Explore the most popular snowshoeing trails in White River 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.

I did this about a week ago with my daughter in her Osprey pack and pulling my son in a single Chariot with the ski & waist pulk attachments. It was a tight squeeze getting the Chariot through the gate at the beginning, but the rest of the time our setup was great. The road is nice and wide so we were able to stop and let others pass without a problem. I wore microspikes and used hiking poles, which worked well on the snowpacked trail. My dog was in heaven and got to play with a handful of other dogs along the way.

snowshoeing
2 days ago

Snowshoed this trail in mid January. Really enjoyed the views of the mountains on the west side of the valley. The trail was easy to follow with a foot more snow on each side of the trail which was covered with several inches of trampled down snow.

snowshoeing
11 days ago

Hard packed to split. Floatation was ideal after as postholing was unpredictable.

snowshoeing
13 days ago

Great snowshoeing. Line creek trail is meadow mountain trail. Did 8 miles out and back.

snowshoeing
13 days ago

Fun little morning winter hike. Brought snowshoes but didn't need them until we got to the last few turns. A few short steeper parts but overall fairly level hike.

As another review stated, snowshoes weren’t necessary until the split. The trail is packed hard and wide. Lots of people and off-leash dogs (most under control and near their owners, some not. Off-leash is allowed here. ). Beautiful scenery on both ends of the split in the trail!

Loved it! Spectacular

Did this hike on 12/28/18. Snow shoes not necessary for the first mile and a half. After that, they aren’t necessary but would be helpful. Snow is pretty deep after the split in the trail. We arrived around 9:15am and only saw a few people on the way out, everyone was on snow shoes or back country skiing/boarding. Got back to the parking lot around 11am and it was busy. Lots of off leash dogs running around. Absolutely amazing views, definitely recommend this hike!!

Beautiful hike in the winter. Packed down as well.

14 days ago

This is a beautiful trail. The snow is deep right now. Most of the trail is packed except the back section which seemed to be less traveled. The views are amazing. There are several different ways you can go to get to the actual cabin. This is the long scenic version. We clocked just under four miles to the cabin. Note: you must have a reservation to approach or enter the cabin.

snowshoeing
15 days ago

The trails were well groomed and the views were spectacular. We found the start with some help from people on snow mobiles, but we were never sure where we were on the trail and decided to turn around rather than risk being out after dark. There were no snow mobiles on the actual trail.

Fun hike. A bit of light scrambling to get to the lake - numerous social trails (so pay attention to find your way back down easily). Parking fills up early.

Great snow packed trail close to town.

Good for hiking, snowshoeing or skiing

snowshoeing
18 days ago

Went snowshoeing here on 12/29/18 and loved it. No super steep slopes, not crowded, 4 to 5 ft of snow (powder as you get farther along). Only challenging part of trail is the distance since the road leading to the trailhead is closed it adds about 2 miles one way.

hiking
23 days ago

Hiked Breck to Frisco in about 4-1/2 hrs. Easy to follow trail that was pretty well packed. Didn’t need snow shoes. Not a hard hike.

snowshoeing
24 days ago

I love this trail ! It was snowing but the trail was still easy, we were with our dog and we saw many dogs. I recommend !

hiking
30 days ago

The smell of the forest is great. interpretive trails go off of main trail and take you to mine shafts etc. learned about the gold mines which was interesting. Although it also made us get on a different trail for a while but it was easy to figure out how to get back on the Minnie Mine trail again. Nice relaxing trail. Round trip 1.5 hours including getting “lost”

This is an incredible trail -- but in the winter, it was TOUGH! We went today (12/18/18), and the entire trail was covered with snow. The first 2 miles, which we had parked at the entrance to Quandary Trail and had to walk to the Gulch trail, was fairly easy and very flat. Then, to the lower falls, was 1 mile, and it was extremely hard. We had hiking boots, but the snow was about 3-4 feet deep. Thankfully, it was pretty compacted down, but we kept sinking in every other step. The views were spectacular, which is why it's absolutely worth 5 stars. I would not otherwise recommend in the winter, unless you don't mind sinking in to the level of your knee!! Wish we could have gone to see the waterfalls, but sadly, the trail was so covered with snow that I wasn't able to continue.

Very pretty. We did it the weekend after Thanksgiving and there was plenty of snow. It was very busy midday. It was not very strenuous and a great first snowshoe for my out-of-town family.

Great views of the lifts - winter wonderland with rolling snow covered valleys

Absolutely beautiful. Steady-ish incline, but not too challenging for any beginner hikers or out of town guests. Take it at pace for a more challenging hike for anyone. Views are amazing the entire way, but especially at the end when you get to the split of the trail, to either head to the old mining cabins for spectacular views at the base of the mountain, or up the extra steeeeep leg for an additional .5 mile of upward switchbacks for another amazing view over the ridge.

Out of towner here. I consider myself in shape running 20-25 miles a week. This trail isn’t as easy as some reviews have said. Maybe I’m not used to the elevation like back home but this trail kind of kicked my butt with snowshoes!

Packed snow trail to the cabins and great views for the flatlanders.

Hard packed snow up to the mining camp. Could have walked with boots/spikes. But we snowshoed for fun and for the exercise. Plenty of snow for breaking a new trail in the cirque area. Beautiful, sunny day. Great place for awesome pictures!

Beautiful trail. Few people. Mostly shady. I highly recommend this hike.

Great views and you don’t need snowshoes as the trail is packed well in the winter.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Nice wide trail, gentle incline good for skiing or shoeing. Trail well packed spike are all you need.

hiking
1 month ago

With the winter storm yesterday, I was met with knee-to-thigh-deep snow for the majority of the hike, so I definitely let out a few war cries on the ascent. It was still a great experience and gave me an insane workout. I recommend trekking poles, knee-high gaiters, water resistant clothing, and snow shoes or skis. Micro spikes were almost worthless due to the post-holing, but they'll be more applicable once the terrain hardens. If you're faced with similar weather (newly fallen, powdery snow), I'd roll out with snow shoes/gaiters at a minimum.

The trailhead parking lot was well-plowed, so those with sedans and non-AWD/4x4 should still be able to access the lot regardless of the trail condition.

Hiking Quandary Peak is challenging in the winter, but its doable and fulfilling if you start early. Also, it's one of the least likely 14ers to be affected by avalanches due to the ridge trail, so that's a plus.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Great trail. Took my parents from out of town who are not in the greatest shape. Even with a steady incline the whole way up, they were able to finish. Great for snowshoeing. Snowpack was pretty heavy - yack tracks may have worked, but snowshoes felt ideal.

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