Aspen Tourism; Aspen Hotels; Bed and Breakfast Aspen; Aspen Holiday Rentals; Flights to Aspen; Aspen Restaurants; Aspen Attractions; Aspen Travel Forum; Aspen Photos This hike is an overnight destination (permit required) or can be done as part of a multi-day trip including Divide and Talus Lake. A hidden gem! Great hike that is medium/hard to a lake. Snowmass Village, Colorado 120 contributions 74 helpful votes. We kept thinking the lake was over the next ridge. We were almost able to reach the lake, but a large snow bank obscured the trail and we didn’t want to continue blind. To get to Grizzly Lake you hike 2.6 miles through the Grizzly Gulch (i.e., a narrow steep-sided ravine… Do not attempt getting to the trailhead without high clearance and AWD. After an initial incline, the trail passes through some lovely meadows before the incline to the lake. The Grizzly Lake road is rough, rocky and considered a difficult route by most 4-wheel enthusiasts. 478 likes. To reach the trailhead drive ±15.2 miles south from Mammoth Hot Springs. There are still some deeper snow patches at the end, we had minimal postholing because we came behind some ATVs who had flattened it. It fills a steep-walled cirque carved from the base of Grizzly Peak (13,988') just west of the Continental Divide. Grizzly Peak, which sits due south of Grizzly Lake, is one of Colorado… and the lake is in high form. Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO. Super rocky after the merge with the ATV trail. The trail begins from the Norris-Mammoth Hot Springs Road, in the northwest region of the park. Grizzly … Once at the lake, veer to the left for several excellent places to stop and relax. If you've picked a good weather day, allow plenty of time to kick back and relax at the lake. Family friendly hike If you are staying in Glenwood Springs the Grizzly Creek Trail is a nice hike. The jeep trail starts with a 4' shelf! It is located in the northwestern portion of the Sawatch Range of Colorado and is at the head of McNasser Gulch. Then not much further you see a spray painted old metal container that says Grizzly. 2.5 miles through a valley filled with wildflowers. 1,300). Hiked 6/20/20. Would definitely recommend the hiking trail next time if you’re not driving. Will look forward to returning. Definitely hard hike. It is a trek if you’re coming from town so budget that in timing. Not a ton of ppl. A long bumpy 4X4 road Lincoln Creek takes you to the trail head a high clearance is a MUST. Saw a fisherman at the lake but otherwise felt secluded all day. Hiked 7/3/20. Serious 4wds only. Climbing is very gradual until right around mile 3, where you leave the creek behind to climb the final 1,000' to Grizzly Lake. Great flowers and waterfalls. We caught 2 small brook trout and had a good time. Distance is close to 8 miles. A real gem. Stunning. It's a tough spot to beat. Great flowers and waterfalls. We used Gaia Topo, which had an accurate path. Trail is ready to hike - a few snow patches and puddles to get around. The trail begins from the Norris-Mammoth Hot Springs Road, in the northwest region of the park. Beautiful trail. This trail is AMAZING!!!! You will meet up with the ATV trail at the next waypoint. Once you cross the river, it is a steep climb again. Last push up to Gizzley Lake was snow covered. Grizzly Lake is located in San Isabel National Forest. The valley is really beautiful. Dogs are also able to use this trail. The road getting up to the actual trailhead goes right next to some houses and looks a little like a driveway, so you could miss it. The wind made fishing a bit difficult that day. Stunning. I only saw two people coming down as I was going up and there were only two other people at the lake. We brought gaiters and microspikes, the spikes weren't necessary with how deep the snow was. Otherwise it’s beautiful and not too difficult. Otherwise parking can be found on the side of the road about 1/4 mile or so back. Grizzly Lake sits at 11,200′. on our way down about 5 different groups were coming up. Worth Noting: Take a gander at the columbines that line the trail all the way up to Grizzly Lake. can't say much more than what others have said except to maybe not go on the weekends. Read more. We had a set if poles and we each took one. west just south of Nathrop, follow it quite a few miles to the trailhaead. The GPS coordinates for this Lake are 38.6664319 (latitude), -106.332757 (longitude) and the approximate elevation is 11,188 feet (3,410 meters) above sea level. However, this claim was proven inaccurate in 1979, when a bow-carrying elk hunter, Ed Wiseman, was attacked and mauled near Blue Lake, an alpine lake in the same mountain range where grizzlies made their last stand 27 years before. Please pay attention to Forest Service rules and regulations. Share. Trail is easy to follow, but beware that the USFS 2016 and NatGeo maps have the last eight of a mile or so mapped incorrectly. There are two rock “fields” and you will know you’re getting close to the lake once you hit the large area with downed trees. Grizzly Lake Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. About 1/2 mile near the end of the trail there are a few places flooded/buddy - but easy to get around, just go slow. As others have said, strenuous last mile or so but completely worth it in my opinon. