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Long Lake Loop

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An Indian Peaks quickie, this hike hits all of Brainard Lake's lesser known brother, Long Lake.


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3.6

Miles

5.8

KM

Loop

10,650' 3,246 m

High

10,375' 3,162 m

Low

294' 90 m

Up

294' 89 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

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

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.

Overview

This route gets you above and away from the majority of the other Brainard Lake Recreation Area sightseers. This is a family-friendly route affording views of surrounding peaks, and pristine Long Lake itself.

Description

From the Niwot Cutoff TH, a -mile hike leads west up a small slope and through the woods to Long Lake. The trail lazily switchbacks its way above Brainard Lake, and into an intersection with Jean Lunning Trail and Long Lake Dam Connector.

Stay straight onto the Jean Lunning Trail, which enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The trail continues west along the south side of Long Lake on a wide, gentle trail with several bridges. Keep an eye out for Moose, they tend to frequent these wet areas during summer.

After Jean Lunning Trail turns northeast and intersects Pawnee Pass Trail, turn right onto Pawnee Pass. This heavily used portion of trail continues along Long Lake as wide, fairly flat singletrack. Just prior to the trail leaving the Indian Peaks Wilderness, turn right onto Long Lake Dam Connector, and be sure to grab the awesome view of Long Lake in its entirety.

From Long Lake Dam Connector, turn left onto Niwot Cutoff Trail and head back to your car!

Flora & Fauna

Moose and decent aspen viewing from afar.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tom Robson

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 20 votes

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Photos

On the Jean Lunning Trail
Jul 30, 2017 near Nederland, CO
A view of Brainard Lake and the amazing peaks littered with 5 star trails.
Aug 29, 2017 near Nederland, CO
South Saint Vrain Creek flows from Long Lake
Aug 29, 2017 near Nederland, CO
Hiked around the lake and then caught this sunset
Aug 11, 2019 near Nederland, CO
Long Lake
Jul 30, 2017 near Nederland, CO
View of Long Lake while taking the southern route to Lake Isabelle.
Nov 7, 2016 near Nederland, CO

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Jul 8, 2020
Ryan William
Oct 4, 2019
Tom Markiewicz
Sep 1, 2019
Marvin Felty
Beautiful hike around Long Lake 3.6mi — 2h 30m
Aug 26, 2019
Matt Becher
Aug 23, 2019
Maria Verven
Easy hike, gorgeous views of the lake and Indian peaks. Get there early; it's a popular trail
Jul 13, 2019
Dan Holdaway
Jun 9, 2019
Federico Rotundo
Oct 5, 2018
Cynthia B.