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North Inlet Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

12.7 mile 20.4 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 3,749' 1,143 m
Descent: -184' -56 m
High: 12,139' 3,700 m
Low: 8,485' 2,586 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

A long trail that rises to over 12,000' from Grand Lake to Flattop Mountain.

Brian Smith

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

North Inlet Trail follows the North Inlet Creek most of the way from its mouth at Grand Lake all the way to its headwaters atop the Continental Divide at Chiefs Head Peak. This trail has its own trailhead - The North Inlet Trail - located just north of Grand Lake.

Head east on the trail as it follows a wide valley and enjoy the views of the marshlands. Soon after starting out, the trail enters a narrower, more rugged landscape. The lower reaches of this trail are very well-traveled and meander at lower grades along the creekside. There are numerous attractions along the way including Cascade Falls and Big Pool.

Eventually the trail comes to a junction with Lake Nanita Trail which branches off to the south. Immediately following this junction, North Inlet Trail changes character as it rises steeply through a series of switchbacks and ends above treeline.

The upper reaches of North Inlet Trail are much steeper and more rugged as the trail ascends towards its terminus near Flattop Mountain. This terminus is a three-way junction with Flattop Mountain Trail and Tonohutu Creek Trail .

Flora & Fauna

RMNP is a massive park that is mostly characterized by a montane ecosystem. Here are some of the Flora and Fauna that you may encounter along this trail:

Flora: Ponderosa pine, douglas fir, wildflowers, shrubs
Fauna: Elk, mule deer, moose, bighorn sheep, coyotes, black bears, cougars, butterflies.

For more detailed information regarding the park's diverse ecosystems, click HERE.

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Aug 3, 2018
Greg Bullard
Jul 21, 2018
Christianna Jane
Sep 16, 2017
Michael Leon
North Inlet campsite 6.5mi
Sep 16, 2017
David Ellis
Aug 14, 2017
Darren Jacoby
Aug 9, 2017
Lisa Mroczenski
Jul 25, 2017
Erin Zhou
Jul 8, 2017
David Scott

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in West Side

#7860

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in West Side

#741

in Colorado

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