Rogers Pass Lake via South Boulder Creek Trail

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James Peak Wilderness

Rogers Pass Lake via South Boulder Creek 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 is primarily used for hiking, camping, snowshoeing, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length9.1 miElevation gain1,952 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Rogers Pass Lake via South Boulder Creek Trail is a very popular hiking and backpacking route. Rodgers Pass Lake is a beautiful place to camp or enjoy solitude as part of a day hike. For those interested in extending their trip in the James Peak Wilderness Area, Heart Lake is close by. The parking area for the trailhead is at the end of Tolland Road in the East Portal Distributed Camping Area. The well-maintained trail is mostly shaded with lots of wildflowers, creeks and small waterfalls along the way. Portions can get muddy after wet conditions. Visitors will also enjoy scenic views and wildlife sightings including foxes, moose, marmots and hummingbirds.

The trail is just west of Rollinsville, starting at Moffit Tunnel. There is lots of parking at the tunnel.

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Toby Gerard
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Snowshoeing

Hiked on 3/6, Started around 830 with a dozen or so cars in the lot. Trail was packed down but snowshoes were helpful, especially after 2 miles as the snow and trail got deeper with a bigger incline. Much warmer and crowded on the way back. A great hike for early spring

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Genna Morton
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SnowshoeingSnow

Did this on 1/17 with spikes and gators. We made it about four miles (one mile short of the lake). At about mile three the snow is so deep that it’s up to your waist and we were just post holing. We passed others in showshoes who were also post holing and they made it up to the lake and they said the views were worth it! So good luck!

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Jefferson Cowing
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Hiking

Beautiful!!! Will be back again!

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Kenneth T
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SnowshoeingSnow

Hiked on Sunday 12/1420. Got to the trail head at 8, a few cars in the lot. Trail was snow covered from the start, I used snowshoes from the 2.5 mile mark on up to the lake and back. The snow got pretty deep about a mile from the lake, at this point, The trail was newly broke by someone post holing so I followed their tracks with snowshoes. Awesome views at the top! Well worth the effort. Only Issue, Be aware of skiers Flying downhill behind you, a large percentage of them gave no vocal warning that they were approaching hikers on a hiking trail.

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Laura Burke
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful trail, tons of parking, not too crowded. Nice easy incline to the lake the whole way.

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Tammy Bombardier
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HikingRocky

It was beautiful.

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Nate Gruendemann
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful lakes. We found parking around 12:30pm on Labor Day Saturday as others were leaving, but it was very busy around the trailhead with cars parked on the road. On the weekend, I recommend coming early, or the second shift once people are leaving.

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Rachel Reynolds
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BackpackingGreat!

Backpacked this route this past weekend and it was absolutely beautiful. Pretty shaded, lots of wildflowers, & cute lil creeks & waterfalls along the way. Had originally planned on setting up camp up at Heart Lake, but got up there and it was a bit more exposed than we wanted. Plenty of campsites around though, we just decided to backtrack to Rogers Lake and camp there instead. We parked around 2 pm Saturday afternoon and found a spot with no problem - people were leaving.

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Bob Taylor
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Hiking

Departure was 0630 hrs from the East portal. 10 vehicles in the lot. Just saw 3 guys coming down all the way. Smokey on the way up but an East breeze on the way down and a little well needed rain.

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Kamryn Froehle
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Hiking

Had a blast on this trail. Parking lot was pretty full at 7:30 AM but the trail wasn’t too busy until our hike back from the lake. Lots of people in the afternoon. Gorgeous views and wildflowers! We continued up the pass which I would recommend and try to get a view of Iceberg Lakes. So so pretty!

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Seth Wescott
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CampingGreat!

My wife and I did this as an overnight backpacking trip. We stayed at heart lake and the view was worth the extra effort. Although we didn’t see the moose that others saw on the hike, the wildflowers were amazing. As others have noted, the hike is six miles from the trailhead to heart lake. Gradual incline all the way up. Definitely recommend going up to heart lake, very peaceful and secluded. Great place to camp for the night.

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Shaun Hawkins
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HikingBugsGreat!Muddy

Arrived around 630 and the parking lot was already around 80% full. This was a great trail. Very gradual incline the whole way with only a few steep areas that don’t last too long. We got lucky and saw a bull moose at the lake at the top. We kept our distance (stayed on other side of lake) but something still ticked him off and he bluff charged us and a few other people and we had to run into the tree line. This was a good reminder of how dangerous moose can be when you’re in their territory. Wild flowers were great and I caught some fish in the lake as well. Great hike over all!

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lindsay s
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Hiking

Hiked this trail today and absolutely loved it!! Hart lake is huge and stunning, definitely worth the extra half mile from Rogers Pass lake. We went on a little farther up Rogers pass which was super steep but lovely views. Decided to save James Peak for another day. The trail was packed heading back down at about 10am and the parking lot was packed with tons of cars even parked along the road in by noon. Still totally worth it despite the crowds!

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Geoff Uhlemann
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Some of the best wildflowers I’ve ever seen. Saw couple moose and a weasel too

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Hannah Craig
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Hiking

Did this as an overnight backpacking trip and would definitely recommend it. Trail incline is pretty steady and wasn’t bad at all with trekking poles. Lots of shade most of the way up and some gorgeous alpine lake views at the top!

