August 10, 2019 ~ The trail to Ptarmigan Lake by Buena Vista is inside the San Isabel National Forest and is a beautiful trail. It is a moderate trail with the final pitch to Ptarmigan Lake being the only tough part of the trail. It is a popular trail, so it's best to start early. Having said that, I got a late start of just after 9am, though my biggest concern was not the crowds on the trail, but rather the weather. The forecast called for rain in the afternoon. Thankfully, the trail moves very fast. The trail has a rugged texture to it with cantaloupe-sized rocks sticking out on the trail. But they are easy to navigate and does not cause the trail to be difficult on the return.
April 14, 2019 ~ The trail to Lily Lake is an offshoot of the Colorado Trail / Continental Divide Trail along Tennessee Pass in the San Isabel National Forest. It is not a difficult trail in snowshoes with a total out-and-back elevation gain of a little over 900 feet. Though for the first half of the way in it felt more like going downhill - which meant uphill for the last half on the way out.
September 2, 2018 ~ The hike to Native Lake is one of the many Family Friendly trails just outside of Leadville, just past Turquoise Lake. That it is couched as a Family Friendly trail is kind of funny, documented maps show this trail as short, but very steep, nearly straight up. The trail has since been fixed to not be straight up, it has many switchbacks in it, but it is a steep trail nonetheless. This hike came in at 6.1 miles roundtrip for me.
September 1, 2018 ~ The hike to Brown's Pass and Hartenstein Lake in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, for me started in the San Isabel National Forest along Cottonwood Pass. It's a beautiful hike to Brown's Pass which is along The Continental Divide and overlooks the northern ridge of the Sawatch Range. This hike came in at 16.8 miles roundtrip, though I had to add 6 miles to the trek because Cottonwood Pass was closed to vehicles, so I had to park at the Avalanche trailhead and walk along the empty road to the Denny Creek trailhead.
September 16, 2017 ~ The trail to Willis Lake in the San Isabel National Forest, is a very lightly traveled trail. It's a very nice trail, steep in places, but very well taken care of. It was mid-September when I went, so Fall is in the air. The air is brisk, there is a constant, noticeable wind, the Aspens are changing and the brush is rusting giving the valley floor dramatic contrasting textures.