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    John Frazer Cabin via Blue Grouse Trail

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    Easy
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    2-2.5h
    Distance
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    6.8 km
    Elevation
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    226 m
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    The John Frazer Cabin via Blue Grouse Trail features stunning scenery, wildlife, dispersed campsites, and a historical cabin. Hike beneath towering pine trees, through aspen groves, and up to a luxuriant meadow often dotted with deer. Though the beautiful nature hike is incredible, the pièce de résistance is the John Frazer Cabin, the cabin of a Pennsylvanian rancher turned Colorado homesteader.

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    Route Description for John Frazer Cabin via Blue Grouse Trail

    The John Frazer Cabin via Blue Grouse Trail is a charming adventure that exhibits the diversity of the Colorado wilderness. Hike through dense pine forests, through aspen groves, and up to a lush meadow that exposes views of the rolling front hills. If we could consider one trail to be the ultimate half-day hike, it would be this one. With the perfect ratio of strenuity and scenery, the John Frazer Cabin via Blue Grouse Trail packs a punch. Though this route can be ventured year-round, we love this hike in the fall as the golden aspens are at their peak vibrance. Located within the Golden Gate Canyon State Park, visitors are required to purchase a $10USD day pass.

    Embark on your adventure from the Blue Grouse Trailhead. From here, track the Blue Grouse Trail northwest through the woodlands. Soon after your departure you will confront an intersection, stay right here and you will be diverted onto the Mule Deer Trail. Follow the Mule Deer Trail, enjoying views of the foothills peeking through the tree breaks. At the next junction keep left and you will soon be delivered to the John Frazer Cabin.

    Explore the remains of the homestead and revel in the vibrance of the towering aspen trees. While you look around and rest make sure to keep an eye out for grazing deer and elk! When you are ready to return, simply retrace your footing along the path all the way back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the John Frazer Cabin via Blue Grouse Trail Trailhead

    The John Frazer Cabin via Blue Grouse Trail departs from the Blue Grouse Trailhead off Golden Gate Canyon Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Frazer Meadow Dispersed Campsites

    • When to do

      Year-round

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Yes

    • Route Signage

      Poor

    • Crowd Levels

      High

    • Route Type

      Out and back

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