This hike has the perfect mix of a killer workout and incredible views. The trail starts at Second Creek Trailhead right off of Berthoud Pass, so right away you’re starting at nearly 10,500 ft.
The incline starts right away! You’ve got about 1,400 ft. in elevation gain in just over two and a half miles so it’s definitely not a beginner hike. About a mile in you pass Broome Hut which is very cool, you can actually reserve it and stay the night in their bunk rooms.
Once you get up above tree line the trail becomes a little harder to see, we followed the footprints in the snow, but you make your way across relatively flat terrain to the two view points, one of which gets you close to Winter Park’s Parsenn Bowl which is home to North America’s highest six-passenger chairlift. There’s a little bit of a scramble at the very top, but nothing too strenuous.
Can’t recommend this trail enough and I can’t wait to go back in the summer!