Winter Hiking in RMNP: Snowshoes and Ice Patterns

Snowshoe Bear Lake

January is a great time to go snowshoeing.  Almost all of the best winter views in the Park are found on the hiking trails, however this time of year you'll usually need snowshoes.  While most people head out to view frozen lakes and take in the grand vistas, in the winter I like to spend much of my time at those lakes looking down.  On a handful of high mountain lakes that are ususally windy, you can find windblown ice that is just mesmerizing.  Of course, it's very important to be safe if you are heading out onto ice (and best not to do if you are hiking alone).  I usually take off my snowshoes so that I don't scratch up the clear ice.  Just look what you can discover by venturing out and looking closely! 

Dream Lake Ice

By guest blogger Jared Gricoskie of Yellow Wood Guiding