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Great hike! Didn't see any off-road vehicles on a Tuesday day-hike. Date of experience: August 2018. After the two trails merge the trail is not as great for hiking. There are two stream crossing, and best to have some kind of waterproof shoes, or some very good balance. The first half mile is a steep climb, but it opens into a nice meadow. Many rocks have now been piled up at the gatekeeper vs. 2 years ago when I saw it last. Aspen forest was beautiful and views of the lake were amazing. Really beautiful and fun trail. Hiked this trail on Sept 14, 2020. The lake at 12,000 ft was beautiful and worth the effort! Grizzly RT RV Park, Lake City, Colorado. Date of experience: August 2018. Would have put on Yak Traks if I had brought them. Overall, highly recommend for the views, flowers, and great end spot! Grizzly Lake is a water feature in Colorado and has an elevation of 12,500 feet. Grizzly Lake and Grizzly Gulch are located in the San Isabel National Forest south of Buena Vista, CO. Primary activities in Grizzly Gulch include four-wheeling, hiking, backpacking, dirt bike riding, backcountry camping, fishing, and hiking with dogs. The rest of the hike is pretty much straight rocks and ATVs. But it teases you and you go over 3 ridge tops before getting to the lake. Share. Directions from Aspen: Drive 10 miles east of Aspen on Highway 82 to Lincoln Creek Road. Roads 162 and 295 driving in were fairly slick in the valley where the sun doesn't quite hit the road (packed snow). A final push up a rocky cliff takes you to the top - it was a tough climb at about 12.5k feet. Jeep on 37s crawled right up it with no struggle. You must have sunglasses if sunny. It was fairly easy to follow the snow covered trail/road without tracks as it's pretty wide, and cut trees dot the side of the path. Worth Noting: Take a gander at the columbines that line the trail all the way up to Grizzly Lake. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until September. Great hike that is medium/hard to a lake. On the other hand, there’s still a form on the official Colorado Parks & Wildlife website that allows one to report a grizzly spotting – and sightings by credible people do happen. The lake is beautiful! This “hiking trail” is a road, so don’t get mad if people are driving past you on side by sides and Jeeps. Gets tough after crossing stream. As others have mentioned, the first half mile is steep, but on relatively smooth soil and shady. The Grizzly Lake trail is a slightly longer variation to the standard Mount Holmes Trail route to the summit of Mount Holmes. The last mile is strenuous uphill. Grizzly Lake Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. I hit the trail at 0830 and made it to the lake at 1100. The most challenging part is getting to the trailhead. Read more. Grizzly Lake Trail, Tombstone Territorial Park: The Details. Immediately past the gatekeeper is a steep, narrow climb up loose rock. Been on this trail several times; it's beautiful at the lake. We were able to follow a pair of tracks for some of the route until we caught up to the couple making the footprints (thanks for breaking trail! Pretty windy up there. The view is 110% worth the climb. We got caught in an unexpected hailstorm as soon as we reached the top. Snow has mostly melted, trail is easily found. thankful we left early, we arent ones to deal with noise.. The trail is evident through the meadow, but towards the end it splits. You encounter a couple of debris fields, one with huge puddles, but you can walk around the puddles. Grizzly Peak, which sits due south of Grizzly Lake, is one of Colorado's highest 13ers at 13,988'. This is where we stopped because there was too much shrubbery to identify where the trail began again. Once past that it's just a very, VERY bumpy ride back to the lake. I would wait to do it until later in the season when more snow is melted. Helpful. Eventually, around 1952, it was decided that grizzlies were completely gone from Colorado. Be ready for a very slow and bumpy ride. Overall this hike was a little easier than anticipated but will report back in a few days once we finish it. Steep climb through forest for first mile until we broke into meadow. Worth Noting: Take a gander at the columbines that line the trail all the way up to Grizzly Lake. Lots of loose rocks made it harder on my legs but the lake was nice to see. Please pay attention to Forest Service rules and regulations. A long bumpy 4X4 road Lincoln Creek takes you to the trail head a high clearance is a MUST. Once you get to the top, the path meanders through several meadows with only a very slight incline. The snow fields were soft—we saw a few skiers enjoying some late June turns, but without proper equipment we elected to turn around just before the lake rather than post hole for several hundred feet. so about 