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East Shore Trail

Intermediate
 4.2 (5)

A great trail for people with minimum experience. Has a wonderful view and leads to a watch tower.


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6.9

Miles

11.2

KM

99%

Runnable

8,453' 2,576 m

High

8,291' 2,527 m

Low

384' 117 m

Up

282' 86 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs No Dogs

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

Closed May 6-July 12 for elk calving.

Runner Notes

Lots of fallen trees that cover the path.

Description

This trail is a pretty mellow and easy trail. There may be some fallen trees that cover the path but nothing to stop the run. There are no stairs to help the climb, and the grade of the trail can be high. There is a fire watchtower on the top of the trail.

The trail also has a great view of Shadow Mountain Lake, and this is all around a great trail to run with lots of wildlife to see. There are rusting remains at the tip of Heyward Point of a winch system that was once used to haul gas tanks from the water to a light beacon on the headland.

Flora & Fauna

You will find vast wildflowers featuring Rocky Mountain Columbine from July-September. Marmots are easy to spot, and moose, elk, and eagles if you're lucky!

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Photos

Trees and Sun up to the Lookout with permission from Hobbes7714 Photo Credit: Andrew Wahr  Link: https://twitter.com/WahrAndrew
Jan 14, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
About 4 miles south on the trail.
Oct 10, 2020 near Grand Lake, CO
Along the shoreline of East Shore Trail.
Jul 9, 2020 near Grand Lake, CO
Beginning of East Shore Trail from Shadow Mountain dam
Jul 9, 2020 near Grand Lake, CO

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