We will park and meet on 1st Street in Nederland in front of/near the Wild Mountain Smokehouse by 9:15am, and carpool by 9:30am to the Brainerd Lake Recreation area (We should be parked and hiking from the trailhead no later than 10:15 - 10:30am) You are welcome to go straight to the trailhead and meet us there if you do not want to/ are late to meet in Nederland - carpooling will help people split the park fee, which is $9.00 per vehicle.
A) From BOULDER to Wild Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery:
Follow highway 119 up through Boulder Canyon and on to Nederland - At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto N Bridge St Turn left onto E 1st St
Destination will be on the right
B) From Wild Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery to trailhead:
Take highway 72 out of Nederland north and just beyond the town of Ward, turn left onto County Road 102 which is Brainard Lake Road.Travel 2.5 miles to the entrance portal, and continue another three miles to Mitchell Creek Trailhead (Blue Lake is reached via the Mitchell Lake trailhead)
Starting elevation: 10,500 feet '
Elevation Change: +800 ' net elevation gain
Difficulty: Easy to moderate,depending on your fitness level
Total hiking time: Approximately 1.5 to 2 hours
Round Trip Length : Approximately 6 miles out and back
The wooded Mitchell Lake Trail to Blue Lake enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness near the bridge across Mitchell Creek. It continues on a good trail for 0.5 miles to Mitchell Lake and crosses a bridge over the inlet.
Another 1.5 miles of trail takes you up a steep slope, then along the creek in an open valley to Blue Lake. This lake lies at tree line below Mount Toll (elevation 12,979 feet), a cone-shaped pinnacle on the Continental Divide.
THE APRES HIKE:
We will meet at Wild Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery between 1:30 and 2:00pm.
Wild Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery
70 East 1st Street, Nederland, CO 80466
NOTES (PLEASE READ!!):
1) PLEASE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO OUR GENERAL RULES, PHILOSOPHY AND LIABILITY WAIVER ON THE MAIN PAGE
2) Bring extra water, as high elevations dehydrate the body at a faster rate.
3) Arrive early to secure parking, avoid crowds and afternoon thunderstorms. Be mindful of changing weather patterns and leave the summit well before storms develop. Expect cooler temperatures, strong sun and wind in the open tundra. Carry versatile layers with sun, wind and rain protection.
4) Hiking poles are highly recommended to assist with steep grades and uneven terrain.
5) Please remember that mountain hiking, especially high altitude hiking is going to mean that we will end up spreading out according to our pace and fitness levels (this is more practical anyway, as you would not want to hike as a parade!). If you do split off ahead from the group, please wait at the summit or trail's end for most of the members to arrive.
6) IF you run a carpool, or participate in a carpool, please coordinate with each other as to your individual pace!
7). Bring a change of shoes for the restaurant. I suggest some sort of flip-flops. Your feet will thank you!
8) Have fun!!