Jean Lunning and Pawnee Pass Hike

Difficulty
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Very Easy
Duration
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1-1.5h
Distance
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4.7 km
Elevation
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55 m
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The Jean Lunning Trail and Pawnee Pass Hike is a beautiful trail in the Brainard Lake Recreational Area. This relaxed adventure is perfect for hikers of all skill levels! Walk along the shores of Long Lake and through meadows dotted with gorgeous wildflowers! Keep an eye out for deer and moose as they roam this area.

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Route Description for Jean Lunning and Pawnee Pass Hike

The Jean Lunning Trail and Pawnee Pass Hike is suitable for families and great for those who desire a chill meander through the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Don’t be mistaken, though it is a fairly easy hike, you will still get some amazing sights of the Continental Divide and the Indian Peaks. Between November 15th and April 30th, dogs are prohibited on this trail. Note that the Brainard Lake Recreational Area and the Brainard Lake Road close in late-October until mid-June. Off-season visitors will have to park outside the Gateway and hike in.

Starting from the Long Lake Parking lot, head southwest on the Pawnee Pass Trail. At the intersection you can choose to complete this hike from either direction, but we recommend going clockwise. Veer left onto Jean Lunning Trail, taking you along the south side of Long Lake. Continue along this trail as it weaves you between the shoreline, meadows and lush forests. Stay on this route as it eventually begins to curve right along the west side of the lake. Here, you will get some amazing views of the Indian Peaks. Cross the footbridge and follow the trail as it guides you east. At this point, the path will merge onto Pawnee Pass Trail. Appreciate the meadows and dense alpine forests before returning to the shoreline.

Feel free to explore the shore, dipping your toes in the refreshing water before hooking back on to the trail. This final segment of the hike will deliver you back to the carpark.

Getting to the Jean Lunning and Pawnee Pass Hike Trailhead

The Jean Lunning Trail and Pawnee Pass Hike is located in the Brainard Lake Recreational Area. Visitors will require a parking permit which can be purchased online or on-site. The trailhead is located at the end of Long Lake Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Pawnee Campground

  • When to do

    June-October

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    High

  • Route Type

    Lollipop

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