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hiking
22 hours ago

From what I can discern there are two trail heads for this trail. We started from the western side which is the parking lot marked with a “P” mentioned in an earlier post. The western leg of the trail is strictly a hiking trail and lasts for about 3/4 of a mile. You hike through a great Aspen forest before you merge with the eastern leg which is an ATV trail. After the two trails merge the trail is not so great. Lots of rocks including two long stretches across rock fields. You have to watch every step and concentrate. The lake is very nice and the views of the mountains at either end of the valley are great.

We went up the 4wd road 3.2 to the towers and the road is very narrow and you need a truck or Jeep, it it pretty deep rollers and dips. We parked there and walked up the road close to 2 miles before you even get on the trail. It was not our favorite it’s very exposed no trees to start and it’s basically boulders the whole way. It raps around the valley and then you get up to summit and it’s all loose rocks and dirt. Not well maintained at all.
Not our most memorable and no wild flowers just stinky weeds.

Drove my lifted wrangler up the four wheel drive round as far as you could go (to the gate and giant cairn where the trail starts) nothing technical about the road but you definitely want a high clearance 4wd vehicle. Not my favorite 14er. The whole trail is just huge boulders the whole way up. The views are nice at the top. Wasn’t very hard compared to other ones I’ve done.

off road driving
6 days ago

We took our Jeep on this trail 4 years ago. There wasn’t a lot of traffic on the road. For the most part we felt alone on the trail. It took us all afternoon to get to Lake Pomeroy. We passed some abandoned mines and buildings and near the end of this trail we passed an old grave next to the road from the 1800s. There were a few places that you definitely needed a 4x4. We didn’t see any hikers on this trip. When we eventually got to Lake Pomeroy it was a amazing site to see. A hidden lake atop a mountain. There were a couple of different groups of people that were fishing. Love this trip!!

on Grizzly Lake

hiking
9 days ago

I'd rate it as moderate for anyone in moderate shape. I'm 61 years old and didn't find it too stressful. There is a path and a separate parallel dirt road. If you stay off the road, you won't be bothered by ATVs/Jeeps. Footing is a bit challenging over the rock field sections. The lake is beautiful and I am told offers great fishing.

I started at the bottom parking lot as there is no way I would drive up that road. Lots of others do with the right vehicles and I still wouldn’t do it, then there are those that attempt with a low clearance vehicle, nuts! Because of the road it is fairly easy to hike, steep but okay. This is my first Fourteener so it will take me more than once to reach the top, especially from the lower parking lot. I sort of feel those that drive up are just cheating. I could do it in a heartbeat if I did that. I made it up about 5.5 miles today at 11500’ still had two more miles to go but was tired and hot. I started at 830am but will start at sunrise the next time to stay cool and more shaded. I did a total of a little over 11 miles so the total for this round trip would probably be just over 15.

hiking
18 days ago

This was my 19th 14er and by far my least favorite. The trail was well marked to the ridge but non-existent after that. The first 1.5 miles or so was nice, up the road then switchbacks and a traverse through alpine meadow. After that it was a long traverse through boulders on a well marked trail, not difficult. Then two huge cairns marked the beginning of switch backs through alpine meadow to obtain the ridge. Up to this point I enjoyed the trail and my dog was doing great. From this point to the summit it was around 1 mile with still about 1500 feet gain to go. There were scattered cairns along the ridge but very far apart. We'd walk towards one to see another one directly below us by 50ft. It seems they were randomly placed, perhaps by other hikers who were trying to mark their own route. We just tried to stay close to the ridge. After 2 hours of hiking through this having to pay attention to every step and stop to plan the direction of travel with some scrambling we were mentally tired. Not the best first 14er for my 11 month old dog! We finally got to the base of the summit and again, no trail. The train was loose talus and scree. At several points we were on all fours trying to get traction scrambling up with anything we could hold on to. It felt like trying to climb up a rock pile at a quarry. On the way down skid so much we finally just sat down and slid on our butts. The whole trail of 6.8 miles took us 9 hours! Compare that to Mt Elbert where we hiked 10 miles in 5 hours. This was too technical for my taste. I enjoy scrambling, I liked Mt Yale and Pikes Peak, but this was not fun for me. Part of it was I was just unprepared for so much of it to be so rocky and I would not have brought my dog. I will not be doing this 14er again!

off road driving
20 days ago

lakes are small and disappointing. take trail 279 instead. much better views.

We rode on ATV. It was great!

