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

on Finch Lake Trail

hiking
7 hours ago

Took our 5 and 9 year olds on this hike. We didn’t make it to the lake but loved seeing little streams and wildlife. It was a bit steep in spots but still had a great time. We plan on packing lunches and trying again!

Hiked to the falls on 5/15. Attempted Ouzel Lake but as of the 15th the trail was too snowpacked about 0.5 miles away from the lake so we weren’t able to get to the end. Beautiful views the whole trip though!

5/14/18 hiked early morning before the rain. the hike was absolutely beautiful. Was going to try to go to Finch Lake but decided to go the falls instead to beat the rain.

Great hike. Started out at May 15 2018 8AM from Allenspark trailhead. Not a soul on the trail. The 1st half of trail was pretty easy just uphill. Hit A lot if snow the rest if the way that was soft so sank above my knees with every step. Didnt necessarily need snow shoes but was a very wet hike. Finch Lake was gorgeous..worth the hike. The snow slowed me down. Didnt get back to trailhead until 4 pm. I would rate the 2nd half of the hike to the lake as medium to hard this time of year due too the amount of snow. On the return to the hike back to the trailhead the warmer temps made walking in the inbound snow footprints, sink in the snow slushy ones. Overall a great hike.

hiking
7 days ago

We just hiked this trail today (5/13/18). It was absolutely gorgeous. The trailhead parking lot is open and *most* of the snow is gone. A good mix of terrain and challenging uphills. Do not just turn around when you get to the Ouzel Falls bridge, keep going just a little bit further to the lookout! Makes the whole thing worth it, IMO. Such a great time of year to be here - not too hot or cold, not too crowded or empty, no bugs. The river was raging and so beautiful.

Hiked this trail 5/8/18. Beautiful! The water is flowing fast and the waterfalls are beautiful with water flowing from everywhere! You can park at the trailhead now. There’s snow after the bridge from the second falls then off and on til you get to Ouzal Falls. Hiking poles were helpful as it’s slippery in spots. Easy hike that is absolutely beautiful! Jackie

We did this hike in June of 2017. It was the first real hike we've done and it gave our family the hiking bug. I absolutely loved loved loved this hike. My kids did well with the hike- my then three year old rode on my husband's back and my then five year old did the whole hike without any complaint.

nice hike

hiking
14 days ago

Did this hike yesterday (May 5th) - it was beautiful. Still mostly snowpack for 2nd half of trail - I made it in a good pair of hiking boots but would recommend crampons and/or trekking poles. About a mile walk on gravel road to the trailhead so total distance is over 7 miles.

hiking
17 days ago

It was great and the falls were gorgeous! Lots of snow though!

hiking
26 days ago

It was a beautiful trail and was very quiet. There was still lots of snow so it was a little slick in some parts. Overall a great hike though.

on Ouzel Falls Trail

30 days ago

Lovely!

One of our favorites, and doesn't require having to go through the national park to get to the trail head. Loved the scramble at the top, and the windy views are worth it. Would not recommend this trail of you have small children that do not like scrambling.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail!

This is not a "bang for your buck" kind of hike, like the big name hikes out of the main RMNP east entrance. I ran into several tourists near the entrance who seemed disappointed with the hike. Instead this is a hike for solitude and being in the wilderness. Really nice water features along the hike and pristine woodland. If you need some peace and quiet then this is your hike.

We clocked 8.25 miles accounting for the extra 2 miles (1 each way) due to the winter parking lot as well as some wandering around the falls. we had snowshoes but never used them, however I suggest having them right now just in case. The waterfalls will be a lot more exciting in a month or so.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a wonderful hike. It is easy to find and offers amazing views from the summit.

I started from the Long's Peak Ranger Station parking lot. It is easily accessible from Highway 7. The road were plowed, paved and easily accessible.

We started later in the day, around 1 pm. That was probably a mistake because the snow was a bit messy and slushy due to the warm weather. The trail to Long's Peak and Chasm Lake was fairly busy, we saw 5 groups going in both directions over the first half mile. We saw only one group on the trail once we turned North toward the Cone. This was a nice surprise to see the trail nearly empty.

The trail is well packed and easy to hike in micro spikes. Snowshoes were not necessary. The snow was not very deep and potholing was not an issue. The initial 2 miles of the hike are rolling hills with relatively little elevation gain. It was a very laid back hike. The final 1.2 miles is where the majority of the elevation gain comes from. Once you cross Storm Pass Trail you are on the final .7 miles of ascent. The snow is very sloppy here and you could see areas where people slid 5 to 6 feet through the slush. The trail is very steep here and very slick. Also, follow the cairns. I got a little lost because a set of foot prints that looked like the trail lead to a dead end. I used my GPS to find my way back to the trail.

