Grizzly Lake (12,523') is located 3.65 miles from Lincoln Creek Road in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. Grizzly Lake is located in San Isabel National Forest. We didn’t see another hiker or ATV the entire time we were on the trail. Worth Noting: Take a gander at the columbines that line the trail all the way up to Grizzly Lake. There are still some deeper snow patches at the end, we had minimal postholing because we came behind some ATVs who had flattened it. The trail is evident through the meadow, but towards the end it splits. ), then we continued up to the lake. Great flowers and waterfalls. This trail is AMAZING!!!! Roads 162 and 295 driving in were fairly slick in the valley where the sun doesn't quite hit the road (packed snow). We kept thinking the lake was over the next ridge. Ran this trail on a solo run up to the lake for a little fishing. This portion of the trail has many scenic mountains and valleys. Please pay attention to Forest Service rules and regulations. Otherwise parking can be found on the side of the road about 1/4 mile or so back. No snow on the path. Rig is a highly modified jeep on 37s. 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. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until September. 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. Highly recommend. The trail begins from the Norris-Mammoth Hot Springs Road, in the northwest region of the park. Beautiful hike, and the lake itself is worth the hike. 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. Overall, highly recommend for the views, flowers, and great end spot! Share. The last mile is strenuous uphill. Serious 4wds only. It was awesome and recommend it to anyone who is wanting a challenging trail. can't say much more than what others have said except to maybe not go on the weekends. 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. But the gaiters made the day 10,000 times less wet. Pretty views though! Some cool history along the trail with a few old homes or foundations. There is a small patch along the lake itself, but it was very easy to cross or go around. Might have hopped on this too early in the year. A final push up a rocky cliff takes you to the top - it was a tough climb at about 12.5k feet. So pretty! Then up you go on a very rocky ride to the lake. It's a tough spot to beat. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. ;) you can avoid the crossings by going out and back on the western portion of the trail loop (non-OHV section). So, while Twin Lakes Reservoir and Canal Co. directly employs the Schryvers, Colorado Springs Utilities is their boss’ boss. 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. Lots of loose rocks made it harder on my legs but the lake was nice to see. 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. Some stayed back at the last mile after the largest creek crossing, because the elevation gain and the steep rocky scramble in just the last hundred feet or so are rough. Gorgeous, less traveled trail with lots of rocky mountain goats. 4x4 or a vehicle with high clearance is recommended to get to the trailhead. However, most cars could make the drive right now. We were lucky enough to have it to ourselves today. 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! We were almost able to reach the lake, but a large snow bank obscured the trail and we didn’t want to continue blind. The trail is evident for the beginning climb through the forest. 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. We hiked on 5/31 and it was beautiful! The map also shows hotspots where our fishing junkies have caught lunkers and posted photos and stories. This route is most popular with ATVs, so expect to see some of those. Grizzly Lake is located in San Isabel National Forest. The first half of the trail (the non-ATV half) was beautiful and full of aspens. It is a trek if you’re coming from town so budget that in timing. 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. To get there, make a 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. Great hike that is medium/hard to a lake. There is a 6.3 mile, very rough road. From the lot the trail is very rocky to the left and follows parallel to the road you just drove. 