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.

when does the road open for the summer?

5/18--Loved this hike. Snow pack starting about 1.3 miles into the hike, but no traction was necessary. West side of lake still has snow drifts up to 4 foot deep on path I took making the loop a bit challenging. Very few people for a midday hike which made it even more enjoyable!

We drove out today and the road remains closed leading to the lake. We had to turn back. Just an FYI!

Road won't reopen until July 2018. See here: https://www.bouldercounty.org/transportation/plans-and-projects/brainard-road/

backpacking
3 days ago

Backpacked to Jasper Lake 5/4-5/5. Awesome trail but difficult due to the amount of snow. Winter warning advisory was in full force. Def a snowshoe territory that week. Trail was difficult to find but AllTrails def helped a lot. Lake was frozen almost 100% . Not a soul in sight which made it so much more attractive. The route to the lake was for us traversing a few hair trails but made it finally and went home after two nights.

5/17- beautiful hike alongside a roaring river with some great waterfalls. Toward the lake, it’s still snowy but we did just fine in hiking boots without spikes. The lake is gorgeous! Definitely a new favorite hike of mine.

I nice and easy hike dog and kid friendly. So going back this summer.

Did this hike on the 7th May. Was very enjoyable, beautiful views. Last mile of the hike was packed snow but had no problems hiking without spikes

Follow the trail up to the left and over the rocks to get to the bottom of the waterfall. Pretty hike. Easy. My friends 3 year old hiked most of it on his own.

hiking
10 days ago

Awesome trail! Hiked to Jasper Lake on 5/13. Pretty difficult hike as about the last three miles to the lake still have quite a bit of snow and the trail is hard to find or stay on and there was a lot of postholing, the lake was still frozen but beautiful. Definitely recommend a map until the snow melts. One of my favorite hikes in Indian Peaks

hiking
11 days ago

Easy hike. Went today 5/13/18 and there was minimal packed snow up to the lake. We had on hiking boots and tennis shoes. There is some water to walked through, but our friends with tennis shoes manage just fine walking on logs/rock to pass by. Pretty lake up top and campsites.

the road was closed due to construction, so we couldn't even get to the winter parking lot. anyone know when it will be open again?

Road closed when coming from the Mountain Research Station side.

Good, moderate hike. Solid views and lots of running water. Highlight was seeing a moose hanging out by the lake. Doable in just boots, but spikes will come in handy the next several weeks.

I’ve done this hike before and i like it a lot. Does anybody know when the road will reopen?

Did this on 5/8/2018. The first mile was beautiful and dry (felt like summer). But the last mile or two to the lake had about a foot of snow and ice and parts of the trail were flooded. Me and my buddy made it fine but this trail is much more enjoyable in the summer.

definitely need spikes and snowshoes. made it up with spikes and post-holed all the way down. packed snow and pretty easy until the roger's pass/crater lake split where trail gets more difficult. arrived around 11:30 and finished before 3. lake is still frozen over, a good trail for wind protection for most of it is in the trees

Beautiful trail with some amazing mountain views. If you’re hiking all the way to the top make sure you bring spikes because the last mile is all incline and all snow. Getting up there wasn’t too difficult, little slippery in places but coming back down you’ll be sliding all over the place. Went on a Sunday afternoon and wasn’t very busy at all but parking is a little tough to find so get there early! Definitely recommend.

Beautiful hike with a lake at the top! We hiked this last spring. Road driving up is pretty rocky. We meant to hike the 4th of July trail lower down on the road but couldn’t find parking anywhere so kept driving up the road and there was nowhere to turn around until you get to the parking lot at the trailhead. So we ended up hiking this trail instead. Was a pretty hike. Would do again.

5/3/18
road still closed, lots of snow. 5 mile hike 1 way to trailhead.

hiking
22 days ago

Snow covered on most of the track. Had to return from the middle but few were doing it completely. Good luck

This was a easy trail to do with children until the trail ended by the waterfall. We weren’t sure which way to go but was able to follow a path up and over. My 2.5 year old needed assistance climbing up but with help we got to the other side and even made it to the reservoir as well. Very pretty, short, and easy.

Still a lot of snow. Glad I had both microspikes and snowshoes. Others were really struggling without.

Great hike, beautiful views- bring your spikes! It was slick in a few spots.

beautiful waterfall and our dog had a blast playing in the reservoir. pretty easy hike, bring some beers. take a left before the waterfall after you go check it out.

Great hike. Not much parking so get there early. I used spikes and they were very handy! Beautiful sights.

27 days ago

Wonderful trail, went up to lost lake. It was very snowy but well packed. Had to like in a bit from the main road.

Great hike with beautiful views, clean air, and the lake at the end is beautiful!

Brought poles and yak tracks, were very grateful to have them.

Amazing views, great trek. Lake today was frozen, the snow was piled high but the trail itself was packed in most areas.

Really wanted to do this trail but the road all the way up (st Bernard lake trail) is closed due to construction tell late June.
Trailhead 4 miles away from road closer.

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