hiking

views

wild flowers

walking

birding

nature trips

wildlife

forest

dogs on leash

trail running

kid friendly

lake

dog friendly

river

camping

mountain biking

snowshoeing

horseback riding

off road driving

fishing

scenic driving

no dogs

backpacking

waterfall

cross country skiing

fly fishing

The Roosevelt National Forest is a national forest located in north central Colorado. It is contiguous with the Colorado State Forest as well as the Arapaho National Forest. The forest is administered jointly with the Arapaho National Forest and the Pawnee National Grassland from offices in Fort Collins.

snowshoeing
23 hours ago

plenty of snow on the trail for snowshoes. It was windy and lightly snowing at times. you do have to park at the visitor center which adds 2 miles I think. wasn't busy at all very peaceful.

I snowshoed parts of the trail on Saturday - Sourdough to St Vrain to Waldrop, snowshoes were definitely needed (except on the road) as it snowed the night before. The trails are covered in snow but the wind caused snowdrifts in parts and other parts you can scrape rocks with shoes. It was fun and there are some great views.

A little delayed in posting. Enjoyed this hike on a crisp September day. All other hikers clearly planned for the weather better than we did - there were very few hikers and most were on their way down as we went up. There were a few small patches of September snow, and it naturally got chillier as we climbed. Thankfully, the rain didn’t begin till we saw the lakes. Despite a chilly rain the entire descent, this was one of my favorite (maybe favorite) hikes. The sounds of the forest and babbling brook brought such a sense of calm that it was easy to forget the actual challenge of the trail.

Great hike, the parking lot of Brainard Lake is closed so we walked 2 miles up the road to the lake. Didn’t need yak traks or anything just hiking boots were fine. It was very windy, deep snow in some spots. Great views! Not very many people either for a Sunday.

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing ! A few waterfalls along the way & amazing views!

Out on Sunday morning 11/12/17. Trail well marked. Horses and dogs on leash allowed. No mountain biking.
Parts of the trail were muddy where sun had thawed the ground. Other parts, still frozen or decomposed granite. Did the entire loop. Saw only one large bird sorring in the sky above, two groups on horseback, and four couples on the entire walk. Water still running under the bridge on the trail. Nice hike for some good exercise and serenity.

hiking
10 days ago

Freakin' rad!
All the snow was packed down which made travel pretty quick. Slippery on the way down but fun. The lake itself was frozen enough to walk on. It's also huge. Super windy up there too but worth exploring a bit.

MUST READ!! Heads up Everyone that might be just as informed as I wasn’t, the gate that is open in the warmer months is closed and locked now. So you park at the first visitors center which adds a 2 mile trek to the beginning of the actual hike; pretty but, just know it’s an added 2 miles both ways. Also of note, bring any and all cold weather gear that’ll also get you out of the cold gusty winds. At the end of the 2 Mile “welcome-Trek”, gusty winds greet you as soon as you can see Brainard Lake. This is where we turned around after a few minutes of “how bad does this suck right now/the wind will stop soon”
I would maybe bring a sled or something to make the trek back a bit more fun. I know it’s overall a beautiful Hike, I’ve done it summer/Fall but, just wasn’t properly equipped for a cold&Windy walk-about

off road driving
10 days ago

only thing hard on this trail is finding a fun offroad obstacle haha. smooth all the way to the parking lot where i found a honda accord had completed the trail i aired down for. there is one steep hill thats pretty long but pretty typical driveway in the foothills. at the end parking lot there is a gate and it seems to stop you about 90% of the way through the trail listed on alltrails. it does appear that the trail gets harder just after the gate but it can't be very long. anyway, very nice views of gross coming in, nice mountain views from up there and an easy trail that can be completed in just about anything. if you'd like to see some clips of this trail to get a feel or check out the other gross trail i have a video up at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-l-amh43TM

07 ranger manual
bilsteins
13psi
33"
no lift
no locker
no sway bar

have fun!

off road driving
10 days ago

off road driving
10 days ago

very easy trail, mildly bumpy. about a 4/10 on views, kind of a low elevation trail but still had snow and ice on it today. didn't do the whole trail because i used it as a point-to-point to get to gross reservoir. i have a little footage from the trail at the beginning of this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-l-amh43TM

only a couple clips at beginning from switzerland but you could get an idea of what its like for sure.

07 ranger manual
bilsteins
13psi
33"
no lift
no locker
no sway bar

have fun!

hiking
11 days ago