Winter weather in Colorado varies from extreme cold and snow to warm and sunny. Last weekend was a very mild winter day in Colorado and we headed to Loveland to hike Devils Backbone. Unfortunately, when we got there we found that the trail was solid ice and much too slippery for us to maneuver. Plan B was to go to Carter Lake and do the hike through the woods on the west side, the Sundance Trail.
Surprisingly, there was very little ice here and hiking on a beautiful winter day was a joy. I’d been to Carter Lake before in the summer but had never been here in the winter and had never hiked Sundance Trail. It was a nice hike with views of the lake and the cliffs on the other side. We saw just one person fishing and a small group of deer. There was part of the trail that had been washed away apparently in a mud slide, I’m guessing it was during the September floods we had here. At one part of the trail there were several deer that crossed.
Overall it was a very easy trail and it always feels invigorating to be hiking in the winter. We get caught up in everyday life sometimes and don’t find time to get out and enjoy nature so I’m trying to take more advantage of the great hikes we have Boulder and Larimer counties Colorado and find some at lower elevation that are not as icey in the winter. Let me know if you have a favorite Colorado hike for the winter.