Long Lake to Isabelle Glacier

MODERATE 32 reviews
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Long Lake to Isabelle Glacier is a 8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ward, Colorado that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,607 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

snow

hiking
5 days ago

The trail itself is great, definitely worth trekking it for the views at Isabelle Lake. Long Lake is beautiful too. The only downside is that parking is terrible, got there around 11am and it was full so I had to park about a mile down the road and hike up to the trailhead. Views were incredible though so it wasn’t too terrible. Don’t forget it’s $11 to enter, they only take cash or check. Highly recommend overall!

hiking
6 days ago

The hike is well worth the view at Isabelle Lake and all the way up to the glacier if you can make it. We arrived at the trail head at 7am on a Tuesday and there was plenty of parking. Much less ice/snow than when we did the hike a few years ago but still fun to end up on the glacier. We were hiking with 3 kids (ages 9-14) and took a few breaks on the way - took us 5 hours round trip.

hiking
11 days ago

The Mrs. and I hiked this trail last week and it was stunning. The wildflowers were out in force and the trail was in great shape. We arrived a little before 6a.m. and had no problem parking on Friday morning. Mostly had the trail to ourselves until the return trip where it was getting a lot of foot traffic. We’re planning for a backcountry hike in a few weeks and had loaded packs on. The hike was moderate - mostly flat with a few elevation increases. Got a little sketchy about 3.5 miles in with trying to follow the path but nothing major. One of the best hikes we’ve been on in the area. Highly recommended!

hiking
11 days ago

The wildflowers are still in bloom, and the hike to Isabelle Glacier was one beautiful view after another. If you are able to, arrive early to experience some peace. Lots of traffic on the trail coming back at 10:00 am.

hiking
15 days ago

Absolutely stunning trail! The views continually get better as you go. The trail was wet above Lake Isabelle so we were constantly hopping rock to rock to avoid water and mud.....definitely wear waterproof shoes. Highly recommend!

hiking
15 days ago

Easy trail that with beautiful views of Long Lake, Lake Isabelle, streams, and wildflowers. Pretty trafficked. Dogs must be kept on leash for this one.

hiking
15 days ago

So beautiful. Parking situation is tough but the trails are breathtaking and there’s chance to see some cool wildlife.

1 month ago

Parking lots near the trailhead were full by 5:30 so it added an extra mile to and from the trailhead. Saw a moose and several dear. $11 entrance fee.

The trail itself isn’t challenging until you pass Lake Isabelle at the very end. There is a bit of steep climbing up to the glacier. Some spots of the trail still have snow and are a little wet. The trail is also a little overgrown in some places but nothing terrible. Bugs are bad around the lake so bring bug spray.

Hike was pretty but the last lake / glacier at the end were the best part. Not my favorite hike but glad I did it.

1 month ago

Beautiful hiking conditions on the 4th of July.

The only thing that hasn’t been mentioned recently is you must have $11 cash for parking fees. We got there just before 7AM and the lots were filling up. By the time we left there were people parked outside the park.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike, its our favorite, and quite arguably the most beautiful hike in Colorado, in our opinion. Get there early to get parking at Long Lake trail head though or you will ha e to add 2 miles RT from Brainard Lake. We arrived at 6:45 and the lot was full by 6:48. We started by taking the Jean Lunning Traill around Long Lake to enjoy the lush greenery, multiple bridges with streams and tons of wild flowers. It was 3.3 miles to almost the end of Isabelle Lake with only a couple strenuous spots. This trail is very easy for people that aren't used the the elevation and perfect for visitors. We used this as a bit of conditioning for a backpacking trip. The weather was clear and the air crisp. An easy hike for kids. I took my twin 15 year olds and 12 year old boy and it was fairly easy for them. Highly recommended!

2 months ago

Road is closed. No access

5 months ago

This trail was gorgeous, the hike starts at Brainard lake parking lot because the road is closed. it's 3.3 miles from the Parking lot to the trail head during the winter, so start by 0800. Most of the trail during winter is covered and bring snowshoes because you will have to hike next to the lake and up the creek in order to get to Lake Isabelle because you can't follow the trail that is listed. when you get to Lake Isabelle there are a few ways to get to it. There is a massive slope to climb or turn right at the base of the slope and there is a longer yet easier way up that puts you at the trail markers at the top.

7 months ago

June 4th, heavy snow. Made it to Long lake not to Isabella, still beautiful.

walking
9 months ago

beautiful views. saw an awesome bird! people falling all over the ice and snow... bring yak trax!

hiking
11 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike! My wife, 1 yr old and I loved how easy it was to follow the trail and the scenery along the way was amazing! Easy trail, which was great with the little one on my back. Make sure you go early to get parking.

hiking
11 months ago

So epic. Get there early!

hiking
Thursday, July 13, 2017

The scenery and views along Long Lake and Lake Isabelle are second to none. After Isabelle Lake the trail to the tarn gets steep and even steeper to Isabelle Glacier. The hike to the glacier is challenging so wear your big boy pants. Once you reach the glacier the hard work is extremely rewarding.

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