Forest Lakes Trail

MODERATE 30 reviews
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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.

hiking
6 days ago

Still pretty snowy up there- once above the straight portion passed the crater-forest split, its snow hiking for the rest of the way

Went in early May. Pretty challenging because of the deep snow which was pretty consistent the whole trail. Would love to go back when it's warm.

19 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

Attempted this yesterday with no luck. 1 mile in and you're already walking on 3 feet deep piles of snow. Then it dried out for a while until about 2 miles in, the trail was all snow packed and hard to distinguish. Not worth getting lost.

20 days ago

Beautiful hike in early June. Gets a bit slow-going on the second half without snow shoes or crampons but it's still doable with hiking boots.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike, quiet. Went during the summer. Worth the climb for the lakes, looked like a great place to set up camp, quite a few people fishing.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Nice snowshoe hike. Followed skier trail. Quite a bit of incline towards the end with deep snow.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful Hike. Didn't bring snowshoes today. Stopped when we started post holing about 1/2 mile from first lake. Will definitely go back.

hiking
7 months ago

Only ran into a few people on a Saturday!!! Loved the solitude!

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Nice hike. Easy on the feet/legs/knees for the most part. I only ran into ONE other person after the turn for Forest Lakes. The colors in the trees look amazing this time of year. Be sure to go past the 1st lake onto the 2nd. There is a lot of parking, but by the time i finished (1pm), it was PACKED. I think most of the people that park there go to crater lakes trail though.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

We did this hike last Saturday (8/20/2016) and it exceeded high expectations. We set out from the trailhead at about 10 and ran in to very few people on the way up. Make sure to not stop at the first lake, like this trail map shows. The second lake is about 15 more minutes up the trail and is much more beautiful. Highly recommend this trail

11 months ago

Madi Austin Mama

hiking
11 months ago

11 months ago

Great hike - I went this past weekend, and most of the snow was gone. Still pockets of it here and there once you get within the last mile on the way up to the lakes, but we weren't post-holing which was a plus. Steady climb for most of the hike to both lakes. I would recommend getting an early-ish start - we started at 7:30 and barely saw anyone, until our way down, so that's always nice.

11 months ago

Beautiful trail, climb is straight up to the lake. Still a little snow but not enough to stop you from reaching the lake.