Explore the most popular hiking trails in James Peak Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Backpacked this Saturday night and stayed at that little lake above Rogers. Parking at the TH was busy per usual. We counted 10-15 total tents around Rogers and Heart and that was probably inflated due to the meteor shower that night.

Overall, busy trail but can find some solitude the further you go. Many fish (cutthroat) at Rogers.

hiking
14 days ago

I think this is my favorite hike of the summer. Stunning upper lake, it was empty when we were there on a Thursday afternoon. Lots of wildlife, and great weather.

Rough, hard and aggressive trail both up and down. Not for a beginner...a lot of straight up with steep switchbacks. If you’re a moderate hiker at least 4 hours to summit peak. Recommend sturdy hiking boots and trekking poles. Navigation is a little tough...follow cairns higher up and pay attention to surroundings as there is little signage.

hiking
21 days ago

I did this hike on 7/28/18 and I agree with Weston. This trail was NOT easy to follow. I got off trail twice on the way up. You will run into forks on several occasions and have to use your best judgment due to there being no signage at any juncture. I hiked 6.75 miles to the summit, and 5.75 on my way down. It was the most beautiful summer hike I’ve done in Colorado. I had a great time. Hiking the glacier was incredible and I had to put on my spikes. I arrived at 6am and did not see a soul until the last push towards the summit. To make this hike even better, I was greeted by a white, male mountain goat at the summit! When I got back down to the glacier, there was a large crowd (~11:30am). People were skiing and sledding down the glacier, and others were swimming and cliff diving into the glacier lake. This place is so much fun! I will definitely go back. Don’t forget to bring $5 cash for parking!

on Rogers Pass

hiking
1 month ago

7/19/18-The road to the TH is rough (high clearance—consider renting a 4 wheeler—would be much better than our F250 truck!). Hike was beautiful—everything we love about a good mountain hike—wildflowers, beautiful parks, breathtaking views, dog friendly. Towards the pass some very steep drops off the trail will require heeling dogs or putting on leash. Only saw 2 other hikers, and 2 mountain bikers.

Drove up to Rollins (Corona) pass after our hike—the old railroad bed. Interesting history, and more beautiful views of Fraser Valley to the west, and the start of Boulder Creek which flows east.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views along the entire hike. Definitely consider bringing trekking poles. They will help a great deal in a few sections.

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.

hiking
1 month 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.

Great hike, especially rewarding the last stretch. We stopped at Rogers Pass Lake due to incoming weather which brought hail and rain and lowered the temperature considerably. Check weather before you head out. This hike offers a rocky-ish trail, waterfalls, streams, lakes, and stunning views - the wildflowers were Abundant as if the area was landscaped. Be aware that there is an abundance of mosquitos on the trail and at the lakes.

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

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!

amazing hike...gets your heart rate up the whole way up...incredible views at the summit.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail IS NOT easy to follow. You have to bushwhack through multiple parts of this. There are like four false summits and you have to walk across the glacier for a good portion at the beginning, so bring spikes or poles if you’re starting early because the ice is super slick. Later in the day it gets more tactile! Tons of marmots towards the top too. It was an awesome hike though, and you get dope views at the top. One thing I would do different: bring board shorts or a swimsuit for a full on dip or cliff jump into the glacier lake after the hike. I waded in up to my knees, and it was glorious.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent hike - highly recommended! Trail is easy to follow and plenty of fresh running water for dogs. The section on the glacier was interesting and fun. Spectacular views from the summit.

hiking
1 month 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!

