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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, running, and camping and is best used from June until August.

Distance: 20.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,742 feet Route Type: Out & Back

camping

hiking

walking

running

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

no dogs

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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rocky
8 months ago

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11 months ago

I started at Arapaho Campground and only hiked 1.5 miles down the trail, but let me tell you it was absolutely stunning. I have no idea why this trail isn't more popular. It's a small trail that takes you along the shore of Lake Granby with some small, secret, sandy beach access at the beginning and then gradually climbs up the side of the hill. During this part it's the most incredibly, dramatic views as you're standing on the side of the hill in gorgeous wildflower blooms and Colorado prairie type environment looking down at Lake Granby. I did this hike around 5pm so the lighting of everything was stunning, especially for photographs. The majority of the small section I did was exposed and without much tree cover at all, which just made the views even better. I stopped at the switchback area but I'm sure the hike is stunning further into the trail as well. I will be back to explore further soon!

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Fri May 17 2019

Nice “family” hike. Entered at shadow my lake dam and walked down ~2 miles where the trail meets the Colorado at a bend in the river. Trail was clear, some recent tree fall over trail, it’s apparent that these are getting cleaned up pretty quickly. Saw a moose at the beginning of the hike and a beaver scurrying away about a mile in. Highly recommend

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muddy
snow
Sat May 11 2019

Beautiful trail, really muddy and some snow (packed down) but definitely still navigable in hiking boots!

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Mon Sep 03 2018

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.

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Wed Jul 25 2018

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.

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Mon Sep 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.

running
Mon Aug 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.

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Fri Aug 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.

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Wed Aug 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.

Sat Jul 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.

Mon Jul 11 2016

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

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8 months ago

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10 months ago

recorded Recording - Jul 27, 07:26 PM

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Fri Jun 28 2019

Tue Sep 11 2018

recorded East Shore Trail

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Thu Oct 09 2014