On the easy side of moderate, with only 600 ft elevation gain over 3.2 miles, this trail is accessible to most visitors of Rocky Mountain National Park. While the views on this trail are breathtaking at any time of the year, there is something special about experiencing the stark wintry conditions as you pass through several iconic landscapes.
Our Colorado Mountain Club Snowshoeing Routes of Colorado’s Front Range book recommended Coney Flats Trail for snowshoeing, so we decided to give it a go. This was the first trail we went on with my new Sony telephoto lens, and I was excited to test it out.
The Brainard Lake Snowshoe Trail is an excellent place to visit for beginner snowshoers. The terrain is not difficult, the length of the trail enough for good exercise without getting exhausted, and the alpine scenery is beautiful.