Mount Audubon Trail

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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 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
7.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,670 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

rocky

The Brainard Lake Road is closed at State Highway 72 from March 12 through June 28, 2018 to all uses 24-hours a day, seven days a week to allow for uninterrupted construction work and a safe work zone. For more information visit www.brainardroad.com. 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. $11 fee.

hiking
9 minutes ago

Left the TH @ 7am and was able to summit at about 8:50. Incredibly windy, foggy and chilly at the summit for mid August but that made it a gorgeous hike in its own sense. Brought my pup, he did well for the last .5-1mi being mostly class 2 scrambling on boulders.

1 day ago

Did Audubon today with the 6 kids ages 7 to 16. everyone loved it. That final push is tough but worth it. The views are outstanding. The marmots are entertaining. Views down to upper Coney lake are mind blowing and that drop is humbling.

hiking
13 days ago

It was an amazing hike and had some AMAZING views. We hiked it and it was rainy and FREEZING. So I recommend warm clothes, gloves, hats, and rain gear because it was unpredictable. It took us 6.5 hours round trip with 2 people from Colorado and 3 people from Ohio (all of our first 13ner). Definitely not an easy hike especially with the rocks at the top but it’s totally do able if you are inexperienced. The wind at the summit was unimaginable. We had to stay hunkered down because standing was almost impossible. Trekking polls were a good option to have too! Overall it was an amazing hike and I would do it again!

hiking
19 days ago

Great Hike! Windy & Cold at the top!!

hiking
23 days ago

Amazing hike! Beautiful views that inspire awe (no joke). Two tips: arrive early and budget time for the descent.

hiking
25 days ago

One of my all-time favorite hikes. Mostly above tree line means incredible views for most of the hike, but especially at the top. You can see into Rocky Mountain NP, Longs Peak, and extensive views of the Indian Peaks. Normally pretty windy at the summit, but there are plenty of wind shelters. An incredible summit to hang out on in good weather. Plan to arrive early (6:30) if you want to park at the trailhead.

28 days ago

Great hike. Go early to get parking(6:30). Awesome views from top.

1 month ago

Started at the trailhead at 3:30am. Absolutely incredibly place to watch the sunrise. We made it to the peak by 5:50. It was so perfect. I was surprised by the complete lack of wind above the tree line when we hiked. like others have mentioned the last portion of the hike is a pretty steep scramble but was definitely worth it. We decided to go down the southeast face to drop in on Little Blue lake and turn the hike into a loop. That was a pretty sketchy and steep descent and something I'll probably only do once. The whole hike was so overwhelmingly incredible and one I'll remember forever.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a breathtaking hike, most of which, as others note, is above the tree line, so there are amazing views most of the way. Though I love vigorous hikes, I get vertigo when there's a steep drop off, and this one had none. Above the tree line it was wide with shubbery and wildflowers. As other have noted, the rock scramble at the very top is not fun, but the view that rewards you is worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Brainard lake and Indian Peaks is a beautiful area. Yes, hike is mostly above treeline but enjoyed expansive views and lots of wildflowers. Steady climb, last 0.5mile is the hardest with steepest grade & rock scramble. Large summit area to find a spot and enjoy the views on your own.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Honestly I thought it was relatively easy for a mountain its size. There is minimal snow so you don’t need anything for that. Now that they’ve open the road back up, for where we had to park the round-trip length was 10 miles and not 7 1/2. Great views of longs Peak & surrounding peaks and lots of marmots. Wind was surprisingly vicious though so bring a wind breaker!

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail. Brought my six year old boy on this and he pushed through to the top. Was definitely a challenge for him.. Views were amazing, trail was pretty easy until the top, which required a bit of scrambling to reach summit. Awesome views of Long’s Peak as well.

hiking
2 months ago

Hello, revisiting this hike in one week (late June). QUESTION: IS THERE STILL SNOW AT THE TOP AND HOW DEEP?

2 months ago

It’s a great trail, however the road to access the trail is closed for construction.

hiking
2 months ago

Go early Weather can surprise you in the afternoon. Hailed on us around 2. Last part is just rocks and no real trail markings View is good

hiking
8 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!

8 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
10 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
11 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
11 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.

11 months ago

Awesome views from the top. Well worth the trek!

hiking
11 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
Saturday, August 12, 2017

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
Thursday, August 10, 2017

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
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

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
Monday, August 07, 2017

360 views today!

hiking
Monday, July 17, 2017

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
Thursday, July 13, 2017

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
Friday, July 07, 2017

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
Monday, July 03, 2017

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

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