Grizzly Lake

HARD 4 reviews
#35 of 86 trails in

Grizzly Lake is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Nathrop, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.2 miles
1240 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly




nature trips

off road driving





washed out

Take Chalk Creek Rd. west just south of Nathrop, follow it quite a few miles to the trailhaead.

3 hours ago

Steep and rocky hiking. There are two ways up, one from the end of the main street of St. Elmo and another from the bathroom area just before Iron City CG. The first is a little easier, prettier, and shorter. The trail ends at one of the most beautiful landscape scenes I've ever encountered.

14 days ago

Steep and rocky, but worth the effort. I hiked in early June and the top half of the trail, where the foot path meets the jeep trail, was a stream from the snow melt. The jeep path was blocked by snow and debris about 2 miles up. Hiked up Friday afternoon, spent the night camped by the lake, and came back down Saturday morning. Didn't see anyone else the whole time.

10 months ago

Fantastic hike. Very steep but rewarded with magnificent alpine beauty.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

We hiked this trail on an overcast, rainy day. The first bit of the trail is steep and rocky and there is an initial creek crossing. As hikers, this took some maneuvering, but if you're in a jeep, no worries. There are spots to camp along the road and by the lake.

In my opinion: The views of the surrounding mountains aren't as splendid from this lake as they are from others nearby (Pomeroy, Billings, etc.) because it is much lower in elevation. Still worth a visit.