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Kawuneeche Valley Winter Trail Guide
Guide to Ski Touring and Snowshoeing Trails in the Kawuneeche Valley at Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).
Rocky Mountain National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Rocky Mountain National Park Ski Touring and Snowshoeing Trails in the Kawuneeche Valley Please share the trail, not the Track! Snowshoers should always make or use a separate track from skiers. Skiing is not permitted on plowed roadways. Orange tree markers identify the trails. Check avalanche conditions at the visitor center before any winter trips into the backcountry. COYOTE VALLEY TRAIL Beginner (1 mile roundtrip) Begin at the top of the hill at the Coyote Valley parking area (limited space). Trek HOLZWARTH HISTORIC SITE Beginner (1 mile roundtrip) Park in the Holzwarth Historic Site parking lot. Start by Joe Fleshuts's cabin (at downhill, cross the bridge, and turn right (north) adjacent to the river for about ½ mile. Return on the same trail. parking area), and trek west on the roadway or across the meadow to the historic Holzwarth Trout Lodge cabins. SUN VALLEY LOOP Beginner (2.4 mile loop) Park in the Harbison Picnic Area parking lot 1 mile north of the Kawuneeche VC. This COLORADO RIVER TRAIL Intermediate. (7.4 miles roundtrip) From the Colorado River Trailhead Parking Lot, travel north up the valley. This is a gently rolling trek for 2.5 miles to the remains of Shipler's Cabins. Another 1.25 miles beyond the to Lulu City TONAHUTU CREEK TRAIL to Big Meadows NORTH INLET TRAIL EAST INLET TRAIL GREEN MOUNTAIN TRAIL to Big Meadows TIMBER LAKE TRAIL ONAHU CREEK TRAIL pleasant loop is mostly flat with a few short inclines. Follow the orange tree markers at trail junctions. cabins is the Lulu City townsite. Intermediate. (varies) Park at the Kawuneeche Visitor Center and trek up the 0.8 mile Tonahutu Spur Trail. At the junction with the Tonahutu, you can either go right (south) 1 mile to Grand Lake, or go left (north) 3.5 miles to Big Meadows. Intermediate. (6.8 miles roundtrip) Park on Tunnel Rd. at the North lnlet/Tonahutu Road Access. Trek uphill and cross the bridge on the right to access the North Inlet Trail. Follow the level trail for 1 mile to Summerland Park. The trail then narrows and steepens a bit on the way to Cascade Falls, 3.4 miles from the trailhead. Intermediate. (varies) From the East Inlet Trailhead at the East end of Grand Lake. Trek uphill 1/3 mile to Adams Falls, travel 1/4 mile past Adams Falls into a meadow, continue on to the larger second meadow. The route steepens for a fun challenge, and leads to a pleasant overlook 3 miles from the trailhead. Intermediate. (3.6 miles roundtrip) Start at the Green Mountain trailhead. Follow the trail uphill 1.8 miles to Big Meadows. It is possible to do a loop trip (with 2 vehicles) by going up Green Mountain Trail and down Tonahutu Creek Trail to the Visitor Center (5 ½ miles). Advanced. (9.6 miles roundtrip) Timber Lake is 4.8 miles from the trailhead with an elevation gain of 2060 feet. This trail is difficult to ski and is almost entirely in the trees. Advanced. (7.6 mile loop) Start at the Onahu Creek Trailhead. Follow the trail uphill 4 miles and descend to Big Meadows. At the south end of Big Meadows travel west on the Green Mountain Trail looping back to the Onahu Trailhead. The Grand Lake Quadrangle Topographic map is recommended for route finding. , : :) ~t!ecr:u~;------~ 1 ' , 2.7mi 4.3km -g\ ~, ~ l.'