Looking for a great trail in Brainard Lake Recreation Area, Colorado? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, walking trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 3 easy trails in Brainard Lake Recreation Area ranging from 2.9 to 5.6 miles and from 10,062 to 10,639 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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snowshoeing
snow
4 days ago

Plenty of space in the parking lot on a Sunday morning. There is a nice warming hut there. We used the snowshoe trail to the lake and took the road back. The trail was mostly packed down. We did hit a couple spots of deeper fresh snow and were glad we had snowshoes. Coming back on the road a couple of us took off our snowshoes because it was so packed. The snowshoe trail goes through a pretty pine forest until you get to the lake. There weren’t a lot of people. So it was relaxing. The road was a little busier.

Awesome day on the Sourdough and Waldrop Trail to Brainard Lake! Good day to ignore weather forecast cus although it was a cold 13°, the sun came out, we saw some blue sky and there was little to no wind, especially at the lake! Waldrop Trail was quiet, peaceful and packed down snow only requiring Microspikes. Deep post holing snow if you stepped off trail! We started out around 10am and only group on trail till return trip. Saw four fat bikes and lots of x-country skiers. It was a great day!

snowshoeing
10 days ago

A winter wonderland on Friday! Fresh powder for fabulous snowshoeing! Fierce winds in parking lot but protected by the trees on the trail.

Easy and fun. Didn’t need snowshoes. Snow was packed down!

Completed this today. Great conditions for snowshoes. We were the first on the trails. The trees sheltered us from the wind.

hiking
snow
12 days ago

Beautiful day! Snowshoed to the lake- packed snow until campgrounds.

Early start and plenty of parking at winter trailhead. Snowshoes only needed if you use the designated snowshoe trail. If you stay on the road to Brainard Lake, microspikes are useful but not mandatory. Absolutely beautiful both in the woods and at the lake. The wind coming over the Divide was crazy strong at Brainard lake.

Great day of snowshoeing, multiple trails and routes between the 2 lakes. Highly recommend

I lost my car key snowshoeing to the Brainard Lake Hut today. If you find it, please contact me at julesmariecooks@yahoo.com. Thank you so much. It's a black key fob for a Honda CRV.

snowshoeing
snow
20 days ago

Good day of snowshoeing. Snowed all day so had powder as well as snow packed on existing trails. Conditions were excellent. We paralleled Brainard Lake rd. going up to the lake (snowshoe trails), then came back on the road. Road was snow and snow packed and made for enjoyable return to the start.

Good day of snowshoeing. Snow was well packed and good cover. We need to get an earlier start next time to have enough time to make it to the lake. Came back on the road, and that was a mistake, Hard packed and thin cover in spots. I should have taken the dedicated snowshoe trail.

The trail was pretty packed down for microspikes for the first 2 miles then I would switch to snowshoes the closer to brainard lake. I suggest starting before 8am, the views are incredible!

Great snowshoe trail for dogs. There is part of the trail that dogs can not be on, but it’s well marked. Can be done as and in & out or loop. Beautiful and peaceful. The cross country skiers are on the no dog trail, so we barely saw a soul.

hiking
snow
29 days ago

Actual loop distance 5.8 miles. Snowshoes needed in places & traction devices. Hiked 12/18

Certainly would have been easier with snowshoes- I forgot mine but had my microspikes with me. Doable, but had to be very mindful of where I stepped. Otherwise a beautiful day. A little windy at the lake but no bad otherwise. I ended up taking the road back to the TH to make it a little easier.

Great snowshoeing - it was a winter wonderland

Went 12/11/19. Went up Waldrop to South St. Vrain, then on Brainard Lake cutoff to the lake. Returned on Brainard Lk. Road. Nice quiet trek going up. Lower trails snowpacked, upper more powdery. Snowshoes worked well on up hike. Brainard Lake Rd. mostly snow packed, spikes better choice. Covered 5.5 miles. Windy in open areas, quiet in trees. Temps in the 30's and partly cloudy. Lake area very scenic. Great hike.

Nice quiet winter hike. Completed this trip on a weekday and only saw a handful of other people. The area received 2' of snow during last week's storm but appeared to have a high volume of visitors over the weekend, so we snowshoed the route on well-packed snow. There were some pretty heavy gusts of wind in the area (35+ mph according to the weather report) but most of the route is under good tree cover so that wasn't really a problem. There is a nice picnic shelter near the lake where we ate lunch that blocked the wind gusts. The view of the lake, of course, is always spectacular but especially so in winter.

Windy but walkable, snow shoes, or skies. The side trails require snow shoes.

We did this trail in 10/20. We really wanted to go farther but it was a crazy windy and snowy day. It was a beautiful trail though and a winter wonderland with the snow. I would recommend and would like to come back in better weather!

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
2 months ago

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