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Best trails in Roosevelt National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado? AllTrails has 143 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 80 moderate trails in Roosevelt National Forest ranging from 1.3 to 48.4 miles and from 5,357 to 13,031 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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#1 - Lost Lake via Hessie Trail
Roosevelt National Forest
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
Note: Due to bear activity, this area may be closed to camping from the Hessie Trailhead near Nederland to the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area boundary. There is a shuttle that runs between Nederland HiShow more
#2 - Diamond Lake Trail
Roosevelt National Forest
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
The Fourth of July Trailhead is very popular, and parking is limited, especially on summer weekends. In winter, motorized access is typically not possible since the road to the trail head is CLOSED. HShow more
#3 - Button Rock Dam via Sleepy Lion Trail
Roosevelt National Forest
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 48 m
Users have reported that there is only one dog per person allowed on this route. A great rocky trail with a few steep sections. Well shaded in the morning. Dramatic views of Long's Peak, Mt. Meeker, Show more
#4 - Forsythe Canyon to Waterfall and Gross Reservoir
Roosevelt National Forest
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
The road leading to the trailhead may be difficult for 2WD vehicles. 4WD is recommended. Although a vast majority of this trail is easy, the last bit near the waterfall is more moderate as you scrambShow more
#5 - Arapahoe Pass and Lake Dorothy Trail
Roosevelt National Forest
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 4 h 10 m
Steady uphill from parking area at end of a bumpy gravel road. Forested for the first half, then the trail emerges in spots for views across the canyon towards Diamond Lake area and Diamond Creek fallShow more
#6 - Lily Mountain Trail
Roosevelt National Forest
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
Please note that there are several false trails near the beginning of the hike—other hikers have tried to help by using logs to “block-off” false trails, and some cairns to point in the right directioShow more
#7 - Jasper Lake Trail
Roosevelt National Forest
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Length: 10.8 mi • Est. 5 h 42 m
Please note this trail has limited parking at the trailhead and gets crowded very early in the morning. Be prepared to take the shuttle if you arrive later in the day. Show more
#8 - Greyrock Trail
Roosevelt National Forest
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 53 m
Greyrock Trail is a 7.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Laporte, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birShow more
#9 - Isabelle Glacier Trail
Roosevelt National Forest
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 4 h 30 m
Although the hike is mostly in the Indian Peaks Wilderness (Roosevelt National Forest), the hike starts in Brainard Lake Recreation Area. There is a $12(cash only) fee to enter this area. This hike sShow more
#10 - Long Lake Trail
Roosevelt National Forest
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 3 m
Although this trail is in the Indian Peaks Wilderness (Roosevelt National Forest), the trail starts in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area. There is a $11 (cash only) to enter this area. From mid-OctobShow more
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