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Mount Audubon

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Summit one of Colorado's most beautiful 13ers through wildflowers and panoramic views.


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Map Key

7.7

Miles

12.4

KM

Out and Back

13,187' 4,019 m

High

10,525' 3,208 m

Low

2,662' 811 m

Up

2,662' 811 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

55%

Max Grade (29°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Campfires are not allowed. Camping is prohibited in the Four Lakes Backcountry Zone from May 1 through November 30.

Overview

This route sits just in front of the Continental Divide and provides stunning views of both the Divide and its associated mountains, and the surrounding Front Range.

Due to its easily accessible nature, Mount Audubon is one of the more crowded hikes in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area.

Need to Know

This is the first trail west of Brainard Lake to become passable in the Spring. It can be done without special equipment in mid to late June. It is best to get an early start. Lightning and thunderstorms are common in the early afternoon.

The Brainard Lake Road is open seasonally. During these months, a vehicle fee applies for trailheads located within the Brainard Lake Recreation Area.

Description

The Beaver Creek Trail enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness and climbs through the trees for
1.7 miles. Here, the Mount Audubon Trail turns left (west). Now above timberline, the Mount Audubon Trail continues to climb in a consistent manner with the exception of two somewhat steeper sections near the middle and end of the trail.

The developed trail ends at the saddle where there is a view down into the Coney Lake drainage. For the final mile and 600 vertical feet, follow the piles of rock (cairns) up the talus to the summit.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers, marmot, pika and moose.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tom Robson

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Photos

Early morning along the trail
Sep 6, 2018 near Nederland, CO
The view from Beaver Creek Trail.
Apr 26, 2015 near Nederland, CO
Looking toward Pawnee Pass from atop Audubon.
Jul 3, 2017 near Nederland, CO
A hiker, blocking the stunning view of Mount Audubon.
Apr 29, 2015 near Nederland, CO
View of Mitchell Lake early morning
Sep 6, 2018 near Nederland, CO
An alpine meadow provides a scenic picnic stop just below the summit of Mount Audubon.
Oct 28, 2017 near Nederland, CO

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Aug 9, 2020
Mike Langenkamp
10mi — 8h 00m
Jul 5, 2020
Dan Moody
Chased away by storm 3mi
Jul 3, 2020
Reed Harrington
Sumitted Paiute then traversed over to Audubon and decended to complete a loop.
Sep 22, 2019
Norse Bear
Aug 18, 2019
Andrea C
Aug 11, 2019
Sarah Megill
Aug 10, 2019
Chris Gummer
Jul 7, 2019
Maddy S
Mitchell lake road lot wasn't open, walked from the main lot 10.5mi