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Pawnee Pass Trail

 4.9 (17)

Length


4.5 Miles 7.3 Kilometers


2,015' 614 m

Ascent

-15' -5 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

12,529' 3,819 m

High

10,527' 3,209 m

Low

Shared By Tom Robson

Conditions


All Clear 3 days ago
Dry History

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A beautiful hike dotted with lakes and views, almost all above 11,000'.

Tom Robson

Dogs Leashed

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

Snow and ice on Pawnee Pass make the higher sections technical until later in July. An early start is recommended. Thunderstorms are common in the early afternoon.

Campfires are not allowed. Camping is only permissible in this zone between December 1 and April 30. From May 1 through November 30, this area is day-use only.

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 first mile of the Pawnee Pass Trail #907 to Long Lake is a heavily used trail. It enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness, then continues along Long Lake as wide, fairly flat singletrack. From the lake, the trail continues up the valley at a gentle grade through wooded terrain. It then makes a short climb to Lake Isabelle, which sits below treeline.

From pristine Lake Isabelle, the trail turns right (north) and climbs on a graded switchback trail. It first crosses a couple creeks and circles under a ridge above the lake, eventually gaining a wide bench above treeline by a series of short switchbacks.

Continue up another steep switchback pitch that often holds snow late into the summer and finally leads to the top of Pawnee Pass (elevation 12,541').

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Sep 18, 2018
ben nutinsideu
9mi — 4h 00m
Sep 3, 2018
Clancey Potter
Nice trail despite getting snowed, rained, and hailed on! Uphill is gradual and has switchbacks. Only the last half mile is very rocky. 9mi
Aug 25, 2018
Allison Valentine
13mi — 6h 00m
Jul 15, 2018
Shane Butler
Jul 14, 2018
Ellen Jardine
Perfection
Jul 14, 2018
Hana Felix
Two thumbs up, lots of loose rock up top 10mi
Aug 20, 2017
Jon D
9mi
Aug 19, 2017
Chris Cozzi

Trail Ratings

  4.9 from 15 votes

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Has anyone completed this trail in mid June? If so how was the snow conditions? Is it passable? Jun 3, 2017
Volunteers needed to give this heavily-used trail some love on Sept. 22, 2018: facebook.com/events/2354503… Sep 7, 2018

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