Grand Lake, CO
The west side of magnificent Rocky Mountain National Park has some lesser-used trails that push into the park’s backcountry. About 90 percent of famed “Rocky,” as locals call it, is wilderness, including its expansive heart. With 265,354 acres within its boundaries, that is a lot of heart. Though the trek to Cascade Falls covers just three and a half miles, the North Inlet Trail, which accesses the falls, continues on. Backpackers can span the park by hiking up and over the Continental Divide, eventually ending up at Glacier Gorge Junction. The description treated here doesn’t accumulate much in the way of elevation gain, unlike the long haul across “Rocky.” Another plus is its location in the montane zone, making for less strenuous hiking. An early mid-July hike may turn up over 80 species of wildflowers sprinkled along the North Inlet drainage. The clear waters of the charging falls bump over huge boulders and several miles of winding waterway to pour into Grand Lake. Wildflower Alert: This trail provides a look into Rocky Mountain National Park’s backcountry and montane zone wildflowers.
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Directions to: Cascade Fallsprint directions
Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||Grand Lake|
|Season||Bloom is late June to August|
|Top Elevation||8,840 ft|
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