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.

hiking
1 month 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
2 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
3 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.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

We did this hike in snowshoes, in about 1-2 feet of powder. It was incredible! Very difficult if you’re new to snowshoeing, we didn’t make it all the way up the access road to the lake but it was still absolutely beautiful. We will be back again, hopefully we’ll make it to the lake next time!

hiking
6 months ago

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.

Loved this hike. Quick hike up to the lake with gorgeous views.

It was an amazingly beautiful hike. There was plenty of places to sit and enjoy the view. You can hike around the lake and on the other side you can see a water fall. I honestly wish we had brought our swimming suits, the water looked so inviting. :D

hiking
9 months ago

Going up to Lake Agnes the road narrows for one car only,not enough room for another car to pass. Beautiful hike, strenuous at times mostly due to the elevation. My husband, two daughters 13 & 8 and I managed very well. It was worth the hike on our way down a doe was grazing a few feet from us.

hiking
10 months ago

We loved this trail!!

hiking
10 months ago

I live at just about sea level and this was my first hike above 10k feet. Challenging but the sights are definitely worth it.

Beautiful hike! You need to drive up a very steep and narrow dirt road to get to the trailhead. I did so in my car, but would not recommend!! I almost got stuck a few times. Other than that it was a relatively easy hike with stunning views. Well worth the hassle!

hiking
10 months ago

Nice hike with lots of wildflowers. Nearly impossible to do the loop around the lake due to the extremely rugged terrain at the south end. The dirt road leading to the trailhead was kind of rough, but should be doable with any 2WD vehicle..

hiking
10 months ago

beautiful hike. We took the road all the way up to the trail head with only a two wheel drive truck. There's a parking lot and cabin at the trail head. It's mostly uphill to the lake but our 5 year old made it just fine.

This trail is great for a long easy hike. $3.00 self service pay station on the way in and opportunities to split off onto the more difficult American trail. We followed this trail to almost the end, but then ran into some snow and a rock scramble. Even though we couldn't finish the hike to the lake, it's still an amazing walk with amazing views.

hiking
11 months ago

Consistent snow patches still present. Good luck slipping and sliding on the way back down.

11 months ago

Just came down an hour ago. Difficult is a fitting description for this hike. The lake was frozen 100%.the trail was covered in snow about the last two miles . If you're going this week bring snow shoes. On the way in it's all uphill. It was just for the first night. You will sleep in snow for sure for a couple of weeks more. Bonus? This area is not windy.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

We did snowshoe on an amazing day this magnificent trial! Love it! Great views!

snowshoeing
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Great trail-snow too soft for boots but not too deep/freshfor snowshoes. Tough hike

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

super easy and quick hike to the lake, beautiful!

backpacking
Saturday, December 24, 2016

Wonderful place to go on a backpacking trip. If you're smart enough to not destroy the environment and leave no trace (very fragile environment up there). The reward is worth the drive and the trouble. Highly recommend for backpacking!

hiking
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

good but don't care for the steps

on Kelly Lake Trail

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

on Kelly Lake Trail

backpacking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

This is a really long, difficult hike but well worth the effort. We backpacked up and spent the night at the lake. There was only one other group at the lake and we saw no one, after the first 1/2 mile, on our hike up. We saw a couple groups on our way down the next day but it was still pretty quiet.

The trail follows a dirt road for about half of the hike and they've done a lot of tree clearing due to the beetles. Great views most of the way up. Once you get into the forest, it is beautiful. Lots of wildflowers were in bloom yet at the beginning of August.

The mobile directions for this trailhead are totally wrong - it had us go to CO 30 which lead to private land. The turnoff should be to 41 from 14. There are signs for a campground - turn there. The State Forest entry is right there. The directions on page are good.

hiking
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

great/quick hike, and good for young family! tougher during the winter, since it has a long steep road that leads to the trailhead that would have to be snowshoed.

I would say that it's "easy", not "moderate" as listed above.

Bumpy road, so I wouldn't recommend it for a low clearance vehicle, but there were some that make it up there Everytime I've been up!

Definitely lots of fish in the lake, but I believe it's flys only & catch/release... may be wrong on that though.

fishing
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Fun. Use little flys. Spinner weren't working.

camping
Monday, June 06, 2016

June 1st 2016. The logging road leading to the trail was closed due to snow about 1.6 miles from the trailhead. Gorgeous hike. We could have used some snowshoes, but we made it to the lake without them. The lake was still almost completely frozen. It was really an incredible spectacle to see. Scrambled a very snowy Mt. Richthofen to a ridge before turning back. I can't wait to come back later this summer to see it transformed.

hiking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

Unless you are going with snowshoes or skis, you won't be able to hike this. Snow still several feet deep. First half mile or so is plowed.

hiking
Monday, April 25, 2016

Date: 24 April 2016
Cost: $3.00
Conditions: Overcast, Mid-30s
Traffic: None

Pros:
Beautiful scenery pushes you to make the next spur and see what is around the next corner. It is great for a stroll at a decent elevation. Traffic every time I have been is virtually none, leaving the trail just for me and my friends.

Cons:
With the winter weather, storms can come in quicker than expected and the trail's composure can change drastically from cleared to hard pack to soft powder.

To note, there are plenty of fun treasures to see on this relaxing hike.

Climb, Adapt, and Overcome,
Savage

cross country skiing
Sunday, February 14, 2016

In true fashion, there were a lot of fellow explorers out today! Had fun with the friends but the trail was chopped up and a bit icy. Can't wait to return this summer and head up to the lakes.

hiking
Thursday, October 29, 2015

A really good workout with the snow. The way up was fairly easy with some light snow pack. No microspikes needed, just normal hiking boots worked for me. The view is spectacular in the winter time. I highly recommend everyone do a winter hike at some point. The loop around the lake was difficult on the west side of the lake. Just enough for micro spikes but not enough for snow shoes The east side of the lake is much easier.It was a warm day that started at 20 and I ended up finishing the day out wearing a short sleeve shirt, bring layers.

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