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Nederland, Colorado Map

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.

Trail isn't always easy to adhere to.

6 days ago

Beautiful!!! Can't wait to hike up to little blue lake in the summer

Didn't need the snowshoes today. Packed trail - wore spikes, but probably didn't need them. Great easy hike, and the most well-marked trail I've ever been on (love it - from someone who tends to lose the trail a lot when it's not marked :/)!

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11 days ago

I love this trail! If you're looking to try out some higher elevation hikes, this one is pretty great. I've only ever hiked it about half way, which is roughly 6 miles round trip, but it's still substantial and offers beautiful views.

From the Rainbow Lakes Campground, the trail starts out easy/moderate, then as you go along the Boulder Watershed it levels out quite a bit for probably about a mile, give or take. It's a lovely walk through the woods. Then you'll hit some switchbacks and start gaining that elevation. The switchbacks end right as you break tree line, and the views are spectacular. From there if you go up and over that first little hill out to the switchback, you'll get a great view of the watershed, glacier, and Arapaho peaks. It's BEAUTIFUL. If you're looking to do only about half of the full 12-mile trail, this is a great turnaround point (it's actually a little less than half, but still a good stretch). I've taken it maybe a mile further, but was unfortunately turned around by the weather (actually, 2 of the 3 times I've hiked it, I've encountered bad weather, so use caution in the summer time once you break that tree line).

Otherwise, the wild flowers are on point in the spring/summer, it's never really busy, and Nederland is super close for a delicious post-hike beer at Very Nice. Oh and the dirt road leading to the trailhead is about 5 miles of extra rugged driving, so just make sure to take a proper vehicle.

I really enjoy going up here in the summer, gives a great vantage point.