Heart Lake via Rogers Pass Trail

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Arapaho National Forest

Heart Lake via Rogers Pass Trail is a 9.1 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 November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,952 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

snow

As of 4/6/2020 due to COVID-19 concerns, there may be road closures to trailheads in this area and open only to local residents.

hiking
muddy
snow
4 minutes ago

First week of June- Water on trail from snow melt is high. Boots are a smart choice. We got 2 1/2 miles in before turning back due to so much snow and being so tricky to navigate the trail under the snow cover. This is so much concentrated beauty in one place- worth it for even just a mile.

hiking
20 hours ago

Road to Moffat Tunnel open to all as of 6/1/2020.

closed
5 days ago

open the trailhead. stop having it be closed

1 month ago

AS OF 4/6 - DUE TO COVID-19 ACCESS TO ALL OF E PORTAL RD/COUNTY RD 16 (IMMEDIATELY OFF HWY 119) IS RESTRICTED TO GILPIN COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY. All trailheads off that road (including 9 others at East Portal) are closed to non-residents. I did not see the markings on the truck, but either Sheriff or Parks and Wildlife are monitoring access to the road.

snowshoeing
snow
2 months ago

Lots of snow. Paved my own path on the trail at about mike 3.5, lots of signs of other visitors but nice and empty for me!

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Snow shoes or skis required!

hiking
off trail
snow
3 months ago

We blazed our own trail for the last mile. Made it 4 miles up and had to call it. Completely amazing and beautiful. Must do.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Hiked this on 02/02/20. We wore snowshoes the whole time but didn’t really need them until the last 1.5 miles or so. Would’ve wanted spikes if I didn’t have the snowshoes. The trail seemed to get a lot of traffic given how packed down it was, but saw less than 10 skiers and snowshoers the whole way. We were able to follow the trail easily until about 1 mile left where we followed some ski tracks which were a little off route. The end near the lakes has amazing views - would love to come back sometime and ski. The trail has a similar feel to those I’ve done by Brainard Lake. Will continue to come back and do more trails in James Peak Wilderness area, for sure!

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Awesome winter trail, beautiful views, great for snowshoeing or backcountry skiing. Dog friendly

hiking
5 months ago

This was a great hike. The snow was very packed and able to be hiked without snowshoes for the first mile or more.

hiking
icy
snow
6 months ago

hiking
icy
off trail
snow
6 months ago

Turned around a little over 4 miles into the hike because of how deep the snow was getting. The trail that you see on the App, will not be the trail/path that you take. But they were clearly taken by other people. It gets a little sketchy at some points. - can’t wait to revisit the trail during summer

hiking
icy
off trail
rocky
snow
washed out
7 months ago

This was a beautiful trail. I wouldn't suggest going without microspikes because its icy and snowy. The trail to heart lake is not really marked at all, you just follow signs for Rodgers pass trail. Not very busy and well worth the work. we did lose the trail for a little bit because of the snow and light traffic on the trail.

hiking
scramble
7 months ago

We hiked to Crater Lakes, not Heart Lake. Aspens at the start were beautiful. Weather was gorgeous. There were bouts of clouds and bouts in the sun. It was windy at the top. But not too windy. We saw marmots on a rock in the middle of the lake and a marmot running around on a rock while we were eating lunch.

hiking
8 months ago

The best fall color! The trail is definitely challenging, with lots of rocks and roots along the pass, but so worth it. Mostly in the trees (and runs alongside a stream essentially the whole time). There’s a good chance you’ll see a moose, so stay aware.

hiking
9 months ago

It was 12.5 miles roundtrip from the parking lot. The parking lot was overflowed at 9:30am, but the crowd was heading up Crater Lakes trailhead. Gorgeous view and the weather was perfect.

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

Perfect hiking day today. The trail is mostly in the trees until the end. Lots of wildflowers. The trail is rocky with a steady uphill with some flatter parts to help you catch your breath. It is rather steep for the second half but the views make up for it. I only hiked to Heart Lake but the trail leads all the way to Rogers Pass. Round trip was 8 miles.

hiking
9 months ago

I loved this trail! A decent amount of people, but to be expected on Labor Day weekend. Once you pass the Crater Lake hikers, the number went down. I'm not sure what the first lake is called but it was just as idyllic as Heart Lake - I talked to one couple who didn't actually realize Heart Lake was a little further up the trail (and there were only maybe 3 other people hanging around it. It wasn't terribly difficult but I am pretty sore 2 days after! I lost my phone on the last 3 miles back, from the trailhead, in case anyone sees this and found it :)

hiking
9 months ago

I would say this is moderate rather than hard. Its not easy, but it is very steady all the way up with no overly steep sections. It took 2 hours up and about 1.5 down while carrying a big overnight pack. This is a perfect time to visit the lakes. The flowers are blooming everywhere and there is even a single perfectly placed patch of raspberries at the intersection with the Forest Lakes Trail. I went up on a Friday and was surprised by how empty it felt even with the number of campers I knew to be there. The area is spread out enough that you don’t necessarily feel packed in with everyone else. I do know it was much more crowded Saturday night, however. This is a perfect place to set up basecamp to explore the alpine trails starting up by Roger’s Pass.

hiking
9 months ago

Actually 9.2 miles round-trip in distance. App did not record entire distance. First 1.9 miles are pretty steep and Rocky. First 3.7 miles are fairly shaded. After that, there is very little shade, but you are very close to the top! Nice mossy trees along the way and then lots of wildflowers. Very heavy traffic for first 2.5 miles. Very windy for most of the way, and when it was not windy there were lots of mosquitoes and biting flies. But the view at the top is great.

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