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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.

Beautiful hike! 6/26, still some snow, but no problem at all. Loved it!

17 hours ago

This was an amazing hike and recommend it to anyone who likes the wilderness, sunshine, and some good old fashioned exercise! I would consider us below average hikers / backpackers and we made it to crater lakes and back with our pups whom also had a great time....

Gorgeous hike with some amazing views! The trail is still at least 75% snow-covered, and the trail is very difficult to find once you cross the bridge over Mitchell Creek. We did manage to find a portion that wasn't snow covered, and managed to make our way to Mitchell Lake by following footprints and looking for brief portions of un-covered trail. It was difficult to find the trail once arriving at Mitchell Lake, but by heading due west we found the lake inlet pretty easily and continued from there. Definitely bring good water-resistant/proof hiking shoes. Overall a great hike!

off road driving
1 day ago

Tried to take trail today 6-25-2017. The gate was close and trail shut down

Beautiful view, but when I saw a Yaris and a Prius along with mountain bikers I new that this wasn't real offroading. This should be rated as "so easy a yaris could do it".

1 day ago

Spectacular views from the Indian Peaks. Snow still made the trail hard to follow at parts, but totally worth the trip. Lots of people on the trail until after Long Lake, then we only saw a few. Also, lots of wildlife in the area.
We saw about 100 marmots in the alpine.

Did a 5-mile out and back. Was along a river but flowing too fast for dogs. Tons of downed trees. In the 5 miles it was about 550 feet so I'd rate that part easy. No views on this part of trail. Low-ish traffic on a Saturday. Would give more stars if it had views or some variety. But maybe that's later in the trail. The part I did was sort of run of the mill.

off road driving
1 day ago

Road out is a little rough. Worth the trip for sure.

We hiked to Woodland Lake from Hessie trailhead on 6/24/17. Trail was in pretty good shape until the last 2 miles. Last 2 miles was very marshy and snowy at times, which made finding the trail difficult. Using GPS was the easiest way to stay near the trail. A good amount of snow up at the lake. Really nice hike that follows the creek. Lots of waterfalls along the way which were really flowing. The lake itself is ok; not one of my favorites but still nice. Very little traffic once you pass the Lost Lake cutoff. Our strava GPS track was 12.2 miles long and just under 2,100 vert feet and we didnt go to Skyscraper Reservoir. Took us about 6 hours exactly with maybe a half hour break at the lake

Most rewarding hike I've done in the Indian peaks. Little snow left at the top of the tree line but nothing too bad. If you make it up to the glacier. Go ahead and scramble up to the top of south arapaho. Full 360 from the summit

off road driving
1 day ago

Closed 

One of my favorite hikes yet. Pack snacks!