Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Roosevelt National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

At the start of trail it is a shooting range. Lots of gun fire and you don't know where they are shooting. If I know of all the gun fire would not of done this trail. It was a great hike slippery in spots and the old cabin was cool but too much gun fire at the start.

fishing
1 month ago

beautiful place to go.

backpacking
3 months ago

LEASH YOUR DOGS! This is ridiculous, we all love our dogs but your dog SHOULD NOT be unleashed and free to run up to leashed dogs.

We backpacked to Forest Lake and spent two night backpacking. The beginning of the trail was heavily used and traffic lessened when you split off, I would recommend crampons for the beginning, then snowshoes or skis the rest. For us, we used snowshoes. There was no marked trail after the recent snowstorm up to Forest Lake, so we and a few others made a route up, not sure if it stayed since that time.
Besides people not leashing their dogs, be aware that trail etiquette is not common here. The majority do not practice common courtesy or understand basic concepts of the trail. Remember, those climbing up get the right if way, try not to walk through another’s camp (when there is literally miles around it and they are way off trail already), LEASH YOUR DOGS (if your dog gets attacked by a leashed dog, you have zero rights legally and will be fined or worse) and just be polite overall.
Was a decent spot for a last minute winter backpacking trip but will never be back. Definitely worth going at least once though.
Happy trekking!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike, some washed away areas near end and the connector and bridge at 2.4 miles are gone...

off road driving
4 months ago

Trails a lot of fun today.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, good work out and not a lot of traffic. Perfect for dogs!

hiking
6 months ago

This hike is fantastic, beautiful scenery and just difficult enough to feel like a good work out. I hiked in mid October and it was perfect, nicely sheltered from the strong winds. I was the only person on the trail until I was almost back to the parking lot and passed a couple of hikers starting down the trail. Be aware that it may be a little unnerving to do as a solo hike, since there is definitely large wildlife out there! I was a little scared, but that added to the excitement of the hike.

off road driving
6 months ago

first thirty minutes is the best

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

geart place to be. worth it when you get to the lakes.

one of my favorite trails before the flood in 2012. went back for the first time since then and still a great trail

After reading this guide I was excited to hike and camp this trail... however, it is HIGHLY inaccurate. There is NO CAMPING (except $21 car camping next to others) - there is also an $11 fee just to get into the park.

I would recommend updating your "guide" to reflect the camping specifics (as well as the entry fee) and also the fact that this is a HIGHLY TRAFFICKED trail... we had to wait an HOUR to even get into the park as the lot was full.

We ended up driving a few miles down the road to South Saint Vrain Trailhead, much more secluded, FREE , dog friendly and backcountry camping allowed.

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

Amazing views.

hiking
8 months ago

Well the trail is nice easy no steep terrain, but full of horse shit

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail, relatively flat for the first few miles. Crosses into RMNP and ends at Lost lake ~ 10 miles in.

hiking
8 months ago

LOVED THIS TRAIL!! We hiked up behind the park rangers (they were on horseback) who were very helpful and answered our questions. The river was wonderful and perfect for our dogs to cool down in. We were short on time and didn't make it all the way up, but what we did do was beautiful and we are already planning to go back!

There are so many different stages to get to this lake. Dry high plains, dense forest, rainforest, Alpine meadow and finally timberline. It's beautiful. One word of advice, follow the pile ons or you will lose the trail as you leave the forest.

Nice remote out-and-back trail. Beautiful and unique wildflowers. Waters and streams were absent on our hike at the end of July, except for a few stagnant pools of water. Fellow hikers returning back warned us of a large yellow-gray (non-rattling) snake on the trail about 1/2 mile in, but it was gone when we hiked. The hike commences with medium downhill terrain (so medium uphill returning) and continues with rolling hills until you reach the fork to continue about 1/2 mile to the end of the trail (right) or continue straight to Button Rock Reservoir (aka R.P. or Ralph Prince Reservior). We had a late start and light rain with more threatened by thunder and ominous clouds as we continued towards the reservior. We caught a coyote off guard about .7 miles from the split. It immediately ran to the top of the nearest hill and began BARKING at us. Not howling, but barking incessantly--as if I were wearing a postal or UPS uniform kind of bark. I shouted "you win" as we turned around and the coyote replied with incorrigible barking in response. Essentially, that coyote told us off for being on the trail. I suppose it could have been a momma protecting its young, but be aware of the barking, "ye shall not pass" coyote!

really good beginner trail! and gorgeous lakes.

Getting in is easy getting out is all up hill. Seasonal stream runs through mid June making for a nice spot to cool the feet.

Very pretty hike with lots of wildflowers. Challenging return trip with lots of climb.

Awesome wildflowers today! And only saw one group during the whole hike, amazing for Boulder county hiking.

No camping a mile and a half from the trails end.

Wonderful hike!

This was a beautiful hike filled with wildflowers, numerous water crossings, and two beautiful lakes at the top. I'm surprised this hike is rated as easy because the first half of the hike is a steady incline and you gain more that 1500ft in a few miles. With that said, it was well worth the effort. The second lake was absolutely stunning.

walking
9 months ago

We hiked this with our dog this evening. Idk how far we went, maybe 5-6 mi RT. It was cool and quiet, next to the river. It was lovely!

hiking
9 months ago

First 1 mile kinda boring-the rest gorgeous. The part along creek was gorgeous with rocks and flowers. Up hill after that to lookout -so many aspens. Only saw the dirt bikes-and two hikers.

Only a little bit of snow to the left of the first lake and between the second and third lakes. Definitely make a trip to the top one--even if a trail isn't apparent, you can tell where things are based on waterfalls. Saw foxes and marmots along the way.

off road driving
9 months ago

Really great trail! I've driven it 4 times. I think all do it again this Fourth of July but this time as a night trail run. This is a very steep exciting trail that doesn't require any strategic driving. No ledges, straight drops, or lines to pick. Airing down is not required except for comfort. There is a rock quarry at the top that you can do some additional fun stuff with. I love the tight quarters and the scenic views.

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