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  4.4 ( 32 ) Favorite


7.7 mile 12.4 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 2,662' 811 m
Descent: -2,662' -811 m
High: 13,187' 4,019 m
Low: 10,525' 3,208 m


Avg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 55% (29°)


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Trail shared by Tom Robson

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

Tom Robson

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.


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.


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.


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Sep 19, 2018
Ryan William
Aug 22, 2018
Chuck Snyder
Aug 5, 2018
Brandon Snacks
Aug 4, 2018
Clancey Potter
Woof. The first mile was nice but the rest of the trail was extremely rocky (a boulder field at times). The last .75 miles to the summit was a 900f… 9.7mi
Aug 4, 2018
Julia Becker
Beautiful views of the Indian peaks including Paiute and Toll 8mi
Aug 4, 2018
Chelsea Taylor
Horrendous wind and terrible footing above treeline [makes up 70% of the hike]. Below treeline was gorgeous 7.7mi — 7h 00m
Jul 22, 2018
Jason David
Jul 6, 2018
Sean Peters

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