Explore the most popular snowshoeing trails in Arapaho National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.


14 hours ago

5/23 Couldn’t make it to the very end but the views are awesome. I will definitely be back in a month. With that being said there was a lot of trash along the hike, I collected as much as I could. After the first mile, on your left, there is a small clearing when you can see the river there is a ton of metallic confetti caught in the grasses. Spent an hour trying to get most of it. Help me out if you go on the trail and try and collect it so it doesn’t end up in our rivers or wildlife. Also plenty of people leaving there dog poop bags along the trail.

Hiked on May 12, 2018, and could not have asked for a better hike. Fitbit indicated it was longer than 4.2 but tt is a great hike, not that difficult.

1 day ago

Great trail and the view at the top is worth the climb! Climb up felt harder than “easy” but the altitude has been messing with us. We went today (5/22/18) and there were places that still had snow/slush which made it slick at times.

It’s usually very busy since it’s so close to Denver. It’s also a short hike so can go out and back in an hour. However the views of the lake and glacier are beautiful especially if you hike up the glacier a little!

One of my favorite easier hikes. Amazing 360 views at the top.

Amazing trail. We were fortunate enough to go on a foggy day in Denver and we were literally on top of the clouds when we reached the top. Indescribable.

This is one of my favorite hikes and I plan to come back! The scenery is stunning, the trail is well maintained but still natural. The lake is kept quiet and peaceful and even though it’s busy I never felt crowded. We started to the left this time and the shady trees were perfect for the afternoon in September 2017. Highly recommend! Now I want to paddle board the lake itself. We also saw a juvenile moose in the marsh to the south of the trail near the parking area.

We saw 3 moose on this trip! It was fabulous! We started out left too with other hiker’s advice. The other side had more ice and snow. It was much dryer than 10 days ago. Right side did have some ice but not too much. The marsh lands on the back side of the lake were amazing. Found a nice log to grab a bite to eat on next to the river. There were several man made bridges to go over so good balance is required on some. It was a lovely trail. We will be back!

Went in 3.3 mi on May 17 -- conditions good with some snow patches and postholing but easy enough. The creek crossing at ~2.7 mi in was challenging though.

Great place to hike without having to make a valiant climb to reach a summit. Undulates for most of the way, with occasional rough footing but nothing that a novice hiker would be unable to accomplish. The view was great despite the moderate elevation and hiking next to the creek gives a good “naturalistic” feel. Great Frisco hike, conveniently located.

This was a tough hike, but so worth it!! The views of Torreys along the way up are stunning!! I am pretty sure I was the first to the top around 9:15 am. Spotty snow, if that, a couple of places took a little longer to maneuver through. The final push to the top was completely dry which was definitely a plus. I would do it again but I just moved out here and have so much to explore this summer!

Spactecular views, but very intense ups and downs. We started at the trailhead at 9:15am and a Tuesday. Traffic held us up, we were hoping to start at 8am. We ended up getting off the mountain at 2:45pm.
This event put us back a bit, and unfortunately we were unable to Summit Grizzly.
We did however Summit Cupid, and it was just jaw-dropping.
Careful on the way down from Cupid towards Grizzly,
The path is misleading and covered in snow, and there are a lot of only steep ways down.
Wind was always there. But it wasn’t a bother.
We used yak traks closer to the top.

Bottom line: be prepared for this one if you plan to go far,
But the physical tone and views make it the perfect payoff.

Will be back for Grizzly.

on St. Mary's Glacier

9 days ago

I usually agree with the average rating on AllTrails but not in this case. Yes it is close to Denver but this is overrated on all accounts. Drive an extra 20-30 minutes for many more options.

One of my favorite hikes that I've ever done. Not too physically demanding, but so rewarding. The views at the top are insane, even with cloud coverage. The drive up to the trailhead is a treat in itself too. Did this one 5/14/18 and would recommend crampons or microspikes for the descent- I can imagine it'd be a little slick without them. However, the risk of post-holing is pretty much gone! Get up there and see some beauty!!!

Super cool to see a glacier! Great hike for someone who wants epic views without it taking a chunk of your day. The trail was icy/slushy when we went 5/13/18 but nothing terrible in hiking boots!

