Green Mountain Trail to Granite Falls [CLOSED]

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Green Mountain Trail to Granite Falls is a 10.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Lake, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 10.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,633 feet Route Type: Out & Back

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

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muddy
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

What a beautiful hike up to Granite Falls! It was partially iced over and made for stunning photos. No moose siting but definitely were in the area as we saw fresh tracks in the snow. We started at the Green Lake Mountain trail head. It took us at least 5.5 hours but we are FL's and did take a nice long break at the falls with many more along the way to the falls.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail - not difficult. Definitely covered in snow right now but do-able as the trail is packed down. Slippery on the way down, be careful! Spikes would have been useful. Very quiet in the early morning.

hiking
8 months ago

Very nice trail. Once past the initial climb, it's easy from there. I recorded from Granite Falls back to trailhead.. 5.3 mi

hiking
8 months ago

This is a nice trail. Beginning and End the hardest. Middle is fairly flat. Falls are worth it though.

hiking
8 months ago

Pretty and quiet this time of year.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail!! Fun hike, perfect weather!

hiking
9 months ago

This is actually a Green Mountain Trailhead departure...not Onahu Trail!!

hiking
9 months ago

Fantastic trail which was fairly easy and gorgeous!!! The beginning and end pieces are a bit of a climb (1.2 miles on each end), and the rest is relatively flat. Loved Big Meadow!!! We saw three moose with one allowing us to get very close just across a small stream! Great photos of the moose with mountains in the background. When you get to Granite falls, follow the trail up to the top to get the best view. Perfect stopping place for lunch!!!

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bugs
9 months ago

My wife and I hiked this on Thursday. As born and raised Floridians accustomed to sea-level (and her having asthma), this was our "challenge" hike, but it was absolutely worth it. Saw a mule deer, a moose in the distance (other side of big meadows, bring binoculars if you have them), a pair of weasels ran by a few inches from our feet, and plenty of the standard small wildlife. Plenty of variety of scenery (including a pretty cool burn zone) along the way. Following the creek towards the end was very pleasant. The falls was an amazing place for lunch (be sure to go down below the "observation rock"...follow the dead tree just to your left down to the lower level). We started (from Green Mountain TH) at 7 and returned just after 3 (just to give the sea-dwellers an idea of our speed). Got rained on for the last 2ish miles, not too bad. As others have said, BRING BUG SPRAY! :)

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bugs
10 months ago

This trail was quite excellent. The first .75 miles is fairly decent incline but after that it’s pretty flat terrain. We were able to see a bull moose in the meadows. This trail is fun with different views throughout. If you slow down you might get eaten by bugs though.

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bugs
muddy
rocky
10 months ago

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muddy
10 months ago

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10 months ago

Awesome hike, breathtaking views, but don’t forget the bug spray! If you stop the mosquitoes will eat you alive!!!

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bugs
10 months ago

Hiked on July 19, left trailhead around 6:50am and saw very few people on the trail. Made it to big meadows but saw no animals in the meadow, so continued onto granite falls. After big meadow, lots of mosquitoes so don’t forget bug spray. Had lunch at granite falls before turning around and heading back. Bugs were not nearly as bad after the sun had been up for a while. The burned forest was really kinda eerie, but cool to see and walk through. Overall really nice hike. The falls were a feat spot for lunch and the trail not overly strenuous. Trails were mostly dry the entire way to granite falls.

hiking
10 months ago

trekked all the way upto Granite falls. saw numerous moose. not overly crowded.

hiking
11 months ago

Excellent trail with lots of variety. Easy terrain. Creek, meadows with moose, old cabins, wildflowers, waterfall, and small burn area...something to satisfy everyone. For more info and pics: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2019/07/07/seven-hikes-near-grand-lake/

hiking
11 months ago

I completed this hike on June 20 in 4 hours. Small amounts of mud, no snow. Beautiful forested hike, with plenty of wildlife (moose, bear tracks), and raging falls. I have never been to Big Meadow without seeing moose. My gps (Gaia) recorded the same distance listed in AllTrails but only showed my elevation gain to be about 1,000 ft. Very moderate hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Well maintained trail with a beautiful meadow and powerful waterfall. We stayed at Sunset Campsite which was fantastic! Cooked dinner and set up some chairs on the northern part of the meadow to watch for wildlife during prime viewing hours (4:45PM - 8PM). While watching wildlife in the meadow before sunset, we felt like we were watching National Geographic right before our eyes! Saw 2 bull moose, 2 cows, and a calf. Saw the cow chase away the bulls and watched them all eat for nearly 3 hours. We also saw a black bear cross the meadow which was awesome. There are tons of moose and other animals in the area, just have to be patient and go out at dusk or dawn.

hiking
11 months ago

This was my second time hiking this trail and it’s one of my favorites!!! Great weather yesterday and we ended up seeing 7 moose - 3 bulls and a baby!! A little muddy but not horrible and a little snow in some places! We got to the trail at 7:30 am and went up to the falls. Lots of water this year.

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muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
11 months ago

we saw several moose , some VERY close. A bull snorted at us, have a back up plan. We hid behind a tree until he started up the hill off of the trail and then walked quickly by.

hiking
Sat Apr 13 2019

Beautiful views. Keep an eye out for the signs to get to the falls!

Fri Aug 31 2018

Headed out at 9am on the trail and spotted a few moose with their babies. well maintained trail.

Sun Jul 15 2018

Loved the trip. Fantastic meadow. Good birding. Great wildflowers

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