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    56 m
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    2.2 km
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    Easy (Circle)
    Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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    Easy (Circle)
    Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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    Directions to Trailhead

    Dot Trail

    Panorama on Dot snowshoe trail in Indian Peaks, Colorado

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    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.

    Route Description for Dot Trail

    Dot Trail is a short and relatively easy winter hike through the Roosevelt National Forest. The trail has mild elevation gain while offering amazing views of the Indian Peaks, Golden Gate Canyon State Park, and James Peak.

    This is a hike for all ages and this trail makes it on the Top 10 list because it is off of the beaten path, making it a special place that not many people outside of the local community know about!

    Dot Trail is a loop with spur trails breaking off. You can follow the trail in either direction, though we typically go clockwise. Follow the trail map to return back to the trailhead, or venture off onto a spur trail and see where it leads you.

    Insider Hints for Dot Trail

    Getting to the Dot Trail Trailhead

    From Boulder, Colorado, head up Boulder Canyon 119 towards Nederland. Approximately halfway up the canyon, turn left onto Magnolia Rd. This is a steep and curvy road that eventually turns into a dirt road. Trailhead parking is along the side of Magnolia Rd. at a gate that blocks the entrance to a forest service road.

    Route Information

    • When to do:

      Late November to Early April

    • Backcountry Campsites:

      No Camping is allowed in this area of the Roosevelt National Forest

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    • Pets allowed:

      Yes - On Leash

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