Grizzly Lake - St. Elmo, Colorado
Pictures Of My Hike Inside Grizzly Gulch To Grizzly Lake, CO
Grizzly Lake is located in Grizzly Gulch near the "ghost town" of
St. Elmo. I was on the trail
at 7:15 a.m. and did not see another person until
I was coming back down at approximately 9:45 a.m. I had the entire lake to myself!
Locating and entering Grizzly Gulch was tricky. A
drive road travels much of the way to the lake, with a trail south of the creek for the lower part.
(The road crosses the creek twice.)
To get on the correct trail (if you are walking by foot), it is the third left
from the beginning of Hancock Road.
The first left leads to a private home,
the second left is Grizzly Gulch Road, the third left leads to the trail. On this particular third left,
there is an immediate "Y" - go left toward Grizzly Gulch.
Another way to get on the trail: On "Main Street" in St. Elmo (with the St. Elmo General Store to your right),
walk toward the dead end and continue past the homes on the left. That old road turns
sharply and up toward Hancock Road - across the road you will see the trail.
Of course, if you bring your topographical map,
you'll be okay. I used National Geographic's "Trails Illustrated Map" as seen in the left image.
Speaking for myself, this was a nice hike - a
great morning to be in the outdoors - but nothing "dazzled" me. Many aspens line the trail
and the lake is pretty, but the terrain at the lake was marshy in many areas. There was
nowhere particularly inviting to sit and the lake's edge had numerous gnats.
Was this an enjoyable hike? You bet. Will I hike this trail again? Probably not.
Lastly, if you really love challenging 4-wheel roads, you might want to consider
Grizzly Gulch. It looked more difficult than Tincup Pass.
Also, among the five hikers I noticed as I walked back down, all of them
had fishing poles. High altitude fishing is probably great up there!
All the best,
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