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River Trail

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 3.8 (5)

A very nice trail that gets you up close and personal with meadow mountain views and wildlife!


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Map Key

2.1

Miles

3.4

KM

Point to Point

8,787' 2,678 m

High

8,686' 2,647 m

Low

18' 6 m

Up

119' 36 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Parts may be impassable due to heavy snow melt in the spring.

Description

The River Trail is an awesome route, featuring gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains! This is a great trail to help get acclimated to the altitude at the park, as the going isn't too steep. Additionally, this trail can be accessed right from Trail Ridge Road, so you won't have worry about starting at dawn to complete this one.

Lots of elk and moose can be seen on trail throughout the morning, which makes for an exciting start. Be careful because you may have a close encounter with one! It's also easy to loop up with the Valley Trail for a nice little hike.

**Heavy equine use on this trail; be on the look out so you don't step in it!**

Flora & Fauna

Lots of elk and moose!

Contacts

Shared By:

A & B Pipe

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 5 votes

#8

in West Side

#14481

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#8

in West Side

#1,282

in Colorado

#14,481

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Photos

View of the trail and snow depth
Dec 4, 2018 near Grand Lake, CO
View of the Rocky Mountains and a nearby cabin
Dec 4, 2018 near Grand Lake, CO
This trail offers stunning views from the valley!
Jun 19, 2016 near Grand Lake, CO
Lots of wildlife can be seen early to mid morning!
Jun 19, 2016 near Grand Lake, CO
As you enter the trail...
Jun 19, 2016 near Grand Lake, CO

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Aug 1, 2019
Eric Rietman
Lots of Moose. 2.1mi
Dec 1, 2018
Leah Rawdon
20-30" of snow in most areas; snowshoes and trekking poles are a must. 2.1mi — 2h 17m
Oct 6, 2018
Sailaja Kotra-Turner
Jul 29, 2018
Cody Ash
Sep 21, 2016
Chris Keller
4.7mi — 2h 12m