Round-Trip Length: 8.64 miles – includes hiking about .92 miles beyond the falls
Start-End Elevation: 8,491′ – 8,893′
Elevation Change: +402′ net elevation gain (+620′ total roundtrip elevation gain)
Skill Level: Easy
Trailhead Location: North Inlet Trailhead is located on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park, just off West Portal Road on the north side of Grand Lake. From Highway 34, turn east for Grand Lake on Highway 278 / West Portal Road. Drive approximately .75 miles and turn left up a steep, narrow dirt road at the sign for Tonahutu and North Inlet trailheads. In .2 miles take the quick right fork and continue another .25 miles to the trailhead parking lot.
We did this hike over Labor Day weekend while we were up in the Grand Lake area. It was a beautiful weekend and this was a nice, easy hike.
Heading up the trail.
A mountain weasel we saw along the way.
Arriving at Cascade Falls after 3.4 miles.
Taking a break above Cascade Falls.
Heading back down the trail with a shot of the creek and trail.
There was definitely a hint of Fall in the air.
Of course I stopped to take a reflection picture in a puddle on the way back.
Our hike route.