The third hike of theweek is here. This week we are headed over the Granby and Grand Lake way to Strawberry Lake. The lake got it’s name from mineral deposits that make the water look a bit strawberry colored.
Length: One-Way Mileage- 1.55 Miles
Elevation: Trailhead: 8280’ Highest Point: 9189’
Trailhead Location: From the Winter Park Visitor Center continue north on US Hwy 40 through the town of Granby. You will see an exit for US Hwy 34 towards Grand Lake and Rocky Mountain National Park On US Hwy 34, between Granby and Grand Lake, between mile markers 5 and 6, turn east on CR 6. Follow this road for 7.6 miles. Park on the left at the pullout. The trailhead is on the right.
Trail Information: The trailhead is located across the street from the pullout. The beginning of the hike you are going to be gaining elevation crossing Strawberry creek several times. You will notice that the creek is a reddish color from mineral deposits. Follow the creek to a fork that will have a trail marker which identifies the High Lonesome Trail, Strawberry Bench and Indian Peaks Wilderness to the left and the Caribou Trail to the Right. Strawberry Bench is the flat meadow straight ahead with Strawberry Lake barely visible in the meadow. Follow the trail to the left (east) and cross the creek, where there is a faint fork on the right. Turn right at the fork and head into the woods. The trail meanders into the meadow before you get to the lake.
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Chris June 16th, 2010
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