Blue Lake from Brainard Trailhead

MODERATE 2 reviews

Blue Lake from Brainard Trailhead is a 12 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ward, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

12.0 miles
1663 feet



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The Brainard trail is a nice rolling trail. Not much in terms of views, but a great walk in the woods and occasionally in a meadow. The hike up to Blue Lake is beautiful. No fee is charged when the seasonal gate is closed (winter season). Brainard Lake Recreation Area CASH OR CHECK ONLY fees apply during the summer operating season (typically mid June through late October): Passenger Vehicles & RVs (per vehicle/3 days): $11 Vans (per vehicle/1 day): $27 Buses (per vehicle/1 day): $44 Motorcycles (per cycle/3 days): $6 Hiker/Biker/Walker (per person/3 days): $1 Short-term Bicyclist: 30 minute free pass American Land & Leisure Season Pass (passenger vehicles): $60 American Land & Leisure Season Pass (hiker/biker/walker): $22 Prohibited: Pack animals (horses/llamas); recreational shooting (except for legal hunting) and being on trails posted as closed. Brainard Lake Recreation Area Summer Season (May 1 - Nov 14): Dogs must be on a hand-held leash at all times; when open, developed camping is only allowed at Pawnee Campground (no camping in closed campgrounds); dispersed camping is only allowed north of the South St Vrain Creek. Brainard Lake Recreation Area Winter Season (Nov 15 - Apr 30): Motorized vehicles are prohibited; dogs allowed only on the Brainard Lake and Lefthand Park Reservoir Roads; camping is prohibited within 1/4 mile of developed recreation sites except Red Rock Lake; skis only on Little Raven and CMC Ski Trail. Fishing and Hunting: Permitted in accordance with regulations established by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.