Upper Forest Lakes Trail

EASY 10 reviews
#52 of 112 trails in

Upper Forest Lakes Trail is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rollinsville, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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.

8.1 miles
1,794 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




nature trips





wild flowers



7 months ago

LEASH YOUR DOGS! This is ridiculous, we all love our dogs but your dog SHOULD NOT be unleashed and free to run up to leashed dogs.

We backpacked to Forest Lake and spent two night backpacking. The beginning of the trail was heavily used and traffic lessened when you split off, I would recommend crampons for the beginning, then snowshoes or skis the rest. For us, we used snowshoes. There was no marked trail after the recent snowstorm up to Forest Lake, so we and a few others made a route up, not sure if it stayed since that time.
Besides people not leashing their dogs, be aware that trail etiquette is not common here. The majority do not practice common courtesy or understand basic concepts of the trail. Remember, those climbing up get the right if way, try not to walk through another’s camp (when there is literally miles around it and they are way off trail already), LEASH YOUR DOGS (if your dog gets attacked by a leashed dog, you have zero rights legally and will be fined or worse) and just be polite overall.
Was a decent spot for a last minute winter backpacking trip but will never be back. Definitely worth going at least once though.
Happy trekking!

Friday, July 14, 2017

This was a beautiful hike filled with wildflowers, numerous water crossings, and two beautiful lakes at the top. I'm surprised this hike is rated as easy because the first half of the hike is a steady incline and you gain more that 1500ft in a few miles. With that said, it was well worth the effort. The second lake was absolutely stunning.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Only a little bit of snow to the left of the first lake and between the second and third lakes. Definitely make a trip to the top one--even if a trail isn't apparent, you can tell where things are based on waterfalls. Saw foxes and marmots along the way.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Beautiful hike. About 8 miles round trip. Make sure to hike to the upper lake after enjoying the lower. It's worth the extra half mile or so

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Sunday, December 05, 2010