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Grand Lake, Colorado Map
7 hours ago

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.

1 day 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.

I definitely think it was a little longer than 9.9 miles. but well worth the hike! Our group started at 9:40 ish and made it back to the car at about 2:20 PM. We saw a mama moose and her baby along with some deer and an elk!

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.

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

2 days ago

Beautiful hike! Pretty easy.

2 days ago

Easy hike to see a great waterfall.

Worth the hike to this lake!

3 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.

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!

3 days 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!

5 days ago

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

5 days ago

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

6 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.

7 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!

8 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!

Loved this trail!. Left Estes park just before 6 am and enjoyed the spectacular, almost deserted drive over Trail Ridge road in early morning sunshine. Temp was 52f in July at the deserted visitors centre. Got to the Green Mountain trailhead by 7.45 (after several photo stops) and there were only a couple of cars. Chilly start so we layered up, not much sun to warm you but made for beautiful atmospheric shafts of light through the trees and steaming of the damp forest floor (I'm an amateur photographer and loved it). A few pretty meadows off to the right as you walk. As we live at low altitude we had acclimatised for a couple of days after flying in to Denver, and one in Estes Park, and although the trail is only a fairly gentle climb, we found we struggled getting our breath, even though we are physically fit. There were loads of vicious mosquitoes towards the end of the trail. I was smothered in repellent and was ok (thank you, fellow reviewers!) but they got my husband with at least 5 huge bites on his exposed hands and head. We turned right at the 1.8 mile mark and came out onto it by a little wooden bridge over the river. I thought the meadow was spectacular. There were 2 large moose grazing, meandering closer as we sat on the bridge. We were the only ones there. A local woman joined us later and told us that groups of moose sometimes gather near the camp ground, so we followed the trail across the meadow, through the group of trees, towards the camp, but didn't see any more. We saw chipmunk feeding, woodpeckers, elk, cute ground squirrels, and a tiny hummingbird (by the river). The trail back is mostly downhill, so very easy, passing loads of fellow hikers going towards the Meadow. Got to back to the crowded trailhead at about 11am. The Trail road was crazy with traffic, so totally recommend the early start for a much more enjoyable experience.

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.

Hiked mid-June, still some snow around but it wasn’t anything major. Lots of wildflowers!

Beautiful hike, lots of mosquitos. Last portion of the trail doesn’t exist, you have to scramble up the boulder field to get to the lake. There were also a bunch of bighorn on the side of the mountain on the way up!

9 days ago

Saw many bull moose. Last mile and a half are definitely strenuous. Trail was well maintained with a few wet spots. Beautiful flowers and very green.

Great introduction to RMNP

9 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!

Hiked this trail from the Colorado River Trailhead. The trail starts at the fork that takes you to Lulu City if you go right. Our group of 11 turned left and we were treated to some incredibly stunning views or vistas. We took the trail about two miles out and back for about four miles.

12 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.

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