This trail can get SUPER crowded on a nice day. It's much more fun on a cruddy or rainy day/ Less people. Even more fun with snow. From the top there are several connecting trails that can take you all the way to Larch Mountain, and back into Devils rest and the old Logging town of Palmer. I have never needed snowshoes, but I have seen people use them higher up near Devils rest. This one gets alot of use from me.