20 ppl or more coming up while we were going down. There were a couple times we lost the trail, but it wasn’t too bad to get back on. The lake is very nice and the views of the mountains at either end of the valley are great. Trail head starts to the left (broader trail), cross a creek and then up the rocks you go! Grizzly Lake (12,523') is located 3.65 miles from Lincoln Creek Road in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. Rachel wrote a review Jul. We saw one other hiker all day. Share. The USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) publishes a set of the most commonly used topographic maps of the U.S. called US Topo that are separated into rectangular quadrants that are printed at 22.75"x29" or larger. Stunning. Grizzly Lake is a lake in Colorado and has an elevation of 11,188 feet. Lake is beautiful, one of those hidden gems of Colorado, few people in the world will ever see in person. The 6 miles requires 4x4, and is a trek. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Grizzly Lake is covered by the Buffalo Pass, CO US Topo Map quadrant Only saw 4 people there... otherwise we had the trail to ourselves. There is a small obstacle as you climb out of the creek. From the lot the trail is very rocky to the left and follows parallel to the road you just drove. Fishing is considered excellent by anglers with abundant brook trout in the lake … Grizzly Lake is a difficult rock crawling trail that takes you over one demanding challenge at the start to steal your attention, and then never gives that attention back till the trail run is over. Once at the trailhead, you go uphill for a short way through the forest before traversing gradually uphill through open valley. We stopped here because of the rain and will come back in a few days. The park is accessible from the Dempster Highway, the 737km dirt road to Inuvik (NWT) and the Arctic Circle. Once we joined the ATV trail there were a lot of areas where the path was flooded for 30ft or so and it was nearly impossible not to get your feet wet. Pretty views though! Reflection off lake and snow was blinding without sunglasses. Trail Map | Photo Gallery Ran this trail on a solo run up to the lake for a little fishing. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until September. This start is the most difficult part of the trail. The road is steep and loose in some places so it makes it harder to hike on. The route follows the well marked Grizzly Ridge Trail, traversing rocky talus slopes and beautiful alpine meadows, with ever improving views as you get closer to the lake and its entourage of rocky peaks. We left our snowshoes in the car (mistake), they would have made the hike much better. Seriously beautiful hiking! Highly recommend. There is a 6.3 mile, very rough road. I definitely took my time. Didn’t see another person or ATV during the entire hike. For example, one 2006 report was investigated after two experienced hunters claimed to spot an adult grizzly and cubs near Independence Pass . Dogs are also able to use this trail. We were a little over 4 hours round trip with some time eating lunch at lake. Grizzly lake was beautiful! Independence and Lost Man Lakes via Lost Man Loop, County Road 399 to Forest Service Road 394, Taylor Pass and Express Creek Road OHV Trail. Amazing trail! We are excited to announce the opening of GRIZZLY RT RV park in June 2018. We arrived on the earlier side (around 8am) and were the only ones on the trail. Recommend starting early morning to beat crowds. Hiked 06/20/20. Short climb at the beginning, flat for a while and intense climb at the end (especially if you are not acclimated to the altitude). Date of experience: August 2018. Late fall/winter is definitely the time to do this one (with the right gear)! This is a challenging trail for ATVs and short wheel-based vehicles, especially at the obstacle near the beginning, which may draw spectators. It was more like 7.8 miles total, and the meadow isn’t strenuous but getting up to the lake at the end is definitely steep and a little more challenging than expected. Then up you go on a very rocky ride to the lake. Hiked 9/3/2020. we left Friday morning after backpacking and camping. The trailhead is on the left just after the reservoir, but before Portal Campground. Completed 7/24. We hiked on 5/31 and it was beautiful! Start here if you are hiking. Once at trailhead, it is a steep incline for first 15-20 min then levels off for a good approx. The first part of this hike (no ATVs) is really steep. Tombstone Territorial Park is a large protected wilderness area in northern Yukon, around an hour and a half away from Dawson City (pop. Helpful. Picturesque mountain ride to Grizzly Lake with great fishing. You’ll cross a creek and start up again for a short, yet very steep, climb past the tree line and on to a meadow just below the lake. So pretty! Some cool history along the trail with a few old homes or foundations. Not an issue when dry, but if the trail is unclear when snowing you could go the wrong way. Still super pretty though! You hike through a great Aspen forest before