Rainbow Lake Trail

MODERATE 120 reviews

Rainbow Lake Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Frisco, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
203 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

snow

5 hours ago

This is a great hike for beginners I would consider it easy not moderate. But great with kids and family. It is an excellent spot for a picnic lunch also.

trail running
4 days ago

Great for winter snow-packed trail running. Lots of up and downs. Great all year around trail but sometimes can be hard to find the initial trail after fresh snow if coming off the bike path.

2 months ago

it's fun and easy, doesn't take long. even kids do it.. but at the end the lake isn't too impressive and is usually crowded.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

A great little trail good for all ages!

hiking
3 months ago

Snow and icy right now...few areas need traction devices to be safe! Beautiful views, as always, and a nice place to exercise your dog ;-))

hiking
3 months ago

Part of Peaks Trail 45. Leisurely hike right out of Frisco. 100 yards in and you forget you're so close to town. Meanders from Zack Stop at the end of 2nd to the far side of Rainbow Lake (pond) where it connects to several other peaks trails or loops back to the recreational pathway.
In the winter it is still well traveled. Expect to run into other local hikers, cross country skiers and plenty of off-leash labradors.

hiking
4 months ago

Great short hike. A little icy in the winter when there is no snow. But awesome for dogs and a beautiful view of the lake.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice, easy trail that can be done with the family. Saw a couple with their toddler hiking this one. A snow the night before made this one a little slick in some spots. A few small streams to cross and a nice view of the lake at the top. Continue around the lake to the right to begin the Peaks Trail if you want to to adventure further. Also looks to be a common mountain bike path so keep your head up.

6 months ago

Beautiful and dog friendly!

8 months ago

Great for kids. Quick payoff with a nice Lake view

8 months ago

Family friendly hike. Once you arrive to the lake you can continue around the backside instead of going back down the same way you came up. Lots of fun for all ages and pets.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy, pretty trail; great for families. Pretty lake & aspens. Would be a good trail run.

9 months ago

Loved this trail! It had a little hit of everything for our family. Easy hike, climb over creeks and gorgeous view!

9 months ago

Great train for kids! We went around the lake and made an adventure!

hiking
9 months ago

Great short hike for warming up in the morning and for families. I would probably say this trail is more "easy" than moderate, with limited elevation and solid surfaces. Beautiful trail and Rainbow Lake was a sight to behold.

hiking
9 months ago

It was fairly easy, definitely kid friendly. It took us about 16 minutes to reach the lake. A good hike if you haven't acclimated to the elevation yet.

hiking
9 months ago

About 4:00 in the evening we happened across a smaller Bull Moose and cow. Other than that, expect heavy traffic, lots of people with dogs and cyclists. Easy trail, I've done a few. This was simple. Very glad to have seen the moose though.

10 months ago

Great for snowshoeing. This is my go to hike for bringing out of town guests who haven't acclimated to the altitude. It's also a hike I like to do when I have other things to do, but need a walk in the woods, because it doesn't take very long and the lake is peaceful.

hiking
11 months ago

I do this hike once a week. Beautiful views on a short hike, which can easily be extended in different directions. In winter (snowshoeing), lots of different mountain views, fall has amazing aspens and spring is lovely too. Watch out for moose!

hiking
11 months ago

Fairly simple hike with nice views at the lake when you finish.

snowshoeing
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

"Kid-friendly" doesn't mean anything less beautiful! My first time on this trail and I was amazed by the beauty of it. The trail was pretty packed down today, so I went off trail a bit because I wanted to use snow shoes. Can't wait to see it in the Fall.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Beautiful trail!

hiking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Short hike to the lake, with lots of possibilities to continue on for a longer hike or bike ride.

hiking
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Nice hike for out of town guests. You can also access it via the Mt Royal start and then cut over -- just know the start of the Mt Royal hike is more challenging. Especially beautiful in the fall with the aspens! I wrote more about it here: https://goo.gl/cgLgQP

hiking
Monday, October 10, 2016

Easy to find, easy hike (not sure why this is listed as moderate, I'm a novice hiker and I think an average person could do this in tennis shoes with no poles or gear very easily). Nice lake view at the end, and streams visible many places along the path. Great first trail if you're coming on vacation from lower elevations.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

It's beautiful in fall, it's nice and short, and is a great trail.

hiking
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Really nice hike for when you don't have a lot of time. doesn't take long to get to the lake.

hiking
Sunday, September 25, 2016

It was a great hike to do with kids. Just the right distance before complaining sets in. Not too many steep spots, and plenty to look at. Took a 11 yr old, 9 yr old, 4 yr old and carried a newborn. We saw great fall colors on the way to the lake.

hiking
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Lovely! This was a wonderful and easy hike through some beautiful trees and ending at a nice viewpoint over the lake. As visitors to the mountains, it was a nice hike without being too physically taxing.

hiking
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

This is a beautiful trail with Rainbow Lake at one mile. Many Aspen, Ponderosa Pine and a bubbling brook that you cross several times over well maintained bridges. A great hike to help get acclimated to the altitude.

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