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Pets allowed
Yes
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
7.20 mi (11.59 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Shaded hike. Follows beautiful Grizzly Creek.

Cons

Upper trail is quite rocky.

Trailhead Elevation

5,994.00 ft (1,826.97 m)

Net Elevation Gain

1,847.00 ft (562.97 m)

Address

I-70
121
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
United States

Features

Fishing

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Comments

12.11.17
i believe you can make this a loop by hiking up the saddle and dropping into no name drainage/trail ~ NM
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