Mitchell Lake Trail

EASY 64 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.

9 days ago

28 days ago

Pretty trail, fairly easy but we didn't get to finish due to thunderstorm.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike! Not busy on Monday morning. Marvelous views and easy trail.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a wonderful hike, especially with kids. The trail had a little bit of everything - wildflowers, water crossings/bridges, rock hopping, altitude and NICE people. The only down side was amount of dog poop bags left along the trail. At least the poop was bagged, but still...THERE IS NO POOP FAIRY who will magically pick-up dog waste for pet owners. PLEASE PACK IT IN AND PACK IT OUT FOLKS. I picked up four poop bags on the mile hike back to the parking lot and passed three unbagged piles.

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1 month ago

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2 months 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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3 months 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.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

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

3 months ago

Great hike for little ones

hiking
3 months 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
3 months 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
4 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.

4 months ago

Road closed

snowshoeing
7 months ago

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