Granite Ridge Trail

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Trail Distance: 7.5 miles
Time Estimate: 2 hr 50 min
Elevation Gain: 80 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description
The Granite Ridge Trail within the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests is an easy hike for all skill levels and their pooches. Largely flat and along an old logging road that is well-maintained, there are no mountains to scale or rocks to scramble. Ultimately, it's a lovely couple of hours that leaves you and Fido with enough energy to enjoy the wildlife and views of the South Lone Pine valley. 


A furtastic feature of this trail is the arrival in the spring and summer of beautiful wildflowers, with their resident butterflies, bees and birds. The Ponderosa and Lodgepole pines that line the trail are home to raptors, owls and songbirds that will serenade you as you hike. You may spy moose, who seem to like the area, most likely for the wetlands, woods and relatively flat terrain. Moose can be unpredictable, so it's wise not to approach them or startle them. Keep your pup securely leashed because these towering beasts can be dangerous. Best to simply stand in one place and watch them amble by, or creep past slowly and quietly. As with any animals with babies, be especially careful as moose moms can be aggressive.

The trailhead for this trail can be found on County Road 162, also known as Manhattan Road, a few miles from its junction with Red Feather Road. At the trailhead you'll find restrooms and a small, 4-space parking area. As you walk, you'll encounter 2 gates. These are meant to confine the cattle grazing within, so be on the lookout for these animals and watch your step. Speaking of waste, remember to carry waste bags and be prepared to carry your pooch's waste off the trail with you. It's wise to wear waterproof boots for the muddy wetland sections of the trail, and perhaps carry a towel for your fur-baby's grimy paws.

When you and your furry bestie are looking for a leisurely walk that will take you deep into the forest, without strenuous climbing, this is the trail for you. Lightly used, you'll find it to be dog-friendly and quiet for a morning or afternoon stroll. Woofderful!

Trail Features
Forest, Wetland, Easy Incline, Muddy, Lake
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Wildlife abounds in the national forests through which this trail stretches, so caution is a must. Look for private property signs at the North end of Molly Lake and all of Lady Moon Lake, and respect the No Trespassing requests. Be aware of seasonal fire restrictions.
Address
Cty Rd 162
Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545
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Cty Rd 162
Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545