Monarch Lake Loop Trail

MODERATE 154 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
406 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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23 days ago

Really enjoyed this trail with my wife.

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1 month ago

Beautiful. Should be marked as Easy

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1 month ago

Trail was gorgeous other than all the horse poo. Worth it, just watch your step! ;)

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1 month ago

Great easy hike with awesome views of the mountains. A few fun creek crossings too

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1 month ago

Great hike, but I would probably rate it as an easy rather than moderate. Despite the recent snow, the trail was almost all clear.

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1 month ago

Very beautiful and unique lake. Saw pine martons, birds, moose, and chipmunks. Late September has the Aspens changing to golden yellows as well.

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2 months ago

Wide groomed trail around a beautiful lake. Someone saw a moose in the area. We saw many beaver dams. Very pretty mountainous surroundings. The trail was easy to negotiate. Aspen trees beginning to turn into gold for the fall.

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2 months ago

Beautiful lake, with great mountain views as well as the aspens changing color. Much of the trail is just in dense forest, which is why I say 4 stars. And lots of horse poop, lots. Was moderately crowded as it is easy to get to and an easy hike. I did this the day after I got mountain sickness, and it made for a good recovery hike.

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