Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

Hiked 3/14. Made it all the way up with boots and poles. Poles were a must or at least spikes as it's steep and slippery. The last mile I was sinking in the snow quite a bit so I actually put snowshoes on to get back down to the river bottom. Awesome winter hike!

Gorgeous snowy hike/walk on March 20. It took me longer than expected but it was so peaceful and I only saw one other person the whole time. So it was well worth the drive. Very majestic. Highly recommend it.

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
4 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.

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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.

off road driving
9 days ago

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

10 days ago

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.

10 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

I was on the trail by 7:45. It was great morning. Only saw one other set of other hikers until the way down. Beautiful views, windy at the top. Great hike.

Lots of snow. Need microspikes and snowshoes. It is a great workout as it is steep.

15 days ago

Super great! We got there early in the morning so there was plenty of snow. We saw a couple of people on the way but we mostly had the trail to ourselves. On the way down it had gotten quite packed down and there were lots of people.

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
17 days ago

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

off road driving
17 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.

18 days ago

Really fun, peaceful trail in the summer with gorgeous views of the river.

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.

Spikes were sufficient until about a mile before the lakes

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.

Ceran St Vrain was a pretty easy hike. I decided to continue and follow the trail 252 up the hill to Millers Rock to see what that had to offer....it offered some pretty amazing views. That part of the hike was tough. The trail was icy in spots and snowy in others, with a touch of clear trail. I wore my spikes the whole way through just to be on the safe side. I'm glad i did.

23 days ago

Great easy/peaceful trail. We snowshoe'd about 3mi out. Although we did see some people skiing, the trail is narrow and has some rocks showing, so caution.

29 days ago

It was BEAUTIFUL! Definitely a must see !

Great and dogs can explore off leash!

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.

Snowed all morning, but no wind. It was awesome. Most of the trail is good enough to walk on with hiking boots, snowshoes would have been extremely helpful, skis would have also been nice. I have neither snowshoes or skis so I didnt make it to the lakes, started post holing every step about 3/4 mile to the lakes so I turned back. Hey it was worth a shot.

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