Panoramic views from the Long Lake hike in Indian Peaks, Colorado

Long Lake Trail

Indian Peaks Wilderness
View Photos
Jean Lunning Trail on the Long Lake Trail Hike in Indian Peaks, ColoradoBoardwalk of the Long Lake Trail Hike in Indian Peaks, ColoradoViews of the Long Lake Trail Hike in Indian Peaks, ColoradoLong Lake Trail Hike in Indian Peaks, ColoradoTrail views of the Long Lake Trail Hike in Indian Peaks, ColoradoMountain view from the Long Lake Trail Hike in Indian Peaks, ColoradoScenery of the Long Lake Trail Hike in Indian Peaks, ColoradoRoute of good quality on the Long Lake Trail Hike in Indian Peaks, ColoradoWalking through the forest on the Long Lake Trail Hike in Indian Peaks, ColoradoForest on the Long Lake Trail Hike in Indian Peaks, ColoradoWildflowers on the Long Lake Trail Hike in Indian Peaks, ColoradoBeautiful views of the Long Lake Trail Hike in Indian Peaks, ColoradoMountain views of the Long Lake Trail Hike in Indian Peaks, Colorado

Long Lake Trail

Distance: 6.6km
Elevation: 38m
Time: 1.5-2.5h

Difficulty Rating:

User Ratings:
9.8 Overall Rating
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty

This is a short and relatively easy hike with mild elevation gain. What’s even better is that it also offers amazing views around a scenic, lower alpine lake. This is a hike for all ages.

Long Lake Trail hike Map

Getting there

From Boulder drive to and through the town of Ward. Turn right onto CO-72 then quickly turn left onto Brainard Lake Rd. Go through the pay gate heading to Long Lake Trailhead.

I’ve done this 34 people have done this
I want to do this 37 want to do this route

About

When to do

Early June to Late September

Backcountry Campsites

Camping at Pawnee Campground

Toilets

Yes

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Circuit


Long Lake Trail
Elevation Graph


Route Description for Long Lake Trail

Begin this hike at the Long Lake Trailhead in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area inside the Indian Peaks Wilderness. In approximately a 0.4km from the start of your hike you will arrive at a trail junction, turn left and cross over a small wooden bridge. You’ll continue the hike along the Jean Lunning Trail.

This scenic trail will circle you half way around Long Lake, providing you with views of the Indian Peaks, Long Lake, and some lush meadows flush with beautiful wildflowers (depending on the season of course).

You’ll travel over moderate terrain until reaching the end of the lake; the trail will reconnect with Pawnee Pass Trail. Make a right and continue to circle back around the opposite side of the lake. You will head back towards the trailhead and parking lot from here.

If you want to find other great hikes in Indian Peaks Wilderness, check out the Lone Eagle Peak hike, Lake Isabelle trail, Rainbow Lakes trail or the Arapaho Glacier Trail.

Insider Hints

  • An annual National Park Pass is accepted at the gate, otherwise Brainard Lake Recreation Area is Cash Only ($11 per Passenger Vehicle).

  • Gate Fees and more information can be found here.

  • Set out on this hike early to avoid the chance of getting caught in an afternoon or evening storm.

Comments

Adamcox 4 weeks ago

This was a dream come true for me and to share it with my kids was really special.

10.0 Overall Rating
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
2h 00m Time Taken
Suzy TQ 2 months ago

Such a nice enjoyable hike. We passed Long lake on the way to Lake Isabelle. It’s worth the extra mile or so to check out that lake as well. Highly recommend!

9.0 Overall Rating
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
2h 00m Time Taken
Tiffany Swift 2 months ago

This is a nice short hike with some amazing views! Highly recommend

10.0 Overall Rating
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
BoulderBound 3 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous. You’ll feel some elevation change, but the path is in great and easy to follow.

10.0 Overall Rating
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
Mary Lou 1 year ago

Great place for all ages. Love how well-maintaned the path was.

10.0 Overall Rating
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
mendel 1 year ago

Magnificent hike for the whole family! We admire the scenic views and lower alpine lakes!

10.0 Overall Rating
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
ddiana 1 year ago

what a lovely getaway from the city

10.0 Overall Rating
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
2h 00m Time Taken
7 Comments

Similar hikes to the Long Lake Trail hike

Blue Lake Trail hike in Indian Peaks, Colorado

Blue Lake Trail

Difficulty:
6km
195m
2-3h

This awesome hike takes you through some of the best alpine meadows in the region. We hope you like wildflowers…

Lost Lake trail, Indian Peaks

Lost Lake

Difficulty:
6.84km
248m
2-3h

This is a popular, family-friendly hike, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth checking out. Lost Lake is a moderately…

Rainbow Lake hike in Indian Peaks, Colorado

Rainbow Lakes Trail

Difficulty:
5km
84m
1.5-2.5h

The Rainbow Lakes Trail is a nice family-friendly hike that will - in a short amount of time - take…