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East Inlet Trail to Adams Falls and Campsite

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Rocky Mountain National Park

East Inlet Trail to Adams Falls and Campsite is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Lake, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 4.9 mi Elevation gain 459 ft Route type Out & Back
Camping Hiking Nature trips Snowshoeing Walking Bird watching Forest Views Waterfall Wildlife Snow
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Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, May 28. Reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 through July 31. The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability between 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. This process will facilitate advance payment of entrance fees, minimize contact between park entrance station staff and visitors and limit congestion in parking lots. The permit system will apply to all areas of the park. In the initial opening phase, the park will open approximately 60 percent of the park’s maximum parking capacity or 4,800 vehicles (13,500 visitors) per day.

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William Foos
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Beautiful fall colors

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evgeniy tkachenko
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John L
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Took us about 2.5 hours with lots of stopping and looking for wildlife. No luck for us. Great trail without an abundance of incline. As others state, it thins out big time after the falls. Would like to come back and go one campground further next time but we were racing daylight. Parked at the main lot and didn’t have to show anyone my reservation although I did make one for 3pm.

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McKenzie Layne
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This hike was amazing! Very easy to do, amazing views, some of the Aspens were already changing colors. Would highly recommend!

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Veronica Montague
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Beautiful meadow and mountain views, though this trail ends at an odd spot. I would turn around half a mile before the campsite or so or go all the way to the lakes.

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Miranda Machula
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Extremely beautiful hike. It’s really crowded up to the first waterfall but then starts to thin out.

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Laura Salter
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Crowded but easy

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Randall Richardson
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This is a great trail for almost anyone. Well worth the time to go another mile past the falls. Great views.

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Cena Hassanian
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Pretty easy nothing too steep really. Busy till you get past Adams falls. Amazing meadow views go all the way down to the campsite. Saw a moose bro and a snake bro and a bunch of fish bro’s.

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neil rogers
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Nice easy grade, except for the first quarter mile, and pretty views. Mostly in the trees. Had to turn back about halfway because we had little kids with us, but we also got hailed on, lol.

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Simon Guérard
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Reaching the lake is a decent effort but is the nicest. I'd just do the first 1 mile on this, or reach the lakes. Lots of wildlife in the meadow.

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Holly Russell
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Gorgeous waterfalls about 0.3 miles in. Later lovely valleys and outlooks by the lake. Took our kids aged 7 to 11 and they LOVED IT!

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Kris Wadenpfuhl
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HikingBugs

Trail in great shape. Tons of mosquitoes so bring the spray.

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Scott Garcia
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It’s amazing!

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Anne Rowland
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We used snow shoes but you would probably be fine with just spikes. Got to trail at 9am and no other cars. Had Trail to ourselves until noon

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Jonathan Bachmann
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Daniel Patterson
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Justin Love
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This was our first hike together in Colorado and it was such a great hike. We got to the trailhead at 6:55 and didn’t realize the park doesn’t technically open till 8am, but the ranger didn’t ticket us. We only made it about 3.5 miles up due to the really cold weather, but even that was spectacular. Found a great view to stop and get out a thermos of hot coffee to enjoy the view. Didn’t see another person on the trail till it got warmer on our walk back down and then it got a bit busy. But, overall, the views were spectacular.

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Daniel Vandenbark-woodward
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I’ve grown up on this trail - one might even say this somewhat literally. I was conceived at these falls. So, perhaps this explains my lifelong quest to be one with the mountains and the rushing falls. It’s a fun trail w places to splash midway. Take your lunch. (And bring some lube. Hehe)

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Sean Gilbert
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Nice easy trail with the family. the meadow was the highlight by far.

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Terri Welch
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We didn't make it all the way to the falls, maybe 1.5 miles back, but the meadow with the stream running through was amazing!

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Cody Swift
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Very nice hike for the family! Not a lot of traffic and there’s plenty of stops along the trail for kids to rest and take in the amazing views around them!

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David Powell
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I was in the area and decided to do a quick hike. I only hiked in about 2 miles, but it was well worth the hike. I wish I would have had more time.

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Xi Cao
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We are here on early May and almost all trails in RMNP are still covered with heavy snow and not reachable without snow boots. This trail did provide a outlet for us. There were falls, meadows and mountains cover with snow beyond your sight. Most part of the trail are shaded. At this point the snow are melting, the trail itslef is muddy at some points, and there are plenty of small water stream you have to step across. Overall, it gives us a good first impression of RMNP

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Emily Wilson
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Took our kids, 10 & 17, & they both also enjoyed this hike. Has spots where there’s some inclines you’ll need to rest from a bit & be sure to bring water and maybe a snack. The views keep getting better the farther you go. We went on a Friday and saw two other people. The trail was walked enough that we were fine in hiking boots but if you’re wearing sneakers you may need snow shoes.

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Alexis Cook
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We walked this trail to the meadow past the falls with 6 kids ages 9 and 10 years plus a one year old in a backpack. It had some areas of pretty steep climbing but the trail is very well maintained and terraced into steps making it easier. The trail is wooded, but with so many dead trees, it was not as shady as I had anticipated. Overall a good hike, but it was pretty crowded, which is always a bit of a bummer if you ask me.

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Brent Como
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Amazing rock formations and views of the waterways leading to grand lake.

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Aaron Henderson
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Stacy Hoch
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