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

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3 days 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.

5 days ago

Easy hike for any skill level.

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8 days ago

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

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29 days 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)

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30 days ago

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1 month ago

I loved this trail! It was perfect for my dog and I, especially to get out of the heat in Denver! We went at 8am and it was only about 65 degrees at the lake, which was amazing. I parked my car near Brainard lake and then walked the loop around long lake instead. The long lake trail was well groomed and marked! In total, we walked about 4.5 miles.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

9 year-old and 3 year-old border collies loved this place. Scenery was beautiful. Busy parking lot, but everyone was pretty spread out after that. Nice people though that say hello in passing.

1 month ago

In the photos I added the SUMMER trail map. Honestly, not a good map. Not fantastic trails around Brainard. BUT there is a FABULOUS LOOP called Jean Lunning Trail (even though it's a loop) and loops around Long Lake. You can extend that hike and go to Lake Isabelle if you are so athletically inclined. The Jean Lunning trail is easy but has some incline, good for beginners but take your time and enjoy the scenery!

1 month ago

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1 month ago

The trail map provided on this site uses winter only trails. When we got there (summer) we were disappointed to find out that the map here doesn't show the trails we can use in the summer. Because of this, we didn't get to the lake. We took the trail above Waldrop Trail (South St Vran). The hike was still pretty but not what I was looking forward to. If you're going to do the trail I highly suggest finding map that shows what time of year each trail is usable.

1 month ago

The lake is incredible. We took the Waldrop trail out to the lake which was a nice easy, well-marked trail. We decided to return via the Snowshoe Trail which is the trail many other users have recorded on this app. Snowshoe trail starts out nice but quickly turns into a swampy trek through dense woods with areas not clearly marked. Still a beautiful trail, but your feet will be soaked. Note: this was 4th of July, 2017.