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Mount Audubon Trail is a 7.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ward, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.4 mi Elevation gain 2,670 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Fee
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Getting There

Note: To access this route you must pass through the Brainard Lake Recreation Area. As of September 2020, there is a scheduled entry time system that does not take reservations. Expect a 1-2 hour wait on busy weekends. Please check here for more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/arp/recarea/?recid=28182 Although this hike is mostly in the Indian Peaks Wilderness (Roosevelt National Forest), it starts in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area. There is a $12 fee (cash only) to enter this area. From mid-October to mid-June the road to this trailhead is closed. Visitors may park just outside the closed gate for free at the Gateway Trailhead. Parking at this trailhead would add several miles to this hike roundtrip.

Minimal parking at a lot near the trailhead. Arrive early if you hope to get a spot in the lot.

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

Directions from Ward: Take Brainard Lake Road (CR #102) to the Lost Lake Trailhead.

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Camille Saint Martin
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Mind blowingly beautiful!! Great views most of the way. Epic. No snow. Windy for a lot of it early in the morning but was fine with a jacket and a hat. Parking lot was nearly empty at 630am, was almost full when I got back.

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Chelsea Jackson
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Nicole Molkentin
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Great conditions and the summit was so beautiful and completely worth it! The trail itself isn’t the most interesting, but still 10/10 recommend because of the summit.

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Kasey Pearce
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This 13er has everything you want out of a 14er but with less crowds. On 9/19 we faced a stiff and cold wind right in the face as soon as we left tree line. Brutal mile and a half until we got to the scramble section in which it was fun and a bit of a wind shadow. Nice rock forts on top to hide from wind. Beautiful views of Longs peak and Indian peaks. Dropoff to lakes below also stunning. Outside of the first mile it is a rocky trail!

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K. Matthew Duffy
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Small man at the top gave me a wonderful backrub.

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Lily DeSantis
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5 star views, worth every step

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Madelyn M
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HikingFee

Road is closed right now, can’t access the trail :(

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James Grindinger
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Awesome windy hike. Good trail and no snow on my hike. Logged 8 1/2 miles and 3100’ elevation gain. Last 1/2 mile is nice class 2 scramble.

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Josh Rembusch
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Technical and difficult with a bum left knee. Wink

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Raymond Spalla
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Very smokey causing poor and limited views. Happy to have done 13,500 over 8 plus miles but somewhat boring for long sections.

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Claire B
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Awesome hike! Started at 6:45am on a Tuesday and only saw about a dozen people. Bring layers! It was very cold and windy. If you’re going above tree line, you have to be ready for wind. It’s pretty much a guarantee. Snow was not a problem. I clocked over 9miles on my Fitbit. The 7.4 is only to the ridge and not up to the summit. Definitely worth it to get up there! Amazing views and just a little bit of haze. They must not be limiting people anymore or maybe because it was a weekday? Parking lots were full when I came down.

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Kyle Heym
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This trail was beautiful and awesome but we weren’t prepared for the winter conditions. The wind was absolutely incredible. We made it to the ridge about 500 ft before the summit and had to turn around. It was absolutely draining. I definitely want to do this when Brainerd opens up next summer. It’s actually a pretty gradual trail for a lot of it. Beautiful views.

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Michael Claire
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Snow covered with some areas nearly a meter deep. The wind was dreadful. Most people on the trail were turning back just before the peek. The wind was brutal! Must have spikes. Dress extra warm and be prepared for winter conditions up there. I’ll try again next summer, before snow falls. We arrived around 6:15am and got the last spot at Mitchell Trailhead.

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Dave Sherk
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Arrived shortly after 6:00 AM on a Saturday and parking spaces were becoming scarce. Got to enjoy a scenic sunrise, but with Tuesday's and Friday's snow, there was a lot of knee-deep post-holing in the howling wind. Blazed the trail for those coming after, and regret not starting a couple of hours later when the sun was out, the wind diminished, and the snow on the path packed down. Did not manage to summit. Return was pleasant and envied those heading in the opposite direction. Will try this again earlier in the year. Combination of wind, loose rocks beneath the snow drifts, and an unclear trail made that last stretch to the top overly grueling.

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Kirsten Walters
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Beautiful and lightly trafficked on a Sunday morning!

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Emma Westerhoff
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Doug Josephson
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Got diverted to the lot right by Brainard after arriving at about 7:30a on a Friday. Once we hiked to the Mitchell Lake TH there was one parking space still available. Plan on maybe 7a arrival for a weekday if you want to park right at the TH. Saw maybe 25 people during the day. Great views even if a bit hazy due to the fires.

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Kerry McCollum
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Beautiful hike with spectacular views. The trail is well marked until maybe the last half mile which is also where it gets steepest. At that point, it’s all boulder scrambling to the top and trail finding can be a little difficult - though there are loads of cairns. My dog (German Shepherd/Rotty mix) made it easily - even with the wind trying to knock us down. Definitely prepare for lots of cold wind but there are two large rock shelters at the top to rest behind. Had to park at the day lot at Brainard Lake so it was 10.35 miles for me round trip. The views of the Indian Peaks Wilderness as well as Longs and Meeker in the distance make the wind worth it. There weren’t many other hikers on a Wednesday for me and I was the only one with a dog. Would not take a small dog unless you want to carry it up the scramble.

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Ed Victor
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River Place
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Eric Butler
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I'm going to have to disagree with the review just below. If you're looking for thrills, this is not your trail. But the views are amazing. Layer after layer of peaks and gorges in three directions. And I saw about 20 people on a clear Friday morning (other than the smoke). Hard to get motivated for a local 14er after that. Parking was fine with a 6 am arrival.

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Kelly Lara
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Tyler Lahti
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The trail was fine. I wanted something easy after 6 previous days of hiking. The trail isn’t particularly challenging. The views are great, don’t get me wrong. But I’ve done several hikes that I’ve given 5 stars that were so much better than this one. The trail is very well traveled and super easy to follow until you get to the final push to the summit. Then you can kind of pick where you want to climb. There are several wind shelters on top, but it was very warm the day I hiked. Keep going to the far side for the technical summit. Biggest thing I appreciated on this trail was that there were few people. The trailhead parking lot was full, but everyone went down the other trail I guess. Also, maybe I missed out not going that way! Overall, solid hike and would be good for a fit family

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