Explore the most popular horseback riding 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.

Beautiful ascent along a creek to an open meadow with aspens. Large rock outcroppings add dramatic views.

Hiked this trail today with my 2 year old. I carry her in the backpack, and this trail was perfect for that! Not too strenuous, but still worked up a little sweat carrying 40 lbs of toddler and snacks. Beautiful views, densely wooded and next to a stream the whole way. We only ran into a few other people, which made the drive worth it in overpopulated Colorado!

This trail is beautiful!! Amazing views. I’d recommend doing the whole thing, including the OT trail. If you start to the left on the trailhead it has more of a steep decline. And then if you come up on the right side of the triple trail, it is a service road. Not hard at all, I will definitely be back for trail running.

Pretty hike along the water. went early in the morning and no one around.

Good hike. Only ran into two other couples hiking on the trail and a few horseback riders.

great trail with lots of places to relax by the water

definitely need spikes and snowshoes. made it up with spikes and post-holed all the way down. packed snow and pretty easy until the roger's pass/crater lake split where trail gets more difficult. arrived around 11:30 and finished before 3. lake is still frozen over, a good trail for wind protection for most of it is in the trees

Easy hike, shaded.

This trail has a lot of people on it. It is great for bikers and runners.

19 days ago

Great trial. Just went out and back with Boy Scouts backpacking. Some felled trees, but took care of two of the three of them. The ice is now gone except at one creek passage (you can go around). Super fun and easy hike to get you out of the day-to-day.

Only disappointment is the number of people who think they can camp between the water and the trail. Enforcement would be nice.

Great hike with great views! Our 4 year old was able to do the whole hike on her own.

Trail was pretty cool! Short enough to enjoy, but long enough to be slightly strenuous. 360° views at the top were amazing. Watch your footing on the way up and down as there are lots of loose rocks.

Love this shady trail. It’s perfect for summer days and hiking with your dog. There is access to water the whole trail:)

Perfect trail for a sunrise.

Still a lot of snow. Glad I had both microspikes and snowshoes. Others were really struggling without.

Looked like a great trail...but definitely CLOSED!

Kind of boring for the first couple miles, but rises up to meet the peaks towards the end with some good views. Barely any snowpack even with this last weeks storms. Greening up with crocus out. Lots of jumping over the stream, my dog was a huge fan. Not too many people either. Beautiful meadows at the top.

1 month ago

Nice hike.. Did a one night backpack, didn’t see any wildlife but there was plenty of sign surrounding meadow. Woke to a couple inches of fresh snow and fog around the peaks. Beautiful.

1 month ago

A great place to picnic, enjoy scenery, fish and spend a nice family day away from it all.

More like a path going around the lake halfway than a "hike".

Areas to set up camp for the night or so.

Some slush and water on the trail right now as is appropriate in mud season. The trail up is rather unremarkable but still a beautiful walk in the woods. The summit view is wonderful.

Really wanted to do this trail but the road all the way up (st Bernard lake trail) is closed due to construction tell late June.
Trailhead 4 miles away from road closer.

1 month ago

We really love this trail. It is very pretty in fall- Mid October. Nice family walk and roomy trails.

Snow is still falling up there as of today 4/21. Due to all of the fresh snow I wasn't able to keep to the trail itself, instead just cut my own way up all of the way to the lakes. Snowshoes are necessary until a defined trail is made again. Excellent ski snow today!

I drove a big Jeep-like truck up to this trail, if you have a little car you might have trouble. Other than that, this is a very easy trail once you get there. My 4 month old puppy and I hiked this and it’s pretty - aspen trees, alpine flowers, boulders and of course the lake. He had a blast splashing around and I laid a blanket out and laid on the shore. I’d go back anytime!

1 month ago

I got to the trailhead about 11am on a Monday (04/16) and only crossed paths with a handful of people. I loved that the trail offered areas of dense tree coverage, enormous boulders and rock walls, and views of the creek from above and at ground level. There were only a few icy spots left.
*I used this app to pull up directions on Google Maps however it directed me to turn too soon at a place where there was no actual turn. So, if you use google maps drive past where it tells you to make the final turn, go right at the fork and you'll find the sign for the parking lot on your right about .5 mile from where Google told you to turn.*

Hiked Lower Dadd several times throughout this past winter. Snow was never deep enough to require more than microspikes. This is not a “bang for your buck” kinda hike as far as views are concerned unless you head left on the dirt road once the trails ends. After about a half mile or so the view start to open up. Not so sure there will be much solitude on this trail in the summer. Moderate elevation gain on this trail but nothing too crazy. I also saw a moose here on one of my hikes and mountain lion tracks on another.

1 month ago

4/9- beautiful hike. Still some snow and ice in areas. We put on spikes after about a quarter mile and only needed them in some spots but were glad to have them! An easy walk through the woods. Mostly flat. The river goes along side the trail the whole way. The forest reminded me of hikes I’ve done in the PNW. A very peaceful setting. Saw lots of moose and bear tracks.

We decided to come here for a relaxing picnic by the lake. The hike itself was very short, but the view at the lake definitely made up for it.
On a side note, going back up the dirt path was very difficult and I do not recommend it if you don’t have a 4Wd. We drove there in our front wheel drive Ford Fiesta and we ended up stuck and unable to get up the incline. My boyfriend had to literally push the car up over the mud and ice.
Otherwise, I enjoyed the lake and the scenery :)

Good hike. Don't let the beginning fool you, the last mile is a heck of an elevation gain. We were pooped by the end of it. Gorgeous views.

Parking is very limited so get an early start, especially during tourist season.

One of the best trails I've ever done. We did this trail in early September. Weather was nice and cool and we saw 4 moose while on the trail. We could not finish the trail because they camped up just off the side of the trail. Looking forwarsld to going back and completing it

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