Grizzly Lake

Johnson Village, Colorado (Chaffee County)

Last Updated: 05/31/2021
4.9 / 5 ( 13 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 2.63 miles
Highest Elevation: 11191 feet
Duration: About 4 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Johnson Village
Nearest Town w/ Services: Johnson Village
Official Road Name: 296
Management Agency: San Isabel National Forest
District: Salida Ranger District


Highlight: Grizzly Lake
Grizzly Lake is a difficult rock crawling trail that takes you over one demanding challenge at the start to steal your attention, and then never gives that attention back till the trail run is over. This trail combines all aspects of rock crawling into less than 3 miles. With ledge climbs, water crossings, shelf roads, off camber leans, and tight squeezes between trees, the trail finally rewards you for your courage by providing epic Rocky Mountain views at its ending point. Bring your camera, bring your fishing rod, but most importantly, bring a well equipped vehicle as the trek to Grizzly Lake is certainly an adventurous one.


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1. Trail Start Next to Large House (0 mi)
Just off CR 295, the trail starts next to a large house and a private drive.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Johnson Village

From Johnson Village, head south on Highway 285 for 6 miles. Just past the Chalk Creek Campground in Nathrop, turn right and head west on CR 162. After about 15 miles, you will come to a parking area on the left with a vault toilet. This is the ideal place to air down. Just after the parking area, turn left on CR 162. Less than a quarter mile down the road, look for a large house on the left with a private drive. The address is 9661. The trail starts here on the left, just north of the home.



Trail Reviews (15)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Do many dirt bikes do this trail? Thanks Kelly
–Kelly Goreski (10/24/2018)
–Ryan Boudreau (01/08/2019)
–Tracy Barker (01/08/2019)

Writer Information

Ryan Boudreau

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Hi, I'm Ryan! I am a Colorado native and I've been wheeling since I was 16 years old. I grew up with a relentless passion for all things Jeep and off road related, and that passion has never died out. I am a member of the Mile-Hi Jeep Club, Patrol 16 Sasquatch Jeepers and currently own an '06 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited (LJ) nicknamed "Minion". I am a huge supporter of Stay the Trail and Tread Lightly, and have participated and even been in charge of many trail restoration projects. I have been a trail leader several times for events such as All-4-Fun, ColoradoFest, Set Them Free, 14er Fest, and other. I am also the creator of the Unlimited LJ Adventure. My rig is built for extreme offroading, but I love to get my tires dirty on any kind of trail whether it's rock crawling or just scenic high Alpine drives. I've wheeled all over the country including Colorado, Utah, Kansas, the Carolinas, AZ, and California. I love a great adventure, and love even more to share those adventures with others. If you see the "minion" out on the trail, make sure to stop and say hello.
For individual use only, not to be shared.