GROUSE MOUNTAIN TRAIL #2010
Trail Use: Light to Moderate
Open To: Hiking, Horseback
Ending Elevation: 8,514 ft.
USGS Map(s): Minturn, Grouse Mtn
Access #1: North Trailhead
Begin at the Grouse Creek Trailhead 1 mile north of Minturn on U.S. Hwy. 24. Hike the West Grouse Creek Trail 7 miles to the junction with Grouse Mountain Trail.
Access #2: South Trailhead
Begin at the Cross Creek Trailhead on
Tigiwon Road #707. Hike the Cross Creek Trail #2006 six miles to the junction with Grouse Mountain Trail.
This trail links the West Grouse Creek Trail #2129 and the Cross Creek Trail #2006. The mileages and elevation gains given on this sheet assume hiking from West Grouse Creek trailhead to Cross Creek trailhead. Access to
Lake is provided by this trail. The climb from
Valley to the junction of Sisters Cabin Trail #2128 is very steep, but provides good vistas of Mount of the Holy Cross and
Valley. Elk and deer are often sighted along this trail. If the trail is hiked north to south, the steep climb out of
Valley can be avoided. This trail passes over an eastern shoulder of
Mountain and several panoramas of the Sawatch
Range can be seen from openings in the forest and near timberline areas along the trail.
Lake and the surrounding woods and meadows are good places to spot wildlife. Wildflower displays are continuous during the growing season. A side trip to the top of
Mountain provides 360 degrees views of the
Range to the east, the Sawatch Range and the upper