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Mount Audubon

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 4.4 (46) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Summit one of Colorado's most beautiful 13ers through wildflowers and panoramic views.


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Map Key

7.7

Miles

12.4

KM

66%

Runnable

13,187' 4,019 m

High

10,525' 3,208 m

Low

2,662' 811 m

Up

2,662' 811 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

55%

Max Grade (29°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Campfires are not allowed. Camping is prohibited in the Four Lakes Backcountry Zone from May 1 through November 30.

Overview

This route sits just in front of the Continental Divide and provides stunning views of both the Divide and its associated mountains, and the surrounding Front Range.

Due to its easily accessible nature, Mount Audubon is one of the more crowded runs in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area.

Need to Know

This is the first trail west of Brainard Lake to become passable in the Spring. It can be done without special equipment in mid to late June. It is best to get an early start. Lightning and thunderstorms are common in the early afternoon.

The Brainard Lake Road is open seasonally. During these months, a vehicle fee applies for trailheads located within the Brainard Lake Recreation Area.

Runner Notes

This can be a great high alpine run if you start early enough. Storms tend to hit this area hard later in the day. Be prepared for crowds, and please be courteous to other trails goers.

Description

The Beaver Creek Trail enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness and climbs through the trees for
1.7 miles. Here, the Mount Audubon Trail turns left (west). Now above timberline, the Mount Audubon Trail continues to climb in a consistent manner with the exception of two somewhat steeper sections near the middle and end of the trail.

The developed trail ends at the saddle where there is a view down into the Coney Lake drainage. For the final mile and 600 vertical feet, follow the piles of rock (cairns) up the talus to the summit.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers, marmot, pika and moose.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tom Robson

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  4.4 from 46 votes

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Photos

Early morning along the trail
Sep 6, 2018 near Nederland, CO
The view from Beaver Creek Trail.
Apr 26, 2015 near Nederland, CO
Looking toward Pawnee Pass from atop Audubon.
Jul 3, 2017 near Nederland, CO
View of Mitchell Lake early morning
Sep 6, 2018 near Nederland, CO
Sunrise looking over Brainard recreation area.
Jun 18, 2021 near Nederland, CO
Moose hiding in the marshy tundra.
Jun 18, 2021 near Nederland, CO

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Sep 26, 2022
Trevor Edie
The top 0.5 miles are really just scrambling. 4mi
Jul 4, 2022
Emma H-p
Did not run just limped up the trail. It's kinda wet but not horrible. Very Rocky. LOOSE ROCK 7.7mi — 5h 22m
Nov 29, 2021
Michael Loewe
15.6mi — 3h 20m
Aug 12, 2021
Everett Anton
8.2mi — 4h 25m
Sep 22, 2019
Tara Natella
7.2mi — 3h 47m
Aug 23, 2018
Carter Millane
Great views at the top, scenery a bit bland if honest on the way up, trail fairly technical except bottom part 8.2mi
Aug 12, 2018
Tim Lowrimore
This is a run to test the ankles. Very rugged terrain, but a fairly mellow ascent/descent. Views are stellar! 7.7mi
Jul 27, 2018
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