Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails Guide Book

by Dave Muller (Colorado Mountain Club Press)
Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails

216pp/maps/photos
ISBN: 0976052512

Ski or showshoe on trails where there are no snowmobiles. If you have ever had the sound and exhaust of a snowmobile interrupt your cross-country skiing or showshoeing, this is the guidebook for you. Veteran author Dave Muller has described in detail 99 Colorado trails where snowmobiles are forbidden by state or federal regulation or where the terrain makes snowmobiling simply not worth the effort. These are easy and more difficult routes to be enjoyed and savored in silence by the cross-country skier and showshoer alike. On these trails, the only sounds you will hear will come from your equipment moving through the snow, the pound of your heartbeat, and the rasp of your breath at altitude. No snowmobiles, just quiet winter trails.

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Trails from the "Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails" Guide Book
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... Preview: The wonderful web of trails near Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park offers many possibilities for both winter and summer trekking. In summer, Alberta Falls features the roaring waters of Glacie ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails"
Beaver Point, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: 1.8 miles (About Top Trails)
... Preview: A new forest trail has been created for nordic skiers and snowshoers east of the Boreas Pass Road to the Baker’s Tank. The traditional route has been on the gradual, wide road, which was formerly a ra ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails"
Breckenridge, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: 6.6 miles
... Preview: Cross-country skiing can be daunting in Rocky Mountain National Park. Narrow, winding trails, limited snowfall, and the lack of old mining roads call for snowshoes as the preferable winter transport m ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails"
Beaver Point, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: 4.2 miles
... Preview: At the southern end of Summit County near Hoosier Pass is a fine network of cross-country ski and snowshoe routes known as the Bemrose Creek Ski Circus. This route begins near Bemrose Creek and ascend ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails"
Blue River, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: 9 miles
... Preview: This lake in Rocky Mountain National Park commemorates the work of German artist Albert Bierstadt, whose paintings include many scenes of the American West. This short trail switchbacks up to scenic B ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails"
Beaver Point, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: 2.4 miles
... Preview: The Big South Trail continues over 10 miles along the banks of the Cache Le Poudre River and ends in Rocky Mountain National Park at Poudre Lake near Milner Pass. This described trek extends only 2.5 ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails"
Spencer Heights, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: 5 miles
... Preview: The Bonfils Stanton Outdoor Center offers two connecting trails that comprise a complete loop. The Challenger Trail joins the Discovery Trail and brings you back to the trailhead after an easy circuit ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails"
Winter Park, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: 1.5 miles
... Preview: The winter recreational opportunities of wonderful Rabbit Ears Pass have been increased by the addition of Bruce’s Trail. The trail is intended only for cross-country skiers and snowshoers in the wint ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails"
Steamboat Springs, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: 3.3 miles
... Preview: Mixing with downhill skiers, sheltering from the wind, and avoiding snowmobiles are features of the Burro Trail in Breckenridge. The route ascends through the forest before leveling off for the last 1 ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails"
Breckenridge, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: 6.2 miles
... Preview: The vistas are few on this outing because you are mostly in thick, evergreen forest. Byers Peak comes into view at times in the final third of the trek. Byers Peak is the dominant and striking mountai ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails"
Fraser, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: 9.6 miles
... Preview: The Wild Basin Area in the southeast quadrant of Rocky Mountain National Park is a hub for summer hiking. In the winter, the crowds are smaller, but the area is no less beautiful. Trekking to the Caly ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails"
Meeker Park, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: 5.6 miles
... Preview: The Cameron Connection is a well-marked winter trail which culminates on Cameron Pass. The pass is named after General Robert A. Cameron, whose many exploits included the founding of Fort Collins. The ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails"
Gould, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: 4.6 miles
... Preview: Chief Mountain is a good destination throughout the year. Its proximity to Denver and Evergreen make this trek a delightful half-day outing. Snowshoes are recommended, but an experienced cross-country ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails"
Blue Valley, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: 3 miles
... Preview: When the snow is ample and the winds are calm, the lovely Brainard Lake area offers many well-marked trails for the nordic skier and snowshoer. This loop takes you through the forest in a clockwise di ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails"
Ward, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: 5.2 miles
... Preview: Another good winter destination for the nordic skier and snowshoer in the Brainard Lake area is the CMC Brainard Cabin, built in 1928. The cabin serves as a weekend warming hut and can be rented for o ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails"
Ward, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: 5.8 miles
... Preview: The Brainard Lake area near the Indian Peaks Wilderness offers many connecting trails for ski touring and snowshoeing. One of these is the Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) South Trail, which parallels the ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails"
Ward, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: 5.6 miles
... Preview: Winter use of the Corral Creek Basin, east of Vail Pass, involves a fee and a designated parking area. These requirements are part of the Vail Pass Recreation Area program to improve and control outdo ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails"
Copper Mountain, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: 5.6 miles
... Preview: The wide, gradually ascending Deadhorse Creek Road, west of Fraser, in the Fraser Experimental Forest, is ideal for the cross-country skier and snowshoer. However, the good downhill runs on the return ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails"
Fraser, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: 8.4 miles
... Preview: The Deadhorse Creek Loop is one of several good cross-country skiing and snowshoe routes southwest of Fraser. Unless you prefer steep downhill descents on a narrower trail, try this loop in a counterc ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails"
Fraser, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: 6 miles
... Preview: Winter touring in the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park can be very gratifying. There are fewer people on the trail, snowmobiles and pets are not allowed in the park, and the snow is usuall ... From the guidebook "Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails"
Grand Lake, CO - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: 4 miles