Wrights Lake to Grouse Lake
ElevationAscent: 1,212' 369 m
Descent: -1,212' -369 m
High: 8,152' 2,485 m
Low: 6,956' 2,120 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 35% (20°)
Popular runs nearby
Rockbound Trail to Leland Lakes
10.4 mi 16.7 km • Point to Point • 2,719 ft Ascent 828.65 m Ascent
China Flat to Leland Lakes
8.3 mi 13.4 km • Point to Point • 1,424 ft Ascent 434.18 m Ascent
7.9 mi 12.8 km • Out and Back • 1,858 ft Ascent 566.35 m Ascent
Big Meadow Trailhead to Dardanelles Lake
7.7 mi 12.4 km • Out and Back • 1,309 ft Ascent 398.93 m Ascent
3.6 mi 5.9 km • Loop • 2,087 ft Ascent 636.21 m Ascent
Round Top Loop
6.9 mi 11.2 km • Loop • 2,162 ft Ascent 658.89 m Ascent
“A nice climb through forests and granite slabs to the secluded Grouse Lake.”— David Nash
Features Commonly Backpacked · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Need to Know
Notice in the parking lot that the parking will have a fee charge starting in 2020.
Further up the trail, you'll encounter the Desolation Wilderness sign. Shortly after, you'll come to a fork in the trail marked by a single fencepost marker pointing to Grouse Lake to the right and Twin Lakes to the left. Follow Grouse Lake Trail #16E01 to the right.
The next section of trail will lead you up the mountainside through rocky and beautiful terrain. Views will become more and more impressive as you go. Keep climbing, and you'll reach the beautiful Grouse Lake. The trail continues but this is a great places to sit, rest, and have lunch. It is a great turn-around point, making a nice 4.5-mile round-trip run.
Bring water, a layer, hat, sunscreen, good shoes, and a little bit of energy. Trekking poles are handy as well.
Flora & Fauna
Land Manager: USFS - Eldorado National Forest Office