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This is a gorgeous area of Colorado. I believe this trail is mostly for mountain biking, as the route is a convoluted mess. We hiked it in snow, and it was terribly difficult to stay on the trail. Trail rests among many private properties and we were constantly worried about trespassing. Might be easier to follow without snow on ground.

backpacking
4 months ago

LEASH YOUR DOGS! This is ridiculous, we all love our dogs but your dog SHOULD NOT be unleashed and free to run up to leashed dogs.

We backpacked to Forest Lake and spent two night backpacking. The beginning of the trail was heavily used and traffic lessened when you split off, I would recommend crampons for the beginning, then snowshoes or skis the rest. For us, we used snowshoes. There was no marked trail after the recent snowstorm up to Forest Lake, so we and a few others made a route up, not sure if it stayed since that time.
Besides people not leashing their dogs, be aware that trail etiquette is not common here. The majority do not practice common courtesy or understand basic concepts of the trail. Remember, those climbing up get the right if way, try not to walk through another’s camp (when there is literally miles around it and they are way off trail already), LEASH YOUR DOGS (if your dog gets attacked by a leashed dog, you have zero rights legally and will be fined or worse) and just be polite overall.
Was a decent spot for a last minute winter backpacking trip but will never be back. Definitely worth going at least once though.
Happy trekking!

hiking
7 months ago

It's snowing from the old miners bridge to the top about 1.9 miles. White out conditions, if you go up from this point on, have a 4x4 that has an off road package and snow tires. This road is a 4x4 with huge boulders and holes. We enjoyed the ride, the scenery is priceless. It's only 11 mi from WInter Park, but takes over an hour. You couldn't see the lake as the snow rolled in. However, the continental divide is where it's at even on a snowy day.

8 months ago

Pretty easy hike once you've made it up the pass. The road has gotten bumpier the last couple of years, still once you've made it, the view is well worth the drive

This was a beautiful hike filled with wildflowers, numerous water crossings, and two beautiful lakes at the top. I'm surprised this hike is rated as easy because the first half of the hike is a steady incline and you gain more that 1500ft in a few miles. With that said, it was well worth the effort. The second lake was absolutely stunning.

10 months ago

Outstanding views but long rocky drive up

Only a little bit of snow to the left of the first lake and between the second and third lakes. Definitely make a trip to the top one--even if a trail isn't apparent, you can tell where things are based on waterfalls. Saw foxes and marmots along the way.

11 months ago

Road was closed 8 miles before trailhead, and it was unrelated to weather because there was no snow. It was a real bummer because we drove so far.

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Beautiful, scenic. Wild flowers, lake views, snow. Fishing/fly fishing. This is not an easily accessible trail! Plan at least 1-2 hours to get to the trail and another hour to get out and you will need a vehicle with ground clearance due to the rough road.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

A beautiful hike. Loved every minute of it. GREAT views!

hiking
Monday, August 11, 2014

Super simple hike. Incredible views of the Winter Park / Fraser Valley. I recommend this hike for a quick backpack getaway lakeside. Note: Rollins pass road takes 1-2 hours to drive up due to the road condition. Also, Plan ahead as Google Maps ( directions ) takes you to the wrong entrance road ( which will be closed ).

hiking
Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Beautiful hike. About 8 miles round trip. Make sure to hike to the upper lake after enjoying the lower. It's worth the extra half mile or so

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Sunday, January 22, 2017

hiking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

hiking
Monday, August 03, 2015

snowshoeing
Friday, January 02, 2015

hiking
Thursday, August 07, 2014

hiking
Sunday, December 05, 2010