Winter is great time to explore the back-country. You can sense the calm and quiet , while snoweshoing through a winter wonderland. Many trails can be easier in winter, with snow filling in rough trails and terrain.

One of the most useful items to have for winter, in addition to snowshoes, is a pair of microspikes. Most popular winter trailheads have snow-packed trails that are more suitable for microspikes soon after a snowfall. Walking in microspikes takes much less effort than snowshoes, and allows you to travel faster when the snow is solid.

Trail Reports

Nymph (9,705′), Dream (9,905′), and Emerald Lake (10,110′), Front Range

Nymph (9,705′), Dream (9,905′), and Emerald Lake (10,110′), Front Range

Nymph, Dream, and Emerald Lake are located inside Rocky Mountain National Park, west of Estes Park. From the popular Bear Lake Trailhead, the trail passes Nymph and Dream Lake on the way to Emerald Lake. There are prominent views along the way of Longs Peak, Glacier...

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