Rawah Trail

Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado

Distance13.0mi
Elevation Gain6,321ft
Trailhead Elevation8,397ft
Top11,251ft
Elevation Min/Max8352/11251ft
Elevation Start/End8397/8397ft

Rawah Trail

Rawah Trail is a hiking trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Roosevelt National Forest and Rawah Wilderness Area. It is 13.0 miles long and begins at 8,397 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 26.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,321 feet. The Rawah Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. The Rawah Lake Number 2 water can be seen along the trail. There are also viewpoints, a wetland, and a water along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Sandbar Lakes Trail, West Branch Trail, Twin Crater Lakes Trail, Waterfall Spur, Lost Lake Trail, Camp Lake Trail and Link Trail.

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100 Classic Hikes in Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Scott S. Warren
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"Encompassing the southern portion of the Medicine Bow Range, the Rawah Wilderness includes some memorable mountain areas. At the heart of this wilderness is the Lakes District—an area of sky-blue lakes strung along the crest of the range. By following several different trails it is possible to visit many of these lakes in one multiday hike." Read more

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9/1/2009
We began the hike shuttling from Blue Lake TH to the West Branch TH, slowing our start from the 6:30 a.m. departure Ted's Place to an 8:45 departure from West Branch. The hike from the trailhead climbs through a unusually large majority of Aspen forest to the fork to Blue Lake traversing a steep slope using lots of switchbacks. Lots of wildflowers, a couple moose. two bow-hunters, beautiful mountain backdrops, a fabulous descent to Blue Lake (no camping) and on down to the Blue Lake TH, some 8 hours later. Great Hike, challenging distance and elevation gain (2500' to the pass, 3500' overall). Top notch hike!
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7/29/2007
Wanting a less traveled trail in the Rawah Wilderness, I chose the West Branch Trial with a destination of Timber Lake – not really on the trail but accessible from the West Branch. I brought along two girls, age 11 and 7, who both carried their own packs. While a bit ambitious for a first backpacking trip, the girls hiked well with few complaints. The trail in is mostly uphill but fairly well kept and easy to navigate. We hiked in early on Friday and only saw three other hikers that day. The first night, we camped in a meadow, right before the Blue Lake Trail cutoff meadows and found that there are bears and moose in this area. Make sure to hang your food in a tree, far from camp! The moose didn’t bother us too much with the exception of wandering through our camp at dusk. Camp fires are allowed here but there is little firewood; the stream that flows through the bottom of the meadow has quite a few trout and is clear and clean. The hike out was easy and we accomplished it in half the time of the hike in. This trail is intended for the more experienced hiker; I would not recommend it for small children or those not in fairly good physical condition.
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7/4/2005
I did this hike with my cousin just after the July 4th holiday, and most of the crowds were leaving as we were hiking in. After debating which route to take, we decided to hike the loop counter clock-wise. When all was said and done, we were glad we did. The route up is tough but worth it since most of the elevation gain is done the first day. We spent two nights at Camp Lake and had good luck fishing at Upper Camp Lake. Leaving this, we hiked past Rawah 1, 2, and 3. This was some of the most spectacular scenery I've seen... until we hiked up to Grassy Pass. It was even better. From here, we could see Medicine Bow to the north and Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park to the south. Absolutely incredible views from this panoramic spot! We spent another night at Twin Crater Lakes, below timberline. On our hike we saw plenty of wildlife including: deer, big horn, moose, and even a porcupine. The mosquitos were out but headnets mitigated their annoying buzz. This is certainly a 5-Star hike for me and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
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7/4/2002
We did a loop in the Rawah and it was a great 3 day, trip. Started at the Rawah trail head off Larimie river road. Up over grassy pass, on a great day until the t-storms started. And then closed the loop by following the old skyline ditch back. Wouldn't do it in July again as the mosquitos nearly carried us away as we camped by the lake.
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Trail Information

Roosevelt National Forest
Nearby City
Roosevelt National Forest
Parks
Roosevelt National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Boston Peak, Chambers Lake, Clark Peak, Glendevey, Rawah Lakes, Shipman Mountain
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