Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Nederland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

This is borderline easy-moderate. The majority of the trail was snow and ice covered on 11/10/2018. We had microspikes and didn't have any issues. Would definitely recommend microspikes or snow shoes in the near future as winter starts moving in. The streams are partially frozen but you can still see some water flow - makes for some neat ice formations! The lakes and ponds are all frozen but still very pretty

trail running
15 days ago

There's aspen here, so of course early fall is the time to go!

hiking
25 days ago

We went on this trail on (10/15/18) after a big snow and it was awesome. THE MOMENT we stepped out of the car we saw a huge moose about 100 ft away. Immediately turned around and walked towards the trail. About 20 steps into the trail there was an even larger moose, about 50 ft in front of us. We were pretty spooked and almost just went back to the car but we waited a bit and he went on his way, so glad we continued. We went up and turned onto the first lake trail (I forget the name) and it was frozen and beautiful.

This is still one of my favorite hikes. Great views, waterfalls, forest, lake meadows and sweeping views at the pass. At this time there is lots of snow and ice and it is likely the trail will not be passable in the next couple of weeks with any additional snow. Forth of July road was rough but still passable with 4WD drive and decent clearance. No snow on the road at this time. It was very challenging to get to Lake Dorothy. Most people had stopped at the pass and in addition to being sandblasted with snow and ice from hurricane force winds, there was no path to the lake. We tried and got caught in thigh high snow from the drifts. Views at the top were spectacular if you could handle the wind. Great hike. Definitely one to add to the list.

off road driving
27 days ago

Harder than expected - mostly due to time of year. North face had a good amount of slush and snow this weekend 10/20. I run a 18 T4R OR with sliders and full skids. I used the skids a lot! I wouldn’t run the trail again until I get a lift. This was prob my last run of the season and it didn’t disappoint. Just beware if you don’t have good clearance!

Hiked this trail on Wednesday. It was very icy with lots of snow. Road getting to the trailhead was rough too! Better have a high clearance vehicle for this one. Came across a moose and her calf 1/4 mile from the trailhead. They were very close so got some good pics of them. Didn’t seem to mind us at all but they were blocking the trail and I know moose can be aggressive so we made a wide left around them just in case! Very scenic hike but I wouldn’t recommend it this time of year. Snow packed and icy.

This hike was incredible! Did it on 10/6. Road going up is a little wild, but not too terrible. Lots of snow at the top, still enough that you can walk on top. But I didn’t have hiking boots and my feet got pretty wet. Stunning stunning views!! You park at the Fourth of July trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

We only hiked about an hour into this trail but it was very pleasant. It was a Monday afternoon so there weren’t a lot of people on the trail. The trail itself was rocky at some points but was otherwise very easy, flat. We got to a fork and went left, that brought us to a waterfall and paths through the changing trees. I would definitely do this train again, and go a little farther to see what’s out there.

Completed this hike on Saturday 9/22. This may be one of the most beautiful hikes I have done. Not too bad of an elevation gain but certainly not easy at some points. Luckily, it was the perfect blue sky day with a little wind at the top to cool us off when we reached to top. The views at the lake are incredible and we could have spent all day there if we did not have somewhere else to be. Take a walk around the entire lake to gain a different perspective of just how amazing it is.
The parking lot was oddly packed, as in full at this trail head and almost all the road parking taken for lost lake around 630am. A lot of people were backpacking on this trail and also splitting off to diamond lake. I think as long as the weather stays good and the road open, plan on either starting early or do something later in the day.

hiking
1 month ago

This was one of the most fun hikes we've been on. It was a perfect out and back with beautiful views, and lakes to stop and enjoy.
at the third lake we took off our boots, and waded out into the cold water. Their were quite a few people on the trail, but it wasn't over crowded by any means.
we will definitely do this hike again in the spring.

Easily one of my top hikes, if not the #1 hike in Colorado. Set off to just do 4 miles to the Fourth of July Mine and just couldn't stop. It's incredible how many photos I took because every time you turned a corner it got more and more beautiful - especially with those aspens showing off right now! Once I got to Lake Dorothy it was nearly 5pm and I wished that I had more time to explore. I will 100% be back. WOW!

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike with 360 views almost the whole way . Beautiful scenery and definitely a diamond in the rough . We didn’t see many people out on the trail and the parking lot is small. The road to the trail is definitely bumpy.. slow going for sure. But don’t let it keep you from going . I wasn’t expecting such an amazing hike . We didn’t get to spend as much time as we wanted at the top because it starting storming and lightening. But the view at the top - AMAZING... half the trail is dirt and some is nothing but rocks. The hike isn’t too strenuous and we only got to check out Lake Dorothy but I would definitely love to go back and explore the rest of the trail .

Fantastic hike with great views. Decently strenuous with nearly the entire trail at an incline. Some rockier parts, definitely bring proper hiking boots. Fantastic views, especially after the treeline. Camping is possible. To get to the lake, take the Caribou Pass trail and it will be on your left. Get to the parking area early!!! It will be full by 8AM or so.

