Follow the Pawnee Pass Trail as it climbs gradually for two miles through wooded terrain and into the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The trail travels from Long Lake to Lake Isabelle, which sits just below the tree line. At Lake Isabelle, follow the Isabelle Glacier Trail along the north side of Lake Isabelle. The trail grows steeper as it nears Isabelle Glacier, the source of the South Saint Vrain Creek. The Isabelle Glacier Trail ends finally beside Isabelle Glacier in a very steep-walled cirque basin framed by Shoshone, Apache, and Navajo Peaks.
Fees: Brainard Lake Recreation Area fees apply during the summer operating season (typically mid/late-June through late September) $1 per person for walk- or bike-in; $9 for a 5-day pass; $45 for a season pass; Interagency Annual, Senior or Access passes, Golden Age and Golden Access passes accepted.
Permit Info: This trail lies within the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, which requires camping permits for all overnight trips between June 1 and September 15. Organized groups are required to have a permit for both camping and day-hiking year round. Overnight permits cost $5 per group, per trip from June 1 through September 15. Day-hiking permits are free year round.
Restrictions: Indian Peaks Wilderness restrictions apply: motorized and mechanized vehicles are prohibited; seasonal permits required; pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times; campfires prohibited; group size maximum is 12 people; livestock are prohibited; camping is prohibited on this trail from May 1 through November 30. License required for fishing.
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 Long Lake Trailhead.
Day Hiking: This trail is within the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. It diverges from the Pawnee Pass trail at Lake Isabelle, where the Isabelle Glacier Trail heads west along the north side of Lake Isabelle. It climbs gradually past Lake Isabelle, quickly growing steeper beyond the lake. The Isabelle Glacier Trail ends finally beside Isabelle Glacier in a very steep-walled cirque basin framed by Shoshone, Apache, and Navajo Peaks.
Closest Towns: Ward, Colorado
Water: Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Vault toilets at Long Lake Trailhead
Elevation: 10,500' - 12,000'
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone 303-541-2500, Fax 303-541-2515