Grizzly Lake

Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area, Colorado

Distance3.5mi
Elevation Gain2,539ft
Trailhead Elevation12,531ft
Top12,531ft
Elevation Min/Max10570/12531ft
Elevation Start/End12531/12531ft

Grizzly Lake

Grizzly Lake is a hiking and horse trail in Pitkin County, Colorado. It is within Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area and White River National Forest. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 12,531 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,539 feet.

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8/12/2009
6-mile approach on Lincoln Creek Rd requires vehicle with good clearance, but not 4WD and takes 40 minutes each way. Hike is spectacular -- my favorite in Aspen area. Only last 1/3 is steep. 3 hours (4+ miles?) from parking to Lake at slow but steady pace. Allow 6 hours for r/t, including time for appreciation at top. R Castle, Lexington MA
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8/14/2006
The 6 mi. road to the trail head is very rocky and rough. It seems endless. We aborted our trip once because we thought our rented Hyundai Santa Fe was going to break an axle. We find a high-clearance 4x4 (Ford F-150)works better. However, the absolute beauty of this trail makes it all worth it. We were there in Mid July, and the wild flowers were spectacular. The challenging steep climb at the end toward Grizzly lake made us feel accomplished. We saw quite a few trout rising in the lake. This is definitely one of the best hikes we have been on. Minh Ducey, roanoke va
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8/7/2006
Spectacular wildflower show the month of July. Changing scenary each bend in the trail. When you reach the lake search for the outlet and watch for schools of large cutthroat trout. The drive to the trailhead is worth it.
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7/17/2004
this is the current favorite trail for us. like a lot of colorado trails, there are peaks that you see ahead, and think that is the end...then you get there to find out there's more. so, it was torturous for us. keep in mind this trail is not a pass, either. but, do the whole trail, and the accomplishment and vastness is rewarding. the sweeping mountainsides are the main attraction. also that the trail starts at a high altitude. this one is magical.
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Trail Information

Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
Local Contacts
USGS Independence Pass, New York Peak
Local Maps

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Dec 2018