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    Estes Park, Colorado

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    Lafayette, CO
    Pathfinder | 70 pts
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    6/5/2011
    We had a blast on this trail. The first portion, up to The Pool, was a great hiking warm up as it followed the river through the valley. After The Pool (a great place to break for water and snacks) the trail climbs pretty steadily upwards, some places reaching a moderate incline. We are new to Colorado (moved here from sea level) and had to break several times to allow our lungs to catch up with the altitude. Luckily this trail is not short of beautiful views.

    We also saw an abundance of wildlife. Chipmunks life around The Pool and we saw a Stellar's Jay at Fern Falls, elk, moose, and a hawk catch his breakfast.

    The trail continues past the falls up to the Lake, but because of time we stopped at the falls and turned around. Plenty of slush and snow still in June after about 8700 ft. and there's plenty of runoff so make sure to wear some shoes that can get dirty, muddy, and wet.
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    Denver, CO
    Pathfinder | 170 pts
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    4/17/2011
    A great trail - but a bit snowy and slushy this early in the Spring. I recommend it later in Spring or Summer so you can fully enjoy the greenery of the raparian area.
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    Trail Information

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