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73 mi 117 km of trail 6 Featured Hikes

Gems 1 Gem Easy Trails 13 Trails Intermediate Trails 9 Trails Hard Trails 1 Trail

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gem Favorite View of Long Lake while taking the southern route to Lake Isabelle.

Long Lake

(7) Nederland, CO

Featured Hikes in Brainard Lake Recreation Area - 6

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Favorite Climbing Buchanan Pass on the west side.
Intermediate/Difficult

Pawnee-Buchanan Loop

26.5 mi 42.6 km • Point to Point • 6,632 ft Ascent 2021.41 m Ascent

(40) Nederland, CO
Favorite Early morning along the trail
Intermediate

Mitchell Lake Trail Out and Back

5.4 mi 8.7 km • Out and Back • 864 ft Ascent 263.28 m Ascent

(49) Nederland, CO
Favorite Early morning along the trail
Intermediate/Difficult

Mount Audubon

7.7 mi 12.4 km • Out and Back • 2,662 ft Ascent 811.3 m Ascent

(33) Nederland, CO
Favorite On the Jean Lunning Trail
Easy/Intermediate

Long Lake Loop

3.6 mi 5.8 km • Loop • 294 ft Ascent 89.63 m Ascent

(18) Nederland, CO
Favorite February snowshoe to Brainard Lake
Easy/Intermediate

Brainard Lake Snowshoe Trail

4.8 mi 7.8 km • Loop • 468 ft Ascent 142.59 m Ascent

(13) Nederland, CO
Favorite Alternative route vs taking the road when parking at the Brainard Gateway parking lot.
Intermediate

Brainard Gateway Figure-8

10.1 mi 16.2 km • Loop • 1,290 ft Ascent 393.05 m Ascent

(8) Nederland, CO

Trails in Brainard Lake Recreation Area - 17

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8.0 mi 12.8 km #1Pawnee Pass Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
8.0 mi 12.8 km Nederland, CO 21 
2.1 mi 3.3 km #2Isabelle Glacier Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
2.1 mi 3.3 km Nederland, CO 23 
15.0 mi 24.2 km #3Buchanan Pass Trail
Intermediate
Nederland, CO
Intermediate
15.0 mi 24.2 km Nederland, CO
1.3 mi 2.1 km #4Jean Lunning Trail
Easy
Nederland, CO
Easy
1.3 mi 2.1 km Nederland, CO
2.1 mi 3.5 km #5Mount Audubon Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
2.1 mi 3.5 km Nederland, CO
2.6 mi 4.3 km #6Niwot Ridge Spur Trail
Intermediate
Nederland, CO
Intermediate
2.6 mi 4.3 km Nederland, CO
1.0 mi 1.6 km #7Paiute East Ridge
Extremely Difficult
Nederland, CO
Extremely Difficult
1.0 mi 1.6 km Nederland, CO
6.9 mi 11.1 km #8Beaver Creek Trail
Intermediate
Nederland, CO
Intermediate
6.9 mi 11.1 km Nederland, CO
6.9 mi 11.1 km #9North Sourdough (#835)
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
6.9 mi 11.1 km Nederland, CO
6.5 mi 10.4 km #10Niwot Ridge Trail
Intermediate
Nederland, CO
Intermediate
6.5 mi 10.4 km Nederland, CO
1.5 mi 2.4 km #11Wapiti Trail (#816)
Intermediate
Nederland, CO
Intermediate
1.5 mi 2.4 km Nederland, CO
5.7 mi 9.2 km #12South Sourdough (#835)
Intermediate
Nederland, CO
Intermediate
5.7 mi 9.2 km Nederland, CO
3.4 mi 5.4 km #13Coney Lake Trail #914
Intermediate
Nederland, CO
Intermediate
3.4 mi 5.4 km Nederland, CO
2.2 mi 3.6 km #14Waldrop Trail (#814)
Easy/Intermediate
Nederland, CO
Easy/Intermediate
2.2 mi 3.6 km Nederland, CO
5.9 mi 9.4 km #15South Saint Vrain Trail (#909)
Intermediate
Nederland, CO
Intermediate
5.9 mi 9.4 km Nederland, CO
0.8 mi 1.2 km #16Baptiste Trail (#815)
Easy/Intermediate
Nederland, CO
Easy/Intermediate
0.8 mi 1.2 km Nederland, CO
0.6 mi 1.0 km #17Niwot Cutoff Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Nederland, CO
Easy/Intermediate
0.6 mi 1.0 km Nederland, CO

Photos of Brainard Lake Recreation Area - 69

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Isabelle Lake surrounded by the Indian Peaks - stunning.
Nov 7, 2016 near Nederland, CO
Climbing boulders before climbing the peaks.
Nov 7, 2016 near Nederland, CO
Early morning along the trail
Sep 6, 2018 near Nederland, CO
A view of beautiful Lake Isabelle
Aug 29, 2017 near Nederland, CO
On the Jean Lunning Trail
Jul 30, 2017 near Nederland, CO
Blue Lake with Mt Toll
Jan 27, 2018 near Nederland, CO
A hiker, blocking the stunning view of Mount Audubon.
Apr 29, 2015 near Nederland, CO
The view from Beaver Creek Trail.
Apr 26, 2015 near Nederland, CO

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