Northwest of Salida, the Grizzly Lake Trail is a 3 mile OHV route.

The Grizzly Lake Trail is located is west of Hwy 285. Midway between Salida and Buena Vista, turn west onto County Road 162. The turn off is south of Nathrop. About 16 miles up County 162 take a left at the Y (marked County 295 to Hancock). This is just before St. Elmo so if you end up in St. Elmo you went just a little too far. About a quarter mile up County 295 take a left. Then another two tenths of a mile up that road take a hard left to cross a stream and start the fun.

The fun begins early on this trail, just the other side of this innocent creek crossing. The climb out of the creek places your tires in contact with some rugged exposed bedrock. Many an open axled rig spun their tires on this one. One rig required a tow strap after his spinning tires slid him down to his left. Rigs with even one locker got up with little trouble. Not far above the first switchback just above this obstacle there is some steep going that also gave some of the open axle 4X4s problems.

The trail is scenic but bumpy. So air your tires down for a smoother ride, stick it in granny low and just idle up and enjoy the scenery.

Its less than 3 miles from the beginning of the trail to Grizzly Lake which makes a great picnic stop. There was plenty of room for everyone to relax and do a little exploring during our lunch break.

There are several old cabins and ruins along the road that can be explored also.

Note: Colorado residents must register their off-highway vehicle with the Colorado State Parks (303) 866-3437. Non-residents are not required to register in Colorado, if they are registered in their home states. All off-highway vehicles must have an approved muffler and spark arrester. These requirements are subject to change so make sure to contact the Colorado State Parks prior to using your off-highway vehicle.


Local Contact(s):  San Isabel National Forest (719) 539-3591; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; ATV Mountain Adventure Rentals (719) 395-6460; All Season ATV Rentals.

Recommended Book:  "Guide To Colorado 4WD Trails" from Charles Welss

Base Camp:  Antero Hot Spring Cabins (719) 539-8204; Quartz Creek Lodge, Pitkin

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Date Updated:  8/4/2016


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