Taylor Peak/Andrews Glacier

Estes Park, Colorado 80511

Taylor Peak/Andrews Glacier

Taylor Peak/Andrews Glacier Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
12 hours
9,475 feet
Trailhead Elevation
13,153 feet
Top Elevation
Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242; www.nps.gov/romo
Local Contacts
USGS McHenrys Peak; Trails Illustrated Longs Peak
Local Maps

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Jul 2018