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After 3 miles of off roading you arrive at a very clearly marked no trespassing, iron gate with 24 hour sercurity camera. Directions are way off.

RT is closer to 4.8 miles. AllTrails consistently underestimates most hikes. That said, it's a relatively modest hike above the treeline that offers up two alpine lakes, with a mountain backdrop and beautiful wildflowers along the way. Some will find it easy, others hard, depending on acclimation to elevation and your fitness level.

The best viewings of flowers occurred along the far side of the second lake.

We hiked Saturday and lucked into a parking place next to the trailhead around 8:30 am. If parking lot is full, spots are available along the road.

2 days ago

great hike. Did the first week of June 2018, last water mile had to walk around/through some snow wasn't bad just make sure to not lose the trail. very lightly trafficked. we started at 730am and were the first ones up and saw three groups on the way down. would deffinetly do again.

We finally made out to James Peak Wilderness this weekend. The start of the hike was ok but the higher we got the prettier the views! The wildflowers were amazing along with the views. We will definitely go back and explore more.

Took my husband in his first backpack trip. Was well worth it as the flowers are in full bloom. Trail is well maintained. Rocky and lots of tree roots but the beauty makes up for it. We had perfect weather and were able to sleep under the stars.

Still my favorite hike in The Front Range even though it’s gotten more crowded over the past year. Did the hike on 7:14 and beautiful wildflowers all around the lakes! (There are three easily accessible! Don’t miss the first to the left behind the trees)

4 days ago

Hiked to the lakes again today. I love these lakes, especially the second one. I've hiked this trail at least 10 times (or more) over the last 5 years. Second bridge is closed, but I got by it- on the way up by taking off boots and socks and finding a safe place to cross the water. I have a big mountain dog who helps me across streams. On the way down, I went ahead and walked across the wood bridge. Be careful! Five stars for this trail due to the lakes, not the trail itself. Good hiking people! Enjoy.

10/10! The wildflowers were absolutely phenomenal, best this Colorado girl has ever seen! The hike had an epic trifecta of wildflowers, streams and alpine vistas with an undulating trail - not straight up or downhill. Just the right amount of challenge. The lakes were really nice too.

1.9 miles to the lower lake, a few hundred feet of gain. Then you can journey on to the upper lake or summit Square Top Mountain (13,806’). The wildflowers were at peak this weekend! Beautiful and peaceful spot. Keep in mind that the trailhead parking is shared with people hiking Mt Bierstadt (Fourteener) so either get there super early, or go late afternoon to get a spot from someone coming off the peak.

The first several miles run along a stream with lots of great waterfalls and plenty of shade. The first lake below Heart Lake has a great field of wild flowers and the views are amazing. Heart Lake is just as pretty, and well worth the hike. I would suggest going all the way to the Pass, as the views from the top are absolutely amazing. If you go to the right along the ridge, you can see Crater lake and both glacial lakes from above. There weren't as many people above Robert's Pass as below, but it never felt crowded.

This trail has the best smells and the best views. So many water falls and babbling brooks!!Definitely bring bug spray and ready your legs for a rocky terrain. The views at Heart lake are definitely worth it!

10 days ago

Just got back from this pretty hike , lots and lots of wildflowers . The first mile had me so out of breath I couldn’t enjoy the views !! LOL when you cross the boulder field there is a huge flat one to take in the first of many scenic views ! The upper stretches are very scenic with the clear lake. A must for the avid mountain hiker

very steep, very rocky at first. Was here last weekend and they're aren't opening the pass until the July 15th.There's still one snow drift but great views and the lake is no longer frozen

11 days ago

A pretty gradual incline the whole way to the lake. A couple spots are steeper than others, but pretty moderate overall. There are some standing water areas near the creek, which are home to swarms of mosquitos and other bugs. Just keep moving and you’ll get through them pretty quick. The lake was gorgeous. Above the tree line, crystal clear water with plenty of fish to see. Clouds build in the afternoon (during the summer months) so be aware of potential thunderstorms when you’re above the tree line. Otherwise, enjoy this hike!

