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Barr Lake Trail is a 8.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Brighton, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.9 mi Elevation gain 88 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Running

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

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Please note: Trail is closed on the west side between mile makers 4.5 and 5.5 due to raptor nesting. Please see the park's website for up to date information. $8 Parking Fee for the day.

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Jaimes Contreras
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Hiking

Lovely five mile walk before flight home. 9 dollar park use fee. Lots of birds including pelicans. Mosquitoes were aplenty.

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Rafael Marmolejodaher
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RunningFeePrivate property

not the best place but I made the most of it. lots of nature though!

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Eric Tejada
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Mountain biking

Great trail for an easy ride! Avoid the times mosquitoes are most active and you'll be fine.

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Haley H
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HikingBugsFee

Beautiful trail and docks with gazebos. So much wildlife (birds & fish) but WEAR LOTS OF BUG SPRAY!! Got eaten alive, knew it’d be like that near the swampy waters but definitely don’t forget that! Peaceful walk aside from that and great photography spot.

Jennifer Barnes
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HikingBugsFee

We were looking for a trail to take the baby out in the stroller. I would not recommend. There are far way too many mosquitos. Less in a quarter way we turned around and left. It’s a neat spot, but for a state park paying $9 day pass. It’s not worth it. Positive side is there are plenty of birds to see.

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SHAE KT
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HikingBugs

Not quite a fan of this trail.

Krystal Nemetz
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HikingBugsFeePrivate propertyRocky

Not a fan of this “trail” It’s adjacent to HWY 76, it’s busy & loud even with headphones on. The water had an awful odor, trail itself was a road leading to an unsightly construction site. There were sharp rocks that were loose getting into your shoes. I did not enjoy myself enough to finish it so I turned back after a mile

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Azenth Etic
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HikingBugsNo shade

It was a nice hike! We went the opposite direction, and didn’t get to go on the gazebo because it started raining. $9 to get into the park. It’s more of a nature walk, barely any inclines. You will be near the train tracks and highway. You will also get to walk on the concrete dam with a good view of the lake! Mostly walking on dirt trail. Fishing area available which can get crowded.

Perla Baca
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Perla Baca
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HikingBugsFee
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Dania Bensharood
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HikingBugsNo shade

Beautiful views.

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Caitlin M.
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RunningBugsRocky
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Courtney Davis
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HikingBugs
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Dave Arcese
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HikingBugs

I loved this trail. I did not like the bugs. The mosquitoes were ferocious and bloodthirsty. A week ago I’m sure they were fine, but today was MISERABLE. Wear bug spray or go when the wind is above 15 mph.

Cowboy S
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Hiking

Fairly busy trail. Lots of road noise from the highway.

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Laura Ramirez
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Colorado Jones
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Hiking

Trail is still closed on the west side between mile makers 4.5 and 5.5 due to raptor nesting. We hiked counter-clockwise from the Visitor Center parking lost, across the dam, and just past the 5.5 mile mark where the trail closed and, then, returned, completing 7.4 miles instead of the normal 9 had we been able to hike the whole loop. We were here from roughly 10am-2pm on a warm, sunny, 70 degree weekday. There was a fair amount of foot and bike traffic, but not excessively crowded. With the nice wide trail, adhering to social distancing requirements wasn't a big deal. There is, of course, the occasional walker or cyclist that seems to be oblivious to the fact that we're in a pandemic right now. But most users were courteous and kept their distance. As always, great to get out and enjoy the prairie ecosystem as well as views of the majestic snow capped peaks to the west. Pretty sure I wouldn't want to be out here in the heat of summer, but this makes for a fabulous winter or shoulder season hike.

jennifer brewer
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Hiking

Part of the trail loop is closed bc of nesting and the trail across the dam is also closed bc of maintenance. Bedsides that beautiful walk

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