Big Meadows – 3.7mi / 6km
Big Meadows is a scenic, boggy fen teeming with life. This forested hike begins by climbing up along a stream right from the trailhead, gaining 700ft/210m in approximately 1.7mi/2.7km. The stream flows through small meadows along the way. A small pond sits just off to the right as you reach the apex of the climb.
You’ll descend to the foot of Big Meadow where it opens up to fantastic views. Keep an eye out for moose and deer grazing in the meadow. Birds, flowers, and bugs are abundant in the spring. Follow the trail along the meadow to the old, dilapidated cabins of early settlers. Explore the meadow along the trail before turning back.
Trailhead: Turn into the signed Green Mountain Trailhead parking area 2.6mi/4.1km north of the Grand Lake Entrance off the Trail Ridge Road.
Elevation Gain: 750ft / 225m – Elevation Loss: 750ft / 225m