Explore the most popular camping 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.

Great loop with lots of vertical. One night at bowen lake was plenty for the entire loop.

A diverse trail that covers three separate ecosystems. Great camping options (by permit only) and plenty of wildlife to see. Completed the whole loop in 5 days with occasional day hikes mixed in.

A lot of moose. both lakes were very crowded, for a reason. it is beautiful.

This route is not dog friendly. It starts inside the national Park, there are signs everywhere Prohibiting you to take your dog past the gate. I’m sure it’s a nice hike, but I spent two hours getting here and now can’t take my dog and I don’t trust the app.

Chose this trail because I wanted so bad to see a moose or two. Disappointed in I didn’t see a moose but the views and the climb did not! After the first mile we became acclimated with the elevation and could breathe easy. Not for the faint of heart. It was tough but we enjoyed every step of it. Did it as a day hike and took right about 5 hours. Some great creeks along the way as well.

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

Worth the hike to this lake!

hiking
11 days ago

Out of four hikes I did in the area this week, this was my favorite. Being by the lake allowed us to see so much wildlife, including four otters in the lake. They stayed with us for about a mile and it was such a treat. Highlight of the day!

Saw 2 sets of moose with babies on the trail. Beautiful hike but definitely rated as moderate plus (++) in my opinion. after about 2 miles in, then the climb begins. Almost 1800’ in elevation from trail head. My knees and feet were pissed by the time I got back. Nice trail and maintained with some very beautiful scenery. Do not forget the sunscreen, water, sandwich or a Few snacks and bug spray.

Completed this trail today, Sunday July 8.
The trail was in great condition. You have to step over some trees but it was easy for me, a 5'1 female.
With a few stops, we made it up in 1 hour and 55 minutes. It took us 1 hour and 29 minutes to get back to our car.
During our trip, we saw a total of eight groups (some single) of people. Very lightly trafficked and BEAUTIFUL views from the top.

Awesome hike, definitely worth the work. If you keep going there are three more lakes close together. Lots of moose and wildlife.

off road driving
20 days ago

Mostly easy with some fun side trails. Enjoyed the ride.

Insanely beautiful. Felt very wild. I would agree that this is very strenuous, but if you take your time it's fine. Heres a video of my trip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zezQ7E2FbA

Challenging trail, beautiful views with some great wildlife. (I'd suggest bringing bear bells)

This has been one of my favorite hikes. So beautiful and such a variety of environments. The start is a steady incline and was the buggiest part for me. I didn't stop to put on repellent and have a few mosquito bites. I started around 9:00 am, so maybe the mosquitos get better as the day goes on and gets hotter. The meadow is spectacular! We saw 5-6 moose off in the distance and 1-2 were baby or very young moose. Saw deer later on the trail. I really liked the burnt forest portion of the hike. Kind of eerie but beautiful in its own sense. Granite Falls was amazing and worth the time it takes to get there. Rangers passed through and checked in with each group to be sure everyone was okay, having a good time, and checked to see if anyone had seen a bear. (There were signs of a non-aggressive bear encounter in that area in late May 2018). They were great and went over what to do if you do encounter a bear or other wildlife close up. I will definitely do this hike again next time I'm in the area.

Only reason I’m giving the hike 4 stars is because of the bugs. We forgot bug spray and they got us pretty bad. However, it’s beautiful! We saw 6 moose, a deer, and tons of birds. The valley is beautiful, and was where most the moose were. Would definitely go back!

An awesome hike. A great mix of settings- meadows, a mountain side climb, a wooded walk through woods...we saw 2 baby moose! The most waterfalls I've ever seen on a hike. It is on the harder side of moderate in my opinion, as the way up to the lake is quite the elevation gain, but the way down is an enjoyable walk downhill.

The signs are a little off and we had a detour for about a mile. Lots of mesquites but it was a beautiful hike. We saw a total of 9 moose including 2 mommas and their babies. We had the trail pretty much to ourselves. Highly recommend.

Did this hike yesterday 5/9/18. Pretty steady incline to start out then levels out with intermittent inclines from there. Trail is pretty well maintained. Several pretty rocky areas. A few downed trees to navigate over. I saw 7 moose on my hike. Mostly out in fields a safe distance away. I did go right past a juvenile moose that was about 4 feet from the trail hidden by vegetation. If it hadn’t been for the hikers coming the other way who were stopped taking pictures I never would have seen it. I happened upon another juvenile who was right next to the trail. We startled each other. Mom was really close by (about 15 yds away) so I hurried on my way. The falls were pretty cool. I sat, ate and rested for a little while. There was a recent bear encounter at the falls. Warning signs were posted along the trail but I never saw one. The signs did make me more cautious and maybe a little jumpy. Overall it was a nice hike. With taking a couple of detours to check things out (on other trails) I totaled 11.4 miles. Man my feet hurt today.

June 3rd, this trail is closed still, I wished someone would have posted this and saved me the trouble. there's a trail that goes to the right of the entrance to stillwater pass but it ends after 1.5 miles. dead ends to a campsite with a cliff view however, not safe for children or drinking, cliff is 20ft away from campfire and there's nothing stopping anyone from falling over the edge

Amazing rock formations and views of the waterways leading to grand lake.

This hike does not disappoint. We saw many waterfalls, wildflowers and 4 moose. I’d rate it on the more difficult end of moderate for the incline. My knees weren’t happy coming back down. Definitely doing this one again in the Fall!

What a fantastic hike. So many great views. My app logged this trail at 10.9 miles. It was definitely an ‘upper moderate’ but not as hard, as previously suggested, in my opinion. The last mile up to the lake is the toughest but nothing too crazy. The lake itself is beautiful and worth the trek. This is possibly the best hike I’ve done to date. My wife and I loved it.

Great weather today for a hike. Saw a moose at the start and enjoyed the great views on this trail.

Hard, fun, beautiful.

Highly recommend for anyone novice hiker who wants to test their limits.

Did this trail yesterday (5.27) up to lake verna. Had tons of family traffic up to the inlet, but after that I saw maybe 10 people all day. The trail winds it’s way up to the lakes but has a gorgeous river that parallels the trail the majority of the way up, making it impossible for you to run out of water. Lone Pine Lake is where you start seeing some snow on the ground, and you sort of have to wade here and there through previous post holes, so I would definitely recommend waterproof boots until early June. First time doing the inlet trail, won’t be the last.

Had a great day hike. Very easy trail with little elevation changes and a spectacular waterfall at the end.

backpacking
2 months ago

Attempted this loop 5/19. Saw 7 moose and signs of bears. Went counterclockwise with the intent of camping near Bowen lake. Made it to Bowen lake trail junction and decided not to continue due to waist deep snow. Will be back later in the summer.

backpacking
4 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.

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