Rainbow Lakes Trail

EASY 102 reviews
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Rainbow Lakes Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
396 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

Series of 9 connected lakes and beaver ponds that lie in a broad flat beneath the Continental Divide. These well-stocked lakes are popular with anglers, and the easy hike in is well-suited for families and backpackers. While the main trail does not reach every lake, well-defined social trails and a good map will help you explore this relatively small and accessible area.

hiking
3 days ago

Not heavily trafficked today, at least! beautiful autumnal hike. easy, but rough enough terrain that I was glad I brought my hiking sticks. Also dog friendly, yes, but hand held leash required on trail

hiking
3 days ago

fly fishing
5 days ago

Fish were jumping everywhere could not get them to bite

hiking
18 days ago

Relatively easy trail, with some rocky areas. You have to drive about 5 miles down CR 116, which is narrow and rough, to get to the trailhead. Campground nearby looks nice. We saw several people fishing, and multiple families with smaller children. Not many great views, but still a good hike through the woods.

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

Short and sweet. the trail isn't very crowded despite all the people that camp nearby. The lakes are definitely worth checking out, they are very serene and quiet and like mirrors, plus I saw a large elk herd on one of the peaks.

26 days ago

Super short trail. Not a whole lot to look at. Overall, pretty boring.

26 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

Great short hike. Doesn't take you to the peaks, have to do Arapaho Glacier Trail for that. Nicely wooded trail that has a decent payoff at the top. End of August and there was plenty of water along the trail for the dog.

1 month ago

Camp site is impeccable.

1 month ago

Easy, beautiful. Made for a perfect quick, morning hike.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful lakes mark this excellent trail. Well worth the dirt-road drive in. Some of the climbs are pretty rocky, but there are a couple of fun creek crossings to make it worthwhile. Gorgeous mountain vistas. Do it!

1 month ago

easy and pretty!

1 month ago

I found this trail a bit challenging, but only due to the altitude. Pretty, easy to follow trail. The first lake was more of a pond and the second lake was only a bit larger. They were both still quite nice, but not as dramatic as you might expect from mountain lakes. Make sure to bring bug spray as they are plentiful by the lakes.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Well-marked trail through high forest to mountain lakes. It took about 40 minutes to hike to the second lake, but the trail goes back further to more lakes. Will definitely hike here again!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago