Hiking Mount Audubon: Brainard Lake Recreation Area, Colorado

To me, late September means it’s time to hit Colorado’s high country to see the Aspen turn the Rocky Mountains into shimmering gold. I love to drive the Peak-to-Peak Highway to see the show, and that makes a hike at Mount Audubon convenient. I’ve hiked this particular thirteener before (for non-Coloradans, that just means a peak over 13,000 feet). But the first time I didn’t have a video camera, so I thought I’d treat you to a brief video of my second visit.

If you want to visit Mount Audubon and throw in a good fall-foliage drive on the way, I recommend taking Coal Creek Canyon Road to Nederland, then taking the Peak-to-Peak Highway to the Brainard Lake Recreation Area. You’ll need to pay $9 for a pass. The hike starts at the Mitchell Lake Trailhead. It’s about 8 miles round trip, but relatively easy as high-altitude hikes go, and the views of the Continental Divide are a spectacular reward for the effort.  If you’d like a bit more information, check out my post on Indian Summer at Indian Peaks. But if you just want to see what makes this hike worth it, check out this video:

Hiking Mount Audubon: Brainard Lake Recreation Area, Colorado from Cara Lopez Lee on Vimeo.

4 thoughts on “Hiking Mount Audubon: Brainard Lake Recreation Area, Colorado

  1. Beth Partin

    Cara, that video was fun. We’re in VT now, where it’s rainy—they had a dry summer here as well. There were great fall colors in the Adirondacks, but the leaves here are just beginning to change.

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  2. Cara Lopez Lee Post author

    Thanks, Beth. Great to hear from you on the road! We did Mt Audubon last fall, but sometimes it takes me a while to edit a hiking video, so I waited until this fall to post it so it would correspond with the season. This fall we did Bierstadt, which I’ll probably post next fall.

    When I did my fall colors tour back east, I recall driving in and out of colors from greens to golds to browns, depending on the latitude and altitude. Hope you’re having fun!

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  3. Beth Partin

    Cara,

    it has been fun, although it’s a little strange staying with all these different people. Strange and fun to reconnect. It’s rainy today. I was going to photograph the cemetery in Claremont, and maybe drive around looking for leaves, but I think I will wait to see if the rain stops.

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