Lulu City Trail is a 7.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Lake, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.1 miles Elevation Gain: 826 feet Route Type: Out & Back

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

river

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

washed out

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

We cross country skied this trail and it was beautiful with the snow covered trees. We made it about 3 miles in and the trail stopped so we never made it to lulu city because the snow was too deep. Although we weren’t able to make it all the way to lulu city, it was worth doing. So peaceful with very few people. Moose tracks on the side of the trail as well. Need snow shoes or XC skis for this trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice easy trail. We hiked the trail in mid August. Other than seeing pikas and marmots, we didn't see any other mammals. There were others on the trail, but it wasn't crowded and we were spread out. Nice views of meadows, the stream, and mountains.

flat, lots of trees. after a mile you come to Colorado river.

hiking
9 months ago

I agree with other reviews, a hike on the easier side of moderate. Go just past the Lulu City sign and hang a left through the meadow to sit by the river and enjoy lunch. Don’t miss Shipler Cabins on your way to Lulu City. I saw moose and a doe on the trail. Trail conditions were good.

hiking
9 months ago

Saw a herd of 30 or so Elk on our path on the way back (7:20pm). It looked like 3 generations. Plus others along the way. Do not expect to see ruins of any sort at the “Site for Lulu City”; there’s only a sign there but there is a scenic meadow 50 yards further.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike. Inside Rocky Mountain National Park so you need a $25 day pass. On the easier side of moderate. Craziest mushrooms growing along the trail. There must be a dozen different varieties.

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bugs
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail. Would say it's on easier side of moderate. Saw 3 deer, a moose and her cub, and fox. Rained on us the whole way so trail did get muddy but was a good time.

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muddy
9 months ago

This was a good hike. GPS said longer than 7.1 miles though? Muddy in a few spots. Saw plenty of wildlife (deer, etc.). I’ll Better prepared for next time though, moderate is good description.

hiking
9 months ago

Trail in good condition, several nice photos with meadows and mountains. Saw a fox and a mule deer with velvet on it's antlers.

hiking
9 months ago

lots of near wildlife. great hike!

hiking
10 months ago

This trail was so beautiful and fun for late July. We didn't see wildlife, and there's not much to see in terms of history at Lulu City, but the meadows and river views are extremely worth it. We started before 7am and had the trail almost to ourselves, which was really special. We probably took about 4.5-5 hours to do the whole thing, including breaks.

hiking
10 months ago

Felt longer than 7.1 miles but was a good hike. Took us a little over 3 hours or so from the car there-and-back. Saw a fox carrying about 8 mice in her mouth and ended up following her on the trail for a good half mile. Other than a few marmots and some elk droppings didn’t see much else but pretty views.

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bugs
10 months ago

Beautiful trail! Only disappointed that we didn’t happen to see much wildlife. Enjoyable hike that takes you through woods and beautiful meadows. Would do again.

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muddy
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

This is a great hike for someone looking for beautiful views of all sorts and not looking for too much elevation gain. The start is uphill, but the rest is rolling. The meadow and river provide many opportunities to see most of the wildlife RMNP has to offer.

hiking
10 months ago

Excellent choice if the Bear region is too crowded. Along the river there are excellent chances to see elk and moose. River is running very high and there are short detours. But other than that a beautiful trial

hiking
muddy
washed out
10 months ago

Colorado River was flooding in the beginning of the hike and the path was under the water. At those places the path went up to the river bank and was also muddy. Once those spots were passed the path was good and pleasant to walk. Nice walk along the Colorado River bank!

hiking
11 months ago

Despite the muddy trail conditions and a slight detour due to the water, we really enjoyed this hike! We saw lots of moose and deer!

hiking
scramble
11 months ago

We hiked from the trailhead to Lulu City and back. A lot of rain and snow lately, so there was significant mud and water was flowing. At about .75 miles in you divert to a side path to avoid the flooded low areas. Besides that it was a nice hike. Deer, big horn sheep, marmots and ground squirrels were seen.

hiking
11 months ago

It wasn't a very hard trail, but some of the trail gets flooded with ice melt. Lots of open clearings in the forested path. The city itself is just a signpost which is disappointing.

hiking
11 months ago

There’s one place you still need to maneuver around the river on the hillside. Really cool to see the river raging!

hiking
11 months ago

River out of its banks. Nothing to see at Lulu City site except a sign and meadow. Remnants of a couple cabins along the way. Other nearby trails better in my opinion. For more details and pics: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2019/07/07/seven-hikes-near-grand-lake/

hiking
muddy
snow
washed out
11 months ago

Hiked this on June 8, 2019. On the way out part of the trail was flooded and took an alternate route along the hillside. Parts of the trail was covered with snow. Sometimes you could walk on top of the snow pack other times it was knee deep or deeper. Made it to Lu Lu City and enjoyed an hour or so in the meadow near the river. On the way back more of the trail was flooded about a mile from the parking lot. We had to find an alternate route along the hillside. Hikers need to be prepared, we saw many people in sneakers and no water or snacks. Folks should be more prepared.

11 months ago

Hiked part of it yesterday (6/9/2019), one section was flooded, alternate track went along the hillside, only followed it for a bit.

hiking
snow
Thu May 30 2019

Hiked in regular high top boots in the AM-afternoon on 5/27/2019 (exceptionally long and snowy winter). The first mile or so was very easily managed with some snow on the trail. The next 2 miles were pretty tough falling through waste deep snow every few steps and trying to find the trail beneath it, but still manageable for the strong-willed (or if you had snow shoes as the park ranger had suggested!). We made it until we were about 0.75 miles to the Lu Lu City site before we had to turn back because of the snow. Even so, we crossed paths with about 10 other hikers throughout the first 2-ish miles of the trail, but tracks in the snow suggest we had gone a bit further down than most that weekend. We came face to face with 2 very large foxes, many many mommy-baby moose packs, and typical rodents/birds. The wildlife was definitely the highlight of the trail! We would try this trail again in a month or so if we could.

Sat May 25 2019

We went 24 May 2019 and it was very snowpacked. According to maps after, it looks like we were at least 1/2 short, but it wasn't passable without snow shoes. To that point, I would say 80% of the trail was snow covered. Some of it was solid and you could walk on it. Very smooth hike that leads along the river, through the forest, and through some meadows. We would really like to try again after the snow is gone. We also saw a moose cow & calf within the first mile.

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