GROUSE MOUNTAIN TRAIL #2010

 

Length: 15.6 miles                                    Trail Use: Light to Moderate

Difficulty: More Difficult                          Open To: Hiking, Horseback

Beginning Elevation: 7,834 ft.                Ending Elevation: 8,514 ft.

Elevation Gain: +680 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.
 
Trail Highlights : 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 Grouse Mountain, Buffalo Lake is provided by this trail. The climb from Cross Creek Valley to the junction of Sisters Cabin Trail #2128 is very steep, but provides good vistas of Mount of the Holy Cross and Cross Creek Valley. Elk and deer are often sighted along this trail. If the trail is hiked north to south, the steep climb out of Cross Creek Valley can be avoided. This trail passes over an eastern shoulder of Grouse Mountain and several panoramas of the Sawatch Range can be seen from openings in the forest and near timberline areas along the trail. Buffalo 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 Grouse Mountain provides 360 degrees views of the Gore Range to the east, the Sawatch Range and the upper Eagle Valley.
 

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