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. Grizzly Lake from Mapcarta, the free map. A long bumpy 4X4 road Lincoln Creek takes you to the trail head a high clearance is a MUST. Grizzly Lake sits in Grizzly Basin (11,188 ft) near the ghost town of St. Elmo and offers magnificent alpine beauty. Grizzly Lake from Mapcarta, the free map. Hancock Pass, Alpine Tunnel, Williams Pass, Hancock Lake OHV Trail via Country Road 295. Couldn’t make it all the way - we took the ATV trail up and back down and it was super difficult. The Grizzly Lake road is rough, rocky and considered a difficult route by most 4-wheel enthusiasts. I was on the trail at 7:15 a.m. and did not see another person until I had the entire lake to myself! You’ll reach the source of the river, where we saw dozens of trout hanging out. Evacuated residents of Sweetwater and the Colorado River Road waited helplessly for word about whether or not their homes remained standing. Also a couple of fun creek crossings. It's a "gate keeper" to keep the flat landers out.. Will likely need to winch it. Still super pretty though! Be cautious of jeeps making there way up. thankful we left early, we arent ones to deal with noise.. Great flowers and waterfalls. 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. Many rocks have now been piled up at the gatekeeper vs. 2 years ago when I saw it last. we left Friday morning after backpacking and camping. It’s beautiful going up, down, and spending time at the lake. Beginning portion is quite steep, rocky throughout, but the lake is worth it! Family friendly hike If you are staying in Glenwood Springs the Grizzly Creek Trail is a nice hike. Grizzly Peak A is the highest ranked 13er in Colorado at 13,988 feet. Parking is a bit tricky to find. Grizzly Peak, which sits due south of Grizzly Lake, is one of Colorado's highest 13ers at 13,988'. Definitely worth it though! Then there is a sign after about 50 yards to go left to Grizzly. Once you get to the lake, it’s pretty. Otherwise it’s beautiful and not too difficult. Climbing is very gradual until right around mile 3, where you leave the creek behind to climb the final 1,000' to Grizzly Lake. 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. The drive to trailhead is 6 miles which is probably best with 4x4. Start here if you are hiking. Late fall/winter is definitely the time to do this one (with the right gear)! Tombstone Territorial Park is a large protected wilderness area in northern Yukon, around an hour and a half away from Dawson City (pop. Fishing is considered excellent by anglers with abundant brook trout in the lake … Please pay attention to Forest Service rules and regulations. Snowmass Village, Colorado 120 contributions 56 helpful votes. 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 If you're hiking, consider starting from the western side which is the parking lot marked with a “P” in real life as well as a waypoint on our map. The lake is beautiful! Hiked with 5 people, ages ranging from 25-82. Wildflowers were starting to bloom. As others have mentioned, the first half mile is steep, but on relatively smooth soil and shady. Reflection off lake and snow was blinding without sunglasses. Stay to left when reenter trees. Rachel wrote a review Jul. Stunning. Going up the start of Grizzly Lake Trail. One of my favorite hikes ever. There is a lot of incline, which makes sense since it’s rated difficult, but this is probably one of the easier hikes I’ve done that fall under the “hard” category. Shortly thereafter you pass an old house. Really amazing trail. Grizzly Lake is approached via the Grizzly Lake 'scramble' - a steep, rocky path defined by the forest service so that people can get to the lake via one path, but made rough to discourage taking heavy packs up. Very challenging and very rewarding. The valley is really beautiful. Overall this hike was a little easier than anticipated but will report back in a few days once we finish it. The trailhead is on the left just after the reservoir, but before Portal Campground. Grizzly Lake is covered by the Buffalo Pass, CO US Topo Map quadrant Great hike that is medium/hard to a lake. Turn right and drive 6.1 miles on Lincoln Creek Road to Grizzly Creek Reservoir. Last push up to Gizzley Lake was snow covered. Beautiful trail. I would wait to do it until later in the season when more snow is melted. After the two trails merge the trail is not as great for hiking. The trail begins from the Norris-Mammoth Hot Springs Road, in the northwest region of the park. Worth Noting: Take a gander at the columbines that line the trail all the way up to Grizzly Lake. The map also shows hotspots where our fishing junkies have caught lunkers and posted photos and stories. To reach the trailhead drive ±15.2 miles south from Mammoth Hot Springs. Worth Noting: Take a gander at the columbines that line the trail all the way up to Grizzly Lake. We will definitely be back a little later in the season. Grizzly Peak does hide a very nice mountaineering route, possibly the best in th… Fun, technical road regardless and very pretty lake. Once you get to the top, the path meanders through several meadows with only a very slight incline. Aspen forest was beautiful and views of the lake were amazing. Pretty windy up there. Loved this hike! So we spent a lot of time going around those. Trail head begins near a house with “no trespassing” sign, need to navigate past a few houses before you get there. It was terrible, there were side by sides tearing up and down the road to the lake all day. Steep climbs. Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO. This trail combines all aspects of rock crawling into less than 3 miles. Trail head starts to the left (broader trail), cross a creek and then up the rocks you go! Completed 7/24. This is a very popular ATV Trail, so a good early season/weekday trail if you want to do it on your feet. Hiked 6/20/20. The lake is very nice and the views of the mountains at either end of the valley are great. To reach the trailhead drive ±15.2 miles south from Mammoth Hot Springs. Enjoyed the solitude. We used Gaia Topo, which had an accurate path. Would have put on Yak Traks if I had brought them. Worth every bit of effort! We arrived on the earlier side (around 8am) and were the only ones on the trail. Hotels in der Nähe von Grizzly Lake Trail, Aspen: Auf Tripadvisor finden Sie 8.883 bewertungen von reisenden, 7.167 authentische Reisefotos und Top-Angebote für 30 hotels Hotels in Aspen. Recommend starting early morning to beat crowds. Poles were helpful for the last bit with snow. This is a hidden gem of the Collegiate Peaks Area. Not a ton of ppl. Helpful. A long bumpy 4X4 road Lincoln Creek takes you to the trail head a high clearance is a MUST. The road is steep and loose in some places so it makes it harder to hike on. You will meet up with the ATV trail at the next waypoint. This puts it at number 54 in Colorado and well worth a climb. The first 3/4 mile is very strenuous. Directions to the hiking portion are spot on. The lake at 12,000 ft was beautiful and worth the effort! Didn't see any off-road vehicles on a Tuesday day-hike. The rest of the hike is pretty much straight rocks and ATVs. Stunning. 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. 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. Began the hike at 9 am. Not an issue when dry, but if the trail is unclear when snowing you could go the wrong way. It is located in the northwestern portion of the Sawatch Range of Colorado and is at the head of McNasser Gulch. Eventually, around 1952, it was decided that grizzlies were completely gone from Colorado. Gorgeous, less traveled trail with lots of rocky mountain goats. I definitely took my time. The trail/ATV road is steep and rocky, alternately taking you through dense forest or open shelf road with many switchbacks. Views for the entire hike. We brought gaiters and microspikes, the spikes weren't necessary with how deep the snow was. Lots of rocks including two long stretches across rock fields. 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. Did this hike 6/5/2020. Please pay attention to Forest Service rules and regulations. Colorado Springs has about 20 caretakers watching over 25 mountain reservoirs that store and send water toward taps. We were a little over 4 hours round trip with some time eating lunch at lake. We gained about 1k feet elevation and the other 1k is in the last 3/4th mile or so (it take about 45 min to get up to the top). The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until September. Getting to the trailhead takes about 45 minutes once you get off 82. We stopped here because of the rain and will come back in a few days. Great flowers and waterfalls. Dogs are also able to use this trail. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Only saw 4 people there... otherwise we had the trail to ourselves. Awesome trail and lake. Grizzly Lake (12,523') is located 3.65 miles from Lincoln Creek Road in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. 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. Gorgeous, less traveled trail with lots of rocky mountain goats. To get to Grizzly Lake you hike 2.6 miles through the Grizzly Gulch (i.e., a narrow steep-sided ravine… Great hike that is medium/hard to a lake. Hiked on 7/17/20 - no snow on the trail whatsoever. Colorado Springs owns the majority of the water in Grizzly and Twin Lakes. The western leg of the trail is strictly a hiking trail and lasts for about 3/4 of a mile. 2 of which on 4x4s. It fills a steep-walled cirque carved from the base of Grizzly Peak (13,988') just west of the Continental Divide. You will gain 1,300′ in elevation climbing up to the lake, as the trailhead rests at 9,900′. on our way down about 5 different groups were coming up. Grizzly Lake Trail #1990 is an intermediate/moderate trail you can hike, run, and horseback ride that is dog friendly. Grizzly Lake Trail: Über 2.000 Ferienwohnungen & Ferienhäuser ab € 239 pro Nacht mit Bewertungen für kurze & lange Aufenthalte, darunter Ferienhäuser, Ferienwohnungen & mehr. