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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests > Sulphur Ranger District

Quick Facts

Roaring Fork Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,300 Feet (2587.3 Meters)
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,343 Feet (730.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,643 Feet (3317.6 Meters) at Stone Lake
Length, One-way: 6 Miles (10.0 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest Map
TI Topo Maps: #200 Rocky Mountain National Park
Trail Number: 3
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Isolation Peak; Shadow Mountain

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

The Roaring Fork Trail, #3, starts at Arapaho Bay, on the east side of Lake Granby. It leads into the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The first mile is very steep and affords no opportunity for camping. The best sites are found 100 feet from the trail and near the second bridge (2 1/2 miles), near the saddle at the base of Mt. Irving Hale (4 miles) and at Stone Lake (6 miles). Fish can be found in Roaring Fork Creek, Stone Lake and Upper Lake.

From the Roaring Fork Trail, one can hike to Watanga Lake or down Hell Canyon from Stone Lake to the Cascade Trail, #1. Another possibility is to hike from Stone Lake up to Upper Lake. In the spring the trail is normally passable for only one mile, until June 15.

Directions from Granby: Follow Highway 40 west to Highway 34. Go north on Hwy 34 to Forest Road 125, on the south end of Lake Granby. Follow 125 east to the Arapaho Bay Campground. The trailhead is located off the Roaring Fork Loop of the campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall (NOTE: Most of the trail is normally not accessible until after June 15.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Time of Day: all day
Length of Time: to saddle 4 hours
Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Tough steep trail.
Conditions: Trail is mostly dry below timberline but stream is running high; some small stream crossings are difficult. Deep snow above 10,000'.
Water Availability: Lots of water!
Suggested Accessories: snowshoes needed above 10,000'.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Roaring Fork Trail
ICON Cold Water Fishing Roaring Fork Creek, Stone and Upper Lakes
ICON Hiking & Walking Roaring Fork Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Roaring Fork Trail

Related Activities
Arapaho Bay Campground - Arapaho Bay Campground is located north of Granby in the Arapaho National Recreation Area. It sits on the southeast end of Lake Granby, at an elevation of 8,360 feet.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Sulphur Ranger District, 62429 US Hwy 40, P.O. Box 10 , Granby, CO, 80446, Phone: 970-887-4100, Fax: 970-887-4102, TTY: 970-887-4101


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