Brainard Lake

Colorado, United States of America

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About Brainard Lake

Brainard Lake is set in a glacially-carved valley surrounded by subalpine forest in the wider Brainard Lake Recreation Area. Administered by the US Forest Service, this area lies just outside of the boundary of Indian Peaks Wilderness and provides a popular playground for those seeking a wide variety of all year round outdoor activities, from hiking and fishing in summer to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter.

Access to the area by vehicle is limited to summer months (mid-June to late October) as roads are often closed by snow and ice.

The lake itself is shallow, just eight feet at its maximum depth and is offset by the rugged peaks of the Continental Divide.  It’s heaven for fishermen due to its ease of access and abundance of brook trout, cutthroat trout and rainbow trout, amongst other species. Non-motorized boats only are allowed on the lake.

The surrounding area contains much to explore, with access to two major trailheads and many less marked hikes into the wilderness. There are trails for mountain bikes and road cycling is also welcomed.

Mountain Biking
Cross-Country Skiing
Colorado, United States of America
Latitude: 40.077813, Longitude: -105.575229