Brainard Lake

Estes Park, Colorado 80511

Brainard Lake

Brainard Lake Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
20-45 minutes
USDA Forest Service, Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder CO 80301; (303) 541-2500;
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks Gold Hill; USGS Allens Park
Local Maps

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Jul 2018