Explore the most popular lake trails near Bellvue with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Fun easy hike with a nice view and lots of Wildflowers

horseback riding
22 days ago

Great ride...only did this trail once, but one of my favorites. Beautiful views.

hiking
27 days ago

Was a decent hike. A majority of the trail has a tree line on both sides so there aren't to many views. This would definitely be a summer hike. The last three to four miles to the "lake" has around three to five foot of snow on the trail. Most of it is hard packed, but it is beginning to become soft since it's warming up.

Hiked this back in November of 2016 when I was visiting friends. Nice easy accessible area/hike. It's more of an area you can just explore around the reservoir.

Be sure to pay for parking BEFORE entering the parking lot ($6) -- I made that mistake since there's just a couple of stop signs with no clear indication you must pay before entering. It's a completely unmaintained trail. It's hard to find where it splits off from the reservoir trail. It might as well be an off-trail hike. Make sure you're competent with off-trail navigation. The bushes are a bit difficult to pass in a couple of places. It's a very isolated area once you get a couple of miles in. There's a confusing sign before you get to the reservoir that says the only reason you're allowed to enter is for hunting. It's illegal to stay on the trail after dusk.

I didn't make it all the way to grey rock since my knee was hurting. It was still worth going for the experience. I did see some wildlife, and the feeling of isolation is very strong here for how close it is to town (once you get past the reservoir).

Mix of moderate and mild inclines. Loose rocks; wear solid traction shoes. Beautiful view at the top. Enjoy :)

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Went 3/9/18, day was cool & cloudy with little wind. Trail snowpacked mostly and crusty but doable in snowshoes. Did lake loop and came back. Great scenery and enjoyable. Tom

I was on the trail by 7:45. It was great morning. Only saw one other set of other hikers until the way down. Beautiful views, windy at the top. Great hike.

fishing
2 months ago

beautiful place to go.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

No one on the trail! Deep deep snow. It was a quick hike but gorgeous. Oh and a bunch of powdery goodness.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

I got here early and was the only person on the hill all morning. Still a few feet of snow on the ground so the snowshoeing was really good.

Beautiful hike, but a bit short.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYvRDuGEP_A

This "trail" is so overgrown and poorly marked that you spend more time trying to find it than actually having fun. It is practically a miracle if you can make it through the chest-high thistle in some areas. Not worth the effort

one of the best trails i’ve been on in NOCO. the scenic vistas are as amazing as RMNP and aside from 4 or 5 other hikers, i had it all to myself.

The hike is easy, it's a gravel/dirt path along the reservoir. My nephews (4 and 6 years old) were just fine for this hike. The views of the reservoir are spectacular, but the hike isn't too challenging- no huge elevation gain or rock scrambles. So depending on what you're looking for, this hike is too easy or just perfect!

Good views and pretty ponds coming up. Very steep towards the end.

geart place to be. worth it when you get to the lakes.

backpacking
9 months ago

We just hiked up to Brown's Lake this past weekend via the Beaver Creek Trail. Crown Point Road is closed until November at the Brown's Lake trailhead so we took 63E/ Pingree Park rd past Tom Bennett campground to the lower trailhead of Beaver Creek trail. From the parking lot you will hike for about 10 minutes through the forest until the trail ends at a fire road which we hiked for about 10 minutes until we found the trailhead again. Trail was easy going through the forest and past Comanche Reservoir. We camped in the boulder area north of the trail right before the Brown's Trailhead, and were glad we split the hike up this way because the hike up Brown's Trail is a solid 1.5 mile ascent until you reach a beautiful trail of old growth forest with a springy ground that is a pleasure to hike! Shortly after you will find Timberline Lake and then Brown's Lake. There are many nice camping spots with great views. We had hummingbirds, an owl, and a marmot visit us in our site! Campfires are not allowed here so plan on going to bed early and rising early. It took us about 5 hours with a short lunch break to hike from Brown's Lake back to our car at the Beaver Creek trailhead.

Good hike, annoying part is it's $7 to park at the trail head. We're not from co but seems to be a trend to pay for everything here...

There are so many different stages to get to this lake. Dry high plains, dense forest, rainforest, Alpine meadow and finally timberline. It's beautiful. One word of advice, follow the pile ons or you will lose the trail as you leave the forest.

really good beginner trail! and gorgeous lakes.

backpacking
10 months ago

Just completed Brown's Lake. As previous comments indicate, Crown Point (Road 152) is closed shortly after you turn off Road 63. You must enter from Beaver Creek trailhead. Moderate hike the first four miles. Pretty strenuous once you turn on to Brown's Lake trail, and climb the ridge. It's about 1.5 mile of solid ascent. It's also a travel zone, so camping limited to available sites. Enjoy. Views are stunning.

No camping a mile and a half from the trails end.

Wonderful hike!

Hiked this after north diamond peak. Fire Road type trail to the lake

Trail is beautiful and well-maintained with lake view, wildflowers, and frequent deer sightings, but is often crowded with bikers.

Just a heads up, Crown Point Road is currently closed and will be through about November.

hiking
10 months ago

10 months ago

it's a road, it's all uphill the lake itself is man made and small you can circumvent the whole thing, the side facing the road has great mountain views. Was chased by a moose here.

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