The Gray Jay Group Backcountry Campsite lies at 9,650 feet just west of Lone Pine Lake, a gorgeous teardrop-shaped tarn tucked among granite cliffs and outcrops in East Inlet Creek’s upper cirque. The forested site sits on a rocky knob north of East Inlet Trail that becomes an island during high water after snowmelt or heavy storms. It’s a good campsite for groups hiking up to the string of lakes beyond Lone Pine Lake, which was named for a solitary lodgepole pine on a granite islet. Reach the campsite by hiking 4.9 miles up the trail from East Inlet Trailhead on the east side of Grand Lake. The trail gains 1,260 feet and takes four or five hours of hiking to reach the site. A pit toilet is located at the site. Get water from the creek but boil or treat before use. Gray Jay Campsite is snow-free by mid-June.
Recommended season(s): Mid-June to September.
—Stewart M. Green