Planning a shed hunting/scouting trip to Colorado this spring. About how long should I expect to wait to look around in the Flattops area? Not interested in hiking in deep snow, but not afraid of a little.
I camped up at 6800 last memorial day weekend and got snowed on the whole time. There was still 2 FT of snow up top. Getting up into the Flattops before mid-June can be challenging. Also, the public areas that the elk winter in that country (ie Oak Ridge, Jensen, Etc) are usually not open to the public until Mid-July. Also, very few elk, if any will winter in the Flattops unless we had a mild winter. We definitely did not this year. It can be done, but I would do a bit of research and know exactly where you want to go and call the FS, BLM, CPW ahead of time before you drive out from Iowa. I drove up to Meeker last year thinking I was going to shed hunt on Oak Ridge and come to find out it was closed until July 15th.
Thanks friend, I appreciate the advice. I have been doing a lot of researching so that I have other places to look if my first choices are undoable. Didn't know about areas being closed until mid-July, so I really appreciate your pointing it out.