you merge with the eastern leg which is an ATV trail that you stay on to the lake (junction marked on our map with a waypoint). Need high clearance vehicle for the 6 miles of rocky dirt road to trail. Take Chalk Creek Rd. The hike itself was covered in 5 inches to 3 feet of snow for 95% of the route (majority of the route maybe a foot and a half). This is a hidden gem of the Collegiate Peaks Area. Hiked on 7/17/20 - no snow on the trail whatsoever. Great hike that is medium/hard to a lake. Rig is a highly modified jeep on 37s. We didn’t see another hiker or ATV the entire time we were on the trail. The Grizzly Lake fishing map contains information about some of the best fishing spots this lake has to offer as well as the nearby cottages, campgrounds, and bait and tackle shops. Wildflowers were starting to bloom. We had the lake to ourselves with no motorized vehicles able to make it up the snow packed trail. Fire crews said they will continue to protect Hanging Lake as not only a popular hiking spot but an example of the fragile ecosystem in Colorado. It fills a steep-walled cirque carved from the base of Grizzly Peak (13,988') just west of the Continental Divide.This relatively moderate hike follows long stretches of alpine meadow beside Grizzly Creek until veering away across high alpine terraces on the final ascent. The first 3/4 mile is very strenuous. Lake was spectacular!! (Did this on Sunday Nov 22 2020) This is a very popular ATV Trail, so a good early season/weekday trail if you want to do it on your feet. The western leg of the trail is strictly a hiking trail and lasts for about 3/4 of a mile. The lake view is absolutely stunning and worth every bit of effort. The lake was beautiful as was the scenery along the way. Helpful. Grizzly Lake is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Monarch, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Grizzly Lake from Mapcarta, the free map. Definitely need 4WD to get up near the actual trail head if parking close. Grizzly Lake sits in Grizzly Basin (11,188 ft) near the ghost town of St. Elmo and offers magnificent alpine beauty. It’s beautiful going up, down, and spending time at the lake. The views of Grizzly Lake, the mining cabins leading up to Grizzly Lake, and the wildflowers tucked into the talus slopes are definitely worth the trek. The parking lot was full. Really amazing trail. Once you cross the water at the end of the valley (pay attention to not miss it - no actual sign but should be obvious that you need to cross to continue on the trail up mountain), you start your hike up again to reach the lake. However, most cars could make the drive right now. Hancock Pass, Alpine Tunnel, Williams Pass, Hancock Lake OHV Trail via Country Road 295. Camped by Grizzly Reservoir the night before. Going up the start of Grizzly Lake Trail. The drive to trailhead is 6 miles which is probably best with 4x4. I was on the trail at 7:15 a.m. and did not see another person until I had the entire lake to myself! Poles were helpful for the last bit with snow. Worth every bit of effort! Fun, technical road regardless and very pretty lake. To get to Grizzly Lake you hike 2.6 miles through the Grizzly Gulch (i.e., a narrow steep-sided ravine… So, while Twin Lakes Reservoir and Canal Co. directly employs the Schryvers, Colorado Springs Utilities is their boss’ boss. Turn right and drive 6.1 miles on Lincoln Creek Road to Grizzly Creek Reservoir. Definitely worth it though! To reach the trailhead drive ±15.2 miles south from Mammoth Hot Springs. Once you get to the lake, it’s pretty. Awesome trail and lake. The trail/ATV road is steep and rocky, alternately taking you through dense forest or open shelf road with many switchbacks. But large sections of the trail currently have puddles, ranging from a few inches to a foot. Also a couple of fun creek crossings. Grizzly Lake Trail, Aspen: See 10 reviews, articles, and 7 photos of Grizzly Lake Trail, ranked No.39 on Tripadvisor among 75 attractions in Aspen. Today it was windy and cold at the top, bring extra layers. Eine große Auswahl für Ihren Urlaub bei FeWo-direkt. BEAUTIFUL SCENERY. Like others mention the trail is well shaded and there are plenty of spots to approach the creek and dip your toes in the crystal clear water There is a small patch along the lake itself, but it was very easy to cross or go around. Directions to the hiking portion are spot on. You will gain 1,300′ in elevation climbing up to the lake, as the trailhead rests at 9,900′. It was terrible, there were side by sides tearing up and down the road to the lake all day. Did this hike 6/5/2020. Grizzly Lake is located in Grizzly Gulch near the "ghost town" of St. Elmo. Outstanding hike. Evacuated residents of Sweetwater and the Colorado River Road waited helplessly for word about whether or not their homes remained standing. The map also shows hotspots where our fishing junkies have caught lunkers and posted photos and stories. 1 Helpful vote. Don’t let the leveled areas fool you; more than half of the trail is through large rocks. 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