Taylor Peak/Andrews Glacier

Estes Park, Colorado

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There are comparatively few loop hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park. This one is very spectacular. A popular hike, likely because it is a loop rather than out-and-back over the same terrain, is to follow the Flattop Mountain Trail from Bear Lake onto the alpine tundra, descend via Andrews Glacier, and hike out through Loch Vale either to the Glacier Gorge Trailhead (preferred) or back to Bear Lake. This makes for an exciting day; but many, if not most, hikers reason that they might as well ascend Hallett and Otis Peaks as long as they are in the neighborhood. And they might as well pick up Taylor Peak on the other side of Andrews Glacier before heading down. All this is fun, especially if clear skies prevail. But ascending one simple peak after another adds up to considerable weariness before the descent of Andrews Glacier.
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by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

There are comparatively few loop hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park. This one is very spectacular. A popular hike, likely because it is a loop rather than out-and-back over the same terrain, is to follow the Flattop Mountain Trail from Bear Lake onto the alpine tundra, descend via Andrews Glacier, and hike out through Loch Vale either to the Glacier Gorge Trailhead (preferred) or back to Bear Lake.

This makes for an exciting day; but many, if not most, hikers reason that they might as well ascend Hallett and Otis Peaks
as long as they are in the neighborhood. And they might as well pick up Taylor Peak on the other side of Andrews Glacier before heading down. All this is fun, especially if clear skies prevail. But ascending one simple peak after another adds up to considerable weariness before the descent of Andrews Glacier.

© 2015 Kent Dannen/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 12.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 12 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 9,475 feet
Top Elevation: 13,153 feet
Local Contacts: Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242; www.nps.gov/romo
Local Maps: USGS McHenrys Peak; Trails Illustrated Longs Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Taylor Peak/Andrews Glacier

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