Brainard Lake Snowshoe Trail
ElevationAscent: 468' 143 m
Descent: -467' -142 m
High: 10,352' 3,155 m
Low: 10,073' 3,070 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
Popular runs nearby
Brainard Gateway Figure-8
10.1 mi 16.2 km • Loop • 1,290 ft Ascent 393.05 m Ascent
4.8 mi 7.7 km • Loop • 353 ft Ascent 107.58 m Ascent
1.4 mi 2.2 km • Loop • 432 ft Ascent 131.63 m Ascent
Hessie to Lost Lake
4.4 mi 7.1 km • Loop • 860 ft Ascent 262.21 m Ascent
Columbine Lake Out-and-Back
6.4 mi 10.3 km • Loop • 978 ft Ascent 298 m Ascent
Junco Lake Loop
22.2 mi 35.8 km • Point to Point • 4,972 ft Ascent 1515.48 m Ascent
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“A pleasant snowshoe through dense forest to a great view of the continental divide.”— Nick Wilder
You'll then soon pop out at a campground, which presents the only trail-finding difficulties. Hug the left (south) edge of the campground and you'll soon find the trail again as it heads to Brainard Lake. If you can't find it, just follow the road this short bit to the lake.
From the lake, you are looking up at the Continental Divide, which hosts some great runs in the summer, and some popular backcountry ski lines in the winter.
After enjoying the views (or the wind and clouds), head back the way you came.
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Land Manager: USFS - Boulder Ranger District Office