hiking

views

wild flowers

walking

birding

nature trips

wildlife

forest

kid friendly

trail running

lake

dogs on leash

dog friendly

river

mountain biking

snowshoeing

horseback riding

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.

hiking
10 hours ago

Great hike, took my 2 daughters and was just enough of a challenge for them.

hiking
23 hours ago

Unexpected views of the flat irons.

hiking
1 day ago

Hiked this trail on 2/26, two days after about 4 inches of snow. Trail was a mixture of snow, ice, mud and dirt, with lots of rocks and switchbacks along the way to help you gain elevation. We went up to the top where it meets Ponderosa Loop trail, stopped there and then descended back down to the trailhead. It had gotten much warmer by then, and on the way down the trail had turned to a mostly muddy quagmire.

I highly recommend that if you do this trail during winter months, that you get started very early and aim to finish before it warms up, as it is a much better hike when the ground is frozen solid.

As far as views and experience, it is a cool trail. Lots of wooded forest areas if that is your thing, but not a whole lot of panoramic views. The best views are looking south, closer to the beginning of the trail. But, there was a lot of evidence of wildlife in the area including deer and mountain lion tracks, so what it lacks in views it can make up for in overall experience.

Watch out for mountain bikers and trail runners, as this seems like a semi-popular spot. Also, I'm not 100% sure I'd rate this trail as "Easy". Even Boulder County lists the trail as a Moderate. We took a lot of breaks and enjoyed the wilderness, but I wouldn't dream of taking my 70 year old father on this one.

It was fun to drive out to the trailhead. Good quick trail for someone who wants to hike but doesn't want to get to tired at the end of a 5 mile trail.

on Lichen Loop Trail

hiking
7 days ago

Pretty little trail. It's easy, but not flat. It can be super muddy when wet, too.

Not as much snow as a few weeks ago, very windy on the lake, nice climb up to Lost lake!

Nice enjoyable hike on a warm February day. The north side of the loop is a little more boring than the south. You go through about eight or nine gates over the course of the hike. Saw more horseback riders than hikers.

It was nice, a lot of the area was burned from the fire but the views to the west were beautiful. It was 62 degrees out and my 11 year old lazy daughter was able to do this no problem.

Not enough snow to snowshoe but beautiful hike. Definitely recommend getting spikes for your shoes as parts as icy

Trail isn't always easy to adhere to.