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.
dogs on leash
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.
Pretty trail! Quick easy hike to get to Mitchel Lake! I recommend continuing on to blue lake!
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.
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
Unbelievably gorgeous and easy to moderate trail. Parking lot was packed on Wed after Labor day so recommend going earlier than later.
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
Fun, beautiful and pretty easy.
Well maintained. Good signage. Definitely an easier hike. Beautiful flowers around the streams feeding the lake.
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.
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.
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.
Great hike saw two bull Moose at head of lake.
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
Really enjoyed this hike. I went to Blue Lake which was a little less than 3 miles from the Mitchell Lake Trailhead (parking lot) round trip it was about 5.5 miles. I did this hike on a Thursday evening and was able to catch the sunset over the mountains while I was sitting at Blue Lake. Incredible views once you get over the tree line. Bring bug spray because the mosquitoes are pretty bad this time of year. I wore my Chacos and regretted it. Should of gone with my hiking boots. Lots of rocky terrain and creek crossing! Very fun and beautiful hike, would do it again!