Trail Run Project Logo

A relatively easy trail with beautiful views of lakes and peaks.


Your Rating: Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add To-Do · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

9.2

Miles

14.8

KM

88%

Runnable

10,802' 3,293 m

High

8,434' 2,571 m

Low

2,561' 781 m

Up

473' 144 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fishing · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Sometimes in the early summer, the lakes rise high enough to cover sections of trail higher up in the route.

Description

The trail begins with Adams Falls and climbs steadily up through the valley. A great intro to backpacking or a lovely out and back on its own, this trail has a few steeper parts. Close to the trailhead, it's a much lower grade.

Through the entire valley, there are great views of the river, mountains, and lakes, but some of the best views are seen if you travel past the maintained trail boundary to the end of the valley. Follow the river past Fourth Lake and then hang a right to get to Fifth Lake, the meltwater of which makes the river you've followed since the trailhead. There's a lot of bushwacking, but the final views are definitely worth it!

Flora & Fauna

Columbine, Glacier lily, and Ponderosa pine are scattered about this trail. In the large meadows, you can occasionally get a glimpse of a moose. Farther up in the valley, there are pika, marmot, deer, squirrels and foxes. (Keep a cautious eye out for foxes; they've become very used to people and will get close enough that you have to scare them away so they don't stick their nose in your oatmeal bowl.)

Contacts

Shared By:

Kat Russo with improvements by Kat W

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 30 votes

#1

in West Side

#133

Overall
  4.4 from 30 votes
5 Star
53%
4 Star
37%
3 Star
10%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#1

in West Side

#32

in Colorado

#133

Overall
64 Views Last Month
18,601 Since Feb 5, 2015
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

0%
0%
56%
22%
22%
0%

Photos

Views on East Inlet Trail
Jul 18, 2018 near Grand Lake, CO
Fourth Lake
Jul 18, 2018 near Grand Lake, CO
The sheer rock walls of the Continental Divide loom majestically over open meadows and early summer snow.
Mar 2, 2016 near Grand Lake, CO
Spirit Lake
Jul 18, 2018 near Grand Lake, CO
East Inlet meadow clearing
Jul 23, 2016 near Grand Lake, CO
Lone Pine Lake near outlet
Jul 18, 2018 near Grand Lake, CO

0 Comments

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Unknown
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

Nov 26, 2020
Jordan G
Beautiful. 7.7mi
Aug 21, 2019
Sean Cook
Sep 6, 2016
David Gay i Tello
Welcome

Join the Community

Create your FREE account today!
Already have an account? Login to close this notice.

Get Started