Bakerville Loveland Trail is a year-round playground for easy hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. A paved trail leaves access to bikes, wheelchairs, and strollers when the snow melts away for summer adventures. Situated close to the Continental Divide, it is a woodland wonderland.
The trail destination is Loveland Ski Resort and in winter an excellent location to grab lunch & hot chocolate!
It’s late April, and snowmelt is going strong in the higher elevations.
Admiring the stunning views of the Continental Divide kept me stumbling as I was not paying attention to my feet. The snow is getting deeper and, at this time of year, very mushy — like walking in deep sand.
Even with our microspikes, the trek is challenging to keep from stepping off the slightly packed down snow and post-holing.
Post-holing, in hiking terms, is when your legs are sinking deep into the snow — commonly up past your knees and making walking even a short distance an exhausting time.
It’s beautiful, and we kept trudging on, watching every step and trying to keep on the easiest part of the trail. Don’t let this intimidate you; previous winter months would be snow-packed, easy hiking, and excellent cross-country skiing.
One exciting feature when hiking in snow is seeing animal tracks you would not usually see in summer. And we encountered many of them – mostly Moose tracks which appeared enormous in the snow leaving deep imprints. Thrilling, yet keep us on watch!
After about 3 miles into the trail, we returned, tired from battling the trail conditions. However, it could change for the better if it snows again in late April.
We chose the wrong time to hike Bakerville Loveland Trail, but I wanted to share it because it has something for everyone in other seasons, including being wheelchair and stroller friendly.
Perfect for visitors, kids, for a stroll, biking, or walking your dog in summer. Extremely popular for XC skiing in winter and landing at Loveland Ski Resort Lodge for a break.
The only con was the traffic noise from Hwy I-70. I did forget about it, but it is constant.
9.8 miles out and back
Rated: Easy/slightly moderate
Elevation gain: 1,128′
Nearest town: Georgetown
Paved path – not maintained in winter
Wheelchair & Stroller friendly
Open to hiking, bikes, snowshoeing, XC skiing,
Leashed dogs ok
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