Explore the most popular dog friendly 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.

off road driving
11 hours ago

Went through the trail in my 2016 Tacoma TRD Off-Road with 35 inch tires, and 6 inch lift. The trail had some difficult parts that took awhile to get out of. It also had some narrow sections where if your vehicle was and bigger than a Tacoma you might have a higher risk of scratches, so be advised. Over all the trail was fun and had the right amount of challenge. Would not recommend for a beginner, but it wouldn’t be impossible. On the trail we also came across two bull moose so keep an eye out for wildlife as you go.

1 day ago

Lot was full by 10am but we squeezed on the road. We read there wasn’t many backpacking spots - and I found maybe 3, but were too close to water or the trail. We found if you go past (between) the final lakes and keep going (careful, the trails spur and we got turned around), you follow a stream on your right after 1/2 mi to approx 3 sites spread by a few hundred feet. It was a good first backpacking trip for my 7yo. There was plenty of water, moderate temps, and while we saw a bunch of bugs, only really got one or two bites. We encountered a cow moose about 30 feet off the trail about half way up!

I think technically this is in the Indian Peaks Wilderness and you need a permit in summer, but, sorry, it is ridiculous to print a form and mail a $5 check or to go to the office. Let me do it online. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/arp/recarea/?recid=80803

Overall it's not a trail I'd be super excited to get back to or take anyone to, but it was a nice short hike with shade most of the way. The final lakes/ponds are pretty with some views of the surrounding ridges. The lakes are small with quite a few people crowded around fishing or lounging. The first lake you pass is mosquito heaven and pretty yucky.

Took this trail all the way down to lost lake, then back up, taking a right on Waldrop to take us back to the Brainard entrance parking.

Very pretty bike, I would suggest making sure you get as far as the meadow that opens up onto a beautiful view of Mt Navajo peak and the continental divide.

Lost lake was beautiful, but I avoided taking the back paths to avoid the crowds on this busy Sunday.

Great hike, a few steeper spots but generally easy. We saw almost no people on the trail which is increasingly difficult in the front range.

Did part of bunce in an ATV, mixed with hiking up a chunk of the road to get to the crash site. Also did pony pond as well

Great afternoon hike, didn't get ticks and got a sweat up. The valley at the top is great for a picnic but pack light as the hike up can be hard. The dogs had a fun time!

Not a loop trail, and it is over 2 miles one way to get to Lost Lake. We had a time constraint and had to turn around and didn't see the lake. Due to misleading description on AllTrails we didn't allow enough time. Trail is poorly marked with a few spots you have to choose a trail, but indeed there are many hikers to consult. Download the map before you get up there. I forgot and didn't have service so it was too late. Map would have been helpful. The difficulty ratings on AllTrails are also misleading. As an experienced and relatively fit hiker this hike is easy, but the I'm trying to find a trail for out of town visitors with varying fitness levels and this ain't it. There's many other trails on AllTrails rated as easy that are clearly not easy.

A small section closed near the top, take the Michigan Hill detour, which is easy to find.
I can't see why anyone would do this as a "there and back" when you can easily connect to a network of fun trails via Apex Road. make it a loop and come out Missouri gulch. - way more fun that way, in my opinion.

13 Wrangler sport, 4' AEV kit with Bilsteins, 35" open country's, aired down to 12. - Amateur driver.

Many moderate obstacles and great views would recommend atleast 33’s

well maintained trail. not too hard but not too easy. I did the whole thing and was definitely tired by the time I got back to the trailhead. minor elevation changes.

off road driving
9 days ago

Fun trail. Was a little tuff at the beginning but also challenging and not to hard. Had 33’s with a 4” lift in my 2001 Jeep wrangle. Took that trail like a champ.

not for atv

off road driving
9 days ago

Fun trail. Very green this time of year.
The ascent right at the beginning is fun but the crystal mountain trail was gated off.
The closure signs looked fairly new.

Beautiful easy trail! Got there about 11:30 on a Sunday and the trail wasn't too crowded. Very shady and cool for a summer day!

I've been hiking this trail for 45 years and enjoy it still.

my favorite trail

It was an awesome hike along the river. Some awesome campsites off to the sides. It is a bit busy along those but once you are about half a mile in, it’s beautiful and pretty much empty. We would definitely hike here again.

off road driving
10 days ago

Definitely tested the limits of my stock '03 4Runner! This trail had a wide variety of rock scrambles, straddling stream beds and some great scenery.

We hiked this trail this past holiday weekend and it sure was busy. The four mile drive in on the gravel road can get quite bumpy and a little cramped when passing other vehicles in narrow spots. The hike itself was probably on our list of top hikes within an hour or so of Denver. The wild flowers along the trail were beautiful and the multiple water crossings were great. If you don't mind the heavy weekend traffic on the trail early on in the day the trek to the ridge is totally worth it. We got caught in your typical afternoon storms so if you are above tree line there is not much for cover and you are pretty exposed along the last mile of the hike going out. The views in all directions one you do get out to the lake are breathtaking. Certainly a hike a we would enjoy again and again as well as an overnight backpack in type trip.

Stunning for the entire length. The elevation gain is gradual, so even though over half of the trail is above treeline, it is not difficult. Definitely be prepared for the wind and wear good hiking shoes, and you'll have a great time! We arrived around 8:00am on a Saturday and we found roadside parking about 0.3 miles from the trailhead. The road was not as bad as I thought (in a small SUV).

Our favorite hike so far. Views the entire time. Super windy when you get to the pass. We were not used to altitude and we did fine. Get there early—by 8 you’ll be hiking with groups in front and behind you.

I took my dog on this hike and she loved it! Tons of little streams and different landscapes. The incline is a little difficult but if you take breaks along the way it is doable :)

Beautiful day
Beautiful hike

off road driving
14 days ago

beautiful area, not sure why it is rated 'easy', it's probably a 5 to 7 on a difficult scale. ground ckearnace needed for several areas

It’s a great trail if you have a vehicle built and bought for offroad driving. I went in a 4x4 Cherokee and we had to turn around and go back. There was no other cars around and no service and we almost got stuck twice. Please be careful and come prepared and it shouldn’t be a beginner driver either.

Spectacular hike! Definitely do not forget your windbreaker, the wind at the top is intense.

off road driving
16 days ago

Great trail. Nothing serious for a side by side but a great, relaxing day.

It is really only a short .5 mile rocky walk to other trailheads. other trails are probably 2 or 3 miles at least.

16 days ago

Recommend going on overcast/cooler day. Also trail would prob be best on a bike vs hike- good spot

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