Water is available along most of this trail, but campsites are limited. The trailhead is marked and easy to find at the west end of the campground area. Packstock is prohibited in the Four Lakes Backcountry Zone, in the Cascade Backcountry Zone above Cascade Falls and on the Diamond Lake Trail #975. We stopped for awhile at the lake and just took a slow leisure hike. From Stehekin, take the bus or walk to the Rainbow Loop Trailhead, about four miles from the landing. It soon enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Lake View. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/rainbow-lakes-trail We went at the beginning of Fall and the foliage was spectacular. For current information on road openings and … Pets must be on a handheld leash at all times. Cross the highway and pick up the Bridge Creek Trail, then follow it six miles to the junction with the Rainbow Lake Trail. Water is available along most of this trail, but campsites are limited. Medicine Bow-Routt The trail passes north of a marshy meadow (.8 miles) to another small but accessible lake. Vehicle access to this trailhead is seasonal. The wilderness is closed to motorized and mechanized vehicles. The Rainbow Lakes Trailhead is located 5 miles west of Highway 72 on Rainbow Lakes Road (a.k.a. Rainbow Lakes Trail, #918, heads west from the trailhead. It soon enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Please refer to the Wilderness Regulations. The drive up is not for the faint of heart (or stomach). Most likely the lake will be busy, but you can lose some of the crowds by following the lake shore to the far side. Trip Reports The Rainbow Lakes are a series of 9 lakes and beaver ponds linked across a broad flat between Peak to Peak Highway and the Continental Divide. Timberline is at approximately 10,500 feet elevation. Location: 40.0120362, -105.5774546. National Forests, Only used to identify you to ProTrails. Trailhead on East Elk Creek in Gunnison National Forest. High clearance vehicles are recommended, though 2WD vehicles should have no problem when conditions are clear. When we arrived the road to the camp ground was closed for the winter season. The Rainbow Trail offers plenty of that, too. You'll pass through the campground before seeing a large Indian Peaks Wilderness Sign. Camping is prohibited within 100' of lakes, streams and trails. While the main trail doesn't reach every lake, well-defined social trails and a good map will help you explore this relatively small and accessible area. ", "beuatiful and very easy. Rainbow Basin Trail, also called Rainbow Lakes Trail, is a 4-mile out-and-back trek in the Boise National Forest that meanders past nine mountain lakes, creating a choose-your-own adventure of unbelievably blue waters. Permits are required year-round for day and overnight use by large groups (8+) or organizational groups such as scouts, churches, schools and hiking clubs. From my campsite, I had oohed and ahhed at the red, gold, and green splashes of color in the hills on the south side of Dillon Reservoir. Will not show on comments list. This trail is easy to travel up to Rainbow Lake. I played hooky from work on a hot Tuesday in July (Denver, CO) to venture with a friend to Rainbow Lakes, Indian Peak Wilderness, in Arapaho Forest about seven miles north of Nederland, Colorado. County Road 116 - National Forest System Road 298). Hanging Lake is a bit dark and swampy as compared to the spectacular camping at Beverley Lake which is a tough but rewarding hike beyond Rainbow Lake. 2468 Jackson Street 10,200), a series of small lakes and beaver ponds. Colorado Trail Explorer. A few rocky spots,it took us about 2 hours to complete. The main trail continues NW of the last major lake to nowhere in particular, gradually fading in the forest along Rainbow Lakes' primary inlet. This end of the trail is also sometimes called the South Fork Trail. This hike consists of a nice relaxing stroll through evergreen forests and Aspen Groves, beautiful in the fall. Trail Map OHV Riding (>50”) Nordic Skiing. Snowshoeing. Laramie, WY 82070 Bathrooms at TH were open. Thunder Basin The trailhead is for both the Rainbow Lakes and Arapaho Glacier. This view is the first of the Rainbow Lakes along the trail. Hike Summary: This parking area provides access to the Rainbow Lakes and Arapaho Glacier Trails inside the Indian Peaks Wilderness, but you will follow Trail 918 to Rainbow Lakes. Rainbow, Cutthroat and Brook trout are found in these lakes. See the trail maps below for the routes to each of these lakes. Trail Photos The trail passes through dense forest as it skirts above the campground before passing the Arapaho Glacier Trail. This trailhead is located on the eastern slopes of the Park Range in the Routt National Forest of Colorado. Two more lake-ponds are hidden by trees 100+ yards south that see fewer people. County Commons/Miner’s Creek Trailhead: From Frisco Main Street, turn right at the traffic light at the intersection of CO-9. I was a little concerned about the parking from reading reviews. Many of these trees have been cut down. Snowmobiling. It provides access to the southeastern portion of the 159,935 acre Mount Zirkel Wilderness via trail#1130, the Rainbow Lake Trail. Vehicle access to this trailhead is seasonal. Visitors can also take their pick when it comes to accommodations near the trail. These well-stocked lakes are popular with anglers, and the easy hike in is well-suited for families and backpackers. Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests & Thunder Basin National Grassland, USDA Forest Service After leaving the trailhead beside Big Trinity Lake, the trail heads south through recently burned landscape and climbs 620 vertical feet in the first mile to reach the divide into Rainbow Basin. From the trailhead along Alta Lake Road, walk past the large map of the area and into the forest as you follow the route next to 21 Mile Creek. County Road 116 – National Forest System Road 298). Horseback Riding. The trail itself is pretty straightforward, follow the signs to Rainbow Lakes. Turn west from Highway 72 on Rainbow Lakes Road and keep straight past the University of Colorado Mountain Research Station access road and Caribou 4WD turnoff, through the Rainbow Lakes Campground to the small parking area at the road's terminus at the trailhead. It's a touch longer than many day hikers want to tackle, and even most of the campers will drop off past Ollalie, or Pratt Lake junctions, leaving you (and a few hardy others) to discover these alpine jewels. About a mile in on the Mount Royal trail take a right on the Masontown trail that connects to Rainbow Lake. At this time of year, with crampons/spikes, expect 4 hrs to Rainbow lake and a 2.5 hr return. Like. Leaving Denver around 7, we stopped in quaintly beautiful Nederland for a short break and then headed up to the trailhead. It levels on an alpine bench (1.85 miles : 10,730'), where a second push leads to a tarn with terrific down-valley views (2.05 miles). From there it becomes harder to follow and is not well maintained. Camping is prohibited in the Four Lakes Backcountry Zone (Mitchell, Blue, Long, Isabelle) May 1 - Nov 30. Map Information. No motorized vehicles are allowed west of Trail #1126. Many side trails lead visitors up to mountain lakes and streams for fishing, and during hunting season, gamesmen will find plenty of bear, deer and elk nearby. Road was open all the way to the TH, none of the gates were closed. Setting is managed forest area. Rainbow Lakes Road is located 7.35 miles north of Nederland, CO. It keeps west and undulates with less clarity to an elevated rock pile between juxtaposed lakes (.95 miles : 10,280'), from which social paths branch to outlying ponds in the area. Boulder Ranger District USDA Forest Service 2140 Yarmouth Ave. Boulder, CO 80301 303.541.2500, Summer Hours: Mon-Thur 8 - 4:30 Fri 8 - 5:30 Sat 9 - 3. Rainbow Lake is the third lake along The Beaten Path, a 26 mile hike through the heart of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.At seven miles from the trailhead (technically about eight miles), the lake is a good day hike for strong hikers, or a good day trip for moderate hikers camped at Elk Lake.The lake is absolutely stunning- a jewel nestled in the mountains, fed by a gorgeous waterfall. No motorized vehicles are allowed west of Trail #1126. It’s a relatively short trek up to a pretty pond. It is primarily a backpacker or advanced stock use trail, since it lies deep within the park and is accesed via several other trails. Rainbow Lake Trailhead is located in the Mount Zirkel/Parks Range and is managed by the Parks Ranger District. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); You can contact ProTrails directly through our Facebook or Instagram accounts. Terrain is rugged but passable, easing once through a talus field at treeline. The Rainbow Lakes Trailhead is located 5 miles west of Highway 72 on Rainbow Lakes Road (a.k.a. This is the latter, the singular. The first half of the Arapahoe Glacier Trail is a 3-mile steady ascent under a pine and spruce canopy. National Grassland No motorized vehicles are allowed west of Trail #1126. It soon enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The trail officially enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness a few dozen yards from the parking area and bears left. Manager USFS Gunnison Ranger District; URL There’s a Rainbow Lakes hike and a Rainbow Lake hike. Rainbow Lake Trailhead . The hike to Rainbow Lake follows a portion of Rainbow Lake Trail #1130, which runs from the Rainbow Lake trailhead to its terminus with the Wyoming Trail #1101 (Continental Divide Trail). Print Trail The trailhead might be busy, but heading to Island and Rainbow Lakes may afford you more solitude than you'd expect on the crowded I-90 corridor. Turn west from Highway 72 on Rainbow Lakes Road and keep straight past the University of Colorado Mountain Research Station access road and Caribou … Abundant summer wildflowers and turning aspen make this a particularly colorful 3 season trail. 