Grizzly Lake Trail

Length of Hike: 5.6 miles RT

Difficulty: Difficult

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

  1. Water (1.5 Liters per person per 5-6 hours)
  2. Snacks (Beef Jerky, nuts, power bar)
  3. Navigation (map and compass and/or GPS)
  4. Sunscreen
  5. Extra clothing (hat, socks, gloves)
  6. First aid supplies
  7. Light (headlamp or flashlight)
  8. Fire starter and matches/lighter
  9. CD Rom or mirror, whistle, mosquito repellant
  10. Emergency shelter (Biffy Bag)



*****Please Remember*****

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.


Surrounding Towns

Buena Vista, Colorado

Buena Vista, Colorado

Buena Vista, Colorado is just 9 miles from Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort. This unique mountain town is located on the Arkansas River. There are many shopping opportunities along with restaurants, a brewery and a distillery. LEARN MORE

Salida, Colorado

Salida, Colorado is 21 miles from the resort. This is Colorado’s largest National Historic District. Dine on the banks of the Arkansas River and explore the many art galleries in this historic downtown. This area was named Colorado’s first Creative Arts District. LEARN MORE


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