This weekend I was up at Cameron Pass staying in a yurt. More on that later, I need to dedicate some special thinking time to yurts before doing a post on them. But what I will say is, just look at this picture; Don’t you want to wake up to this every morning?
I didn’t have a lot of time Saturday morning before I had to get back to Fort Collins, so a short hike up to a lake sounded kinda perfect.
But for starters, if you don’t already know what a total cluster fuck of people Cameron Pass is in the winter, be warned. What this means is that pretty much all the trails are going to be packed down, making skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing pointless. Unless you hit some perfect weather and get some fresh snow, like today. On Saturday, it was so packed down and crowded that we just hiked and left the snowshoes at the car.
Zimmerman Lake is roughly a mile long and ends at, you guessed it, Zimmerman Lake. Considering that this is what a lot of other Cameron Pass hikes look like:
And also this:
And that Zimm Lake looks like this:
It’s really nothing to get too terribly excited about.
I bet it is pretty in the summer, if it has the clear as glass water that the other lakes in the area have, I bet this is a nice spot even though it’s not even close to the nicest view. So here are some reasons to do the Zimmerman Lake hike:
1. You have kids you want to teach how to ski or snowshoe. Or just because you have kids. I know they cry every 5 minutes. I’ve seen you out on the trails trying to reclaim a small bit of your former responsibility-less life of outdoor adventure by dragging them around with you. At least it probably is character building.
2. Your family is in town and you need to put a cap on “quality time” so no one gets murdered in a yurt (thereby ruining yurts for the rest of us)
3. Your fat mid-western family is in town and they can’t even breathe in Fort Collins, but want to see the mountains
4. You want to get in one more thing before you reluctantly heads back to town
5. You are like baby Bambi on skis and want to learn, but also need a short objective so you don’t lose motivation and break a ski pole over one of the parents from reason #1.