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.

hiking
1 month 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.

backpacking
2 months ago

7/16-6/17. Did this trail as my first solo backpacking trip in Colorado. Hiked up to the lakes Saturday, pitched my tent at the upper lake and had an amazing night of solitude among the beautiful scenery. Still a significant amount of snow once past the first lake. I relied on previous footsteps and a good map to keep the trail heading towards Forest Lake #2. Overall, an awesome hike through pine/spruce/fir, with many river crossings and waterfalls. The lakes are gorgeously set against a mountain backdrop. Not much of a landscape view from the trail, but it’s easy enough to scramble just a bit higher for spectacular views. I know this is a popular day hike, and I highly recommend it for an overnight trip if you’re looking for short hiking mileage and a quiet backcountry night.

hiking
2 months ago

6/21/18: Did this mid day with my dog. Beautiful trail mostly through pine forests. Lots of shade and water with a few stream and waterfall crossings, and wildflowers. Snow still present around 1/3 mile to the lake, but could navigate there following others' postholes. Classic beautiful subalpine lake with mountain background view. Rating this 4 stars in comparison to similar hikes in the area, but stunning nonetheless especially if visiting.

Unforgettable experience to hike on of the county’s most iconic peaks. First few miles have a trail but the rest of the way you have to typewriter Across the mountains untill you reach the accent to Perry’s. So many cool views of lakes toward the east. There isnt any need to cross over any snow. If there is any it is easy to walk around it. I should also mention that i did not go all the way to mt. Bancroft, only to Perry’s. But that was my goal. Highly recommend this trail to anyone but make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks. At the halfway point there is a very steep decent and then accent on the way back that really kick my ass. Took 2 men and the old doggo 9 hours.

hiking
2 months ago

Super nice hike up to a gorgeous lake. Still a lot of snow near the top starting at about the last mile which added to the workout. The last half mile has lots of snow and post-holed a few times. Lots of waterfalls right now. Once we finally got to the lake were the only ones up there.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this last year but storms came rolling in so didnt make it all the way to the peak. Yesterday we climbed over St. Mary's glacier through crazy winds and finally made it to the peak for a spectacular view. Highly recommend micro spikes I used them a lot. This is a very difficult hike and very steep so be prepared for it to take some time to complete. We took a few breaks and round trip took us 6 hours. Get there early this place gets insanely packed so we started at 6am

Hiked today with my pup. Still lots of snow after you cross the half-out bridge and start to cut up towards the lake. But it’s do-able and snow should clear in the next couple weeks! Great hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Only made it 2 miles in, half a bridge was out and with a dog and waterfall wasn’t willing to risk it. Up to that point there was this snow covered spots but it wasn’t terrible

mountain biking
2 months ago

A network of many trails in this area, many intersections to keep choosing from. Nice easy trails to relax on. One though had several downed trees at the end of May. Lots of shade. Great views when the trees clear.

skiing
3 months ago

Skinned up and skied down. Great snow conditions all the way up. Snowshoes are needed as the sun warms up the snow as the day goes on.

hiking
4 months ago

When up to the start of the ascent and decided not to do the peak. Wind was super strong. No one else was out on the mountain. Snowshoes were extremely helpful (yay Revo Ascent!). Crampons and spikes were not needed on the glacier, though the hike from the parking lot to the lake had some pretty slick spots, especially for non-hiking shoes. Boyfriend brought his skis and took a few runs down the glacier.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked 3/8. Snow from the Moffat Tunnel mostly packed down first half. Lots of snow second half, recommend show shoes. We made it to the top without, with lots of post holing. About 2/3 into the hike, you come into an opening with 2-3 different paths, stay to the right, you will soon hike in between 2 sawed-off tree stumps, continue up hill through the small canyon to the lake! Amazing hike, beautiful trail! Ps Watch out for cross country skiers.

hiking
5 months ago

This was a great hike. Took me about 3 hours 45 to the summit and 1 hour 15 to get back down. Crampons would have been great to get up that glacier. Had to stick to the rocks on the north side to get up which then caused me to miss the trail through the open space. Not a problem really though if you can identify the peak and cross. Was able to locate cairns to the top. The hardest part may have been getting back down the glacier without crampons. I basically skied down with my boots. The wind was a huge factor. Great hike overall.

hiking
5 months ago

Did this hike today 2/28. Trail was packed down until about a half mile from the lake. You can use just boots, slick in some spots so I used micro spikes. The lake is completely covered in snow. You can snowboard down the majority of the way. Lots of tree cover.

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