and gauge the best options for what you desire. Snacks, lunch, and warm drinks are provided during the full day tour.

For those seeking a challenging all day hike, we will travel to Black Lake. In order to complete our full hike, this tour will require an early departure. Starting from Glacier Gorge trailhead, your guide will lead you on trails less traveled. We’ll pass by Mill’s Lake, and the crowds will begin to dissipate, as we gain elevation. This region is seldom visited in winter, resulting in deeper snowpack and ample opportunities for off-trail hiking. Reaching our destination, we ascend above the tree line to gaze upon the awe-striking summits of Mount Pagoda, the Spearhead, and Long’s Peak.

Perhaps your ambition is to take it slow and embrace being in nature, take photographs, or learn about Rocky Mountain National Park. Whatever your pace or goal, our experienced guides will ensure you have a safe, fun, and memorable experience on your all-day adventure.

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Tour Logistics & FAQs

What's Included

  • Transportation to the trailhead from the Estes Park Mountain Shop
  • National Park entrance fee
  • Trekking poles
  • snowshoes or micro spike crampons
  • backpacks
  • trail snacks
  • lunch on the full-day tour
  • warm drinks
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and emergency communication device

What's Not Included

  • 2 liters of water per person
  • Warm clothing
  • lunch on half-day tour
  • Guide gratuity
 

Private tours are open to all fitness levels. We're more than happy to adjust the length of the trip and the pace of the trip to fit what you are most interested in! For extremely fit parties our guides are ready and willing to move quickly and get you as far into the mountains as possible. And for folks interested in a slower pace and soaking up the magic and serenity of the mountains, we're more than happy to do that too.
 

The Guides

Our guides are exceptional, passionate professionals with solid wilderness resumes, plenty of patience, lots of knowledge about the mountains, and a love for leading people into the wilderness.


Where Do We Meet?

You will meet your guide and group inside the Estes Park Mountain Shop at 2050 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517.


What Should I Bring?

  • Multiple bottom and top layers so you can bundle up when you're cold and shed them off if you're warm.
  • 2 liters of water
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses (we recommend polarized)
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Camera
  • Two pairs of wool socks
  • Rain/snow jacket and pants for blocking precipitation and wind
  • Waterproof boots

Where Can I Purchase These Items?

Either before you travel or last minute, you can obtain all of these items (some are available for rent, all are available for purchase) at the Estes Park Mountain Shop.


What Should I Wear?

The weather in Rocky Mountain National Park is unpredictable, so be prepared for snow, sun, cold temperatures, wind and possibly (but unlikely) rain. We recommend wearing comfortable, loose fitting non-cotton layers. You'll also need waterproof boots and wool socks.


Food and Water?

We provide snacks on the half-day tour and lunch and snacks on the full-day tour. Please bring 2 liters of water.


Group Size

Custom trips can go up to 12 guests and 2 guides.


What if There isn't Enough Snow to Snowshoe?

Some winters can be dry, without enough snow to merit snowshoes. In this case we will equip guests with microspike crampons and head out on an awesome winter hike!


What if it Rains or There is Bad Weather?

It's unlikely we'll have rain in the winter but it is possible. Regardless, if the weather is very stormy we may cancel the trip with a full refund. If you're interested we will do everything in our power to reschedule. Also, please know our guides have years of experience and can discern between a casual snowfall and unsafe hiking conditions, and will err on the side of safety.


Cancellations

If you cancel a trip for any reason up to 24 hours before your trip, you are entitled to a full refund minus a $25 per person administrative fee. If you cancel within 24 hours, there is no refund.


Age Restrictions

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 8 and older to join this trip



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We're open 7 days a week! Call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453).

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