Pawnee Pass Trail is a 9.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Nederland, CO that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until September.
Directions from Ward: Take Brainard Lake Road (CR #102) to the Long Lake Trailhead.
15 miles ?
I don't think so. It's about 8.5 round trip, I think ? Great trail.
I did not complete this trail up to Pawnee Pass but rather took the fork at Lake Isabelle and onto the Isabelle Glacier Trail. However the Pawnee Pass trail up until the fork is a beautiful trail that is fairly level as it meanders to Long Lake and Lake Isabelle. This trail has it all. From a babbling brook, changing aspen leaves (I did this hike in September), low growing orange and yellow shrubs/bushes, two perfectly light blue alpine lakes, and all this surrounded by 13,000 foot mountain peaks with patches of snow at the top. It is a breathtaking trail and can be enjoyed without heading up to the pass or to Isabelle Glacier. A person can turn around at either of the lakes and still have experienced the classic beauty of the Rockies without having to ascend any steep switchbacks.
This is my FAVORITE trail. I come up every year multiple times. The beauty you see along the way is mesmerizing!!
loved this trail!
7/13/16. Easy to moderate hike with stunning, wide open views nearly the entire way. All things considered, one of my favorite hikes. We did the Pass and the wind was strong. It actually blew me over once (132lbs). Because the peak was only another 0.5 miles, we went for it and found a stone barrier to sit and have our lunch at the top. Marmots and wildflower abound. We missed a young bull Moose by about 10 minutes on the way down. Highly recommend
Much closer to Netherland than Bellvue, co. Bellvue is north of RMNP, this is on the south end.
A great hike to Isabella Lake, in Indian Peaks Wilderness.
Hiked on 9/27/14. Great hike. Stunning views. At junction of Isabelle Lake/Pawnee Pass, trail becomes exposed and much more rocky to the top. More photos of pawnee pass trail at http://www.ohnophoto.com/pawnee-pass/
This area is like the Swiss Alps (perhaps even more Beautiful). Had to cross over some snow drifts to get up here even though it is mid July which made the trip even more fun. Great spectacular scenery. Well worth the effort.
The trail to Mitchell Lake and on to Blue Lake is a great, scenic hike,as is the Trail to Long and Isabelle Lakes. The best time to go to these lakes, I think is in September, the crowds are gone and if you are hiking in the morning or evening you usually hear elk bugling.
oops...meant to rate 5 star.
Beautiful trail hiking over rocks. Amazing scenery.
Hiked the Blue Lake Trail. This has to be one of the best views in all of Colorado. Be sure to hike around Blue Lake towards the waterfalls. This will take you to an upper lake that feeds Blue Lake and offers a great view from above.