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

hiking
4 hours ago

Great day hike from Denver! Used microspikes and that was perfect. Lots of beautiful views! Definitely more of a moderate trail in the winter.

hiking
4 hours ago

Challenging climb but worth it!

hiking
snow
9 hours ago

Hiked 1/19 2.5 mi out and back (5mi round trip). Starts off somewhat open and some trees, but just after 1.5mi it’s real shaded and in the forest, especially past the point when you get to Lost Creek Wilderness. Not much snow at the beginning, but once in the forest the snow takes up the entire trail. Used yak tracks and they were helpful with the incline on this trail. The snow gets less packed down as the trail goes on, and would probably be best done with snowshoes at that point. Not too crowded, saw only a few small groups of people. A nice place to enjoy the woods and forest setting if that is what you’re setting out to do.

snowshoeing
10 hours ago

Beautiful! Fresh snow. Well marked trail. Perfect!

snowshoeing
12 hours ago

Perfect day for snowshoeing! We called it a rollercoaster trail because of the ups and downs but it was a great short hike with the pup!

All snow, a little muddy but the trail is lined out perfect. Great afternoon hike. 1/52

hiking
muddy
snow
14 hours ago

Did the south loop this morning. Snow was packed down well, a few icy spots but went well without spikes or snowshoes. Muddy at the lower elevations near the east trailhead.

hiking
15 hours ago

Hiked on 1/14. Very difficult hike in the winter, trail is not visible above treeline, snowshoes/poles were very helpful but we saw a lot of people going in just yaktrax. It was extremely windy on the day we went. Beautiful hike though and less of a crowd on a Tuesday!

hiking
snow
16 hours ago

Super beautiful views! We ended up needing snowshoes the whole time but the trail was still well-maintained and easy to follow despite the snow. I haven’t done this hike in the summer to compare, but honestly I think the views of snow-covered mountains would beat summer views any time!

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
16 hours ago

Great hike but the winds were almost insurmountable. 50-60 mph gusts with biting wind and blowing snow. Not for the faint of heart. Got within visual distance of chasm lake but couldn't proceed without ice picks/axes. No trail, blown over and potentially very treacherous. Be careful!

snowshoeing
1 day ago

Uphill the first half mile and then it levels off. Pretty home through the trees and had some powder. Started off hiking and then put on snowshoes.

hiking
snow
1 day ago

This trail is a gem not to long but the views is amazing. Today the trail was covered in snow but very passable and just a treat to hike in mid January. I did have my Yaktrax on for traction but probably did not need them with the amount of snow on the trail. It did cost $9 to get into the park and parking is hard to come by. I got there early 9 AM and did not have an issue.

One of my favourites! Broke climb into 2 days. First day started in afternoon, climbed over notch mountain and camped in the valley. Woke up early next morning and summited. I would do this hike again.

The road was closed about a mile from the trail head but we expected that. It was such a great hike! Definitely dress warm for this time of year and bring good snow shoes. The water was beautiful through the ice and thick trees! I am so excited to see this place in the spring and summer!

snowshoeing
snow
2 days ago

Jan 17, 2017
Temp: 20s

Conditions: mostly overcast with patches of blue sky, some light snowfall, wind in open areas.

Experience: Excellent for snowshoes, great snowpack and some very deep drifts. Parts of the worn trail had 4-6” fresh snow. Very deep snow off trail (as deep as my hiking pole). Nice hiking though the trees but no spectacular viewpoints. Zimmerman Lake had significant snow cover, and found some slushy ice under the snow, so use caution.

hiking
3 days ago

Great weather yesterday at Chasm Lake! micro spikes from trailhead to lake and I was glad to have my ice axe for the last half mile. Be careful and enjoy!

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.

A beautiful peaceful day on the trail. The trail was snow packed so no need for snowshoes even after freshly fallen snow 2 days prior. Parking is a challenge since the lot has not been plowed due to the furlough :0(. Could not make it to calypso cascades since the trail disappeared shortly after the “Y”. Therefore backtracked and went to Finch Lake instead. I was the only soul on the trail today. Of course it is Monday. Beautiful views of Mt Meeker and Longs about half way up. Sweet little creek crossing that had amazing ice crystals

hiking
4 days ago

Did this hike in mid November and it was amazing. We got hit by a decent amount of snow throughout the entire hike which just added to it. The silence walking on Dream Lake with nothing but the snow falling was stunning! Definitely rent spikes.

snowshoeing
4 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.

5 days ago

Beautiful setting. This is set as Easy however parking is a bit tricky and it's a pretty steep climb to get to the glacier. Was pretty slick with all the snow, will go again in spring.

I just moved here and found this hike a little challenging because of the altitude. the trail is pretty packed down so I did it in tennis shoes with no problem. a lot of people brought sleds that looked fun! I took a lot of breaks but the view was great.

Perfect. Yak tracks or microspikes help but not required.

Rangers recommmended that I did not go up the royal arch without micro spikes! Flat irons loop was icy and snowy as it is!

For someone not used to the altitude, this hike can be more challenging than most people have rated it. It’s short, but fairly rocky and steep. Combine that with the altitude, and some breaks may be necessary. Once you reach the top though, it’s worth the effort and you’ll probably want to hang out for a bit. Beautiful hike, but don’t underestimate it!

snowshoeing
5 days ago

Was just up on this trail Saturday 1/12/19 after a recent snowfall - mapped the trailhead location beforehand so was able to find it pretty easily, though the TH sign is fairly hidden. The trail had fresh powder and I was behind a lady that broke trail so there was AMAZING powder for snowshoes the whole way in, and yes, it is a fairly steady incline so be prepared!

snowshoeing
5 days ago

First ones on the trail 1/13/18, for the most part followed skiers along the trail I was familiar with. We reached a point where the trail was lost and followed up a skiers way for a bit and turned back. We were about .5mi from the lake which was a bummer !!

Absolutely bring snow shoes and spikes. Views are just fabulous

Very enjoyable! Plenty of trails to pick from. There’s about a foot of snow right off the trail but much more if you go too far off. You see elk and wildlife here and there. Woods but if you go to perimeter trails then you see meadows. I used my basic spikes (smaller less heavy duty) over my hiking boots and it was a great hike!

We hiked the road in from the closure up to the long lake trail head. No flotation required up until the first split between jean lunning trail and Pawnee pass trail up to lake Isabelle . We trenched a decent trail along Pawnee pass trail until the second trail split with jean lunning trail. From here Pawnee pass trail to lake Isabelle has not had any trail broken. We opted to turn around and eat sandwiches at Brainard Lake rather than break trail for a mile . Happy trails to anyone who makes it all the way ! I last did this trail in October . The lake is beautiful all year round but is especially pretty covered in snow !!

Beautiful bluebird day! Snowshoes were very helpful with about a mile to go. The trail was clear and easy to follow. I highly recommend!

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