This section of the Rocky Mountains has ecosystems varying in elevation from the over 150 riparian lakes to Montane and subalpine forests to the alpine tundra. Large wildlife including mule deer, bighorn sheep, black bears, and cougars inhabit these igneous mountains and glacier valleys. The fourteener Longs Peak and Bear Lake are popular destinations.
My husband and I went snowshoeing for the first time on this trail. The snowy conditions made parking kind of a pain, but the area was fun and definitely gives you that snowy Rocky Mountain feel. We walked a total of 3.6 miles on this trail (to and fro) and saw amazing sights despite the very deep snow and windy/snowy conditions. We also came across a moose and her calf!
Beautiful hike! Opted Outside with friends on Black Friday, so traffic was very high, but still thinned out towards the top. Chilly trek in the winter months, and poles are definitely a must if the trail is well-packed with snow or starting to ice over. Kept a few slips from turning into full-on falls on the way down. Inspiring views along the way and at the end!