Lake Isabelle

#9 of 191 trails in roosevelt national forest

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Lake Isabelle is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from July until October.

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James Bailey (127)

21 Completed2 Reviews

Beautiful hike- once you get to the trailhead. If you park at the upper lot, prior to entering the park, you've got a 2 mile walk to Brainard lake plus a mile to Long Lake. Get there early in the morning, late in the afternoon or during the week in order to park near Brainard Lake. The hike to Lake Isabella is a beauty! Not much grade increase until the last quarter of a mile. Pay attention to all of the warnings about the mosquitos. They are plentiful and huge (as in carry of small cattle huge!)

Jeff Purcell (653)

14 Completed14 Reviews

Great hike. A must do. Go early in the summer months if the road to Brainard Lake is open. If so you can drive to Lake Brainard and save walking a few miles extra down the paved road. Isabelle is on the same route as going to Long Lake in case you have any trouble determining which direction to go as there are several roads around the Brainard recreation area. We hiked all the way to the little pond at the basin just past Lake Isabelle. Great views and a very nice hike.

Chat Coats (349)

15 Completed10 Reviews

Great, scenic and very gradual hike to a breathtaking mountain lake expanse.

Dallas Bernard (106)

2 Completed1 Reviews

Awesome hike, worth every moment! Easy and scenic along the entire trail. Take bug spray along w/ or you will be feasted upon.

Jenna Lampro (120)

17 Completed1 Reviews

Incredible! Still a lot of snow on the trail and made getting to lake a bit difficult but it was worth it! The road to the trail head is still closed so we had to walk on the road for about a mile.

Michael Cox (522)

12 Completed8 Reviews

Nice trail. Tons of mosquitoes. The lake was quite low.

Valerie Doubleday (272)

7 Completed7 Reviews

Absolutely breathtaking hike. For the most part it's fairly easy. Multiple gorgeous places to take pictures or stop for a picnic. I recommend going in late June or early July to see both the wildflowers and the waterfall. If you decide to pass the lake and continue on to Pawnee Pass be aware that it does get more difficult. This trail can be crowded so go during the week if possible. Worth paying the fee at Brainard Lake entrance. One of the most beautiful places ever.