Granite Falls

Estes Park, Colorado 80511

Granite Falls

Granite Falls Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Snowmelt pools at Sprague Glacier, south of 12,713-foot Sprague Mountain, and flows west in Tonahutu Creek. At Granite Falls, the water slides down granite slabs then continues on through Big Meadows and south to Grand Lake. Although this hike gains nearly 1,000 feet of elevation, the rise is spread out evenly most of the way, for a gradual ascent that never really gets steep, or hard.

Hike through the forest, below 10,313-foot Green Mountain to the south, and on to Big Meadows. Bear left and hike north, keeping the meadow to your right. To the southeast lies 10,424-foot Mount Patterson; you’ll pass cabin ruins to the left and to the right of the trail. The meadows are popular with moose, and you may even come across them on the trail. As with all wildlife, keep your distance and do not approach them."

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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
5 hours
8,800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,740 feet
Top Elevation
Rocky Mountain National Park, (970) 586-1206,
Local Contacts
DeLorme Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 28 C4; USGS Colorado Quad Map: Grand Lake
Local Maps

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Dec 2018