Explore the most popular nature trips trails in State Forest State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

snowshoeing
7 days ago

My girlfriend and I, along with my best friend and his girlfriend, all tackled this bad boy last Sunday (12/9); and it was magnificent.

We got a relatively late start after making the roughly two-hour drive up from Fort Collins; beginning our snowshoeing trek around 12:30 pm and returning to our vehicle around 4:30 pm.

The road down to the actual trailhead was closed due to the amount of snow, so we added an additional 4 miles to our trip (approx. 6 miles round-trip). With the small parking lot being full, we just parked along State Hwy 14 without a problem.

The road leading up to the trailhead was somewhat steep, but we were blessed with blue skies the whole way up. And even though the temp dropped into the single digits near our trek's end, we were well prepared to bare the elements.

The Crags to the east of the trail provided us with some stupendous views as the sun crept down beyond the mountains, just illuminating the tops of these exceptional peaks. We made it all the way to the lake, but decided not to make the full loop around, for it was getting dark and with most of the hike being in the shade (and at least 10 degrees cooler), we decided to head back. We were fortunate enough to only have seen four to five other groups on the trail, which just added to the splendor of this amazing hike!

Would love to return in the spring or summer to see how different it is in another season!

Tip: Make sure you have your All Trails Map downloaded prior to the hike, for we almost took a wrong turn and got lost, as the trail is completely covered in snow.

This is one hike I always recommend to someone going to Colorado. Stunning view at the top!

Gorgeous country and great hike. Very peaceful and the trail is certainly challenging at times.

hiking
2 months ago

Our 7 and almost 4 year old had fun on this hike! The lake is a great place to play, have a few snacks and take in the scenery!

Went up in mid-September on a Friday morning, and was happily surprised to only encounter one other group on the trail. The last section up to Snow Lake is short and steep, but very worth the push! We logged just over 8 miles, including some exploration around the lakes.

Not too steep or rocky. Incredible views of mountains, lakes and alpine glacial terrain. Want to revisit for a trail run!

hiking
3 months ago

Mildly steep, quick ascending trail. Totally beautiful reward arriving at Lake Agnes. All by ourselves, no one out there but us. Monday 6a start time.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful, short hike with some short areas of heavy climbing. We parked at the winter lot because that is where the GPS directed us, and walked up the road. I think it's about 2-1/2 miles roundtrip when parking from this lower lot,

beautiful trail and view. Well maintained.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy climb up to a pretty lake with an island in the middle. Lots of fisherman. Saw multiple moose around the surrounding areas and roads. Can pick up American lakes from this trail too.

hiking
4 months ago

Great little hike with rewarding views!

hiking
4 months ago

The first portion of the trail is a access road, so not very scenic, but once you hit the Clear Lake/Kelly Lake junction it is very stunning. The trail does not get too difficult until the last few miles so you can cruise the first portion pretty fast. The wildflowers and the mountains are really beautiful. *WARNING* they do run cattle through this area so don’t be surprised if you run into a cattle drive in progress. We ran into several groups of cows (including an active drive) on the access road so it did slow us down quite a bit. They easily move out of the way, just slow going as to not spook them. This trail is also heavily used by equestrian groups (as it is near the equestrian camp) so be prepared for groups on horseback. Over all a great trail.

4 months ago

Beautiful lake, the trail is in great condition! It was wonderful to see all the families on the trail.

One of my favorite hikes during flower season in early to mid July. It’s never too crowded. Be sure to hike up to Snow Lake too!

hiking
5 months ago

AllTrails would not allow me to sign in, said I was too far away from the trailhead? Beautiful and inspiring. Good trail , well maintained and marked. Bring bug spray and sun screen. There is a restroom at the trail head and it is clean. Would absolutely do this one again.

Awesome little trail. Short but steep.

hiking
5 months ago

Perfect short trail for beautiful views and wildflowers. Trail features switchbacks, increases steadily to the lake, and is well marked.

beautiful hike

The park is very lush and wildflowers are blooming everywhere along the trail. ::heart eyes::

This review only pertains to the part of the hike from Thunder Pass to the Lulu Mountain summit. The trail mostly exists, though it disappears and forks in a few spots, but if you can keep on it, the rock is less loose. However, it's pretty clear you need to go up, and there is no sneaky way to get over the steep grade. The ground for most of the hike is a combo of pea-sized rock and embedded larger rock, which is pretty stable. The final ascent scramble is on looser rock between chest and boot-sized. It does get pretty windy, the path area is pretty wide so I didn't feel like I was going to get blown off. Better to summit early in the day. Chilly up there so bring at least a jacket (I had a wool base layer and a rain shell and was comfortable/cool on top).

