Grizzly Lake

Crested Butte

Salida

A moderate classic.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
11 km
Ascent
596 m
Descent
596 m
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
3.2 km
High Point
3.8 km
Gradient
11˚
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Description

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 Reservoir 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 that warrant caution, especially while descending or in poor weather.

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.

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

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

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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