The Lower Loop while bustling with activity in the summer becomes a great mellow cross country getaway in the winter. Enjoy the beautiful slate river valley, hidden from winter’s winds and winding back and forth, in and out of evergreen forest. And of course be sure to stop at the Magic Meadows Hut!
|Highlights:||aspen forest, mountain views, close to town|
|Activities:||nordic ski with trail pass|
|Length:||2.25 miles (4.6k)|
|Approx. Time:||25 minutes|
|Elevation Gain:||0 ft|
|Trailhead Elevation:||8,900 feet|
|Travel Time to TH:||5 minute from town|
|Snow Machine Traffic:||none|
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Via Car: From Elk Ave head west towards the end of Elk. Take a right on 1st street and follow all the way down to the end then take a left on Butte Ave/Peanut Lake Road. Follow the road for a 1/2 mile around the corner past one parking area to the second parking area on the right. Map.
From the parking lot head out onto the nordic trail. Take the trail on your left and follow it as it wraps around peanut lake. Stay left at the first junction, Right at the second junction then straight at the third junction and you will find yourself at Magic Meadows Hut. The Backcountry Bistro also serves organic and gluten-free pastries, treats, teas, fruit and soup, as well as local coffee, delicious pie, hot chai and refreshing libations every Sunday from 10–2pm. There is an endless amount of nordic track surrounding Magic Meadows one can explore.
There are No Dogs Allowed on the magic meadows trail. Check out Pooch's Paradise for a dog friendly trail.