“A connector trail through a burned area used primarily by the horse concessionaires to Granite Park.
— Jake Bramante
Birding · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Bring bear spray.
Watch for horses and always stand below trail and don't make noise while they pass. Trail is a bit rocky and can be smelly.
This connector trail is primarily used by the horse concessionaires that park at Packer's Roost and load and unload horses and supplies destined for Granite Park Chalet. It starts out in the trees, but quickly opens up into an older burn area and works its way up to join up with the Loop Trail and then further up to the chalet.
A bonus waterfall is pleasant in earlier spring when runoff is happening.
Runners heading up to the chalet will most likely start and end at the loop with easier access to shuttles and cars, but may use the connector trail for backpacking loops involving both Flattop Mountain
and Granite Park.
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Flora & Fauna
Lodgepole burn area has new lodgepole growth and flowers such as globe mallow, fireweed, and arnica. Deer frequent with bears possible in spring and later summer. Snowshoe hares, squirrels, grouse and many smaller birds such as finches and chickadees are common.