Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

This is a gorgeous hike. It was well worth it to reach the lake. As we sat eating our lunch, I couldn't believe how beautiful it was and how remote it felt even tho' there were loads of hikers. I looked up at Rogers Pass and said let's do it so we wound up hiking up and over the pass and then looked down on Heart Lake which was stunning! Wow!

hiking
20 days ago

4.5 hours to complete with my girlfriend and dumb yellow. Its a steady uphill walk from the intersection with Rogers Pass trail. But beautiful weather and cold water to play in (if you want). Always great views in this area if you like alpine lakes and high altitude excursions.

20 days ago

Beautiful! Crowd thins significantly as you start up the switchback and the lake at the end is worth it. The train tunnel can be heard clearly for the first half of the hike but it’s peaceful at the lake and what you do hear is more like white noise. The leaves were at varying degrees of color but the drive out to the trail itself is breathtaking. There’s tons of parking and when I got to the lake at 2 on a Sunday, I had the lake almost entirely to myself. There’s also some great dispersed camping as you approach the lake!

on Forest Lakes Trail

21 days ago

Loved this hike! Must go to the 2nd lake! Sooo worth it!

hiking
22 days ago

Beautiful fall hike . Fairly peaceful . Easy to follow trail. Second lake made a great spot for our hammocks . Didn’t see any wildlife though

One of my favorite hikes for sure! Less crowded than Crater Lakes and so beautiful! Only saw a couple people on the trail and a few campers set up around the first lake. Make sure you hike up to the second lake and go off the trail slightly to find the third mini lake. I was jealous of the campers set up around the lake and wish I had packed my tent and stove to stay the night.

Beautiful hike with plenty of parking at the base, even at 8:30 am on a gorgeous Sunday in September.

an absolutely beautiful hike.
but KEEP IN MIND!!!! the location was DIFFICULT to get to!
This destination requires 4WD, a lift, mountain tires and experience lol!!! I was in my Jeep Wrangler (no lift) but luckily good tires and i was still holding on for dear life!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! The first mile, before you hit the junction for Forest Lakes and Crater Lakes, is easy. Once you hit the junction, it's a pretty steady incline all the way up. Great hike for dogs since there is a fair amount of creeks throughout the trail, and the trail is basically in the woods the entire time. The views from the first and second lakes are wonderful!

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike! Such a beautiful trail with lots of water crossings, beautiful views and 2 lakes. The first lake is pretty, however, the second hike is worth the extra 3/4 of a mile up. Amazing peak views from the top lake and the water is a beautiful clear green. The hike is great for dogs, however, be aware as moose live in the area. We say a mama and baby a mile into the hike and a large bull moose on our hike down. It took us 5 hours round trip to the second lake and back to the car with about an hour of stopping at the top lake and for watching moose.

Beautiful trail but I will say the easy rating could be bumped up to moderate.

backpacked in three weeks ago with my daughter, son, soon to be son-in-law and their friends for my daughter's wedding at Heart Lake. Perfect weather, absolutely breathtaking views. Lots of day hikers & backpackers that weekend, but we arrived early for a perfect campsite. extremely memorable weekend! so happy to be part of the experience!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike on a Sunday morning and it was great! Steady climb but not bad and well worth the lake views. Some decent wildflowers around the lakes... would definitely recommend it!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful forest trail with lots of creek intersections. It is pretty steady uphill after the first mile and a half or so. Good workout! When you reach the first lake, you can continue on to the second lake by following the trail up for an extra 3/4 of a mile. Definitely worth it! The upper lake has a beautiful blue/green hue and is crystal clear. On a Saturday at 11:30, us and another couple were the only people up there. There’s plenty of parking in the lot but we didn’t pass many people on the trail at all. With the extra haul to the upper lake, this ran closer to 9ish miles for us.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty moderate hike, low traffic despite how the parking lot looks and great for dogs! Make sure you head up to the 2nd lake, as the trail map on here ends at the first one and that's where the real views are!

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
2 months 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.

off road driving
2 months ago

is this trail ohv allowed? I know some trails allow 4Wheelers but i don't want to get all the way up there to find out the answer is no and waste time and fuel. thanks

hiking
2 months 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
3 months 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.

3 months 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
3 months 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.

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