Compare elevation, range, calories and other trail metrics. 4th log bridge from bottom looks like it has been gone for quite a while. Grouse Lake Trail #16E01, Desolation Wilderness Trail and Hiking Information. Trail Info: In the last few years the Campbell Lake Trail has gotten the nickname “Harrison Grind”. You’ll find 4.7 miles of hunter walking trails but breaking off the trail will take you through stands of aspen to explore additional bird habitat. The hike to Grouse Lake is a moderate to strenuous hike that is mostly uphill. The climb up to the lake was very manageable. Even though the trail is short and close to town, the sense of remoteness is outstanding. The trail was steep in parts, but followed the creek very closely and was lovely and mostly shaded. The tail is a bit steeper for the first two miles, then there was a flatter straight section, then a bit steeper at the top. These aspen groves are especially attractive, and abundant flowers and berries highlight lower portions of the trail. The trail can be steep, though all the steepest sections are short, as it climbs high into an alpine basin and passes through a series of meadows at the four-mile point. So we went back and went through the West Grouse side. Not heavily trafficked. I’m not an experienced hiker, so I definitely had to stop and catch my breath. Pretty trail! Really nice trail; agree with Jennifer - nice balance of steep and moderate sections. The lookout is about ¼ of a mile to the left (west) of the trailhead and is often the beginning or ending point for a hike along t… The next section of trail will lead you up the mountainside through rocky and beautiful terrain. Wrights Lake to Grouse Lake is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kyburz, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. You can keep going past rock fall for a few miles, but you can’t reach the lake by using this trail. A superb hike for families, this trail has only a few steep sections. Lightly trafficked. Like others have mentioned, my watch clocked 10.3miles. From the Copper Creek trailhead, gain 5,000 feet in 6 miles (option: camp partway at Lower or Upper Tent Meadows) to the last switchback before the pass into Granite Basin. Length 9 miElevation gain 2851 ftRoute type Out & back Trail reports are used to indicate a trails current condition and inform builders and other riders about any issues on a trail. Great trail. gorgeous and fun. Lots of snow about 1 mile short of the lake. Guess the lower loop is usable for now. During spring, summer and fall, the trail is in good condition to access the lake. Starting at 9600 ft the trail was intermittently blocked by snow banks forcing us to wade through or detour around. Olsen Lake is located 5.6 miles from Grouse Creek Trailhead in the Holy Cross Wilderness. Whether you are there to swim, stalk wily trout, or watch a sunset over an alpine lake, this is the place to […] Keep climbing, and you'll reach the beautiful Grouse Lake. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Note: There are thousands of acres of state forest and WMA land that, although not designated as RGMAs, have ongoing timber management that provides excellent ruffed grouse habitat. 3-4 easily traversable water crossings. A few moderate stream crossings but made it to the lake with no issues. If the trail could only go down both ways would be only improvement. The trail in some areas, looks more like a creek than a trail. The Grouse Lake trail begins near the town of Minturn and ends at Grouse Lake: The trail rises through aspen, pine, spruce, and fir. OR. Beautiful trail and all clear to the lake. Fun, dynamic trail. Enjoy! This small lake is ringed by thick timber at the base of a steep ridge, just over which is the Beaver Creek Ski Area. Lush walk along a nice river most of the trail. It is a 6 mile hike to Grouse Lake. The lake comes into view a short time later, with a view dominated by 12,799-foot Grouse Mountain. We attempted the Grouse Lake Trail yesterday, June 3. didnt get to stay at the lake as long as I hoped because a moose chased me. The Grouse Lake Trail is located 7.2 miles from Troy, Montana (MT) in Kootenai National Forest. Fantastic trail. Hiked today 11/15, totally serene after the first mile. Definitely a challenging and rewarding hike for beginner! Great hike with a good mixture of steep and flatter sections. Even if clear not a favorite but it is in the woods with shade. A superb hike for families, this trail has only a few steep sections. It’s a consistent uphill trail so be prepared! We tried going up Grouse Lake trail, but saw some moose when we started our hike. Great trail. Per our Garmin GPS, the total length is 10.0 miles from the parking lot, not 9.0. The trail climbs sharply again about 3.25 miles