Mitchell Lake Trail

EASY 35 reviews
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Mitchell Lake Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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 June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.9 miles 254 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

scramble

Directions from Ward: Take Brainard Lake Road (CR #102) to the Mitchell Lake Trailhead. As of 2013, there is a $10 fee to enter the Brainard Lake Recreational Area.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great hike and we even saw a couple of moose along the way.

1 month ago

Pretty trail! Quick easy hike to get to Mitchel Lake! I recommend continuing on to blue lake!

2 months ago

Packed snow and ice early in day, slush and ice later, take yaktrax or similar this time of year . Busy trail, nice forest, good views at Lake.

2 months ago

Pretty hike. Starts at Brainard lake which is beautiful in itself. I suggest going all the way up to Blue lake--not too much farther

2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Unbelievably gorgeous and easy to moderate trail. Parking lot was packed on Wed after Labor day so recommend going earlier than later.

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike up to Blue Lake. The hike to Blue Lake is just short of 3 miles each way and truly moderate due to a rocky trail and a few decent inclines. However, BE WARNED, that the trail map is misleading. The trail from Blue Lake to Little Blue Lake is primarily very difficult scrambling on boulders, very steep incline and a very poorly marked trail. And that portion is an additional 1+ mile each way. The total round trip to Little Blue lake is a Difficult 8.4 miles

4 months ago

Fun, beautiful and pretty easy.

hiking
4 months ago

Well maintained. Good signage. Definitely an easier hike. Beautiful flowers around the streams feeding the lake.

hiking
4 months ago

Wonderful hike. Nice lakes and streams and wildflowers. It's a steady incline, but since it is spread out over 3 miles it is not bad. There are only a couple short steep segments. It is very rocky in some places, especially the top half, so I recommend good shoes and hiking poles for those that have problems with rocky terrain. Definitely will echo getting there early. I got their at 8am on a Saturday and the trail head lots were already full. Had to park in the day parking lots, which is almost a mile from the trail head. Also the fee into the park is cash or check only.

hiking
5 months ago

Wow! this hike is beautiful! It was rainy for part of the hike but that made it feel like I was in a rainforest. Totally a great hike. Oh and not to mention the lakes are awesome. Head to Blue Lake too.

5 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Fantastic scenery and well maintained trail. Hiked in the summer so parking lot fills up quickly. Trail was not too crowded though. Lots of wildflowers in the summer! Make sure to hike past Mitchell Lake and go on to Blue Lake. It's absolutely gorgeous and well worth it.

1 year ago

1 year ago

Great hike saw two bull Moose at head of lake.

cross country skiing
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

I love this hike, Mitchell lake is great but that is not were you should stop, go up to Blue Lake which is a lot better. After you pass Mitchell Lake the view get better and a lot greater chance of running into wild life. Well hiking up to Blue Lake we ran into two moose, which is just amazing to see in person in the wild. Highly recommend doing this trail but a lot better if you go to up and see everything that this trail has to offer, not just Mitchell Lake. I have added picture of Blue Lake the the views you will see going to you Blue Lake