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

snowshoeing
2 minutes ago

hiking
19 hours ago

Absolutely beautiful! Saw a group of 8 moose. First time I've seen moose on a hike before. Loved it and will definitely be back

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful! Make sure you wear water proof shoes as there are many areas, starting about half way to the lake, where there is all mud and about an inch of water you have to get through. Once you get to the lake, it is EXTREMELY windy and a bit chilly. ..so definitely jacket worthy. I took my dog and we had the best time!

7 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

Absolutely beautiful views. Dog friendly.

hiking
17 days ago

We biked from the gate to the lake via the road, not the trail. The road in is completely clear of snow. The far end of the lake by the Mitchell trailhead etc still has some snow on the paved road around the lake. It was a bit slushy by the afternoon but pushed the (road) bikes through it with no problems.

18 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Even though winter season supposedly ends April 30, everything is still in winter mode so you have a 3 mile walk on road before getting to any trails.

The lake is beautiful though.

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

Can anyone provide current trail condition information?Planning to do this coming weekend. some in the group only have sneakers. Doable? Thanks in advance!

25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

In early May we couldn't make it up to Lake Isabelle by foot because the road is blocked off for snow about 2 miles before parking for the Lake Isabelle hike. But I'm the Summer hiking to Lake Isabelle is a delight. We did however hike along the closed road and it was still beautiful and peaceful. The snow along the closed road was shoveled to the side and we saw lots of chipmunks, blue birds, woodpeckers, a bunny, squirrels, deer traces and partially frozen lakes.

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

Amazing views! We hiked up the trail to Brainard Lake. It was an up hill hike for sure! Elevation was tough for the sea level girl lol but it was worth the trek! There's a road you can take or a few trails to snow shoes/hike/cross country ski. The snow was over 5 feet in some places so following the trail was tough. Wish it was better marked but it's doable.
Dogs are only allowed on the road trail.
We actually camped near the lake. It was a frigid night with insanely strong winds! Weather changes on a dime here! So be prepared for anything!
All in all it was a beautiful place!