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.

Summit view west of the Sangre de Cristo mountains in the distance

Fremont Peak (7,273′), Royal Gorge

Fremont Peak (7,273'), Royal GorgeFremont Peak is the high point along a narrow ridge of hills rising near the eastern ...
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Summit view

The Crags (10,856′), Front Range

The Crags (10,856'), Front RangeThe Crags Trail #664 follows Four Mile Creek through deep forests and lush meadows, ending at ...
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Lake Helene

Lake Helene (10,630′), Front Range

Lake Helene (10,630'), Front RangeThere is no signage and you must follow a social trail to get to the lake, ...
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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

Mills (9,965') and Jewel (9,990') Lake, Front RangeLocated within Glacier Gorge in Rocky Mountain National Park, Mills and Jewel Lake ...
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Looking into Chaos Canyon

Lake Haiyaha (10,244′), Front Range

Lake Haiyaha is located at timberline along Chaos Creek, in the Chaos Canyon drainage, inside Rocky Mountain National Park. Bouldering ...
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View southeast

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

The St Vrain Mountain trail is located just outside the border of the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area to the south, ...
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Flattop Mountain

Flattop Mountain (12,332′), Front Range

Flattop Mountain is located just east of the Continental Divide in Rocky Mountain National Park. The trail was built in ...
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View La Plata Peak

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

La Plata Peak, in the middle of the Sawatch Range, is known for it's distinctive Ellingwood Ridge, popular among climbers ...
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Near Emerald Lake

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 ...
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Quandary Peak summit ahead

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

Quandary Peak is the only 14,000' peak in the Ten Mile Range. The summit provides great views of other nearby ...
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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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