Explore the most popular hiking trails near Rollinsville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Backpacked this Saturday night and stayed at that little lake above Rogers. Parking at the TH was busy per usual. We counted 10-15 total tents around Rogers and Heart and that was probably inflated due to the meteor shower that night.

Overall, busy trail but can find some solitude the further you go. Many fish (cutthroat) at Rogers.

I love that this one includes a little history with the beautiful scenery - we'd visited the West Portal of the Moffat Tunnel last year and had been curious about where the tunnel emerges on the east side, so we didn't need much of an excuse to do this hike.
This trail is not ideal for anyone seeking solitude; rarely was there no other group in sight, especially on the Rogers Pass trail before the turnoff to Crater Lakes (though plenty of people were also heading up to/down from Crater Lakes, often with backpacking and fishing gear). Thankfully, the trailhead parking lot holds a hundred or more cars, as it was at least half full when we arrived before 9 on a Sunday morning and even more so on our return.
I had not studied a topo map or elevation profile well enough before our hike to realize how sharply the grade increases around mile 2, when this trail starts snaking up towards the lakes. We felt every pound of the toddler that we were carrying, but the ability to dip our toes in the shallow water at the top was worth it. We didn't find the loop (but we didn't really look for it either); I suspect there's some bushwhacking involved. Fun day out - enjoy it!

hiking
14 days ago

I think this is my favorite hike of the summer. Stunning upper lake, it was empty when we were there on a Thursday afternoon. Lots of wildlife, and great weather.

hiking
20 days ago

2 hour slow drive from Fraser, pretty, but faster access by taking Corona Pass Road off 40.

Beautiful hike that is not too far from Denver and a great option for a quick overnight camping trip. The dog and I got the trailhead around noon on Friday and found a moderate amount of cars in the lot. The road leading to the trail was also easy to navigate even in my low clearance sedan.
The hike starts as a gradual incline on a mostly wooded path, but picks up elevation quickly once you turn off for Crater Lakes. The lakes were absolutely stunning, especially at sunrise when the sun just hits the peaks of the surrounding mountains turning them bright orange.
There weren't too many people on the trail Friday afternoon and only about six groups stayed overnight giving us a decent amount of privacy. Good camping spots were plentiful and we enjoyed sleeping in our little space in between the two lower lakes. However, hiking out Saturday morning, the flood gates opened. Had to hike around a group seemingly every 20 paces or so with plenty of them looking like they were spending the night. Just a fair warning...
Would highly recommend this hike to anyone looking for a heart thumping day hike or quick overnight trip. Would be a great 2-day trip, hitting Heart Lake on night two. We will be back!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked to the lakes again today. I love these lakes, especially the second one. I've hiked this trail at least 10 times (or more) over the last 5 years. Second bridge is closed, but I got by it- on the way up by taking off boots and socks and finding a safe place to cross the water. I have a big mountain dog who helps me across streams. On the way down, I went ahead and walked across the wood bridge. Be careful! Five stars for this trail due to the lakes, not the trail itself. Good hiking people! Enjoy.

Great hike, especially rewarding the last stretch. We stopped at Rogers Pass Lake due to incoming weather which brought hail and rain and lowered the temperature considerably. Check weather before you head out. This hike offers a rocky-ish trail, waterfalls, streams, lakes, and stunning views - the wildflowers were Abundant as if the area was landscaped. Be aware that there is an abundance of mosquitos on the trail and at the lakes.

1 month ago

It was a lovely hike, but the road to access it, is no longer accessible. So, you need to hike basically from behind the Lakota development. So, we did not make it to the lake, but the hike was lovely all the same. Watch out for the beautiful coral orchids!

Great trail!!! Make sure to go to the second lake. Rangers will tell you second bridge is closed and not passable... we had no issues getting across!

Trailhead was packed with lots of cars at 9 am on Saturday but there is plenty of parking and space to accommodate. This trail is most beautiful in spring with the lush green vegetation and wide variety of wildflowers everywhere. Two lower lakes are great. To find the trail to upper lakes... find the trail along the northern lower lake along the steep hillside going up to upper lake and the trail will get you there along some steep switchbacks. Upper lake is awesome too!!

The main trail is great. It’s a steady climb but enjoyable and filled with wildflowers. We reached the first and second lakes easily but were unable to follow the trail to the third (going clockwise on the loop). Basically, there was no trail so we had to backtrack. Treat this one as an out and back.

