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East Shore Trail

Intermediate
 4.2 (5)

A great trail for people with minimum experience. Has a wonderful view and leads to a watch tower.


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6.9

Miles

11.2

KM

Point to Point

8,453' 2,576 m

High

8,291' 2,527 m

Low

384' 117 m

Up

282' 86 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs No Dogs

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

Family Friendly Nice walk along the lake. There are multiple picnic spots.

Closed May 6-July 12 for elk calving.

Description

This trail is a pretty mellow and easy trail. There may be some fallen trees that cover the path but nothing to stop the hike. There are no stairs to help the climb, and the grade of the trail can be high. There is a fire watchtower on the top of the trail.

The trail also has a great view of Shadow Mountain Lake, and this is all around a great trail to hike with lots of wildlife to see. There are rusting remains at the tip of Heyward Point of a winch system that was once used to haul gas tanks from the water to a light beacon on the headland.

Flora & Fauna

You will find vast wildflowers featuring Rocky Mountain Columbine from July-September. Marmots are easy to spot, and moose, elk, and eagles if you're lucky!

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Trees and Sun up to the Lookout with permission from Hobbes7714 Photo Credit: Andrew Wahr  Link: https://twitter.com/WahrAndrew
Jan 14, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
About 4 miles south on the trail.
Oct 10, 2020 near Grand Lake, CO
Along the shoreline of East Shore Trail.
Jul 9, 2020 near Grand Lake, CO
Beginning of East Shore Trail from Shadow Mountain dam
Jul 9, 2020 near Grand Lake, CO

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Jul 28, 2020
Mike Murdock
Jul 4, 2020
Brent Kasl
Perfect morning, great route along Shadow Mountain shoreline, saw several Osprey catch fish at Shadow Mtn dam 7mi — 3h 45m
May 24, 2018
JJ Hobbs
Easy, but be prepared to go off trail and encounter some adventurous obstacles. Awesome views 6.5mi
Jul 26, 2017
Dennis C
Oct 7, 2016
Paula Taylor-Howlett
Sep 6, 2016
Tom Towle