Hike to Lake Isabelle

    4.5
    4 miles  - Out-and-Back Trail

    Added by Ryan Mckinney

    Lots of wildlife, this is a great place to view moose! Relatively short hike with some amazing views. Easy to navigate, well marked trails. Duration: 4 miles roundtrip, Couple of hours.

    Start at the Pawnee Pass Trail No. 907 Trailhead. Long Lake is about 2 tenths of a mile and Lake Isabelle is 2 miles from the trailhead. Keep an eye out for moose grazing in the bushes or in the water near Long Lake. This is a 4 mile out and back hike with well marked trails.

    For an 8.75 mile hike, continue past Lake Isabelle to Isabelle Glacier. The hike to the glacier will change the rating from beginner to moderate-strenuous. If you don't want to go to the glacier but you want to see some waterfalls, then hike a mile past Lake Isabelle.

    You will need $10 for the Brainard Lake Recreational Area parking. The parking lots do fill up so I suggest getting there early.

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    about 4 years ago

    Great sunrise hike

    Hiked here in late June and it was stunning! Got there for sunrise so I missed all of the crowds. The trail is well defined and was easy to follow with a headlamp. I was bummed that I didn't see any moose but ran into some people who said that they did.

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    about 5 years ago

    Check the reservoir conditions

    Be sure to check with the local ranger station to get an update on the lake's water level. They drain the lake in late summer, so if you hike up there expecting a ton of water you might be disappointed. It's still beautiful nonetheless, however!

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    about 5 years ago

    Beautiful, but crowded

    If you hike on a weekend, be prepared to brave the crowds at lake Isabelle. Its proximity to Boulder and relatively short distance make it a prime spot for the post-brunch crowd and families.

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