Big Pool Backcountry Campsite is a two-site camping area near a big pool on North Inlet Creek before it drops down to Cascade Falls. The secluded campsites, lying at 9,160 feet in western Rocky Mountain National Park, sit on a wooded knoll above a spacious montane meadow. Look for moose in the willowy bottomlands along the creek. The campsites are reached by hiking five miles and gaining 620 feet on North Inlet Trail from the trailhead by Grand Lake. Allow yourself up to five hours to hike from car to campsite. No privy is found at the site so practice proper sanitation by using wag bags. Get water from the creek below. Boil or treat water before all use. The sites are snow-free by the second week of June.
Recommended season(s): July to September.
—Stewart M. Green