You'll find that many popular Western Colorado hiking trails are considerably more fun in the winter. One such trail would be the Old Kiln Trail.

Why is it more fun in the winter? The Old Kiln Trail is a very simple hike, void of almost any technical challenge. The motivation to hike this particular trail would be the landmark for which it received its namesake.

Hiking the Old Kiln Trail in summer is fun, but it's pretty much a single-track dirt trail which ultimately connects with the Ribbon Trail. Aside from visiting the actual kiln, the trail really doesn't offer much of a true hiking experience. You would have to drive past a dozen trails, any one of which is more exciting, to get to the Old Kiln Trail.

If you're looking for a short, fun, pet-friendly hike in winter, though, this is for you. Head up Little Park Road as if you're going to Glade Park. You'll find the trailhead on the right, just a few hundred feet West of the parking area for the Mica Mines.

Trail Heads
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In the event you are looking for a seldom used trail featuring above-average amounts of snow for the region, you should certainly check out the old kiln. The trail clings to the North slope of the mountain, so constant shade, and little use from hikers, means you'll enjoy plenty of deep, fresh snow.

Old Kiln Location
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To hike to the kiln and back would barely total a half mile. While that might not seem like much in the warmer months, a half mile hike when you're knee deep in snow is plenty.

The kiln itself, while always awesome, is particularly fascinating in the winter months. The snow compliments the structure, making it even more photogenic. Before winter ends, make a point to visit this landmark.

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