Trail head has Portal Potties (not the cleanest). $5 fee to park (Honor System). The trail is pretty steep and rocky in the beginning but not bad at all. Once you reach the top it's amazing. Mountains were covered in snow. The trail is covered in snow, some slush but no ice..snow is very very slippery in sneakers so wear boots. At the top you can ski down, snow board or just slide down. The lake was half frozen. Beautiful pictures on this trail. Trail had moderate traffic. Definitely coming back when snow is melted.

Be ready for intense winds and still crossing a few snow fields. The view from the ridge line is beautiful if you can handle the gusts. The parking lot is heavily used by back-country skiers, so get there early if you want a spot. There have also been many recent spring avalanches along Loveland pass, so keep your eyes out while driving as well.

fun trash bag sledding!

Enjoyable, yet early- sunken steps.

A steep start (34% grades in part of the first mile) is balanced out by some gentle saddle backs up to sniktau. This is a relatively easy 13er with the exception of wind/sheer exposure being above tree line the entire hike. The trail comes to a T at the end of the first mile of you want to take a right toward Cupid or Grizzly Mountains (or keep left for Sniktau). Little to no snow on the trail makes this one doable without traction or poles. Bring layers for wind, and start early to avoid the backcountry skiing crowd at the parking lot.

14 days ago

Went on May 7 2018. We went clock-wise around the lake. The left side was a lot easier and drier. The right side still had snow on many parts of the trail. We saw many tracks (and scate) on the right side, I'm not an expert but several looked like moose & elk , but pointed out to my wife a couple in the soft mud looked like fresh bear tracks, which got my attention. Due to the many patches of snow still on the trail on the right side of the lake it was a lot harder walk. We never saw a moose while on the trail, but someone we passed latter told us they saw one right on the trail on the right side around the 4-5 o'clock position of the trail right after they passed us. On the walk back down the road from the trail head to the campground we saw a moose on the left side right where a stream or creak dumps into a very large Creek that makes a large bend next to the gravel road. It was a bull with no antlers. We watched him for about 15 min as he crossed the little stream and came towards the road eating brush along the way. The trail will be a bit easier in late spring, summer and fall, without the snow. Pay close attention to the signs at trail junctions, they don't always call out Monarch Lake Trail Loop by name, (they should), so make sure you're going the right way to stay on the loop trail. Bring snacks and water.

14 days ago

Simple, beautiful hike. My favorite to do with family and friends coming in from out of state because even the out of shape of us can handle it and it’s an incredible pay off.

14 days ago

Patches of snow that you won't even notice in the morning but if the sun is out, you'll definitely notice them in the afternoon! Lots of post holing after noon, even in snowshoes. Suggest starting really early so you don't have a bad time!

14 days ago

Beautiful little trail. Definitely wear some waterproof boots.. lots of little streams and snow on the trail. Otherwise great views ! 5$ parking bring exact change !

May 8th, 2018 - Breathtaking views. Some gnarly incline, but well worth it. I wore running shoes, wool socks, joggers, and some layers up top along with a hat and was more than fine. There are some snow patches, but they didn’t bother me. Be sure to bring and drink lots of water and snacks. You’re fully exposed, so the wind is fairly constant. But a beautiful, beautiful hike with songbirds flying alongside you!

15 days ago

Fun hike. We went this past Saturday May 5 and it was ALL snow. Either Yaktrax or trekking poles are helpful, but not necessary (but expect to fall a few times or get buried into feet of snow at times). I think it should be considered a moderate hike because the incline in the first 1/2 mile itself is tough. But I think it is "easy" because its short. It took us about 2.5 hours in and out. Beautiful views!

Went up 5/5/18, arrived around 1pm, the trail mostly dry with the occasional patches of snow at first. About 2 miles up you’ll see significantly more snow and might want to consider poles for stability, however we made it up just fine no yak traks or poles. Eventually the snow fall is too much and you’ll loose the trail, you can’t continue up to Gore Range. Easy to moderate hike, only two hours at most if you take your time and maybe detour a bit. Trail follows the river majority of the time, plenty of places to pull off and enjoy the views. Moderately trafficked, we only saw a hand full of people on the trail however the parking lot is small so it fills up fast. Great for all skill ranges and ages.

17 days ago

The weather was great today! We hiked the trail in hiking boots which was a mistake! Please bring snow shoes. The trial is covered with 2-3 feet of snow and it is just warm enough that you sink through. Still, we had a great time laughing as we fell through the snow! Can’t wait to do it again later in the summer.

View was amazing. Definitely a bit more difficult in the snow, but totally worth it. Spikes are definitely necessary until the snow melts.

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