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Weekend Snow Climbs in the Pacific Northwest, Rockies, and Northeast

Pack snowshoes for these nine epic treks to snowy solitude in the Pacific Northwest, Rockies, and Northeast.
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Pacific Northwest | Rockies | Northeast


2 Days
Mount Massive Wilderness, CO

Pack glacier glasses for the eight-mile above-treeline Highline Loop, a route connecting the Rock Creek, Colorado, and Highline Trails. From Leadville National Fish Hatchery, ascend Rock Creek 2.5 miles to the CT. Look for blue blazes heading south. At mile four, go west on the HT for .5 mile to top an unnamed 11,220-foot peak for views of Mt. Massive. Camp near Evergreen Lakes and resume the eastbound trek on the HT to close the loop.

3 Days
Black Canyon of the Yellowstone, WY and MT

It’s all downhill (no joke) on this 20-mile point-to-point from the Hellroaring trailhead. You’ll S-turn past Garnet Hill and drop to a bridge over the Yellowstone River. Veer west to camp near Cottonwood Creek. Next day: Trace the creek six miles to Camp Two, near Knowles Falls. At Bear Creek, detour one mile upstream for an optional trek up 6,200-foot Deckard Flats. It’s 2.5 miles to finish up at Gardiner trailhead.

4 Days
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

The Bear Lake area’s life-list scenery is all yours come winter. Self-register at the Glacier Gorge Junction trailhead and head south for a 24-miler. Camp at Black Lake (below the near-vertical Sharkstooth) and Emerald Lake before nine stiff out-and-back miles on the last day. You’ll ascend 12,324-foot Flattop Mountain’s 30° slope to the Continental Divide.

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