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Snowshoe Trails in Colorado

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Colorado is an outdoor lovers’ paradise, full of big mountains, mountain lakes, high passes, beautiful waterfalls and incredible mountain towns. Whatever you can dream of doing outdoors, you can do in Colorado. Great skiing, exceptional hiking and wonderful biking are the basics of a trip to Colorado. Consider trying a guided kayaking, climbing or mountaineering trip the next time you’re there.

A holiday in Colorado is truly a special trip. Combining epic, big-mountain scenery with friendly locals in rustic mountain towns, a vacation in Colorado will give you some lifelong memories. There are great ski resorts, such as Vail, Aspen, Telluride, Crested Butte and Breckenridge. At these towns you can have 5-star accommodations while spending the day exploring local hiking and ski trails.

Rocky Mountain National Park is a perfect example of the best of Colorado – big mountains, high mountain lakes and well-maintained trails to explore the park. The Colorado Rocky Mountains are also covered with national forests and wilderness areas, which are exceptional places for hiking, biking, skiing and climbing.

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Open details for Brainard Lake Snowshoeing

Brainard Lake Snowshoeing

Easy
11.0 km
139 m
3-4h

The Brainard Lake snowshoeing trail takes you to a beautiful alpine lake with panoramic views of the Continental Divide and Indian Peaks. This is a stunning trip for a clear winter day. You can spend the rest of the day enjoying other activities in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area.

User Ratings
Overall Rating
9.3
Technical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Physical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Open details for Lake Isabelle Trail

Lake Isabelle Trail

Hard
16.7 km
285 m
4-6h

A winter hike or snowshoe along Lake Isabelle trail not only takes you to a beautiful alpine lake with views of Isabelle Glacier but will often lead you to find yourself in solitude, breaking trail, and spotting an abundance of wildlife.

User Ratings
Overall Rating
9.8
Technical Difficulty
Intermediate (Square)
Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
Physical Difficulty
Intermediate (Square)
Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
Open details for Dream Lake

Dream Lake

Easy
2.0 mi
503 ft
1-2h

A snowshoe to Dream Lake will take you to a gorgeous alpine lake nestled in the Rocky Mountains with Hallett Peak (12,713 ft) dominating the background.

User Ratings
Overall Rating
9.0
Technical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Physical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Lone Eagle Peak

Very Hard
24.5 km
723 m
6-9h

The winter hike to Mirror Lake, below Lone Eagle Peak, takes you on a long but beautiful hike deep into the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The views of Lone Eagle Peak from Mirror Lake are spectacular.

User Ratings
Overall Rating
9.7
Technical Difficulty
Advanced (Diamond)
Suitable for advanced experience level looking for a solid adventure.
Physical Difficulty
Advanced (Diamond)
Suitable for advanced experience level looking for a solid adventure.
Open details for Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake

Moderate
3.2 mi
707 ft
2-3h

Snowshoeing to Emerald Lake is a fantastic trip in the backcountry of RMNP. This trail takes you to a beautiful alpine lake nestled in a panoramic mountain cirque at the base of Hallett Peak (12,713 ft).

User Ratings
Overall Rating
9.3
Technical Difficulty
Intermediate (Square)
Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
Physical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Lake Haiyaha

Hard
6.0 km
245 m
2-4h

The snowshoe to Lake Haiyaha takes you to another awe-inspiring alpine lake with crystal blue waves carved out by an ancient glacier. The winter snowshoe to Lake Haiyaha is unbelievably beautiful, and the sight of the beautiful crystal blue Lake Haiyaha frozen in place is truly one to behold.

User Ratings
Overall Rating
9.9
Technical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Physical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Open details for Hessie Trail

Hessie Trail

Easy
6.7 km
190 m
1.5-2h

Hessie Trail is a moderately easy winter hike that begins at the historic Hessie Townsite; an old mining town high in the Rocky Mountains. The Hessie Trail winter hike offers a lot of bang for your buck, so to speak, giving way to great mountain views without much effort.

User Ratings
Overall Rating
9.7
Technical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Physical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Chasm Lake

Very Hard
12.8 km
738 m
5-7h

The snowshoe to Chasm Lake should be on every list for anyone in RMNP. Chasm Lake trail takes you to a high alpine lake that sits below the towering ‘Diamond’ on the famed Longs Peak.

User Ratings
Overall Rating
9.5
Technical Difficulty
Advanced (Diamond)
Suitable for advanced experience level looking for a solid adventure.
Physical Difficulty
Advanced (Diamond)
Suitable for advanced experience level looking for a solid adventure.
Open details for Lost Lake

Lost Lake

Moderate
9.8 km
345 m
3-5h

The snowshoe or winter hike to Lost Lake is not as daunting as the name suggests. Lost Lake is a very popular, family-friendly winter hike but that does not mean it is not worth checking out if you are not towing behind a kid or two. It offers great mountain views along with some mining history at both the trailhead and the destination!

User Ratings
Overall Rating
9.8
Technical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Physical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Open details for Sky Pond

Sky Pond

Very Hard
13.5 km
527 m
5-7h

The snowshoe up to Sky Pond is a favourite among locals. It is an epic snowshoe to a high alpine lake at the base of The Sharkstooth! The Sky Pond snowshoe in RMNP is often described as challenging but it is definitely worth the trek.

User Ratings
Overall Rating
10.0
Technical Difficulty
Intermediate (Square)
Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
Physical Difficulty
Advanced (Diamond)
Suitable for advanced experience level looking for a solid adventure.

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