Cascade Trail

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Cascade Trail # 1

Cascade Trail is the most popular trail in the Indian Peaks Wilderness (IPW), especially on weekends and holidays. The trail is fairly flat the first 1.5 miles before reaching the Arapaho-Cascade Trail junction. Many campsites are available along its entire length and fishing is good in all the creeks as well as Pawnee Lake. Shelter Rock with its huge overhanging ledges, is an illegal place to camp as it is within 100 feet of the trail. Just up the trail from Shelter Rock is the Buchanan-Cascade Trail junction with the Buchanan Trail taking off to the left. 4.5 miles along the trail is Cascade Falls. Horses are not allowed past Cascade Falls. The last 2.5 miles of the trail is the hardest. There are approximately 27 switchbacks along this last portion and can be especially hard with a heavy pack, but the view on top is one of the best in the IPW.

Take Highway 34 to County Road 6, 5.4 miles north of Granby and 8.9 south of Grand Lake. County Road 6 (NFSR 125) is a 9.4 mile improved road along Granby Reservoir to Monarch Lake where parking is available.


  • Trail Measurement: 10.5 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 400530N
  • Compass Longitude: 1053956W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.0916528
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.6655597
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,544 to 3,822
  • Elevation in Feet: 8,346 to 12,541

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  • Trail Measurement
    10.5 Miles
  • Compass Latitude
  • Compass Longitude
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  • Numeric Longitude
  • Elevation in Feet
    8,346 to 12,541
  • Elevation in Meters
    2,544 to 3,822
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