Brown's Lake Trail is a 8.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bellvue, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and fishing and is accessible from May until October.
Directions from Fort Collins: Go west out of Fort Collins on Hwy 14 about 30 miles to the Pingree Park Road, (County Road 63E). Go south on the Pingree Park Road approximately 5 miles until you come to the Crown Point Road (Forest Road 139), which forks off to the west. Take the Crown Point Road another 12 miles or so, and the Brown's Lake Trailhead is off to the south side of the road. Brown's Lake Trail also can be reached from the Beaver Creek Trail , 5 miles to the southeast.
This trail is fantastic!! If you have a decent pace you can finish it in just over 4 hours. The views are continuously amazing and it's worth going all the way to the lake. Stable shoes are needed as the trail is quite rocky :)
This was an amazing hike! It kicked our butts for sure but it was well worth it. The views are beyond spectacular and the history of the area is worth the sweat. You have to go the extra miles to see the crash site while you are back there. Oh and the fish from Browns Lake are fun to catch as well. We are definitely doing this hike again.
Well worth it! The views were breathtaking! This will be one I do again.
Great hike, gorgeous views and not too crowded. A handful of great campsites on the way to the lake and basically on the lake. I would rate this closer to intermediate because there are some tough, rocky, steep climbs every so often.
What a great hike! Where the trail is still in the trees, there were a few snow drifts and quite a bit of mud and water from runoff. It took three of us and two dogs just under 5 hours, with a 30 minute stop at the lake for lunch. The trail is well maintained and easy to follow. The views above treeline are a brilliant reward for the effort, second only to the alpine lakes at the end of the trail. With two ridges to climb, you get up and down both ways, which is nice for some recovery.
This hike took us only 4.5 hours (half an hour for exploring the lakes), and the views on the way to the lakes are amazing! We went on a Saturday, and we saw a bunch of people on the trail, most of the packing in.
There are two ridges to go over, so unfortunately, a lot of elevation is lost. Once you get to timberline the views open up and stay amazing pretty much the entire way. There is still plenty of below tree-line hiking too, so you aren't completely exposed the entire time, which was great. This trail might be more like moderate-strenuous, but it is so beautiful, it's worth it!
This is a beautiful hike! We completed this hike in about 6 hrs, but we stop and enjoy scenery. We used hiking poles because it is rocky terrain. This hike has beautiful views of the Medicine Bow Mountains at approximately 1.2 miles up the trail. There is lush greenery and many kinds of wild flowers throughout the hike. We met quite a few people that hiked in and camped at the lake. The lake is very nice and peaceful. The highest elevation on this hike is about 11,400 ft.