Limber Grove Trail is a little known hidden gem and just off the beaten path its a bit of a secret!
We had an adventurous snowshoe hike leading us to a forest of ancient trees above tree line.
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We’ve hiked this trail several times in summer and decided to check it out in winter. What a treat! Bright blue skies, no wind, and Ummm no snow?
Starting at 10,565 ft. in elevation it was startling not to find snow at the trailhead.
Do we or do we not bring snowshoes?
After crossing a log bridge over the frozen creek and heading uphill, yes, we needed snowshoes. Deep snow filled the trail and it looked as if no one had been here for a while.
For about a ½ mile we blazed a trail through deep pockets of snow all the while watching for the blue diamond trail markers on the trees to keep us on the trail.
It wasn’t long though when suddenly the trail became less snow and more rocks. Sun filtered between the trees and views of the higher peaks began showing.
In and out of pockets of snow and rocks and a few switchbacks then back into deep snow and not really knowing where to go … we’d lost the trail hidden in the snow and the blue diamond trail markers on the pines.
(if that happens to you head up towards the ridge where the end of the trees are).
We found the trail again on top where the trees end at the edge of Sheep Mountain and the amazing views began.
It was obvious that winds previously blowing at this altitude and above treeline had blown all the snow away.
Across the rocks, we could see the bristlecone and limber pine forest and now we were excited! First, because we actually found it and second because it was warm, sunny and it’s January!
It’s like a magical forest in the middle of nowhere on top of nowhere!
Trails we loved and think you will too!
Bakers Tank Trail: Winter Wonderland in the Rockies
McCullough Gulch Trail: in Summer!
Inter-Laken Trail: Simply beautiful!
Trees over a 1000 years old, gnarled trunks and twisted branches from years of harsh winters are truly spectacular.
Wandering among the trees on a rocky exposed outcropping left us feeling small and alone up here. Might be because we haven’t seen another hiker.
Hiking in Colorado’s mountains is not something to take lightly. Our weather can change dramatically in minutes. Hiking with appropriate gear is highly recommended. Check out “What’s in Your Day Pack” for items to consider.
Taking in the views of Mt.Sherman (14er) in one direction …
And spotted views of Pikes Peak looking east across South Park in the other direction…
Hiking back down was easy as we followed our own snowshoe tracks back to the car. We saw only one other hiker making it seem very remote.
Remarkable hike for beginners!
It’s recommended to go in summer and fall, although this was a sensational hike in winter (of course we had a beautiful day) so choose your day carefully!
NOTE: The road to the trailhead is not maintained in winter all the way to the trailhead. We made it to the trailhead but you may have to snowshoe in.
LOCATED: Travel 1.4 miles south of Fairplay on US Highway 285. Turn right on County Road 18 (Fourmile Rd) and proceed a little more than nine miles to a point approximately 200 feet beyond the access road to Fourmile Campground. Park on the south side of the road.
3 miles out and back
Start Elevation: 10,565 ft. end 10,921 ft.
No restrooms at trailhead
Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative: has a brochure you can print
Closest Town: Fairplay, CO
South Park Ranger District: for more information
Not recommended for horses
Dog and family friendly
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