The Pool

Estes Park, Colorado

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The trail to The Pool is as flat as any trail is likely to be in this national park, following the Big Thompson River upstream to a point where it shoots between rock buttresses and then slows in a broad pool. This pool is very different from a home swimming pool. If you jump (or fall) into The Pool, the odds are high that you will hit a rock. If the rock does not kill you, it might conspire with water that was snow the previous day to incapacitate you and then drown you. It has happened before, not far downstream in Moraine Park.This pool is where the Big Thompson River flows between rock buttresses in a narrower space than the river normally occupies. Because the same amount of water has to pass through less space, it must flow faster. The increased pressure from compression of the stream dissipates beyond the squeeze point at the bridge, and the speed slows in a broader spot downstream called The Pool.
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by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

The trail to The Pool is as flat as any trail is likely to be in this national park, following the Big Thompson River upstream to a point where it shoots between rock buttresses and then slows in a broad pool.

This pool is very different from a home swimming pool. If you jump (or fall) into The Pool, the odds are high that you will hit a rock. If the rock does not kill you, it might conspire with water that was snow the previous day to incapacitate you and then drown you. It has happened before, not far downstream in Moraine Park.This pool is where the Big Thompson River flows between rock buttresses in a narrower space than the river normally occupies. Because the same amount of water has to pass through less space, it must flow faster. The increased pressure from compression of the stream dissipates beyond the squeeze point at the bridge, and the speed slows in a broader spot downstream called The Pool.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 3.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 8,155 feet
Top Elevation: 8,320 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 The Pool

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