Grizzly Lake Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews
#48 of 191 trails in

Grizzly Lake Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.1 miles
1961 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips






wild flowers



Directions from Aspen: Drive 10 miles east of Aspen on Highway 82 to Lincoln Creek Road. Turn right and drive 6.1 miles on Lincoln Creek Road to Grizzly Creek Reservoir. The trailhead is on the left just after the reservoir, but before Portal Campground.

One of the most beautiful hikes in the Aspen’s the perfect trail that starts with a climb through the forest, than turns into a single track that slowly rises through a picture perfect meadow. A small stream crossing and a very pretty water fall. All followed up with a very steep climb through the alpine tundra.... this hike for us was both physically and mentally challenging. Pack water water water-bring salty snacks and sweets.... to keep your self fueled. We started around 10:30 and there were only 4 other cars there. We ended up being the last ones to hike out.....even though we left Grizzly Lake before some fishermen but they passed us on the way down. Kinda left me feeling weary.... I can’t recall being so isolated on a trail before... I would have felt better had I seen a trail box to sign in before the start of our hike. (Hiked mid August 2017)

8 months ago

Starts out moderately steep through the pine forest, then a gradual climb through the valley, finishing with a steep climb. There's a bit of a "false summit" where you think you're about at the lake only to discover upon clearing the ridge that you've still got more climbing to do. The final bit of the trail to the lake is steep, loose, and rocky, making for a slippery hike once you start down. Gorgeous, open views of the wide valley and surrounding peaks. Wildflowers were spectacular this first week of August. Bugs were bad at the trailhead but not a problem at the lake. Only saw two other parties (four people) on this summer Friday.

9 months ago

Awesome trail! Best time to go is mid July to August. Little to no snow and wild flowers everywhere. About 3.5 hours round trip.

9 months ago

One of the most beautiful hikes in the Aspen area. Definitely my favorite.

9 months ago

Beautiful and with a nice climb. In late June, snow made it pretty tricky and taxing to get to the lake (some scrambling involved) but well worth it. If you're into geology (or gem hunting), check out the rocks on the creek bed. Huge diversity of rocks! Sandstone, limestone, igneous, maybe some metamorphic rocks, too.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

This trail is simply beautiful, but very deceiving. At first you'll hike through timber and will hear the stream beside. You'll then discover an open meadow with gorgeous vistas. And this easy going part of the trail is truly moderate hiking. In the last third on the journey, you'll start the climb. My hiking buddy called all our arrivals to what we thought was finally the lake, "false summits". We got a late start, but didn't quit. We arrived at the lake at 6pm, just as the sun was starting to make its way behind the mountains. The aquamarine blue slowly disappeared and we started back. We saw deer, but no goats. We heard the Rocky Mountain goats were in the area, but no sightings. This hike is far more difficult than alluded to in the ratings. It took us 6 hours round trip. We moved at a comfortable pace. For those who use Fitbit, we clocked about 34,000 steps and because we hiked around the lake a bit, had 330 floors or 3,300 vertical. Take a whole day to enjoy this beautiful hike!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

great hike, easy to follow trail. make sure you have 4x4 to get there. ling rough road to the trail head.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Great hike! Amazing views after you get out of the trees. The top half is the hardest part. The drive up there is tough. Make sure you have a high clearance 4 wheel drive car.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Nice hike ,lot of scenery. Aug. 2005

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Awesome hike up a Glacial Valley where the view is spectacular. the hike has many wildflowers if you go at the end of July or the first of August. The Lake is at the bottom of Grizzly Peak and we saw mt. goats on the peak, about 100 yards from the lake. The road going up Lincoln Gulch is rough in spots, but a high clearance vehicle will do fine.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Beautiful hike, but you really need a 4WD high ground clearance vehicle to get to the trailhead.
Some good sized rocks in the road.

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