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Blue Lake, Brainard Lake Recreation Area

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Location
Nederland,  
COLORADO
From You7037.86 Mi
Local TipsGet to park early To avoid crowds in summer. $10.00 day use pass
Created (yyyy-mm-dd)2014-08-24
Created ByBewendt
Surfaces
  • Soft
Activities
  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Walking
Features
  • Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Out And Back
  • Family Friendly
  • Dog Friendly
Street Crossings
  • None
Max Distance4-6
Volume of Use
  • Steady
  • Heavy Peaks
DescriptionThe trail is located at the Brainard Lake Recreation Area about 45 mins outside of Boulder. It is about a 6 mile out and back. Easy to Moderated. Follow signs for Mitchell lake trail. Elevation goes from 10225, to max at 11,355. Beautiful wildflowers, trees, and river crossing at the start of the trail. Above tree line: beautiful lake and mountain views. The trail offers views of Mt Toll's summit.

Once at Blue Lake you have a view of the upper valley including Little Pawnee Peak (12,466'), Mt Toll (12,979'), Paiute Peak (13,088'), and Mt Audubon (13,223').
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