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CASCADE FALLS:THE BIG POOL, WARDANCE FALLS, and BENCH LAKE: GRAND LAKE, COLORADO

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  • Ute Indians living near Grand Lake used trails along the North Inlet and Tonahutu Creek to travel east across the Continental Divide on hunting expeditions. At the same time, the Arapaho and Cheyenne came to Grand Lake from the plains to hunt elk and deer and to fish in the lake. Conflicts were enevitable. After one legendary fight the Utes began calling the lake "Spirit Lake". The legend goes the Utes were camping on the lake when a group of Cheyenne and Arapaho attacked. The Utes put their women and children on make shift rafts and told them to paddle to the middle of the lake, but a storm blew the make shift raft over drowning all the women and children.

    Legend has it that the early morning mists seen rising from the lake are the spirits of the dead.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Round-Trip Length: 6.8 miles
    Start-End Elevation: 8,540' - 8,840'
    Elevation Change: +300' net elevation gain
    Skill Level: Easy-Moderate
    Dogs Allowed: No

    Trail Description
    Cascade Falls are located 3.4 miles from the North Inlet Trailhead on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park. This voluminous, multi-tier fall drops through narrow granite chutes along North Inlet Creek.

    While Cascade Falls are the main attraction, the large meadows and dark forests through which we’lll pass are equally compelling. Moose and elk are numerous along the North Inlet corridor, and sightings are common. The North Inlet Trail continues east with access to Lake Nokoni, Lake Nanita, and Flattop Mountain on the Continental Divide:

    The North Inlet Trail begins on a 4x4 road through private property to the Park boundary. Look for wildlife in adjacent meadows, but remain on the trail at all times.

    It steepens past Summerland Meadows to the Twinberry backcountry campsite, where it joins North Inlet Creek at the base of Cascade Falls (3.4 miles). Keep a safe distance from swift water and slick boulders lining the falls.

    Continue a few hundred yards past the falls into a large, luxuriant meadow fed by three major tributaries. This is an ideal place to find wildlife and solitude.

    The Big Pool is located about one mile past Cascade Falls. This small waterfall drops into a deep pool ideal for wading and swimming. The trail continues steadily to the Ptarmigan Creek - North Inlet confluence, located just past the Ptarmigan backcountry campsite.

    Directions to Trailhead
    The North Inlet Trailhead is on the west side of the Continental Divide just north of the town of Grand Lake. Follow Highway 34 and bypass the main road through Grand Lake and take the first right after you pass the entrance to Grand Lake Village. (unless you're going into Grand Lake Village to meet some of us at the Sage Brush). Follow this narrow, unpaved road to the North Inlet Trailhead.

    Have a great week everybody!

    Sincerely,

    Don
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    Rocky Mountain National Park
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  • Kathy

    shoot - I want to go too!! What's up?

    September 28, 2013

  • Tammy

    I am very disappointed! I thought the weather was going to be clear with no chance of rain?

    September 28, 2013

  • Adam

    I don't see any chance of rain in the forecast? http://classic.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=80446 I still want to go..

    September 27, 2013

  • Tammy

    A bunch of you contacted me about carpooling. These are the names I have so far: Heidi, Adam, Carl, Bonnie, Susan, Patricia, Jill and Joyce. With this many people we will need at least a couple drivers.If I haven't mentioned your name, please let me know.
    Let's meet at the Wooly Mammoth PnR, BB (across from Conoco), at 7:30. Hopefully, that will give us plenty of time to get to the trailhead by 10. If you're not there by 7:45, we'll leave without you.
    Did I miss anything? Looking forward to a great day!

    September 23, 2013

    • Adam

      So Google Maps indicates a 1:45 drive http://goo.gl/maps/R7...­, I don't know that we need to leave earlier than 8. Are the roads in bad shape or something?

      1 · September 27, 2013

    • Patricia

      Thanks Tammy, this is backtracking for me, so will not join the carpool. Will try to connect at cafe or trail. Thanks

      September 27, 2013

  • Laura

    Hi Tammy, I just got in on the hike from the wait list. I'd like to carpool as well, so I'll also be showing up at the Wooly Mammoth PnR.

    September 26, 2013

  • Don

    Howdy! Some of us are meeting at the Sage Brush Restaurant located in the middle of Grand Lake Village at around 8:00 if you'd like to join us. Otherwise we'll meet you at the trailhead at 10:00.

    1 · September 26, 2013

  • Tammy

    Sure! Just meet us at Wooly Mammoth Sunday morning!

    September 25, 2013

  • Ama

    Hi Tammy,
    May I be added to the carpool list?

    September 25, 2013

  • Tammy

    Looks like you are all meeting at I25 and Belleview. Since I'm on the west side of town, anyone interested in meeting at Wooly Mammoth PnR to carpool?

    August 4, 2013

    • Adam

      I'm willing to drive from wooly mammoth park and ride

      September 23, 2013

    • Carl S.

      Ihave a mini van and am willing to drive if needed

      September 24, 2013

  • Don

    I would say the best route is to take I-70 to the Empire exit which will take you over Berthoud Pass, through Winter Park, Frazer onto Tabernash then to Granby. Take 34 up to Grand Lake Village and from there use the directions above. Some may want to go through Estes Park over Trail Ridge Road but I have no idea why anyone would want to take this route.

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Don

    I have no clue!!! I'm staying up in Grand Lake for the weekend! I would say it would take at least 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

    September 22, 2013

  • Tammy

    Looks like a few people are planning to meet at Wooly Mammoth PnR.
    Don, what time do you think we should meet at the PnR to get to the trailhead by 10? Also, what would be the quickest route?

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Lorie

    This sounds like such a wonderful hike; need to volunteer
    that day for the Health Fair at the new hospital in Castle Rock.
    Sorry to miss it.

    September 18, 2013

  • Ed M.

    Was planning on driving through Estes Park to get to the west side.. Praying everyone is safe and sound

    September 14, 2013

  • Carl S.

    This looks like a great hike, I hope that I get to go.

    September 8, 2013

  • Karen C.

    Sounds like fun!

    August 4, 2013

  • Karen C.

    Sounds like fun!

    January 24, 2013

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