Rainbow Lakes Trail

EASY 92 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.

2 days ago

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

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4 days ago

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4 days ago

backpacking
14 days 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!

17 days ago

easy and pretty!

19 days 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.

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25 days ago

hiking
25 days 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!

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25 days ago

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1 month ago

I took my 4 littles on this trail, ages 2-7. It was challenging for the 2 younger ones with all of the many rocks along the trail. We all did it though and it was very pretty! Crossing the stream was fun, but one of the kids fell in trying to jump through on the rocks. Oops! ☺️

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Take bug spray...

hiking
1 month ago

We couldn't get in to more of our favorite trails because of still remaining snow, but there are TOO MANY PEOPLE on this trail, even a girl without any shoes. Come on snow, melt!

1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

The road to trail head had just been plowed. A lot better then last week, Trail to all the lakes was easy. The last lake I visited had a smell to it. Could have been a Bear! Got out of there fast. Nice sunny day.