Indian Peaks Snowshoeing

Region in Colorado, United States

Hikers of Colorado love to explore the trails of Indian Peaks Wilderness Area each summer. However, you don’t need to stop when winter comes! In fact, we love exploring Indian Peaks in winter, either on snowshoes or on winter hikes. The proximity to both Denver and Boulder makes these winter hikes easily accessible and very popular with local hikers and travelers alike.

This list showcases the Indian Peaks great strengths. It has sharp, striking mountains that look gritty and tough. It also has many beautiful lakes resting at the base of those mountains. Our 10 Best winter hikes and snowshoes in Indian Peaks have a handful of grueling, long, tough winter hikes with lots of elevation and amazing views. Our list also has fun, family-friendly hikes that take advantage of all the awesome lakes in this region and are a great introduction for anyone new to winter hiking. As always, we have crafted a list that has something for everyone. There are even a number of hikes that let you take an on-leash dog on the trail!

#1 Brainard Lake (11.0km, 139m, 3 - 4 h): The hike to Brainard Lake takes you to a beautiful alpine lake with panoramic views of the Continental Divide and Indian Peaks.

#2 Lake Isabelle Trail (16.7km, 285m, 4+ h): A winter hike along Lake Isabelle trail not only takes you to a beautiful alpine lake with views of Isabelle Glacier but you will often find yourself in solitude, breaking trail, and spotting an abundance of wildlife.

#3 Lone Eagle Peak (24.5km, 723m, 6+ h): The snowshoe to Mirror Lake, at the base of Lone Eagle Peak takes you deep into the Indian Peaks Wilderness for stunning views up close of Lone Eagle Peak.

#4 Hessie Trail (6.7km, 190m, 2-3 h): Hessie Trail is a moderately easy snowshoe or winter hike that begins at the historic Hessie Townsite; an old mining town high in the Rocky Mountains. The Hessie Trail hike offers a lot of bang for your buck, so to speak, giving way to great mountain views without much effort.

#5 Lost Lake (9.8km, 345m, 4 - 5 h): The snowshoe 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.

#6 Caribou Hill (3.6km, 141m, 2-3 h): Caribou Hill is a secluded winter hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing destination in the historic ghost town of Caribou City. It is a great place to check out for anyone new to winter hiking - the elevation is minimal while the winter scenery is worthwhile.

#7 Dot Trail (2.2km, 56m, 2-3 h): Dot Trail is a family-friendly, easy winter hike around a scenic overview of Indian Peaks. The trail is relatively short with little elevation gain but it is truly a secret gem, offering a wonderfully scenic hike in a quiet wilderness setting.

#8 Mud Lake (3.7km, 49m, 2 - 3 h): Mud Lake is a mountain park located off the Peak to Peak Hwy, it is excellent for beginner cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat biking. There are several trails in the area taking you to different overlooks and around Mud Lake which makes for a really fun choose-your-own-adventure day out!

#9 Barker Reservoir (3.4km, 71m, 0.5 - 1 h): Barker Reservoir is nestled in the mountains at the end of Boulder Canyon. The winter hike takes you to views overlooking a picturesque landscape with the small mountain town of Nederland, Colorado in the background.

#10 Sourdough Trail (18.1km, 561m, 4 - 5 h): Sourdough Trail is a popular cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trail, conveniently located off the Peak to Peak Hwy. It is a beautiful out-and-back climb through Roosevelt National Forest.

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01. Brainard Lake
Difficulty

11.0km 139m 3-4h

The winter hike or snowshoe to Brainard Lake takes you to a beautiful alpine lake with panoramic views of the…

02. Lake Isabelle Trail
Difficulty

16.7km 285m 4-6h

A winter hike or snowshoe along Lake Isabelle trail not only takes you to a beautiful alpine lake with views…

03. Lone Eagle Peak
Difficulty

24.5km 723m 6-9h

The winter hike to Mirror Lake, below Lone Eagle Peak, takes you on a long but beautiful hike deep into…

04. Hessie Trail
Difficulty

6.7km 190m 1.5-2h

Hessie Trail is a moderately easy winter hike that begins at the historic Hessie Townsite; an old mining town high…

05. Lost Lake
Difficulty

9.8km 345m 3-5h

The snowshoe or winter hike to Lost Lake is not as daunting as the name suggests. Lost Lake is a…

06. Caribou Hill
Difficulty

3.6km 141m 2h

Caribou Hill is a secluded winter hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing destination in the historic ghost town of Caribou City.…

07. Dot Trail
Difficulty

2.2km 56m 2h

Dot Trail is a family-friendly, easy winter hike around a scenic overview of Indian Peaks. The trail is relatively short…

08. Mud Lake
Difficulty

3.7km 49m 2h

Mud Lake is a mountain park located off the Peak to Peak Hwy, it is excellent for beginner cross-country skiing,…

09. Barker Reservoir
Difficulty

3.4km 71m <1h

Barker Reservoir is nestled in the mountains at the end of Boulder Canyon. A winter hike or snowshoe takes you…

10. Sourdough Trail
Difficulty

18.1km 561m 4-6h

Sourdough Trail is a popular cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trail, conveniently off of the Peak to Peak Hwy. It is…