Difficult Hiking Trails Information | Town of Vail

Grouse Lake

Town of Vail Hiking Information for Grouse Lake

Grouse Lake

Length: 4.5 miles (one way)  Difficulty: Difficult

Grouse Lake trail begins on a logging road but turns to singletrack after 0.3 mile. At the signed junction with West Grouse Creek trail at 1 mile, keep left. The trail continues climbing through mixed forests and provides access to the Holy Cross Wilderness at Grouse Lake. If camping overnight, please visit the Ranger Station to learn about Holy Cross Wilderness regulations.

To avoid trampling sensitive vegetation and to prevent soil erosion, please stay on the trail at all times. Dogs are permitted; while they do not need to be on leash, they do need to be under verbal control in order to protect wildlife and the hiking experience of other trail users. This trail enters the Holy Cross Wilderness – regulations are posted at the trailhead.


 Crowds: Moderate.


 Access: Travel west on I-70 to exit 171 for Minturn, Leadville, and Highway 24. Merge right and follow Highway 24 south for approximately 1 mile. Trailhead is on right side of the road.


Trail Adopted By: Michael Dunahay & Associates

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