Explore the most popular trail running 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.

Started at 11am and made it to Blue Lake in 2.5 hours. This trail is through a wooded forest which provided shade and a comfortable hike. The wild flowers were the stars of this trek and when we continued beyond Blue Lake we were treated to sweeping vistas of snow capped mountains! It never gets old! We continued to West Branch trail and felt amazing after our 13 mile hike! This did require 2 vehicles parked at each trailhead.

hiking
15 days ago

Amazing hike! You mostly hike through lush green forest. There are many varieties of wildflowers. The hike is mostly easy, but there are a few stream crossings and mud. I suggest you bring some form of mosquito repellent. The first part of the trail was loaded with mosquitos you just have to keep moving. The lake is so beautiful and worth every mile!

backpacking
18 days ago

I did this the last week of June. The snow is all gone! I'd recommend waterproof boots as you'll have 2 river crossings as well as a couple streams. Also, every now and then you'll run into mud. The trail is mellow for awhile, then you hit the last stretch to the top and that'll be a tough ascent (going to island lake). One last thing, there is a fire ban in effect so double check if it's still in place before you go out!

hiking
25 days ago

This was a beautiful hike! The trail has many water crossings as snow is still melting. It’s not too challenging of a trial, just long. We hiked on a Tuesday 6-27 starting at 8 AM and just about had the entire trail to ourselves. The vegetation is so green and the lake is amazing.
We lost the trail going around the lake. It would be best to just go back the way you got to the lake.

backpacking
27 days ago

Tried to make it to the lake a few weeks ago but lost my way in the snow. Had to backtrack and camp out at a lower elevation - still a pleasant hike and the most isolation I’ve had in Colorado yet

hiking
29 days ago

Hiked about to mile 6 on 6/21/18. Lots of runofff. Wet trail the day I was on it. Snow after mile 6. Wildflowers are out and proud.
Mostly pack packers (4) and a Poudre Trail Volunteer. Overall the trail is in good shape and more vibrant than mid summer. Enjoy if you can.

hiking
29 days ago

We hiked this trail this morning to the lake. It was beautiful and fun. Gorgeous trees and flowers. There were several water crossings and snow to trek across. Definitely glad we got to the trailhead at 7:00-ish, the hike down was hot and a lot more crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

Only had a little time to hike a couple miles of the trail but it had nice views. Ran across somebody's trash and will have to bring a trash bag next time. They left beer bottles, muddy shoes, clothes, and general trash right by the river.

Good trail with a variety of terrain and not a lot of elevation change. Nice views of the mountains in places. But watch your step, a LOT of horses and cows have been on this trail. There are some sections in the meadow where the trail is almost non-existent and difficult to know if you are still on the trail, but just keep going straight and you will pick it up again. Ran across about six or seven small groups of people and a large group on horseback. Very sunny in some areas but enough shade in others to cool down again.

hiking
1 month ago

Snow near the top around mile 5-6. Snow patches in North facing trees that stays lte into summer makes getting to the lake wet work with plenty of post holeling. Excellent trail, don't let it discourage you!

Closed until logging clean up is complete.

This is a gorgeous trail!! Wildflowers, meadows, mountain views, aspens, pines, and a trail network you can explore. This trail connects to the Lady Moon Trail. The trail network allows you to make your hike as long/short as you like. Depending what route you take there may be up or downhill, but it is always at an easy grade. Trail has both shady and sunny spots. Mountain biking allowed July-Oct. It is seriously so beautiful here!!!

Decent hike. Not a ton of views of the nearby reservoirs. Mostly your walking through a pretty forested area. Still a lot of snow the last 2 miles or so. Lost the trail towards the end and ended up hiking to the end of Fall Creek. Which is SW of the end of the actual trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful area with lots of options for varying your hiking distances. The only other people I saw were in the parking lot.

off road driving
1 month ago

Went up and down Trails 501.3 and 309 which are well established trails for vehicles equipped with ground height; Would think any SUV or Outback can get up the trail without scrapping, go slow over the water bars and take your time with the few rock scrambles. Each of these trails have campsites with pits and check with local/county fire restrictions. These are before the gate and this section of road has plenty of spots for (cars) camping without needing to go "off road".

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Did this hike on 5/18, still a good bit of snow and would definitely recommend snowshoes. Lost the trail about 1mi from the lake, so be prepared to find your own way. Still a very beautiful hike.

hiking
5 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!!

hiking
7 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
7 months ago

Just attempted this hike on 12/3. 90% of the trail was packed snow but the final 10% was deep snow with no visible trail. Will be back with snowshoes next time!

hiking
8 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.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful and tiring hike. There was quite a bit of snow when we completed this trail a few weeks ago and it only gets more and more intense as you ascend. Although we weren't necessarily prepared for the depth of snow that we encountered, it was a beautiful hike, even with some wet feet. Out pup did great too! We ended up going off trail by accident because the trail at one point was difficult to find. But it wasn't to hard to find our way. There is a teaser lake just before blue lake so make sure you keep pushing, you aren't that far. The lake itself is absolutely beautiful, especially in the snow, and there was even a dry, snowless, patch for us to rest and whip up a hot lunch. This trail definitely has a good amount of incline and distance so pace yourself and enjoy the work! The whole trip took us about 6 hours.

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

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 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!

on Lady Moon Trail

10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail. A few steeper spots, but most of the trail is more of a gradual incline. That first view of the lake makes the trek more than worth it. Unfortunately, due to weather, we didn't get to spend much time at the lake or hike up to Hang Lake. Definitely be back to do this one again.

hiking
10 months ago

Gorgeous trail! Most of the trail is through the woods and is shaded, so it was great for my two dogs- even in the heat of the day. We were out there on labor day weekend and didn't see nearly as many people as I expected. The trail, like some others have said here, is steep in some spots, but overall the incline is gradual. The elevation will take a lot of energy out of you if you aren't used to it (and maybe even if you are), so make sure you pack several liters of water and a lot of food!

hiking
10 months ago

Amazing trail! The hike was beautiful! Tons of meadows, flowers, and creeks.
The hike is a little long and hard in some spots but when you reach blue lake it's all worth it. Bring good shoes and bring lots of water. LOTS.
It is heavily trafficked but only on the trail.
Once you get to blue lake, you will see a trail that runs up the side of the mountain. If you take that trail up there is another lake above blue lake. It is so clear and beautiful. If you have the time, and energy, I suggest taking the extra 30-40 mins to hike up the slope and see another amazing lake. I've done this trail twice and plan on going back several times.
Have fun! Happy hiking!!!

hiking
11 months ago

Awesome trail! Difficult in spots, but you're rewarded with beauty the whole way up and Blue Lake is stunning. We even saw a moose on the trail the day we hiked it. A word of advice - come prepared with layers!. The wind at the lake was brutal and we were treated to a brief hailstorm.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice trail. Difficult in spots. Wild flowers near Blue Lake are spectacular. Lake was beautiful.

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