in and switch-backs slightly and is rocky. Dogs are also able to use this trail. The Grouse Lakes area is truly the “land-o-the-lakes.” A long but rewarding loop hike will bring visitors within view of more than fifteen lakes of all sizes, and to the shores of seven. Leafs are in the early stages of changing fall colors. Anyone who is interested in visiting Grouse Lake Trail can print the free topographic map and street map using the link above. Just like the review from Steve said. Boulder field to north of lake with great views. Maybe it’s because ruffed grouse are the most pursued gamebird in all of Minnesota. Hunter Walking Trails What is a HWT? The trail continues climbing through mixed forests and provides access to the Holy Cross Wilderness at Grouse Lake. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail. Water high for several log crossings and then the trail is washed out. Since the lake is accessed via trail, canoes and rafts must be packed in; use extra caution when crossing the talus slope. Share on Hiking Project. Hunting in State Forests» A good grouse trail is shared only with family or close friends, and even then reluctantly. Lots of bugs and mud along the way. The Grouse Ridge Trail is a wonderful Sierra Mountain trail spanning up to 10 miles in length. It’s a tough trail, but beautiful. I was also watchful and mindful of moose in the area. The Holy Cross Wilderness is a U.S. Wilderness Area located in San Isabel and White River national forests near Leadville, Minturn, Avon, Edwards, Eagle, and Vail, Colorado.The 122,797-acre (496.94 km 2) wilderness with 164 miles (264 km) of trails was established in 1980.The wilderness was named after its highest peak, 14,005-foot (4,269 m) Mount of the Holy Cross. Hiked this trail 6/25/2020. Virtual Tour of Grouse Lake Trail #16E01. The trail is neither marked nor maintained for winter use. We did 1.6miles up and then turned back. There were two parts that were a bit muddy and required stepping on rocks or bridges to cross. At about 9300 ft the trail was flooded and we had to bushwhack along the bank, Trail Highlights: The trail follows a dirt road for the first .25 miles. OR. Walking trails are nice as they have an area to park, a map posted on a sign at the trail head and make a big loop so you never … Nice trail. Paved road, then gravel road access. I took the W Grouse Creek trail and it was beautiful! Spectacular! Well maintained while still keeping a rustic feel. Since the lake is accessed via trail, canoes and rafts must be packed in; use extra caution when crossing the talus slope. June 7th 2020. In late May and early June, the hillside has rivers of water cascading down the granite and makes for some great photographs. Views will become more and more impressive as you go. I went early so I had the lake all to myself. Trail description: This trail extends north from Eagle Lakes to Sawmill Lake, providing a north-south route through the Grouse Lakes area. West Grouse Creek Trail #2129 - Trail head located just north of Minturn on Hwy24. The trail leads over to Grouse Hill, which lies east off of the trail at about mile 0.5 where the trail takes a hairpin-turn going west. http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/kootenai/home. Tour the groomed beginner and intermediate snowshoe trails of the Blue Grouse Loop, or head for Dam Mountain - a pristine loop of three main trails that circle Dam Mountain and Thunderbird Ridge. RGMAs are also open to other types of hunting and recreation. Grouse Lake trail begins on a logging road but turns to singletrack after 0.3 mile. Park in the dirt parking area and then cross the metal footbridge, and you will see the trailhead marker on your left. It’s definitely a steep hike up to a great view over Harrison Lake. At the signed junction with West Grouse Creek trail at 1 mile, keep left. Hunters use this trail during hunting season. From US Highway 2 near Troy, take the Lake Creek road south approximately 6.5 miles to the trailhead. The 6 stream crossings are all via logs, so hiking poles are recommended for balance. Solid trail. Steady incline all the way with some steep portions at times but overall ok. The opposite bank was buried in snow and we saw no hope of forward progress. The vegetation is lush near the creek and spruce becomes common. I’d give it at least another week, probably 2 before the lake is reachable for most hikers. Follow Grouse Lake Trail #16E01 to the right. Snoeshoers and people walking dogs frequently utilize the first couple of miles in the winter. Definitely had a variety of incline. At Buyck, County 23 turns into County 24. The last ascent to Grouse Lake is notably the most difficult. 