Very rocky but great trill

2 months ago

Beautiful trail! As a lot of the reviews mention, go all the way to Lost Lake! It’s a half mile up after the end of the Hessie Trail.

Huge tip to not get lost: Download the map if you have Premium version of All Trails. If you just have the free version, keep the app open on your phone. When you get there, go to the trail on All Trails and click on the trail map. When you’re in the area, your phone will show a blue dot with your location on the map. Just follow the red line to stay on the trail. When you reach the end of the Hessie Trail, follow the dotted lines to Lost Lake.

When you get to the fork where you can either go left to go to Lost Lake, or go right to go on a different trail, make sure to take a right first, walk about a quarter mile til you get to a wooden bridge that goes across a stream. That valley over the bridge is gorgeous! We were originally going to just take a left to Lost Lake, but another hiker recommend we walk down to the valley first. After you check out the valley, turn around, go back the way you came, then go left when you get back to the fork to go to Lost Lake.

The hike itself isn’t hard, but it does get rocky after the Hessie Trail ends. The elevation is the only thing that makes it somewhat difficult, it’s at 9k feet. Other reviews said it’s probably not a good hike for out of towners, but I disagree. There were 6 year old kids on the trail and they were making it just fine. Just make sure to bring lots of water.

Also, about a quarter mile before you get to the end of the Hessie Trail you’ll hear a waterfall. Follow the sound, and it will take you to the beautiful stream that turns into a waterfall. It’s where the pictures of people in the water were taken on this trail description. Must see! Water is freezing, but very refreshing on a hot day.

This a nice trail without too many rocky parts. My GPS shows 12.8 miles. Did this hike on a Saturday starting at 8:20am. Very few people on this trail but saw a lot of fishermen at Betty lake.

backpacking
2 months ago

So beautiful and worth it! Gets steep! Make sure to get a permit if you spending the night ( they sell them at ACE in Ned). Absolutely beautiful pass, dropped down to 30 at night

hiking
2 months ago

Completed this trail by going all the way to Lost Lake. Short hike by the creek and waterfall. If you go this one, go all the way to Lost Lake. You won't regret!

hiking
2 months ago

Did this trail on 4th of July and on our way to do it against this morning:)
It is an all around gorgeous views. Plenty of waterfalls, forests and wiled flowers all the way to the top!
My wife and I love the trails around the Loveland area...very relaxing hike ...enjoy :)

This was my first time on this trail, and I loved it. I got there a little later than I’d intended, but at 9am the parking and trail usage was still pretty light. It is a beautiful trail - the wildflowers are popping, and the leaves on the aspens are just starting to change. As others have advised, bring a wind breaker/rain jacket and gloves for the exposed pass. I’ll be doing this one again.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful scene and sights the entire hike. We went all the way to Diamond Lake with a 4 year old. He did great! We brought the pack which he rode in for about 60-70% of the time. This is definitely a moderate to hard just due to the length and large boulders to climb over. We brought a lunch and picnicked at the lake. Totally worth it, but completely whipped after :) oh and the road to get to the parking is incredibly rocky and narrow so be sure your vehicle can handle it.

Still one of my favorite hikes close to Denver. Gorgeous views throughout and two pristine lakes. Steady climb with a few steep spots and lots of rocky parks. Much of the trail is above tree line so be prepared to be exposed to the weather. It was windy and quite cold today. Yes, the parking lot (and road) are crazy but I got lucky with a spot in the top lot (at 9:30am) and surprisingly had Lake Dorothy all to myself. If you want to capture the beauty of the Rocky Mountains in one hike, this is a good one, Forest, wildflowers, lakes, waterfalls and views like you are on top of a 14er.

off road driving
2 months ago

Pretty fun drive and not too technical. We couldn't do the end switchbacks as someone left their jeep parked across the road. This was my 1st ever off road drive, and ended up following a group of jeeps which was great. I would say no problem for beginners, just don't be afraid to take it slow. For what it's worth I have a lifted rubicon tj on 35's, but there were guys in stock jks rolling through no problem.

Just look at the pictures. Gorgeous hike. Very rocky. Wear good hiking shoes. I started at 7 a.m. on 8/26/18 and the lot was full. However, I didn't see a ton of people on the trail. Coming down was a different story. I recommend you bring gloves. I wish I had mine. It was really windy and cold at the top - I'm guessing upper 30s with wind chill. And, yes, this isn't a trail for solitude. A lot of people enjoy it - but if you get there early enough - it's not terrible going up.

Lost my phone on this trail this morning - if anyone comes across it, please email me at kristin.herrmann@gmail.com. Amazing trail though :) Thank you!

Leave early to avoid afternoon storms above treeline. Gorgeous hike.

Great views but very rocky to get to the lake.

Went down in a leveled titan. easy until you get to the cutbacks. I suggest trucks not to go! No spots to turn around and barely wide enough for people to get by. truck went over center of gravity in corners. But it was a blast can't wait to take the 4 wheeler up it.

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