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Brainard Lake is a shallow lake sitting in a glacier carved valley near Ward. It is surrounded by mountain peaks and the Indian Peaks Wilderness, providing a spectacular view while recreating in the area.
Access is easy in the summer months as a paved road leads to the lake and parking is available around the lake. A two mile plus hike. snowshoe or cross country ski trip is required dur... Log infor additional details...
From Colorado Highway 72 at Ward, turn west onto the Brainard Lake Road. Travel 2.5 miles to the Brainard Trailhead, and continue another two miles to Brainard Lake.