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Gems in Routt National Forest - 1

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gem Favorite The shore of Upper Rainbow Lake.

Rainbow Lake

(2) Steambo…, CO

Recommended Routes in Routt National Forest - 5

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Favorite Looking down on Gilpin Lake from halfway up the pass.
Intermediate/Difficult

Zirkel Circle

10.4 mi 16.8 km 2,360' Up 719.41 m Up 2,363' Down 720.25 m Down

Steambo…, CO
Favorite Wildflowers and Aspens near the trailhead
Intermediate

Spring Creek Trail

10.4 mi 16.7 km 1,435' Up 437.4 m Up 1,435' Down 437.26 m Down

Steambo…, CO
Favorite The shore of Upper Rainbow Lake.
Intermediate

Rainbow Lake

8.5 mi 13.7 km 1,376' Up 419.46 m Up 1,376' Down 419.49 m Down

Walden, CO
Favorite The trail weaves in and out of the canopy and on the switchback, peeks out for this clear view of the valley below.
Intermediate

Thunderhead Trail

4.1 mi 6.5 km 2,110' Up 643.25 m Up 0' Down 0 m Down

Steambo…, CO
Favorite Intermittent glimpses toward the 12,000' peaks above Island and Carey Lakes.
Intermediate/Difficult

Carey/Island Lakes Out-and-Back

14.4 mi 23.1 km 2,669' Up 813.41 m Up 2,669' Down 813.39 m Down

Red Fea…, CO

Routt National Forest Hiking

  • 1,374 Miles 2,212 Kilometers of Trail
  • 10 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 32 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 124 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 45 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Routt National Forest - 191

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7.0 mi 11.3 km #1Fish Creek Falls Trail
Intermediate
Steamboat Springs, CO
Intermediate
Steamboat Springs, CO 26 
8.6 mi 13.9 km #2Rainbow Lake Trail #1130
Intermediate
Walden, CO
Intermediate
Walden, CO
21.1 mi 33.9 km #3CDT: Buffalo Pass to North Lake (CO Sec. 43)
Intermediate/Difficult
Steamboat Springs, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Steamboat Springs, CO
11.8 mi 19.0 km #4Flash of Gold
Intermediate
Steamboat Springs, CO
Intermediate
Steamboat Springs, CO
3.8 mi 6.1 km #5Mad Creek Trail
Intermediate
Steamboat Springs, CO
Intermediate
Steamboat Springs, CO 11 
6.2 mi 9.9 km #6Mountain View
Intermediate/Difficult
Steamboat Springs, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Steamboat Springs, CO
12.5 mi 20.2 km #7Silver Creek Trail #1106.1
Intermediate
Steamboat Springs, CO
Intermediate
Steamboat Springs, CO
8.0 mi 12.9 km #8Luna Lake Trail #1168.1
Intermediate/Difficult
Steamboat Springs, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Steamboat Springs, CO
6.3 mi 10.1 km #9Camp Lake Trail #968
Intermediate/Difficult
Red Feather Lakes, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Red Feather Lakes, CO
47.1 mi 75.8 km #10Bears Ears Trail #1144.1
Intermediate
Hayden, CO
Intermediate
Hayden, CO

Photos of Routt National Forest - 87

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Looking down on Gilpin Lake from halfway up the pass.
Jun 26, 2018 near Walden, CO
Heading up to Gilpin Lake, late June.
Jun 26, 2018 near Walden, CO
The shore of Upper Rainbow Lake.
Feb 10, 2016 near Steambo…, CO
The lush lower Gold Creek meadows.
Jul 10, 2017 near Walden, CO
Lower Fish Creek Falls from the overlook trail.
Jun 1, 2022 near Steambo…, CO
View point of Steamboat Lake.
Oct 3, 2021 near Steambo…, CO
Parika Peak!
Jul 28, 2020 near Grand Lake, CO
Getting close to Rainbow Lake. Always great to see snow in the summer.
Feb 10, 2016 near Steambo…, CO