It's the perfect alternative to skiing!
One of the best things about living in Colorado is that the mountains are a great place to be regardless of the season – especially if you're an outdoorsy person. And in the winter, there's no better place in the country to snowshoe than right here. Let's face it, skiing isn't for everyone, and if you can hike, you can snowshoe.
Snowshoeing offers a great alternative for adventure-seekers looking to skip the slopes. The only question is, where should you go?
Well, you're in luck! Most of the trails you're used to hiking in the summer are also accessible in the winter. However, it should be noted that special precautions should be taken in the winter and you should definitely leave the 14ers until the summer – unless, of course, you're a professional mountaineer. But if you're relatively new to the sport or you're looking to explore new places, you might want to check these areas out:
We know, it's quite the drive from Denver, but if you're retired and you want some serious snowshoe action, why not head straight for the Switzerland of America? Located about nine miles north of Ouray, Ironton Park offers a two-mile loop around an old ghost town. Of course, there's much more to explore, just make sure you don't get lost.
Locate the Old Monarch Pass trailhead, and you're there. This three-mile trail is the perfect playground because it connects to all types of terrain so you can go as hard as you want or as easy as you want. Just respect your limits and the terrain.
If you've never done it before, it might be best to go on a guided tour. Not only will your guide know where they are going, but they can help answer any questions you may have about the sport, including avalanche safety, gear, and other tips, and can probably suggest where to embark on your next snowshoe adventure.
It's a 4.2-mile jaunt near the Springs that's mostly flat – at least, until the very end – but there's no shame in turning around. A favorite of many locals, this trail offers some of the most arresting landscapes.
If you live in Boulder, you may have overheard people talking about Brainard Lake. That's because it's only an hour away and offers a wealth of snowshoeing terrain. There's a little something for everyone here, just don't get lost.
As always, do your research, tell someone where you intend to go, and keep an eye on the weather! Otherwise, we'll see you out on the trail, Colorado!
What are your thoughts? Do you have anywhere, in particular, you like to snowshoe? If so, let us know in the comments below!