Mountain To Town Hike: Indian Peaks Wilderness

POSTED BY KELSEY SANDERS | NOVEMBER, 16 2018

  • Where: Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado
  • Distance: 2.5 miles round trip, but you can make it longer by going on adjoining trails
  • Elevation gain: About 400 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Cell service: Spotty
  • Dogs: On a leash
  • Other: Less crowded in the winter, the road will be closed if there is too much snow, likely mid-winter which would make the hike closer to 6-8 miles

Rainbow Lake is a small lake located near Nederland, Colorado in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The Indian Peaks Wilderness includes beautiful landscape of jagged peaks, all relatively close to Denver and Boulder. The original hiking plan involved going up near Arapahoe Glacier, however, due to getting a 1/2ft of snow overnight, plans had to change.

The hike to Rainbow Lake is a nice, leisurely stroll through evergreen forests and some aspen trees, with glimpses of the beautiful and vast surrounding peaks. The lake itself was partially frozen and covered in snow, however the mood of the entire hike felt like we were in a snow globe.

Of course our pups joined us on this hike, as we try to never leave the dogs behind! There are a lot of dog friendly breweries throughout Boulder and we chose to go to Sanitas Brewing Company for their large outdoor patio. There is always a good selection of seasonal beers, and plenty of space to roam both indoors and outdoors. Their slogan is to encourage fans to ‘earn their beers through life’s adventures’, which seemed more than appropriate.

On this hike, we got the privilege to test out Lems' newly released Mountain to Town "Trailhead" shoe. We literally pulled these shoes out of the boxes and put them on, in the snow, right before the hike. Now this may not seem like a big deal, but to me it was a brave move considering I have a lot of difficulty finding shoes that don’t give me heel blisters. Snowy conditions definitely put these shoes to the ultimate test. One thing I have learned, both as a hiker and as a physical therapist, is when choosing the right type of shoe, it is important to consider the benefit of a wide toe box. Your feet will typically swell when you are working out (running, hiking etc), therefore giving your toes room helps with circulation and makes a big difference in comfort.

The minimal heel drop component of this shoe will likely lead to decreased fatigue, potentially reducing the risk for injury while allowing for a more natural gait pattern while hiking (especially going uphill). I have a low arch and my friend has a higher arch, and the Trailhead was comfortable for us both without any residual arch pains or sore spots! An added bonus to this test: although these shoes are not described as waterproof, the quality of the materials and design allowed us to hike this entire trail without cold or soaked feet. Overall, I was more than pleased with the quality, fit and versatility of these shoes. Did I mention I love the style? Mountain Chic if you ask me. Enjoy!

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Kelsey Sanders

Kelsey is a Physical Therapist based out of Colorado. She is a self-described weakend warrior who loves to experience the wilderness with her four-legged adventure companion, Oliver. The duo are always up for an adventure, and love sharing their expierinces with their followers.

Mountain To Town Hike: Indian Peaks Wilderness

BY KELSEY SANDERS | NOVEMBER, 18 2018

  • Where: Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado
  • Distance: 2.5 miles round trip, but you can make it longer by going on adjoining trails
  • Elevation gain: About 400 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Cell service: Spotty
  • Dogs: On a leash
  • Other: Less crowded in the winter, the road will be closed if there is too much snow, likely mid-winter which would make the hike closer to 6-8 miles

Rainbow Lake is a small lake located near Nederland, Colorado in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The Indian Peaks Wilderness includes beautiful landscape of jagged peaks, all relatively close to Denver and Boulder. The original hiking plan involved going up near Arapahoe Glacier, however, due to getting a 1/2ft of snow overnight, plans had to change.

The hike to Rainbow Lake is a nice, leisurely stroll through evergreen forests and some aspen trees, with glimpses of the beautiful and vast surrounding peaks. The lake itself was partially frozen and covered in snow, however the mood of the entire hike felt like we were in a snow globe.

Of course our pups joined us on this hike, as we try to never leave the dogs behind! There are a lot of dog friendly breweries throughout Boulder and we chose to go to Sanitas Brewing Company for their large outdoor patio. There is always a good selection of seasonal beers, and plenty of space to roam both indoors and outdoors. Their slogan is to encourage fans to ‘earn their beers through life’s adventures’, which seemed more than appropriate.

On this hike, we got the privilege to test out Lems' newly released Mountain to Town "Trailhead" shoe. We literally pulled these shoes out of the boxes and put them on, in the snow, right before the hike. Now this may not seem like a big deal, but to me it was a brave move considering I have a lot of difficulty finding shoes that don’t give me heel blisters. Snowy conditions definitely put these shoes to the ultimate test. One thing I have learned, both as a hiker and as a physical therapist, is when choosing the right type of shoe, it is important to consider the benefit of a wide toe box. Your feet will typically swell when you are working out (running, hiking etc), therefore giving your toes room helps with circulation and makes a big difference in comfort.

The minimal heel drop component of this shoe will likely lead to decreased fatigue, potentially reducing the risk for injury while allowing for a more natural gait pattern while hiking (especially going uphill). I have a low arch and my friend has a higher arch, and the Trailhead was comfortable for us both without any residual arch pains or sore spots! An added bonus to this test: although these shoes are not described as waterproof, the quality of the materials and design allowed us to hike this entire trail without cold or soaked feet. Overall, I was more than pleased with the quality, fit and versatility of these shoes. Did I mention I love the style? Mountain Chic if you ask me. Enjoy!

Want To Snag A Pair?

Kelsey Sanders

Kelsey is a Physical Therapist based out of Colorado. She is a self-described weakend warrior who loves to experience the wilderness with her four-legged adventure companion, Oliver. The duo are always up for an adventure, and love sharing their expierinces with their followers.

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