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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.

Length 7.1 mi Elevation gain 1,961 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Scramble

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Getting There

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

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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Kenza Fernandez
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Hiking

Moderate-difficult. Short climb at the beginning, flat for a while and intense climb at the end (especially if you are not acclimated to the altitude). BEAUTIFUL SCENERY. Only saw 4 people there... otherwise we had the trail to ourselves.

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Stuart Morris
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Hiking

Awesome trail and lake. Last climb is murder.

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Justin Aidinovich
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Hiking
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CR Cotton-Thompson
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Erin Chaiken
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Hiking

Really beautiful and fun trail. We arrived on the earlier side (around 8am) and were the only ones on the trail. It is a trek if you’re coming from town so budget that in timing. It was more like 7.8 miles total, and the meadow isn’t strenuous but getting up to the lake at the end is definitely steep and a little more challenging than expected. Overall, highly recommend for the views, flowers, and great end spot!

Juliana Claussen
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Really amazing trail. The drive to trailhead is 6 miles which is probably best with 4x4. Once at trailhead, it is a steep incline for first 15-20 min then levels off for a good approx. 2.5 miles through a valley filled with wildflowers. The entire trail runs along a nice stream. Once you cross the water at the end of the valley (pay attention to not miss it - no actual sign but should be obvious that you need to cross to continue on the trail up mountain), you start your hike up again to reach the lake. We stopped here because of the rain and will come back in a few days. We gained about 1k feet elevation and the other 1k is in the last 3/4th mile or so (it take about 45 min to get up to the top). Overall this hike was a little easier than anticipated but will report back in a few days once we finish it.

Sean Herron
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HikingGreat!

Outstanding hike. As others have mentioned, the first half mile is steep, but on relatively smooth soil and shady. There is a small side path that offers an amazing view of the river about a quarter mile after the trailhead. Once you get to the top, the path meanders through several meadows with only a very slight incline. You’ll cross a creek and start up again for a short, yet very steep, climb past the tree line and on to a meadow just below the lake. A final push up a rocky cliff takes you to the top - it was a tough climb at about 12.5k feet. Once at the lake, veer to the left for several excellent places to stop and relax. You’ll reach the source of the river, where we saw dozens of trout hanging out. Hiked on 7/17/20 - no snow on the trail whatsoever. There is a small patch along the lake itself, but it was very easy to cross or go around. Trail is easy to follow, but beware that the USFS 2016 and NatGeo maps have the last eight of a mile or so mapped incorrectly. We used Gaia Topo, which had an accurate path. Not an issue when dry, but if the trail is unclear when snowing you could go the wrong way.

Russell Sharp
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Ran this trail on a solo run up to the lake for a little fishing. Rig is a highly modified jeep on 37s. Many rocks have now been piled up at the gatekeeper vs. 2 years ago when I saw it last. Jeep on 37s crawled right up it with no struggle. Immediately past the gatekeeper is a steep, narrow climb up loose rock. Once past that it's just a very, VERY bumpy ride back to the lake. The lake was beautiful as was the scenery along the way. Pretty windy up there. We caught 2 small brook trout and had a good time. The wind made fishing a bit difficult that day. This is a pretty bumpy trail.....the kind that isn't terrible as a driver alone in a rig, but bit harder on 3 passengers riding along.

Pete Heine
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Quinn Kennedy
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HikingScrambleSnow

Hiked 7/3/20. Beautiful trail. Hiked with 5 people, ages ranging from 25-82. Some stayed back at the last mile after the largest creek crossing, because the elevation gain and the steep rocky scramble in just the last hundred feet or so are rough. Definitely worth it though! Recommend starting early morning to beat crowds.

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Miranda Norfleet
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Hiking

Hiked 06/20/20. Wildflowers were starting to bloom. After an initial incline, the trail passes through some lovely meadows before the incline to the lake. The snow fields were soft—we saw a few skiers enjoying some late June turns, but without proper equipment we elected to turn around just before the lake rather than post hole for several hundred feet. Will look forward to returning. The valley is really beautiful.

Maggie Duffy
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HikingSnow

Hiked 6/20/20. Getting to the trailhead takes about 45 minutes once you get off 82. The 6 miles requires 4x4, and is a trek. The first half mile is a steep climb, but it opens into a nice meadow. There were a couple times we lost the trail, but it wasn’t too bad to get back on. Once you cross the river, it is a steep climb again. We were almost able to reach the lake, but a large snow bank obscured the trail and we didn’t want to continue blind. Overall, it’s a pretty hike with a couple really challenging parts. I would wait to do it until later in the season when more snow is melted.

