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Identification:

Preferred Structure Name:
East Inlet Trail
Structure Number:
WV-13,15,16
Other Structure Name(s):
 
Other Structure Name(s)
No records.
Park:
Rocky Mountain National Park
Park District:
ROMO West Unit
Historic District:
 
Historic District
No records.
Structure State:
Colorado
Structure County:
Grand
Region:
Intermountain
Cluster:
Rocky Mountain
Administrative Unit:
Rocky Mountain National Park
LCS ID:
477794
 
Historical Significance:

National Register Status:
Entered - Documented
National Register Date:
02/28/2005
National Historic Landmark?:
No
Significance Level:
Local
Short Significance Description:
The East Inlet Trail is significant under criteria A (Entertainment/Recreation and Politics/Government) and C (Landscape Architecture) with a period of significance of 1914-1945.
Long Significance Description:
East Inlet Trail is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under Criteria A and C, meeting the registration requirements set forth in the Trail Amendment to the Rocky Mountain National Park Multiple Property Listing. Under Criterion A, the trail is eligible in the area of Entertainment/ Recreation for its association with the early resort industry and tourism in the Grand Lake region with a period of significance starting in 1914 and ending in 1954, a date in keeping with the National Register criteria. Also under Criterion A it is significant in the area of Politics/Government for the involvement of 1930s federal relief agencies, specifically the Public Works Administration (PWA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). In addition, the East Inlet Trail is eligible under Criterion C in the area of Landscape Architecture; the trail design reflects National Park Service (NPS) Naturalistic Design of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.

The East Inlet Trail also reflects national trends described in Linda Flint McClelland’s Historic Park Landscapes in National and State Parks Multiple Property Listing. Under this second context, the trail is eligible under Criterion A in the area of Entertainment/ Recreation for its connection to the 20th century movement to develop national parks for public enjoyment, as well as in the area of Politics/ Government for the principles and practices of park landscape design used by the park in PWA and CCC projects. The trail is also eligible under Criterion C in the area of Landscape Architecture for a design that reflects NPS Naturalistic Design of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.
 
Construction Period:

Construction Period:
Historic
Chronology:
 
Physical Event
Begin Year
Begin Year CE/BCE
End Year
End Year CE/BCE
Designer
Designer Occupation
1. 
Built
1914
CE
1914
CE
lodge owner or guide

2. 
Altered
1924
CE
1924
CE
NPS

3. 
Altered
1931
CE
1934
CE
NPS

4. 
Altered
1935
CE
1935
CE
PWA
Other
5. 
Designed
1935
CE
1935
CE
CMF
Engineer
6. 
Designed
1935
CE
1935
CE
NPS Office of the Chief Engineer
Engineer
7. 
Altered
1935
CE
1935
CE
ECW/CCC
Other
8. 
Designed
1938
CE
1938
CE
GML
Engineer
9. 
Designed
1938
CE
1938
CE
NPS Branch of Engineering
Engineer
10. 
Altered
1939
CE
1940
CE
CCC
Other
11. 
Altered
1940
CE
1940
CE
NPS

12. 
Reconstructed
1970
CE
1970
CE
NPS

 
Function and Use:

Primary Historic Function:
Pedestrian Circulation
Primary Current Use:
Pedestrian Circulation
Structure Contains Museum Collections?:
No
Other Functions or Uses:
 
Other Function(s) or Use(s)
Historic or Current
No records.
 
Physical Description:

Structure Type:
Trail/Walk
Material(s):
 
Structural Component(s)
Material(s)
1. 
Substructure
Earth
2. 
Superstructure
Stone
3. 
Superstructure
Wood
4. 
Superstructure
Earth
Short Physical Description:
A 6.9 mile trail, beginning at the west portal of the Alva B. Adams Tunnel at 8400 feet elevation and climbing to 10,300 feet at Lake Verna.
Long Physical Description:
Location: West side of Rocky Mountain National Park, from Grand Lake to Lake Verna

Setting: Begins next to shore of Grand Lake and the west portal of the Alva B. Adams Tunnel; skirts along the East Inlet through marshy flood plain and higher forests, gaining westward views of Grand Lake

Destination: Lake Verna

Trail length: 6.9 miles
Trail width: ranging from 2 to 4 feet
Trail elevation: begins at 8400 feet and ends at 10,300 feet

Significant built features: Dry laid rock walls, mortared rock over cinderblock walls, stockbridge/ stock ford combinations, log checks, elevated causeway/bogwalk, railings

Significant natural features: Adams Falls, Devil’s Ladder, eastward views to the Continental Divide, westward views of Grand Lake, rockslide in East Inlet just before Lake Verna

Built: Trail reportedly existed in 1914, built probably by lodge owner or guide; first NPS construction by 1924.

Alterations: New route through Devil’s Ladder, 1924; substantial dry rock walls added between Lone Pine Lake and Lake Verna, 1931-1934; section connecting the town of Grand Lake to the inlet cut off by Colorado-Big Thompson Project, 1940