Boulder, CO: Long Lake Loop

Enjoy the views and high elevation while looping around Long Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.
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Enjoy the views and high elevation while looping around Long Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

Hike counterclockwise around Long Lake to get the elevation gain out of the way early on and save the best views for last. The trail is through the trees most of the way around and then opens up to see the Indian Peaks back in the distance. Even the drive to this trailhead is beautiful.

Mapped by Genny Fullerton and Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.2

Waypoints

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Location: 40.0779401, -105.5844927

Trailhead

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Location: 40.0759045, -105.5869886

The trail meets up with a stream. Go right at the sign to begin going around Long Lake.

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Location: 40.0743017, -105.5923304

Stay Right to continue on the main trail.

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Location: 40.0703542, -105.6012297

At the trail junction go left on the Jean Lunning Trail to loop back around Long Lake.

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Location: 40.0688936, -105.6030063

Multiple boardwalks and bridges keep hikers' feet dry and the scenery protected during the muddy seasons.

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Location: 40.0738461, -105.5875671

Coming out of the woods be sure to look behind you for the big views.

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Location: 40.0747212, -105.5863987

Stay on the main trail instead of taking a trail off to the right towards Brainard Lake.

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Location: 40.0756664, -105.5871902

Go Right at an unmarked rock

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Location: 40.0758387, -105.5870528

The trail meets back up with the beginning of the loop. Go right to walk back out to the trailhead.

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Location: 40.0754772, -105.5910587

Elisabeth crosses a small bridge along the trail.

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Location: 40.0690405, -105.5945349

View of Long Lake

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Location: 40.0696974, -105.6023455

Jean Lunning Trail

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Location: 40.0743279, -105.5870247

Elisabeth on the boardwalk

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Location: 40.075313, -105.5871105

Last great view of the lake and the mountains before heading back to the car