(If you’re in it for the potential fitness aspect, I burned about 1300 kcals in 3.5 hours doing this hike.)

Hiked to Woodland and Skyscraper on 7-7-18. Walked through a little snow on the way to Skyscraper from Woodland. Trail to Woodland is wet in a few spots...nothing unmanageable anywhere. Some steep sections for sure but some smooth flat sections too. Fair amount of traffic. Arrived in Eldora at 7:30am....not soon enough as we had to park outside of the winter road block which added about 1 mile each way to the hike. Lakes are worth the effort. Lots of fishing going on at both lakes.

Great trail!!! Make sure to go to the second lake. Rangers will tell you second bridge is closed and not passable... we had no issues getting across!

Truly idyllic hike - several waterfalls, and the wildflowers are exploding right now. There are several good shaded camping sites down by the lower lake (I'm not sure of the name.) Less up at heart lake, but it also seemed less crowded up there. And the views within the basin are breathtaking! Highly recommend this hike for a day trip or short backpacking adventure. Only downside was the bugs - there are LOTS of flies and mosquitoes.

14 days ago

A very beautiful trail. Starts off in some dense trees and then opens up to a beautiful bowl above tree line. There were so many different kinds of wild flowers that just made you notice them and they were along most of the trail the whole day. When we got to the top the lake is so clear I could see 12 trout just hovering near the shoreline. Will definitely hike again. It is a bit rocky and probably should have worn my boots, but I got by with just some trail runners but use your own judgment. Some steep loose rock incline sections that can be a bit on the slippery side.

15 days ago

As far as mountain lake hikes go, this was pretty unexciting. However, the wildflowers, as mentioned, are out of this world right now! It is also right next to the Square Top Mountain summit trail if you want to bag a fairly quick 13er. Great views of Bierstadt and surrounding mountains behind Square Top.

17 days ago

Great trail, not as crowded as Crater Lakes trail. Second bridge is currently marked as closed, although you can get across it. Once up to the lower lake it is worth the trip up to the upper lake which is far more scenic. Wildflowers are abundant pretty much the entire way!

So many wildflowers today. The entire trail is exposed bring lots of sun block. Great short hike and not much elevation gain but when it does it is steep and loose in places. Awesome view of Beirdstadt.

Beautiful wildflowers and not that many hikers! The pup loved it!

This hike is beautiful! Did this Sunday, experienced about 3 seasons (gotta love CO) with hail rain and sunshine. Most of this is shaded and has various views of mountain or valley or forest. Definitely would be good on a hot sunny day. The lake is pretty but not much shore line to visit up close. Saw a mom and baby moose on the way back down so make sure to keep your pups on leash for their and your safety.

This is my favorite trail so far. Love the wooded areas and multiple waterfalls!

Did this hike on Saturday 6/23/18 and it was beautiful. I started on the Jasper Lake hike and hooked up with the Woodland Lake trail a little ways up where the trail forks. The trail is very steep in sections and follows a creek the whole way up. The only snow I ran into was going from Woodland Lake up to Skyscraper Reservoir and it was not too bad at all. Definitely an awesome hike and the view at the top is quite the reward for the hike.

23 days ago

Back to Forest Lakes Trail, this time no snow at all. Got pummeled with graupel at the top but still a beautiful hike. Don't let the parking lot fool you, Despite the number of cars I have still found these trails not too crowded. Great lake with lots of spots to have lunch. Nice waterfall on the way. A little far from Denver but worth the drive.

Beautiful trail with good views. We didn't see a single person until we were on our way down (started up at 8am). Plenty of parking.

This trail is gorgeous. The elevation gain is gradual which makes the hike much more manageable than the description would indicate. Lots of water and streams up to the lakes with wild flowers. Would definitely recommend.

Gorgeous trail with lots of wildflowers, water features, and great views. Not too many people on this trail since most seem to turn off for crater lakes. Ample parking at the trailhead is a nice bonus. Will definitely be back.

26 days ago

I went this morning - lots of varities of wildflowers everywhere! Beautiful views all around. Unfortunately, I didn't make it all the way to the lakes because the clouds moved in and there was lightning (around 8:30am).

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