Grouse Lake Trail

HARD 29 reviews
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Grouse Lake Trail is a 9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Minturn, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

9.0 miles
2851 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips


trail running


horseback riding





wild flowers


bridge out



The trail up West Grouse Creek wanders through lodgepole forest, meadows, and aspen forest then enters thicker spruce and fir forest. Hunters use this trail during hunting season. Snoeshoers and people walking dogs frequently utilize the first couple of miles in the winter. The trail is neither marked nor maintained for winter use.

14 days ago

Nice hike uphill with flat areas for breaks. Time constraints so we did not make it to lake.

1 month ago

Hardly any snow left! Creek is really flowing with run-off! Gorgeous hike.

2 months ago

3 months ago

Too much snow on the top. almost didn't make it out due to the slushy snow. will be trying again next month but what a amazing trail

11 months ago

11 months ago

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Beautiful trail with lots of wildflowers and wildlife. There are mosquitoes around. A lot of people around the trailhead but only saw a few on the actual trail.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

The Good: Beautiful hike and great fly fishing (it’s where I caught my fist trout on a Dry Fly!). Grouse Lake has a stunning backdrop as well.

The Bad: Caution if you go right after the hatch because the bugs at the lake are almost unbearable. I typically don’t mind bugs but we ended up leaving the lake earlier than planned.

The Random: My friend did this hike on his own and on the way down he got trapped by a couple of moose. He had to spend the night on the trail. Keep an eye out for mating moose.

You will notice at the beginning of the trail a lot more people and sometimes mountain bikers. Once you get less than half way they will dissipate. Overall, this trail is a must for the Vail Valley!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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Sunday, October 05, 2014

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Easy hike we did the trail to the right and followed the river. Nice trail but the miles all seemed the same

Monday, August 18, 2014

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Hiked at the end of July 2014. We did Grouse Lake which was not difficult. A few steep sections. Five miles or so one way. Tons of wildflowers and very green. Lots of shade too. Follows the creek. Ends at a small lake.

One of the other reviewers explains the difference between Grouse Lake and West Grouse Creek. The latter is longer and apparently more difficult. Both start at the same trailhead.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I don't understand why this trail is rated as extremely difficult and for experienced outdoorsmen only. Granted I hike often but this was actually the easiest hike I've done this summer. There are a couple of moderately steep sections but most of the trail is a gentle grade. Lots of fallen trees but easy enough to get around and the trail is well-marked. The difficulty of this trail is moderate at best, alltrails kinda dropped the ball on the grading of this one.