Grizzly Lake Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,961 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

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.

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4 months ago

We had a beautiful hike to Grizzly Lake. The last half has little shade or cover as you are at timberline. Saw big horn sheep! Got to the lake and fished for a while. Great fishing and caught beautiful native cutthroats. Saw only a couple of hikers on the trail. Had it to ourselves pretty much the whole hike. Took our time going up as the altitude and the incline took their toll, but the views and the lake are totally worth it.

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5 months ago

Gorgeous hike, quickly leave the trees for open hiking through fields of wildflowers surrounded by rugged peaks. Reminds me more of the Alps than a typical setting in the Rockies. BUT, and it’s a big but, it’s easy to forget in this range they the valleys are high and the ridges even higher - we got crushed by a massive hailstorm at 11:30am on our way down and even deep in the valley, there was no cover and a big hurting from nickel hail that accumulated thick on the trail. Respect the weather, and remember that the storms don’t always wait till the afternoon.

6 months ago

Absolutely loved this hike!!! Our GPS said it was 8.3 miles. GREAT WORKOUT. breathtaking beauty loved hiking through several Alpine meadows dotted with wildflowers of every color, crossed a few streams. pretty steep up the final mile ... really worked to get to the top. but we zipped down. We had a very late start after 4:15 so recommend starting earlier

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7 months ago

The six mile drive up Lincoln Creek Road can be a little dicey, but don't let it put you off -- it actually gets better toward the end. We have a Chevy Traverse (grocery-getter) and had no problem. The trail begins with a bit of a climb, but then levels out onto a valley meadow that follows Grizzly Creek all the way up to the lake. There are several river crossings, but none that need be wet (the first may seem wet, but if you follow the river up a bit you can hop across on the islands. The going gets tougher after the river crossing -- some snow, but didn't even need our micro-spikes. The farther you go, the steeper the climb -- that last half mile was tough. Throughout the hike you have beautiful views. My wife and I are 60, and we had no problems. One of our favorite hikes in the Aspen area.

9 months ago

One of the most beautiful hikes in the Aspen area.....it’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)

hiking
Friday, August 04, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, July 23, 2017

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.

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Nice hike ,lot of scenery. Aug. 2005

hiking
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.

hiking
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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