Snowshoeing in Colorado
Snowshoeing in Colorado is an inexpensive, fun, healthy way to get outside and see this beautiful state.
Its a great activity for families, athletes, couples--just about everyone. You dont need any technical know-how to get started, and its free!Theres nothing like snowshoeing across fresh snowfields with that Colorado sunshine overhead, a 14,000 foot mountain on your horizon, and a forest of fifty-foot pine trees all around you
A few tips about snowshoeing in Colorado--just like hiking, snowshoeing in high altitude means you need to be aware of a few things.
The gear for snowshoeing is easy: snowshoes. Strap them on the bottom of your hiking boots--preferably waterproof--and hit the snow. (Dont forget a jacket, hat and gloves of course.)
If youre going out for a long journey, remember to layer your clothes with non-cotton layers to stay dry and warm.
For some folks, snowshoeing in Colorado is a serious sport, and they will don the extra gear: hiking poles, waterproof shin guards, backpack hydration system. This will make for a premium experience, but arent absolutely necessary.
PIKES PEAK REGION
If you've ever hiked The Crags in the summer, you know how beautiful this trail is. If you haven't, you're in for a real treat.
Located on the west side of Pikes Peak, The Crags gets plenty of snow, and takes you past huge, crazy rock formations, through valleys, and up to fantastic views of the whole region.
Directions to The Crags -
Bear Lake trail is located in Rocky Mountain National Park, at 9,475 feet. The trail is a 1-mile loop, rated as easy--but its not flat like many other trails in the park.
Stunning views abound though: pine trees, massive boulders, the beautiful frozen Bear Lake with Halletts Peak on the horizon.
Directions to Rocky Mountain National Park
Directions to Bear Lake trail
Agnes Vaille Falls
Agnes Vaille Falls is a wonderful place for snowshoeing in Colorado, right in the Chalk Creek Canyon, near Nathrop, Colorado.
This is a half-mile trail up the side of Mt. Princeton to Agnes Vaille Falls itself. Depending on the weather, you may see a flowing or frozen falls.
There is a 450-foot gain--so its short but challenging--and it does get rocky as you get closer to the falls.
Due to the trail being in between two massive mountains, we recommend snowshoeing before the afternoon hours, as the sun goes down fast.
Excellent views of Mt. Antero, Mt. Princeton, and Chalk Creek Canyon.
Check out the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs in nearby Chalk Creek for a post-snowshoe soak!
Directions to Agnes Vaille Falls
West Fork Ski Track
West Fork Ski Track is a great snowshoe trail if youre ever in the Pagosa Springs area. Originally created as a cross-country ski track, plenty of snow-shoers make use of this one too.
The trail is flat and steady before it starts crawling up the mountain, through aspens and pines, revealing views of snow-capped mountains and cliffs.
You might even see a frozen Treasure Falls in the near distance.