Can you classify it as a winter hike when the daytime high was 60 degrees? The day did begin with cold and wind. Waterton Canyon is such a lovely walk-hike, and it is the end, or the beginning, of the 486 mile long Colorado Trail that runs to Durango. We only did the 13 mile round trip piece, up to the Strontia Springs Dam and back. The dirt road runs along the South Platte River, and the only vehicles allowed on it are the official Denver Water ones. We did see lots of cyclists and a few runners, and a boat load of bighorn sheep which happen to be our state animal.
There is not a lot of elevation gain and we could easily walk and talk and enjoy the blue sky, several ducks, some fishermen, and ten or twelve mule deer. Spending time with my oldest child, Lynne, walking, talking, and looking filled me with joy and blessing. And after? Ice-cream of course!