East Inlet Trail to Lone Pine Lake

MODERATE 88 reviews

East Inlet Trail to Lone Pine Lake is a 9.8 mile heavily 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 best used from January until January. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1774 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

snowshoeing

trail running

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

Directions from Grand Lake: Follow the road that leads to the east side of the lake, past the West Portal, to the East Inlet Trailhead.

backpacking
3 months ago

Nice hike, with beautiful views! Harder than is rated. Many moose were seen, even crossed the trail right in front of us with her calf.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Easy to find right off the lake, mostly up hill on the way out and can you believe it downhill on the way back.

Did about 5 miles total, moderately trafficked, and snoeshoes were fun but not totally needed due to the packed trail on 12/28.

Slightly boring actually, but beautiful views along the way.

hiking
5 months ago

I was really enjoying the hike, but there are no trail markers! I had to turn around half way because the trail was lost in the snow. I have never seen a trail without trailmarkers. I was very disappointed.

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome trail with a very rewarding end and gorgeous views all along the way!

6 months ago

It was my first hike in Colorado and it set the tone. To be honest, we didn’t make it all the way to the lake due to time constraints and how tired I was. Most of the time, it was straight, paved paths with multiple beautiful views along the way but from time to time, on the way up, there were some steep inclines that drained me out when I got to the top.

I wouldn’t recommend it to novice hikers but if you want to test your limits and see how much you can do, this would be a pretty hike to test it on lol

hiking
7 months ago

The view is spectacular from the trailhead to the lake, the higher trail the more difficult though. I'd rate it from moderate to hard as one is approaching Lone Pine Lake. The higher we went the less people we encountered. We made it all the way to edge of Lake Verna before rain poured down. Encountered a family of moose when we were coming down and no one was around. Finished the round trip by dusk. Awesome for those who love to adventure up in the mountains.

hiking
7 months ago

Just hiked this trail on Sunday. It was harder tan I thought but worth it

hiking
7 months ago

My wife and I hiked this on a gorgeous autumn day with the aspen's at their peak gold.

hiking
8 months ago

an incredible but strenuous hike ! make sure to bring lots of snacks. a sandwich and some water. you can fill up your water in the river for it is sparkling and clean! (( tried and tested, im still alive and feeling good)) absolutely amazing hike with multiple different patterns of weather that made the hike that much better !!! never heard thunder like i did on this trail, truly remarkable!

8 months ago

Hiked to the lake this morning (8.5.17). It took me a little over 3 hours. I got to the trailhead at 5:30 am and there's only one other car there. The hike up was very peaceful. The last 2 miles were definitely harder than I thought they would be. My legs were killing me! On the way back down, definitely saw lots more people and the tranquility from the early morning was shattered! Saw lots of elk, no moose. My only complaint was the excessive amount of horse poop on the trail, some of it pretty fresh. Watch your step! Overall a great hike and I'd love to do it again.

hiking
8 months ago

Only hiked 3 miles due to unpreparedness and an afternoon thunderstorm. The trail is great. Very well maintained by the NPS. Elevation changes are mild. The views are great!

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked two thirds of this trail, till past the second meadow. We started early at 7:15am which meant we saw no one else for 2 hours. Very beautiful in the early morning. Saw a moose cow with 2 calves at the first meadow. Excellent trail. There was a group of fallen trees across the path which were easy to bypass. There were only very few mosquitoes.

hiking
9 months ago

Great moderate trail with a variety of sights... mountain views, rivers, waterfalls and of course Lone Pine Lake! Beginning allows some opportunity for moose sightings (we saw one). Rest is mainly uphill to lake. My GPS clocked closer to 15mi+ out and back. In comparisons to others with tracking devices at the lake, many were comparable and not close to the 5.5mi one way that the signs mention. Be prepared! It's longer than one may think. Worth it though. Bug spray may be beneficial, we got bit up a bit.

9 months ago

Trail is in great shape. Challenging hike, mainly due to the distance. Took us 2:20 minutes to get to lake and nearly as long to get back! Lake is stunning and peaceful.

9 months ago

great views, beautiful path and the lake is beautiful and worth the hike. it starts easy but becomes steeper the more you proceed. I underestimated the length. I feel we weren't the only ones because on our way back all people asked "how long until the lake??". only a bunch of other people on the trail - would definitely not classify as 'very busy' at all.

10 months ago

Awesome hike ... great spot at the end of this hike at Lone Pine Lake for a lunch !

hiking
10 months ago

Such a diverse terrain to hike. Was absolutely gorgeous! Even saw a fox hunting and catch his breakfast as well as a mule deer grazing.

hiking
10 months ago

Very scenic ... note to self bring snacks and lots of water

10 months ago

Amazing scenery.

10 months ago

Great trail vey scenic, pretty muddy and lots of snow last mile. Saw 3 moose hanging by the side of the trail. Several trees are down so you'll have to get around them.

camping
10 months ago

I hiked this trail with my 7 year old. It was still early in the season and cold at night. We camped at East Meadow and hiked towards Cat's Lair but turned back because thunderstorms. Lots of downed trees. The trails were dry except rain but the meadow was flooding. There were reports that the trail was snowed in near Lone Pine Lake, something near 5' supposedly. There are some fantastic vantage points and decent Backcountry sites. Bear cans and permits are required for overnights. I'd love to go back and explore further. We saw moose and deer but no other big animals. Pets are prohibited. Mosquito repellent is a must.

hiking
11 months ago

What a great trail. Had to turn back early due to weather. This trail has great views all along the route.

hiking
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Such a wonderful hike if your only in grand lake for a weekend or more! The trail starts off pretty flat as you travel along the meadow, then starts picking up elevation about a mile in where you climb to the three lakes. Great for beginners and experts alike. We were four college kids and had a great time! A++ for sure!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Begin early in the day, so you can enjoy this beautiful lake.

hiking
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Beautiful due to waterfalls several places along the trail. We encountered a moose in the meadow up close and personal and "magical" green areas. Lots of "old man's beard" on many dead pines. Enjoyed getting to the lake. We lingered in several areas by the water so out and back took us about 8 hrs.

hiking
Monday, August 01, 2016

This was a great hike despite how long it took the family. By no means are we avid hikers and we were looking for something more than a simple walk around a little lake and this definitely gave us a good challenge. We started out early and took us about 9 hours (Rt). We had lots of stops to rest and water breaks but the wife, the two kids (5 and 9) and myself battled it out and made it to the lake for lunch. On the way back it started to rain but we were prepared and made it back safely. Could have gotten the bug spray on early as we all got bitten up but it’ll be a hike we remember for the rest of our lives.

hiking
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Beautiful scenery! My friends and I hiked on a Saturday in mid-June. The trail was a little crowded at the beginning, but most people weaned out the further we went. We did the out and back to Pine Lake in a total of 5 hiking hours with a few water and photo breaks. The lake is an awesome lunch spot. My trail running shoes were sufficient footwear. Bring plenty of sunscreen and bug spray!

hiking
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Great!

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Be aware that even though it looks like it is 10 miles, it is actually 14 miles. Still a great hike!

hiking
Monday, June 06, 2016

Lots of up hill and rocky. Loved it!

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