Explore the most popular forest 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.

I love running this trail. I prefer to do it clockwise. I did it Sat July 21st and started at 6AM. Once I passed the split I didn’t see another person until after the pass - it was a beautiful and peaceful 7 miles until I hit all the people coming up the other way.

8 hours ago

Great hike. Nice change of scenery from typical Boulder views. Trees provide shade for much of trail. Views at the lake are great. Definitely worth the trip from Boulder if looking for a day trip hike.

Past Isabelle glacier is Navajo peak. Before Isabelle lake is connector for Pawnee pass.4 stars bc 11 buck fee

12 hours ago

Great hike but very tough with a 2yr old and 5yr old

Very popular trails with good reason. Plan to get there early or take the shuttle. I went twice this weekend and there are a surprising number of cars there by 6:30am. Lots of overnighters.
I ran the trail in each direction and would recommend going counterclockwise. Devils Thumb Pass is the high point, so the run along the ridge is more favorable if you tackle that first. The climb to the pass is steep, but makes a better climb than descent.
Beautiful flowers and birds are all around and the views and lakes are well worth the effort.

Stunning views. Amazing hike. Don’t arrive at the TH parking after 6:45am because you’re going to miss out.

Beautiful the whole way with wild flowers and mountain views. Got there at 6:45am on a Sunday and parking wasn't that bad. Took us 2hrs to get up to Dorothy lake. Very rocky trail wear good shoes and bring jacket/shell it can get windy at the top.

great views

Line to Lake Izzabelle was too long so decided to park in lot and hike in to Lefthand res. So glad I didn’t follow the masses. Nice spot. Lake Izzabelle next week.

The trail is obvious and straightforward to Blue Lake. There good elevation gain to give you a workout and a mix of shade and sun exposure. Blue Lake is expansive and handsome with plenty of spots for a break and snack. The final mile to Little Blue Lake is another story: we hiked it July 4, 2018 and hit a few slippery, perilous snow fields. We approached Little Blue Lake from the south (had a pond crossing and some intense bouldering) and eventually lost the trail. We ran into another hiker who approached from the east via various cairns. Point being, Little Blue Lake is lovely and worth the hike but it was a real pain finding a route from Blue Lake to its higher sister.

Beautiful hike with plenty of waterfalls, wild flowers and streams all at a moderate grade. The lake itself is awesome, saw a moose and a wolverine there! Parking sucks, as usual, for a weekend.

17 hours ago

Watch your step on the loose rock at the beginning of the trail. Beautiful water views along the trail, wildflowers, and Lost Lake. We went on a Saturday so parking was full but there is a shuttle from down in Nederland to the trailhead should you want to take it. Otherwise, it’s an easy walk along a dirt road.

AWESOME hike. Wildflowers are in full bloom. Up took 2 hrs. But, this included extra steps because of parking. I went at 1:30 p.m. and there were alot of parking spots near the trailhead.

Fun hike for the whole family. The views were amazing. Foot traffic was low when we were out there also! There is about a 4 mile rocky, dirt road that you take to access the trail so a 4wd vehicle would be a good idea.

Awesome hike! I did this in the evening. Started at 5:30 and only passed a few people on the trail. Made it to blue lake and got some great pictures of Mitchell and Blue lake at dusk. The best part was I got to see 3 moose on the way back. I had never seen moose before so it was a treat. Got some awesome pics of wildlife and scenery and was very peaceful. Made it back just before 9pm. Highly recommend this hike at dusk if you want to see animals.

This hike is well worth the climb all the way to the top but be aware of the trail! Apparently the last half mile of trail is not the well trafficked dirt path winding straight up along the creek but is instead a poorly marked, if at all, less steep path along the lower right lake. Regardless, the hike was beautiful (wildflowers are our in full force right now) and a butt kicker but perfect. Highly recommend going early because the trail was packed by 10am. 7am was more my speed.

it's pretty and very easy. perfect for a quick morning hike. The lakes can get pretty crowded with people trying yo fish.

absolutely gorgeous, can't wait to do it again

I love this hike! I’ve gone two weeks in a row. Saw moose both times. Note: we arrived before 6:30 am to find the trailhead lot completely full. Had to walk an extra mile both directions. Worth it!

As long as you go early, it’s good. I can’t imagine waiting in the line to get into the park, or hiking with everyone and their dog. However, the higher you go, the less people there are.

This hike is stunning. Huge reward for less effort than usual.

Lost trail a few times. Solid trail. Lots of campers. Not hard, very easy first two miles

Nice hike, steep and rocks are a little slippery, but really not bad. Gorgeous views and quiet at the lake. I don’t know who lost it, but we found it

Such a beautiful hike! It has everything; nice little workout, forest, meadows, wild flowers, mountain views, and plenty of water features. Well worth the drive ;-)

Many of these reviews suggest going a clockwise route and I would whole-heartedly agree. Look up King Lake Trail to Devil's Thumb Trail Loop reviews to read why.

Previous reviewer took the last parking spot Thursday which should have been mine, ha ha! Yes, get there early not only for a closer-in parking spot (I had to park about a mile away, but that was just fine), but also to catch lovely early-morning golden light if you’re a photographer. This hike is the most amazingly beautiful hike I’ve ever done! Wildflowers on steroids, waterfalls splashing down snow capped mountains, and MOOSE!! Doesn’t get any better. I want to go back next week and take a friend with me. Question: does anyone happen to know the date that the lake (reservoir) gets drained this summer?? (Some company drains it every year in late July-early August.)

3 days ago

Great views for an “easy” Colorado hike. Took our flatlander friend and she was fine. Most of the elevation gain is by Lake Isabelle but it’s minimal and worth every step. Gorgeous views of the area 13ers encircling the lake. Saw an elk, a marmot, and about 6 bull moose (moose were off the road getting to the trailhead). Wildflowers still look great and there’s a flowing creek most of the way, along with a waterfall near Lake Isabelle. Took the side trip around Long Lake on the way back, which made it 5.15mi. We got there at 6:55am today (a Thursday) and got the last parking spot at the Long Lake TH. Go super early; saw droves of people walking up the road from less convenient parking spots.

hiked this trail today. loved all the waterfalls. great hike. will do it again.

Start early to avoid the crowds and take bug repellent to avoid the mosquitoes. Good trail, amazing scenery. A great hike!

Absolutely beautiful! A profusion of wildflowers! If you can, hike during the week; you’ll have stretches of the trail to yourself (and a parking spot).

I’d say this is one of my favorite hikes I’ve ever done. I did this on a Wednesday afternoon (began hike at 12:30pm) and it took me about 4 hours after spending 45 minutes at the peak. I only saw a few people total which was great. I’d consider this more of a moderate hike not hard, because it’s only about 6 or so miles. But, there are tons of boulders and a nice scramble towards the peak. The water was amazing at the Final lake and I spent 10 minutes soaking in the ice bath with my dog.

4 days ago

Very scenic hike. The trail gradually becomes more difficult. I think the length of the trail is what makes this hike a 4. It’s just to long for me. The end result was not as scenic as I would like. There are other trails and lakes that could be enjoyed with out such a long trail. It was neat to be at the sign for the continental divide. Bring snacks and lunch to get the most out of this hike.

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