Round-Trip Length:apporx7.8 miles - includes both lakes
Start-End Elevation: 9,211' - 10,852' (10,883' max elevation)
Elevation Change: +1,641' net elevation gain (+1,729' total roundtrip elevation gain)
Skill Level: Moderate
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Forest Lakes are accessible from the East Portal Trailhead in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The first lake occupies a marshy flat below treeline; the second, much larger lake fills a deep bowl at treeline beneath Rollins Pass and the Continental Divide. This area is a great area for viewing the fall colors and this weekend should be a great weekend for the colors to be out.
Address: 4655 Ward Rd., Wheat Ridge
Directions to the park-n-ride: From 44th Ave. & Ward Rd., continue north on Ward Rd. approximately .22 miles, left into the park-n-Ride. We will plan on leaving this park-n-ride at 8:00 am.
Directions to Trailhead
The East Portal Trailhead is located at the end of Tolland Road, an 8.2 mile dirt road west of Highway 72. Tolland Road is located 4.9 miles south of Nederland, Colorado.
From Highway 72, turn west on Tolland Road and Keep Straight until it dead-ends at the Moffat Tunnel. Ignore turnoffs that climb toward the pass.