James Peak Lake Trailhead


Photo of the James Peak Lake Trailhead with a difficult 4WD road leading to a small parking area

This trailhead provides access to the James Peak Lake and Ute trails. Four-wheel drive is required for driving to James Peak Lake Trailhead. This road is not plowed in the winter.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: James Peak Wilderness restrictions apply for trails in this area:
  • 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: None
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


From Rollinsville on Colorado Highway 119, turn west onto County Road 16 head and west for approximately five miles. At the town of Tolland, turn left onto Mammoth Gulch (County Road 4N). After 3.5 miles take a right onto National Forest System Road 353. This is a rough, native surface road not plowed in the winter and only high clearance vehicles with 4WD are recommended. Follow NFSR 353 west for 3.3 miles to James Peak Lake Trailhead.

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