hiking

views

wild flowers

walking

birding

nature trips

wildlife

forest

dogs on leash

trail running

kid friendly

lake

dog friendly

river

mountain biking

snowshoeing

camping

horseback riding

off road driving

fishing

scenic driving

backpacking

no dogs

waterfall

cross country skiing

fly fishing

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.

Not heavily trafficked today, at least! beautiful autumnal hike. easy, but rough enough terrain that I was glad I brought my hiking sticks. Also dog friendly, yes, but hand held leash required on trail

Went for sunrise like recommended by so many before me. It was absolutely gorgeous and had the summit to myself! Will definitely be back.

on Caribou Trail

1 day ago

1 day ago

Great trail...lots of cool scenery.

hiking
1 day ago

Gorgeous hike. The first 2-2.5 miles are super easy, then theres a bit of a climb for the last half mile to the 2 lower lakes. The climb to the third lake is definitely the steepest and most difficult part as it is completeley exposed, and there's a tiny bit of scrambling at the top. But nothing insane. Just take a few short breaks to remind you to breathe and you'll get there. If you're in really good shape, you'll be able to make it to the top no problem. I'm from sea level and am still getting accustomed to really high altitude. Even if you can't make it to the very top lake, I still recommend hiking up a little for the view of both lakes because it's spectacular. We started at 7am, and were back down in 4.5 hrs with two lengthy stops to enjoy the lower lakes and the upper lake (probably about 45 mins total). We only ran into two other hikers on the way up, but by the time we came down we passed a fair few people. If you like the solitude, definitely go early, and you'll have the whole place to yourself.

off road driving
2 days ago

Ran it all the way to El Dorado. Open all the way. Ran with a group where we did some maintenance just after the water crossing and then a little further up. Also did the part down from Caribou to El Dorado which was much more technical. Beautiful fall colors.

Good views and pretty ponds coming up. Very steep towards the end.

hiking
2 days ago

Definitely did not go the full distance listed on here..... Completed on 9/16/17. My legs were burning too much and drinking around the fire the night before didn't help my situation.

The aspens were just starting to change colors and the hike was difficult but fun. I think we made it about half way up the incline before you get to the crash site. Maybe next time I'll make it up or start from Brown Lake Trail instead.

Beautiful 2 lakes! Went in June and still lots of snow so hard to traverse up parts but we managed!

backpacking
2 days ago

Amazing and beautiful hike.

Recommend wearing sunscreen.

Arrived at the trailhead Sat around 0900 and parking lot was full. If you have an off-road high clearance vehicle there was parking at the start of the trail.

Attempted to do Jasper Lake, but signs posted “no fires” and it requires permits to camp. Highly recommend going to the .gov sight for more info about this area. The lake look very low.

Headed to Devil’s Thumb Lake which was about 1 mile away and found a few camping spots and didn’t see as many restrictions.

In mid Sep it snowed and was very cold at night, dropped to 23 degree’s with 94 humidity.

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Spent this past weekend with my hammock here. There are some great trails that give you a good challenge and equally some that were easy and fun. The most fun I had was hiking from the crater lakes to Clayton lake and then cutting across the ridge to see a beautiful view of the 3 crater lakes. It was beautiful. Highly recommend it!

Had some great aspens starting to turn yellow, will be really pretty by October.

fly fishing
3 days ago

Fish were jumping everywhere could not get them to bite