Looking for a great trail in State Forest State Park, Colorado? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in State Forest State Park ranging from 1.8 to 9.8 miles and from 9,376 to 12,936 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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The ultimate in rugged Colorado, State Forest State Park offers visitors 71,000 acres of forest, jagged peaks, alpine lakes, wildlife and miles of trails. The park stretches along the west side of the Medicine Bow Mountains and into the north end of the Never Summer Range. Moose is our claim to fame. North Park is considered the moose viewing capital of Colorado, with over 600 moose to be observed year-round. The State Forest State Park has something for everyone in every season. With so much room and diversity, visitors can experience a bountiful array of outdoor recreational favorites such as camping, hiking, four-wheeling, horseback riding, skiing, snowshoeing, telemarking, snowboarding, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, birding, wildlife viewing and geocaching.

hiking
snow
3 days ago

Oh this trail is so beautiful! Currently the trail and road to the trailhead is snowy yet melting rapidly. I drive a front wheel drive car so I parked down below and hiked up to the trailhead. Hiked to lake Agnes and then took the ditch trail down towards the American trailhead and Crags campground. There were no people or tracks given the 5-6 inches of snow. Fun to see moose tracks, lots of deer and bunny, and got to spook an owl in that area. Very peaceful! I suggest wearing hiking boots given the snow and muddy trails.

hiking
11 days ago

Moderate about of people on the trial (11am -1 pm) this time of year. bring layers, it's windy. absolutley beautiful lake to hike to. trail was well established and downed trees were place to keep you from wandering off in the wrong direction. trying to get to the trailhead in anything but a truck or suv would be extremely difficult

We loved this hike. Beautiful fall colors, moose sighting, and lovely lakes. The last section of trail up to Snow Lake was challenging but doable if you are a strong hiker.

hiking
fee
rocky
16 days ago

The trial was in great shape. Nice shade for first few miles. Windy and scenic at the lakes. The trek to Snow Lake was worth the extra effort. Beautiful alpine mountain scenery.

hiking
17 days ago

definitley closer to 8 miles but truly amazing hike!

Amazing scenery! Female moose ran across the trail in front of us. Saw several deer on the low end as well.

Did this yesterday (9/29), and it was absolutely beautiful. Got a reasonably early start at about 8:30. Only light traffic on the trail, and the parking area was only about 1/4 full. This is the best time of year to hike up there, as it was cool with blue sky, yellow aspen on the surrounding mountains, and yellow willows in the drainage. Even though the trail is rated moderate, there aren't any particularly challenging parts. Friends from sea-level did suffer from the altitude a bit though. We saw only one moose, but that might have been because there were a couple of unleashed and poorly controlled dogs on the trail ahead of us. There are many nice camping spots around the lakes and there are several side trips from the lakes that are straightforward, such as climbing up to Snow Lake and hiking to Thunder pass (looking into Rocky Mountain NP). It's a bit of a drive, but from the trailhead, it is one of the highest reward-to-effort hikes I've done.

hiking
23 days ago

Fishing wasn’t that great, lots of extra weight to carry a long way for little pay-off. Great hike, and tough. It’s pretty cold up there now, around 25 at night with strong winds. Great views, the hike up takes 3x as long as the hike down; can definitely be done as a day hike from the campground below.

Lake Agnes is incredible. The view from above is awesome. I made the saddle before turning back due to high winds and scree / boulders. This is boulders and scree from Agnes on up. Pretty steep so the trip down is a bit of an issue in places. If you like down climbs where breaking an ankle on a shifting boulder or getting caught up in a scree slide are possible this hike is for you.

hiking
rocky
24 days ago

Beautiful hike, lots of shade. The trail along the lake is all rock on one side so I watch your step. But super cute, loved it.

Great trail! To the upper lake it’s about 4.1 one way. The trail was not crowded at all.

on Lake Agnes Trail

hiking
25 days ago

Brief trail and a good workout. Lovely and not very busy on a Friday. We were two of four people total at the lake. Good place to sit and enjoy the views. Take a picnic and relax.

