Explore the most popular walking 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.

camping
13 days ago

Nice trail, nothing spectacular though. The best feature was that I saw only three groups during my 24 hours spent here. Camped near a small, drying out lake. Don’t plan on filling up your water at the pond/lake near the end of the trail, it’s stagnant, filthy, and surrounded by feces. Lots of cow or horse crap all over the place was a drawback.

horseback riding
20 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

Easy 7.2 Mile Hike. We seen quite a few people horseback riding.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked on 4/15. This was such a pleasant hike. I was looking for something easy but with a lot of distance so I decided to check out Mt. Margaret. The entire trail system is relatively flat, very little elevation gain which was great for a rest day or if you're looking to take the family/visitors out without being extreme I would recommend this trail. No snow on the trail either. There are not any outstanding views until you get to the end of Mt Margaret and it opens up a little with some great views. The detour to Dowdy Lake is worth the extra mile or so. However if you are taking the trail labeled as "Dowdy Lane" on here it goes through private property and it is clearly marked. I turned around once I reached the private property and found another way to the lake, I didn't want any conflicts with land owners. There were a LOT of hunters in the area, might be a good idea to wear brighter colors. Nice trail though, I will hike it again in late spring to check out the difference.

backpacking
1 month ago

Would rate it 3 but the view from Mount Margaret earns it a 4 in my estimation. Easy hike for the most part. Saw elk and mule deer on the way in to camp. Campsites are OK. Saw deer on our hike around the area on our way out.

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!!

good trail. great hike, and mountain biking

hiking
5 months ago

This would be an absolute pleasure to hike when the leaves begin to change color in the fall. It's a pretty simple trail... only reason I am not giving a five star rating was confusion reading the trail names... coming back down from the peak, I chose to use what was labeled the "Frog Pond" trail instead of the main thinking it was one of the alternates back down. I didn't check my trail guide since I recognized the name (ended up being that in and out off of loop B on the AllTrails map here) and ended up going through a barb wire fence to end up at a campsite 1.5 miles of the main trail. Shame on me for not paying close enough attention, but, the trail markers indicating I was on a mountain bike trail were not dissuading enough to force me to turn back until I reached the campsite... 8 mile hike into 11, but, at least it was beautiful on this balmy December day!

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
5 months ago

Was a very easy and pleasant trail, views were not anything special, but the leaves would have been gorgeous earlier in the fall. As mentioned in other posts it is in the middle of hunting territory, which made me a bit nervous. Would come back again and go to Dowdy Lake instead of the end of the trail, the "Mountain" is not necessarily worth seeing.

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.

Pretty easy hike. Slight incline for majority of hike out.
Word of advice; wear safety orange during hunting season. This trail is in the middle of the national forest and gets a lot of pressure during hunting season.

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

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike! Started in the later afternoon. Reached the summit just in time for the sunset. Saw lots of wildlife. Very easy fun hike with extra trail options along the way. I would like to camp out here

Nice and easy hike. Very refreshing. Next time I would try the route to frog pond.

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!

on Lady Moon Trail

8 months ago

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

on Mount Margaret Trail

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail for toddlers. Our little 18 month old loved the narrow bridge just beyond all of the aspen trees. I

LOVE THIS TRAIL!! Went up on a Thursday and we only came across a handful of people the entire time. Hiked to East Dowdy Lake and hung out for a bit. Really beautiful spot, super easy trail, and totally worth the trip. There were a lot of ticks there though!

backpacking
10 months ago

Suimmary of tips that we found helpful:
- take a picture of trailhead map
- hike Dowdy lake .. it is pretty.
- easy to miss designated campsites, look for metal fire rings
- enjoy the beautiful walk, stop at the pretty spots because the end is anti climatic or take the trail to the scenic point instead of end of Margaret's

Our own tips:
- find a campsite before the gates (about two miles in). We are going to try to wonder around after the creek but before the gates in search of suitable sites. The cow patties have taken over all designated sites
- We found the cows quite aggressive and not scared of our scary German Shepard. We could only surmise they had been fed by humans before because they would not leave our campsite even with our dog making it clear they were not welcome. They even followed us for a while when we left the site. Spooky! (Never thought I would say that about a cow)
- take plenty of water.. too much cattle run off to trust water sources.. even with filter IMHO
- enjoy the solitude.. for a Saturday night in prime back packing season we didn't see too many hikers and only one family at one of the designated sites
- if you can spare the weight.. a hammock would be great, as the ants and ground crawlers were plentiful . We didn't experience a lot of flying nuisances
- there is a bathroom but no trash at trailhead, so get rid of trash in town if needed
- plenty of wood and rocks and open space for a small fire, but be ready with plenty of dirt because there is a lot of dry stud just ready to be lit up... keep the fire small or not at all
- place something colorful on a tree and observe the humming birds.

Overall great place for kids and dogs. Very easy hiking.

hiking
10 months ago

Agree with below, only rated hard because of distance. The lakes are beautiful and well worth it. I spent a decent amount of the trip up attempting to keep my boots dry only to get close to the lower lake and drench them. Wasn't so bad!

There is actually a small loop that can extend the trip about 1.5 miles that is worth taking. On the return trip it's about 2.5 miles from upper Camp lake.


Poudre Valley Wilderness Volunteers have a great explanation and a great website in general.

http://www.pwv.org/trails/rawah-wilderness/63-camp-lake-trail

hiking
10 months ago

This was an interesting trail.
The "summit" of the Mountain was ~150 feet LOWER than the trailhead. Also There was a lot of horse droppings all over the trail.

We also took an little detour and stopped and took a walk around Dowdy Lake. Which was REALLY pretty!!

The end of the trail lead us to a rock hill which we climbed and were able look down into a valley. This part was fun.

TLDR: Not bad, pretty flat, anticlimactic.

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.

We started from Dowdy campground and took Frog Pond to this trail. We saw a deer and fawn along the way.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful trail. There are several different loops you can take. Saw tons of wildflowers.

10 months ago

We began from Dowdy Lake Campground. Quiet easy hike. Beautiful wild flowers. At the "end of trail" sign we climbed on up boulders to get a pretty view of valleys. We saw no one and it was peaceful and serene without so much foot traffic!

paddle sports
10 months ago

This hike is rated as hard because of its distance. There is one tough incline section between the fork and the Rawah Ditch. Other than that, the inclines are very moderate. In fact a stretch of nearly 3 miles is perfectly level following the ditch at the top of the hill. The last few miles are pretty hard because they are a moderate incline and you're already tired and your brain is telling you that you'll have to go all the way down again. In late June, the sections near treeline were complete swamps. Actually walking through standing water. I had to take my shoes off to dry while I ate lunch. But it is a spectacularly beautiful hike. The vegetation is so lush, waterfalls everywhere, aspen trees and great views of the peaks across the valley once you get above 10k. The wilderness experience here is fantastic too. It was so quiet and solitary.

Here is a glimpse of how the hike is in late June: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bbh0NLdjiWA&t=13s

hiking
10 months ago

It's an easy, relaxing hike with tons of trails to explore in the area. I'd definitely recommend it for someone getting into hiking or just wanting an easy day.

11 months ago

Beautiful trail. So happy we went

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