The Aspenglen Deer Mountain Loop started out on our hike list, but the the road to the campground is always closed in the winter.
As such, it got greyed out last winter, and hasn’t been on the list until we started looking for a nice easy trail to let Shelby and Tom get used to snowshoeing.
Lots of naysayers who hit the trail in the summer and complain about the horse poop smell, the stables are just across the street so this area sees a lot of horse traffic in the summer.
Not so in the winter – we parked at a turnout just past the Fall River entrance and trekked in, and not only did we not have any horses, we had no other humans for the entire loop – nice!
With hardpack snow at the entrance, Tom was questioning whether snowshoes were even needed, but this thought quickly changed as the snow consistency changed and the hardpack turned to a thin crust over nice powder.
Another beautiful sunny Colorado day, blue sky, white snow, and complete solitude. Sure is nice living right outside a National Park!

The First Incline

Aspenglen Deer Mountain Loop - The First Incline
Heading up the Aspen Glen loop trail.


Postcard

Aspenglen Deer Mountain Loop - Postcard
This looks like a Colorado tourism postcard shot!


Breaktime

Breaktime
Taking a break and having some laughs.


Stark White

Stark White
I love these white aspens with the white snow.


Deer Mountain Valley

Deer Mountain Valley
A lot less snow on the exposed southern slopes.


Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound
The last legs on the kid’s successful first snowshoe trip!