Arrived just before the sunrise and saw 7 moose total from start to finish (mostly by the parking area and entrance road). Also saw a bear about 1.5mi in across the open valley / river area. Easy, beautiful hike all around!

on Kelly Lake Trail

backpacking
rocky
26 days ago

Lots of road hiking, followed by two sections that are a bit of a slog. After the road, which is kinda boring, there's a decent amount of loose rock on the trail. The final push is a mile of suck with a full pack weight and tired feet. All considered though, a cool hike. It's cold (20's F) there in the mornings and as soon as the sun goes below the ridgeline, and the the wind certainly doesn't help warm you up. If only backcountry fires were permitted in this area.....!!

The last bit to the top lake is challenging, but so worth it.

Amazing trail out in the middle of nowhere. Moose all around so careful. Epic hiking and perfect weather this weekend.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Hiked this trail earlier this week. The climb up is very challenging especially if you have no previous experience with hikes on rocky, steep terrain. The first few miles on the access road were fine and continued fairly easy once we started on the Kelly Lake trail. After, you get to the aspen grove there is a big rock slide and after that the terrain starts to get rocky and the trail gets steeper. The last 2 miles were pretty tough and is where you will cover a lot of elevation quickly. This time of year there were no bugs up at the lake. It was fairly windy up at the lake which made the temperature feel cooler than it was, in addition to the overcast condition. It had a combination of rain and snow the night before so there was a little snow. We camped out there for the night and did some fishing. Only caught cut throat trout - not sure if there are any other species in Kelly Lake. Thankfully, the hike out was mostly downhill, but it was still challenging. Tip: Make sure to stay hydrated and take breaks to get oxygen levels back up because we were slightly hypoxic when we got to the lake.

on Lake Agnes Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Perfect short workout. Absolutely gorgeous views at the lake. Bring a lunch and spend some time in the sunshine up top - there’s a lot to look at!

on American Lakes Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail in the wilderness. I hiked on Monday and only passed 8 other hikers. Usually I would love that, but this trail is so in the middle of nowhere, it was almost disconcerting without other hikers. I was on the lookout for moose and despite walking slowly and with my head on a swivel, a moose was around a switchback. I spooked it which then spooked me so be careful! Even when being cautious they can still be just where you don’t quite see them!

hiking
1 month ago

river views, easy trail great for a short walk.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice short trail- a little narrow at times! Lots of families with small children and dogs. We got to the trailhead at 9:30am and were able to park but it was full with people parked down the road when we got back about 2 hours later. Beautiful lake- worth the steep trail.

We went all the way up to snow lake and it was a bit of a challenge but so worth it. The views here are astounding. I’ve never been to this part of the state before and definitely plan to come back! There were a lot of people but it wasn’t overly crowded like some places I’ve been to.

camping
1 month ago

We had an enjoyable camping experience for our first time out with kids in tow a few weeks ago. The campsite we were at had a near level spot and two other cleared areas. There was a clear fire pit/grate and picnic table. Our Lexus LX Sedan took the dirt road to the camp okay. The path was not clearly marked at the fork. Go left. We had to back out from the right. It was nice during the day. We saw two moose as we drove in and heard they were running through the campground stealing food so we kept everything in the car for the day. It was cold at night. There was a little general store up the highway with ice, firewood, snacks, camping supplies, etc., that were not priced terribly. No cell service as noted on the site. The Crags trail was beautiful.

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

Pretty mellow trail with an easy summit and great views into RMNP. Footing can be a little loose on the way down. I would recommend staying in the main trail out and back, not the loop that AllTrails recommends. That segment of the trail was very overgrown and there was a lot of fresh bear prints and scat.

As everyone said, if you guys up there early you’ll see some moose. Pretty easy trail. I was expecting some intense scrambling but I was able to make it all the way up to Snow Lake without my hands. The views are gorgeous right now.

Beautiful hike and even saw some moose, including a big bull down in a meadow below us. However, our GPS clocked it at 8.9 miles not 6.8, just a heads up.

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