Forest Lakes Trailhead

Forest Lakes Trailhead is located 12 miles up the Moffat Road and provides access to the Forest Lakes Trail located within the James Peak Wilderness.

This is a rough native-surface road not plowed in the winter, vehicles with high clearance are recommended; parking is limited. The road is passable seasonally.

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At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: James Peak Wilderness restrictions apply on the Forest Lakes Trail:
  • Motorized equipment and mechanized transportation are prohibited.
  • Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times.
  • Campfires are prohibited year round.
  • Campsites must be at least 100 feet away from water and trail.
  • Group size is limited to 12 (people and livestock combined).
  • Processed weed-free feed is required for stock.
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles.
Fishing and hunting: permitted in accordance with regulations established by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
Closest Towns: Rollinsville, Colorado
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

General Information


From Nederland, travel south for 4.5 miles on Colorado Highway 119 to Rollinsville. Turn west onto the gravel Gilpin County Road 16 and continue seven miles to the turnoff for the Moffat Road (National Forest System Road 149). This road is quite rough with many potholes and sections of one-lane road for the next 12 miles to the trailhead.


The Moffat Road is not closed seasonally, however it is typically snowbound from November through late June.


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