Fall River Pass to Milner Pass

Estes Park, Colorado

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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 up the road at Fall River Pass, the hike between these two passes via Forest Canyon Pass is mostly downhill, one of the easiest and most pleasant in the national park. Beginning across the road from the Fall River Pass parking area, the grade is gentle on joints, with interesting beauty anywhere you look—at your feet, down to the Cache la Poudre River, or across to the Never Summer Range. Lacking a car at Milner Pass, you can turn back at Forest Canyon and enjoy the alpine tundra while returning to Fall River Pass, not an overwhelmingly steep ascent.
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by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

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 up the road at Fall River Pass, the hike between these two passes via Forest Canyon Pass is
mostly downhill, one of the easiest and most pleasant in the national park.

Beginning across the road from the Fall River Pass parking area, the grade is gentle on joints, with interesting beauty anywhere you look—at your feet, down to the Cache la Poudre River, or across to the Never Summer Range. Lacking a car at Milner Pass, you can turn back at Forest Canyon and enjoy the alpine tundra while returning to Fall River Pass, not an overwhelmingly steep ascent.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Local Contacts: Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242; www.nps.gov/romo
Local Maps: USGS Fall River Pass; Trails Illustrated Rocky Mountain National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Fall River Pass to Milner Pass

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