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Best Trails in State Forest State Park

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#29 of 114 State Parks in Colorado

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The ultimate in rugged Colorado, State Forest State Park offers visitors 71,000 acres of forest, jagged peaks, alpine lakes, wildlife and miles of trails. The park stretches along the west side of the Medicine Bow Mountains and into the north end of the Never Summer Range. Moose is our claim to fame. North Park is considered the moose viewing capital of Colorado, with over 600 moose to be observed year-round. The State Forest State Park has something for everyone in every season. With so much room and diversity, visitors can experience a bountiful array of outdoor recreational favorites such as camping, hiking, four-wheeling, horseback riding, skiing, snowshoeing, telemarking, snowboarding, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, birding, wildlife viewing and geocaching.

on Kelly Lake Trail
9 days ago

on Kelly Lake Trail
11 days ago

backpacking

This is a really long, difficult hike but well worth the effort. We backpacked up and spent the night at the lake. There was only one other group at the lake and we saw no one, after the first 1/2 mile, on our hike up. We saw a couple groups on our way down the next day but it was still pretty quiet.

The trail follows a dirt road for about half of the hike and they've done a lot of tree clearing due to the beetles. Great views most of the way up. Once you get into the forest, it is beautiful. Lots of wildflowers were in bloom yet at the beginning of August.

The mobile directions for this trailhead are totally wrong - it had us go to CO 30 which lead to private land. The turnoff should be to 41 from 14. There are signs for a campground - turn there. The State Forest entry is right there. The directions on page are good.

on Lake Agnes Trail
15 days ago

hiking

on Lake Agnes Trail
1 month ago

hiking

great/quick hike, and good for young family! tougher during the winter, since it has a long steep road that leads to the trailhead that would have to be snowshoed.

I would say that it's "easy", not "moderate" as listed above.

Bumpy road, so I wouldn't recommend it for a low clearance vehicle, but there were some that make it up there Everytime I've been up!

Definitely lots of fish in the lake, but I believe it's flys only & catch/release... may be wrong on that though.

on Lake Agnes Trail
1 month ago

fishing

Fun. Use little flys. Spinner weren't working.

on Lake Agnes Trail
2 months ago

camping

June 1st 2016. The logging road leading to the trail was closed due to snow about 1.6 miles from the trailhead. Gorgeous hike. We could have used some snowshoes, but we made it to the lake without them. The lake was still almost completely frozen. It was really an incredible spectacle to see. Scrambled a very snowy Mt. Richthofen to a ridge before turning back. I can't wait to come back later this summer to see it transformed.

on Lake Agnes Trail
2 months ago

hiking

Unless you are going with snowshoes or skis, you won't be able to hike this. Snow still several feet deep. First half mile or so is plowed.

on Lake Agnes Trail
9 months ago

hiking

A really good workout with the snow. The way up was fairly easy with some light snow pack. No microspikes needed, just normal hiking boots worked for me. The view is spectacular in the winter time. I highly recommend everyone do a winter hike at some point. The loop around the lake was difficult on the west side of the lake. Just enough for micro spikes but not enough for snow shoes The east side of the lake is much easier.It was a warm day that started at 20 and I ended up finishing the day out wearing a short sleeve shirt, bring layers.

on Lake Agnes Trail
10 months ago

fly fishing

This hike was a little difficult on the way up, but super quick on the way down. The hike was more than worth it...the lake is beyond GORGEOUS!!

on Lake Agnes Trail
10 months ago

hiking

First of all, really would have appreciated knowing that the trailhead was barely accessible in my 2 wheel drive Ford Explorer. Used 1st gear to get up and scraped the bottom in one really bad spot. There is no where to turn around and the road gets bad really fast- also huge potholes and ruts- which is no big deal if you have a Jeep or something similar but it was not good for my truck. So, if you can make it to the trailhead there is a great view of the mountain top. The trail was pretty strenuous uphill but the lake was pretty. Not my favorite trail or area. There was also logging going on at the park entrance- not sure if it was a burn area or not.

on Kelly Lake Trail
1 year ago

hiking

Awesome hike, long with two steep sections. Beautiful mountain scenery and an awesome lake!

on Lake Agnes Trail
1 year ago

A nice, quick hike up with the dog. The loop around the lake is challenging because of the boulder field but on a nice day it's worth it just for the views of the lake. Not necessarily a destination hike but if you have another reason to be in the area I'd definitely recommend it. The Cameron Pass drive on to Walden is beautiful.

on Lake Agnes Trail
2 years ago

A gem of a mountain lake. From the trailhead the hike to Lake Agnes is only about a mile. I went up at the end of June and there was still a little snow pack to negotiate... no crampons necessary though. The road up to the TH from the info area is a little rough and narrow and might not be suitable for a low clearance or 2wd car but the TH is right at the base of of the mountain lake. The scenery is beautiful and a nice hike.

on Lake Agnes Trail
3 years ago

hiking

We went in June and were able to start at the trailhead. The path was still snow covered in spots but overall this was a well marked trail.
The lake is absolutely gorgeous at the end.

on Lake Agnes Trail
3 years ago

snowshoeing

Just finished this hike on snowshoes over the weekend - amazing scenery while it lasted! We got a bit snowed out in the afternoon. The hike was strenuous but manageable with rest breaks.

We parked just off of the highway, snowshoed down the campground road, crossing on the bridge and kept heading South uphill toward the lake. After getting to the day use area, the trail was not well marked and we used our best judgement, GPS + topo maps to pick the best route.

My wife and dog were able to finish the trip and enjoy the views at the top. We had a couple of novice snowshoers with us and they did great as well once we found the best route for them.

on Cameron Connection
3 years ago

snowshoeing

I took my wife (for her second snowshoe trip) and the pup (his first snowshoe trip) up Cameron Pass today - we didn't have the time for the longer trails up there and did Zimmerman Lake just recently. My primary reason for picking this trail was to test out the dog's pack and his snowboots (chocolate lab - his pads get cold!).

The trail took approximately 2.5 hours one way, but that was mostly for multiple stops to adjust the dog's boots on the first mile and a half or so. We were not in any hurry, so we had a good time playing with the pup in the open meadow areas for some photo ops.

Cameron Connection is great for what it is - a nice walk in the woods :) We got up there very early, so we had the trail to ourselves the entire way (hiked Zimmerman towards Cameron Pass).

There aren't wide vistas or viewpoints, but the occasional opening from the trees into open meadows is a nice break from the trees and offers some welcome sunshine.