North Inlet Group (WF)


  • Respect Wildness... Practice the 7 Leave No Trace Ethics
  • Plan ahead and prepare: Plan your trip carefully. Prepare for extreme weather, hazards and emergencies. Plan for the least experienced member of your party.
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces: Hike single file in the middle of the trail or side by side in areas without trails. Camp in hardened areas only, not in meadows or on vegetation.
  • Dispose of waste properly: Pick up all spilled foods and trash. Disperse washing and cooking wastewater 70 adult steps (200 feet/60 meters) from camps and all water sources. Leave no evidence of your stay.
  • Leave what you find: Leave plants, rocks, antlers and artifacts as you find them for others to enjoy.
  • Minimize campfire impacts: Fires permitted only in attended fire ring. Use only dead and down wood.
  • Respect Wildlife: Use carry-in/carry-out bear resistant food storage canister April 1 through October 31. Minimize noise. Avoid lakes and streams at dawn and dusk.
  • Be considerate of other visitors: Respect the quality of every visitor’s experience.

EMERGENCIES: In case of emergency, call Park Dispatch at (970) 586-1203 or 911. Map (over) shows the location of the nearest phone.

Site Location: Site is in a spruce/fir forest on south side of trail and creek. Stock parties should ford creek at Group/Stock sign---CAUTION SHOULD BE USED DURING SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER. Hikers should continue up trail and use bridge at site. A wood sign indicates the path to the site; the path may be marked by red arrowheads on trees. Camp safely away from standing dead trees, as near as is safely possible to the silver metal arrowhead.

Number of Sites: 1 group/stock
Elevation: 9,290 feet
Distance: 6.5 miles from North Inlet TH, 10.2 miles from Bear Lake TH
Approximate Travel Time: 6 to 7 hours from North Inlet TH, 9 to 10 hours from Bear Lake TH
Elevation Change: 750 feet gain from North Inlet TH, net loss 190 feet from Bear Lake TH (2,850 feet gain; 3,040 feet loss)
Privy: YES

Water Source: Water is available from creek (obtain above stock ford). Boil or adequately treat all water.

To Reach the Trailhead (TH): North Inlet TH: From Kawuneeche Visitor Center follow Hwy 34 south approximately 1.7 miles to West Portal Road. Turn left onto West Portal Road and follow 0.7 miles to “Stop” sign. Continue on West Portal Road approximately 0.2 miles and turn left onto gravel road marked “North Inlet Trailhead.” Follow this steep road past water filtration plant and turn right into TH parking.
Drawing of North Inlet Group/Stock Campsite Location
Modified: 07/21


Last updated: October 26, 2022

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Mailing Address:

1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517


970 586-1206
The Information Office is open year-round: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily in summer; 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mondays - Fridays and 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Saturdays - Sundays in winter. Recorded Trail Ridge Road status: (970) 586-1222.

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