Jean Lunning Trail and Pawnee Pass Loop

EASY 19 reviews
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Jean Lunning Trail and Pawnee Pass Loop is a 2.7 mile heavily 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 best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.7 miles
157 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


Hike around Long Lake,above Brainard lake.

15 days ago

This probably is really beautiful trail but we came in early November the road was closed we were ill prepared and had to turn around and go back home this is not a beginner hike (unless you have the proper equipment, the terrain may be easy ) make sure you check the weather wear proper hiking clothes winter boots and gators if you have them and if you don't have them don't like the trail. (in the winter or fall) snow is very likely at this altitude so you need to be prepared for inclement weather.

3 months ago

3 months ago

Beautiful! Many wildflowers and animals. Muddy in some places. Great with kids and dogs

4 months ago

Fabulous views! Just be prepared to get your shoes dirty! Very muddy as there is still snow in July but that's what makes it beautiful. Not cold though. Stunning vistas. And pretty easy. I just moved here so it wasn't a cake walk for me, it challenged my breathing a little but nothing I couldn't handle.

4 months ago

Beautiful, but wear good hiking shoes! The trail is still snowy and muddy on the south side of the lake! A definite favorite though. Easy enough for out-of-town visitors to make the loop around the lake.

4 months ago

I would love to do this trail when it isn't as snowy. It is still probably half snow. Still had fun though!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Some snow, slush, mud, standing water, good views, very easy trail. Busy small parking lot at weekends.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

a solid hike. easy. note that there's already snow on the ground up at Brainard lake.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

We were fortunate that someone was leaving when we arrived, as the parking lots were completely full (this was around 2pm on a Friday). Lovely trail around the lake, although there is some confusion about the actual distance. If you complete the loop, it is definitely farther than the 2.7 miles listed on AllTrails. The loop goes well past the lake at the far end. Once you are past the lake, it is a long while before you've circled your way back within view of it. In early September, there were no bugs, which was a nice surprise! Also, be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions (as always at high elevations)! It got cold on us really quick! I would happily do this trail again.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

9/5/16 - upper trail of Long Lake. Has some nice vistas and some small streams. Some of the path has wooden planks.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Easy hike, great views!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Monday, July 04, 2016

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Great trail for a family hike or out of town'ers who aren't used to altitude . Make it a loop with the Long Lake Trail from the Long Lake trail head to make it ~3 miles. Did it with a 3 year old in about 2 hours. Get there really early or you'll be forced to parked farther away. Lot was full by 6:45 am on a Sunday. $10 entry fee to use Brainard Lake Rec Area. This is now my go to trail for out of state house guests from lower elevations.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Great views of Indian Peaks. Trail had light snow/slush cover.