Loveland - Depart K-Mart parking lot 8:00 a.m
Fort Collins - Depart JJ's Corner Market 8:20 a.m.
Hwy 14 - Depart Teds Place 8:45 a.m.
(Don't forget to contribute gas money for carpool)
Elevation : Beginning Elevation: 10,030' - Peak Elevation: 10,480' (http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5445782.pdf)
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Area/Length : 1 mile one way (2 miles total) (mileage does not include navigating our way around the lake) (http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5445782.pdf)
Weather: Saturday...Partly cloudy - Highs 41 to 51.
***SNOWSHOES OR XC SKIS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS ADVENTURE (Can be rented at REI or JAX)***
Before the fun in the snow season winds down, lets get out and enjoy some beautiful scenery at Lake Zimmerman. This trail is not difficult and is perfect for all levels of showshoers and skiers. (http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5445782.pdf)
About the trail: This trail follows the route of an old road that was built to Zimmerman Lake in 1957 for logging purposes. It is in multi-use National Forest. From Zimmerman Lake you can enter the Neota Wilderness. If you choose to enter the Wilderness, it will be cross-country, because there are no designated trails within this Wilderness. The hike to Zimmerman Lake is a popular trail year around and has sustained some resource damage, especially from inexperienced snow campers building bonfires and stripping dead and live branches from standing trees. The DOW has successfully reintroduced native greenback cutthroat into Zimmerman Lake.
Directions: Travel 11 miles northwest of Fort Collins on U.S. Highway 287 to Colorado Highway 14. Turn left on CO 14 and travel 58 miles west to the Zimmerman Lake trailhead parking lot on the left, which is shared with visitors to the Montgomery Pass trail (#986) beginning across the road to the north.