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Winter camp at Zimmerman Lake

Bellvue, Colorado

Details

Distance

2.7 miles

Elevation Gain

518 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Isabelle Kunz

A fun and relatively easy snowshoeing adventure into the wilderness that can include winter camping for those seeking an overnight experience! Amazing views throughout the trip.

This is a fairly popular snowshoeing and cross country skiing trail in the winter and offers a variety of additional trail options from the lake. Starting at the parking lot, the trailhead is easily accessed and begins the very gradual assent to Lake Zimmerman. Once at the lake, there are beautiful views of the Never Summer Mountains and views of the Rawah Mountains. Following wilderness rules, backcountry camping is allowed in this area. 

To get there: Drive 53 miles from Fort Collins up the Poudre Canyon on Colorado 14 and look for the parking lot on the left side of the highway. It is a couple of miles short of the top of the pass. There is a pit toilet. The trail is to the right. Once you reach the lake, you can circumnavigate it or go toward the Meadows Trailhead through Neota Wilderness.

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Features

Fitness
Snowboarding
Chillin
Camping
Photography
Skiing
Snowshoeing
Backpacking
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildlife

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