Rainbow Lakes Trail

EASY 45 reviews
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Rainbow Lakes Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Nederland, CO that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, fishing, and fly fishing and is accessible from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.6 miles 404 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

series of 9 connected lakes and beaver ponds that lie in a broad flat beneath the Continental Divide. These well-stocked lakes are popular with anglers, and the easy hike in is well-suited for families and backpackers. While the main trail does not reach every lake, well-defined social trails and a good map will help you explore this relatively small and accessible area.

2 months ago

great short hike for all abilities with multiple lakes and great leaf changes. the dogs loved all the little lake swims of course. pack a lunch and relax by the lake and enjoy.

2 months ago

Nice easy hike w/o a lot of elevation gain, but still has plenty of pay offs. Brought the dogs in on a Tuesday around 8 & the trail was ours. Not even a car in the lot. When we got back to the trailhead we passed the only other hikers we saw.

backpacking
3 months ago

We just spent two nights camping at Rainbow lakes. We took our two kids on their third backpacking trip (8years and 4
1/2years) it's a great hike for the kids and beautiful location. One thing we missed until it was too late is you are suppose to have a permit to camp up there. Someone we met said you can get them at Ace in the Nederlands? Fishing was tough and we didn't have any luck. It was pretty quiet at night with only one other party that was camping but the lake and trail were really busy with day hikers and fishers. There are about 5 or so camp sites but not super easy to find as the trails aren't as clear once you get to the last lake. Highly recommend it though!

3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail! I went up during the weekend, so it was packed with people. But early mornings and weekdays are fantastic to avoid the people.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a great easy hike, we brought our 2 chihuahuas and German Shepard along with us. If you hike the entire length there's ups and downs with a small creek crossing and a nice view at the end.

hiking
4 months ago

Great little hike for our little dog and even caught two fish

walking
4 months ago

Great trail! Hiked this trail with my 7 and 5 year old daughters. Along with my almost 2 yo son. My boy hiked a little at the start then into the pack he went. All in all a great day on a beautiful trail. There was some bouldering/scampering to get to the last two lakes. Worth it tho! Trail wasn't busy at all but it was a Monday.

hiking
5 months ago

Fun hike with a beautiful view

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

: National Forest Road closed to vehicles but should reopen around mid-June. Can still park on CO 116 and walk the four miles to the TH, but there is a lot of snow on the actual trail. Saw tracks and evidence of elk? Pretty scenery and beautiful views. Will go back when the road/trail is open.

hiking
10 months ago

BEAUTIFUL to hike in November. Snow was everywhere, but was packed down enough to not need snowshoes. The trail takes you past three serene lakes, each as breathtaking as the last.

11 months ago

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hiking
1 year ago

Loved the trail, not as busy as I expected. It was a little rocky towards the top of the trail but well worth the hike.
I was disappointed how many people had left behind their bags of dog poop along the way. Will definitely go back next summer to camp.

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
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hiking
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