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

Went up yesterday and began at the parking lot where AllTrails led me to, the app would not allow me to check in kept saying I was too far from the trial head? Any hoo began walking and got about a mile and a half in and the trial was washed out. Another couple a head of us scrambled up the hill and were going to carry on but I was not that brave as I had my hubby in tow and he was feeling his age yesterday. So we turned back. Will try again when the run off is not quite so rapid.

We would have given this trail 4-5 stars last summer. Nice ponds, numerous trails, dog friendly, and even saw a moose that forced us to go through The Maze. In fact, this is where my profile pic was taken. However, went today and at least the entire north along River Trail is completely logged and piles of debris are covering the trails. Not sure which trails are still good. I would stay to the east and take Warbler trail to the south of The Maze. I hope at least the east and south are good.

Great hike with a lot of diversity–you start our in a meadow with a river running through and then wind through the woods with scenic outlooks along the way. We spotted some moose, a marmot, a fresh bear track, (and droppings!) and lots of birds. The falls are impressive and there are some big rocks to sit on an rest before you head back. This trail took us 3 hours (1.5 to the falls and we sat for about 15 minutes).

hiking
18 days ago

Awesome hike! Had some pretty views, took me about 4 hours to complete. I definitely took my time and enjoyed the nature aspects of the trail. I saw a group of moose which was really cool.

on Irene Lake Trail

hiking
1 month ago

snowshoeing
1 month ago

We hiked this trail on 3/31/2018 in snowshoes. Snowshoes helped a ton as the whole trail was covered in deep snow. Beautiful tall trees, but they creaked a lot and make some spooky noises which made the hike seem pretty ominous for 2 lone hikers. Saw a female moose about a 1/4 mile in. Turned back after a couple miles. The trail had a good elevation gain and the snow made it tiring. Want to come back in the summer!

backpacking
2 months ago

We went on this trail in the middle of March. Snow was up to our waists, rather cold, but definitely worth the view. If you go early in the season you definitely need to be fully prepared

Trudged through knee deep snow for the last half mile. Trail is great, but not for someone who isn’t fully committed.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this in late June 2017. Incredible hike and not particularly strenuous, but the altitude is no joke if you are not acclimated. We spent about 5 days in Steamboat Springs before attempting Ida on the way back to Denver, and I was still getting winded. Get to the trailhead early, to get a parking spot, and so that you can be back down below the treeline by early afternoon, as thunderstorms can pop up unexpectedly. We lost the trail for a bit in the switchbacks because it was a little muddy and snow covered, but once you are above the trees it's easy to follow until you get near the summit. There you will be scrambling over boulders for a while. There are cairns all over the place and its hard to tell where the real trail is, but just keep heading up. We were lucky enough to be there in peak wildflower season, it was very colorful. Watch your pack at the top because there are a few very brave marmots up there. Wear layers and bring a hat as it gets very windy above the trees. We moved at a pretty good clip, spent about 20 minutes at the top, jogged for short stints on the way down and completed it in just over 4 hours, logging 9.6 miles total. Most people will just park and look at the lake by the trailhead, a few will hike a ways into the trees, but we only encountered 3 or 4 other small groups above the trees. Amazing views all along this route!

This trail offers some great areas of the park. Some cool hiking above the tree line and we seen a ton of wild life. The trail is nice and easy to follow new scenery every day Great Hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing views the entire hike

Completed the loop after reaching big meadow. Start early in the morning to avoid it getting dark at the end of the trail. Difficult terrain near the highest point of elevation.

hiking
4 months ago

A trail with an amazing view, but be warned - it is VERY exposed. The moderate rating does not reflect its difficulty during high winds. I climbed it during stupidly strong winds, and I would definitely advise against that. I hiked multiple 14ers that were easier than this trail.

That said, it is incredibly beautiful, and I only encountered 2 other groups of hikers.

4 months ago

Hiked July 1, 2017. By far one of the best we've experienced so far.

Nice hike, with beautiful views! Harder than is rated. Many moose were seen, even crossed the trail right in front of us with her calf.

Easy to find right off the lake, mostly up hill on the way out and can you believe it downhill on the way back.

Did about 5 miles total, moderately trafficked, and snoeshoes were fun but not totally needed due to the packed trail on 12/28.

Slightly boring actually, but beautiful views along the way.

Nice snow covered hike today. Snow was getting deep after Lulu City - time for snowshoes.

hiking
6 months ago

Highly recommend!!! Views are great once you get above the tree line.

I was really enjoying the hike, but there are no trail markers! I had to turn around half way because the trail was lost in the snow. I have never seen a trail without trailmarkers. I was very disappointed.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful trail!

Awesome trail with a very rewarding end and gorgeous views all along the way!

This is a great trail for families or anyone looking for a relaxing stroll, with wonderful views of the Kawuneeche Valley and lots of wildlife.

It was my first hike in Colorado and it set the tone. To be honest, we didn’t make it all the way to the lake due to time constraints and how tired I was. Most of the time, it was straight, paved paths with multiple beautiful views along the way but from time to time, on the way up, there were some steep inclines that drained me out when I got to the top.

I wouldn’t recommend it to novice hikers but if you want to test your limits and see how much you can do, this would be a pretty hike to test it on lol

hiking
7 months ago

The hike is not especially scenic, but it does go through some pretty open areas where you may see moose. Theirs decent views of the Never Summer Mountains most of the time. You go by an old mine site and some remains of some cabins. Their were lots of trees down on the trail when I went, if you hike past the city be advised that their are very large trees down on the trail. A little snow, but nothing to worry about. Overall a decent easy hike, good but not great. Probably good for those not looking for anything too hard.

hiking
7 months ago

My group and I went on this hike near the beginning of August and it did not disappoint! Once above the tree line, the views are incredible and the climb gets a little easier. It was pretty chilly once above treeline, so I definitely would recommend a wind breaker and some layers underneath. Also, try to start early, at least by 7:30, because this trail does take some time to complete. I will never get over how beautiful this trail was. You can see for miles and the views are gorgeous. Highly recommend!!

hiking
7 months ago

Definitely longer than 9 miles there and back and although my wife and I are beginner/intermediate hikers, this was a difficult one for us. So worth it at the lake! Left at 8:30am, arrived at lake by 2 pm and made it to car a little after 5pm. Full day for us! Got some great photos and it motivated us to do Ida trail next time, looking up at it from the lake on this trail.

Great

7 months ago

Great trail and we saw quite a few kids ( ages 7 or 8) making the hike. We did this hike in tennis shoes and it was fine. It took about 1hour and 45 minutes to get to the falls. The first 30 minutes are flat and wide and picturesque...and a good warm up for the remaining hike. Trail starts with a parallel to a private fenced ranch and we saw 3 horses. Then the trail follows the river through a grassy meadow area and then into the mountains.

hiking
7 months ago

I started out the morning with a headlamp before dawn and didn't see a single person until I was on my way back from Lulu City. Instead I was treated to aspens, the lovely sound of the river, and met some elk on the trail. I wish I could have gone on to Little Yellowstone, and I think I'll plan to if I can get back out there next year. Trail conditions were good and it wasn't strenuous at all. There were a few muddy areas, but none were at all terrible and it had rained pretty well the few days before I went out.
There were a lot more people on the way back to the trailhead as people were coming in to see the fall colors and it got a bit crowded. I got back around noon or 1pm and the parking lot was exceptionally full for a Monday.
If you start early, this is a pretty serene hike if you just need some quiet.

we love this app !! Very helpful.

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