Monarch Lake Loop Trail

MODERATE 131 reviews
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Monarch Lake Loop Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Granby, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
544 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

The views of the mountains and rivers are breath taking especially early in the season around late May, with moose and other wildlife sightings in the area. The trail will take you along the edge of Monarch lake and into the woods were you will cross both Arapaho and Buchanan Creeks along with several runoff steams. This area is quite lovely but keep in mind that as this is a fairly easy trail there maybe a lot of traffic. The trail is made up of the Cascade Creek and Arapaho Pass Trails and its spurs, but all of the turns are well marked. It is always advisable to have a trail map of the area with you. If you are looking for fishing or a nice view to picnic the lake area and trail head are a great. Dogs are allowed on leash in the Arapaho National Forest, but check with the ranger station for any local restrictions. Remember to check in at the trail head. There are bathroom facilities as well at the trail head.

trail running
4 days ago

great trail. it was a little rocky in some places but will definitely do it again.

hiking
5 days ago

Our family LOVED this hike! The drive along Granby Lake to get to the trailhead was beautiful. Then we did the loop around the lake. It was an easy walk/hike with beautiful scenery. We hiked with a 12, 9 and 6 year old and they all enjoyed it! It took us a couple hours, with a few stops to take cover from rain & take photos. We would definitely come back!

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

beautiful trail and views around the lake. lowest elevation 8286 ft, highest elevation 8307 ft. only reason i didnt give it 5 stars is horses also share the trail and we were dodging horse poop quite a bit!

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful hike! Had 5 kids ranging from 5 to 13. It took 2.5 hours. But we stopped to take pictures, water stops and take in scene.

hiking
14 days ago

We loved this hike. We saw waterfalls, running creeks and rivers, a moose family crossing the lake, wild flowers, the views are amazing. It took us about 4 hours to walk around the lake but we stop a few times to take in the scenery and enjoy nature. There is a bathroom (portable pooper) at base of hike. Saw a view other hikers but not many. Wear long pants as there's lots of lower brush.

One of my favorite hikes!

16 days ago

17 days ago

Great hike with kids. Very little elevation. Nice little hike.

19 days ago

This was a great hike. don't let the moderate rating scare you. It's long but pretty flat and the views are breathtaking.

24 days ago

Beautiful!! The view when you first walk up is just amazing!

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful if a bit crowded on a weekend day. Gorgeous lake view all the way around.

28 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked the 4.4 mikes in an hour and 45 minutes. Good views of mountains around the lake. Would do it again. We are pretty much novices at hiking but enjoyed this trail immensely.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike near water and forest Saw plenty of dear

1 month ago

Fantastic- didn't even hear my kids complaining- too beautiful!

1 month ago

I have hiked this trail many times and each time I see something that draws me back to this trail. It's worth the hike.

1 month ago