Winter Park Way 2018-02-02T15:52:35+00:00

Winter Park Way

Guided snowshoeing trips in the Rocky MountainsThe WINTER PARK WAY has been in the making over the last two years.   Winter Park is a world renowned ski area in the central mountains of Colorado and just over the Continental Divide.   Once past the ski area the Fraser Valley sweeps north.  Cattle graze on the high plain with foothills then higher mountains to the east and west.   What makes it different from the WTW?   I would say the WPW has more days with undulating terrain including wide paths and dirt tracks. It’s enjoyable walking which is good for the soul.  While the hiking is still demanding by virtue of distance, it’s less demanding on the knees.  There are one or two high days that are more challenging but we also offer easier alternatives.   Lodging is more modern- no rustic lodging with bathrooms down the hall.  Lodging areas includes: Winter Park Resort, Winter Park Town and Devils Thumb Ranch.  What I learned last year was that everyone LOVED the ranch so we’re including it for all trips.  For a 5night/4day we’ll include it twice, once at the front and once at the end making the route a circle.  Our four night and three night trips will start at the ranch and head straight south ending at Winter Park Resort.  This also makes it easy to add days at the ranch at the front or the end as there’s plenty to do there.  Five night and four night trips will include 2 nights at Winter Park Resort.  

****2/2/18- Bookings are on.  Have just added the week of July 29th.  For sure we’ll do the week of September 9th, but will see if the week of September 16th books.  If not, I may add a week in August.

 

All trips include:

  • Lodging 
  • Breakfast
  • Good packed lunches
  • Route guide and maps
  • Shuttling within route
  • Trekking poles for trip

Not included:

  • Evening meals
  • Personal Items
  • Transportation to and from Winter Park

How to get there:

From DIA – Denver International Airport:

  • Arrive Winter Park by shuttle–Home James Shuttle can be booked at www.ridehj.com
  • Arrive by car. Cars will remain at Devils Thumb Ranch
  • Unless your trip finishes back at the ranch, we will return you to your car at the end of your trip

Reservations:

Booking information

  • Email preferred length of trip (there are three offerings), dates, number of people, number of rooms and number of beds per room.  
  • A $300 deposit per room is due once the trip is booked and confirmed
  • Balance is due 60 days prior to your trip date.
  • Once paid, you’ll receive a full packet with your route guide, maps, gear guide, park information etc.
  • Upon arrival you’ll receive another packet with your luggage tags and car voucher

Overview:

  • Arrival day: spend the first night at your lodge, begin hiking the following day
  • Hiking days: There are several days that have a short shuttle in the morning then you walk to the lodge.  There are also a couple of days that are door to door (no shuttle).
  • Last day of hiking: finish the day, spend the night at your lodge, enjoy a wonderful breakfast. You’re done!!
  • Be sure to make your flight reservation to allow for enough time for your transfer back to DIA if booking the shuttle. 

Keep in mind, we don’t just throw you out there. We’re all over this project. Everyone sends a text on arrival so we know you’re in.  The Winter Park area has excellent cell coverage.  We can even follow your progress on the Life360 app.

Inn-to-inn hiking is not just about the hiking, the lodging should be fun, diverse and representative of the area. It’s like a smorgasbord with each place offering something different.

Devil’s Thumb Ranch What a beautiful place to start.  You may not want to leave.  This exclusive ranch-resort is located on 6,000 acres nestled at the bottom of Devil’s Thumb Pass.  While quite luxurious, the feeling is laid-back and welcoming.  If you’re booking a 5night/4day trip, you will begin and end at the ranch and may want to book a massage after that last day of hiking.  This is also the perfect place to add days at the front or end of your trip.  Just let us know.

Trailhead Inn -Winter Park Town- This recently renovated lodge is also owned by Devil’s Thumb Ranch.  It is centrally located in the town of Winter Park, close to restaurants, bars and shopping.  The lodge is initimate, but not too intimate.  Pool.

The Vintage Hotel in Winter Park Resort- Winter Park Resort is just up the road from the town and is the base area for the world-renowned Winter Park Ski Resort.  The Vintage Hotel is about a 10 minute walk from the village or if running, you can take the Cabriolet lift right to the front door.  This is an older hotel, but has spacious rooms and is extremely comfortable.  Pool and hot-tub.  Five night and four night trips will spend two nights here.

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Elk Meadows Day
Elk Meadows to Winter Park Resort
Distance- 9 miles
Moderate
This is an excellent first day.  The terrain is undulating with no sustained up and stays around 9,000 ft.  This will give you a chance to acclimatize and get your legs going.  Route uses several mid-level bike/hike trails.  There are intermittant views and a good finish right into Winter Park Resort where you can stop off for an ice-cream or go have a beer.  Finish out at the Vintage Hotel with a relaxing time in the pool or hot-tub.
 
Broome Hut Day
Second Creek to Winter Park
Distance- 7.5 miles. 5.5 if you catch the lift down
Difficulty- High Moderate
High Point- 11,500 ft.
Beginning- 10,585 ft.
Easier Option with pick-up- Berthoud Pass Aqueduct to Second Creek (with pick-up)
5.5 miles
11,212 high point
Day ends at Winter Park Resort- 9,100 ft.
 
No matter which option you choose, this is a pretty cool day with top of the world views  Broome Hut is part of the 10th Mountaineering Hut System and is a fun place to visit.  Day begins high with a short shuttle to Second Creek Trailhead at 10, 585 ft.
 
 
Broken Thumb Day
Winter Park Resort to Winter Park Town
8.3 miles
moderate
High Point- around 10,000 ft.
Ends at Winter Park Town- 9,000 ft.
This is another one of those nice undulating forested days.  There’s a gradual 2 mile uphill climb then mostly downhill from there.  Trail finishes on the Vasquez Creek Trail which walks you right into town.  This trail is the alternative to the more challeging Divide Day
 
Divide Day
Tressle to Devil’s Thumb Park- 12 miles
More Difficult
10,000 ft. start
12,000 ft. high
2,000 vertical gain
While the vertical gain is probably around 2,000 ft., the day stays mostly between 11,000 and 12,000 ft.   With an early start and all day above treeline and pick-up at the Devil’s Thumb Park- this day is a winner if you’re up for the challenge.
 
Red Gate Day
Winter Park Town to Devil’s Thumb Ranch
Moderate
8.5 miles
9,000 ft.
We planned this lovely somewhat contemplative day into Devil’s Thumb Ranch so hikers can arrive in time to enjoy the amenities.  Want more hiking?  Take the Little Cabin and Marker Hill Options.  This route is also used in reverse for 4night and 3night trips.  It’s undulating terrain makes a great first day out.  Both directions are door to door.
 

To book the Winter Park Way contact us with your preferred dates and let us see if we can accommodate you. Let us know the number of people and whether they are double or single occupancy.

If booking a double occupancy room let us know whether you prefer a room with one or two beds. 

If you have any other questions concerning the trip, just use the “Submit a Question” button at the top of the page.

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