Mount Audubon Trail

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Mount Audubon Trail is a 7.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ward, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. 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
7.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2644 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

rocky

Mount Audubon trail is 8.4 miles, out-and-back, rated difficult. High mountain views of Rocky Mtn. National Park and Indian Peaks. Traffic is moderate and can be heavy on weekends. Start early due to being high above the timber line and exposed to lightning. Recommend summit by noon. $9 fee.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this in 9/2016. 3rd ever hike and it was brutal above tree line. Little bit of snow, sleet and rain....and lots of wind. Last 3/4 mile up visibility was terrible. Fellow hiker caught up to me and we booked it to the top. No views whatsoever! Would've turned around if I continued by myself as the weather was getting rough. Started this hike at 7:30 AM. Wear light but very warm and wind resistant clothing if doing this late Sept! Stayed in the small town of Nederland after, awesome place!

2 months ago

I’ve lived/worked in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area for the last 4 years. Two-thirds of this trail is above the tree line. An early start is strongly recommended...no later than 9:00 am. The fee was raised in 2017 to $11.00.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail! Hiked this yesterday (9/23/2017) and left the trailhead at about 7:30am I believe. Completed 85% of it and had to turn around due to snow at the top.

hiking
5 months ago

14ers view without the crowd. Super windy and cold at the top. 70% of the trail is above treeline so keep an eye on the weather. Well marked trail except for the last 1/4 of it is a rock scramble but plenty of cairns to guide you.

hiking
5 months ago

Good hike to a 13000+ summit. Views are amazing from top! Trail is well marked except for last 600-800ft. .. just go up and pick your path carefully. Can be windy and cold on top so be prepared.

5 months ago

Awesome views from the top. Well worth the trek!

hiking
6 months ago

This hike is very rocky, but no climbing. Dress appropriately. It was very windy once you hike above the tree line. But all in all a great hike with beautiful views.

hiking
6 months ago

Got there early and parking was available at Mitchell Lake TH. Fairly easy hike up to the peak where the trail is lost among the rocks. Great all around view of the range along with Coney Lakes. Quick moving storm brought rain and clear skies after it passed. Well worth it.

hiking
6 months ago

Very fun hike. Did it on 8/5, and didn't make it to the top due to not being prepared for the cold, and incoming thunderstorms. Temps drop rapidly after 12k ft. I will be back in the coming by weeks to summit with two more layers! Difficult trail only because of the elevation, otherwise would call it moderate.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail in good condition, very rocky though so opted to leave the dog home; a wise move would've torn up his paws. Beautiful summit views but don't forget your wind breaker!

hiking
6 months ago

360 views today!

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome views. Great hike for someone from the east coast. Elevation made it a little tough, but we just took our time. It was a beautiful day and no wind.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike from the moose greeting at the start to the marmot goodbye at the summit. 10 mile roundtrip from the Lake Brainard parking area.

hiking
7 months ago

Trail is in great condition! No traction needed. Not too muddy either. Once you arrive at the saddle, there's a decently marked trail immediately to the left (not further down where I've tended to go on previous trips) up to the summit that I don't remember from last year. Helpful!

hiking
7 months ago

Trail conditions: mostly dry. Some mellow snow patches but nor gear required and it's soft. Early stages of wildflowers.

8 months ago

Great hike, don't underestimate the difficulty. There are still snow spots to walk over. They get slippery and the mid-upper trail turns into a low-flow stream.

Monday, January 02, 2017

We did Audobon in the Fall 2 years ago and were successful.

Today (1/1/17) we started at the Gateway TH, and it was 3.1 miles just to get to the Audobon TH due to snow closures. So, we only did about an additional mile and had to turn back.

It's a great trail, we enjoyed it in the Fall and this time of year, the snowshoe trails are great too! Windy windy day!!!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Awesome hike. 800ft vertical at the end was killer on the calves.

hiking
Sunday, October 02, 2016

Went last week. Very windy and cold. Lots of Rocks. The Summit was awesome.

hiking
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Highly recommended! We went on a Thursday morning, and there was hardly anyone on the trail. We had the summit (lots of very convenient wind shelters!) to ourselves. I'm sure it gets a lot more crowded on weekends. Definitely a good first peak to try if you're new to the area (acclimate yourself first!) and are interested in doing some of the easier 14ers soon. $10 entrance fee at the gate to park. Some of the cleanest park bathrooms I've seen, too!

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