Explore the most popular hiking trails near Granby with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hiked on May 12, 2018, and could not have asked for a better hike. Fitbit indicated it was longer than 4.2 but tt is a great hike, not that difficult.

This is one of my favorite hikes and I plan to come back! The scenery is stunning, the trail is well maintained but still natural. The lake is kept quiet and peaceful and even though it’s busy I never felt crowded. We started to the left this time and the shady trees were perfect for the afternoon in September 2017. Highly recommend! Now I want to paddle board the lake itself. We also saw a juvenile moose in the marsh to the south of the trail near the parking area.

We saw 3 moose on this trip! It was fabulous! We started out left too with other hiker’s advice. The other side had more ice and snow. It was much dryer than 10 days ago. Right side did have some ice but not too much. The marsh lands on the back side of the lake were amazing. Found a nice log to grab a bite to eat on next to the river. There were several man made bridges to go over so good balance is required on some. It was a lovely trail. We will be back!

14 days ago

Went on May 7 2018. We went clock-wise around the lake. The left side was a lot easier and drier. The right side still had snow on many parts of the trail. We saw many tracks (and scate) on the right side, I'm not an expert but several looked like moose & elk , but pointed out to my wife a couple in the soft mud looked like fresh bear tracks, which got my attention. Due to the many patches of snow still on the trail on the right side of the lake it was a lot harder walk. We never saw a moose while on the trail, but someone we passed latter told us they saw one right on the trail on the right side around the 4-5 o'clock position of the trail right after they passed us. On the walk back down the road from the trail head to the campground we saw a moose on the left side right where a stream or creak dumps into a very large Creek that makes a large bend next to the gravel road. It was a bull with no antlers. We watched him for about 15 min as he crossed the little stream and came towards the road eating brush along the way. The trail will be a bit easier in late spring, summer and fall, without the snow. Pay close attention to the signs at trail junctions, they don't always call out Monarch Lake Trail Loop by name, (they should), so make sure you're going the right way to stay on the loop trail. Bring snacks and water.

Love this trail, very easy and has a few cool spots to hang and have a picnic by the water

Went first week of April. Had a wonderful hike. Cliffs on the north side, creek crossing, heavy forest on south side. Beautiful views. Lots of moose tracks. Trail packed down. .8 mile walk to start of trail during winter.

Lots of snow/ice/mud (where the sun hits). Don’t need snowshoes, but might help! At least until it continues to warm up. Beautiful trail and the dogs loved it! Easy hike/walk. I recommend it!

Lots of snow but it was packed down nicely so didn’t need snowshoes to do the loop. Was tougher than usual trudging through the snow obviously. Beautiful views as usual! Road closed to the trailhead so you have to park a bit back that is an extra 0.8 mile from parking to the start of the lake loop.

3 months ago

Just wished for more snow...

4 months ago

We completed this during a three-day trip with Pawnee Pass. it was lovely. There was a bit of snow on the shady part of the mountain even though it was August. Beautiful flowers, mushrooms, rivers, and falls.

6 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail with my wife.

7 months ago

Average hike. Their is a river at the beginning, and then no water features after that. We went in about 1 1/2 miles and turned around.

Beautiful. Should be marked as Easy

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

7 months ago

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

7 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.

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

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.

8 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.

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.

9 months ago

Beautiful trail and lake on top. 1/3 or so is a lot of elevation gain with a lot of switch backs. The app mislead you and the trail is longer than 9 mls. The app shows the direct way following the creek but not the trail!!
It took us almost 7 hours for the following reasons - if group with camping gear 35 pound a bag, rain on and off that slow us down at least an hour and the switch backs with no end !!!
Well worth though. With no heavy pack it is a great hike.

trail running
9 months ago

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

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!

9 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!

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.

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.

One of my favorite hikes!

trail running
9 months ago

Very pleasant, closer to 14 or 15 miles I'd say. Lots of shoobies for the first 2 miles. The lakes up top are worth it.

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