Forest Lakes Trail

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Forest Lakes Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rollinsville, CO that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and fishing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.8 miles 1692 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Directions from the Forest Service Website: From Nederland, travel south for 4.5 miles on Colorado Highway 119 to Rollinsville. Turn west onto the gravel Gilpin County Road 16 and continue eight miles to the Moffat Tunnel. A large parking area is available at the East Portal Trailhead.

hiking
27 days ago

Only ran into a few people on a Saturday!!! Loved the solitude!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike. Easy on the feet/legs/knees for the most part. I only ran into ONE other person after the turn for Forest Lakes. The colors in the trees look amazing this time of year. Be sure to go past the 1st lake onto the 2nd. There is a lot of parking, but by the time i finished (1pm), it was PACKED. I think most of the people that park there go to crater lakes trail though.

hiking
3 months ago

We did this hike last Saturday (8/20/2016) and it exceeded high expectations. We set out from the trailhead at about 10 and ran in to very few people on the way up. Make sure to not stop at the first lake, like this trail map shows. The second lake is about 15 more minutes up the trail and is much more beautiful. Highly recommend this trail

4 months ago

Madi Austin Mama

5 months ago

Great hike - I went this past weekend, and most of the snow was gone. Still pockets of it here and there once you get within the last mile on the way up to the lakes, but we weren't post-holing which was a plus. Steady climb for most of the hike to both lakes. I would recommend getting an early-ish start - we started at 7:30 and barely saw anyone, until our way down, so that's always nice.

5 months ago

Beautiful trail, climb is straight up to the lake. Still a little snow but not enough to stop you from reaching the lake.

5 months ago

Great hike, but there's still lots of snow, especially past the waterfall and the ground is saturated and the trail often had water running down it. We couldn't make it all the way due to post holing and slushy, slippery conditions. A few people passed us that made it a bit beyond where we turned around, but said the snow was just too deep and the meadow was flooded. The volunteer trail guy said all snow should be gone in about 2 weeks. can't wait to try it again.

hiking
1 year ago

Beautiful hike. Is on easy side. Very gradual climb. Elevation gain is 2000 feet from parking lot till the top where it meets the dirt road from where you can see the James peak. The trail is entirely through woods, so wind is not an issue. We did it in 1st week of october and it was amazingly beautiful - green and misty, fall showing it's colors. Aspens bright and yellow, moss all around! There were already some light snow patches above 10000 feet. And we spotted a moose!

hiking
1 year ago

Great trail - on the easier side. I went on Labor day and actually was the only one on the trail until I got to the lake where there were some families backpacking. Will be back to go past the first lake :)

hiking
1 year ago

Beautiful trail

hiking
1 year ago

Beautiful area. Great hike

hiking
1 year ago

Great. Not crowded. Moderate slope to first lake from Moffat Tunnel side.

1 year ago

It's about 9 miles out and back from the trail head at the Moffat tunnel to Heart lake and back. Pretty flowers and not too crowded.

walking
1 year ago

Great walk - still plenty of snow above 10,000 ft. Really worth the effort to get up to the second lake - but you should have snow shoes.

Half way up the log bridge over the creek has lost one of the 2 logs - some hikers with kids turned around at this point.

hiking
5 years ago

Great Trail out from East Portal TH in Rollinsville