Brainard Lake Trail is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nederland, CO that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.
(11/6/16) We planned to drive to Brainard Lake and then hike to Lake Isabelle, but didn't research to know that the road from the fee station to the lake is now closed for the season, so on to plan B. We parked in the main lot and hiked out Waldrop Trail to the Brainard Lake snowshoe trail and then back along the road. Very little snow and the trail was pretty dry. I know that can change at any time, so if you're interested go now, before the snow rolls in. Windy and cold at the lake, but not bad on the trail/road. So pack some layers. By the route we took it was about 5.75 miles.
Beautiful hike! Very nice on the way up S. St. Vrain Trail. Around the lake was quite a few more people as you can drive there, but light to moderate traffic otherwise. Brainard Snowshoe trail was a little tough to spot from time to time and a little soggy in some marsh areas. Can't wait to snowshoe it!
$10 to get in, not too bad, the ranger said I could possibly use my national park pass. The lake is very beautiful, the trails are a little confusing I thought. This is great hike for kids, there is a paved path all the way around the lake and the lake is easily accessible. They had tons of parking and multiple bathrooms. I would recommend this for people that want to avoid the crowds of rocky mountain but want a nice easy, paved path with a mountain lake.
Don't wait in the long line to go through the fee station! Just park for free to the right of the fee station. That's how you get the 6-7 mile hike in too! Lake was beautiful, though a little touristy. Trails not crowded.
Awesome hike. Beautiful wild flowers and lots of wildlife. Saw 4 bull moose. Get to a really cool glacier lake also. A lot to see, great views
We did this trail from the fee station to the lake with my 3 month old in the ergo. It was a beautiful shaded easy trail, but just enough of a workout for me. With one stop it took us 2 1/2 hours round trip. Fee to drive into the lake is $10 FYI. It gets super crowded by 10. We started at 8:30 on a Sunday and there was hardly anyone there.
nice hike with the kids
Saturday morning (July 9th) 10:30 am. Made it to the LINE to get to the parking lot. It was a one hour wait to get into the parking lot. Unfortunately, we did not want to wait. A heads up to those making the drive out there.
It was great, hiked June 25, it is beautiful river was running fast alittle wet in some areas. We walked around the lake and saw a Bull Moose. Couldn't ask for a better day!
Gorgeous lake payoff at the end. We went up yesterday (end of June) and saw a bunch of snow piles throughout the trail.
This was a really nice trail and not too crowded on a Wednesday. The other trails we had hoped to do where still a little too snowy for our liking.
Awesome hike! Still lots of snow on the trail which made it interesting but fun - lake is absolutely breathtaking. Went early afternoon and trail wasn't crowded. Saw a Mama and baby elk - super neat!
Brainard lake was beautiful, but the trail was very crowded. We went at noon, though, so an early start may solve for that.