Great and rewarding hike! Some parts were quite easy and others kicked the wind out of me. I have 2 active dogs and the trail had plenty of accessible water and shade for them. This is a great hike for active dogs, but not for the pups that don't hike regularly.
Follow the signs towards boulder creek/crater lakes, eventually you will see a trail marker for Roger's Pass.
Great local trail. Not much elevation gain, but there is a great waterfall at the end. The waterfall is small, but you can walk up to the two little ponds created by the waterfall. This is a great trail for running. It is also great for dogs as there is water the whole way. There is some parking further up, past the discovery trail and such, but I recommend getting your miles and just starting from the first trailhead. Good shade, and good vegetation.
Lynne R. on Heart Lake via Rogers Pass Trail
Great hike- all the trails in this area are all very similar and great however the last mile push will be the most difficult. But it is a beautiful area and you will not be disappointed in the view at the end! Advice: always start your trails early, avoid afternoon storms, and loads of people on the trail with you.
Nice and easy to moderate. Pretty gentle the whole way. Great hike for beginner hikers or people who may be afraid of heights but still want great mountain views. Keep going on the trail that starts behind the Broome Hut and go for just a few minutes and you end up in a beautiful alpine meadow with wildflowers, a gurgling mountain stream, & gorgeous views.
An excellent hike, and not a very far drive from Boulder area. I'm sure it's more crowded on a weekend, but (on a Thursday - starting around 8:30am) we passed hardly anyone on the way up. A few campers at the top. More people on the way down, for sure.
You'll pass 2 lakes (one is a small pond, really; Roger's Pass is the other - both spectacular!) before Heart Lake, but it's not far after that!
Trail is right outside Winter Park. I would rate this trail as easy and then moderate for the last few hundred yards. No real vista to speak of, however there are several meadows along the way that are just gorgeous. Trail ends with a waterfall. This is a great trail for dogs, as there is water the whole way.