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Mitchell Lake Trail

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Basics
Location:
35 miles west of Boulder
Setting:
Mountainous
Length:
5 mile roundtrip
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
2.5 to 3 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
10500 feet
Elevation Change:
800 feet
Season:
July - October

Description

The wooded Mitchell Lake Trail enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness near the bridge across Mitchell Creek, then continues a half mile to Mitchell Lake on a good trail. It follows beside the lake, crossing a new bridge over the inlet. Another mile and a half of trail takes you up a steep slope, then along the creek in an open valley to Blue Lake, which lies at treeline below Mt. Toll (ele. 12,979 ft.), a cone-shaped pinnacle on the Continental Divide. *When snowy, it is very easy to lose the trail - close attention is necessary.

Location:
35 miles west of Boulder
Setting:
Mountainous
Length:
5 mile roundtrip
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
2.5 to 3 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
10500
Elevation Change:
800
Season:
July - October
Useful Map(s):
USGS Maps: Ward quad
Additional Details:
CAMPING ALONG THIS TRAIL IS ALLOWED DECEMBER 1 TO APRIL 30. FROM APRIL 30 TO NOVEMBER 30 THIS AREA IS FOR DAY-USE ONLY. Please note that there is an entrance fee for driving into the Brainard Lake Recreation Area.
Basic Directions

Proceed 13 miles north of Nederland, west of Boulder on Highway 72 to just north of the town of Ward.

Turn west onto the Brainard Lake Road (a.k.a. County Rd. 102, FDR 112). Travel approximately 5 miles on the paved road to Brainard Lake. (This road is closed half way from about late October to late June or early July).

Proceed west past the lake and turn right onto the signed side road to the Mitchell Lake Trailhead, a half mile up, and take the next right where the road to the Long Lake Trailhead forks left.

Two trails start at this trailhead. The Mitchell Lake Trail is the one to the west.

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