hiking

views

walking

wild flowers

birding

nature trips

wildlife

forest

trail running

dogs on leash

kid friendly

lake

dog friendly

river

mountain biking

snowshoeing

horseback riding

camping

off road driving

fishing

scenic driving

backpacking

waterfall

fly fishing

no dogs

The Roosevelt National Forest is a national forest located in north central Colorado. It is contiguous with the Colorado State Forest as well as the Arapaho National Forest. The forest is administered jointly with the Arapaho National Forest and the Pawnee National Grassland from offices in Fort Collins.

i spent about an hour at blue lake trying to find the trail to upper blue lake, but failed. can someone please give me some pointers about how to find it? other than that, it was a lovely hike. lots of flowers, even though it is mid-august already, a couple of moose, beautiful views.

This trail does not disappoint, each and every turn brought more beauty.

went to trial it was everything I expected we only had 4 hours to spend we wanted to come back off the mountain before dark we will return when we have about 10 hours to spin we have not even tapped half of the trail took time for some love making since we were all alone usually Trail is dry as a bone but this time there was rain and we had time to get mud on the outside and mud on the inside

camping
20 hours ago

hiking
21 hours ago

I only hiked a little past the old, run-down abandoned cabin (about 1.5 miles in), but it was a very nice hike. And yes...mostly uphill on the way back, required some effort as I hadn't been hiking for awhile. Small streams were mostly dry, saw TONS of butterflies and even a small snake. Many wildflowers, lots of shady areas on the portion I hiked. Saw one couple on my way in, one lady on my way out, and two more couples were heading out when I returned to the trailhead. Had no problem getting to trailhead parking in my Dodge Caravan with some creative maneuvering, but I can imagine it'd be pretty rough if it were muddy. Will definitely do this hike again! PS-Watch out for biting horse flies!

First off, to the lake (3 miles from trailhead). Definitely not a 'hard' hike. Little to no elevation gain and the trail is very well maintained. Breathtaking.

The glacier is a different story. I would rate it more moderate than difficult but trail conditions could make it a hard. Tons of scrambling, poor footing, stream crossings, and mud- all of which make for a super fun hike. I had two dogs with me, both of which are very agile and used to climbing, and we all lost our footings. The gaps in boulders can be pretty scary for little legs so I wouldn't classify this part very dog friendly. If you get up to the glacier pond early enough, keep climbing to get to the upper glacier! Beautiful views and you can see everything in the little valley.

Also, as usual AllTrails is just a little off in terms of distance. I clocked my hike in at 11.5 miles but we also took some detours!

Easy hike for any skill level.

Family friendly hike with great views from any where on the trail.

Great hike, and dog friendly.

Gorgeous hike and destination. Stunning views!