Roaring Fork (#3)

Length: 6.3 miles ONE-WAY

Elevation: 8,300 feet at the Roaring Fork Trailhead; 10,643 feet at Stone Lake

Trail Description: Begin at the Roaring Fork Trailhead. The first mile of the trail is the hardest, with a steady uphill climb. Continue for 1.5 miles until a double log footbridge is crossed. Shortly after this crossing there is a fork in the trail. The left fork travels north to Watanga Lake and the right continues on to Stone Lake.

The views of surrounding Indian Peaks, the Vasquez Ridge and the Gore Range is spectacular. Many species of wildlife can be seen along the trail, and fish are abundant in both Roaring Fork and Stone Lake.

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At a Glance

Fees: Parking in the Arapaho National Recreation Area at Monarch Lake requires a daily use fee of $5. America the Beautiful Interagency Passes accepted.
Permit Info: Permits are required for overnight stays in the Indian Peaks Wilderness from June 1 to September 15. Additional permit requirements exist for large and organized groups.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Hiking conditions are best from July through September.
Restrictions: The Roaring Fork Trail is located within the Indian Peaks Wilderness, therefore Wilderness regulations apply. 
  • A permit is required to camp from June 1 - September 15.
  • Mechanized/motorized travel is prohibited.
  • Do not camp or build campfires within 100 feet of developed trails or bodies of water.
  • Group size is limited to 12 people and/or livestock.
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Follow the Leave No Trace principles.
Unless seasonal restrictions are in effect, campfires must be attended at all times and cold to the touch with the bare hand before being abandoned. Collection of dead and down wood is allowed; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood.
Closest Towns: Grand Lake, Granby
Water: Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Sulphur Ranger District; 970-887-4100; Contact Us

General Information


Take Highway 34 to County Road 6, 5.4 miles north of Granby and 8.9 miles south of Grand Lake. County Road 6 (NFSR 125) is a 9.4 miles improved road along Granby Reservoir. Travel down County Road 6 to the Arapaho Bay Campground. Turn left into the camp.


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