10.4 miles round trip according to GPS watch. About 0.5 miles later it levels out as it comes in Lower Grouse Lake, a granite basin lake. Amazing! Getting to the lake will be another month or so. A Walk in the Woods – Grouse Game It’s one of the most closely guarded secrets of the Crane Lake universe. Lake is nice, with several spots to sit down, grab a sandwich and take in the view of Grouse Mountain. The trail begins here and continues straight before reaching a fork where the West Grouse Creek Trail goes right. For the first mile the snow was well-packed, hiking boots were sufficient, but after that it would have been slow and frustrating going without snowshoes. Yellowhammer Lake Gianelli's Trail Head Chewing Gum Lake Granite Lake Long Lake Spring Meadow Toejam Lake Upper Wire Lake Upper Relief Lake About Us History Contact Us FAQ Grouse Lake Area: 9 acres Depth: 25 feet Elevation: 7,100 feet 4 Miles 1.5 Hours Short Day Trip One night camping limit. Beaver/Turquoise Lake #2109 - Trail head located in Beaver Creek Village. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. After the first .25mile, you are hiking right next to a creek the entire time. Expect a few bugs at the lake. HWT wind their way through Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), connecting with some state forests and other public hunting lands. Here the forest … Deadwood Peak is also accessed from here. The trail takes you into the Mokelumne Wilderness. Download the free Spar Lake topo map. Grouse Lake Trail is displayed on the Spar Lake USGS quad topo map. A feature of Minnesota's primary grouse range, HWT provide comparatively easy access to grouse and woodcock areas. It follows a creek bed most of the way and has excellent tread throughout. ??? A lake, stream running along, a few aspen still all in yellow and only a few people on the trail. Shady and right along the creek most of the time, so my dog had a great time, as did I. RGMAs are good places for upland forest bird hunting, yet they do receive considerable hunting pressure from bird hunters. Blue Lakes The Blue Lakes does not provide direct access to the Mokelumne Wilderness, but it does provide road access to the Pacific Crest Trail. We made it up to the lake in just over two hours- would call this hike a mix between moderate and hard. Trail Highlights : From the trailhead follow the dirt road through pastureland for approximately 1/4 mile where the road turns left. Grouse Lake Trail is a 9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Minturn, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. This trail is a similar length to the Grouse … Loved that it follows the river most of the way up and is well shaded. At about 10,240 ft the trail crossed a branch of the creek but we could not proceed any further. Hiked on 20/19/2020. Shade most of the way as well as frequent access to creek if you want to bring your dog. Sign Up. Echo Lake Ruffed Grouse Management Area Ruffed Grouse Management Areas Wildlife Management Areas National Forest Hunter Walking Trails County Highway Township or Other Road Forest Access Routes Minnesota Snowmobile Trails 0.4 0 0.4 Miles D a t e: 2 0 1 5-0 9-2 2 User Note: This unit is non-motorized. The lake was gorgeous, pics do not do it justice. All the steeper sections are short. Your FREE account works with all Adventure Projects sites . Needs Summary Near South Lake Tahoe, California. The lake at the top is small and swampy, so to me, this hike can only be about the journey, not the destination (unless you have a thing for swamps). The trailhead, which is roughly 6,500 feet in elevation, has plenty of parking in addition to the Grouse Ridge campgrounds located nearby. Stream flow is at a maximum and there were several crossings that were a bit dicey. You can find the trails easily with clearly marked signs from the top of Grouse Mountain. Cross water six times as you climb through a series of meadows before a final climb brings you into the Holy Cross Wilderness and to Grouse Lake at the foot of Grouse Mountain. We were the only people at the lake when we got there at 10 am yesterday. Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail During winter, the lake is used for ice fishing. The trail starts about 1.5 miles north of Crater Lake's Rim Drive northern junction and has parking across the street and free dispersed camping. Has everything we like on a trail. Stream crossings are many and a balancing skill. At the north end the trail crosses the spillway of the dam at Sawmill Lake, which may be impassable due to high water in Canyon Creek (spring and early summer). Grouse Lake Trail is 10 km (6 mi) long and takes you through diverse landscapes from the forest in the beginning, then past meadows and through … Log In. Creek is low enough that you can pick your way around several fall trees and cross on rocks in just a few