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Brush Creek Lakes

MODERATE 13 reviews
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Brush Creek Lakes is a 8.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Moffat, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,948 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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The lakes sit below timberline at the base of Thirsty and Lakes Peaks. Current regulations now prohibit camping and stock within 300' of lakes and 100' of streams. The Crossover- trail climbs above the uppermost Brush Lake (to the southwest), drops over in to South Branch and eventually gets over to South Brush via Banjo Lake. This route is shown on the San Isabel National Forest Map, and is not a maintained or well defined trail. Skills in backcountry map reading and orienteering are necessary to follow the Crossover-trail.

camping
rocky
2 months ago

Hiked this one 8/1-8/4. Trail is almost completely clear. Phenomenal amount of horse crap on the trail, but that's probably from the team that cleared it, so hard to complain. It's a unique hike to me, because you go through a number of different types of terrain. From the super rocky and straight uphill start, to a casual meander through a pole forest, to another steep but heavily forested hike toward the end. The lakes are worth it. The fish are stupid easy to catch. None of those wary alpine trout you have to sneak up on, these guys are voracious and want nothing more than to slam your hook repeatedly. Watch out for the weather up here. With the bowl you'll be in, there is very little warning before the storms hit. Also, bring bug spray, all of it.

horseback riding
blowdown
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rocky
2 months ago

Rocky Mountain Back Country Horsemen has been out on this trail for four days working to clear overgrowth and downed trees in the first 2 miles of the trail. There are sections that are VERY narrow and challenging for horses due to soft dirt and lots of scrub oak. There are comments about people taking the Peerless Trail to get to the creeks, but this is no longer necessary thanks to RMBCH. There are a few large logs still down about 5 miles in, but nothing impassible. You can drive a high clearance vehicle right up to the trailhead and hike in as of this writing. Totally worth it, lots of different landscapes, gorgeous views, just pay attention to changing weather!

backpacking
3 months ago

Beautiful area and was a great hike. Don’t use the directions/recording for this trail, there is no trail. Recommend using Electric Peak Trail and it will take you to Brush Creek Lake. Drive to trail head is on gravel/dirt road, 4x4 recommended in some areas. Google maps to the trailhead is not correct, trailhead is near an old shack. Some of the trail you will have access to water/streams. Trail had some tree cover, sunscreen recommended. AllTrails does not have a way to communicate with other outdoor enthusiast, I can be reached on Facebook Messenger if you have any questions about this trail.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

A great hike. The TH on the Rainbow is unpassable due to extreme amount of down trees. The Peerless Mine trailhead is the way to access. You access by CR 198 following 331 for over 3 miles. Many Cross roads but stay on 331. AWD or at least some high clearance for the road. Rocky, steep in a place or 2 but doable in Outback on dry surface. Trail is beautiful. The lakes were pretty low due to drought but first one is a large lake. Loved the trail. Another beautiful Sangres trail. 8 miles round trip from Peerless Mine TH.

backpacking
Friday, August 31, 2018

We did an overnight backpack trip in July which was very nice. The weekend we went was very hot which was a factor in the hike up but it was enjoyable none the less. Sadly there were a lot of dead trees standing and on the ground which was a bit of a detractor. However, the fishing was good with Brookies in the lower lake and Cutthroats in the upper lake. A nice destination worthy of your time.

backpacking
Monday, June 11, 2018

Epic. Both.

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

We attempted this hike today. However, the trailhead is impossible to reach with our Subaru. The normal dirt road quickly turned to a Jeep road. It was impassible for our vehicle. Do not plan on doing this hike without a high clearance off road vehicle.

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horseback riding
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Saturday, September 15, 2018

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