Rosalie Trail

HARD 20 reviews
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Rosalie Trail is a 11.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Bailey, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3937 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This trail is long, but it's one of the most secluded-feeling trails that one can find this close to Denver. Use is moderate to heavy for the first 5 miles. The Rosalie Trail follows Deer Creek up to the saddle between Rosalie and Logan and ends at Guanella Pass.

backpacking
12 days ago

I backpacked the first mile of this with my 7 & 9 year old boys. We found a great campsite about a mile into the trail and spent one night there before going home. The first mile had a few spots to cross the water. Two spots had simple wooden bridges. The third crossing had a make-shift log bridge that took a little balancing, or you could just walk through the shallow water. Overall my boys had a great time and were talking about going back as we left.

From the looks of the pictures on the trail we missed out on some nice vistas by turning around after a mile.

The dirt road approaching the trail head has a number of large potholes to avoid, but I had no trouble driving there in my small sedan. The trail head has a bunch of parking and we saw a number of people that were car camping right off the road. The National Forest website says you need a free permit at the trail head for backpacking, but we couldn't find any permits.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

really nice hike, beautiful wild flowers everywhere!

1 month ago

Absolutely majestic trail - incredible views the whole way. However, there was hardly any trail markings to identify the trail from Tanglewood or Abyss or another. There were points where the trail was covered in thick brush and it was almost impossible to follow. Thankfully we had a map with us otherwise we would have easily been lost or rerouted onto another trail. Out of this world views, so definitely worth the trek, but be sure to bring a map and compass!

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail -- we started at the pass and hiked five miles in to the junction of Abyss trail. Note if you start at the pass, at 1 mile in there is a sharp left turn to stay on the trail (what you came on so far goes straight.) Look for the tall poles and follow them down the hill to the creek and beyond. Fantastic views and very quiet on a sunny Thursday.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike if you find the trail -- at about 1 mile, there is a left turn (look for the tall poles heading off to the left.) Follow that trail, much smaller than the one you start on, and you will be on Rosalie.

10 months ago

backpacking
11 months ago

Fun!

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

11 months ago

camping
Monday, July 04, 2016

We loved backpacking Rosalie trail and disperse camped with a view of Bierstadt. Because most were there for the 14er, we had the trail to ourselves (with the exception of some folks with llamas as pack animals lol). Beautiful views and changing terrain - very scenic. At night there was a pack of coyotes somewhere nearby but they didn't get too close. Creeks a plenty for refilling water bottles if you have a filter.

backpacking
Monday, June 27, 2016

Did a loop of this trail to the Abyss trail and then up Bierstadt from the backside near the lake. Very challenging, but unbelievable views and serenity abound. The Rosalie trail is a great trail for back packing. Lots of excellent campsite options and quite a bit of nature to be seen.

camping
Monday, June 13, 2016

Great time backpacking with kids on first part of trail. Terrific large group campsite next to the creek 3.5 mile in. Would love to go back in Sept for the Aspens.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Hiked 6 1/2 miles in to a lake that had a moose standing in it

Thursday, March 17, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, September 02, 2015

hiking
Sunday, July 07, 2013