Grouse Lake Trail

HARD 35 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.

11 days ago

16 days ago

Fun trail! I am not a frequent hiker, but am averagely fit and from Kansas, so it was difficult, but not impossible! Definitely some steep sections that are treacherous when wet and muddy or covered in refrozen snow. A few trees fallen over the trail between miles three and four that are relatively easy to get around. Didn't make it to the lake since I only allotted time to go 4.5 miles up and 4.5 miles down... seems like on gps it is at least 1-2 miles farther on. Overall a beautiful hike with the aspens and pines and the creek babbling beside you.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Not as hard as I thought it would be but about 2 miles further than it said here. The lake is so beautiful even on a cloudy day. Next time I want to camp overnight next to the lake.

2 months ago

2 months ago

3 months ago

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

4 months ago

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

5 months ago

6 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

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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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Saturday, July 04, 2015