Grizzly Lake Trail
MOUNT PRINCETON HOT SPRINGS RESORT
Grizzly Lake Trail
Length of Hike: 5.6 miles RT
Grizzly Lake sits in Grizzly Basin (11,188 ft) near the ghost town of St. Elmo and offers magnificent alpine beauty. The trail/ATV road is steep and rocky, alternately taking you through dense forest or open shelf road with many switchbacks. This portion of the trail has many scenic mountains and valleys. There are beautiful aspen groves along the trail and the terrain at the lake is marshy in many areas. High altitude fishing is good at this lake with Cutthroat Trout having amazing color. The bottom of the lake is very rocky and many lures get snagged here. Fly fishing is best where the rockslide comes right down to the lake, as it creates a great habitat for the fish to thrive.
Directions to Grizzly Lake
This trail is 10 miles west of Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort on CR 162. It is suggested to park just before St. Elmo on the left near Hancock Road. To access the correct trail (walking), it is the 3rd left from the beginning of Hancock Road. This 1st left is a private home, 2nd left is Grizzly Gulch Road, and the 3rd left leads to the trail.
10 Hiking Essentials
- Water (1.5 Liters per person per 5-6 hours)
- Snacks (Beef Jerky, nuts, power bar)
- Navigation (map and compass and/or GPS)
- Extra clothing (hat, socks, gloves)
- First aid supplies
- Light (headlamp or flashlight)
- Fire starter and matches/lighter
- CD Rom or mirror, whistle, mosquito repellant
- Emergency shelter (Biffy Bag)
You are starting your adventure at roughly 8,000ft.
You are likely going to an even higher altitude – hydration is key.
Water, Water, Water!
This activity is an extreme test of a person’s physical and mental limits and carries with it the potential for property loss, serious injury, and even death. The risks include, but not limited to: actions of other people, lack of hydration, weather, and/or other natural conditions. Princeton Holdings, LLC DBA Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort is not liable for any injury, property loss, damage, death, etc. occurring due to any activity outlined by any information sheet provided by the property. Guests are participating in these activities on their own merit and assume all liability, with no liability to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort or its agents.