Brainard Lake Loop Trail

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Brainard Lake Loop Trail is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nederland, 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.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
636 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

snow

1 day ago

Good, easy hike through the forest. This hikes let's you avoid waiting to get into the Indian Peaks Wilderness area and avoid having to pay $11. It is a great hike but it is a bummer when you feel like you earned your views and then everyone at the lake (the final spot of the hike before turning back) just drove in and parked.

9 days ago

Beautiful easy trail up to the lake! Once you cross the road to other side it's a disaster. The trails included in the second half of the loop are winter only trails! Swampy, unmarked in many places and not passable in many spots! Should not be used as a summer loop. Luckily it's close to road and GPS worked so turned out ok. Do first half to Lake & turn around or follow other well marked trails. Beautiful park!

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12 days ago

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12 days ago

beautiful views easy hiking

13 days ago

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18 days ago

We got a later start than expected, we arrived around 10:30am and there was a line out past the Gateway Trailhead. We parked along the side of the road, in a safe designated (don't be a jerk there were plenty of those who parked on the road) pull off and walked to the beginning of the Sourdough Trailhead. We had two pups with us, we took the Waldrop trail to the South St. Vrain trailhead to Brainard Lake. We hung out on the beach with the dogs and then walked back alongside the road.

We had intended to do the Mitchell Lakes, but this got us hiking rather than sitting in line in our car for an hour. Get there early or later and you should be alright. All in all, it was a fun hike and perfect weather. Beautiful views from streams to the lake and the mountains behind.

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24 days ago

beautiful spot to hike. Go on week day if you can. great mountain and lake views. hiked on a Monday very little traffic.

hiking
1 month ago

DO NOT DO THIS AS A LOOP! Do the right half of the loop only. Pretty lake, pretty views on the right side of the trail. The left side of the trail for anything other than maybe snowshoeing is crap. The left side is poorly marked and swampy even in August. The trail heads are poorly marked. The signs on the right side are a bit confusing, but not too bad. The left side is a mess. The left side has some signs/markers, but is not properly maintained for hiking. The left might be ok for snowshoeing, but not for normal hiking. Having a GPS on the left helped to not get lost when any trace of the trail disappeared. AllTrails really should not have this listed as a loop except MAYBE for snowshoeing, but the right side is decent. There are some pretty views, but a disappointing hike due to the poorly marked and maintained left side of the loop.

1 month ago

Easy hike for any skill level.

hiking
1 month ago

The snowshoe trail was poorly marked. Lost it twice when markers and trail disappeared.

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1 month ago

Long but pretty. Excellent views, nice and peaceful. Took just under 4 hours to do the trail and get back to the car. Pack snacks and lots of water, although there is potable water at the summit (free)