Grizzly Lake Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from June until September.
Directions from Aspen: Drive 10 miles east of Aspen on Highway 82 to Lincoln Creek Road. Turn right and drive 6.1 miles on Lincoln Creek Road to Grizzly Creek Reservoir. The trailhead is on the left just after the reservoir, but before Portal Campground.
This trail is simply beautiful, but very deceiving. At first you'll hike through timber and will hear the stream beside. You'll then discover an open meadow with gorgeous vistas. And this easy going part of the trail is truly moderate hiking. In the last third on the journey, you'll start the climb. My hiking buddy called all our arrivals to what we thought was finally the lake, "false summits". We got a late start, but didn't quit. We arrived at the lake at 6pm, just as the sun was starting to make its way behind the mountains. The aquamarine blue slowly disappeared and we started back. We saw deer, but no goats. We heard the Rocky Mountain goats were in the area, but no sightings. This hike is far more difficult than alluded to in the ratings. It took us 6 hours round trip. We moved at a comfortable pace. For those who use Fitbit, we clocked about 34,000 steps and because we hiked around the lake a bit, had 330 floors or 3,300 vertical. Take a whole day to enjoy this beautiful hike!
great hike, easy to follow trail. make sure you have 4x4 to get there. ling rough road to the trail head.
Great hike! Amazing views after you get out of the trees. The top half is the hardest part. The drive up there is tough. Make sure you have a high clearance 4 wheel drive car.
Nice hike ,lot of scenery. Aug. 2005
Awesome hike up a Glacial Valley where the view is spectacular. the hike has many wildflowers if you go at the end of July or the first of August. The Lake is at the bottom of Grizzly Peak and we saw mt. goats on the peak, about 100 yards from the lake. The road going up Lincoln Gulch is rough in spots, but a high clearance vehicle will do fine.
Beautiful hike, but you really need a 4WD high ground clearance vehicle to get to the trailhead.
Some good sized rocks in the road.