Brown's Lake Trail

MODERATE 15 reviews
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Brown's Lake Trail is a 8.4 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.

DISTANCE
8.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2139 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

lake

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.

hiking
12 days ago

backpacking
1 month 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.

backpacking
2 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.

3 months ago

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

hiking
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 :)

Saturday, August 20, 2016

backpacking
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 11, 2016

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

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

camping
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

hiking
Sunday, July 14, 2013

hiking
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.

hiking
Sunday, September 02, 2012