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

Took my husband in his first backpack trip. Was well worth it as the flowers are in full bloom. Trail is well maintained. Rocky and lots of tree roots but the beauty makes up for it. We had perfect weather and were able to sleep under the stars.

Still my favorite hike in The Front Range even though it’s gotten more crowded over the past year. Did the hike on 7:14 and beautiful wildflowers all around the lakes! (There are three easily accessible! Don’t miss the first to the left behind the trees)

Started from Bonfiils Stanton outdoor center parking lot(added .3 miles ) to a beautiful hike! We saw moose! Gets a little tricky crossing the creek in areas! Fallen trees presented no problems. Not many hikers.

The first several miles run along a stream with lots of great waterfalls and plenty of shade. The first lake below Heart Lake has a great field of wild flowers and the views are amazing. Heart Lake is just as pretty, and well worth the hike. I would suggest going all the way to the Pass, as the views from the top are absolutely amazing. If you go to the right along the ridge, you can see Crater lake and both glacial lakes from above. There weren't as many people above Robert's Pass as below, but it never felt crowded.

on Jim Creek Trail

8 days ago

Good hike, with a nice waterfall at the end. Plenty of traffic. You have to cross the stream a few times, some fallen trees, but they were being cleaned up and not that big of a deal. Plenty of mud, so I would recommend boots over tennis shoes.

This trail has the best smells and the best views. So many water falls and babbling brooks!!Definitely bring bug spray and ready your legs for a rocky terrain. The views at Heart lake are definitely worth it!


Truly idyllic hike - several waterfalls, and the wildflowers are exploding right now. There are several good shaded camping sites down by the lower lake (I'm not sure of the name.) Less up at heart lake, but it also seemed less crowded up there. And the views within the basin are breathtaking! Highly recommend this hike for a day trip or short backpacking adventure. Only downside was the bugs - there are LOTS of flies and mosquitoes.

10 days ago

A good hike, some fallen trees towards end. But passable, some scrambling but nothing hard. Moderately traveled.

11 days ago

make sure you look up the trailhead on google maps. The entry on here may not be correct. It was relatively easy and ended with a rewarding waterfall. The elevation gain is quite manageable and the fallen trees mentioned in the reviews are being overblown: they were easy to avoid and climb over/around.

on Jim Creek Trail

12 days ago

I would rate it as easy with some portions more difficult. Many fallen trees across path,about mile from end and did not go any further. Could have gone further but did not want to scramble over the many fallen trees.

Agree with last review about the fallen trees. Beautiful hike but was bummed not to complete because of all the fallen trees...became too difficult to navigate. I’d like to try it again later in the season (hopefully) after some maintenance, as I really enjoyed the hike up until then.

14 days ago

Nice and easy walkabout outside Winter Park. Starts with a little switchback uphill, easy from there. Did it very hungover. Nice view of Winter Park from the top.

18 days ago

This trail is a good for a short day hike. The views were nice and diverse. If you decide to hike the trail, beware that the trail marking is not that great. At the high point there are no markings telling you which way to go. There was only a pile of rocks. Lastly, on the way down, there are about a dozen trees blocking the path.

This trail is gorgeous. The elevation gain is gradual which makes the hike much more manageable than the description would indicate. Lots of water and streams up to the lakes with wild flowers. Would definitely recommend.

Gorgeous trail with lots of wildflowers, water features, and great views. Not too many people on this trail since most seem to turn off for crater lakes. Ample parking at the trailhead is a nice bonus. Will definitely be back.

24 days ago

Great Trail! It was fairly flat but a long trail. Was a great beginner hike that weaves in and out of the trees.

29 days ago

Hiked 6-13-18.
Trail needs maintenance. Was fine about 2.8 - 3 miles in, but after that there are so many trees fallen that it's extremely difficult to find and stay on the trail. Really hope they clean it up soon because the water fall at the end is fantastic but extremely difficult to reach at the monent

mountain biking
1 month ago

Very very difficult trail on a mountain bike. Both my dog and I are pretty confident in our trail-climbing abilities and it was rough on both of us.

Tons of snow about half mile after turn off for Crater Lake! Not a lot of views on this trail, more in the trees style. I recommend walking pole and crampons as of 6.3.18!

Was there on 5/26/18 and it had about 2ft of snow on the trail after the first couple of miles. Not so bad with day packs but hauling a 3 night bag up there had me post-hiking most of the time. Slept on the snow and woke up to a beautiful landscape, the view is worth the hike but make sure you have the right gear if you are gonna spend the night!

mountain biking
1 month ago

Be sure to take a good map and a compass, might help. My friends just went up there and I was going to meet them where Dead horse connects to Tipperary, at the gate, well they got turned around.
Pay attention there are multiple trails/old roads going off of Dead Horse.
They ended up hiking about 10 miles, ugh, glad I went the biking route.
Track where you are, you are hiking through mostly trees, so visual land marks are not something one can rely on. Compass,compass, no matter where you are at.
PS. I had a great ride up Tipperary to the gate where you come out off of Dead horse
For us getting older people, the down hill is a bit hard on the knees, biking up may be hard and you may have to push your bike up in spots, but the ride down is easy on the old body. Be aware on the winding days, still a lot of dead fall standing.
Bush Wacker

1 month ago

Nice trail easy climb with great views. Made this with my family. 6yr old son had no trouble. Saw lots of Mule deer fun evening hike

1 month ago

Great hike this Memorial Day! The snow is almost all gone. Also saw a moose.

We loved this hike! The views of the lake at the top are so worth it.

For those looking for trail conditions, on 5/26, the majority of the trail was still covered with snow, but we weren’t falling through often, and Heart Lake was frozen over. We did this with gaiters and were ok.

LOTS OF SNOW FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. Plan accordingly if you plan to camp.

Tried to do this hike today 5/26/18 but was turned back due to potholing in the snow. Ended up doing crater lake instead. Beatiful area and will go back in another month or so to see heart lake once more snow has melted.

1 month ago

Definitely recommend snow shoes. Just hit this trail yesterday and in some parts, the snow was up to our knees. Great starter trail for a hiking newbie like myself. Not terribly scenic, but still beautiful this time of year with all the snow.

cross country skiing
2 months ago

Really pretty trail with fresh powder in late April, but like much of experimental forest maps are not updated. Did what others have done and missed loop, just climbed up a steep road for 3.5 on skis, then came down.

3 months ago

It was very snowy and this was not an easy trail given the conditions! However, we had so much fun and there were amazing views! Towards the top it would have been beneficial to have snowshoes, but we managed! It took us about 4 hours.

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