The Spirit of the Rockies
Hike Profiles for Rocky Mountain National Park and Surrounding Areas
Lake Isabelle
An easily accessible lake in the heart of the Indian Peaks, Lake Isabelle is a popular destination in the summer. The lake lies near timberline in a dramatic valley, offering views of high peaks such as Navajo and Apache Peaks. Hikers can take the Jean Lunnings trail around Long Lake as an alternate route to Lake Isabelle.
Distance: 2.0 miles one-way

Lake elevation: 10,868 feet

Trailhead elevation: 10,480 feet

Net elevation gain: 388 feet

Long Lake Trailhead

Indian Peaks Wilderness
Lake Isabelle
Major Trail Landmarks
Junction of Jean Lunnings Trail loop and Pawnee Pass Trail (0.2 miles one-way from trailhead)
Junction with west end of Jean Lunnings Trail loop (0.8 miles one-way from trailhead)
Principal Destinations Near Lake Isabelle
Pawnee Pass (4.0 miles one-way from trailhead) - via Pawnee Pass Trail
Backcountry Campsites Near Lake Isabelle
Information on Indian Peaks Wilderness camping regulations, backcountry zones, and obtaining a permit
is available through this link:

The Long Lake Trailhead is on the east side of the continental divide in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.
To reach to trailhead parking area, drive on Colorado Highway 72 to the vicinity of the town of Ward. Just
north of Ward on Highway 72, there is a large sign marking a road leading west to Brainard Lake. Follow
Brainard Lake Road for about 6 miles to Brainard Lake. The Long Lake Trailhead parking area is
accessed from a left-hand turn just past the lake. Brainard Lake Road remains closed at about the halfway
point between Highway 72 and Brainard Lake until after most of the spring snowfall has melted, which is in
late June or early July in most years. There is an entrance fee collected for driving into the Brainard Lake area.

From the Long Lake Trailhead, follow the Pawnee Pass Trail west from the parking area. Just east of Long
Lake, a loop trail (The Jean Lunnings Trail) heads south to follow the shoreline of Long Lake. At this point,
either follow the Pawnee Pass or Jean Lunnings Trail, which intersect again 0.8 miles west of the trailhead.
From the second junction, follow the Pawnee Pass Trail to the northeast end of Lake Isabelle.
Leashed pets are welcome on this trail
Sample photographs of the hike to Lake Isabelle
Lake Isabelle Trail
Trail near Lake Isabelle
Cascade at Lake Isabelle
Lake Isabelle
Lake Isabelle topographic map
Principal summer trail marked by solid red line; unmaintained trail or route marked by dashed red line.
Map is oriented with north to the top of the map
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