Trailhead: Long Lake Trailhead - Indian Peaks Wilderness
Roundtrip: 4.2 Miles
Pet Friendly: Yes (ACTIVE MOOSE COUNTRY - be careful!)
This trailhead is located within the Brainard Lake Recreation Area off the Peak to Peak HWY in Ward, Colorado. There is a fee to get in but if you have a National Parks Pass then it will be waived (seriously best investment of my LIFE). The parking lots fill up SUPER QUICKLY and they will absolutely stop cars from entering until another comes down; so be sure to get there nice and early!
The Indian Peaks Wilderness is heaven for those of us with fur children in our lives. All of the trails are dog friendly and there is always plenty of water for them to splash around in!
You can't go wrong anywhere in Colorado BUT it really doesn't get better than the greens, blues, waterfalls, lakes, wildflowers, and dramatic mountain tops of the Indian Peaks with your pup by your side.