Gross North Shore Trail is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder, CO that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Very mild trail, but can do a little rock climbing at 'rocky point' (the end of the trail). There is an upper trail that leads back to the picnic sites that is a good moderate hike if you take it coming back to the parking area / trailhead.
Awesome place to camp and meander.
I'm giving this only three stars for two reasons.
1) there is SO MUCH broken glass on this trail, it is absolutely absurd.
2) parts of it are not very well marked and it just ends all of a sudden with no marking. You kind of have to figure it out.
Besides that, walking along the lake was beautiful. We arrived early in the day and got a beach to ourselves (as you walk by, there are about four or so beaches you can walk down to with sand) and our dogs enjoyed a nice swim. The lake is tranquil and really not a whole lot of people here, which was nice. There is a large beach closer to the dam where people were picnicking and families were getting outside. It was getting a lot more crowded when we left around noon. But on our way back into Boulder we knew that this was the side of the mountain to be on -- winding back down flagstaff road was SUPER crowded. We are coming back for Walker Ranch and maybe a dip in the Gross reservoir!
Beautiful lake w dam on far end. Breezy Lots of fishing
Nice hike hugging the shore line. Beautiful lake. Lots of young people enjoying the water.
Nice trail close to Boulder. Easy hike. Beautiful lake views.
Great combination of outdoor activity!
Easy in and out trail! Start at the top...work your way down....hike back out. The waterfall is AWESOME for photos! The road to the parking lot can be tricky it the weather is bad....so pick a day with great weather for your first trip here. Happy Hiking!