Forest Lakes Trail

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Forest Lakes Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rollinsville, Colorado that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and fishing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1689 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Directions from the Forest Service Website: From Nederland, travel south for 4.5 miles on Colorado Highway 119 to Rollinsville. Turn west onto the gravel Gilpin County Road 16 and continue eight miles to the Moffat Tunnel. A large parking area is available at the East Portal Trailhead.

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4 days ago

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18 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Upper, lower Forest Lakes- not the prettiest lakes I've seen. Trail also is not my fav. Compared to Indian Peaks, which I love, James Peak wilderness is just ok, imho.

Moderate trail climbs steadily uphill, not particularly steep, meandering thru forest. No views. Not much views at lakes either. Lotsa pesky gnats made it unbearable to stick around the lakes for long. Wildflowers on the trail weren't that great but were somewhat better at the lakes. The paintbrush- scarlet & rosy, were beautiful. Other noteworthy flowers- Elephant Head. Fireweed & raspberry plants right at the beginning junction & Bog Wintergreen at the early marshy part.

Overall just an avg hike. Seen much better.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

I love the forests in Nederland. It smells wonderful, you get tree cover, and the pine needles make the trail nice and soft. This hike is easy to get to and beautiful the whole time. The columbines were pristine, and the lake is beautiful. The trail is extremely well kept and it allows for fast moving. The only downside is that there are never really any mountain views. Mostly forest.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Beautifully maintained trail. There are river crossings over streams that barely need them.
No real views until the lakes. It's definitely worth it to go to the upper lake. It's a little over 8 miles round trip if you do.
No mosquitos. There were a lot of gnats for the first 1/4 mile, then no bugs.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous. Hardly any snow, regular hiking boot will do just fine. The waters are full, views still snow capped, and I would go in the next 1-2 weeks- the flowers are just beginning to bloom. Will most definitely be doing this one again!

1 month ago

nice trail with a beautiful Lake view.

1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Any mosquito information? How bad are they?

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This has always been one our favorite hikes. The trail is clear and awaiting all comers. Enjoy