2.5 miles through a valley filled with wildflowers. Family friendly hike If you are staying in Glenwood Springs the Grizzly Creek Trail is a nice hike. Steep climbs. Be ready for a very slow and bumpy ride. 4x4 or a vehicle with high clearance is recommended to get to the trailhead. But the gaiters made the day 10,000 times less wet. The rock “fields” mentioned here are a tad bit annoying to some but the wide open views make it worth it to me. So, while Twin Lakes Reservoir and Canal Co. directly employs the Schryvers, Colorado Springs Utilities is their boss’ boss. Trail is easy to follow, but beware that the USFS 2016 and NatGeo maps have the last eight of a mile or so mapped incorrectly. It is a trek if you’re coming from town so budget that in timing. You’ll cross a creek and start up again for a short, yet very steep, climb past the tree line and on to a meadow just below the lake. Beautiful hike, and the lake itself is worth the hike. We stopped here because of the rain and will come back in a few days. This route is most popular with ATVs, so expect to see some of those. Not an issue when dry, but if the trail is unclear when snowing you could go the wrong way. The route follows the well marked Grizzly Ridge Trail, traversing rocky talus slopes and beautiful alpine meadows, with ever improving views as you get closer to the lake and its entourage of rocky peaks. We gained about 1k feet elevation and the other 1k is in the last 3/4th mile or so (it take about 45 min to get up to the top). No snow on the path. Once past that it's just a very, VERY bumpy ride back to the lake. Really amazing trail. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Grizzly Lake is a short trail, only about 2.5 miles in length and is an out and back trail. Reflection off lake and snow was blinding without sunglasses. A long bumpy 4X4 road Lincoln Creek takes you to the trail head a high clearance is a MUST. The Grizzly Lake fishing map contains information about some of the best fishing spots this lake has to offer as well as the nearby cottages, campgrounds, and bait and tackle shops. The rest of the hike is pretty much straight rocks and ATVs. Grizzly RT RV Park, Lake City, Colorado. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. We are currently taking reservations. Lots of loose rocks made it harder on my legs but the lake was nice to see. The lake at 12,000 ft was beautiful and worth the effort! The most challenging part is getting to the trailhead. Grizzly Lake Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. This “hiking trail” is a road, so don’t get mad if people are driving past you on side by sides and Jeeps. Grizzly Peak (13,988'), from which the lake-cirque is carved, is the highest ranked 13er in Colorado Grizzly Creek flows into Grizzly Reservoir, built in the 1930s and primarily serves as the fore bay to the tunnel that Twin Lakes uses to divert water under the Continental Divide. So pretty! Like others mention the trail is well shaded and there are plenty of spots to approach the creek and dip your toes in the crystal clear water Began the hike at 9 am. Please pay attention to Forest Service rules and regulations. Once you get to the top, the path meanders through several meadows with only a very slight incline. Overall, highly recommend for the views, flowers, and great end spot! This is where we stopped because there was too much shrubbery to identify where the trail began again. Super rocky after the merge with the ATV trail. This is a challenging trail for ATVs and short wheel-based vehicles, especially at the obstacle near the beginning, which may draw spectators. Lake was spectacular!! Some stayed back at the last mile after the largest creek crossing, because the elevation gain and the steep rocky scramble in just the last hundred feet or so are rough. Didn’t see another person going up or down, so definitely lightly trafficked. We were lucky enough to have it to ourselves today. The first half mile is a steep climb, but it opens into a nice meadow. west just south of Nathrop, follow it quite a few miles to the trailhaead. Grizzly Lake (12,523') is located 3.65 miles from Lincoln Creek Road in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. This start is the most difficult part of the trail. Once you cross the river, it is a steep climb again. Enjoyed the solitude. Hiked 06/20/20. Grizzly Lake is located in San Isabel National Forest. Trail Map | Photo Gallery Then up you go on a very rocky ride to the lake. The Grizzly Lake fishing map contains information about some of the best fishing spots this lake has to offer as well as the nearby cottages, campgrounds, and bait and tackle shops. There is a lot of incline, which makes sense since it’s rated difficult, but this is probably one of the easier hikes I’ve done that fall under the “hard” category. The USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) publishes a set of the most commonly used topographic maps of the U.S. called US Topo that are separated into rectangular quadrants that are printed at 22.75"x29" or larger. A long bumpy 4X4 road Lincoln Creek takes you to the trail head a high clearance is a MUST. The map also shows hotspots where our fishing junkies have caught lunkers and posted photos and stories. Great hike! Some cool history along the trail with a few old homes or foundations. can't say much more than what others have said except to maybe not go on the weekends. To reach the trailhead drive ±15.2 miles south from Mammoth Hot Springs. Dogs are also able to use this trail. There are still some deeper snow patches at the end, we had minimal postholing because we came behind some ATVs who had flattened it. Moderate-difficult. Shortly thereafter you pass an old house. It's a tough spot to beat. 1,300). on our way down about 5 different groups were coming up. Would definitely recommend the hiking trail next time if you’re not driving. Definitely hard hike. Outstanding hike. Please pay attention to Forest Service rules and regulations. Evacuated residents of Sweetwater and the Colorado River Road waited helplessly for word about whether or not their homes remained standing. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. It was awesome and recommend it to anyone who is wanting a challenging trail. Only saw 4 people there... otherwise we had the trail to ourselves. Helpful. Snow has mostly melted, trail is easily found. 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