Lady Moon Trail #985
ElevationAscent: 228' 69 m
Descent: -520' -158 m
High: 8,259' 2,517 m
Low: 7,785' 2,373 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“This trail is great for a short, easy run and even better linked up with nearby trails like Granite Ridge Trail #991.”— Jodi CO
After you cross the meadow, look for a wide, flat, green post about three feet high - this marks the place where the trail becomes clearer and starts uphill.
Downed trees are easy to get around or over, so just follow the trail uphill. At the high point of the trail, you'll arrive at the junction of Lady Moon Trail and Granite Ridge Trail #991. A short run to the west there's a gate across the Granite Ridge Trail, but you'll want to turn left and go through a green gate that is the start of the downhill leg. Watch for cattle (and cowpies), and be sure to close the gate after you!
Continue downhill. This part of the trail tends to run with water when the snow is melting, so be prepared to be wet. As the view opens up to the south, be sure to keep an eye out across the valley to the south - if you look up at the right time, you'll have a view of the gold-topped Great Stupa.
Eventually, the trail flattens out and trails branch off to the right/west. Turn left and run across a gully, then up a short, steep hill. Turn right at the saddle, and bear right when the trail forks - you'll be heading downhill to Elkhorn Creek. At Elkhorn Creek, you can ford the creek, or follow the bank to the left until you find a couple of makeshift log bridges to stay high and dry.
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