Lake Nanita Trail

HARD 9 reviews
#113 of 184 trails in

Lake Nanita Trail is a 19.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Lake, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

19.7 miles
3,454 feet
Out & Back




horseback riding

nature trips





wild flowers




no dogs

21 days ago

unlike what the description says.. this is actually more like a 22 mile hike. the first seven to eight on the out are pretty easy with great scenery. once you hit the 7.5 mile mark the real ascending begins. You will have good tree coverage for most of the hike. The lakes are nice and serene with cold clear water

Saturday, August 05, 2017

This one is a long day for an out/back from the trailhead, but once you make it past the first two miles, there's lots of water falls and great scenery! Dont stop at Nakoni for too long, as Nanita is worth the extra effort!

Friday, July 28, 2017

It's a real long day hike, but beautiful once you get there!. I did the hike as part of a 45 mile backpacking loop. Here is the trip report with pictures.

Monday, July 10, 2017

HIked 7/8/17. 2:30 hrs from the TH up to North Inlet Falls where we set up camp. Then headed up to Nokoni and Nanita for lunch. There are some weak snow patches between the two lakes still, but no spikes required. Nanita is bar far the prettier lake.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Early June stayed at Goosenberry campground (2-3h into valley, some snow).
After the falls, to the campground, I've counted 57 fallen trees. From the campground, to the fork, counted another 82. Lot of snow started after the fork (fungi transmitted by a bug). Views from the first lake pretty nice. Lost the trail and ended up climbing (crampons & ice axe recommended, only if no fresh snow, watch for avalanches) a side ridge for pretty goddam views.
Note the continental divide ridge is closed until 1st of July, originally wanted to do the 33mile inlet loop.
After the first 2 miles, met only 2 other people.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Had to stop a mile or two before the end due to severe avalanche dangers, and there were allot of downed trees, and it got progressively snowier past the junction to lake Verna, and this trail, but overall it was a great trail, hardly any people once your a few miles back and there are numerous camp sights along the entire trail as well, I will be back to finish this one once the snow melts a little more.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Beautiful lake, hike worth doing. Review and pics under North Inlet trail.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Not to be missed. Relatively easy. Frightening display of lightning-striken trees all around. Don't wander there on a stormy weather or you'll get fried!

Sunday, August 27, 2017