Heart Lake

Fraser, Colorado 80442

Heart Lake

Heart Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This spectacular hike climbs into a beautiful alpine basin, with the main attraction being Heart and Rogers Pass Lakes."

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8/18/2008
A wonderful trail, with lots of stream crossings, and glacial moraines. The wild flowers in the late summer are fantastic. Up at the lakes there were a lot of people, due to the lack of permits necessary in the James Peak wilderness. If you stop at the first lake, Roger's Pass, you'll miss the real Heart Lake, just over the hill. Don't forget to take a quicky day hike from camp up to the continental divide above you, the views are stunning. If possible try a weekday, or later in the season, it won't be so busy.
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7/25/2006
Beautiful hike into the high alpine area of Indian Peaks wilderness area. There is a lot of traffic on the trail both humans and their pets but most of the hikers seem to be day hikers so if you want a lot of solitude in the evenings this is the place to go. Their was a lot of moisture (late July) and many wet/muddy spots on the trail but all were navigable and the moist wet pools also created a lot of breeding areas for the mosquitos. However, some bug spray and tolerance the hike was still wonderful and if you're one to enjoy the flora and natual beauty of every color imaginable the flowers on this hike will fill your senses and lift your soul. Flowers of every kind in full bloom made it feel somewhat heavenly to be amongst them. Awesome hike.
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7/16/2006
The trail leaving the east portal of the Moffat Tunnel was very busy with day hikers and backpackers. Many branch off to other desinations along the way, so after awhile it didn't seem nearly as busy. There were mosquitos near the wet areas, so it was often better to keep moving than to stop and rest. Much of the hike is in deep forest, but it does rise above the trees as you approached Heart Lake and the wildflowers along the stream were very nice. We dropped down to Rogers Pass lake and then down to several smaller lakes below it. While we were day hiking, there appeared to be many nice camping sites along these lower lakes with lots of wildflowers in the meadows.
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7/16/2005
Get to the trailhead early! This hike is everything that I look for...forested with occasional water for the dogs, then a lake at the top. Enjoyed a nice lunch by the lake while the dogs took a dip to cool off. There was even snow near the lake for the dogs to enjoy in the middle of July. This trail was very busy on the way back to the car. There are many intersecting trails to do overnights into the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The parking lot at the Moffat Tunnel easily had over 100 cars when I left at 2:00pm.
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Trail Information

Fraser
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
8.4
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4 to 6 hours
Duration
Early June to late Oct
Season
Arapaho National Forest
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Winter Park/Rollins Pass
Local Maps