We rode ATV on this trail. We loved it! Rocky towards the top, but beautiful!!

hiking
24 days ago

Driving up to the radio towers (or even further) is definitely worth doing if your vehicle can handle it. It seemed like most of the hike was through the boulder fields (which is really all of it once you get above tree line). It’s rated as difficult, and I’m guessing that’s because of the lack of actual trail. You’re mostly scrambling through rocks. However, it was still one of the easier 14ers I’ve done because you can drive so high up and the trail is a road up until tree line.

hiking
27 days ago

4wd trail clear but you need high clearance to make it to the Princeton trail. Trail is easy to follow until 13,000 feet then it becomes a scramble to the top with defined trail!!! Made it in 2 1/2 hours to the top

Does anyone have a pin of where the lower lot is? Just want to make sure I start in the right spot. Thx!

You DEFINITELY need 4WD and a high clearance vehicle if you want a shorter hike by parking up by the radio towers or beyond... which I'd recommend, but we made of the mistake of bringing my Subaru Impreza, which is 4WD, but such a terrible road with high humps and deep holes that it took over an hour of very impressive driving by my boyfriend to get up the few miles of dirt road and we nearly got stuck or caused serious car damage on the way down... luckily just a dent and scrape to the muffler and the bumper just clips back on haha

Unfortunately, we didn't make it to the top due to an unexpected bout of altitude sickness... not our first 14ers and were very well prepared (fed, hydrated, etc.), but remember it can happen to anyone! Only fix is to get back down. We'll be back to try this one again though! With a better vehicle... haha

hiking
1 month ago

First off, I’d just like to state that there is a sticker in the St. Elmo General Store that says “I survived the Grizzly Lake Trail!”, so if that doesn’t tell you something about this hike, I’m not sure what will.

I am young and mildly out of shape, but the first mile of this trail was absolutely hellish. I took about 2 hours (with 2 older women) to reach the lake, including plenty of rest breaks in the shade. Keep in mind, about a year ago I had an ACL replacement, and my knee was swollen up a half mile into this hike. The view at the end was definitely beautiful, but I wouldn’t attempt this trail again till I was much more physically fit.

The majority of the trail is a loose boulder field in the open, so wear plenty of sunscreen and bring lots of water, because it was very hot around midday. However, it was very interesting because there are lots of open mining pits (careful!) and old cabins to explore.

My main take away was this: this trail requires a physically fit person who is prepared to walk the majority uphill and who can carry lots of food/water. Do not attempt this if you think you might be unprepared, there is no cell reception and it is very lightly traveled.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail head is hard to find because the GPS directions in this app don’t take you all the way there and because there isn’t a sign. We asked in the St Elmo general store for directions and found out we had been at both trailheads without actually knowing where the TH was. You can start at the bathrooms just before the town of St Elmo (before the fork in the road) and follow the creek up which we didn’t do because the guy at the general store said it’s hard to find and follow the trail. So we took the local TH which you can find by following the directions in this app (left at the fork in the road towards Hancock) and then just keep driving a little further until you see a very small pull out on your left (room for about 5 cars) that is marked with a small P brown sign. From the lot the trail is very rocky to the left and follows parallel to the road you just drove. Then there is a sign after about 50 yards to go left to Grizzly. Then not much further you see a spray painted old metal container that says Grizzly. Shortly thereafter you pass an old house. The trail eventually spits you out on an ATV rough rocky road that you stay on to the lake. The whole hike took us an hour and 15 minutes up and about the same down. We did this today and there was almost no snow to be seen but there were lots of
Mud and water pools you could mostly avoid by either finding bigger rocks to walk on or walking around the trail. Was very windy at the lake. Beautiful hike and lake. Loved it. Pretty steep overall and a couple areas near the end that are rock fields to cross. Just be sure to pay attention where to get back on the trail from the road if you hike from the trail off the Hancock road.

hiking
1 month ago

The road up to the radio towers is dry and 4WD is recommended. The hike from 11,000’ to the summit and back is about 6.5 miles. If you start at the lower parking lot it’s over 13 miles. Lots of rocks, boulders, and loose scree. So make sure you have good hiking boots. I saw people do this in tennis shoes which is not recommended. There are some crossings of snow to encounter that can make it slick. Take plenty of water! The views at the top are amazing!

