Long Lake Trail hike

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Long Lake Trail hike

Distance: 4.1mi
Elevation: 125ft
Time: 1.5-2.5h

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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.

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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.

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When to do

Early June to Late September

Backcountry Campsites

Camping at Pawnee Campground



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Route Description for Long Lake Trail hike

Begin this hike at the Long Lake Trailhead in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area inside the Indian Peaks Wilderness. In approximately a 0.3mi 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.

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.


ddiana 5 months ago

what a lovely getaway from the city

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