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Tracy Hicks
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Backpacking

This was my first overnight backpacking trip and man, it did not disappoint! Would recommend this trail to anyone looking to backpack in higher elevation. Super steep in certain sections. We took our time and took lots of breaks. Was pretty easy to find a nice camping spot.

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Bre Stewart
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Hiking

This hike was so much more than I expected! Even if you only make it to the waterfall you’ll have such an amazing view. I’d like to note that the AllTrails map is wrong, the AllTrails map stops at Rogers Lake. You need to head up and over the hill to see Heart Lake - the trail will lead you down through some bushes and rocks and finally you’ll reach a good view and lunch spot. It’s much larger, surrounded by gorgeous mountains and worth the extra half-ish mile. We started the Trailhead at 6 am and only saw another hiker at Rogers Lake. Heading back down and getting back to the trailhead by noon we saw at least 20 overnight backpackers heading in. We clocked 11.06 miles round trip however we also hiked Haystack Mountain.

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Eric Ramberg
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Hiking

Great (but difficult) hike. We met the person who posted about backpacking up to the lake. Hi - I was with that group of retired guys. One quick comment. The map and statistics on All Trails is not quite correct. The recording stopped at Rogers Lake. They didn’t go all the way up to Heart. Eric

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Nikita Lenzo
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Wednesday, July 22, 2020: Backpacked up to Heart Lake to camp with my dad. We had the entire lake and starry sky to ourselves last night! Passed by five volunteers working on maintaining the trail and many friendly folks. Gorgeous wildflowers, balmy breezes, plenty of shady sections and a breathtaking view from the top of Heart Lake. We spotted a marmot and a few hummingbirds, but not much wildlife aside from those goofy guys. Some slow moving mosquitoes too. The trail has some parts where you have to avoid mud and water by hopping from rock to rock. You’ll also have to cross the rushing creek by balance beam walking along some unsteady logs, about a quarter mile before you hit Roger’s Lake! Felt like an obstacle course. A few of the older log bridges are eroding too— still very much functional though. Outhouses at the trailhead were open and stocked with TP. Parking lot was less than half full at 9:00am, on a Tuesday. Most hikers wore face masks and all were respectful of social distancing. No micro-trash or litter to speak of. :) This hike was challenging and absolutely worth it!

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Allie Crouse
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HikingRocky

July 18, 2020. Beautiful wildflowers, brooks, and all the lakes! Really loved this hike! Jumped in heart lake too for a nice refreshing dip. Parking was full before we got there at 730AM on a Saturday so we parked on the road and had no issues. Definitely go up the ridge at heart lake to get a view of all the lakes and then see winter park on the other side.

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Faith Lieder
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Hiking

This trail was GORGEOUS! I got to the trailhead at 7:20am and there was plenty of parking. Moderately trafficked overall - I definitely saw a lot more people on my way down that were headed up. The trail is mostly in the pine forest and was mostly dry. Some muddy patches but doable by hopping on the rocks. The trail is clearly marked and well maintained, only one or two trees down. This map takes you to Roger’s Pass Lake, but the last short steep incline up to Heart Lake is worth it.

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Steven Verovsky
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Hiking

This is a great trail! I’ve done the other 2 that start from the same trailhead so it was nice to finish the 3rd one. Did the whole hike in 3.5 hours plus a 20 minute break at the top for some food. It gets busy so try to be at the lot by 8am. It’s shaded almost the entire way which is super nice! Happy hiking!

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Mike Beebo
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Hiking

Loved this hike. Several creek crossings made it an enjoyable hike up to heart lake. Steep at some points, but very doable with a steady pace. The views on the way down were great as well

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Sam G
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Hiking

Beautiful hike, love this area. Gets super crowded on the weekends and saw new signage today by the parking lot that there is no parking allowed along the approaching county road which we've seen cars lined up on the road waaaaay down on the weekends in previous years so a bit more limited. Super green today, wildflowers throughout, beautiful forest and the lakes at the top are great. Didn't see too many people on a Monday.

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Lisa Stump
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Hiking

Great hike! Went on Saturday July 4. We meant to do the shorter hike to crater lakes but got lost and ended up at Heart Lake. Trails were pretty dry with some muddy spots throughout, but nothing unmanageable with normal hiking boots. We got there 7am and there were a lot of cars but didn’t seem crowded at all. The paths were not very trafficked, even though it was a Saturday on a holiday weekend. Views are totally worth the hike. Would highly recommend!

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Jay Colingham
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Great hike with few people past the Crater Lakes turn off. The camping at Rogers Pass Lake was good and there were very few tents over the 4th of July weekend. While you do see many day hikers, the volume is very low compared to Crater Lakes. Trail was perfect and the campsites were good. There was still standing snow along the lake for the 4th of July weekend and we would recommend boots at that time of year if you plan to cross up to the Heart lake or Continental Divide just to keep the snow out of your shoes. If you don't mind it, it was no big deal. There were many flooded and muddy spots due to melt off that you may need to walk through if you do not like to jump/hop around. Please stick to the true trails! There are many spots and parallel tracks developing during the melt off that are ruining the vegetation. We were thinking about returning in mid winter to do some skiing! The hike to the pass was beautiful and it is fun to look down and see Winter Park.

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