This trail drops gradually to James Peak Lake, set in the basin below the east face of James Peak (13,249'). Fishing, picnicking and camping are the principal attractions. You can hike up to James Peak from the lake. The Ute trail intersects James Peak Lake Trail about .5 miles from the trailhead and travels about 2.5 miles to the Continental Divide.
Directions from Rollinsville: Turn west onto the Rollins Pass Road about 6 miles to Tolland. Take the road to your left marked "Apex, Mammoth Gulch." The road is fairly rough, becoming a 4WD route after 1.5 miles. Park here and hike 3.5 miles to the trailhead or drive on the designated 4WD route.
Summer through Fall .