We attempt to snowshoe the official-looking "Donner Pass Trail", only to find a newly installed gate and NO TRESPASSING signs blocking the way.
Checking the map at the trailhead on our way, it’s pretty clear that the trail is supposed to continue past the gate. I’ve been discouraged by private property every time I try to hike in this area. Fort Collins’ biggest drawback is that nearly all of those enticing foothills you see from town are impossible to reach without trespassing.
Regardless, it’s a crisp, clear new year’s day, and we have a very nice hike.