Tonahutu Creek Trail to Big Meadows

MODERATE 12 reviews
#84 of 157 trails in

Tonahutu Creek Trail to Big Meadows is a 9.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Lake, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, camping, and horses. Horses are also able to use this trail.

9.8 miles
1010 feet
Out & Back



horseback riding



wild flowers


no dogs

9 months ago

definitely a moderate trail. I would consider it a nature trail as opposed to a "hike". Beautiful scenery. walked it with my family, 2 kids ages 10 &8. We had no clue we had walked that far! No wildlife encounters except the usual deer, chipmunk, and birds

9 months ago

I hiked this trail as part of a 45 mile loop in RMNP. The scenery is great, especially if you get up to the top of Flattop Mountain. Here is the trip report with pictures:

10 months ago

This took us only about 3 1/2 hours to do the 9 miles to the meadow and back. (25 year olds who usually exercise daily). But not a difficult trail, enjoy with the whole family! Very nice trail maintenance wise - chacos/ keeps/ tennis are fine! Wildflowers sprinkled along the way. We even took a quick dip in the freezing cold river! Enjoy : )

Saturday, May 06, 2017


Monday, July 25, 2016

Great family hike with our 8 year old twin daughters! Started at visitor's center and hiked to Grand Lake (approx. 2.5 miles). Mostly downhill, very scenic and had the trail virtually to ourselves. We will be back to hike again another day!

Friday, August 07, 2015

We did this trail as a long, hard hike starting at Bear Lake at 5:30am and ending at Green Mountain Trailhead around 3-4pm. Today was VERY windy up on Flattop and the rest of the tundra and made the hike pretty miserable.

You can do a similar hike using the North Inlet Trail, but it adds a couple more miles.

On either path those last two miles are very hard!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

We did the Green Mountain, Tonahutu, Onahu 8 mile loop. Not a overly difficult hike but decent elevation gain and not a walk in the park either. We went in June of 2013 and there were some snow covered areas that got a little bit slick but fortunately we did not have many bugs. We did see a few moose in one of the open meadows.

11 months ago

Monday, January 02, 2017

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Friday, July 11, 2014