Snowshoeing in the crisp mountain air along a trail of freshly fallen snow is part of the wonder of winter. There is nothing quite like the magic of disappearing into the woods when every limb and branch is lined with powder and experiencing the unmatched stillness of the forest. With hundreds of trails to choose from—and numerous local options for rentals—snowshoeing is an activity accessible to adventurers of all ages and abilities. Here’s what you need to know to get started.
WHERE TO GO
The Round Valley trail system sits on nearly 700 acres of open space, and is the top destination for winter biking, hiking, running, Nordic skiing, and snowshoeing. Both double and single track is accessible from trailheads at Quinn’s Junction, Highland Drive, and Old Ranch Road. Loop through sweeping meadows, canyons, sage, and aspens along an interconnected series of trails between the Trailside, Park Meadows, and Old Ranch Road neighborhoods.
The scenic Daly Canyon trailhead, located at the top of Daly Avenue from the top of Main Street in Old Town, offers a few options for out-and-back loops with some great mining history along the way. Old Judge Mine buildings are visible about a quarter mile up the road or continue straight up the canyon to the base of Deer Valley’s Lady Morgan Express Lift.
Swaner Nature Preserve
Experience this beautiful preserve through guided snowshoe tours on Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. or a self-guided tour any day of the week. The cost is $10 for nonmembers and free for members. Snowshoes are available for rent at the Swaner EcoCenter; open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Set manageable goals and research the trail ahead of time
• Dress in layers
• Wear waterproof winter boots or hiking shoes
• Don’t forget to apply sunscreen
• Make sure your phone is charged before you head out
• Bring water and snacks
• Keep altitude in mind if you are coming from a lower elevation; stop as many times as you need to catch your breath, stretch your legs, and hydrate
• Leave no trace: pack out all trash, including dog waste
• Practice proper trail etiquette: downhill hikers yield to uphill hikers
• If you are on a shared, multiuse trail, stay alert and be aware of your surroundings
WHERE TO GEAR UP
For equipment rentals or to hire a guide, local adventure experts have you covered
with high-quality snowshoes, waterproof booties, hiking poles, snacks, and more.
All Seasons Adventures
Jans Mountain Outfitters