Long Lake Loop
ElevationAscent: 294' 90 m
Descent: -294' -89 m
High: 10,650' 3,246 m
Low: 10,375' 3,162 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“An Indian Peaks quickie, this run hits all of Brainard Lake's lesser known brother, Long Lake.”— Tom Robson
Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife
The Brainard Lake Road is open seasonally. During these months, a vehicle fee applies for trailheads located within the Brainard Lake Recreation Area.
Stay straight onto the Jean Lunning Trail, which enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The trail continues west along the south side of Long Lake on a wide, gentle trail with several bridges. Keep an eye out for Moose, they tend to frequent these wet areas during summer.
After Jean Lunning Trail turns northeast and intersects Pawnee Pass Trail, turn right onto Pawnee Pass. This heavily used portion of trail continues along Long Lake as wide, fairly flat singletrack. Just prior to the trail leaving the Indian Peaks Wilderness, turn right onto Long Lake Dam Connector, and be sure to grab the awesome view of Long Lake in its entirety.
From Long Lake Dam Connector, turn left onto Niwot Cutoff Trail and head back to your car!