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.
dogs on leash
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.
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.
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
Madi Austin Mama
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.
Beautiful trail, climb is straight up to the lake. Still a little snow but not enough to stop you from reaching the lake.
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.
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!
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 :)
Beautiful area. Great hike
Great. Not crowded. Moderate slope to first lake from Moffat Tunnel side.
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.
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.
Great Trail out from East Portal TH in Rollinsville