Monarch Lake Loop Trail

MODERATE 78 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.

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hiking
5 days ago

What a beautiful hike...the views of the snow-covered mountains reflecting on the lake were amazing. Not sure why the road was closed...it certainly looked fine for traffic but that does add over 1 1/2 miles to the total and for some, that might be an issue.
Loved the hike!

hiking
6 days ago

We took out the snowshoes for this mid-May hike! Beautiful views of the lake. As previously said, getting to the trailhead is 0.8 miles. Parts of the hike are very narrow, but there were plenty of places to go off the trail and snowshoe. It took us about 4 hours to complete, and snowshoed about 1/3 of it.

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike with really pretty views. Road to the trailhead was closed 0.8 prior so may want to factor that in to the distance. The ground was muddy and some snow in places but didn't need spikes. Few spots you had to cross over narrow walkways over the river.

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

This trail was great for my first real mountain hike. I did this middle of April and half of the loop was pretty snow covered...at some points it was waist deep. Super fun and easy though! I'd suggest waiting until snow is mostly melted for safety.

hiking
17 days ago

Hiked 3 days ago. Very nice scenic trail, but the North face on the back half was pretty snow packed. Trees across trail on east section, but trail still accessible.

20 days ago

Great trail to hike with the family!

hiking
2 months ago

camping
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snowshoeing
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snowshoeing
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hiking
7 months ago

Really beautiful views all around lake. Easy trail in good condition. Nice hike. About 2 hours around.

hiking
8 months ago

8 months ago

Trailhead wasn't clearly marked. Beautiful hike ending with a visit from two moose in the water!