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A long, graded dirt road that parallels the Grand Ditch.


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15.2

Miles

24.5

KM

Point to Point

10,346' 3,154 m

High

10,049' 3,063 m

Low

272' 83 m

Up

438' 133 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

45%

Max Grade (24°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The Grand Ditch is a nearly 15 mile long canal that was constructed in the late 1800s to divert water flowing out of the Never Summer Range. This trail, or rather dirt road, parallels the ditch for its entire length.

The level and maintained nature of this trail make it easy to hike. That being said, accessing the Grand Ditch is generally a different Story. There are many trails that ascend to the Grand ditch including Ditch Road, the Red Mountain Trail, Stage Road Trail and Little Yellowstone Trail. All of these trails are steeper and more difficult trails than the easy Ditch Trail.

All in all, this trail is made interesting by its historical significance, the views on offer along the way, and the engineering that went into creating this impressive water diversion system.

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Brian Smith

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Star Gention
Feb 18, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
Raspberry
Feb 18, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
Ditch Camp with permission from Ed Ogle
Jan 21, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO

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Jul 14, 2023
Cathy Hagenbaumer
Went right by Trap Lake trail and ended up at the end of the road La Poudre Pass. Beautiful day, saw a young bull moose. Access to RMNP via Hwy 14 7.3mi
Aug 5, 2020
Kevin Cory
4mi
Jun 30, 2019
Seth Liverseed
Sep 15, 2018
Morgan Reynolds
Aug 11, 2016
Maki Jackson-k
3mi
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