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Lake Nanita Trail

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3.3 mile 5.3 kilometer point to point
71% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,737' 529 m
Descent: -355' -108 m
High: 11,048' 3,367 m
Low: 9,423' 2,872 m

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Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)

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A steeply rising trail that leads to two remote alpine lakes below the summit of Mt. Ptarmigan.

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

Description

The Lake Nanita Trail begins at a junction with North Inlet Trail about 8 miles up from the North Inlet Trail. Heading south, Lake Nanita Trail climbs along North Inlet creek before quickly crossing it via an elevated bridge. There are some nice falls to view at this crossing.

A little after the 3/4 mile mark, the trail turns southwestward and begins climbing through a series of switchbacks on the southern flank of Ptarmigan Mountain. Following the switchbacks, the trail passes by the remote Lake Nokoni. Continue southward for another 1.3 miles from Lake Nokoni, over a ridge and down to Lake Nanita. From here, the views of Ptarmigan Mountain are fantastic.

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Ptarmigan's Shoulder with permission from Hobbes7714 Photo Credit: Andrew Wahr  Link: https://twitter.com/WahrAndrew
Jan 15, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
Ptarmigan Mtn over Lake Nanita (1980) with permission from BoulderTraveler
Jan 15, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
Andrews Peak reflects in Lake Nanita.
Nov 2, 2018 near Grand Lake, CO
A Falling North Inlet with permission from Hobbes7714 Photo Credit: Andrew Wahr  Link: https://twitter.com/WahrAndrew
Jan 15, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO

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