Cascade Creek Trail #1


Cascade Creek 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 Pass 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.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Tent camping,Fee charged for some activities
Permit Info: Permits are required for overnight stays in the Indian Peaks Wilderness (IPW) from June 1 to September 15. Additional permit requirements exist for large and organized groups.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Cascade Trail is located within the Indian Peaks Wilderness. 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.
Closest Towns: Granby, Grand Lake
Passes: Parking in the Arapaho National Recreation Area (ANRA) at Monarch Lake requires a daily use fee. $5 daily fee. Annual passes available.
Information Center: Sulphur Ranger District, 9 Ten Mile Drive, PO Box 10, Granby, CO 80446, Phone: 970-887-4100, Fax: 970-887-4111, Contact Us

General Information


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.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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Day Hiking

Access via Monarch Lake Trailhead.


Fee charged for some activities
Tent camping
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
10.5 miles

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  Elevation : 
8,346 feet - 12,541 feet