hiking

views

wild flowers

walking

birding

wildlife

nature trips

forest

kid friendly

trail running

lake

dogs on leash

dog friendly

river

mountain biking

horseback riding

snowshoeing

camping

off road driving

fishing

scenic driving

fly fishing

waterfall

The Roosevelt National Forest is a national forest located in north central Colorado. It is contiguous with the Colorado State Forest as well as the Arapaho National Forest. The forest is administered jointly with the Arapaho National Forest and the Pawnee National Grassland from offices in Fort Collins.

snowshoeing
2 days ago

Snowshoed the snowshoe trail just to Lake Brainard last weekend (MLK weekend 2017). Used snowshoes, but the majority of the trail was well-packed. There is only slight elevation gain to the lake. I was glad I had my AWD to get to the trailhead, but I saw plenty of 2WD cars make it, too. Busy trail! Don't plan on being alone, but it's still beautiful and scenic. Highly recommend.

beautiful place to snowshoe!

hiking
3 days ago

Could not access this trail. Several no trespassing signs were posted at the entrance.

hiking
3 days ago

Snow covered in the am, but not nearly enough to justify snowshoes. Just boots and gaiters. Trekking poles would be nice for stream crossings and general stability - trail was slick with the wet snow. The return was just a bit muddy.

snowshoeing
4 days ago

snowshoeing
4 days ago

Just finished this today. There are a few mild elevation gains (showshoe) at the beginning, and there is a roughly 1/2 mile incline leading up to Pawnee campsite after crossing over the road. This, as always, is a beautiful place to hike. Please don't park on the side of the road with no parking signs, we saw a half dozen cars with tickets on their windshields. The snowshoe trail definitely needed snowshoes, but the road could have probably been fine with a good pair of boots or microspikes/yaktraks.

snowshoeing
4 days ago

The four stars for this review are for the trail and the location. Would have been five stars except for the directions given by the app from Loveland were TERRIBLE!!!!! If you're going to this trail from anywhere north of Boulder, DO NOT follow the directions that include Left Hand Canyon. Definitely go up HWY 119 from Boulder to the Peak to Peak highway. Much safer and easier drive.

snowshoeing
4 days ago

snowshoeing
5 days ago

Steady up and downs

backpacking
8 days ago

Has anyone CAMPED off of this trail? It looks like once you walk past the continental divide pass, you get into an area where you can camp. Prior to that, the trail is in a "4 Lakes No Camp Zone". We're thinking of hiking to Pawnee Lake (across the continental divide pass and camping there and then hiking back the next day (we're from WI and I'm sure it will take us longer to hike). We'll be in Colorado (Fraser/Estes Park) for 3 or so days prior to the hike, so we should be pretty acclimated to the altitude.