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
- Distance: 5.2
Location: 40.0779401, -105.5844927
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The trail meets up with a stream. Go right at the sign to begin going around Long Lake.
Location: 40.0743017, -105.5923304
Stay Right to continue on the main trail.
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At the trail junction go left on the Jean Lunning Trail to loop back around Long Lake.
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Multiple boardwalks and bridges keep hikers' feet dry and the scenery protected during the muddy seasons.
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Coming out of the woods be sure to look behind you for the big views.
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Stay on the main trail instead of taking a trail off to the right towards Brainard Lake.
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Go Right at an unmarked rock
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The trail meets back up with the beginning of the loop. Go right to walk back out to the trailhead.
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Elisabeth crosses a small bridge along the trail.
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View of Long Lake
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Jean Lunning Trail
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Elisabeth on the boardwalk
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Last great view of the lake and the mountains before heading back to the car