Not only will you miss the snow in the early season, but you'll be treated to a lot of great color in the Fall. Because, yep, along that trail is a LOT of aspen trees, groves, and forest. That said, depending on the time of year, you could see some bow hunters. Wear orange : ) They are usually pretty smart people, but it doesn't hurt to be a little cautious.
Finally, if all the above isn't enough to want to check out a new trail, well, take a look at the map and you'll see that, gee, there's a lot of the Zirkel Wilderness that you can't get to unless you travel up and down Trail 1126. That's right. There are only a few access roads and trailheads along the east side of the Zirks (sigh, I haven't had time to check out the west side yet), so a lot of the wilderness has to be approached, first, along the Grizzly Helena Trail.
So, anyway, I'd been wanting to check out the northern section of the trail for some time. So, this looked like a good time to do it. My son Conor and I had seen 3 or 4 miles of a section of Trail1126 down around the Lone Pine Trail head (see http://orrn.wordpress.com/2007/10/27/ute-pass-with-conor-and-the-bears-zirkel-wilderness-co-august-2-2007/ ) and I was eager to see what the northern end looked like.
Here's the trailhead parking area (there is a little bit of a "dip" just before you get to this wide open spot. Just take it slow and you should be fine). Most times of the year it's going to be, as you can see, pretty busy. Uh, right. Well, ok. No one was around because it was a terrible weather day : ) Sigh. Alright. This isn't RMNP. Ya know? Pretty popular with the hunters in the Fall, but other than that not much in the way of traffic. Note that you have to get here through the Big Creek lakes recreation area. About a 4 mile dirt road drive from the lake. Don't come too early in June as they don't open the road up until the 2nd or 3rd week in June. I know because I came one time and hiked the road : ) You can pass through the rec area for no fee, but you can't park in the rec area unless you pay a 5 or 10 buck fee. That said, if you got some kids to take camping, it'll be about the best 10 dollars you ever spent on your kids. Damn nice spot.