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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

Winter Walk at Sprague Lake

Sprague Lake is the perfect place to go for a quick winter hike - easy to drive to, easy parking, spectacular views, and a flat trail.  Great for your first snowshoeing adventure.  Nature made beautiful patterns in the ice and snow, and the late afternoon sun shining through the forest cast low shadows on the Winter Solstice.

Sprague Lake Winter View

Ice Patterns on Sprague Lake

Winter Solstice Forest