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Mount Audubon

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7.7 Miles 12.4 Kilometers


66%

Runnable

2,662' 811 m

Ascent

-2,662' -811 m

Descent

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

55%

Max Grade (29°)

13,187' 4,019 m

High

10,525' 3,208 m

Low

Shared By Tom Robson

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Summit one of Colorado's most beautiful 13ers through wildflowers and panoramic views.

Tom Robson

Dogs Leashed

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

Campfires are not allowed. Camping is prohibited in the Four Lakes Backcountry Zone from May 1 through November 30.

Overview

This route sits just in front of the Continental Divide and provides stunning views of both the Divide and its associated mountains, and the surrounding Front Range.

Due to its easily accessible nature, Mount Audubon is one of the more crowded runs in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area.

Need to Know

This is the first trail west of Brainard Lake to become passable in the Spring. It can be done without special equipment in mid to late June. It is best to get an early start. Lightning and thunderstorms are common in the early afternoon.

The Brainard Lake Road is open seasonally. During these months, a vehicle fee applies for trailheads located within the Brainard Lake Recreation Area.

Runner Notes

This can be a great high alpine run if you start early enough. Storms tend to hit this area hard later in the day. Be prepared for crowds, and please be courteous to other trails goers.

Description

The Beaver Creek Trail enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness and climbs through the trees for
1.7 miles. Here, the Mount Audubon Trail turns left (west). Now above timberline, the Mount Audubon Trail continues to climb in a consistent manner with the exception of two somewhat steeper sections near the middle and end of the trail.

The developed trail ends at the saddle where there is a view down into the Coney Lake drainage. For the final mile and 600 vertical feet, follow the piles of rock (cairns) up the talus to the summit.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers, marmot, pika and moose.

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Aug 23, 2018
Carter Millane
Great views at the top, scenery a bit bland if honest on the way up, trail fairly technical except bottom part 8.2mi
Aug 12, 2018
Tim Lowrimore
This is a run to test the ankles. Very rugged terrain, but a fairly mellow ascent/descent. Views are stellar! 7.7mi
Jul 27, 2018
ErikaNW
With Kris 9.8mi
Jul 22, 2018
Jane Allard
9.8mi
Jul 22, 2017
Jen McMurtrey
Not a favorite trail. Way too rocky.
Oct 22, 2016
Bobby Biles

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