The Bird's Nest Trail is amongst Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort's westernmost trails, and it is a quick out-and-back from the Devil's Outlook Hut to a vista point perched above the center of Cascade Lakes.
Rated as an intermediate-level trail, a short downhill slope heads from the hut to a straightaway with views of the nearby Devil's Peak (7,704 feet) towering above the surrounding trees.
At 0.7 miles in total distance, the trail reaches a viewpoint with near panoramic views of neighboring peaks and across the snow-covered lakes. From the viewpoint, return the way you came to the Devil's Outlook Hut and the Kidd Lake / Wiesel Trails that lead back toward the central area of the resort.
A complete map of the resort can be seen here.
Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.