Rainbow Lake Trail, a surprise in the heart of Colorado 

A sweet, short Colorado hike hidden off the trails behind Frisco, CO, below Mt. Royal. Bring the kids, the dogs, your hiking boots in summer or snowshoes in winter, this trail is exceptional.

Easy peasy Colorado hike, yet we loved it.

Rainbow Lake Trail, Frisco, Colorado

We were looking for something simple, not too long, as we had a short amount of time but wanted to get outside. So glad we happened upon Rainbow Lake Trail.

It’s a 2.1 mile out and back of Colorado nature and a stunning lake at the end. Perfect…

Starting off we crossed a boardwalk through a wetland to be greeted by aspens and tall lodgepole pines on a nice designated path.

Easy to “get outside” in Colorado

Families, dogs and mountain bikers joined us as we hiked up a slight incline towards the lake. This would be a great hike for newcomers or visitors to Colorado needing to acclimate to the altitude or simply want to enjoy our mountains without too much exertion. Just before reaching the lake, the trail becomes a little rockier, and slightly steeper for a short distance then ….

the heart knows … it’s looking at exceptional Colorado beauty.

The lake is stunning, sparkling in the sun. I suppose it could be called a beaver pond but nonetheless it’s remarkable.

A “local favorite” hike, Rainbow Lake Trail, Summit County, Colorado

Since it’s nearly impossible to just turn around and go back once here, we started off hiking around the lake. We headed to the left on a little more difficult trail before crossing a creek and then becoming easier as we wandered around the lake.

Really quiet considering a few families about fishing and picnicking. Couple pups enjoying the water. Peaceful.

I know there are moose about in this area but they did not make an appearance for us. No forest sounds today, seems even the birds are getting ready for winter.

Aspens & Lodgepole Pines tower above on the trail to Rainbow Lake, Colorado

Definitely a Colorado trail you could enjoy year round.

Trail running in the summer and fall, snowshoe, cross country ski in the winter. A photographer’s dream. Columbines in the summer, aspens galore in the fall, deep snow cover in the winter.

I can’t wait to come back and snowshoe this trail, then head towards the town of Frisco for our favorite breakfast spot, Butterhorn Bakery & Cafe. Homemade breads, amazing omelettes, pastries…

An inspirational hike that would be a plus on your “get outside” to do list …

Another fun family friendly hiking adventure in Summit County, Lily Pad Trail, click here, for a peek.

Simple to get to:
West on Main Street in Frisco, turn left (south) on 2nd Ave, go about 5 blocks, take a right on South Cabin Green. Cross the paved bike path (watch for path users) and you’ve reached the parking lot and Rainbow Lake Trailhead (on the left).

Rated: easy
2.1 mile out and back
Elevation start, 9,089 ft., end 9277 ft.
Open to: hiking, dogs, mountain biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing

Trail also connects to: Miner’s Creek Road and the Peaks Trail which takes you to Breckenridge or the Masontown/Mt. Royal trail.

Trail condition updates or more information contact Dillon Ranger District, 970-468-5400 or visit their website, http://www.dillonrangerdistrict.com/


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