Brown's Lake Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Glen Haven, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.2 miles Elevation Gain: 2,070 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

Directions from Fort Collins: Go west out of Fort Collins on Hwy 14 about 30 miles to the Pingree Park Road, (County Road 63E). Go south on the Pingree Park Road approximately 5 miles until you come to the Crown Point Road (Forest Road 139), which forks off to the west. Take the Crown Point Road another 12 miles or so, and the Brown's Lake Trailhead is off to the south side of the road. Brown's Lake Trail also can be reached from the Beaver Creek Trail , 5 miles to the southeast.

hiking
7 months ago

Only negative is a ton of horse shit. Great views early on. Very windy on the open parts, but decent coverage along the trail. Take a break by the intercession of flowers road.

recorded Brown's Lake Trail

hiking
blowdown
muddy
snow
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail starts out with a climb for at least the 1st mile through the pine forest. Opens up to an exposed area with a few casual pine tree islands scattered here and there and a cool rock formation that looks like a large lizard head coming out of the rocks. It can get pretty windy up there. Up and over the top is also windy and exposed but worth every step when you get a glimpse of the beautiful crystal lake that adjoins another lake. Definitely a good work out with some nice elevation gain. Enjoy!

hiking
8 months ago

best trail I've done all year. great views seems short because it's mostly along the ridge.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice out and back trail. Spoke to some campers and they said the fish were biting. I also made a quick hike to the Browns Lake overlook.

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bugs
10 months ago

This trail is BEAUTIFUL! Exceeded so many expectations I had. Trail is in good shape! Dirt road to get to it, but not a bad one at all. Beautiful views of everything. About 2 longer inclines on the way in and 3 down (so 3 back up.. never the best). Only saw a couple groups of people and they were all backpacking in. Tons of wildflowers! Lots of bugs, not skeet’s, just flys and butterflies :)

hiking
10 months ago

7/20/2019. Nice hike with a variety of scenery: high elevation tundra, lush forest, and beautiful lake. Seemed easy for the distance. A little soggy here and there. Dog friendly. Wild flowers in season.

hiking
10 months ago

I went 7/21/19 and hiked from the Browns Lake trailhead to the Flowers Trail junction and the trail was dry/clear. There was the usual mud/run-off at Flowers Trail junction, but that was all. A lot of wildflowers right now!

hiking
10 months ago

Trail was wet in places but well marked. Beautiful views along the trail to the lake. Loved every part some areas were shaded some open. Worth the time and delivered on what a hike should be. Great day or 1/2 day hike. Takes some time to drive to the trail head but worth it!

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bugs
muddy
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10 months ago

11 months ago

My fiancé and our 2 dogs tried to go last week and it was still very much snow packed on the trail. The road is clear now and we made it to the parking lot fine. Once you get about 10 minutes (maybe even less) into the trail there are giant snow mounds you have to go over that are still covering the trail. About a mile in, after losing the trail multiple times and following some else’s snow footprints as our guide, we got to the clearing at the top of a hill. From here we completely lost the trail and spent about 45 minutes wandering around trying to find it in massive 4 foot snow piles. We ended up turning around because we were scared of getting very lost. Maybe if you know the trail already it would’ve been easier to know where you were going. We were pretty disappointed forest services had not put up a sign indicating snow was hiding the trail because we almost got lost out there multiple times and our feet were numb from so much snow getting in our shoes!! We definitely are waiting until at least mid July to try again. Such a bummer.

hiking
11 months ago

I live near CSU mountain campus during the summer, and this trail is one of my absolute favorites. The trail is filled with wildflowers, and the view at Brown's lake is so rewarding. Would definitely recommend!

hiking
Mon May 20 2019

Tried to go 5/19/19 and about 3 miles from trailhead, the road was covered in too much snow to get through in 4wd SUV! :( Have done portion in the past and were looking forward to doing more but NOT TODAY!

hiking
Mon Sep 03 2018

An alternate route to the Crown Point B-17 bomber, started at 9 in the morning and realized we wouldn’t be back before sundown so we stopped at Browns Lake and turned around. Nice amount of elevation gain, didn’t see many other people.

backpacking
Thu Jul 19 2018

Incredible hike. Road is closed for logging (:/) though and you must go to beaver creek trail head near Tom Bennett campground and sky ranch. Keep driving when you reach sky ranch and there is parking at the end of the road at the trail head. It’s about 6.1 miles to the lake from there. The first 4.5 are simple after that you start to do the incline. Well well worth it!

camping
Thu Jun 07 2018

I wish I was able to try this trail out. Intended to go camping and hike to the lake, via access by crown point rd. Due to logging it was closed. Since I didn’t have any cell service nor map I didn’t know of any other way to access the trail head. Ended up camping near where the road was blocked, but there are no other trails nearby, just dirt roads which isn’t very exciting. It’s beautiful though.

horseback riding
Thu May 03 2018

Great ride...only did this trail once, but one of my favorites. Beautiful views.

Mon Oct 30 2017

one of the best trails i’ve been on in NOCO. the scenic vistas are as amazing as RMNP and aside from 4 or 5 other hikers, i had it all to myself.

backpacking
Mon Aug 21 2017

We just hiked up to Brown's Lake this past weekend via the Beaver Creek Trail. Crown Point Road is closed until November at the Brown's Lake trailhead so we took 63E/ Pingree Park rd past Tom Bennett campground to the lower trailhead of Beaver Creek trail. From the parking lot you will hike for about 10 minutes through the forest until the trail ends at a fire road which we hiked for about 10 minutes until we found the trailhead again. Trail was easy going through the forest and past Comanche Reservoir. We camped in the boulder area north of the trail right before the Brown's Trailhead, and were glad we split the hike up this way because the hike up Brown's Trail is a solid 1.5 mile ascent until you reach a beautiful trail of old growth forest with a springy ground that is a pleasure to hike! Shortly after you will find Timberline Lake and then Brown's Lake. There are many nice camping spots with great views. We had hummingbirds, an owl, and a marmot visit us in our site! Campfires are not allowed here so plan on going to bed early and rising early. It took us about 5 hours with a short lunch break to hike from Brown's Lake back to our car at the Beaver Creek trailhead.

backpacking
Sun Jul 23 2017

Just completed Brown's Lake. As previous comments indicate, Crown Point (Road 152) is closed shortly after you turn off Road 63. You must enter from Beaver Creek trailhead. Moderate hike the first four miles. Pretty strenuous once you turn on to Brown's Lake trail, and climb the ridge. It's about 1.5 mile of solid ascent. It's also a travel zone, so camping limited to available sites. Enjoy. Views are stunning.

Thu Jul 06 2017

Just a heads up, Crown Point Road is currently closed and will be through about November.

hiking
Sat Sep 03 2016

This trail is fantastic!! If you have a decent pace you can finish it in just over 4 hours. The views are continuously amazing and it's worth going all the way to the lake. Stable shoes are needed as the trail is quite rocky :)

backpacking
Sun Jul 17 2016

This was an amazing hike! It kicked our butts for sure but it was well worth it. The views are beyond spectacular and the history of the area is worth the sweat. You have to go the extra miles to see the crash site while you are back there. Oh and the fish from Browns Lake are fun to catch as well. We are definitely doing this hike again.

hiking
Mon Jul 04 2016

Well worth it! The views were breathtaking! This will be one I do again.

camping
Mon Aug 17 2015

Great hike, gorgeous views and not too crowded. A handful of great campsites on the way to the lake and basically on the lake. I would rate this closer to intermediate because there are some tough, rocky, steep climbs every so often.

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