In Winter, Brainard Lake closes the gates meaning that all hikes begin at the Gateway. A popular hike is to just take the snow covered road.
The Brainard Lake Recreation Area is one of my favorite places to hike in summer. I tried Brainard: Long Lake Loop (winter) and it was great.
The Brainard Area never disapoints and this trip to Blue Lake was no exception. Amazing views and even some moose!