Explore the most popular forest 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.

Not our favorite trail in the area.

Easy hike with young kids. The falls are beautiful!

This was a great hike. Lots of ups but downs too. The falls are beautiful! Plenty of places to stop and rest or have a snack/water break. We saw moose, deer and marmots. Our kids ranged from 7-15 and were all able to do this hike at varying paces. Made for a fun day!

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19 hours ago

Beautiful falls. Relatively flat. Great family hike.

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.

Awesome trail! Flat and relaxed hike that rewards you with an impressive waterfall. Saw 2 groups of moose and some elk

Great hike, lots of fun

Great trail, falls are fantastic

on Adams Falls Trail

hiking
3 days ago

This is a great little hike just outside of Grand Lake. We had our 3 young children and they made it to the falls without issues. You can continue on for more spectacular views from the falls. You also get great views of Grand Lake from parts of the trail as well.

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike, good for kids, look for moose and deer!

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.

hiking
4 days ago

Very easy trail for the family to hike. Pretty river at the end with a mild falls. A great place to Get a picture with the whole family. Hiked on 6-7-18

hiking
5 days ago

We had a great hike to the falls despite rain and small hail. The falls were beautiful but it seemed like it took forever to reach them. On the way back we saw 3 moose including a calf plus deer. The moose definitely were the best part of the hike. We have been hiking in northern Minnesota and never could find one!

Lots of people but our family had some amazing privacy in the valley to observe two moose. What a great experience for this family from Michigan.

Gorgeous hike and one of my all time new favorites. Highly recommend. However, realize it is 5 miles to the summit and not 4 as advertised. Not a problem and WELL worth it. Go early.

this was a very enjoyable trail. we saw a moose, deer, and other wildlife. it was a little long for some in our party, but those that made it to the falls said it was worth it.

6 days ago

Amazing alpine hike with spectacular mountain views. Ended up seeing multiple elk along the trail and big horns near the summit! First time seeing big horn in the park. Do start early to avoid the crowds and the afternoon showers. Also you’re exposed for the majority of the trek so bring appropriate gear/sunscreen. Definitely would do again!

Had a great hike with lots of Moose. Easy out and back with nice waterfall to compliment all the wildlife. Highly recommend.

Hiked Ida in June and there was a lot of snow under the treeline. Took the group I was with about 2 hours to get out of the treeline. Once we were out, the hike was beautiful. The wildlife is abundant and the views are awesome. Ida is a little more tough than moderate I would say because she has a lot of false summits and it's an uphill climb most of the way. You feel like you're close, then there is more. Well worth it though, just be ready for a good challenge.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful hike! Pretty easy.

hiking
8 days ago

Easy hike to see a great waterfall.

Worth the hike to this lake!

hiking
9 days 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.

hiking
9 days ago

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

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!

hiking
11 days ago

Loved this and went a bit farther to get 3-4 miles. Definitely one of the best in the area!

hiking
11 days ago

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

hiking
11 days ago

Just hiked this trail today, July 11th, and the scenery is superb. You get above tree line fast so the views start within the first 30 minutes. Of course, this means that you are gaining elevation quickly so it is a bit challenging. It took us about six hours round trip moving at a good steady pace, including about 25 minutes at the summit. Some guidebooks say to plan for eight hours, while some reviewers say they did it in about four. I don’t think I could have gone much faster than we did as the trail can get a little slippery in spots due to loose gravel, and the boulder field up top takes time to navigate. I am bushed but it was totally worth it! We started at about 6:15 AM and shared the trail with just a handful of people at that time. We had a good 20 minutes at the summit all to ourselves. Even on the way down it wasn’t super busy, but the parking lot is small so you should get an early start. An early start also ensures you are down below tree line before afternoon storms pop up as you are VERY exposed on most of this trail. Once you hit the boulder field below the summit the trail disappears so just find a good line and head upwards. Beautiful 360 views! I really liked this trail and would do this one again! My gps clocked this at 10.1 miles but that may be because we kept trying to find the trail through the boulders.

hiking
13 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!

hiking
13 days ago

Loved walking shoreline to fire lookout. Excellent workout. Sad to see so much beetle kill trees still waiting to fall in the forest. It was cool to hike and watch water skiers on Grand Lake!

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