A day hike to Kroenke Lake or a longer trip to Browns Pass. This trail follows North Cottonwood Creek up to a pretty subalpine lake, then climbs above the timberline for a high traverse above the Texas Creek valley to reach Browns Pass. Kroenke Lake makes an easy day hike, while Browns Pass makes a more ambitious day trip. Some of the attractions along the way include fishing, wildflower viewing in high alpine meadows, the old mine ruins at Browns Pass, and a chance to spot bighorn sheep grazing across the high and windswept slopes above the timberline. At the trail’s end, the Browns Pass Trail descends south to the Middle Cottonwood Road and north into the hinterlands of Texas Creek for extended backpacking possibilities.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||Buena Vista|
|Elevation Gain||3,230 ft|
|Skill Level||Moderate to Kroenke Lake; moderately strenuous to Browns Pass|
|Season||Early July to late September|
|Trailhead Elevation||9,900 ft|
|Top Elevation||12,560 ft|
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