Explore the best hiking trails near Nederland with detailed reviews, photos, trail maps, and driving directions curated by hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
This is a pretty nice, and not difficult, trail. It is easy on the knees both directions, but does get much windier towards the top. Big blue lake at the end is absolutely gorgeous, be sure to spend some time there. It is moderately trafficked, and parking is $10. I would love to go back and try different, longer trail.
(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.
Nice trail. Absolutely should NOT be considered "hard". The first 2 miles are easy, the last bit after the turnoff becomes moderate. Was glad I had a walking stick for the way down since it was snowy/slippery (although not very cold). Once you get to the lakes be sure to carry on above/past them for incredible views and another scenic lake (this part is steep/hard). Moffat Tunnel has plenty of parking and you cannot pick a bad trail from there. I didn't cross too many people, surprisingly.
Such a cool hike. It is a moderate hike, you have your fair share of incline and flatlands. One of the coolest views once you make it to the lake. There are camp sites around the lake that are first come first serve. I've never seen them all taken. I highly recommend this hike. So cool.