Explore the most popular forest trails near Red Feather Lakes 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 months ago

This trail is the worst trail for hiking in January with Yak Trax. There were no markers and the signs are confusing we never found the loop and ended up hiking in moderate snow twice as far as we wanted to go!!

Awesome 3 or 4 nighter if you want to be able to relax and fish. first day is tough but then it's pretty easy sailing for the most part. We caught over a dozen trout during the trip nothing like supplemental food while packing. Definitely do the side trips. Sweet views. Saw 5 moose. All by lakes.

hiking
5 months ago

Pretty good hike. Fairly easy. Ended up taking the fork to disappointment falls. The falls definitely live up to their name. My phone tracked it at 5.6 miles. Good views of the mountains. Pups had a blast. Would be a beautiful hike to do in the fall. Walked through quite a few aspen groves.

hiking
6 months ago

Decent hike. We went in November so understandably the trail was a mix of mud, ice and snow. It appears the trail was formerly a road. The views are nice, but compared to other hikes nearby, this isn’t spectacular. There are nice rock formations on either side of the trail. You hike down and then up, so be prepared for the trip back. We saw a variety of animal prints and scat, so chances of wildlife viewing must be high. We chose to veer off Lady Moon Trail to Disappointment Falls, and this side trip moved the rating up a couple notches. I thought the Falls were lovely. If you go in November wear orange, we saw quite a few hunters.

Beautiful! Fairly low key, but beautiful views. Hiked to disappointment falls and glad we did!

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked it in late September, pretty colors on Aspens. We hiked out to Disappointment Falls, great hike and nice scenery.

hiking
8 months ago

Re: David Fairbank's review below - we chose to do that loop per his review but found the Granite Trail portion closer to 2 miles, we were beginning to wonder if we had missed the turnoff. Very enjoyable hike!

Great loop. The Aspen trees are just beginning to change color. Beautiful alpine lakes. The trail was snow covered at the very highest elevation around the Rawah lakes but still easily passable. Definitely a moose haven.

Beautiful area. Saw more moose than people over four days.

on Lady Moon Trail

8 months ago

If you're looking for solidarity this is the trail, otherwise nothing spectacular.

This is one of my favorite backpack trails in Colorado. Rugged peaks, alpine lakes, wildflowers, moose, and other wildlife. On top of that, there aren't a lot of people after you get past the range that day hikers are likely to get to. It seems like only backpackers will be in the Rawah Lakes area, so I camped just North of Rawah Lake #2, which I think had about the most beautiful views. Unfortunately, it seemed like some weren't in agreement with the leave no trace thought process. The South portion of the loop had a lot of trees down across the trail, but the North portion was mostly unblocked by trees. The North part of the loop was muddy and boggy, like usual; it's also where the moose like to hang out. I saw 8-9 this trip, but I saw 6-7 on one morning at Camp Lake the last trip.

I skipped Twin Crater Lakes so I could spend two nights at Rawah Lake #2 and went up South Rawah Peak #2 after the first night. It was strenuous and there was no trail, but I would recommend it. The views are great, especially looking South.

Awesome hike! We started Friday afternoon and finished Sunday morning. Gorgeous wildflowers, alpine meadows, and glacial lakes. Definitely one of the most beautiful hikes I've ever been on. It was pretty soggy in some places (late July) and there are a few tedious river crossings, but it definitely added to the adventure

Fantastic 2 night 3 day
Crater lake was gorgeous but packed. Camp lake was serene and peacfull
Boggy meadows w creek crossing and even a river crossing

hiking
10 months ago

We followed the Elkhorn Creek Trail, having downloaded to smartphone, and followed the GPS tracking to make sure we were on the right trail. It was an uninspiring walk on a dirt trail with nice views, but not what we expected ending in some old pasture. More people seemed to have taken the trail on the right of the parking lot, The Lady Moon Trail, to the Disappointment Falls Trail. We actually walked on other trails on the way back and found a trail to the creek, so whoever made this GPS tracking trail should have said it ended in some pasture not 'on a creek trail'. Next time I go back I'll be better prepared to send All Trails a correction with photos to be included.

11 months ago

Beautiful trail. So happy we went

11 months ago

The meadow was beautiful with the creek running through it. Be prepared to get your feet wet. There is a steady incline, but it's still doable wearing my toddler. Lots to see... forest, rocks walls, hills, meadow. We didn't go as far as the lake.

hiking
Friday, May 26, 2017

needs better signage but if you use a map and compass you won't get lost. lots of downed trees by the falls

Friday, May 12, 2017

Rather than out and back, there is a nice loop option starting here. Hike lady moon trail for first mile gradual elevation gain then turn right(west) on granite ridge trail toward Molly Lake. Hike about 1.5 miles on granite ridge trail till you see an obvious, marked turnoff on the right. This trail(while not shown on the topo map) returns to the trailhead on opposite (north) side of the ridge, parallel to granite ridge trail.

backpacking
Wednesday, March 08, 2017

This is a great little hike. Take the fork to Molly Lake. It's a small little lake that few people over night too. Beautiful rock formations, and an easy going trail.

hiking
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Did a mid-winter trek making a loop out of this, Elkhorn Creek and Granite Ridge.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I did this in conjunction with Lady Moon and a bit of Granite Ridge, making a solid 12 mile loop. Once you get a little ways back the trails aren't as well maintained or as visible as the sign at the trailhead would lead one to believe. Very isolated with a number of out and back spurs with improvised campsites to explore. Lots of sign, but didn't see anything other than birds and a good amount of bones. For solitude and peace, it's hard to beat.

hiking
Thursday, November 03, 2016

This was not a spectacular hike but my husband and I were just looking to get out for a few hours and the uncrowded trail was certainly pleasant. We did about 8 miles in total, and sections of the trail were not very well marked in comparison to the map at the trail head, but we didn't get lost so it must not have been too awful! I wouldn't go out of my way to do this hike again but if you're in the area I think it's worth it.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Got a quarter of a mile up and there was a moose laying down on the side of the trail! So we turned around...

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

Easy meadow hike, only went half way because we thought we heard elk grunting ahead o us and its rutting season, didn't want to get in the way. Several cows grazing very near or on the trail. Not worth driving up from Denver for this hike unless you're already panning to be in Fort Collins.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Beautiful hike, lots of rocks to play on

on Lady Moon Trail

Sunday, August 14, 2016

this trail is closed to all motor vehicles. foot traffic and horses only.

hiking
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

We only walked to Molly Lake, a short trek. Well groomed trail. Wild flowers everywhere.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Great, need 2 flashlights for safety!

hiking
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Twin craters lakes. Tough hike with pretty severe water crossings but the lakes were worth it. Take a look at my pics and GPX file.

hiking
Wednesday, July 01, 2015

This is a beautiful area. I did have a hard time following the trails and sometimes I couldn't even find them. There are numerous walking, jeep and cow trails that crisscross. I recommend taking a map or a picture of the map at the trailhead so you have a general sense of where you are. I hiked to Disappointment Falls then made a loop with Lady Moon, Granite Ridge and Elkhorn Creek trails. There was no one else around so it's a great place if you want some peace and quiet.

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