I ended up touring the entire park area - the Americans, Snow Lake, and all marked trails. Was a really lovely day.

The log on the summit indicated that it is summited by 5-20 people per weekend. The lower trails were much busier.

As a note, I think that the only trials that deserve a "hard" label are Crystal Lake (just past the Americans but a very steep rocky trail and this one. I'd be comfortable doing the other trails in good shoes or tivas, but the summit with the bit of scree and that final scramble, it's safer to have a full boot.

Cute little trail with moderate incline. There is no snow on the trail. Few switch backs and most of it in the trees. The lake itself was really beautiful. I walked around it which was no easy task but well worth it. Waterfalls, flowers, little streams, it was awesome.

Beautiful trail and magnificent lake, with bull moose in the area!

on Lake Agnes Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Crags Campground and the road to the trailhead are open. Snow is all gone. Make sure to bring cash. $7 day use per person and $18 for camping. Multiple switchbacks take you up to Lake Agnes. Short and fairly steep. Beautiful lake nestled at the bottom of the mountains with TONS of fishies! Saw a baby and mama moose together and then a male moose with huge antlers later on. We woke up numerous times in the night to my dog growling at moose at our campsite. They were so close to our tent that I could hear them breathing and eating grass!
Beware of fire restrictions. There were no signs posted anywhere and a cop pulled up to my campsite to tell us to put out our fire. We even spoke to a volunteer ranger earlier who said we could have fires. It was a huge bummer because we couldn't cook any of the food that we brought for dinner or breakfast. We were originally going to do the American Lakes trail (7miles) but couldn't because we were so starved!

Hiked this three days ago. Crags campground is closed and so is the parking at the trailhead which adds an extra half mile or so of fairly steep hiking. Trail is packed with snow in parts and at times difficult to stay on track. Lake was beautiful, partially ice covered but definitely worth the trip. Overall still a fairly simple hike, took maybe an hour to get up to the lake.

hiking
6 months ago

Stunning views and a leisurely hike, just long. Made it to about 2000 feet short of the lake before we started post holing waste deep. Went for another 1500 feet and had to turn around, we were not prepared for this. Give it a little more time unless you plan on snowshoeing. Bathrooms at the trail head.

Mt. Richthofen was not what I expected. The views were to die for and the mountain almost makes that a literal statement.

We climbed at the beginning of June so there was significant snowpack. I brought crampons which became an obvious necessity. The snow around the lake was sliding into the lake and boulders were rolling off the crags, so just crossing to the side with the mountain was perilous.

The mountain itself has no marked trails so after you cross the lake you're on your own. Though the mountain would've been impossible to climb without crampons, when we got over/around the snowpack the rocks and scree slipped everywhere. The angle made the rocks dangerous. You will slip the hole way up and down.

We followed up the draw to the saddle and took up the ridge. If you make it to the first peak the final peak is across a thin ridge of more scree and has a technical rock climb to the top.

Previous reviews are absolute shit. Go over-prepared for this because you won't be prepared enough.

Hiked this today, the trail is basically a single lane dirt road. Very slight incline. Great scenic trail, I ended up taking the trail up to thunder pass which still had a lot of snow. I almost made it to the pass but started breaking through the snow and had to turn around. Next time I go back I'll hike the entire trail and stay on Michigan Gulch to Lake Agnes

hiking
8 months ago

One if my favorite hikes in Colorado so far. I’ve done only about 10 but this one was worth it. Lake was gorgeous and my less than a year old puppy liked it too.

hiking
9 months ago

One of my most beloved hikes in the summertime. Short and somewhat steep, with beautiful views and good fishing at the top if you know where to go.

snowshoeing
9 months ago

Gorgeous day on the Lake Agnes Trail today. This is one of our favorite snowshoe spots with the dogs. Full parking area on the side of the road, but it didn't feel too terribly crowded. Be sure you have gear for windy weather up at the lake--it's brutal but absolutely gorgeous.

hiking
Friday, November 03, 2017

Great short power hike to a beautiful lake.To be clear, the trail on the All trail map seems begin far up the road which was inaccessible by vehicle when we arrived. If this is the case when you arrive add another 2 miles to the 2.3 mile estimate indicated. Completed this hike over Indigenous peoples day weekend and it was cold and snowy but beautiful. The trail follows a road for the first mile or so and there was a good 8 inches of snow on the ground. After you pass a cabin, the trail is another mile or so to the lake. There are a good number of switchbacks as you make your way up, and the snow and ice made this even more challenging. Micro-spikes would have made for more pleasant travel. The lake itself is absolutely gorgeous so make sure to plan a good hour to hang out there if the weather is nice. The whole trip took us about 2.5 hours not counting the time spent at the lake.

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