Mount Audubon Trail


Image looking toward the rocky top of Mount Audubon

The Beaver Creek Trail enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness and climbs through the trees for 1.7 miles. The Mount Audubon Trail turns left (west).

The Mount Audubon Trail continues to climb above timberline. The developed trail ends at the saddle where there is a view down into the Coney Lake drainage. For the final half-mile and 600 vertical feet, follow the rock cairns up the talus to the summit.

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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 November 30.
  • Organized groups are required to have a permit for both camping and day-hiking year round.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: June - October
Restrictions: Indian Peak Wilderness restrictions apply:
  • Camping is prohibited on this trail from May 1 through Nov 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: None
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


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 Beaver Creek Trailhead.



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Day Hiking

This trail is within the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. It diverges west from Beaver Creek Trail and climbs steeply to the top of Mount Audubon. The entire trail is above treeline. The last stretch of trail is not formally constructed - follow the rock cairns over the talus to the top of the peak.
Fire InformationCampfires are prohibited year-round.
Elevation descThis trail gains 1,900 feet in elevation, all of it above treeline.
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
3.8 miles (One way)

  Elevation : 
10,500' - 13,223'