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Pawnee Pass Trail

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Pawnee Pass Trail

Area Boulder
Park/Forest Brainard Lake Recreation Area
Trailhead Long Lake
Distance Roundtrip 9.2 Miles
Elevation Start 10,500 ft
Elevation Gain ≈ 2041 ft
Features Vista, Lakes
Dogs Allowed? Yes, on leash


This is an amazing trail with a few beautiful alpine lakes and stunning peaks all around. There are mountain streams tumbling down the rocks and wildflowers when in bloom. The hike starts at the Long Lake Traihead in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area and enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness shortly after the trailhead. The first part of the trail travels next to Long Lake and through some forest before climbing up to Lake Isabelle. Lake Isabelle is beautiful and makes for a nice destination for people wanting a shorter and less strenous hike. The trail gains most of its elevation after Lake Isabelle and climbs steeply up to Pawnee Pass. On the way up and at the pass there are amazing views all around.

Directions info

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About 26 miles west of Boulder off Long Lake Rd in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area.


Forest Service Trail Page
Trail Map PDF


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