Brown's Lake Trail

MODERATE 21 reviews
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Brown's Lake Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bellvue, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, birding, and fishing and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.2 miles
2,070 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash






wild flowers

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.

3 days ago

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!

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

I was really excited to get to this lake but a downed tree along the boulder field near Comanche Reservoir prevented my pup and I from continuing farther. My pup is a large 125lbs and the tree was too low for him to go under and too high for him to jump/climb over, and since it was on the boulder field section we couldn't go around, and I definitely couldn't lift him over it as I weigh less than him! Hikers (without large dogs) would probably be able to work their way around so don't let this stop you! Anyways, as others have mentioned, the trailhead along Crown Point Road cannot be accessed so I parked at the Beaver Creek Trailhead instead, this makes the hike about 2 miles longer roundtrip than what is posted on here (if you were to go from crown point). The views were super pretty along the trail and the surrounding trees made the trail shaded for the majority of the way, there were a few muddy spots but I'm sure they'll be drying up soon. From the parking lot before the Sky Ranch gate, it is 4.5 miles until you reach the trail that will bring you up to Brown's Lake. After hiking a mile you reach another trailhead one that you can reach if you were to drive through the gates of Sky Ranch and save yourself a mile but as stated at the ranch gates they will close them without notice (and I didn't want to risk being locked in). Once you reach Comanche Reservoir a sign lets you know there are 3 more miles left until you reach Brown's lake (1.5 miles when you're at the turn off/intersection). Again, I wish the tree wasn't on the trail but hope you guys have more luck than I did!

horseback riding
2 months ago

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

8 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

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

Saturday, September 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 :)

Sunday, July 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.

Monday, July 04, 2016

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

Monday, August 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.

Monday, June 22, 2015

What a great hike! Where the trail is still in the trees, there were a few snow drifts and quite a bit of mud and water from runoff. It took three of us and two dogs just under 5 hours, with a 30 minute stop at the lake for lunch. The trail is well maintained and easy to follow. The views above treeline are a brilliant reward for the effort, second only to the alpine lakes at the end of the trail. With two ridges to climb, you get up and down both ways, which is nice for some recovery.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

This hike took us only 4.5 hours (half an hour for exploring the lakes), and the views on the way to the lakes are amazing! We went on a Saturday, and we saw a bunch of people on the trail, most of the packing in.

There are two ridges to go over, so unfortunately, a lot of elevation is lost. Once you get to timberline the views open up and stay amazing pretty much the entire way. There is still plenty of below tree-line hiking too, so you aren't completely exposed the entire time, which was great. This trail might be more like moderate-strenuous, but it is so beautiful, it's worth it!

Sunday, July 07, 2013

This is a beautiful hike! We completed this hike in about 6 hrs, but we stop and enjoy scenery. We used hiking poles because it is rocky terrain. This hike has beautiful views of the Medicine Bow Mountains at approximately 1.2 miles up the trail. There is lush greenery and many kinds of wild flowers throughout the hike. We met quite a few people that hiked in and camped at the lake. The lake is very nice and peaceful. The highest elevation on this hike is about 11,400 ft.

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