hiking

views

wildlife

wild flowers

walking

forest

nature trips

lake

no dogs

birding

river

horseback riding

waterfall

kid friendly

snowshoeing

trail running

camping

fishing

fly fishing

backpacking

wheelchair friendly

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.

snowshoeing
3 days ago

Very enjoyable out and back. The higher the elevation the better the hike.

snowshoeing
5 days ago

Lots of people the first mile and then it thins way out. Lake is beautiful even in the rain and wind.

snowshoeing
9 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

snowshoeing
11 days ago

Geat hike but even more awesome as snowshoe! I felt like it was a much steeper climb in snow than without....lots of fun off trail on downhill between switchbacks.

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!

hiking
13 days ago

Peaks is a monster! but it's absolutely breath taking, and certainly worth it!

snowshoeing
14 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

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!

Upper Beaver Meadow Road was closed, so we parked off the mail road and walked. Dogs are allowed on the road (we saw at least three people with dogs on leashes), but not on the actual trail.