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1,032 mi 1,660 km of trail 10 Recommended Routes

Gems 1 Gem Easy Trails 32 Trails Intermediate Trails 121 Trails Hard Trails 48 Trails
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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 - 6

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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 Great mountain views
Intermediate/Difficult

2 Day Backpacking Loop

18.6 mi 29.9 km 3,048' Up 929.09 m Up 3,049' Down 929.26 m Down

Red Fea…, 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 Heading up the West Branch Trail with trailside blueberries keeping the pace slow.
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

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 24 
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
6.2 mi 9.9 km #5Mountain View
Intermediate/Difficult
Steamboat Springs, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Steamboat Springs, CO
12.5 mi 20.2 km #6Silver Creek Trail #1106.1
Intermediate
Steamboat Springs, CO
Intermediate
Steamboat Springs, CO
8.0 mi 12.9 km #7Luna Lake Trail #1168.1
Intermediate/Difficult
Steamboat Springs, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Steamboat Springs, CO
1.1 mi 1.7 km #8Hahns Peak Lake Trail #1191.1
Easy/Intermediate
Steamboat Springs, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Steamboat Springs, CO
3.8 mi 6.1 km #9Mad Creek Trail
Intermediate
Steamboat Springs, CO
Intermediate
Steamboat Springs, CO 10 
2.1 mi 3.4 km #10Fiddlehead Trail
Easy
Steamboat Springs, CO
Easy
Steamboat Springs, CO
5.7 mi 9.1 km #11Gilpin Trail
Difficult
Steamboat Springs, CO
Difficult
Steamboat Springs, CO
7.3 mi 11.7 km #12Gold Creek Lake Trail
Intermediate
Steamboat Springs, CO
Intermediate
Steamboat Springs, CO
5.6 mi 9.1 km #13South Fork Trail #1138
Intermediate
Grand Lake, CO
Intermediate
Grand Lake, CO
2.2 mi 3.5 km #14Sunshine
Intermediate
Steamboat Springs, CO
Intermediate
Steamboat Springs, CO
1.3 mi 2.2 km #15Hahns Peak Trail #1158
Difficult
Steamboat Springs, CO
Difficult
Steamboat Springs, CO
0.8 mi 1.2 km #16Vista Nature Trail
Easy
Steamboat Springs, CO
Easy
Steamboat Springs, CO
2.7 mi 4.4 km #17Rabbit Ears Peak
Intermediate/Difficult
Steamboat Springs, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Steamboat Springs, CO
6.7 mi 10.8 km #18Blue Lake Trail #959
Intermediate
Grand Lake, CO
Intermediate
Grand Lake, CO
7.2 mi 11.5 km #19West Branch Trail #960
Easy/Intermediate
Red Feather Lakes, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Red Feather Lakes, CO
3.9 mi 6.4 km #20Bear Creek Trail
Intermediate
Walden, CO
Intermediate
Walden, CO

Photos of Routt National Forest - 71

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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
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
The Rabbit Ears
Feb 18, 2015 near Steambo…, CO
Long Lake off of Fish Creek Falls Trail.
Sep 10, 2016 near Steambo…, CO