Brainard Lake

Estes Park, Colorado

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Brainard Lake is formed by a concrete dam built by the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of an unsuccessful effort to end the Great Depression. The lake is not within Indian Peaks Wilderness. The Brainard Lake Recreation Area is east of wilderness boundaries. Brainard Lake is the wilderness gateway used by the largest number of visitors. However, perhaps not all of these visitors want to climb to the top of Navajo or Pawnee peaks. Perhaps they do not even care to circumambulate Long Lake. For these folks, there is a flat, often broad and smooth trail following the south Brainard Lake shoreline.
Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

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Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

Brainard Lake is formed by a concrete dam built by the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of an unsuccessful effort to end the Great Depression. The lake is not within Indian Peaks Wilderness. The Brainard Lake Recreation Area is east of wilderness boundaries. Brainard Lake is the wilderness gateway used by the largest number of visitors.

However, perhaps not all of these visitors want to climb to the top of Navajo or Pawnee peaks. Perhaps they do not even care to circumambulate Long Lake. For these folks, there is a flat, often broad and smooth trail following the south Brainard Lake shoreline.

© 2017 Kent Dannen/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 0.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 20-45 minutes
Season: Summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USDA Forest Service, Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder CO 80301; (303) 541-2500; fs.usda.gov/arp
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks Gold Hill; USGS Allens Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Brainard Lake

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