Where to go Snowshoeing in Colorado
Snowshoeing is a great way to stay active during the winter! Not sure where to start? Check out the list below for 5 great places to go snowshoeing in Colorado!
1. Sprague Lake
This flat, half-mile trail circles the lake, which lies in the shadow of magnificent peaks. Access the trail from Bear Lake Road on the east side of the Rocky Mountain National Park.
2. Bear Lake Loop
Offers scenic lake views at 9,475 feet. The trail is just over a half mile and runs near the base of Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain. There is a slight elevation gain, but overall it is an easy hike. Find the trail at the end of Bear Lake Road in Rocky Mountain National Park.
3. Hidden Valley
A reclaimed ski area tucked into Rocky Mountain National Park; recreational trails head up the valley. For beginners, it’s best to go when trails are already packed in — not first thing in the morning after a storm. Find the trailhead just past Beaver Ponds on Trail Ridge Road, which is closed for the season a few miles ahead at Many Parks Curve. Distance: go out as far as you like, then come back.
4. Mud Lake
Good beginning snowshoe trails run on the small Boulder County Open Space park north of Nederland. There are two short loop trails — the 0.8 mile Tungsten Loop and the 1.1 mile Kinnikinnick Loop — and the 1.5 mile out and back Caribou Ranch Link. You can go around on a very easy short outing, or go up on the hills. The trail is well marked and heavily used, so you’re not likely to get lost. Find the trailhead off of Colorado 72, aka Peak to Peak Highway.
5. Echo Lake Park
This Denver Mountain Parks trail system gives snowshoers an easy, flat and smooth trek near Echo Lake at the base of Mount Evans. Find the trailhead by taking exit 240 off of Interstate 70 near Idaho Springs and then following Colorado 103 to parking just north of the Mount Evans entrance station.
Source: Denver Post