Once you try hiking in winter in our mountains, you will be hooked! The sparkles across meadows of snow, the quiet, the snow-laden tree forests, and our famous bluebird skies will keep you wanting more. It’s magical, cold and exhilarating! Ten of our favorite winter hikes that left us wanting more …

Check the forecast for the area you plan to hike. If it looks bad, don’t go! However, if it looks nice, ALWAYS check for avalanche warnings. They can happen in nice weather, too. 

In Colorado:  Colorado Avalanche Information Center

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Bakers Tank Trail is popular for year-round outdoor enthusiasts just 3.5 miles up Boreas Pass from Breckenridge, CO. The trailhead is located at where Boreas Pass is closed for winter. Hike up through a magnificent forest to historic Bakers Tank and return via Boreas Pass with unsurpassed views of snowcapped peaks.

Rated: easy to moderate

Approx: 5.5 miles out and back

Start Elevation: 10,385 ft

The trail is well-marked

White River National Forest

Nearest Town: Breckenridge

Information: Dillon Ranger District

The trailhead is located where Boreas Pass is closed for winter, 3.5 miles up Boreas Pass from Breckenridge, CO.

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Mayflower Gulch is just the best backcountry getaway in every season. In winter, it is magical. We do it every winter. Easy to get to and doable for just about anyone. Do this trail once, and you’ll be back!

Hike: to Boston Mine Camp, 1.8 miles, starts at 10,994 ft., ends at 11,980 ft.

Hike: to Gold Hill and across the top: approx: 4 miles out and back

Rated: easy to moderate

Open: hiking, snowshoeing, nordic skiing, dogs, mountain bikes

Note: Some avalanche-prone areas on the upper end of the trail

Located on Freemont Pass, 6 miles from Copper Mountian

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Spruce Creek Trail loop is beautiful in winter. Starting off meandering through a forest of pines loaded with snow and the added option of hiking to Mohawk Lakes above treeline, it’s genuinely Colorado at its best. Located in stunning Blue River, CO, near Breckenridge, CO, you can’t go wrong.

4.3-mile loop

Rated: Moderate

Open to leashed dogs

No restrooms

White River National Forest

Nearest town: Breckenridge, CO

Dillon Ranger District 

Being prepared makes all the difference for a safe and happy winter hike > What to expect when hiking in winter and winter gear. 

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Sallie Barber Trail is the perfect getaway for an early afternoon winter hike with a fantastic destination, the historic Sallie Barber Mine. One of the prettiest trails we’ve hiked in snow. 

2.8 miles out & back

Rated: Easy

Minimal elevation gain

Popular for XC Skiing, Snowshoeing, Hiking

Limited parking

No Restrooms

Dog friendly


PATAGONIA has a Nano Puff Vest and a Nano Puff Jacket I have owned for years and carry with me year-round in Colorado’s High Country. Warm, lightweight, packable, and comfortable. The vest is my most prized possession. I have all the colors. You will have your vest and jacket for years of hiking. They can be found at > Patagonia, REI & Backcountry.

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Davos Trail is stunning in winter! Deep snowbanks sparkle in the bright sun as bare Aspen trees mixed with pines line the trail. The higher you hike, the more winter wonderland awaits, with views that will take your breath away.

5.7 miles out & back

Rated: Moderate

833 elevation gain

No restroom

Dogs okay on leash

Located: Vail, CO

For beginner or avid hikers, this is a trail for the winter months.

I have found that winter hiking is easier than most think. Not always will you need snowshoes. Often, the trail’s snow is already packed down from previous hikers and snowshoers, and microspikes are all you need to enjoy a winter wonderland in the mountains.

YakTrak Diamond Grip Traction – for hiking on snow and ice. 

Kahtoola MICROspikes for winter trail hiking and ice.

Outdoor Research Winter Gaiters – Keeps snow out of your boots and keeps you warmer.

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Snowshoeing Butcher Gulch was blissful, frosty, and glorious. A beautiful blanket of deep snow covered everything. The deeper into the forest you go, the more you know winter hiking is for you!

5.5 miles out & back

Rated: moderate/strenuous

Arapaho National Forest

Nearest Town: Empire, CO

Dogs okay on leash

No restrooms

Elevation Start 10,500′ – end 12,000’+

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Ouzel Falls, Calypso Cascades & Copeland Falls in one hike! It is located in the Wild Basin region, the southeast corner of Rocky Mountain National Park, which sometimes gets missed.

5.9 miles out & back to Ouzel Falls

1,062′ elevation gain

Rated: Moderate

3.6 miles out & back to Calypso Cascades

Rated: Easy


Wild Basin Trailhead

Rocky Mountain National Park

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You will be surprised when hiking Caribou Ranch Open Space and how much history is located within its boundaries. A loop trail takes you past the historic DeLonde Homestead and the famous Blue Bird Mine from the late 1880s. History buffs will love this, and if you want a day out to hike through snow-covered meadows and trees and take in the views, this is it.

Caribou Ranch Open Space– about 4 miles of trails.

Rated: easy

Nearest town: Nederland, CO

Day use only

No pets, bikes, camping, open fires

Restroom, picnic tables at trailhead

Closed: the months of April, May, June

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Inter-Laken Trail is a beautiful winter trek alongside glacier-carved alpine Twin Lakes that takes your breath away. The added destination to the historic late 1800s Inter-Laken Resort makes for an adventurous day. Perfect for families and avid hikers alike. This trail is gorgeous and fun!

Rated: Easy

4.7 miles out and back

Start Elevation: 9,272 ft. Minimal gain

Open year-round

Nearest Towns: Twin Lakes, Leadville, Buena Vista

HotHands Hand Warmers – I can’t winter hike without them!

NUUN Electrolyte Tablets – Keep hydrated even in winter!

SKRATCH LABS Energy Bars – Easy way to keep up your energy while hiking at higher altitudes. 

Swany X-Cell Winter Gloves – These are toasty warm. I’ve had mine for 14 years. 

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Browns Creek Falls is finding a mind-blowing frozen waterfall deep in the canyons. The trek is full of views, snow-laden forests, sparkling snow field meadows, and snow-covered bridges — a sensational winter hike with unsurpassed beauty.

Rated: moderate

6.2 miles out and back

Start at 8,990′ elevation and ends at 9,830′

Nearest Towns: Buena Vista / Salida

San Isabel National Forest

Salida Ranger District

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