The trail begins just before the Fryingpan River
Ranch. Please be considerate of private property.
The first three miles of the trail follows the
Fryingpan River and has a gentle incline. From the
junction of Granite Creek to the lakes, the terrain
becomes very steep. The lakes are nestled in a
secluded cirque of the Fryingpan Wilderness and
provide the opportunity for solitude and beautiful
scenery. Granite Lake Trail is within the Hunter
Frying Pan Wilderness, please educate yourself
about Wilderness Ethics and rules.* DOGS MUST BE
LEASHED out of consideration for both other people
Directions from Carbondale: From Carbondale travel east on Hwy. 82 to Basalt. Turn left into downtown Basalt and follow the Fryingpan River Road about 31 miles. Turn right on the Fryingpan Ranch road (Nast Site). Parking is provided at the trailhead bulletin board just as you cross the bridge. Walk down the road to the Fryingpan Ranch. The trail starts on your left and just right of the river.
Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend
(NOTE: Snow at high elevations prevents access to the area in the Spring, Fall, and Winter months.)