Pawnee Pass Trail

HARD 51 reviews
#11 of 108 trails in

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.

hiking
6 minutes ago

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

hiking
5 days 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.

hiking
6 days ago

great hike for elevation gainers. Close to the top there were 2 big patches of snow to walk through. A bit slippery so had to watch your footing.

hiking
7 days ago

9 days ago

Planned to take an easy day and hike the trail to lake Isabella. Decided to check out Pawnee pass. Lots of switchbacks

hiking
13 days ago

trail running
13 days ago

Awesome route. Until Lake Isabelle the trail is very easy, should be a great nice, hike for anyone. From Lake Isabelle to the top of Pawnee Pass at 12,500 feet is quite a bit of climb mainly on pretty technical trail.
I was there on Saturday morning and by 8:40AM barely any parking spots at Brainard Lake. The road to the Long Lake Trailhead was already closed due to parking lot being full.
Still with all the people on the trail, everybody was very courteous, so no issues to move at a good pace. Don't forget to stop and enjoy the views! :-)

13 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

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15 days ago

Beautiful flowers, excellent views and cascading streams make this hike a winner.

hiking
27 days ago

The Pawnee Pass trail has always been one of my favorites! We decided to chance it even though there were afternoon storms in the forecast (when aren't there?) and lucked out getting up and mostly down before the storms started. The trailhead parking at Long Lake was full by 8am but there was still plenty of space at the Brainard Lake day use lot. There are only a few patches of snow left on the trail and they are easily passable without traction or poles. And wildflowers are amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Just down from this hike today. Several snowfield detours, but overall a great day and great hike. Roads still not open beyond first parking lot adding a mile to the advertised distance.

hiking
1 month ago

See review from lake isabelle for current conditions. Didn't make it all the way to pass but there was less snow as you get above tree line, especially on the sun facing aspects.

hiking
1 month ago

Spectacular views from the Indian Peaks. Snow still made the trail hard to follow at parts, but totally worth the trip. Lots of people on the trail until after Long Lake, then we only saw a few. Also, lots of wildlife in the area.
We saw about 100 marmots in the alpine.

2 months ago

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4 months ago