Lake Isabelle is nestled in the Indian Peaks Wilderness in Boulder County, Colorado. To reach the lake, follow a well marked hiking trail that is a little over two miles long. While the entire hike may seem hefty at a little over four miles, it is fairly flat with very little elevation gain (about a total of 400ft).
You’ll need to set aside a weekend morning or afternoon, but it is well worth the trip. If you prefer a shorter hike, stay on the trail until you hit Long Lake. Its early on in the hike, giving you the option to wander around the edges of the lake for a while and to decide whether or not you want to continue on to Lake Isabelle.
If you decide to continue on after Long Lake, there is a short and relatively mild section of switchbacks. Don’t let the word switchback throw you off, the little huffing and puffing it might cause is exhilarating, but all in all its not too strenuous.
Continuing a ways beyond the small switchback section, you will be rewarded with this view of Lake Isabelle. The lake is a glacial lake, and you’ll be excited to see that the glacier can still be seen from the trail.
The view may just take your breath away. Though that may also be the elevation. The lake sits at over 10,000 feet, so be sure to take your time and pack plenty of water and layers.
If you go on the hike during the fall, you’ll be able to see hints of gold and speckled reds in the grassy meadows along the trail. Fall is a little subtler here than on the Peak to Peak Highway.
Further along the trail, just beyond the lake is this stunning view. You’ve made it past the half way point! Time to relax and breathe in the fresh mountain (and slightly less oxygen filled) air.
The hike to Long Lake is definitely a beginners hike (just keep in mind the high elevation). So if you’re in the area don’t hesitate to give it a shot. The hike to Lake Isabelle is just a bump up in difficulty, but its definitely more than feasible. Give yourself plenty of time, enjoy it a leisurely pace and take lots of breaks to soak in the views.
Lake Isabelle | Boulder County | Colorado