inches of water. If I recall correctly, around the second mile you reach the most challenging incline of the trail. Stay on the left trail, which rises through aspen, pine, spruce, and fir. A good amount of shade, too! The trail up West Grouse Creek wanders through lodgepole forest, meadows, and aspen forest then enters thicker spruce and fir forest. View at the top is. Trail is actually 11 miles round trip from the parking area. Mosinee: Approximately 8 miles south of … The trail is parallel to a small creek which is nice. Other than that, amazing! Length 4 miElevation gain 1210 ftRoute type Out & back You can also continue on a flatter section of trail past the viewpoint to Campbell Lake. The trail is 1.6 Miles (2.6 Kilometers) Singletrack in length with 14% Avg Grade (8°) and 30% Max Grade (17°). Thankfully we didn’t come across any. Highly recommend. The Grouse Lake Trail closely follows Grouse Creek through grassy aspen groves into thick coniferous forests up to the lake. Echo Lake Trails 2012 SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST LACROIX RANGER DISTRICT COOK, MINNESOTA Features 13 miles of trail Non-motorized access only Managed grouse habitat Location The Echo Lake trail system is located 18 miles northeast of Orr, MN. During spring, summer and fall, the trail is in good condition to access the lake. During winter, the lake is used for ice fishing. Uphill the whole time. Grouse Lake Trail #2127 White River National Forest Available for both Cross Country Skiing , Snowshoeing , and Snowmobile (until last 0.2 mile) the 4.56 mile Grouse Lake Trail follows a dirt road for the first 0.25 miles until the road curves left with Grouse Lake Trail continuing straight to … Lake is more like a big pond but still nice views from there. Beautiful hike on 9/4/2020. Didn't see many people on the trail which was a bonus. At this junction, the longer West Grouse Creek Trail goes right, and the Grouse Lake Trail goes left. Stream running st full force. OR. Respect private property and verify public hunting areas by observing boundary signs. Only passed people twice, on a Sunday! Not very steep yet a constant ascent. It’s a beautiful hike with lots of wildflowers right now, steady climb the whole way... some steep upticks. Password help. Along this trail are numerous lakes like Glacier Lake that are popular hiking destinations. The trail is located at 38.85968825, -120.21077266 (latitude & longitude) in California, High Sierra, Tahoe National Forest, Desolation Wilderness. At this point the road curves left, but the trail continues straight to a junction at .7 miles. Grouse Lake Trail is a 9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Minturn, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. 9.6 miles on my watch. Connect with Facebook. There were some downed trees and some mud spots, but totally passable. For a straightforward three-day, 14-mile escape, point your compass to Grouse Lake, a tarn tucked among classic Sierra granite ridges at 10,500 feet. From Orr, take County 23 to Buyck (16 miles). Would recommend poles to faciltate river crossings, of which there are many. So beautiful and quiet. Aspen leaves were golden and ground cover gold, orange and red. Steady incline entire route. Its open south shore is ideal for camping, with access to a rolling landscape of talus bowls and alpine ridges that see few people. More like 10 miles round trip. Additionally, the first two miles of this trail are downhill from the trailhead. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. You begin at the trailhead which is right by the Upper Blue Lake Camp Ground. Mostly climbed in the shade and turned around after we crossed that second bridge at the top. This 1,900-acre site is located just south of Lake Superior shoreline in Alger County, providing a unique hunting experience. The lake is beautiful and worth the climb. A really good trail! The Lake of the Woods chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society partners with the MN DNR to add two new walking trails each year in this forest. The trail follows a stream almost the entire way, so the slope was fairly steady. Grouse Lake Trail Trail Reports no reports have been added for Grouse Lake Trail yet, add a trail report. Would highly recommend. View at the top was very beautiful. Attempted to reach the lake but heard some large wildlife near by so we headed back down. Make sure you take a lot of water. After about 7 miles hiking through a wooded valley the trees open up and you'll find yourself at the foot of the mountain. Poles strongly recommended. Lovely trail in the summer! Sign Up or Log In. Grouse Lake Grouse and Granite Lakes are the destinations of the trail leaving this trailhead. 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