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Escaping the heat in Denver

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It has been incredibly hot on town this past week, and yesterday hit 100- much to warm for me. As the morning progressed and it got hotter and hotter, rather than stay indoors I decided to take a quick trip up to St Mary's Glacier, just up from Idaho Springs, and about 1 hour from my house. Spencer the dog came along, too- he was happy to get out on the snow and away from the heat.

It was about 20 degrees cooler even at the trail head, and the hike in (just under a mile to the base of the glacier) wasn't hot at all. There was still a bit of snow in the woods before the lake, and lots of other people had the same idea, although I only ran into a few skiers. Spencer cooled off with a quick dip in the lake and we headed up to the snout of the glacier and skinned up. The snow was pretty runnelled and sun cupped, but there was a nice soft layer on top and skinning was really quite pleasant, even with the dirt layer on top! Only the very bottom of the glacier offers any steepness at all, so this is not a very challenging route, but it was great to get away from the hot weather and cool off on skis.

Top left: The bottom of the glacier, with lots of tracks visible.
Top right :A nice line with even nicer tracks just to skiers left of the glacier. This requires a different approach, which with the visible storm approaching, I did not have time to do.
bottom: James Peak from the top of the glacier. You can get to either the large snowfield or the couloirs by a long hike from here.
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Nice!!! Looks like the cloud cover was an added bonus for escaping the heat. I just saw on 9News Denver about the fire up by Granby, but thankfully a "cold front" is coming in tomorrow - meaning it will be about 10 degrees cooler. I live up in Laramie, Wyo. (7,220 feet), so we are usually about 10-20 degrees cooler than Denver anyway. Today it was 100 in Fort Collins and only 87 here, but it still felt pretty hot.
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I was in Steamboat last week. It was very nice. It was about 83-84 but a nice breeze and low humidity. Lows in the AM were in the low to mid 40's. Snow on the Flat tops and a few patches still over by the Chutes and some coming over Rabbit Ears. Did some great fly fishing and biking.
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This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!
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