Forest Lakes Trail

Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado

Elevation Gain2,194ft
Trailhead Elevation11,042ft
Elevation Min/Max9586/11042ft
Elevation Start/End11042/11042ft

Forest Lakes Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Forest Lakes Winter Trail and Rogers Pass Trail.

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"

"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."

Forest Lakes Trail Reviews

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It was a great hike. Waterproof boots and gaiters were very useful for a few stream crossings, and dealing with a lot of snow that was still covering the trail. At times the snow-burried trail was tricky to follow, but maintaining a good bearing and following footprints where we could got us to the lakes just fine. The scenery is amazing once you get to the lakes, and Radiobeacon Peak looks good for late-season skiing, as well as climbing couloirs.
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Still lots of snow. After crossing the arapahoe trail, look for the forest creek trail to break right up a hill... if you get to a part of the trail that's been clearly covered by downed trees and scrub, you missed your right turn. Found lower forest lake, but too much snow to get to the upper one from the bottom without snowshoes.

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Trail Information

Roosevelt National Forest
Nearby City
James Peak Wilderness Area
Skill Level
Additional Use
James Peak Wilderness, Boulder Ranger District, Roosevelt National Forest
Local Contacts
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Local Maps

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Nov 2018