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Nederland, Colorado

Hike into Lake Isabelle

4.5 Miles Total - 500 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Kalli Hawkins

Immense views of the alpine lake surrounded by the rugged Indian Peaks Wilderness

Getting to the Trailhead: From the town of Nederland, take CO 72 for 12 miles and turn left on Brainard Lake Road. Pass through a fee station of $10 and continue 3 miles until you reach the parking lot.

This is a wonderful day hike, it's a relatively easy 4.5 mile round trip hike. Well maintained trail, with great views of the Indian Peaks Wilderness along the way. Once reaching the alpine lake, there are plenty of places to have lunch, take photos, sit back and relax while enjoying the views.

Dogs are allowed on this trail, as long as they are kept on leash. I brought my 4 year old Australian shepherd, Riley along and he had a wonderful time. This is a popular trail, and the parking lot fills up pretty quickly so the earlier you arrive the better. I would highly recommend this hike, great for a day hike with friends or family. Typical season for hiking is July to October depending on snowfall.

On my way back to the car, about a 1/2 from the trailhead I was rounding a corner when a bull moose walked out on the trail in front of me! One of the neatest experiences I've ever had while hiking. Riley and I immediately stopped, and began to slowly backup to give him some space. He stood in the middle of the trail for a few minutes until he meandered along towards the stream. Just to be careful, we waited a few more minutes and then continued on our hike back to the trailhead. It was a great unexpected end to our day hike!

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