This moderate out and back hike features a total distance of 8.4 miles (4.2 miles one way) with 1,720’ of elevation gain. The trail follows North Cottonwood Creek as it winds back and forth through the beautiful Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. The reward for this trip comes by way of a pristine lake that sits below Browns Pass (12,400’). Cutthroats are plentiful in the lake with the best fishing on the north and east side.
Rating: Moderate to Difficult
Meet up location: In front of The Trailhead store (Address: 402 E Main St, Buena Vista, CO 81211). Be ready to drive or carpool to trailhead.