Grouse Lake

Whiteriver, Colorado 80166

Grouse Lake

Grouse Lake Professional Guide

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"The hike to Grouse Lake follows Grouse Creek, which could be more aptly named Berry Bush Creek—especially the first section. The trail climbs steadily through spruce-fir forest interspersed with aspen.

A few flatter sections provide ample time to catch your breath. Moss-covered rocks punctuate little creeks, and flowers border the trail. Pointy Grouse Peak overlooks a long valley that holds grass-lined Grouse Lake. The lake lies just within the Holy Cross Wilderness."

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Hiking Colorado's Summit County Area (Falcon Guides)
Maryann Gaug
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"The hike to Grouse Lake follows Grouse Creek, which could be more aptly named Berry Bush Creek. The trail climbs steadily through spruce-fir forest interspersed with aspen. A few flatter sections provide ample time to restore one’s breath. Little creeks along the trail are filled with moss-covered rocks and bordered with flowers. Grouse Peak overlooks a long valley at the end of which sits grass-lined Grouse Lake. The lake lies just within the Holy Cross Wilderness. The trail to Grouse Lake is lined with innumerable berry bushes of several varieties, including twinberry, elderberry, gooseberry, currant, and thistleberry. Little creeks run clear and cold, with moss-covered rocks and logs creating exquisite aquatic gardens." Read more

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6/11/2009
Word of the day..."wet". Beautiful hike even in the rain. Lots of flooding and interesting creek crossings. Hit patches of snow about 2.5-3.0 miles in. Snowing around 3.5 miles in...got chilly. Saw two small bucks, squirrel, plethera of birds, and smelled skunk! Now enjoying coffee!
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7/3/2008
Out and back alongside a creek. Nice hike with very low traffic. My dog loved it!
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Trail Information

Whiteriver
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
9.2
Distance
2,865 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
4- 7.7 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
USDA Forest Service, Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District, 24747 US 24, Minturn; (970) 827-5715; www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver
Local Contacts
USGS Vail East and Willow Lakes; Nat Geo Trails Illustrated 108 Vail/Frisco/Dillon; Latitude 40˚ Vail and Eagle Trails; USFS White River National Forest map
Local Maps

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