Cascade Creek Trail

Arapaho National Recreation Area, Colorado

Elevation Gain3,945ft
Trailhead Elevation8,349ft
Elevation Min/Max8345/10064ft
Elevation Start/End8349/8349ft

Cascade Creek Trail

Cascade Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Grand County, Colorado. It is within Arapaho National Recreation Area and Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. It is 6.3 miles long and begins at 8,349 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,945 feet. Near the trailhead there are an information map and restrooms. Near the end of the trail is an information guidepost. This trail connects with the following: Pawnee Pass Trail, Usfs Trail 907, Buchanan Pass Trail and Crater Lake Trail.

Cascade Creek Trail Reviews

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I left around 9:00am got there at 11:00 am. My quest started at 11:30. Instead of going to Crater Lake I headed towards Gord Lake it is 7 miles going and 7 miles coming back. It took me 3 hours to get to Gord Lake. It is beautiful the mountain views and a nice lake to go fishing. All differerent colors. The next morning I wanted to climb to the peak there are many rocks so i was rock scrambling. Going to the top I came across many lakes small ones. I got to the top in an Hour. It was amazing it is only 12,000 feet but it was a very nice climb.
There are places to camp and very safe the only wild animal i saw was a moose.
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Was a very busy trailhead due to the access of the lakes near the entrance. Hike was good and was moderate for the most part until the hike towards the end which got the heart rate up. View from the lake was spectacular and despite the forest service which sold me the permit to camp at the lake telling me they were full up almost for the evening we had the lake to ourselves that evening which was fantastic. Good work out just due to the mileage to the lake but fishing was good and the views spectacular.
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This is a busy trail! The parking is wonderful and the trailhead is clearly marked. The trail is nicely kept and for the most part easily found. Along the trail there are some great cascading cross overs. As you get to the final half mile however be prepared for some tough gain. We were blessed with snow caps feeding the lake and streams everywhere. Well worth the effort to get up there! Bring plenty of water and watch for trees intended to block non-trail areas. (One could eaily step over them and get lost.)

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Trail Information

Arapaho National Recreation Area
Nearby City
Indian Peaks Wilderness Area
Sulphur Ranger District, USDA Forest Service
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks / Gold Hill, #103
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018