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Snowshoeing Trails of Estes Park

Want to truly get away from it all on your Rocky Mountain vacation? Snowshoeing amongst the snow-capped trees and glistening white trails offers the ultimate in winter escapes. Rated from beginner to expert, read about our favorite local snowshoeing trails that are sure to make your stay in the Rockies unforgettable.

Easy/Beginner

  • Bear Lake Loop

For the novice, Bear Lake Loop is the perfect beginner trail. Only a 0.7 mile loop and hardly any elevation gain this trail is perfect for those looking to test their snowshoeing skills.  With views of Bear Lake and Hallett Peak you don’t have to venture too far for picturesque mountain views. This is a highly popular trail throughout the year so be sure to arrive early to grab a parking spot.

  • Sprague Lake

A great beginner trail at 1 mile around the lake with the opportunity to add some additional miles with other various trailheads nearby. Take in panoramic views of the continental divide and breathtaking views of Hallett Peak, Taylor Peak and several more. Sprinkled with park benches around the lake you can also take a break and bask in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

Moderate/Intermediate

  • Emerald Lake Trail

Just off Bear Lake Trailhead is the trailhead for Emerald Lake. This trail is a 3.2 mile out and back that offers pristine views of other alpine lakes such as Nymph Lake and Dream Lakes. Don’t forget to look up and take notice of the rocky peaks of Flattop mountain and Glacier Gorge! 

  • Chasm Falls (via Fall River Road)

During the winter Fall River Road is closed to vehicles, making this a great beginner to intermediate snowshoe trail up to Chasm Falls. This 5 mile out and back trail offers mountain views, open meadows and the opportunity to spot moose and elk. As the falls turn from an ever-flowing stream to a solid glistening chunk of ice, this is truly a unique winter experience.

Difficult/Expert

  • Black Lake

A bit strenuous, this 10 mile out and back trail with 1,480 ft. in elevation gain offers trekkers some of the best views in RMNP. From waterfalls, alpine lakes and views of the Glacier Gorge this is a scenic hike that won’t disappoint.

  • Deer Mountain

As the snow falls in the winter it becomes slightly harder to navigate this 5.9 mile out and back trail that offers incredible panoramic views of RMNP. Topping out at only 10,000 ft., Deer Mountain is a great way to gain the alpine experience and views without having to reach extreme elevation.

As you plan for your Rocky Mountain snowshoe adventure be sure to come prepared with plenty of warm clothes, multiple waterproof layers and plenty of water. If you would rather venture out with a guide there are many guided snowshoeing options available through local outdoor outfitters.

Be sure to stay at Brynwood on the River for your next snowshoeing excursion!