A moderate classic.


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The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.

Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.

Medium ExposureThe trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


Grizzly Lake Trail takes hikers on a modest distance through the White River National Forest near Aspen, Colorado.

The trail is rated as moderate with gentle incline and little elevation gain for the majority of the trail, and a steep section near the end.

Dog companions are welcome as long as they are kept on a leash. The trail begins at Grizzly Lake and makes its way through a pine forest.

Not long after, hikers will come to a stream.

There is little elevation gain on this portion of the hike, so the trail has a gentle to moderate incline.

On the last section of the hike, the trail steepens and climbs upward.

Hikers should note that the steep portion of the trail contains loose rocks and there is a need for caution, especially while descending or in poor weather.

Hikers report a false summit clearing midway, but those wishing to reach the true summit should continue on past this area.

Those who make it to the summit are rewarded with gorgeous, open views of the valley and its surrounding peaks. This scenic trail has much to offer for those who love hiking, walking, natural features, and birding.

Hikers will make their way across streams and through beautiful forests, meadows, and alpine tundra.

Along the way, a waterfall and wildflowers (summer) can be viewed, and nature lovers have the possibility of viewing a variety of wildlife in the area, including deer and Rocky Mountain goats.

For those who are interested in geology or love to collect interesting rocks, the creek bed holds a diversity of stone treasures made of sandstone, limestone, igneous, and possibly metamorphic rocks. The road to the trailhead is rather rough with large, protruding rocks.

It is recommended that those driving to the trailhead use a 4-wheel drive vehicle with high ground clearance.