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Bruce's Trail 1D
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2021-02-09  
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Bruce's Trail 1DNorthwest, CO
Northwest, CO
Snowshoeing avatar Feb 09 2021
chumley
Snowshoeing4.19 Miles 558 AEG
Snowshoeing4.19 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   1.98 mph
558 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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I decided on a new loop up on the pass. Haven't seen an eagle in a while so opted for Bruce's Loop. It's really two or three loops that parallel each other. I started on the advertised "more difficult" lower loop. I missed the turn and ended up down in a beautiful valley with a creek. I didn’t realize I was off track til later but there was a broken route that headed back up toward where I wanted to be. It started to snow pretty hard and I decided I should swap to warmer gloves. At this point I realized I left my backpack and all my gear at the trailhead ](*,) . I considered going back because snowshoeing in the mountains in winter during a storm is not really smart with no gear. But the whole loop is within a mile of the road, so I opted to finish the loop. I stopped back at my truck, grabbed my pack, switched to my bigger floaty snowshoes for breaking trail and headed to do the "easier" upper loop (which I had seen was not previously broken). The snowfall got heavier. It was lovely. Daylight waned and I finished up with a headlamp. Never saw any eagles.
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