Jonathsn Bartley
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Anna Gannon
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David Amrine
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HikingSnow

Great trail, only made it about 2.7 miles in and probably the last .5 we were trying to go over or around snow. Saw several skiers that had hiked Grizzly and were skiing down. Give it a few weeks for all the snow to melt . 6/12/2020

Jerry Coffey
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Hiking

Didn’t make it to the trail head.... a 4 wheel drive vehicle is needed.

Joey Wenberg
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Hiking

I’m not the most experienced hiker, but most of our hikes are at 9 or 10 thousand feet at the highest. I left Denver at 4:45 am and got to the trailhead at 8. Got up to the top by 10, stayed up there for a minute and had a couple beers, and made the descent. The entire hike, especially given the weekend we did it with the aspens and all, was the most fulfilling hike i’ve ever made in Colorado. My dog and i were the only ones on the trail until the last mile back. The echoes if you yell at the top) are fun, and enjoying the view from 12.35K ft above sea level is awesome. The time i went was great because i only saw 10 people the entire hike and it was all on the last mile fo descent.

Pat Ribotto
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Hiking

Hiked this 9/1/19 with my wife, and it is a really nice trail. A little of everything along this. The 1st half mile does climb pretty steady, and then it levels off through several meadows broken up by sections of forest for about a mile and a half. Once you cross the creek, the trail climbs to a shelf that is again pretty level, and then the last climb to the lake is pretty steep. Some loose gravel on this stretch that doesn't help either. Good size lake with great views all around. Fairly popular trail as we saw quite a few people up there. Mileage posted here is accurate. My Garmin read a little more than 7.1 though. We had a bit of cloud cover going up, so that was nice as this trail is fairly open thru the meadow areas. Once you cross the creek, there's no more shade. Highly recommend this trail. Beautiful canyon with the ridge line on your left going up being the continental divide.

Rob Lowenstein
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Hiking

Beautiful views, only two small snow patches to navigate. Lake is really a special place.

Robert C. Morris
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Hiking

I did this hike on Wednesday, 8/21 with a friend. We got to the trailhead at 8am and we were the only ones there. The drive in was easy in a 4WD vehicle and we drove past the most destruction I have ever seen due to the avalanche activity this past winter. There were tons and tons (literally) of trees and debris all the way. Most of the trail is a gentle slope (with more downed trees) and beautiful views. The last 500 feet or so of the trail is the most difficult part - though in the scope of things, not too hard - but it does require some strength (lungs and legs). Be careful crossing the snow patches. Whether slippery because they haven't warmed up from the sun, or slippery because the sun has softened them up, you don't want to slide down and get into trouble. The lake was pretty and looking at the mountains all around you - and realizing that you're looking at the ridge of the continental divide the whole way - makes this a great hike. Bonus: when you're up at the lake, give the loudest yell you can and listen to the echos.

Dave Johnson
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Hiking

Wife and I completed Aug 18th. Took our time. Beautiful when you get there. First 2.5 miles is pretty easy but the last mile is tough and steeper. Not too many people. Was a good day hike.

Sun Yung
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Hiking

Love this hike! Makes my top ten list. Good distance, and moderate. One snow field which was a little bit of a pain but not too bad, just a little slippery because of the incline. Lake was beautiful and could see trout jumping.

Richard Patrick
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Hiking

8/11/19 and there's still a good sized snow field to cross. The trail is obvious enough that you won't lose it when you cross. Thanks to all the moisture, the wildflowers are amazing. The last leg of the trail is steep, but worth it for the view.

Jenifer Burger
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We hiked up to Grizzly Lake yesterday (7/21) and it was a stunning hike filled with amazing views and wild flowers (columbines galore). Just a heads up though that there is still a significant amount of snow...there are still 2 large snowfields covering the trail and much of the creek. We crossed them wearing only hiking boots but we wished we had spikes or poles for those sections as it was very slippery. Also, it’s a little confusing to determine where the trail picks up on the other side of the creek. We crossed over snow (covering the creek) to get to the other side which was a little stressful as we didn’t want to punch through over the river. But we got to the other side and the trail was beautiful....lots of waterfalls and more wild flowers. It was a pretty steep and wet climb up to the lake. Great hike...maybe wait a couple of weeks for more snow melt and bring an extra pair of socks...your feet will get wet.

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