Forest Lakes Trail is a hiking trail in Gilpin County, Colorado. It is within James Peak Wilderness Area and Roosevelt National Forest. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 11,042 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,194 feet. The trail ends near the Forest Lakes water.
Forest Lakes Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This trail offers everything: a waterfall, sparkling streams, patches of wildflowers, and
dazzling high mountain lakes, with good views of the Continental Divide for the last 1.5 miles. Hiking any portion of this route can be rewarding. You will be in the James Peak Wilderness Area, so no open
fires are permitted, and dogs must be leashed, for their safety"
--Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh, Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press).
"This is a wonderful day hike or two-day backpack trip up to eleven beautiful alpine lakes and tarns located near Rollins Pass and the southern boundary of the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. Wildflowers, views, and the Forest Lakes are the main attractions of this hike. Trail conditions: The lower section of the Forest Lakes Trail is smooth and well maintained. The upper section is rocky, wet, and steep and has several stream crossings."
--Bob D'Antonio, Hiking Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness (Falcon Guides).
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