Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails (Colorado Mountain Club Guidebooks) (Paperback)
* Quiet winter trails, no snowmobiles allowed
* Richly illustrated with four-color photos throughout
* Maps and elevation profiles included If you have ever skied or snowshoed a Colorado backcountry route and had a snowmobile blast by you at just under the speed of sound, this is the guidebook for you. If you have ever parked at a trailhead and opened your door to the reek of over-reved gasoline engines, cheap stale beer, and cigarette smoke, this is the guidebook for you. Veteran author Dave Muller has identified and described 100 snowshoe and cross-country ski routes that by state or federal regulation (and enforcement of forest constables) are free of snowmobiles. These are routes to be enjoyed and savored with the only sounds coming from your equipment moving through the snow and the pound of your heartbeat and rasp of your breath at altitude. Each route description starts with extensive info, including distance, estimated time needed to complete the route, starting elevation, highest elevation, elevation gain, difficulty level, an assessment of avalanche danger and a list of all the relevant state, federal and privately produced maps.