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Backpacking: Colorado > Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests > Canyon Lakes Ranger District

Quick Facts

Browns Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,500 Feet (2896 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation Gain: 980 Feet (299 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,480 Feet (3194 Meters)
Length: 5.0 Miles (8.0 Kilometers) to Beaver Creek Trail #942
Recommended Season: Spring to Summer
Trail Number: 941
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Comanche Peak

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Brown's Lake Trail is located west of Fort Collins. It leads from the Crown Point Road to Brown's and Timberline Lakes, about 4 miles from the trailhead, then on to the Beaver Creek Trail. This trail offers good fishing. You can walk on to Timberline Lake, Comanche Reservoir, and Hourglass Reservoir, which are within 2 miles of Brown's Lake. Please note that no motor vehicles are allowed on the trail due to resource damage. Portions of this trail lead through the Comanche Peak Wilderness.

Directions from Fort Collins: Go west out of Fort Collins on Hwy 14 about 30 miles to the Pingree Park Road, (County Road 63E). Go south on the Pingree Park Road approximately 5 miles until you come to the Crown Point Road (Forest Road 139), which forks off to the west. Take the Crown Point Road another 12 miles or so, and the Brown's Lake Trailhead is off to the south side of the road. Brown's Lake Trail also can be reached from the Beaver Creek Trail , 5 miles to the southeast.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Spring through Fall .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Time of Day: Up early morning, down just before dusk
Length of Time: 2 hours each way (lots of stops for my 1 year old daughter)
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Be sure to drive past Sky Ranch to the upper trail head. There is a little steep spot on the way back about 3/4 mile from trail head, but it's not that bad.
Conditions: Perfect conditions
Water Availability: Follows the creek most of the way.
Recommended Clothing: Mostly in the shade with a nice breeze.
Suggested Accessories: If you fish bring your pole. I did not but saw a bunch of cutthroat & brookies

Time of Day: 9 AM
Length of Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Went to camp overnight. Trail had good mixture of uphill and downhill in both directions. Designated campsites are nowhere near the lake (or water) and there were not many good places to camp near the lake. Fishing was excellent.
Conditions: Muddy most of the way with very little snowpack remaining
Water Availability: Trail does not directly follow a creek. Water available at lake.

Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Pretty popular place, as most hikes around Poudre are. An enjoyable hike nonetheless.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking
ICON Fishing area lakes
ICON Hiking & Walking Browns Lake Trail
ICON Horseback Riding

Related Activities
Beaver Creek Trail (Canyon Lakes Ranger District) - This trail begins near Pingree Park, west of Fort Collins. It leads past Comanche Reservoir and eventually connects with the Flowers Trail or the Brown's Lake Trail.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Estes Park Chamber Resort Association, 500 Big Thompson Ave. , Estes Park, CO, 80517, Phone: 800-44-ESTES, Fax: 970-586-6336, www.rockymtntrav.com/estes


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