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Grizzly Lake

Intermediate/Difficult
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7.5 mile 12.1 kilometer out and back
79% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,959' 597 m
Descent: -1,959' -597 m
High: 12,521' 3,816 m
Low: 10,578' 3,224 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 40% (22°)

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Trail shared by Jason Smith

A gorgeous outing to an alpine lake deep in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness.

Jason Smith

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Journey up a splendid, mellow drainage on kind singletrack to an idyllic lake beneath the north face of Grizzly Peak.

Need to Know

The trail follows Grizzly Creek w/ several crossings that may present high water during runoff.

Runner Notes

About as straightforward as an alpine adventure can be.

Description

This is quite easy for a high alpine expedition. From the trailhead, climb steep switchbacks for a few hundred feet through dense evergreens. Just as this starts to burn, the trail mellows out as you escape the forest to enter an incredible series of meadows in the Grizzly Creek drainage. Climbing is very gradual until right around mile 3, where you leave the creek behind to climb the final 1,000' to Grizzly Lake.

If you've picked a good weather day, allow plenty of time to kick back and relax at the lake. It's a tough spot to beat.

Flora & Fauna

Expect epic wildflowers in the summer and fall foliage later in the season.

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Michelle Smith turns the corner toward Grizzly Lake during a sublime late Summer outing in the alpine.
Sep 23, 2015 near Aspen, CO
Approaching the sublime Grizzly Lake. About as good as it gets.
Sep 23, 2015 near Aspen, CO
Grizzly Lake = Dog heaven!
Sep 23, 2015 near Aspen, CO
Family hike along Grizzly Creek enroute to Grizzly Lake
Sep 23, 2015 near Aspen, CO

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