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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > South Platte Ranger District

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Whiteside Picnic Area

Elevation: 8,900 Feet (2774.3 Meters)




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General Description

The Whiteside Picnic Area is located very close to the Guanella Pass Scenic Byway and the Mount Evans Wilderness Area. There is fishing in streams and alpine lakes, hiking, biking, horseback riding and four-wheel driving trails easily accessible from the site.

Directions from Grant: Whiteside Picnic Area is located approximately two miles northwest of the small town of Grant, Colorado. Take Park County Road 62 north out of Grant to reach the campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through September .



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Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This was a very nice quiet campground. I would recommed it to anyone. Only warning is there is no drinking water here, so be prepared.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Colorado Trail, Ben Tyler Trail
Yes
ICON Fishing Burning Bear Trail, Gibson Lake Trail, Rosalie Trail, Shelf Lake Trail
No
ICON Hiking & Walking Colorado Trail, Burning Bear Trail, Abyss Lake Trail, Rosalie Trail, Gibson Lake Trail, Shelf Lake Trail, Three Mile Creek Trail, West Jefferson Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Colorado Trail, Burning Bear Trail, Abyss Lake Trail, Rosalie Trail, Gibson Lake Trail, Shelf Lake Trail, Three Mile Creek Trail, West Jefferson Trail
Yes
ICON Animal Identification Colorado Trail
Yes
ICON Plant Identification Colorado Trail, Burning Bear Trail, Abyss Lake Trail, Rosalie Trail, Gibson Lake Trail, Shelf Lake Trail, Three Mile Creek Trail, West Jefferson Trail
Yes
ICON Wildflower Identification Colorado Trail, Burning Bear Trail, Abyss Lake Trail, Rosalie Trail, Gibson Lake Trail, Shelf Lake Trail, Three Mile Creek Trail, West Jefferson Trail
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Colorado Trail, Shelf Lake Trail, West Jefferson Trail
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding Abyss Lake Trail
No
ICON Scenic Driving Guanella Pass Scenic Byway
No



Nearby Services

nearest public telephone: various (private, for profit) Directions: Grant - Drive south on Park County Road 62

fire and emergency services: (non-profit) Directions: Bailey - 14 miles east on Highway 285



Related Activities
Burning Bear Trail - This pleasant 5.5 mile trail follows the Burning Bear Creek west from Geneva Creek, over a ridge, and down the Burning Bear Creek on the west side of the ridge.

Gibson Lake Trail - This 2.4 mile hike follows the Lake Fork drainage to a pretty lake nestled in a high tundra bowl. The well-established trail climbs at a steady, moderately steep grade.

Rosalie Trail - The Rosalie Trail is a popular trail extending from the southeast edge of the Mt. Evans Wilderness Area to Guanella Pass. It offers spectacular views of Mt. Bierstadt and Mt. Evans.

Shelf Lake Trail - The Shelf Lake Trail follows the Smelter Gulch drainage to Shelf Lake in a high mountain cirque. The 3.2 mile hike is on an established trail the entire distance.

Three Mile Creek Trail - This popular hiking trail provides access into the heart of the southern half of the Mt. Evans Wilderness Area. The trailhead is along Geneva Creek Road and its terminus is the junction with the Rosalie Trail.



More Information

Visitor Information:

South Platte Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, 19316 Goddard Ranch Ct. , Morrison, CO, 80465, Phone: 303-275-5610

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