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21 days ago

This is not easy!!! This trail should be marked as moderate. With that being said, it was spectacular! Very well marked. We didn’t get to the lake because we reached 10,300 ft and looked down...the hike was too strenuous at that point to continue. Would love to do it again with more time and in better shape.

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21 days ago

As of 10/28/2018, the trail is almost totally clear of snow, except for a very small patch nearing the end. At a slow pace, took me about 80 minutes to hike to the lake. Agree with Janis that there has been quite a bit of devastation, most notable in the first half of the trail. You will see many dead and fallen trees. This makes the view, especially to the south wide open. There is also a cutthrough to Piney Lake if you want to hit both trails in the same day (I had already done Piney). This was also suggested to me as a trailrun or bike route (trail itself in excellent condition).

Trail is currently snow covered. I suggest wearing boots and taking your time. Will be well worth it. Some of the best views in Colorado.

hiking
28 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes, but the beetles have devastated the pine trees so it has lost a lot of its beauty, but... baby pines are rising up! We couldn't make the final descent down to the lake today because there was too much snow and our hiking boots just didn't have the best traction.

hiking
1 month ago

My journey began with a quick saunter through Lodgepole Pine trees, which were intertwined with Aspen’s still holding onto their brilliant orange and golden hues before I crossed Beaver Creek about 3/4 of a mile from the trailhead. Another 3/4 mile up the trail there are two large boulders, a great spot for a quick respite on the way up or backdown from the lake. From the boulders it is about another mile to the landslide. Once I had reached the landslide, I had two options: a) climb through the landslide and risk it shifting (very unlikely) b) climb a steep vertical pitch over the topside of landslide and descend an even steeper pitch on the opposite side. Read more at my blog: www.basecampgrandlake.com

hiking
1 month ago

Grizzly Creek is a great hike! Peaceful with the sounds of water and beautiful scenery! We didn’t walk the whole thing so I can’t say how it ends but the first 1-2 miles in was pretty easy. Not too crowded either.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful way to see the Grand Lake entrance part of RMNP. We did this hike sept 28 and arrived around 7:15 to an empty trailhead and it took us 5 hours RT. The trail starts with switchbacks that get good incline but nothing unmanageable. The first section of the forest we saw multiple deer, dress warm as it’s entirely in the shade. 2 miles in you hit a landslide, an older couple was turning back, but climb it gradually and hold onto the debris and it’s not tricky. If anything, it’s absolutely fascinating to see! The trail continues on a ledge of the forest where you get great views of the valley below. The last mile and a half is pretty steep and rocky, but worth it for the lake at the end! Multiple meadows, so be on the lookout for moose and elk everywhere! VERY chilly at the top, but great rocks in the sun to stop and enjoy lunch. The downhill can be rough on the knees.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! We loved the constant sound of the creek and the high canyon walls either side. The climb is broken up by numerous short stretches of flat (or almost flat) which often allow you to catch your breath a bit without stopping. Highly recommended and easy to access.

Started at sunrise which provided stunning views of the Red Mountain and the Never Summer Wilderness mountains. The hike is a bit tough but I am flatlander, so take that with a grain of salt. All in all, there was a never a point where I thought I wouldn't be able to make it all the way to the lake. The lake was every bit worth it. We had it to ourselves minus a small group that rolled in as we rolled out. There was a solo hiker who got up there much earlier than us who saw two moose...if you walk along the southeast side of the lake towards what would be considered the back, there are two smaller lakes that sit directly above Lake Timber, this is where he saw them. We saw a mama moose and her calf about 10 yds off trail on way down. Great hike!

hiking
2 months ago

First Colorado hiking trail, excellent choice. Steady incline with beautiful bubbling creek sounds alongside trail. Lots of large stone & creek photo ops. Plenty of shaded & sunny sections.

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2 months ago

We started by 7 am on 9/16/18 and had the trail to ourselves. We finished by noon and that included a lot of downtime at the lake which was spectacular. Loved this lake. The trail itself was underwhelming. Dense forest mostly. Not difficult for us. However, the beauty was the lake. We loved it, and having it all to ourselves was bliss. We also saw a lot of moose. It was a wonderful hike.

backpacking
2 months ago

Used this trail to access Timber Creek Backcountry site about 3 miles in. Trail is very well marked and easy to follow. Uphill the entire way out, but not particularly strenuous. Great views of aspen trees changing color, but a little too wooded to get great views of the mountains in most spots. The only difficult part was the landslide area. It's very short (maybe 100 yards total), but the loose sandy soil, downed trees, and steep slope make it something you should be slow and methodical for.