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Didn’t see another person or ATV during the entire hike. 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. 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. The parking lot was full. We had the lake to ourselves with no motorized vehicles able to make it up the snow packed trail. The park is accessible from the Dempster Highway, the 737km dirt road to Inuvik (NWT) and the Arctic Circle. The jeep trail starts with a 4' shelf! Amazing trail! Seriously beautiful hiking! 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. Really beautiful and fun trail. The first half mile is a steep climb, but it opens into a nice meadow. Grizzly Peak, which sits due south of Grizzly Lake, is one of Colorado… The lake was beautiful as was the scenery along the way. 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. We had a set if poles and we each took one. I only saw two people coming down as I was going up and there were only two other people at the lake. The lake view is absolutely stunning and worth every bit of effort. Contacts. Distance is close to 8 miles. But it teases you and you go over 3 ridge tops before getting to the lake. To get to Grizzly Lake you hike 2.6 miles through the Grizzly Gulch (i.e., a narrow steep-sided ravine… The directions to the trailhead are spot on. You must have sunglasses if sunny. Neighboring Garfield Peakcan be added to a climb of Grizzly to make for a very enjoyable class 2+ traverse. 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. 478 likes. A real gem. 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). Once past that it's just a very, VERY bumpy ride back to the lake. The Grizzly Lake trail is a slightly longer variation to the standard Mount Holmes Trail route to the summit of Mount Holmes. Picturesque mountain ride to Grizzly Lake with great fishing. Then not much further you see a spray painted old metal container that says Grizzly. 1 Helpful vote. Great hike! Stick right along the creek. west just south of Nathrop, follow it quite a few miles to the trailhaead. Would definitely recommend the hiking trail next time if you’re not driving. Once at trailhead, it is a steep incline for first 15-20 min then levels off for a good approx. Grizzly Lake Trail, Tombstone Territorial Park: The Details. There is a small obstacle as you climb out of the creek. There is a small side path that offers an amazing view of the river about a quarter mile after the trailhead. 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). Date of experience: August 2018. Camped by Grizzly Reservoir the night before. Grizzly lake was beautiful! Helpful. (Did this on Sunday Nov 22 2020) Cool views. 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. Some areas you could go around the flooded path through some thick brush. Great trail. The rock “fields” mentioned here are a tad bit annoying to some but the wide open views make it worth it to me. 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. There are two stream crossing, and best to have some kind of waterproof shoes, or some very good balance. Definitely hard hike. Lake was spectacular!! 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. 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. This hike is an overnight destination (permit required) or can be done as part of a multi-day trip including Divide and Talus Lake. This start is the most difficult part of the trail. I hit the trail at 0830 and made it to the lake at 1100. Grizzly Lake is located in San Isabel National Forest. This is a challenging trail for ATVs and short wheel-based vehicles, especially at the obstacle near the beginning, which may draw spectators. Last climb is murder. COTREX is a project by the Colorado DNR and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Ideal für Familien, Gruppen, Paare. If you've picked a good weather day, allow plenty of time to kick back and relax at the lake. 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 is a short trail, only about 2.5 miles in length and is an out and back trail. Aspen Tourism; Aspen Hotels; Bed and Breakfast Aspen; Aspen Holiday Rentals; Flights to Aspen; Aspen Restaurants; Aspen Attractions; Aspen Travel Forum; Aspen Photos But large sections of the trail currently have puddles, ranging from a few inches to a foot. so about 20 ppl or more coming up while we were going down. 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