Monarch Lake Loop Trail

MODERATE 158 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

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail with my wife.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful. Should be marked as Easy

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

4 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.

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Love this scenic trail. It gets a bit rocky at times but I managed without my hiking poles. Not very many people on the path. We were there on a Tuesday before the Labor Day weekend. The trail is mostly shady and surrounded by forest and stream. The beginning and end have gorgeous lake views. Awesome hike.
Dog loved it.

hiking
4 months ago

Loved this trail! Fairly flat and extremely kid friendly! We chose to go up a little further to see the waterfalls and then turned back around to finish the loop. Very shady through most of the hike.
Beware! Hunting season is starting and they have an outfitter on site with horses.

trail running
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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.

5 months ago

One of my favorite hikes!

5 months ago

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

5 months 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.

5 months ago

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

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