Explore the most popular fishing 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.

20 hours ago

Beautiful hike! Pretty easy.

Worth the hike to this lake!

1 day ago

Hiked on Sunday before fully understood how app worked. Unable to post any pix now and have no recording of hike. Fairly easy hike with a couple up and downs but enjoyable. Several views of meadows and streams. Was told the cabin not very far by a family coming down and completely missed the ruins because a young bull (paddle size) crosses trail in front of us right at cabin and was focused on watching him travel away with cabin at our backs. Found ruins on return trip. Did not see any bighorns today. Pretty opening and Colorado river at Lulu City.

Got a late start on 7/7/18, started around 9:15. Plenty of parking in the huge lot at the trailhead. Only saw 3 groups or so on the way up. Made it to the lake around 1pm. Fished for a half hour/45 minutes before a pretty good afternoon storm looked like it was rolling in. Saw two bull moose, a deer and a Mama moose and calf on the way down. Be sure to give plenty of room when passing these animals. Mama was not happy to see me. Nice hike, but lots of uphill to get to the lake. Landslide area was a little tricky and you may want to avoid if a recent rain came through or is expected. Have fun!

1 day ago

Beautiful easy hike. Saw so many moose! Most exciting day!!

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!

3 days ago

This was so fun, and I loved the length of 7 miles! Nice to see deer along the way.

5 days ago

Great hike! The hike was not too long but a nice couple of hours. I would rate it as moderate, but it would probably be easy for locals accustomed to the altitude. We saw several deer as well as a moose and her calf!

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.

Great introduction to RMNP

7 days ago

We drove to the trailhead and it was closed due to a 20 acre forest fire. It was devastating to see. Hope to try again in the future.

Great fun and good challenge. Beautiful scenery and animal viewings

Great easy/ moderate hike! The waterfall was beautiful! Saw 4 moose all together, 2 bull moose on the way up and a mama and calf on the way down! Definitely recommend!

10 days ago

This is an easy to moderate hike. The creek and the meadow are beautiful and postcard worthy. We hiked in the middle of the day and saw no wildlife unfortunately. The falls are beautiful and worth the distance.

12 days ago

The landslide area (maybe 3mi out) is certainly worth some caution, but hearing from some other trail-goers that the detour was awful made me glad I'd given my landslide traversal skills a try. The big meadow below the lake is gorgeous and seems to have a resident moose. Still a good amount of snow on the trail in the last mile (mid-June), which might get you off trail a little bit. After talking with a couple of other people who had similar issues, it seems the tendency is to wander a little too much to the left of the trail and to realize this when you stumble into Snowbird campground. Don't get discouraged, though; the lake is worth it.

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

13 days ago

Did this hike on 7/2. Got to trailhead at 9:15a, we were 12th car to park so if you’re looking for a trail with no people this isn’t it. That said, beautiful views, moderate distance, little elevation, and waterfalls are worth it all. Saw 7 moose in total, 3 on way out, 4 on way back. Did whole thing with group of 4 (two kids age 9 and 7) in about 3.5 hours with about 20-30min for lunch at waterfall area. And a day after we did Twin Cones! Pretty bushed by end but two great hikes over two days.

just awesome!

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.

17 days ago

Beautiful hike and so much to see along the way! We saw two moose within the first 20 minutes of the hike. There is a gradual incline to the hike in a few spots. You go along a river for quite awhile and it is gorgeous. Cascade Falls at the end is breathtaking. Lots of great spots to have a snack or dip your feet in.

Easy hike, and we saw several deer and other wildlife along the trail.

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!

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18 days ago

Beautiful and very easy hike up the valley. Left the trailhead at 05:30. Saw mule deer, baby squirrel that ran toward our feet, elk, coyote, and finished with some mountain goats crossing the trail 30 feet in front of us. Plenty of wildlife to see. Not so much of any human habitation that use to be there. If you didn’t look the log structures you would easily miss what’s left of them. Kicked back and enjoyed the river for a while before returning.

Great little trail that saves the best for last. I agree the damage from beetle kill is distracting, but being able to take your dog along makes up for it. We saw a moose hanging out by the lakes, which offered great photo opportunities.

25 days ago

Beautiful and easy hike. Left trailhead at 09:30. Plenty of people out there today. Saw both male and female moose just on the other side of the river.

Too much damage and debris from pine beetle mitigation work. Trail rerouted away from many of the best parts. Very disappointed.

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.

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