Pawnee Pass Trail

HARD 70 reviews
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Pawnee Pass Trail is a 9.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Nederland, 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
9.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2099 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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

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9 days ago

Snow and ice are starting to accumulate out there. Be careful and don't forget your Microspikes or Yaktrax.

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23 days ago

great hike with great views. got to parking lot at 7 so i could park in long lake parking lot. a little disappointed that it was hazy towards lake granbybut still great views!

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1 month ago

wonderful experience...awesome hike..perfect views.

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1 month ago

Beautiful trail from beginning to end. Wild flowers dress the trail along the way. You will pass babbling brooks on and off too. You will pass the beautiful Lake Isabelle, this alone is worth every step. Once you are above the tree line there are mountain tops adorning the path to the Continental Divide. I loved this hike.

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1 month ago

Great weather and great hike!

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1 month ago

Perfect day hike for us flatlanders from Missouri. Quick and continuous stunning views, just enough incline to get our hearts pumping, but very doable for our group of various paces. Camped outside of Nederland so we were able to get an early start, and at 5:30 am were among the first to the TH and later Lake Isabelle. Would agree with other reviewers on the importance of arriving early, but keep in mind that the majority of the crowds were there for Lake Isabelle- the hike up to Pawnee Pass was much less popular.

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1 month ago

One of the best hikes I have ever done in terms of scenery and challenge - the views were unbelievable and rivaled those from any 14er or 13er without all of the people. At 7:45 a.m., we found plenty of parking at the Brainard Lake day use lot, which is around 10,100 ft elevation. Starting there adds more elevation gain and well over a mile more distance-wise, so that elevation gain is more like 2,500 ft and distance over 11 miles. Yet the hardest part was the 2.6 miles up above Lake Isabelle to the pass. It was cold and windy on the Pass, but being at the Continental Divide at 12,550 ft and seeing amazing vistas including Lake Gramby made for a breathtaking reward. It took me 3 hours to hike to the top; I spent about 30 minutes exploring the top; then it took about 2 hours and 15 minutes to get back down.

1 month ago

One of the most beautiful places I've ever hiked

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1 month ago

One of the most scenic hikes in Colorado. Be prepared by bringing either $11 in cash or check. Had to park at the day use parking lot which added approx .75miles each way to the overall hike. Lots of gusty winds at the top so bring your jacket and gloves. Very nice hike

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1 month ago

Nice trial, maintained well, windy as s**t on top.

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2 months ago

It's the most beautiful hike I've done in 3 yrs, but I didn't consider it "hard", just moderate. Planning on doing it again soon.