Went in the afternoon with the family. A wonderful hike! Forest, flowers, and a water at the end.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, not as crowded as Crater Lakes trail. Second bridge is currently marked as closed, although you can get across it. Once up to the lower lake it is worth the trip up to the upper lake which is far more scenic. Wildflowers are abundant pretty much the entire way!

This hike is beautiful! Did this Sunday, experienced about 3 seasons (gotta love CO) with hail rain and sunshine. Most of this is shaded and has various views of mountain or valley or forest. Definitely would be good on a hot sunny day. The lake is pretty but not much shore line to visit up close. Saw a mom and baby moose on the way back down so make sure to keep your pups on leash for their and your safety.

hiking
1 month ago

Back to Forest Lakes Trail, this time no snow at all. Got pummeled with graupel at the top but still a beautiful hike. Don't let the parking lot fool you, Despite the number of cars I have still found these trails not too crowded. Great lake with lots of spots to have lunch. Nice waterfall on the way. A little far from Denver but worth the drive.

backpacking
2 months ago

7/16-6/17. Did this trail as my first solo backpacking trip in Colorado. Hiked up to the lakes Saturday, pitched my tent at the upper lake and had an amazing night of solitude among the beautiful scenery. Still a significant amount of snow once past the first lake. I relied on previous footsteps and a good map to keep the trail heading towards Forest Lake #2. Overall, an awesome hike through pine/spruce/fir, with many river crossings and waterfalls. The lakes are gorgeously set against a mountain backdrop. Not much of a landscape view from the trail, but it’s easy enough to scramble just a bit higher for spectacular views. I know this is a popular day hike, and I highly recommend it for an overnight trip if you’re looking for short hiking mileage and a quiet backcountry night.

hiking
2 months ago

6/21/18: Did this mid day with my dog. Beautiful trail mostly through pine forests. Lots of shade and water with a few stream and waterfall crossings, and wildflowers. Snow still present around 1/3 mile to the lake, but could navigate there following others' postholes. Classic beautiful subalpine lake with mountain background view. Rating this 4 stars in comparison to similar hikes in the area, but stunning nonetheless especially if visiting.

hiking
2 months ago

Super nice hike up to a gorgeous lake. Still a lot of snow near the top starting at about the last mile which added to the workout. The last half mile has lots of snow and post-holed a few times. Lots of waterfalls right now. Once we finally got to the lake were the only ones up there.

Hiked today with my pup. Still lots of snow after you cross the half-out bridge and start to cut up towards the lake. But it’s do-able and snow should clear in the next couple weeks! Great hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Only made it 2 miles in, half a bridge was out and with a dog and waterfall wasn’t willing to risk it. Up to that point there was this snow covered spots but it wasn’t terrible

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.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked 3/8. Snow from the Moffat Tunnel mostly packed down first half. Lots of snow second half, recommend show shoes. We made it to the top without, with lots of post holing. About 2/3 into the hike, you come into an opening with 2-3 different paths, stay to the right, you will soon hike in between 2 sawed-off tree stumps, continue up hill through the small canyon to the lake! Amazing hike, beautiful trail! Ps Watch out for cross country skiers.

hiking
5 months ago

Did this hike today 2/28. Trail was packed down until about a half mile from the lake. You can use just boots, slick in some spots so I used micro spikes. The lake is completely covered in snow. You can snowboard down the majority of the way. Lots of tree cover.

backpacking
7 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
9 months ago

-- Needed spikes for boots
-- Snowshoes are a very-nice-to-have
-- Orange hat/bright colors good to have as the hunters are present
There are multiple trails once you get past the meadow so be mindful of your direction.

Great hike with good views. Never disappoints.

hiking
10 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.

I loved this trail. You won't regret hiking this trail, whether it be a day or three.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice steady climb through fairly thick forest with a nice lake at the top. There is a trail around the lake and some nice spots for lunch. The parking lot is huge so even if the trail is crowded you should be able to find a spot to park. It was very busy in the parking lot over Labor Day weekend. However the lake at the top was pretty quite. Overall a nice hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike! Beautiful Forrest views the entire way. Nice steady incline and lots of streams. The lake at the top was gorgeous, however I don't think we made it to the farthest lake?.. the flies at the top were kind of bad. The hike we did was at least 8 miles.

11 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

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