Barr Lake Trail

EASY 46 reviews

Barr Lake Trail is a 9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Brighton, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

9.0 miles
55 feet

kid friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

paddle sports

road biking

trail running



wild flowers

no dogs

$7 Parking Fee for the day.

1 month ago

Awesome birding here. We once saw more than 20 bald eagles in one morning. The RR tracks and interstate are a distraction but this is definitely worth hiking.

3 months ago

Variety of birds is wonderful!! Pretty uneventful loop around the lake. 9 miles is a commitment and the other side of the lake passes railroad tracks/highway/houses so I'd probably just walk a few miles in either direction next time. Both directions are great - left takes you to observation decks, right to the dam.

4 months ago

Nice easy walk around Barr Lake to see the pelicans and other water birds. Can walk along the raised area looking down on the lake which is a cool view.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Easy flat trail that is adequately maintained . Low traffic , easy to get to. 1/2 the trail is not very scenic but for the region it was above average.

mountain biking
8 months ago

I love this trail. Be sure the trail is dry before going out, but the lake and wildlife are worth the trip, especially on the Wildlife Reserve portion. My track showed it just under 9 miles and easy. You do need a park pass, and puncture resistant tires are recommended. Mine have incidents. I show mountain biking because it's the closest activity, but I have a crossover and have no issue on the packed trail...I've seen road bikes out there too but I wonder about their maintenance bill if they do it too often. Saw a herd of 7 deer, hissing geese with babies (I tread carefully, but they still warn at nesting time), birds of every kind both flying and floating. Nice and relaxing.

9 months ago

I love this trail!! If your lucky, you will see deer. There are a ton of birds. I use this trail as my workout area. I go a few times a week. You can make it a quick walk or a much longer walk. It's beautiful and well maintained. Dogs aren't welcome in the nature preserve area, which is the best side of the lake. Ive walked the entire lake, the only problem is places to use the restroom, watch your water intake. I highly recommend this trail.

9 months ago

Easy trail to get a good warmup for the season. I do not recommend bringing your dogs though due to the trail being sharp gravel. Tough on their feet.

10 months ago

Saw multiple Bald Eagles soaring on this trail

11 months ago

This is an easy stroll with beautiful views of wildlife. I run it on occasion. Relaxing.

11 months ago

around the lake

Thursday, September 01, 2016

A great state park for fishing and boating. The trails are decent, but there are only a few that I would consider for hiking. Fantastic for bird watching.

horseback riding
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Good winer riding major drawback are the trains. One area next to the tracks and the other side drops directly down over boulders into the lake. IF caught by the train you are SO done for. Other areas somewhat more distance but about 3-4 miles fairly close to the frequent trains so beware can be overwhelming for horses. Shooting season below dam. Yikes. They shoot even if no geese just to see the horses freak out. Call ahead to check hunting scheduled days. Waterfowl can explode off the lake spooking horses. Lake is beautiful home to bald eagles deer (mule and white tails) migrating birds. People are friendly.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

A 10-mile journey for bikes with flat terrain. There is a section that is very close to operating trains, but we have not seen them during our several treks. Deer, cranes, and other wildlife are common visitors on this trail. It's an easy hike or bike around the loop, and dogs will enjoy it too.

nature trips
Monday, July 04, 2016

Started at 6am, From the Nature trail going counter clockwise. Got to the 2.5 mile marker the trail was flooded out with no visible way thru. No signs at the trailhead to tell you the trail was impassable. A lot of bird life, also saw mule deer. This is a nature trail not a hiking trail

mountain biking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

cool birds. 16 ft of trail was covered in 6" or so of water.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

It is a very long walk with very little shade.

Monday, May 30, 2016

This is not a hike. It is a long walk around a lake. I saw 11 dead fish floating in the lake. There is not much shade and it feels very much like walking down a driveway to a farm. The birds were cool though.

Friday, May 13, 2016

I hiked the first 2.5 miles and back in May/2016 (I ran out of time). There are beautiful bridge trails built over the lake giving you access to great bird, fish, and wildlife watching. Trail is easy, flat, graveled, and mile marked every .5 miles. I entered the state park off Picadilly Rd (FYI, the park entrance is hard to spot if coming south on Pacadilly) and parked my car which did cost $7 for the day. Dogs are not allowed on the lake I met a bird watching enthusiast who geeked-out for his love for this area. You can spot a bald eagle if lucky and geeselings walked the sides of the trails. I also ran across 100's of carp spawning in a shallow, reed filled lake outlet. It was an iconic hike before catching a flight home. Yes, this hike is 15min from the DEN airport and a great way to spend time vs sitting in the airport bar. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Great morning jogging area. perfect for kids too.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Great winter hike with loops we did 10+ miles. A little snowy on the East side.

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