Mitchell Lake Trail

EASY 59 reviews
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Mitchell Lake Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
252 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

scramble

Directions from Ward: Take Brainard Lake Road (CR #102) to the Mitchell Lake Trailhead. As of 2013, there is a $10 fee to enter the Brainard Lake Recreational Area.

hiking
3 days ago

Lovely quick and easy hike with young children. Beautiful, however; so many mosquitoes that you can't stand still for long to take in the view...you have to keep moving! (end of July anyway)

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5 days ago

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27 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

What an awesome hike to take my mom to for her first elevation hike. She's from Ohio and has never done any kind of hiking out here. We started down at brainard lake and saw so many beautiful sites. It took her breath away. She was a little short of breath but really felt like she did a great hike and wasn't too easy that she felt like she was on a handicapped trail. Prob just over 2 miles round trip if you start down at brainard.

Bring bug spray!!! We got eaten alive. Bring a rain jacket, we got caught in some rain around 2pm.

hiking
29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is currently very muddy from snowmelt. Wear waterproof shoes!

1 month ago

Great hike for little ones

hiking
1 month ago

Great easy hike even from the main parking lot. It's super muddy still from the melting snow packs which of course brings about mosquitoes so bring bug repellent. Otherwise we will definitely go again later in the summer.

hiking
1 month ago

I've been told this is a wonderful trail. I took a shot at it but there is still a lot of snow pack leading up to the lake. Proper shoes and hiking sticks necessary. The snow pack covers the trail after you cross the bridge so you need to know where you're going.

hiking
2 months ago

Did it last fall. Fairly easy hike to the beautiful lake. If you read, it says the area usually opens in mid June on their website.

2 months ago

Road closed

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Beautiful!!! Can't wait to hike up to little blue lake in the summer

snowshoeing
6 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

This was a great hike and we even saw a couple of moose along the way.

9 months ago

Pretty trail! Quick easy hike to get to Mitchel Lake! I recommend continuing on to blue lake!

10 months ago

Packed snow and ice early in day, slush and ice later, take yaktrax or similar this time of year . Busy trail, nice forest, good views at Lake.

10 months ago

Pretty hike. Starts at Brainard lake which is beautiful in itself. I suggest going all the way up to Blue lake--not too much farther