Mitchell Lake Trail

  

Image of a boardwalk section of the Mitchell Lake Trail with rocky slopes and pine trees

The wooded Mitchell Lake Trail enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness near the bridge across Mitchell Creek. It continues on a good trail for a half-mile to Mitchell Lake and crosses a bridge over the inlet.

Another 1.5 miles of trail climbs a bit more steeply, then follows the creek in an open valley to Blue Lake. This lake lies at tree line below Mount Toll, a cone-shaped pinnacle on the Continental Divide. When under snow cover, it is very easy to lose the trail close attention is necessary.

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At a Glance

Fees Brainard Lake Recreation Area fees apply during the summer operating season (typically mid/late-June through late September).
Permit Info: This trail lies within the Four Lakes Backcountry Zone of the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area:
  • Camping is prohibited in the Four Lakes Backcountry Zone from May 1 through Nov 30.
  • Organized groups are required to have a permit for both camping and day-hiking year round.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Indian Peak Wilderness restrictions apply:
  • Camping is prohibited on this trail from May 1 through November 30.
  • Motorized and mechanized vehicles are prohibited.
  • Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times.
  • Campfires prohibited.
  • Campsites must be at least 100 feet away from water and trail.
  • Group size is limited to 12.
  • Packstock (horses, llamas etc.) are prohibited.
Fishing and hunting: permitted in accordance with regulations established by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife. 
Closest Towns: Ward, Colorado
Water: Lakes and streams treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone 303-541-2500, Fax 303-541-2515; Contact Us

General Information

Directions:

From Colorado Highway 72 at Ward, turn west onto the Brainard Lake Road. Travel 2.5 miles to the entrance portal, and continue another three miles to Mitchell Creek Trailhead.


Activities


Fishing

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Lake and Pond Fishing

River and Stream Fishing


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Areas & Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
Mitchell Lake Trailhead (TH) to Mitchell Lake - 0.9 miles Blue Lake – 2.5 miles. DISTANCES ARE ONE-W

  Elevation : 
10,500' - 11,300'

 



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