Winter is great time to explore the back-country. 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.

The Royal Gorge bridge crosses 955' above the Arkansas River

Fremont Peak (7,273′), Royal Gorge

Fremont Peak is the high point along a narrow ridge of hills rising near the eastern edge of the Royal ...
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View back into the valley

The Crags (10,856′), Front Range

The Crags Trail #664 follows Four Mile Creek through deep forests and lush meadows, ending at a rocky dome with ...
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Lake Helene

Lake Helene (10,630′), Front Range

There is no signage and you must follow a social trail to get to the lake, but despite it's obscurity, ...
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Mills Lake with Storm Peak (left) and Spearhead (right) rising above the blowing snow

Mills (9,965′) and Jewel (9,990′) Lake, Front Range

Located within Glacier Gorge, Mills and Jewel Lake provide dramatic views of the surrounding peaks. Mills Lake is named in ...
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Looking into Chaos Canyon

Lake Haiyaha (10,244′), Front Range

Located in lower Chaos Canyon, Lake Haiyaha is unlike other lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park because it is surrounded ...
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View southeast

St Vrain Mountain Trail (12,162′), Front Range

The St Vrain Mountain trail straddles the border between the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area (south) and Rocky Mountain National Park ...
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Flattop Mountain

Flattop Mountain (12,332′), Front Range

The hike to the summit of Flattop Mountain can be accessed from the very popular Bear Lake Trailhead in Rocky ...
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View La Plata Peak

La Plata Peak (14,336′), Sawatch Range

La Plata Peak is the fifth-highest summit of the Rocky Mountains and is considered one of the more challenging hikes ...
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Near Emerald Lake

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

Starting at the Bear Lake Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park, the trail passes Nymph and Dream Lakes on the ...
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Quandary Peak summit ahead

Quandary Peak (14,265′), Ten Mile Range

Quandary Peak is the highest peak in the Ten Mile Range. It is a popular destination, just 8 miles outside ...
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Estes Cone from the Longs Peak trailhead

Estes Cone (11,007′), Front Range

Estes Cone is located about 3 miles from the Longs Peak trailhead on the east side of Rocky Mountain National ...
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