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East Inlet Trail

 4.3 (15)

Length


7.9 Miles 12.8 Kilometers


2,170' 661 m

Ascent

-549' -167 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

58%

Max Grade (30°)

10,444' 3,183 m

High

8,420' 2,566 m

Low

Shared By Kat Russo

Conditions


All Clear 31 days ago
Dry, Fallen Trees: Trail decent to 4th. Easy to follow, but quite a few downed trees. History

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A relatively easy trail with beautiful views of lakes and peaks.

Kat Russo

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Lots of wildlife viewing, and it would make a good intro to backpacking for kids!

Description

The trail begins with Adams Falls and climbs steadily up through the valley. A great intro to backpacking or a lovely out and back on its own, this trail has a few steeper parts. Close to the trailhead, it's a much lower grade.

Through the entire valley, there are great views of the river, mountains, and lakes, but some of the best views are seen if you travel past the maintained trail boundary to the end of the valley. Follow the river past Fourth Lake and then hang a right to get to Fifth Lake, the meltwater of which makes the river you've followed since the trailhead. There's a lot of bushwacking, but the final views are definitely worth it!

Flora & Fauna

Columbine, Glacier lily, and Ponderosa pine are scattered about this trail. In the large meadows, you can occasionally get a glimpse of a moose. Farther up in the valley, there are pika, marmot, deer, squirrels and foxes. (Keep a cautious eye out for foxes; they've become very used to people and will get close enough that you have to scare them away so they don't stick their nose in your oatmeal bowl.)

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  4.3 from 15 votes

#1

in West Side

#345

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  4.3 from 15 votes
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in West Side

#58

in Colorado

#345

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4,285 Since Feb 5, 2015
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Erin Marie
Colorado Springs, Co
Erin Marie   Colorado Springs, Co
Good trail all the way to Fourth Lake, turned back there. A number of downed trees. Quite a bit of beetle kill in this area, so mind hiking on a really windy/wet day Jul 18, 2018

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