Mount Audubon

Featured Route
in Roosevelt National Forest, CO
  • Total Length
    7.7mi
  • Ascent
    2,663ft
  • Difficulty
    Difficult

While this climb can be popular due to its proximity to Boulder and the well established trail, Mount Audubon does serve as a good introduction to ascending peaks in Colorado. Do not expect this to be easy, however, and be well prepared before setting out. 

This is the first trail west of Brainard Lake to become passable in the Spring. It can be hiked 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. – USFS Overview

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Trailhead

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

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For 3.8mi
The Beaver Creek Trail enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness and climbs through the trees for 1.7 miles. The Mount Audubon Trail turns left (west). It continues to climb above timberline. The developed trail ends at the saddle where there is a view down into the Coney Lake drainage. For the final half-mile and 600 vertical feet, follow the rock cairns up the talus to the summit.
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Mountain

Clear views of the Indian Peaks are in each direction. 

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For 3.8mi