Granite Lakes

Hunter–Fryingpan Wilderness Area, Colorado

Distance5.7mi
Elevation Gain3,488ft
Trailhead Elevation8,784ft
Top11,628ft
Elevation Min/Max8768/11628ft
Elevation Start/End8784/8784ft

Granite Lakes

Granite Lakes is a hiking and horse trail in Pitkin County, Colorado. It is within White River National Forest and Hunter–Fryingpan Wilderness Area. It is 5.7 miles long and begins at 8,784 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,488 feet. Along the trail there is a pipeline. This trail connects with the following: Frying Pan River.

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Best Dog Hikes Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Bob D’Antonio, Maryann Gaug, Stewart Green, Linda B. Mullally, and Tracy Salcedo-Chourré.
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"The Granite Lakes Trail first wanders along the Fryingpan River, meandering up and down through thick forest and around some interesting granitic formations. The first 3.3 miles are fairly gentle. Turning up the Granite Creek drainage, the trail climbs steadily, and often steeply, to Lower Granite Lake, tucked in a bench above Granite Creek. Upper Granite Lake is about 0.75 mile farther along a fairly gentle path. Once in the subalpine zone, the wildflowers and views are beautiful. Backpack in—don’t forget supplies for your dog—and take an extra day or two to explore this beautiful and quiet area." Read more
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Maryann Gaug, Revised by Sandy Heise
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"The Granite Lakes Trail first wanders along the Fryingpan River, meandering up and down through thick forest and around some interesting granitic formations. The first 3.3 miles are fairly gentle.Turning up the Granite Creek drainage, the trail climbs steadily, and often steeply, to Lower Granite Lake, tucked in a bench above Granite Creek. Upper Granite Lake is about 0.75 mile farther along a fairly gentle path. Once in the subalpine zone, the wild flowers and views are beautiful. Backpack in and take an extra day or two to explore this beautiful and quiet area." Read more

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I have done this hike several times, and it is one of my favorite long hikes in the frying pan area. It is strenuous but the views are worth it. This weekend there was a dusting of snow on the granite peaks visible at several points along the trail, so they were stunning as they shimmered in the sunlight. In July the wildflowers in the meadows are amazing. Bring plenty of water and snacks, as the trail is steep and it will be a long day.
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Trail Information

Hunter–Fryingpan Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Hunter–Fryingpan Wilderness Area
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
White River National Forest, Sopris Ranger District, Carbondale; (970) 9632266; www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver
Local Contacts
USGS Nast and Mount Champion; Nat Geo Trails Illustrated 126 Holy Cross/Ruedi Reservoir and 127 Aspen/Independence Pass; Latitude 40˚ Crested Butte, Aspen, Gunnison
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