Never Summer Wilderness Trails is a 19 mile loop trail located near Grand Lake, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from April until October.
A group of friends and I do this loop as kind of an "annual" trip every September and it never disappoints! We hiked the loop counter clockwise, making it up to Parika Lake in about 4 hours on Day 1. Fishing is solid at the lake, and every year we always manage to see a few moose there. Day 2 consisted of about a 5 hour hike to Bowen Lake, the regaining of the altitude on the divide can be frustrating but the views more then make up for it! Bowen Lake is plentiful with camp sites and fire rings from previous backpackers. Also you'll more then likely see moose coming to or from Bowen Lake on that small trail. Day 3 is about a 4 hour hike back to the car from Bowen Lake, trail is decently rocky in spots and fairly muddy as well. However 2 of the 4 of us made it just fine in low top trail shoes. All in all its a great loop for a wide range of backpackers, however those new to backpacking or with excessively heavy packs may find it a bit fatiguing!
amazing hike with option to get on the Continental Divide trail. 3 days 2 nights -- hiked clockwise from trail head. 1st night at Bowen Lake and 2nd at Parika Lake.
Saw a cow moose and her offspring 1 mile below bowen lake off the trail and 3 bull moose at Parika. Storms come quick! I almost got caught in a storm hiking the CD trail from Bowen to Parika.
This was my first backpacking trip and it was amazing. Great 3 day 2 night trip with tons to see. I highly recommend this trail to backpackers of all experience levels.
Solid 3 day 2 night backpacking trip. The first day is spent getting up to Parika lake. Camp at the lake just above timber line. Be sure to get up early day two has two continental divide crossings. You also want to be up and down quickly to avoid any storms that can come up quick. The second night will be spent at Bowen lake. Get up the morning of day three and you are on your back down. Parking is in Rocky Mountain National Park. You can pay for a day pass a leave your vehicle at the trail head for the time you are out and back. This trip is difficult but the rewards are worth it.