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

The snow is gone, time for trail runners and shorts!

hiking
13 days ago

I love this trail, but the current state of snow piling up on it makes it impossible to complete in a reasonable amount of time. A friend and I tried to complete it yesterday on June 10, 2018. There's deep unpacked snow that's partially melted covering at least the first three miles of the trail. We lost the trail under the snow several times and our shoes were soaked before we gave up and turned around after three hours. I wouldn't bother trying to do this trail until July, or until someone posts here that the snow is melted off of the trail. We did see deer and a moose while driving back to the main road, though. Lots of wildflowers currently as well. Be sure to bring $7 cash for the park permit.

hiking
13 days ago

Stunning views and a leisurely hike, just long. Made it to about 2000 feet short of the lake before we started post holing waste deep. Went for another 1500 feet and had to turn around, we were not prepared for this. Give it a little more time unless you plan on snowshoeing. Bathrooms at the trail head.

Hiked this today, the trail is basically a single lane dirt road. Very slight incline. Great scenic trail, I ended up taking the trail up to thunder pass which still had a lot of snow. I almost made it to the pass but started breaking through the snow and had to turn around. Next time I go back I'll hike the entire trail and stay on Michigan Gulch to Lake Agnes

mountain biking
2 months ago

Saw literally 5+ moose early last fall. One of the best- really not too bad.

hiking
2 months ago

Still a rewarding trek on snowshoes this week, but starting to get slushy down low. No bare spots by any means, but made for an icy trip back at the end of the day. Still parking at the HWY14 turn off for The Craggs at this point which adds some distance/time. Always love this hike!!

snowshoeing
6 months ago

Snowshoes or Cross-country skies are a must at this point. Only time we took off our snowshoes was on the frozen Michigan Lakes. The snow is very deep right now. Absolutely beautiful though with some great views of the surrounding mountains. Had to take the Michigan Ditch service road from the Cameron Pass parking lot so the trail was a little over 10 miles round trip which was exhausting.

Beautiful trail. You get glimpses of mountain views the whole way as you hike through a nice forest, but once you get to the top they are spectacular. Open, alpine environment with stunning mountains all around. It is definitely worth it to go the extra mile past the lakes to look over into Rocky Mountain national park. I encountered very few people along the way. Make sure to bring exact change as there is no ranger station, the fee was $7 in September 2017.

backpacking
8 months ago

This is definitely my go to state park for Backpacking. Short but demanding hike. Was here twice this month about two weeks apart. 9/9 and I went back this Monday 9/27 again and went back to Snow Lake again. This time the trail is covered in snow. Some of the trail esp when the switchback started were covered in snow and difficult to see but if u downloaded the offline maps it’s a clear path to follow!
I’ve seen s few moose’s more than my past visit and was grazing near our tent.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail ... good workout. For the 2nd year in a row we managed to be on the trail picked for the 100mi marathon run. Lots of nice folks in the run. Wildlife included a nice sage grouse, deer, eagle and hawks. Smoke was clearing, so visibility was greatly improved.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy to walk up except for the lose dirt road that makes you slide around and the altitude jump at the end. Spectacular view at the top.

hiking
9 months ago

One of my favorites. The amount of time spent above tree line makes this a magical alpine experience.

trail running
9 months ago

Hard? Yes and no. There are a few seriously steep parts that I needed to rest on the way up and shuffle sideways to go down. The trail is all dirt road. There are a few spots to camp up there if you don't mind foot traffic in your tiny spot. definitely sunny and dusty. The rock was cool; the view not as spectacular as others but still worth it. Reviewed by MI flatlander.

I have done a lot of the trails up here at state forest state park in my Nissan Frontier. some of these trails are pretty challenging with steep rocky switchbacks. Watch out for ATVs, these trails are narrow! I will take pics next time I am up there.

Great hike. Moderate hike imo. Very sunny, not a whole lot of shade so bring sunscreen! Beautiful views!

This walk is hard to beat. Absolutely beautiful. I'm 71 and loved every minute of the walk. Only wildlife we saw were birds, chipmunks and butterflies.

backpacking
10 months ago

very much worth the trip. very cool at night and encountered some light showers, but quickly left as it came. be up the mountain before 1 PM to select a night overnight spot.

Absolutely beautiful!

hiking
10 months ago

AWESOME hike!! Wildflowers were BEAUTIFUL!! You should be in good shape to do this hike and shoes with soles that grip- like hiking shoes recommended. Take water/ snacks/rain jacket- always be prepared for weather. A small rain cloud formed on a day with 0% chance of rain- well there was a little rain.

Easy hike if you're in decent shape. Great view at the top after 20ft scramble.

backpacking
11 months ago

Great moderate hike to Snow and Michigan lake.. top was a bit crowded at points and some people came a day later and set up camp 20 feet from us...

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful trail. Starts easy and gets significantly more difficult by the end of the trail.

Note: the trail can be shared by ATV's and other vehicles as well. We didn't see any, but there are tracks all the way up the trail.

hiking
11 months ago

We hiked this 6 days ago. This trail is moderate imo. The steep parts are not too long. Start early to avoid overheating. There are some shady spots, but much of it is open. The flowers are stunning. Expect dogs and 4 wheelers.

hiking
11 months ago

Good views from the top sun cleared up, if you are acclimated to the elevation it's not hard except the very end.

Pretty once you get to the top, very hot and exposed, but overall a good hike!

hiking
11 months ago

Incredible hike with stunning views and barely any people on a Saturday in June. This was one of my all-time favorites.

hiking
11 months ago

One of the best scenes I have ever had in Colorado. Nice little challenge, took no time at all. Totally worth it, beautiful views and nice maintained trail.

hiking
11 months ago

One of my favorites near foco. It's good to go all of the way to Thunder Pass besides a few patches of snow. Highly recommend!

11 months ago

Great trail. I tracked 2.9 miles to the base of the "ears". It is a continuous uphill hike with the last half mile very steep. If you are overweight and not used to 10,000' elevation, this is not the place for you. Otherwise, great hike!!!!

hiking
11 months ago

Trail is not that hard. Made it all the way up in about 2-3 hours. Great views and maintained well. Trail it pretty wide and looks like a four wheeler trail. The lakes were partially frozen in late June. There were quite a few people on this trail. Just a little bit of mud and snow this time of year. Top is cold in the wind and wind blocking shell was nice to have. Walk back down was very warm.

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