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11 days ago

Hiked on 10/15. Great, easy trail. If your not there early plan on parking in the main day use area adding An extra 1-1.5mi each way to your hike. Some wet/slushy snow areas but nothing a good pair of boots can't handle. -we did not need traction. Stunning views of surrounding 13ers! *note* lakes Isabelle is drained 80% every July so the lake is very very low, still pretty none the less.

15 days ago

Wonderful hike with great views. We got there at 8:30 and Long Lake parking lot was full, so we went down and parked in the small Niwot lot on the SW side of Branaird lake. It adds probably 1 mile on to the hike from Long Lake parking lot, but still probably knocks 3/4 mile off of the day-use lot.

If you understandably thought it couldn't get more beautiful than what you were looking at at the bottom in front of Branaird Lake, then enjoy knowing that it does. The hike to Lake Isabelle is about 3.5 miles, but pretty easy. That would be a great hike in itself and Lake Isabelle is gorgeous.

From there you can make a decision on whether you want to continue your hike up to Isabelle Glacier. The last 1.5 miles up to the glacier is much harder than your hike up to the lake. It has just as much elevation gain as the first 3.5 miles, and it gets rocky. It can be hard to follow the trail, especially with the snow in October. It essentially doubled the time of our hike. The views are great though, so if you have the time and the energy, definitely continue.

18 days ago

Hiked through the snow, was windy but still turned out to be a gorgeous day. Make sure you have waterproof hiking shoes , some creeks and falls are covered with snow and my kids stopped right in it.

A little busy but not awful. The trail and area was a feast of views, scented air and water. Not challenging particularly except many section were strewn with rocks. Numerous ways to go to Lake Isabelle so although its out and back you can see different things by coming out a different way. Highly recommend this trail.

Stellar ! Short, easy hike with amazing scenery. You can keep going another 2 miles up to Pawnee Pass if you wish

I loved this hike. Incredible autumn colors. Many hidden waterfalls. The last climb to the lakes was steep but not too tough. It took me about three hours there and back and that includes hanging out by the lake for a good amount of time.

24 days ago

This hike is worth while but has a few draw backs. The "trail" is almost exclusively a loose rock logging road with only minimal areas of dirt trail. This trail is VERY busy. So much so that there is a shuttle bus for when parking is bad, 2 outhouses, and a friendly ranger writing parking tickets. Lost lake itself is pretty but not the most beautiful of mountain lakes. The changing of the leaves made this hike better than it would have otherwise been, but still worth while.

25 days ago

Mostly flat, amazing views throughout the hike. This was a beautiful fall hike. This is also where my fiancé proposed so I truly loved this place.

Lovely hike and great views. With the exceptions of the parking lot, it was not too crowded.

26 days ago

This is a gorgeous and very easy trail. I clocked it at 4.88 miles round trip. It is a gradual incline, and the last 1/2 mile gets a bit steep but the hike up to Lake Isabelle is worth it. It will give you the feeling of the rugged outdoors and being lost in the woods without having to go to far from Denver and surrounding areas. I did this today on a drizzly cloudy and overcast Autumn day, the wind was blowing hard and cold, the lake was low but gorgeous for the time of year. You can see the scars left on the mountain near the lake from glacier. Very amazing sight of mother nature doing her best work.

Gorgeous hike ! A lot of it is incline which was really tough for me . I honestly was disappointed in the lost lake but enjoyed the hike,trees and waterfall on the way up . Highly recommend !!

Beautiful creek the entire way up. Some gorgeous waterfalls. And it's not too long! Go early because it will be packed. I suggest spring hikes because of the amount of water. We tried to get to Woodland Lake but there was too much snow; we got lost and had to turn back.

Hiked this one in the snow - Doable without snowshoes but would recommend Micros.