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Grizzly Creek Trail

Glenwood Canyon

Flat Tops + White River Plateau, Colorado

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Grizzly Creek Trail

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  • The start of the Grizzly Creek Trail.- Grizzly Creek Trail
  • Picnic areas within the first 0.5 miles of the trail.- Grizzly Creek Trail
  • The trail follows close to Grizzly Creek most of the way up the canyon.- Grizzly Creek Trail
  • More picnic areas.- Grizzly Creek Trail
  • Grizzly Creek Trail nestled below the high canyon walls.- Grizzly Creek Trail
  • There are many beautiful viewpoints.- Grizzly Creek Trail
  • Keep your eyes open for big horn sheep as they have been known to frequent the canyon walls.- Grizzly Creek Trail
  • The farther up the trail, the narrower and more overgrown the trail becomes.- Grizzly Creek Trail
  • Loose rocks cover many sections of the upper trail.- Grizzly Creek Trail
  • Showy daisy (Erigeron speciosus) is plentiful along the trail.- Grizzly Creek Trail
  • Views of Grizzly Creek.- Grizzly Creek Trail
  • Views of Grizzly Creek.- Grizzly Creek Trail
  • Views of Grizzly Creek.- Grizzly Creek Trail
  • Views of Grizzly Creek and the canyon walls.- Grizzly Creek Trail
  • Views of Grizzly Creek.- Grizzly Creek Trail
  • Views of Grizzly Creek.- Grizzly Creek Trail
  • Views of Grizzly Creek and the canyon walls.- Grizzly Creek Trail
  • The confluence of Grizzly Creek and the Colorado River. - Grizzly Creek Trail
  • - Grizzly Creek Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Shaded hike. Follows beautiful Grizzly Creek.
Cons: 
Upper trail is quite rocky.
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Region:
Flat Tops + White River Plateau, CO
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,847.00 ft (562.97 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
7.20 mi (11.59 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,994.00 ft (1,826.97 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Grizzly Creek Trail is a nice alternative to the ever crowded Hanging Lake Trail nearby. This 7.2-mile trail starts from the junction of the creek and the Colorado River and winds its way along Grizzly Creek through ponderosa pines and spruce trees. The trail offers plenty of picnic spots, places to enjoy river views, fishing holes, and room for a quick dip if you're in the mood. Please note that the water is cold as it comes from the snow melt on the Flat Tops. In the spring the river flows can be high and fast.

The first half mile of the trail is wide and well maintained. The trail then becomes narrower, progressively steeper, and filled with  loose rocks. The views of Grizzly Creek and Glenwood Canyon near the top make the trek worth it. Along the trail you'll notice the high canyon walls, which belong to the sedimentary formation called the Conglomerate of Canyon Creek. Keep your eyes peeled for big horn sheep on the canyon walls as they have been known to reside there on occasion. Continue uphill to one set of short switchbacks and a grove of aspens before the end of the trail. The turnaround point is the diversion pipeline that carries water to Glenwood Springs.

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