We made it just above the boulder field in August, 2017. We made the mistake as other have, of starting from the Young Life parking lot. Makes for a very long hike. We’re going back for more this summer and hoping to summit- driving up to the cell tower. Reached the summit at 16 when I was much younger and didn’t know it was tough. Oh, the ignorance of youth!

hiking
7 months ago

Very fun and moderately hard hike. Had a blast doing it as my first 14er!

hiking
9 months ago

Summitted 7/29/17 and it quite literally rained the entire ascent! Quite a rocky, boulder-y trail which makes it seem longer than it is. Can't speak to the views as we were in a cloud at the top but I'm sure they are beautiful on a clear day. Next time I'll wait it out for better weather :)

hiking
10 months ago

The directions are bit confusing. When arriving by 4WD (SUV works too) to the TV towers, don't get distracted by the fact there are only 2 parking spots. You can continue onward and find some parking along the road that does not stop at TV towers (as one would assume from the instructions in National Geographic's guide). Continue of foot on 4WD road (but not all the way to the end (wooden cross). Watch for the spot where to turn from the 4WD road to the path (I missed it and made a huge detour). The trail itself is not well marked. And it disappears at 12,700 feet altitude (where switchbacks are supposed to start). You must scramble through the boulder fields occasionally crossing one of the multitude paths. The last bit - from the saddle to the top - you just press on straight ahead. Remember to bring gloves. It's fun and views from the top are sunning. At this time of the year the leaves are turning to yellow adding special touch to the scenery.

hiking
10 months ago

Hardest hike I have ever done. Made the mistake of beginning at the bottom by Frontier Ranch, which made a 16 mile trip out of what would have been a 7 mile hike. Would definitely recommend driving up the really rough road with a high clearance vehicle so you can save your energy for the actual mountain. Trail is marked but somewhat hard to follow near the summit, look out for wooden markers and cairns. Lots of boulder scrambling, rocks, and loose gravel. The way down is a lot of sliding on small rocks and gravel, bring gloves to protect you hands while sliding down. Good views at the top, but also a ton of flies. I feel like I really accomplished something big summiting Mt. Princeton, but that hike took everything out of me and everyone in out group. Good luck and enjoy!

the lateral trail of rocks and the climb are definitely earns the 3 difficult rating. 3/4 of the hike are big and loose rocks. The trail is steep and sometimes hard to find. We lost track and just climbed up. But, this was hard and my favorite 14er by far.

hiking
10 months ago

The first half mile is the hardest. It's incredibly steep and rocky. But once you get past this, it's a beautiful trail with great views and Grizzly Lake is worth the hike. We camped up there for 2 nights, we were the only people up there for one night. We went in August - Be prepared to get ur feet wet, we crossed 2 streams and the only way pass them was through them. The trail seems more popular for 4x4s so expect to see people drive up for the day.

hiking
11 months ago

I don't know what people are talking about when they say this isn't a beautiful trail! It's a 14'er, rocks are going to be abound! I saw many marmots, pikas, chipmunks and crows circling up at the top. If your eyes are willing, there is beauty all around. Stop and listen for water running under the rocks. This was my first solo 14'er hike and it was wonderful. Trail wasn't always easy to follow but keep your eyes up and on the lookout for cairns. I will say I drove up to the cell towers with my Subaru Outback & was very afraid that I might not make it! But I did. And it was 100% worth it.

great hike. everything was really well marked. you can actually drive a little past the cell tower but parking gets sparse. try at your own risk. beautiful views!

Loved atving through here. Beautiful, and the history is fascinating. Definable want to do it again.

Boulder fields most of the way. Not a pretty mountain at all. We got bored and turned around at 12,400. There are much prettier 14ers to do. Plus the road up is a monster.

hiking
11 months ago

OK, I'm old and not in good shape. I did not make it past, oh, 1.5 miles into the hike. If it wasn't for this great app, I would not have found the trail. The first part was easy, following an ATV rocky trail. Watching the ATV's work was fun. The trail, not long after that seemed to disappear. No semblance of where to go was visible and scrambling among the rocks and semi-verticle mountain was very dangerous. Maybe my choices of where to go weren't the best but I likely fell 5X trying to traverse the thorny bushes and the rocky terrain. One rock cleaved the upper part of it when I stepped on it giving me a free slide into the river. Only a large abrasion resulted. The trail I left which I saw on my garmin was hilarious. I think I doubled my distance walked due to my non-linear trek. I wondered, before the hike, why it was ranked "hard" with only 1200 feet in elevation. Now I know and I hope you will give this trail the respect it deserves. Attention: after reviewing my tracking on this site, it appears that I did not cross the creek when I should have. This was likely the reason that there was "no trail". Don't make this mistake, there are no indicators on where to cross.

hiking
11 months ago

Relative to other options, (Ptarmigan Lake, Windsor Lake), Pomeroy Lake is not as good. The trail is a rocky back road instead of a well cared for trail and the lakes are not as impressive. The full route beginning at a cut off from the Hancock road is an exhausting day....my family of reasonably fit people, ( 55 Dad, 51 Mom, 23 son, 19 son, 16 daughter, 13 daughter, and 11 daughter), slept well after the hike. Still.....it is a good hike and it is a treat to see all the old mining towns.....good place for rock hounds...

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