Wolverine Trail #129

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Trail Distance: 5.2 miles
Time Estimate: 2 hr 40 min
Elevation Gain: 1000 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: No
Description
The Wolverine Trail is named for the elusive and rare wolverine, which looks like a small bear with long, sharp claws. Sightings have been made recently in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest, where the trail is located, but they are few and hard to see. Access to the trail is via other trails in the forest, namely Lost Lake, North Supply and Gilsonite Trails. The trailhead is near the summit of Stillwater Pass. In winter, deep snow limits the ability to find and hike this trail, so hiking in warmer months is best.


Leashed doggos are welcome on this trail, but be sure to keep a tight grip on Fido's leash if you spy wildlife. Deer, moose, birds, including raptors, as well as mountain lions and bears inhabit the area. 

After leaving the trailhead, the hike ascends on a long, sustained climb to just above the tree line, before descending past the Grand Lake Lodge and Grand Lake itself. The climb overlooks Bowen Lake, and furtastic views include Grand Lake, the Shadow Mountain Reservoir and the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park. A climb up the Blue Ridge will take you to a trailhead for the Cascade Mountain Trail, if you're up for the extra distance and climb.

As you begin to descend toward Grand Lake, you're treated to walks through high mountain meadows featuring beautiful, abundant wildflowers in spring and summer. The trail is well-marked, and mostly packed dirt, although there are a few paved sections. Mountain bicyclists use this trail, and when they approach hikers should move to the side and maintain a tight grip on the fur-pup's tether. As always on any trail, be sure to carry dog waste bags, water, and any other supplies you may need.

This out-of-the-way and infrequently hiked trail will provide enough challenge to be interesting without going to extreme. You and your furry bestie will love it!

Trail Features
Steep Inclines, Forest, Lake, Mountains, Grassland
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Wolverine is a remote wilderness trail, accessible only via surrounding trails. There are no services or water at the trailhead. Be sure to invest in and carry a good-quality map to avoid losing your bearings. Also be aware that bears, mountain lions and other potentially hazardous animals live here. It's a good idea carry bear repellant in these woods.
Address
US Hwy 34
Grand Lake, CO 80447
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Address
US Hwy 34
Grand Lake, CO 80447
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours