East Shore Trail is a 20.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Lake, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and camping and is best used from June until August.

20.9 miles
2,742 feet
Out & Back



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no dogs

Directions from Granby: Follow Highway 40 west to Highway 34. Go north on Hwy 34 to Forest Road 125, on the south end of Lake Granby. Follow 125 east to the Arapaho Bay Campground. The trailhead is located at the northwest end of the Arapaho Bay Campground parking lot.

2 months ago

Awesome hike! Beautiful views, was near a lake or river for most of the time. Saw 2 big bull moose in one of the meadows and lots of deer. There was some fallen down trees across the trail but not difficult to manage.

3 months ago

The section North from Shadow Mountain Dam to Grand Lake used to be our favorite hike while we are getting used to the altitude. Tried it on Saturday but turned back after 20-30 minutes. Badly maintained-lots of trees down across the trail and flies were abominable. Never had a fly problem on this trail before. Hope it is temporary. Very disappointed.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Unsung gem. Beautiful hike along the lake. Nice Aspen groves. Went from the campground to the tiny lake (its a marsh) at top of the switchbacks about 3 1/4 miles. Also known as the Knight Ridge Trail. Very pleasant easy hike up to switchbacks, which are challenging just in elevation gain. Would be a great easy hike to go up to switchbacks and turn around. Wonderful view down onto lake. Saw eagle.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Ran from Arapaho Bay campground (look for a shed and go through the big gate in the last campground loop to catch the trail) to Shadow Mountain dam and back. Very minimally-used trail it seems. About 3,000 ft elevation gain, but a pretty slow run. Around mile 6 you start getting into the burnt, messy part of the woods. I was climbing over big, downed trees, and talking out loud to myself because there were bear droppings and berries all around.

Would be a great hike for sure! I saw bald eagles, osprey, grouse, and white tailed deer.

Friday, August 19, 2016

My first hike on the west side of RMNP area. This trail was nice, but lots of dead trees, due to the beetle. The trail is kind of hard to follow, but not a bad trail.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Find the trailhead off of highway 40 and grand lake village then follow the signs to the trailhead through town. Map within the app does not take you to the trailhead. Only a half mile of this trail is in Arapahoe National Forest, the rest is in RMNP so you cannot bring your dog.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Fun hike, the east shore loop was a little confusing. after tromping through a marshy area, lost the trail. only to turn around and go back. but if you see a small pond. the trail starts back up on the right side of that pond.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Directions led down a dirt road that ended at a new gated community with a no trespassing sign.

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