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17 days ago

It was such a fun trail to go and experience with my uncle and dad and also with my dogs. Hope to be able to explore more of the beautiful trails all around colorado soon.

this is one of the most beautiful hikes we've been on since moving to Colorado. elevation gains are minimal, so you won't hate your life while you're going there like other nearby trails

hiking
1 month ago

vero nice trail! defiantly an easy one to get started with in the area

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

backpacking
2 months 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.

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.