Notch Mountain

Minturn, Colorado 81645

Notch Mountain

Notch Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"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 and take an extra day or two to explore this beautiful and quiet area."

Notch Mountain Reviews

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Beautiful area. Trail has gentle incline first 2 miles with lush forest & a few small streams to cross. Area leading out of timberline & into tundra heavy with wildflowers & lush ground covering. Steep but manageable switchbacks take you to the top with a spectacular view of Mt Holy Cross. We had a great day!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,763 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
5 to 7 hours
Best from late June to mid-Oct
Season & Limits
White River National Forest, Holy Cross Ranger District, Minturn; 970-827-5715;
Local Contacts
USGS Mount of the Holy Cross and Minturn
Local Maps

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Aug 2018