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Browns Lake Trail (#941)

  

A part of the Browns Lake Trail. A mountain range is in the background.

The trail is south across the road from the trailhead parking lot. The trail ascends to a ridge just west of the Crown Point summit at the boundary of the Comanche Peak Wilderness and the northern edge of the Browns Lake travel zone. From here the Mummy Range can be seen to the south, the Medicine Bow range to the west, and the Snowy Range in Wyoming to the north. After a mile through a tundra valley and over another crest, the trail descends, crosses the Flowers Trail (#939) near the remains of an old sheepherder’s cabin, and continues down to Browns Lake. The trail passes between Browns Lake and Timberline Lake then continues descending for 1½ miles before intersecting the Beaver Creek Trail (#942).The Browns Lake trailhead accommodates approximately approximately 16 vehicles.

You can find more information on the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers website. Download trail summary here.

At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: General Wilderness Regulations: Dogs must be on a hand held leash. No motorized or mechanized equipment. Camps, campfires, and stock, where allowed, at least 200 feet from water and trails. Group size limited to 12 people or stock animals combined. Wilderness Travel Zone Regulations: Camping allowed only in designated sites. No campfires – stoves only. Overnight stock use prohibited.
Closest Towns: Rustic, Fort Collins
Water: Water can be filtered and treated from nearby water sources
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.

General Information

Directions: Travel 11 miles northwest of Fort Collins on U.S. Highway 287 to Colorado Highway 14. Turn left on CO 14, and travel 26 miles to County Road 63E, Pingree Park Road. Turn left and travel 5 miles to Forest Road 139, Crown Point Road. Turn right and travel 12 miles to the trailhead parking on the right side of the road.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities


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The Browns Lake trailhead accommodates approximately 16 vehicles.
Corralsno
Hitching Railsno
Loading Rampno
Size Restrictionsno
Difficulty Level: Most Difficult
Areas & Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
5.7 miles one-way

  Latitude : 
40.649646

  Longitude : 
-105.697524

  Elevation : 
Beginning Elevation: 10,480' - Peak Elevation: 11,430'

 



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