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The wildflowers are out and the creek is high right now!

Road is planning to reopen on July 4th, 2018

Very nice hike.
Decent variety - good portion of trail you are walking along a stream. In June, this was a lot of rushing water. Not the little trickles I'm used to in CO mountains. Three bridges in total. Some pure woodsy areas, other wide open views of wooded mountain tops, and of course the lake at the end offering a white capped mountain view on one side.

Fairly easy trail as well. Going to the lake it is a slow and steady incline. Nothing strenuous. No up and downs or zig zags. Going back, you get the downhill.

Suggest putting booties on your pups for this hike - the trail is filled with those smallish jagged rocks at the beginning portion. I had not and my poor pup was limping slightly at the end from a few cuts.

Trail is in pretty good condition as of June 14. There are still a few small snowfields covering some of the well-made switchback trail down to the lake from the top of the pass, but they are manageable.

Preface: newbie CO hiker. Great trail overall with fabulous views and great midpoint at Lost Lake. My husbands comment - lovely. Most of the terrain was rocky and hard to get solid toe off on the way up (also hard on my pups paws). The uphills were heart pumping. The almost constant sight & sound of water was refreshing. Some parts shaded and others not. We starting hiking at 9:30a and finished by 12:00... parking was filled at noon (and there’s a good amount).

It was a beautiful hike. So worth it. Family and Pet friendly. You need to get early (no later than 8am) for two reasons, 1st parking is limited, second, the hot temperatures can be detrimental for young children and pets. I got there at 7:30am and left at 12:30pm. The amount of people starting the hike at that hour of the day frustrated me and as I got closer to the end of my hike and saw more and more people just getting there with little children, even babies and pets. I ended up talking to some of them , advising them and letting them Know is not recommended to start a hike that late. The risk of heat exhaustion increases exponentially. The danger of Thunderstorms pass 12 pm is a possibility as well. I understand that you want to enjoy a great time with your family. But exposing your kids to extreme heat that adds up to the long hike, defeats the purpose and your children will prefer to stay home playing games on their tablets and phones rather than going outdoors enjoying nature. I saw them so unhappy and uncomfortable some not wearing any head coverage nor sunscreen, whining and some were just only 5 minutes into the hike. Dogs are the other innocent victims, they wont cry or whine, they will pant uncontrollably and can collapse. You don't need to be an Einstein to figure this out and plan the perfect hike, just a little of common sense will do. And please pick up you poop bags!! It is such a beautiful place to enjoy nature, so please plan smart and you will have the best time ever . Sorry for venting , but I found it necessary because I care about children, pets and families. PS I met amazing and responsible people like an adorable Mom with his baby boy and many pet owners along the hike early in the morning

On weekends in the summer, park at the Nederland park m ride and take the free Hessie shuttle. It adds .5 a mile to your hike but well worth avoiding Parking hassles. Great trail with lots of shade.

Beautiful! If you love water featured in your hikes, this one is stunning and most enjoyable. Best to get there early as it does get quite busy as the morning goes on.
Well marked and just a lot of fun. Good for solo or family hikes.

Love this hike, did it 6-7-18. Trail challenged you a bit but did not kill you. The view was amazing and the river running next to the trail made it just that much better. It is running full steam right now and was fantastic to see. Took a wrong turn while hiking around the lake and ended up going up for a bit and had a beautiful view of the lake and surrounding area. So worth the adventure up. All around a great day hike. Appears parking could be rough on weekends but during week was no problem.

6.2.18 Excellent hike with beautiful wildflowers and a breathtaking lake. Path to the lake was completely clear, although the path around the lake had some deep snow patches, but doable in hiking boots. Arrive early, there were lots of other hikers and fishers. We arrived to the parking lot around 8am (on a Saturday) and about 3/4 spots were already taken.

Fantastic trail, beautiful meadows and wild flowers. Hard enough to make you feel like you've earned the reward at the end, but easy enough that most people will be able to do it. He views at Lost Lake are fantastic. Definitely walk around the whole lake, counterclockwise will save the best views for he end! Oh, and when you hear a roaring waterfall on your left, definitely veer off Rail and take a look. You'll be glad you did. Happy Hiking!

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13 days ago

While the hike is incredible in that it follows waterfalls most of the way and the lake and views are gorgeous...absolutely stunning. That's my review of the hike and location. The rest of this review is about other hikers that come here. My experience made me disappointed in my fellow man like never before. I arrived at 3:00pm on a Friday with a few parking spots available. I camped at one of the designated sites and met quality people the first night as well as a friendly Fox who hung out for over an hour. However Saturday when the shuttles arrived they delivered the worst or the worst. People pooping in the middle of the trail that loops the lake. Glass bottles left everywhere. People building fire rings on the small beach with the rock outcropping, a guy that literally sicked his dog on a moose, people with total disregard for fishermen and people yelling and screaming at the top of their voices. (Yes, one of these groups stopped to pose for a photo with an unfurled Texas flag). I will stop at this lake in the future but only on weekdays. Apparently one has to go farther these days to escape those who should stay in the city where they belong. I'm only deducting one star because of the people...because really, it's not the lakes fault.

