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83 mi 134 km of trail 6 Recommended Routes

Gems 1 Gem Easy Trails 5 Trails Intermediate Trails 18 Trails Hard Trails 1 Trail

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gem Favorite View of Long Lake while taking the southern route to Lake Isabelle.

Long Lake

(10) Nederland, CO

Recommended Routes in Brainard Lake Recreation Area - 6

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Favorite Climbing Buchanan Pass on the west side.
Difficult

Pawnee-Buchanan Loop

26.5 mi 42.6 km 6,632' Up 2021.41 m Up 6,615' Down 2016.24 m Down

Nederland, CO
Favorite Early morning along the trail
Intermediate

Mitchell Lake Trail Out and Back

5.4 mi 8.7 km 864' Up 263.28 m Up 863' Down 263.16 m Down

Nederland, CO
Favorite Early morning along the trail
Difficult

Mount Audubon

7.7 mi 12.4 km 2,662' Up 811.3 m Up 2,662' Down 811.26 m Down

Nederland, CO
Favorite On the Jean Lunning Trail
Intermediate

Long Lake Loop

3.6 mi 5.8 km 294' Up 89.63 m Up 294' Down 89.48 m Down

Nederland, CO
Favorite February snowshoe to Brainard Lake
Intermediate

Brainard Lake Snowshoe Trail

4.8 mi 7.8 km 468' Up 142.59 m Up 467' Down 142.42 m Down

Nederland, CO
Favorite Snowshoeing Waldrop Trail
Intermediate

Brainard Gateway Figure-8

10.1 mi 16.2 km 1,290' Up 393.05 m Up 1,289' Down 393 m Down

Nederland, CO

Trails in Brainard Lake Recreation Area - 18

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8.0 mi 12.8 km #1Pawnee Pass Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO 24 
2.1 mi 3.3 km #2Isabelle Glacier Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO 25 
15.0 mi 24.2 km #3Buchanan Pass Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO
11.0 mi 17.6 km #4Blue Lake
Intermediate
Nederland, CO
Intermediate
Nederland, CO
1.3 mi 2.1 km #5Jean Lunning Trail
Easy
Nederland, CO
Easy
Nederland, CO
2.1 mi 3.5 km #6Mount Audubon Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO
1.0 mi 1.6 km #7Paiute East Ridge
Very Difficult
Nederland, CO
Very Difficult
Nederland, CO
2.6 mi 4.3 km #8Niwot Ridge Spur Trail
Intermediate
Nederland, CO
Intermediate
Nederland, CO
6.9 mi 11.1 km #9Beaver Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO
6.9 mi 11.1 km #10North Sourdough (#835)
Difficult
Nederland, CO
Difficult
Nederland, CO
2.2 mi 3.6 km #11Waldrop Trail (#814)
Intermediate
Nederland, CO
Intermediate
Nederland, CO
6.5 mi 10.4 km #12Niwot Ridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO
5.9 mi 9.4 km #13South Saint Vrain Trail (#909)
Intermediate
Nederland, CO
Intermediate
Nederland, CO
1.5 mi 2.4 km #14Wapiti Trail (#816)
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO
3.4 mi 5.4 km #15Coney Lake Trail #914
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO
5.7 mi 9.2 km #16South Sourdough (#835)
Intermediate
Nederland, CO
Intermediate
Nederland, CO
0.8 mi 1.2 km #17Baptiste Trail (#815)
Intermediate
Nederland, CO
Intermediate
Nederland, CO
0.6 mi 1.0 km #18Niwot Cutoff Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Nederland, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Nederland, CO

Photos of Brainard Lake Recreation Area - 72

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Isabelle Lake surrounded by the Indian Peaks - stunning.
Nov 7, 2016 near Nederland, CO
Climbing boulders before climbing the peaks.
Nov 7, 2016 near Nederland, CO
Early morning along the trail
Sep 6, 2018 near Nederland, CO
The view from Beaver Creek Trail.
Apr 26, 2015 near Nederland, CO
Before reaching the switchbacks
Jul 26, 2020 near Nederland, CO
A view of beautiful Lake Isabelle
Aug 29, 2017 near Nederland, CO
On the Jean Lunning Trail
Jul 30, 2017 near Nederland, CO
Blue Lake with Mt Toll
Jan 27, 2018 near Nederland, CO