The campsite was nice with great access to the creek, but it is an EXTREMELY active moose area. In addition to the deer we had coming through our campsite all evening, we had several bull moose come through the area throughout the night. They didn't bother us, but they did come within about ten feet of our tent and easily could have caused damage if they wanted to. Take necessary precautions to make sure you're safe during moose rutting season, but an extremely enjoyable trail and campsite.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail. Rated moderate but still a good steady climb. Great scenes, lots of running water. At about 7,000, my wife and I took a quick break a few feet apart from one another...I was up trail when I heard a rustling in the brush on the upslope side and then thumping on the trail - turned to my right and saw a black bear cub, golden brown with a darker brown ruff around his neck...we saw each other at the same moment. The "little" critter did an about face and retraced his steps back from where he/she came...there were ar least two more, probably mom and a sibling judging from the sounds we heard. My wife never saw the bear - the whole incident occurred over maybe 3-4 seconds... We made some noise, carried on up trail without further incident. My only regret is not getting a once in a lifetime photo op...
This occurred last Monday, September 10. Lots of berries along the trail. Overall I'd rate this hiking trail a 10.

A nice add-on either to or from Rifle Falls. And, yes, there are actually lower and upper falls at the end of this hike. Interestingly, these falls are from the canal that starts at Rifle Falls.

nice and easy hike along the river with easy access

hiking
2 months ago

A nice hike with pleasant views the whole time. The last 1/3rd or so is substantially steeper than the beginning, and people with a little juice still left in them have the option of continuing across the creek and climbing a bit up the valley. There and back took me about 4.5 hours at a brisk pace with a quick exploration of the other side of the creek.

Great trail to see Moose and Elk! No crowds on the trail so you practically have the lake to yourself.

Loved Hanging Lake trail! It’s definitely steep, especially in the beginning. And, the trail was very crowded. That aside, it was super beautiful and worth the pumping heart rate! The lake is fantastic, as was spouting rock. Get there early so as to have a spot to park, and avoid the rush!

Well marked trail. The first half is all uphill and downhill on the way back. There is a sketchy landslide area where the trail has been wiped away down the steep slope, as well as a lot of fallen trees. Besides that, easy sailing. Saw two bull moose, and a bull elk at the lake. Gorgeous place.

The first coupe of miles are pretty easy and has lots of river stop opportunities for your pup along the way. After mile 2 more significant elevation gains are made. The trail is well maintained and the views are beautiful. I had my dog on a leash like requested but no-one else did, so be prepared for that.

hiking
2 months ago

Make sure to bring bug spray.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike in 2016 with my sister who had a broken leg at the time. She made it all the way to Lost Lake with little difficulty, so it was not too hard. THE TRAIL MIGHT BE CONSIDERABLY DIFFERENT NOW. I remember that the trail was a little muddy, so just be mindful after a lot of rain. The mosquitoes were pretty bad along the way.

it is a great trail, beautiful scenery... we loved it...

Either the map took me to the wrong place; but this was more like a path to a fishing spot. Beautiful, just not what I had in mind for a trail:)

beautiful views

hiking
2 months ago

great hike. would definitely rate this as closer to difficult if you're not in shape. done in about 5.5 hours, my GPS tracked it at right around 12 miles. like most trails in rmnp, tack on an extra 1.5-2 miles from what you expect.

the lake is gorgeous and the trail is pretty well maintained (done 8/18/18). we saw about 20 elk in the meadow as soon as we entered the woods, as well as a bunch of bulls later in the day. the landslide was difficult to cross (we actually did it in the rain, i don't recommend that) but on a normal day, you should be fine if you take your time.

overall, gorgeous trail well worth the time. start early so you can enjoy. the juice is worth the squeeze.

hiking
3 months ago

Spent 3 days in the backcountry while camping at Timber Creek and Snowbird. Saw tons of wildlife (moose, mule deer, elk). Also made our way up Mt Ida which was very difficult for my 70 year old dad. One of our favorite hikes to get away from the crowds and enjoy RMNP. I'd highly recommend!

long dirt road in- 6 miles. Road can be bumpy but no need for 4x4.
Only a few steep sections and they are short. Lake is pretty. Great view of Holy Cross peak. Anticipate 3-3.5 hrs.
Morning is best as trail gets hot.

backpacking
3 months ago

Excellent hike, steep in some areas. Well worth the journey especially if you find that you have the lake all to yourself; however I wouldn’t swim in it, there are leeches.... great fishing though, beautiful scenery, watch for cattle.

on Lost Lake Trail

hiking
3 months ago

A little rocky in places, but an easy hike as advertised. Some nice scenery on the way up and a beautiful lake at the end. Pretty much had the trail to ourselves, which was a treat.

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