It may be getting to be a little late in the snow season to attempt this trail. Know if you are comfortable hiking on steep slick terrain. The snow is beginning to melt and there were small trails of melted water that made the trail even messier. There were marks in the snow from what looked like falls by other hikers. The descent was difficult and I did fall one time, though I was not hurt.

The view is one of the best in Colorado because you can see the entire continental divide as it winds through Rocky Mountain National Park. It is pretty amazing and humbling. Long's Peak is definitely the highlight of the view, but the whole thing is pretty amazing.

on Estes Cone Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Memorial Day weekend 2017. Icy in spots toward the top, slippery in spots. Nice view of Longs Peak from the summit.

Nice quiet trail with great views at the top. Snowshoes not needed as the trail was almost all packed snow, but I was very happy I brought my micro spikes. There were some rogue snowshoe tracks a bit after the sign saying 0.7 miles to the top, right as you start to really gain elevation up the cone, but I was able to find the trail easily with the many cairns. Took me 3 hours round trip.

Great hike, wear good hiking shoes. Our end point was at Ouzel Falls. Take some time to get closer to the bottom of the falls, well worth the extra time spent.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Feb 25 2018 - Beautiful morning snowshoeing adventure. Great forest coverage throughout, with some sporadic views of the St Vrain valley that you're trekking through. It was snowy enough to require snowshoes. The frozen cascades are pretty spectacular. You do have to walk about a mile to the trailhead in the winter from the open parking lot, which is a bit of a bummer. [3.8/5]

snowshoeing
2 months ago

We hiked from the Longs Peak ranger station to the peak and back.

Snowshoes were handy, as some people in our group didn’t have them and were up to their hips in the recent snow. I didn’t bring spikes however, and the snowshoes were tough on the icy/rocky bits; just my boots didn’t grip well as there was a lot of hard packed icy snow.

That being said, if I’d had the right gear, I would have enjoyed the last mile up/down a lot more. Due to the snow and ice, it took about 6 hours.

The views were beautiful, though, even before we got to the top. Highly recommend if you have the right gear with you.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked up here with my dad about a year and a half ago, and what a great hike it was! We started on the Longs Peak Trailhead and stayed on it for the first half mile, then took the Estes Cone trail the rest of the way past Eugenia Mine and Storm Pass. The trail was in great condition from the trailhead to Storm Pass. After Storm Pass the trail became a bit hard to follow, but there were many cairns along the way, which were a big help. After passing through a nice coniferous and birch forest, the views really began to abound on the way up to Storm Pass. Once we got to the summit, they were even better. The only difficult part was the last half mile, which gained about 600 feet of elevation. Can't wait to return to the area!

It is definitely uphill! I would consider it a moderate hike...

2 months ago

Definitely recommend spikes. Snowy towards the end. Falls were frozen over which made the hike anticlimactic. Would recommend saving this for when it gets warmer.

hiking
2 months ago

Sat. 3/10/18 -- light snow, temps in the low 30s
start time: 10:00am
total hiking time: ~3hrs
trail traffic: low

- ~1" fresh snow on the trail, otherwise packed underneath and icy in various sections
- gaiters: nice, not necessary
- snowshoes: unnecessary
- microspikes: wicked handy, perhaps necessary to safely navigate the topmost sections after Storm Pass
- trail a little hard to follow in rocky sections towards the top, look for tracks or cairns

on Ouzel Falls Trail

2 months ago

Wow! Windy and tough but a great snowshoe/winter hike. Snowshoes not necessary but helpful

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent day! Wild basin trail was snow packed all the way up to Ozuel falls, only needed boots. We decided to keep trekking and loop back on North St. Vrain fire trail and this area had not been touched so snow shoes are necessary until you get back to wild basin trail. As seen in previous trail reports MOOSE are active in area we saw 3 in separate locations and a bull who did not want to be disturbed ! Careful and enjoy
P.S. upper trail head is closed in winter this adds about 2 miles to total.

cross country skiing
2 months ago

Tried this on cross country skis on Feb 17 2018 and it was a mixed bag. Plenty of snow once you got to the actual trailhead (about a mile from the closed road/parking area), but very narrow and steep in places. This made skiing up awkward and skiing down pretty tricky. Some parts of the trail are on the side of a hill, making it difficult to keep from sliding off going up or down. Only made it as far as Ouzel falls. Fun, but snowshoes would serve you better.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely awesome. Fun hike to do with friends.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

I went on Wednesday 02-07-18 and it was lovely. Be careful/aware of the 2 giant moose that are greeting you as you are coming and going close to the official TH. Add at least 2 miles to hike the road to the TH as road is closed part of the way down. Brought micro spikes and snowshoes but only used the snowshoes after halfway point.

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