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Forest Lakes Trail

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Forest Lakes Trail is a 6.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Rollinsville, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,541 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

fishing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

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river

waterfall

wild flowers

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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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snow
25 days ago

Beautiful trail, but I wouldn’t classify this as difficult relative to other difficult trails in this wilderness area and Indian Peaks wilderness. The all-trails route to the lake has not been traveled this winter so you will be following a slightly different route. Snow packed at the bottom, but micro spikes were helpful at the bottom and I highly recommend snowshoes for the upper portion or you will be post holing for the last 3/4 mile.

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful trail, all bridges were intact.

hiking
2 months ago

Don’t go on this trail. Bridges have fallen down... we went on the Crater Lakes trail which was lovely

hiking
2 months ago

Nicely maintained trail through the woods! Had both lakes all to myself. Loved hearing the elk in the morning.

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rocky
2 months ago

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2 months ago

BEAUTIFUL hike! AllTrails lists this as 6.8 mile hike but if you go to the second lake (which is absolutely worth it!) the hike is about 8+ miles in total. It was also VERY windy in the morning when we got there around 9 am.

hiking
3 months ago

The first bridge has been replaced.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with stunning views! Signs are posted saying that the trail conditions may not be passable due to washed out bridges. However, the water is low enough that there is no issue. Make sure to make it up to the second lake; it's about 0.5 miles past the first lake and is definitely worth it!

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rocky
3 months ago

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3 months ago

Seemed long, shaded most of way,,, slight breeze, the end was spectacular!! Two lakes, flowers, Funny how first time, trail always seem long. Will be back!

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bridge out
3 months ago

challenging, beautiful, plenty of shade. my dog really enjoyed all the streams and bridges. bit longer than advertised. plenty of parking mid morning on a Tuesday.

hiking
3 months ago

One of our favorites. Nice steady climb through dense forest and then up to a gorgeous lake. Don't get put off by the number of cars in the parking lot. This area gets used for a lot of activities. Although this is the busiest i have ever seen it, once you get on the trails the crowds thinned out. Good dog hike as there is lots of shade and access to water. A great hike if you want to avoid the crowds of RMNP and still get great scenery.

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rocky
3 months ago

Enjoyed this hike on the morning of 8/22/19. We arrived at the trailhead at 8:45am (plenty of parking left), set off by 9am. The hike is well-marked, so it’s easy to follow. We hiked to the lake. Total RT time was approx 3 hrs 40 mins. As of today: Two signs were posted cautioning that a bridge was washed out over Boulder Creek and that hikers should consider a different trail. We decided to see for ourselves whether or not we could get across, and discovered that a bridge is indeed gone - but by now the water is low enough that we could step across on rocks. At the lake end, any trail (even on the AllTrails map) walking to the lakeshore is blocked by logs laid over the trail entry. We took one anyway so we could see the lake. We arrived back at the car at 12:40pm as a dark rain cloud emerged overhead from behind the mountains. Judging by all the cars, there were a lot of people still out on the trails. Keep in mind when mountain hiking - rain isn’t the issue, but lightening is or can be. We never saw another person on this trail for the entire morning. There are decent outhouses at the parking lot.

hiking
3 months ago

Really great hike! Most of it is through trees so there's plenty of shade. I was worried it'd be busy because the parking lot was almost full around 8:30am but most people went the Crater Lakes route, so I'd definitely recommend this trail. It is uphill most of the way, but a pretty gradual incline. A decent steady hike. Trail conditions were good and the wildflowers are amazing!

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail for a good workout, don't recommend taking visitors here for a visit to CO a bit too challenging. It was nice to be on a hike with not many people also. I did this trail alone 817/19 and will definitely do it again.

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bridge out
3 months ago

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rocky
4 months ago

Great workout, very challenging, awesome view at the top although we got rained out

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bridge out
4 months ago

Did this trail last week and loved it. It's shaded most of the way and had a few patches of snow at the top still. The first lake we got to was extremely buggy. Go the extra half mile to the next lake and there is no bug problem.

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rocky
4 months ago

Beautiful wildflowers and waterfalls!

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bugs
4 months ago

7.20.19 - Hidden gem!! Started hiking about 7:45am and parking lot was almost full. Most hikers seem to be headed to the other trails. I saw 2 hikers coming back down, then 3 hikers shortly behind me when I made it to the first lake. MANY bugs at the first lake - bring bug spray!! They clear up at the 2nd lake though. The 2nd lake is also incredible - worth the hike!!

hiking
4 months ago

Shady, 2 lovely lakes at the top. No issues with snow or crossing the streams

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bugs
4 months ago

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bridge out
4 months ago

Great hike for a hot summer day - shade almost the whole way and lots of water. Posted signs indicate two damaged bridges from the winter snow pack but only the first bridge is destroyed and unusable. The creek is shallow enough to wade across (calf deep at most) but if you want to stay dry head ~20ft upstream of the bridge to a narrow log. Not many people once you get past the first bridge (and I hiked this on a weekend), although there were tons of people between the parking lot and the main junction. Saw a ranger on my way back, so I guess they don't mind people crossing where the bridge was out.

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blowdown
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muddy
rocky
snow
5 months ago

Great trail to Forest Lakes. Only one tricky water crossing, which we managed fine.

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