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The trail is snow covered but YakTrax weren't necessary. Steady climb and beautiful destination. Will definitely do again!

A gentle, gradual hike up to the lake which is surrounded by a lot of open area to post up for lunch. Spikes will make the slippery, snow-packed trail easier to navigate. The trailhead is easy to find and has endless parking alongside the road. The trail was almost empty for our climb up around 9:30 but packed on our walk down around noon - having the lake all to yourself is worth the early hike.

Very scenic, easy hike and it was especially beautiful with a bit of snow. The trail was lightly snow packed and slick in some areas. Would recommend microspikes or something with good traction right now.

Just truly beautiful!

Lost lake is a nice, short winter hike. The trail was snow covered and had some ice but I didn’t need to resort to yak traks. The lake was fully frozen and the trail around the lake was tricky to follow given the snowfall.

Snow ice the whole way. Be sure to have micro spikes. Ran out of time and had to turn back prior to the lake. No wild life but lots of tracks.

Nice hike, but suppppperrr icy. I went with 2 other girls and 2 dogs, and all of us took a spill at one point. I definitely suggest yak traks or something of the like.

We did almost 11 miles hike to Lake Isabelle from entrance. Road is closed leading to the trailhead. You will have to park at winter parking lot by the side of entrance booth. That adds almost 5-6 miles to the Long Lake Trailhead, depending on if you take the road or take side trails. I didn't have microspike, and had to be careful with icy conditions, was not too bad. But I would recommend getting Microspike. We started from Parking lot at 6:45 in the morning, and we were back by 1PM. Lake Isablle is mostly drained, frozen remains at the center. It was very windy and chilly so please prepare yourself for the weather. Saw Frozen Long Lake, Frozen Brainard Recreation area on our way up. Views are very gorgeous. We didn't find anyone going on the trail when were were going up, maybe because we were early. But saw few people ascending when we were descending.

Bring your micro spikes, it can get slick in winter.

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10 days ago

Micro Spikes and waterproof hiking boots a must. Snow and ice about 80 % of the trail. Beautiful views of snow capped mountains, frozen waterfalls, frozen Diamond lake. Windy cold at the lake. Wear layers. Even with a 4x4 vehicle, the car slid backwards attempting to climb an icy road - scary but the ABS system helped. So we had to park 1.5 miles from the trailhead, making the hike 8.2 miles RT and elevation gain 1,575 feet. Definitely want to go back in the summer.

hiking
10 days ago

Micro Spikes a must. Snow and ice about 80 % of the trail. Beautiful views of snow capped mountains

hiking
10 days ago

I’ve lived/worked at Brainard Lake Recreation Area for the last 4 years. There is no trail formally designated as Brainard Lake Loop. It is a combination of the Waldrup Trail, St. Vrain Trail, and Mitchell Trail, then around the west end of Brainard Lake on the road where you pick up the Little Raven Trail and follow it back down to Lefthand Reservoir Road. You then follow the road back toward the Fee Booth and the Gateway Parking lot. That’s the “loop.” There are no signs that designate a “Brainard Lake Loop.”