Where is Middle Earth?
This forest is in the rocky mountain national park and it could easily be the forest of the wood elves.
This forest is the forest where they encountered the elves.
The Rocky mountains have a lot of water and forest around like middle earth. There are random blizzards just like the Misty mountains of middle earth.
It wouldn't be there because the peaks of the mountain are not always covered in snow. The mountains in middle earth aren't as populated as the Rocky mountains.
In my opinion I think that the Rocky mountains best resemble the Misty mountains from all the features it has like the lakes and rivers all around. They both don't have a lot of vegetation compare to most mountains.