Pawnee Pass Trail

 4 votes

4.5 Miles 7.3 Kilometers

 

81% 

Runnable

Singletrack

2,015' 614 m

Ascent

-15' -5 m

Descent

12,529' 3,819 m

High

10,527' 3,209 m

Low

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Minor Issues

6 days agoUpdate

A beautiful run dotted with lakes and views, almost all above 11,000'.

Tom Robson

Overview

Snow and ice on Pawnee Pass make the higher sections technical until later in July. An early start is recommended. Thunderstorms are common in the early afternoon.

Campfires are not allowed. Camping is only permissible in this zone between December 1 and April 30. From May 1 through November 30, this area is day-use only.

The Brainard Lake Road is open seasonally. During these months, a vehicle fee applies for trailheads located within the Brainard Lake Recreation Area.
Features: Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Runner Notes

This is a great running trail, especially for those looking to get above 12,000'.

Description

The first mile of the Pawnee Pass Trail #907 to Long Lake is a heavily used trail. It enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness, then continues along Long Lake as wide, fairly flat singletrack. From the lake, the trail continues up the valley at a gentle grade through wooded terrain. It then makes a short climb to Lake Isabelle, which sits below treeline.

From pristine Lake Isabelle, the trail turns right (north) and climbs on a graded switchback trail. It first crosses a couple creeks and circles under a ridge above the lake, eventually gaining a wide bench above treeline by a series of short switchbacks.

Continue up another steep switchback pitch that often holds snow late into the summer and finally leads to the top of Pawnee Pass (elevation 12,541').

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Jul 30, 2015
Chris Rozoff
Added some miles with summit up Pawnee Peak and on other points off trail. 12mi

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Conditions


Minor Issues 6 days ago
Dry, Snowy, Some Mud, Fallen Trees: Mostly packed snow with some muddy sections and the occasional dry section. Snow travel is relatively easy, no post-holing.
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