Grizzly Peak D

based on 90 tracks & routes #78 hike out of 642 in
2.7 mi
1 hrs 0 min
1,352 ft
Elev Gain


This is a difficult one way trail to Grizzly Peak D in Arapaho National Forest.

This trail goes by Cupid and shares a common beginning with the trail to Mount Sniktau. The hike to Grizzly Peak is a great way to experience the Continental Divide, and provides a unique vantage point of Arapahoe National Forest, Grays Peak, and Torreys Peak.

This trail starts at Loveland Pass and has a few undulating climbs and descents before the final approach to Grizzly Peak. The trail starts high (~12,000 ft) and finishes higher (~13,400 ft) so be sure to look out for signs of altitude sickness, wear sunscreen and eye protection, and drink plenty of water.

Getting Started

Before you head out, check if Loveland Pass is open and make sure your vehicle adheres to all applicable traction laws. Proceed to Loveland Pass and park on the east side of the road if possible. Park facing the road in the winter or if the road is wet in order to avoid spray obscuring your side mirrors and rear windows, and make sure you have ample washer fluid and a way to clear road grime that obscures visibility before you leave. Parking facing the road will also allow you to access your trunk and open your doors without having your back to the road and will reduce the amount of road grime that makes it into the interior of your vehicle.

The trail begins heading east on the ridge to Point 12915, and then you turn right to proceed toward Cupid and Grizzly Peak, or left to Mount Sniktau.

Taking Children

This is a difficult hike for adults, and is probably ill-advised for children under 10 years old. The ridge is wide for most of the trail, depending on the season there may be difficult scrambles and there is always a risk of loose rock.

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