I looked for somewhere to snowshoe along the route and found the Second Creek Trail near the top of Berthoud Pass. At a little under 2.5 miles roundtrip with just 800 feet of elevation gain, I figured this would be a solid stretch of the legs.
Flower Mound, where I'd lived for roughly a year, is about 600 feet above sea level. The elevation at the Second Creek trailhead is 10,600 feet. I didn't really get tired on the hike, and my muscles didn't get sore. But I had a really hard time catching my breath!
Snow began to fall as I approached the turnaround point, with the sun shining dimly through the clouds. I'll bet this place is gorgeous when the wildflowers bloom.
Winter Park Ski Resort. This was not such a day.
Even with my breathing challenges, I managed to get up and down in less than two hours. Not bad for this flatlander!