307-745-2307. Hiking. Rainbow Lakes Road is located 7.35 miles north of Nederland, CO. Designated trailhead with access to trails that lie within the Mt Zirkel Wilderness. The trailhead leaves at the Rainbow Lakes Campground, so if you want to plan a trip with the kids, this is a great activity to wear off all those s’mores you ate the night before. The trail starts at the Rainbow Lakes Trailhead and immediately enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness as it starts the gentle climb towards Rainbow Lakes. Comments. Although the trip starts off nice and easy along Rainbow Lakes, the climb to Arapahoe Glacier Lookout gains more than 3,600 feet over exposed, rocky terrain. Trail Descirption: Rainbow Lakes Trail heads west from the Rainbow Lakes Trailhead located before the Rainbow Lakes Campground. Tell us when your experience with this trail happened. The trail is an easy, short hike up to the Rainbow Lakes, a series of small lakes and beaver ponds. Head a few feet downhill for a close-up of the shoreline. Rainbow Lakes Trail heads west from the Rainbow Lakes Trailhead located before the Rainbow Lakes Campground. Sourdough Trail to Brainard Lake Recreation Area, 10,010' - 10,280' (10,315' max elevation), +270' net elevation gain (+362' total roundtrip elevation gain), "Such a beautiful and easy hike to the lakes from the campground. The trail down to Rainbow Lake is easy enough for almost any hiker, with a short but more challenging loop around the lake and many options for longer routes. ATV Riding. Rainbow Basin Trail, also called Rainbow Lakes Trail, is a 4-mile out-and-back trek in the Boise National Forest that meanders past nine mountain lakes, creating a … Rainbow Lakes Trail #918, heads west from the trailhead. 1: N40 00.631 W105 34.331 — 0.0 miles Rainbow Lakes Trailhead : 2: N40 00.728 W105 34.640 — .35 miles: First Rainbow Lake : 3: N40 00.746 W105 34.838 — .95 miles: Begin series of Rainbow Lakes 2, 3 … The trailhead is located east of the Rainbow Lakes Campground which you walk past in the first mile of the hike. No developed facilities. ", "We read several reports that this is a great snowshoeing trail so we headed up with our two kids on our first snowshoeing adventure. Camping is allowed at Hanging Lake, which is 1.5km beyond Rainbow Lake. Special restrictions in Mount Zirkel Wilderness. This was a pretty easy hike for a couple not in hiking shape. Timberline is at approximately 10,500 feet elevation. ", "Small amount of snow to the TH. The trail is an easy hike up to the Rainbow Lakes (elevation 10,200 feet), a series of small lakes … ", N40 00.631 W105 34.331 — 0.0 miles Rainbow Lakes Trailhead, N40 00.728 W105 34.640 — .35 miles: First Rainbow Lake, N40 00.746 W105 34.838 — .95 miles: Begin series of Rainbow Lakes 2, 3 and 4, N40 00.784 W105 35.273 — 1.35 miles: Rocky ascent past Fourth Rainbow Lake. Map showing recreational areas. It rises gently through spruce and aspen to the first lake (which is more of a pond) on your left (.35 miles : 10,202'), and continues easily to a second (.6 miles : 10,230'). For The trail is an easy, short hike up to the Rainbow Lakes, a series of small lakes and beaver ponds. The Rainbow Lake Trail provides access to one of the park's steepest passes, Bowan Pass, as well as deep blue Rainbow Lake. Its breathtaking once you find the first lake, then you just want to keep going because it gets better and better. Get Here. This is a longer hike to Rainbow Lake at 2 miles one-way and is rated moderate. Rainbow Lake is a source of Whistler's drinking water and therefore, swimming in the lake and camping at the lake are NOT permitted. Hearing Impaired Completely do-able with a compact car, the road in was not too rough at all, only concern would be if there is too much snow, which currently there wasn't. Biking. Located east of the Rainbow Lakes Campground, this newly constructed trailhead provides access to the Rainbow Lakes and Arapaho Glacier Trails inside the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Beverley Lake is reached by following the trail toward Rainbow Mountain. Got to the TH at 8:15am and were the first ones there. Rainbow Lake itself is a small wooded lake with some mountain views of Peak 1 and Tenmile Peak towing above. 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