.J::, ( - a::: 11317ft 3449m 0 DESTINATION / ~ )Sft 3537m lt.J / .._.J'l/1 1.9mi ..----,3.1km _ _ _ _ __ ,,..../ , •arika ake --........., 3.1mi , \ Jackstraw Mountain J. I Little Yellowstone Lulu City Red Mountain to Grand Ditch I \ \ \ ) 0 319 302 107 354 5.3 Bowen Baker Trailhead Timber Lake 4.8 7.7 m1m All distances are one way from nearest trailhead. 1.0km Lake Verna Mineral Point lowen Lake llue Lake 1046 990 350 1160 7.2 6.0 Shadow Mountain Lookout Tower Lone Pine Lake /0.6mi ... o ;, a s:z ' a::: 207 13.2 ~ \ 606 680 8.2 4.8 6.9 4.8 Haynach Lakes ' ( ( 2.9 Coyote Valley Trailhead amrm111 , Nakai Peak• 1.smi ; ereek 2.4km j 12216ft 3723m ,_,- ..J 0 u 2.4mi • 1/ ,v ~ CD I I ....---, 1.Smi 2.4km / 2.Gmi 4.2km .,,,.,,,-......_ I.._..,-_::::- I< -- // - '- lJ Murphy ,....__......_ 1.3km Lake Nisa Mountain !:ik~ I - rr Trail (hiker only) / II a- t Bench - , - :---.._,, "'1'-~, 1,. -.. , Im ..,-\ J ,. ~ / / tzv,..' ~ ..,..... ~Jk~~ \ "'rv"' (J Lake Nokoni (◄ L-.._, \Uk~ ' Ptarmigan Mountain -\ 12324ft • 3756m Lake Nanita Andrews Peak Gra// f d ta,ff' 0 Cairns Lone Pine Lake t/ ('--, .- Shadow Mountain /) ,-. \ J mi -.. .-1 Lookout Tower 3_3 5·3 km \ \ '} '\~ / ( 1 -.J1- -( 1.2mi Shadow\ .9km Mounri!~ I "J 0 ,,.",,,,· l - 1.4mi , 2.3km Mount Craig 10155ft 3095m 12007ft 3660m. Mount Wescott· 10421ft 3176m Mount Bryant \ 11034ft 3363m. Lake 1.0mi l .Gkm //J;~' · - . , _i,:_erna / 't Shadow Mountain I ( 12565ft 3830m Mount 1.Smi f'. /• 2' .4km _ _ _r-.__ _, \\ I Interpretive trail ' . '> ( I 10781ft _3286m Picnic area Restrooms Peak mi~ 47 . 46kmm, J Lake r:f.:nge11 Mount Enentah East Shore / .-- .,,Trailhead Food service 1 \ l Cascade Falls E=3 Continental Divide Trail m~~~' .,.', - ' - _,- I ~ f?t I I 1 Trail (horse/hiker) m m f:~ I Hallett· \ .,,• Ptarmigan Point Flattop \ Mtn ( II' "3nce /,.....,..,____ /, / Unpaved road Wheelchair accessible \ erk Snowdrift Lake 11424ft 3482m 10788ft _3288m ~ ,:2 a "\ ~ 10313ft. :, 3143m 3.4mi \ !; 5.5km -<: Campground './- \: :.__ - 12274ft 3741m Mount Patterson g ) 31sam Snowdrift Peak. 0 I 12331ft. Ptarmigan Lake Green Mtn Information I Knobtop Mtn ' Granite Falls ff'! 4.3mi ~ 6.9km \ ' /_,., ,;?' "'- -~ . m, 2 Miles ~ r 11939ft 3639m • ....-::I L cree Gabletop Mtn \ <. ,/ ~ 2 Kilometers m ~ ...... 1.5mi '. ';. \I ...._ , __ 1.2mi 1.9km ,, 1533 2060 ..-:· • - onahLI O.Gmi \ 1.0km 7.7 '.r4km Onahu Trailhead 08 . North 11.1 697 455 551 467 628 I 3.9km ' 2286 1494 1809 7.7 Haynach \ Lakes / \ Trail distances 185 Difficult / 11488ft 3502m 0 24 91 0 / Gu;,!) ' - , , 0 79 300 6.8 8.4 5.2 4.5 3.7 3.3 Granite Falls 11704ft 3567m -<-'I~ " 8a+l?r"- - , 1.8 4.2 Big Meadows via Kawuneeche VC 51111 W/ / 0.5 Big Meadows via Green Mtn TH ,, Campground/ Historic Site ~ 5.0k")y Coyote Valley 0.5 5.5 0.8 Moderate ~m \J Holzwarth ~ / / 0.3 3.4 Q:S~i 4.3mi \ • b k( 6.9km; Tim er Cree ) < Cascade Falls Adams Falls J I .I I \ 3 ·3 m 1 / j 5.3km (\ I \ I J '~ ELEVATION GAIN ft m Easy \ m1m111 '\ RedMtn• DISTANCE mi km :::,. Colorado ( < River Trail h e a d ~ ) 12706ft 3873m I 1.7mi \2.7km Shipler Mountain ,,._, --~ Mount '-Nimbus I \ Red ~ut~c~r~~ 12725ft 3879m ( 12454ft 3796m I V) Mount Cumulus 1v1ounr Lnapm ._) ~-~~! Ten Lake parK ~ --,__ Spirit Lake o.Gmi -~-- 1.0km Fourth Lake Fifth Lake-