Rainbow Lakes

Estes Park, Colorado

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Observation of Rainbow Lakes demonstrates that lakes are ephemeral features of the landscape. From the trailhead at the entrance to Rainbow Lake Campground, it is a half-mile hike to the nearest lake. The trail passes through limber pine/Douglas fir forest above campsites that each comes equipped, significantly, with its own bear-proof locker. A sign at the campground entrance warns against hanging hummingbird feeders, which seemingly do double duty, attracting bears as well as hummers. The hummingbirds that otherwise would entertain campers would include broad-tailed hummingbirds joined in August by rufous hummingbirds headed south after mating.
Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

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Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

Observation of Rainbow Lakes demonstrates that lakes are ephemeral features of the landscape. From the trailhead at the entrance to Rainbow Lake Campground, it is a half-mile hike to the nearest lake. The trail passes through limber pine/Douglas fir forest above campsites that each comes equipped, significantly, with its own bear-proof locker.

A sign at the campground entrance warns against hanging hummingbird feeders, which seemingly do double duty, attracting bears as well as hummers. The hummingbirds that otherwise would entertain campers would include broad-tailed hummingbirds joined in August by rufous hummingbirds headed south after mating.

© 2017 Kent Dannen/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 2.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USDA Forest Service, Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder CO 80301; (303) 541-2500; fs.usda.gov/arp
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks Gold Hill; USGS Ward
Driving Directions: Directions to Rainbow Lakes

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