Southern Access Point:
Southern Tip of Lake Granby, where trail crosses Country Road 6 near Arapahoe Valley Ranch & Small Moose Trading Post. Ley Maps CO 12
Northern Access Point:
Town of Grand Lake, CO. (Where Trail Leaves West Portal Road). Ley Maps CO 10
What We Experienced:
This section begins with a mellow trail that leads you to the base of Knight’s ridge, which has gorgeous views.
Plenty of great camping spots along the Colorado River, and plenty of water along the way.
Great opportunities for swimming and fishing as well.
Leave No Trace Principles
Guthook Guide – Continental Divide Trail
U.S. Forest Service – Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest
Grade per Mile:
Lots of water on trail, and very mellow vertical.
Tons of wildlife in the area, especially moose. Keep your distance and be respectful of wildlife.
There may be bad blowdown in the area, so bring a pair of hiking pants to save your legs and shins.
Bring good rain/wind gear, as the weather in the valley can be unexpected.
Skills We Needed
• Rock Scrambling
• Lightning Safety
• Map Navigation
• LNT Ethics
• Widow-maker safety
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