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Just a heads up the road to Brainard Lake is closed for the season as of 10/15 so you have to park at the winter lot and hike the 2.5ish miles to the trailhead.

This was a beautiful hike with varying difficulty in the trail throughout and lots of beautiful views along the way. we didn't make it to glacier lake but lake Isabelle was great!

hiking
9 days ago

We do a lot of hiking in Colorado, and for my entire family this is our favorite. It is extremely easy, and just shockingly beautiful the entire way. I can't think of a better place for a hike. We went on a Wednesday, arrived at the park about 7:05 in the morning, and there were only two parking places left. Arriving early and bug spray are both a must!

Hiked 10/4. Mesa trail to fern. Strenuous constant uphill the last mile. Fun scramble at the top!

hiked it with my 8 and 10 yr old and they had no problem and a get time with the family

Nice steep incline to start and great views! Not crazy packed and met nice people along the way! I’ll be back because it’s only 27minutes from where I live in Denver!

hiking
12 days ago

Incredible views. Bring layers. Very windy by the lake

hiking
13 days ago

Good hike very close to the city. 3 stars for the views of Ralston Bluffs.

Lots of mountain bikers. Huge amounts in the afternoon. Most were cool but Was startled many times by them others racing by with little notice or heads up around blind corners on steep portions of trial.

hiking
13 days ago

Great trail, moderate traffic during the week. Good short workout.

One of my favorite trails. Fast and easy to follow.

And afterwards I go to Cafe 13 in Golden for cinna-minis.

Easy hike cool that it’s close to red rocks can hear a little bit of music if something is going on there

Good hike. Easy to follow the trail. Decent incline. Fogged in this morning - would like to do it again on a clear day.

Easy hike and busy on a Sat. Beautiful lake at the golden hour! Chilly at the top so bring layers.

So pretty the entire time!! Dog friendly & everyone had their dogs on a leash. Very appreciative of this.

Not much water, but easily one of my favorite hikes in Colorado. Keep hiking up to Isabelle Glacier if you’ve got it in ya

Really pretty hike. Took about 2 hours with no little stopping. Would do again!

Awesome hike! First hike I’ve taken with my dog and this was a great choice. It was pretty mellow outside of a few rocky spots with the dog. There were a few spots where it was tough to find the trail, thus the 4 star.

hiking
20 days ago

Very easy trail, a few steep-ish climbs right before the lake. A lot of bang for your effort with fantastic views at the end. The lake is currently low due to the drought, but still an amazing sight. Watch for moose, as a bull lives here with his family - I actually saw the bull chase away some idiots with their unleashed dog.

mountain biking
22 days ago

I went her at the recommendation of my local bike shop and I had a great time. Was just by myself but decided to not look at the trail map and just go where I thought looked more interesting. Ended up staying and going up and down again and again for almost four hours. Next time I will have to bring my climbing shoes though as I found some nice bouldering spots just off the trails. Was fairly crowded and a fairly easy but pleasant downhill ride. The times I was going uphill wasn’t bad and I would say with some of the rocks and logs in the trail could be considered a medium.

The lake was low when we went in September, but it was still super beautiful. I've done this trail multiple times over the years and it's still one of my favorites. The top is windy, so bring a jacket!

Amazing views, easy hike! It’s on my favorites list now!

good hike, lake was a bit low. lovely views throughout the hike.

Yeah it's a little crowded, but Lair o' the Bear in general is. You don't go there for secluded walks, but more of a meander-with-kids-or-dogs type easy hike. Great for kids as they get the fun of climbing the 'bluff' and can play around in the creek after. We've been to LofB half a dozen times, and this is the first time we've ever formally followed a trail instead of just playing around. Really nice, would do this one again.

Freakin intense.- but when you feel like you’re gonna give up, keep going!

Close to the city. Short distance.

This trail might have some of the best views in Colorado. There's a lot of boulders in and along the trail. This will slow anyone who wishes to run it. I went with a family member who's not much of a hiker and it took three hours to finish. I'll be going back to get a new personal record.

hiking
27 days ago

We did this trail last December. Ended up being about 13 miles round trip from where we had to park, but totally worth it. Gorgeous in the summer, but if you can brave it and don't mind the wind, do this in December-March. The snow makes the hike a good bit harder, but provides an unbelievable view once you reach the lake. Doing this again on 09/23 with the doggos this time!!

amazing views of the flatlands and mountains. gorgeous hike for so close to Denver. loved the history!

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