|Area||Poudre Canyon/Pingree Park|
|Park/Forest||Roosevelt National Forest|
|Trailhead||Browns Lake Trail #941|
|Distance Roundtrip||8.2 Miles|
|Elevation Start||10,480 ft|
|Elevation Gain||≈ 950 ft|
|Dogs Allowed?||Yes, on leash|
This is a great hike in Pingree Park with incredible views of the surrounding mountain ranges. The trail starts across the road from the parking area and heads south. The trail starts out forested and then you start to reach tundra where the views really open up. You'll cross just under Crown Point which is a sort of rocky cone peak. After crossing a tundra valley you will descend again through more forest to Browns Lake. If camping, you are required to stay at one of the designated camping sites.
This is a much tougher hike than the stats might suggest. You gain a lot of elevation fairly quickly, then there is a big dip in the middle where you lose and then regain the elevation, and then you descend to Browns Lake which is at about the same elevation as the trailhead. Because of all this elevation gain and loss, it makes for a really tough out and back day hike and may be better to do as an overnight backpacking trip.
The stats are for just going to Browns Lake but the Browns Lake Trail extends another 1.6 miles where it meets the Beaver Creek Trail.
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In the Pingree Park area off Crown Point Rd. Once you leave Highway 14, the Pingree Park area is gravel roads through the mountains, so that will add extra time to your trip.