Hike or Snowshoe to Rainbow Lakes

Rainbow Lake via Summit County Rec Trail - Search Nearby - Added by Matthew Eaton

This is an easy going day hike in Summit County that is perfect for the entire family. There is minimal elevation gain (for Colorado standards), but you’ll still want to be prepared for the ever changing mountain weather. 

You can do this hike two different ways: 

1- Start from the Peaks Trail Trailhead for an out and back hike, distance is a little over 2 miles roundtrip. 

2- Start along the Summit County Recreational Trail (as marked on this map), also out and back hike, total distance just over 3 miles, and provides a nice leg warm up along an established and paved trail. 

There is a parking area just on the southeast corner of the junction of i70 and Main Street in Frisco, Colorado. There are picnic tables for a pre hike snack if you need one right alongside Tensile Creek, and portable toilets open to the public. 

From here, access the Summit County Rec Trail and head east, away from the highway. After about half a mile, you’ll see a trailhead on the right for the Peaks Trail. Take this and then follow signs to Rainbow Lake. The first part is through marshy terrain, but there is a boardwalk to help keep you dry. Reach the lake and explore the area, read a book, lounge in a hammock, or have a picnic. Just keep on eye our for afternoon thunderstorms which can and will pop up! 

This trail is also open to mountain bikes, and is even available in winter, with snowshoes or other traction. 

Distance

3 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

250 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Photography, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing, Hiking

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Lake
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Awesome

A beautiful trail surrounded by mountains in the midst of a dense forest. The trail can be a bit muddy at certain times of the year, but it still does not take away from how great this adventure can be. You won’t be sorry.

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