Cat’s Lair Backcountry Campsite is a hideaway camping area among trees and rock outcrops above East Inlet Creek in western Rocky Mountain National Park. The quiet campsite, lying at 9,200 feet, makes a good stopover if you’re backpacking up to the string of lakes, including Lake Verna, in the upper cirque below the Continental Divide. Reach the site from East Inlet Trailhead on the east side of Grand Lake by hiking on East Inlet Trail for four miles. The trail gains 810 feet from car to camp. Allow up to three hours to backpack to the site. A short path, marked by a wooden sign on the right side of the trail, leads south to the campsite. There is no outhouse at the side, so bring wag bags to practice proper sanitation. Get water from East Inlet Creek, but boil or treat before use. The campsite is usually snow-free by the beginning of June.
Recommended season(s): June to September.
—Stewart M. Green