Lake Isabelle Trail

#3 of 4 trails in Indian Peaks Wilderness
Lake Isabelle Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Nederland, CO that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is accessible from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.5 miles 429 feet Loop
dogs on leash kid friendly hiking nature trips snowshoeing walking forest lake views waterfall wild flowers rocky snow
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Samantha Sheehan
9 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

We took our 1 1/2 year old chocolate lab up early on a Sunday morning and had an incredible day! We did our hike in Oct 2015, and we can wait to go back

Lots of pretty views and really not a very long hike. It was a perfect day!

Michelle Sooknanan
1 month ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Kaye M
1 month ago

9 Completed0 Reviews

Melisa Castro-Herrmann
6 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Loved this one. The hike was easy yet enjoyable and the view was gorgeous. Highly recommend.

Bex Wishart
7 months ago

3 Completed1 Reviews

Did this hike on 9.21.2015. The hike up was easy and beautiful. Lake Isabelle was only 20% full, so there was some disappointment, but it was still beautiful! Not a lot of aspen on the hike, just on the drive from Ward to the trailhead.

Jashadip Datta
7 months ago

15 Completed8 Reviews

Elaine O'Brien
7 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Easy hike for a pretty good payout. As another hiker mentioned, they are doing some work on the lake/in the area so Lake Isabelle is incredibly low which made it less awe-inspiring. Still a beautiful hike with a nice little waterfall just past the lake and barely off of the trail. Aspens are starting to change in the area so the drive isn't too bad either.

aaron monson
7 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Shelley Stetler
8 months ago

6 Completed3 Reviews

Gorgeous hike! Get there early because it tacked on an extra 2 miles to our hike, as the trailhead parking lots were full. Steep and rocky at the end. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because Lake Isabelle is not a lake currently, it is a mud pit, but the mountain views are astonishing!

Jack Sulateskee
8 months ago

22 Completed5 Reviews

*There is a $10.00 entry fee - cash only*

If you're looking for a hike with a great view of a lake this isn't the hike you're looking for. We were disappointed to find that the lake had been mostly drained and there was active construction going on - nothing better than going on a nature hike to get away only to pay $10 just to come across no lake, construction, and the wonderful sound of rock music being blasted from the construction site - breathtaking!

Maybe someday we'll go back....

Paola Montoy
8 months ago

6 Completed2 Reviews

It was very beautiful and not hard at all... It gets a little rocky at the top

Sean Kirlin
8 months ago

7 Completed5 Reviews

Great trail ! Picturesque ! Easy walking!

Adam Stielstra
8 months ago

49 Completed46 Reviews

Incredible views.

Kacy Grady
9 months ago

6 Completed7 Reviews

Allison Hausman
9 months ago

6 Completed1 Reviews

This trail was absolutely beautiful! There are lakes, glaciers, water falls, wild flowers and moose along this trail and the description of what to see does not do it justice! If you come on a weekend past 7:30 am you'll be waiting for parking for at least 30 mins but it was clear after 2 when we left. Easy hike except towards the end of lake Isabelle it gets rocky and steep. Very gorgeous worth every step taken!

Rebecca Parker
9 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Lisa Thompson
9 months ago

4 Completed4 Reviews

In General: One of my favorite Colorado hikes because you get the most bang (beauty) for your buck (milage).
Today: had to tack on an extra mile for the Nitwot cutoff because we arrived a little late (7:30am) and could not find parking at the trailhead. We started off the morning by seeing several moose at Brainard Lake, both bulls and cows. What a site! The trail conditions today were fabulous. We got a tiny amount of rain and hail on the way back to the car. The lake still had some large patches of snow. Tons of wildflowers, but the bugs weren't out yet. Go figure.

Madison Shogrin
9 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

one of the most beautiful places I've been, easy hike

Ashley Robinson
9 months ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Great easy hike with not too much elevation. A decent amount of nats but not bad. Bring a rain jacket as always! Got caught in a huge storm today. Bring a picnic and eat by the beautiful lake.

DeWayne Hansen
10 months ago

131 Completed125 Reviews

Great hike in Indian Peaks Wilderness. 2011