The North Inlet Trail on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park leads to many waterfalls including Cascade Falls, the first waterfall on this hike. From Grand Lake, take Grand County Road 663 to the North Inlet Trailhead. If the small lot is full, park a quarter of a mile back at the Tonahutu Trailhead, or park at the bottom of the dirt road. The hike starts out on a gravel road that cuts through private property and past horse pastures. The road turns to trail, enters the forest, and takes you past Summerland Park, where you may see deer and moose. At three and a half miles, a powerful torrent tumbles over boulders to the right of the trail at Cascade Falls.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Susan Joy Paul