Best Hikes Rocky Mountain National Park  by Kent Dannen

Best Hikes Rocky Mountain National Park Guide Book

by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)
Best Hikes Rocky Mountain National Park  by Kent Dannen
This guide describes 55 hikes ranging in distance from very short to my-feet-are killing-me. The hikes are scattered across one of America’s most popular national parks, averaging approximately 3 million visitors each year. (Do not despair; they do not all hike.) Each hike description begins with decision-making data to help you determine whether this hike is for you. Following a short overview, you’ll find where the hike starts, distance, average hiking time, difficulty, trail surface, elevation, the best season to make the hike, other trail users, whether you can bring your pet, whether a fee or permit is required, trail contacts for additional information, useful topo maps (in addition to the maps provided in this book), trail highlights, and wildlife you may encounter along the way.

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Trails from the "Best Hikes Rocky Mountain National Park" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 55.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 55.

This is likely the most popular hike in the Grand Lake vicinity. East Inlet is at the West Portal, confusing to those uninitiated to water demands in Colorado. The inlet is where a creek enters the e ...
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.6
The deservedly popular hike to Alberta Falls leads to one of the most frequently photographed waterfalls in Rocky Mountain National Park. No one turns off a faucet at Alberta Falls. Winter, however, d ...
Estes Park, CO - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 1.8
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Lovely Calypso Cascades are named for the equally lovely calypso orchids that bloom nearby in July. According to ancient Greek legend as recorded in The Odyssey Calypso was a nymph who bewitched the ...
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
Balanced Rock does not convey an impression of stability; run to see it before it becomes unbalanced. Balanced Rock is one of the most remarkable of Lumpy Ridge lumps—an egg-shaped monolith perhaps 20 ...
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.8
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This path perambulates along the perimeter of the park’s most popular lake.
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
After a short climb, this walkway wanders through the woods to a uniquely formed lake. Bierstadt Lake sits atop Bierstadt Moraine. Actually, Bierstadt Moraine, a ridge more than 1 mile long between Ho ...
Estes Park, CO - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 3
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A lush trail passes the remains of historic structures while providing the variety of a loop hike.
Estes Park, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 7
Black, Blue, and Green Lakes in the upper end of Glacier Gorge seem to imply that some unlucky nineteenth-century hiker was badly bruised from slipping on glaciersmoothed bedrock in the gorge before E ...
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
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Ouzels, chickadees, bluebirds—it’s a wonder that Wild Basin was not named Bird Basin.
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 13
Meadows and aspen groves surround the way to a waterfall easy to imagine from its name. In spring, this may be the most interesting and spectacular waterfall in the national park. Waterfalls commonly ...
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
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The journey to Chasm Lake can be a life-changing experience, infecting national park visitors with a perpetual passion for hiking.
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.4
Short and flat, this easy trail follows the Colorado River, allowing even wheelchairbound wilderness enthusiasts to enjoy trail experiences.
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
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This lake carved into the flank of Fairchild Mountain jostles musical ice crystals when surrounding snow and ice fields melt in summer. Standing on the shore of Crystal Lake, I have been delighted by ...
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 15.4
A wildfire at the end of 2012 demonstrated nature’s ability to begin immediate recovery, which nonetheless requires centuries.
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.3
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Deer Mountain is aptly named, but hikers also enjoy expansive views of many higher mountains. Mule deer do seem to be unusually easy to spot on Deer Mountain, together with red deer, also called elk o ...
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
It was not whim or hyperbole that caused a 1913 outing by the Colorado Mountain Club to select the name Dream Lake. Dream Lake exhibits unsurpassed spectacular beauty. It is the highlight of an easy b ...
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
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Ascending past glacier-carved lakes, the track ends below dramatic cliffs encircling a timberline tarn.
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6
Estes Cone has several approaches. The shortest on public land begins at Longs Peak Trailhead. This approach also presents the most conical view of Estes Cone. Dating from at least as far back as the ...
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.6
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If you manage to arrange transportation at both ends, this tundra/subalpine forest hike is a gentle, mostly downhill trail. If you place a car at Milner Pass along Trail Ridge Road and another 4 miles ...
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
This one-lane byway drops through three life zones and is closed to vehicles during much of the year, when it makes an excellent route for hikers.
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 9
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