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Quick Facts

Granite Lakes Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,760 Feet (2730.7 Meters)
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,840 Feet (885.3 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,600 Feet (3616.0 Meters)
Length: 6.0 Miles (10.0 Kilometers) 9.7 km
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 126 Holy Cross, Ruedi Reservoir
Pets: Yes - Leashed
Trail Number: 1922
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Nast and Mt. Chapman

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

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 and wildlife.

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.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend (NOTE: Snow at high elevations prevents access to the area in the Spring, Fall, and Winter months.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Granite Lakes Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Granite Lakes Trail

More Information

Visitor Information:

Snowmass Village Resort Association, 38 Village Square, P.O. Box 5566 , Snowmass Village, CO, 81615, Phone: 800-SNOWMASS, info@snowmassvillage.com

Links to other sites:
Forest Conservancy - Current Information from Local Volunteers: Closings and Conditions


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