Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

What a great little hike! Got to the trailhead about 8am on a Sunday and saw no one on the trail, must have been lucky!

off road driving
2 days ago

Great beginner trail, my first time today and I would say it was easy but very rocky and bumpy. Other than that great views and a great time

We chose to do this trail early before the sun came up to catch the sunrise. It was perfect. Beginning of the trail is very open and wide but once you intersect the homestead trail it becomes more of a “trail” through the trees. Very beautiful and relatively easy. Great for everyone!

Pretty and easy trail with a beautiful waterfall and view.

Great technical trail, lots of fun obstacles and was definitely a challenge with open diffs. Ran it on a warm weekend so the snow was melting but still proving to be icy in spots. The two main obstacles are both steep climbs. The first was a muddy start and finished with a rocky outcrop with a large boulder in the center. The second was a deep ravine filled with large rocks and deadfalls. They both had bypass trails. This trail was really fun because its all uphill on the way in, so you don’t have to worry about making it through a section and not being able to make it back. Awesome views and a few nice campsites at the top.

1987 Toyota 4Rnunner
3” lift
33” Mickey Thompson Baja MTZs
Smittybuilt XRC 9.5k winch

This trail was spectacular. We parked at the Brainard lot because the road was closed. Three miles to the trailhead, but pretty and easy. Once we hit the trailhead we slapped on our snowshoes and were on our way. Nobody other than a cross country skier was out there. The trail wasn’t overly difficult but we felt the hills. We’re doing it again end of March. Beautiful trail for snowshoeing.

3/13/18: Did this trail today w/my 9 y-o & 17 y-o. We parked in the lower lot but the upper lot has the bathrooms. We took the Nighthawk trail. No bikers allowed on this trail. The only issue we had was when the trailed forked off with no sign. The fork off to the right is what looks like a vehicle made path (what the path had been up to that point for awhile) and the fork to the left is a thin foot trail. We went right because it seemed to be going in the right direction. It wasn't the path but still got us to the same point - where you can take Button Rock trail or Nelson Loop. They need to put a sign at that fork! We took Nelson Loop to the right (east), stopped at the settlement then took Bitterbush trail to the parking lot. Almost as soon as we got on Nelson Loop the mountain bikes started coming. With the exception of the mountain bikes, our favorite part of the hike was Bitterbrush & Nelson Loop. If we do this one again we'll skip Nighthawk. It took us just over 4 hours to hike this. I don't think I'd brave this one in the summer. Not much shade. Must be really hot in the summer. We didn't think it was difficult but the kids complained that it was too long.

7 days ago

Nice 1 mile hike (2mi round trip) to the reservoir. Trail was nicely maintained with omly a few icy spots.

off road driving
7 days ago

It's close and easy to get to. Great camping on either end. Boulder County is awesome about marking the forestry roads.

As it clearly states, this is a DOG FRIENDLY hike. So there will be a lot of dogs on this trail and they will be off leash. If that's not your style, there are plenty of other hikes in the area, such as Grey Rock just down the road, where dogs are on leash or not allowed at all. Go there! Or don't complain. This is an awesome, beautiful hike that people can enjoy with their dogs. I would have given it 5-stars except parking can be a problem and there are no trash cans at the trailhead.

8 days ago

Went 3/9/18, day was cool & cloudy with little wind. Trail snowpacked mostly and crusty but doable in snowshoes. Did lake loop and came back. Great scenery and enjoyable. Tom

If you want an intense workout to start your hike, I highly suggest this trail. The first part is more difficult, lots of switchbacks but there are some great landscape views. The town's that surround these trails have done a great job of allowing us access, while they rebuild, after those devastating floods.
Totally worth the drive to get there❤️

off road driving
15 days ago

Winter is the best time for seven mile a lot more challenging and fun

off road driving
15 days ago

Ripped this on an ‘07 Grand Cherokee with no problems! Moderate traffic, but not bad at all. Have fun!

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.

One of my favorite hikes of all time, but difficult to navigate due to snow unless you go in July or August. Absolutely gorgeous. The little lake at the top is quite a climb but worth it.

Gorgeous. You absolutely need snowshoes. The road to the trailhead is closed so tack in another 6 miles rt. Awesome trail. Nobody- other than us and a skier out there.

19 days ago

beautiful place to go.


27 days ago

It was BEAUTIFUL! Definitely a must see !

1 month ago

No one on the trail! Deep deep snow. It was a quick hike but gorgeous. Oh and a bunch of powdery goodness.

off road driving
1 month ago

Very easy to get to the resivor when the trail is open. First time had a lot of ruts but they got filled. Got there in a little Mazda car the second time.

1 month ago

I got here early and was the only person on the hill all morning. Still a few feet of snow on the ground so the snowshoeing was really good.

Such a gem of a place. Lost my Tripod head for my camera so if you see it it’s mine. I have to go to work otherwise I’d find it.

You will need snowshoes if you want to make it to Blue Lake.

off road driving
1 month ago

I have a previous review but I went back and redid the trail. I'd say I was probably angry this wasn't rated easy, and I'm not sure if i did the whole thing last time. I have a full video up if you'd like to take a look:


07 ranger manual
no lift
no locker
no sway bar

youtube trail channel: b roll offroad

have fun!

1 month ago

Fun little hike with great views. A great place to go if you don’t have much time but want to see a good view of ranges.

Super fun! Can be really rocky in some places and to get to the water fall you gotta do some climbing. Totally worth it. Perfect for summer or winter, definitely one of my favorites. Not to much snow on the trail right now, no microspikes needed.

2 months ago

Great hike, beautiful views. Too many unleashed, unruly dogs for my pleasure.

Great trail conditions. Hiked on 1/14/18. No snow pack or ice, just clear trail bottom to top. I have done this hike in Summer and Winter and it's a good day trip, takes about 3:45 depending on how long you linger at the summit. Steady, moderate climb with steeper terrain over the final 1/2 mile.

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