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The Roaring Fork Trail is located northeast of Granby, on the east side of Lake Granby. It leads up to either Watanga Lake or Stone Lake.

The Roaring Fork Trail, #3, starts at Arapaho Bay, on the east side of Lake Granby. It leads into the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The first mile is very steep and affords no opportunity for camping. The best sites are found 100 feet from the trail and near the second bridge (2 1/2 miles), near the saddle at the base of Mt. Irving Hale (4 miles) and at Stone Lake (6 miles). Fish can be found in Roaring Fork Creek, Stone Lake and Upper Lake.

From the Roaring Fork Trail, one can hike to Watanga Lake or down Hell Canyon from Stone Lake to the Cascade Trail, #1. Another possibility is to hike from Stone Lake up to Upper Lake. In the spring the trail is normally passable for only one mile, until June 15.

Directions: From Granby, Follow Highway 40 west to Highway 34. Go north on Hwy 34 to Forest Road 125, on the south end of Lake Granby. Follow 125 east to the Arapaho Bay Campground. The trailhead is located off the Roaring Fork Loop of the campground.

Elevation: 8,300 feet

Ending Elevation: 10,643 feet

Elevation Gain: 2,343 feet

Usage: Moderate

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, Colorado

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