Gorgeous hike! Did this on Monday, 6/4/18 and arrived at 10am with plenty of parking. Lots of rocks, so wear good shoes. The view of the lake is amazing. Can’t wait to go back later this summer and camp!

As of June 2nd, about half of the trail is still covered in snow. I would recommend bringing yak tracks or micro spikes along with you to ensure you don't slip when hiking over the hard-pack snow. Hiking boots with proper ankle support is key (I don't know how many people I saw trying to do this hike in gym shoes). To get to the trailhead you must drive roughly 4 miles down a dirt road. I would recommend getting there early as this trail gets very busy by 10am.

The hike itself is very beautiful and somewhat challenging. The vertical is gradual, instead of switchbacks. About halfway through the trail turns more or less into a goat trail, so take your time as it is pretty sketchy. The views from the lake and by the pass are absolutely stunning, albeit a bit windy. I would highly recommend this hike for anyone looking for a challenging hike and to avoid the craziness in other National Parks.

As of June 2nd, about half of the trail is still covered in snow. I would recommend bringing yak tracks or micro spikes along with you to ensure you don't slip when hiking over the hard-pack snow. Hiking boots with proper ankle support is key (I don't know how many people I saw trying to do this hike in gym shoes). To get to the trailhead you must drive roughly 4 miles down a dirt road. I would recommend getting there early as this trail gets very busy by 10am.

The hike itself is very beautiful and somewhat challenging. The vertical is gradual, instead of switchbacks. About halfway through the trail turns more or less into a goat trail, so take your time as it is pretty sketchy. The views from the lake and by the pass are absolutely stunning, albeit a bit windy. I would highly recommend this hike for anyone looking for a challenging hike and to avoid the craziness in other National Parks.

Road is closed. No access

I was coming back down the trail from Lost Lake about a mile from the trailhead and a big moose unexpectedly popped out of the woods onto the trail about 2 feet in front of me. Thankfully it wasn’t aggressive because I didn’t see or hear it until I was close enough to touch it. It passed by and wandered along down the trail without giving a 2nd look to me or my dog.

So my husband and I are from Georgia and planned to hike clockwise. We were pretty unprepared At least for how the trail actually was when we went on 5/28. There easily was 3 ft of snow that we hiked 3 miles through lost out of our minds because the trail is not well labeled. We also did not realize how storms go in the mountains, so when the thunder, lightning, rain and hail started we were a little worried but thought we could tough it out-don’t do it if you’re not prepped with freeze gear and can handle falling through snow every step

No snow, lots of rocks. Great trail. Couldn't find the loop, so it became an out and back for us.

The view was really quite nice! The weather was perfect and everyone on the trail was friendly. The trail going back was a little rocky. There was still some snow patches on the trail and a little bit of water running down the trail. This is probably because it is still spring. Just be careful.

Love this place.

Tried to hike 05/26 parking is a mess, there is a shuttle from Nederland available

Good trail and good scenery. Way too crowded though. Parking is a cluster f.

Beautiful trail, not too busy. Still lots of snow along and on the path but the pack is starting to melt, making the trail pretty wet. Went in lowtop hiking boots and was fine, but got a little muddy on the backs of my legs.

End of May - after 1.8 miles was too snowy to pass without snowshoes. Nice easy hike to a good view at that point though. Several downed trees still.

5/18--Loved this hike. Snow pack starting about 1.3 miles into the hike, but no traction was necessary. West side of lake still has snow drifts up to 4 foot deep on path I took making the loop a bit challenging. Very few people for a midday hike which made it even more enjoyable!

Road won't reopen until July 2018. See here: https://www.bouldercounty.org/transportation/plans-and-projects/brainard-road/

5/17- beautiful hike alongside a roaring river with some great waterfalls. Toward the lake, it’s still snowy but we did just fine in hiking boots without spikes. The lake is gorgeous! Definitely a new favorite hike of mine.

Did this hike on the 7th May. Was very enjoyable, beautiful views. Last mile of the hike was packed snow but had no problems hiking without spikes

Good, moderate hike. Solid views and lots of running water. Highlight was seeing a moose hanging out by the lake. Doable in just boots, but spikes will come in handy the next several weeks.

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