East Inlet Trail is a hiking trail in Grand Lake, Colorado. It is within Rocky Mountain National Park. It is 6.7 miles long and begins at 8,399 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,420 feet. East Inlet Trailhead and another parking are near the trailhead. There is also an information board. The Cats Lair, East Meadow Site, Upper East Inlet, Solitaire, Slick Rock, Gray Jay Group, and Lower East Inlet Site camp sites can be seen along the trail. There are also a bench and a water along the trail. The trail ends near the Lake Verna camp site.
East Inlet Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Rocky Mountain National Park’s East Inlet Trail is well known to hikers for its scenic waterfalls and gorgeous alpine lakes. For 7.8 miles the trail follows a fastflowing creek through a pristine U-shaped valley, passing two waterfalls and four lakes along the way. In an effort to maintain the pristine quality of the valley the Park Service restricts overnight camping to 7 established sites along the trail. You will be assigned a campsite when you receive your backcountry permit. My favorite sites are the Lake Verna and Upper East Inlet Campsites, but unless you make advance reservations you will probably have to settle for one of the sites further down the canyon. The hike described here ends at Fourth Lake; however if you are looking for more adventure you will find a faint, unmaintained trail than continues from Fourth Lake further up the inlet to Fifth Lake. Fifth Lake is not well visited because it is 500 feet higher than Fourth Lake, and the steep, primitive trail is often obliterated by winter avalanches."
--David Day, Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing).
"Winter touring in the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park can be very gratifying. There are fewer people on the trail, snowmobiles and pets are not allowed in the park, and the snow is usually ample. This tour follows the East Inlet Trail and ends at the far end of a second large meadow. En route, a side loop trail on the right leads to Adams Falls. The narrow winding trail has steep sections that are easier for the snowshoer than the cross-country skier."
--Dave Muller, Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
"Grand Lake is a dreamy little mountain town on the western edge of Rocky Mountain National Park. The main attraction here is the largest and deepest natural lake in the state, but the town is also home to some wonderful waterfall hikes, and three distinctly different waterfalls punctuate the scenic East Inlet Trail. The first, Adams Falls, lies west of the convergence of East Inlet and Echo Creek; segmented at the top, it cascades down, turns abruptly, and flows into a long, narrow chute."
--Susan Joy Paul, Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado (Falcon Guides).
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