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HikingRocky

Got there at 8:30am on a Sunday, and there was plenty of parking. The second half of the trail is peaceful and lovely, but the first half of the trail is shared with an 4WD track/course. That means lots of unstable rocks (tough on your ankles) and periodic interruptions as you step off the road to let the vehicles pass. There is a cut-off during the first half (not on the Alltrails route, but marked on the map and clearly signed on the trail) that puts you on a hiking-only trail for a little ways and cuts .3 off the total distance (each way). Totally worth it. On the way back, we opted to go by the Buchannan Pass Trail to the Sourdough trail to avoid the 4WDs. It adds about 3m to the total, but is a pleasant, gently sloping trail along the Middle St Vrain Creek, with some lovely views of waterfalls. It was pretty busy, though, as it connects two campgrounds. If you have a tough car (saw Jeeps, and an Xterra there), you could to the junction where the first small lakes are, and do the hiking-only portion.

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Hiking

Nice trail but if you do the loop prepare yourself for some marshy wet conditions.

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HikingGreat!
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HikingClosedMuddyOff trailOver grown
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Steven Verovsky reviewed Northern Indian Peaks Loop
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Hiking

This hike is as beautiful as it is tough! Did the loop clockwise as that was the requirement of obtaining the permit. Pawnee Lake was STUNNING, but there were a lot of mosquitos so be prepared for that. The trip was 3 days/2 nights. I recommend getting up about half way Buchanan pass before camping for the second night. Your legs will thank you for the final day. The last peak is mentally draining. Overall it was amazing! Happy hiking!!!

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Hiking

Awesome ride in the jeep. Was fine even with no lift but only went about 3 miles down and turned around. Better for UTVs and lifted vehicles.

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Hiking

Definitely would consider this an easy hike- the majority of the trail was flat, and always well marked. Followed the loop counter-clockwise and was told at the very end by a park ranger that the ski trail was closed for the summer- no signs posted or indication otherwise, but the path was very swampy and not entirely enjoyable, I would recommend going back via Waldrop. Hiked an extra ~1 mile to reach Long Lake, entirely worth the spectacular views!

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HikingBlowdownBugsMuddy

Awesome Trail! I went clockwise in the first half was muddy and shaded, the second half was a bit more sunny and dusty. The mud was not too bad you just had to be careful where you step. The trail was very well marked the entire way. Only disappointment was that a quarter of the people were wearing masks although it is required for that trail.

Courtney Beasley reviewed Brainard Lake via Waldrop and Ski Trail
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Hiking

I would have rated this as an easy hike. Trail down was very well marked. If you continue the loop you run into very marshy areas with a lot of meadows. Seen multiple hoof tracks from either elk or moose but no actual animal sitings. Be sure to have waterproof shoes on if you choose to go through the marsh, highly recommend taking that route back because it’s a beautiful hike through the woods! Be sure to go off trail towards the end when a lake comes into view through the woods, it is also a nice view!

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HikingMuddyRocky

We are beginner hikers and still thoroughly enjoyed this hike. The lake was gorgeous and absolutely worth the wait. We enjoyed a heavy rainstorm on the way back and would definitely go again. Definitely not for young kids. Wear good shoes.

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HikingFloodedGreat!Muddy
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River Harris reviewed Northern Indian Peaks Loop
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BackpackingMuddyRocky

We did this loop clockwise rather than counter clockwise over a three-day backpacking trip. I highly suggest this route rather then counterclockwise. Hitting the high point at pawnee pass the first day was super valuable in the long run. Camping at crater lake the first night made the loop more like 33(ish) miles from Brainard Lake parking lot. Everyone we were with that had hiked the four pass loop in maroon bells wilderness says that this absolutely tops that. Wildflowers galore, wildlife everywhere you looked, and amazing views the entire way over both passes. I suggest getting on permits early because this route will get more and more popular as the years go by.

David Ritz reviewed Northern Indian Peaks Loop
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BackpackingBugsMuddy

We backpacked this loop in late July 2020 and it is definitely a test of the legs. Biggest take away is the permit situation. You need to drive all the way to Nederland, go to the Ace Hardware store there and get an overnight permit. The fine is $550 without one. We did not see any rangers, but we never saw instructions on where to get the permit so we assumed it would be a "pay at the entrance" situation. Otherwise a great and challenging hike with great views.

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HikingBlowdownMuddyRocky

We loved this hike! So different on each side of the loop (with lake about half way-stunning!). Blowdown, some challenges with trail markers and muddy bypass areas on the southern side of the loop. But great day with dog and 4 teens!

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HikingFeeSnow

Amazing place.some snow on the trail but still worth alot.

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HikingMuddy

A short easier trail, but it still gives you a little bit of workout! You’re in the trees the entire trail so there’s plenty of shade and you cross a couple creeks. The views at the lake are very pretty! The lake is private property, at least the section I saw, so don’t expect to do any fishing!

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