The hike to Grouse Lake follows Grouse Creek, which could be more aptly named Berry Bush Creek. The trail climbs steadily through spruce-fir forest interspersed with aspen. A few flatter sections provide ample time to restore one’s breath. Little creeks along the trail are filled with moss-covered rocks and bordered with flowers. Grouse Peak overlooks a long valley at the end of which sits grass-lined Grouse Lake. The lake lies just within the Holy Cross Wilderness. The trail to Grouse Lake is lined with innumerable berry bushes of several varieties, including twinberry, elderberry, gooseberry, currant, and thistleberry. Little creeks run clear and cold, with moss-covered rocks and logs creating exquisite aquatic gardens.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||2,865 ft|
|Skill Level||Most Difficult|
|Duration||4 to 7.7 hours|
|Season||Best from July to early October|
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