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 open seasonally.

At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: James Peak Wilderness restrictions apply on the Forest Lakes Trail:
  • Motorized and mechanized vehicles are prohibited.
  • Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times.
  • Campfires prohibited.
  • Campsites must be at least 100 feet away from water and trail.
  • Group size is limited to 12 (people and livestock combined).
Fishing and hunting: permitted in accordance with regulations established by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
Closest Towns: Rollinsville, Colorado
Water: Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone 303-541-2500, Fax 303-541-2515; Contact Us

General Information

Directions: 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.

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