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Best Trails in Rocky Mountain National Park

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This section of the Rocky Mountains has ecosystems varying in elevation from the over 150 riparian lakes to Montane and subalpine forests to the alpine tundra. Large wildlife including mule deer, bighorn sheep, black bears, and cougars inhabit these igneous mountains and glacier valleys. The fourteener Longs Peak and Bear Lake are popular destinations.

on Sky Pond Trail
9 hours ago

hiking

great, but highly trafficked hike,
rather moderate than hard in my opinion, some climbing/scrambling on slippery stones towards the end. We got to sky pond in a bit over to hours. be careful when walking from glass lake to sky pond as someone seems to have put misleading stone piles in the wrong direction. on the way back down we walked a variation via Lake Haiyaha to Bear Lake instead of hiking the way we came from - highly recommended. as everywhere in RMNP check the weather forecast and take a jacket with you, we got into some showers and even a small hail storm.

on Mount Ida Trail
9 hours ago

hiking

very nice hike, 5 stars for the views, 4 stars for the trail which is barely/not visible on the last few hundred meters. it took us appr. 2.5 hours to get to the top and 2 hours back down. avoid thunderstorms, the weather changes very rapidly. we started at 8am and blue sky, 4 hours later it rained.

on Emerald Lake Trail
19 hours ago

on Lily Lake
22 hours ago

Beautiful lake and trail !

on Twin Owls Loop
22 hours ago

Great hiking here with my son. Very nice views.

on Alluvial Fan Trail
23 hours ago

Such a fun little hike, especially if you have little ones. Lots of rocks for them to climb on and loads of possible routes to the falls. At one point my son asked if he was going the right way. I responded by telling him there isn't a wrong way here. Very short and very worth while side trip while in the park.

on Bridal Veil Falls Trail
1 day ago

hiking

Look trail following the lumpy trails hike but worth the beautiful falls!

on Emerald Lake Trail
1 day ago

hiking

This is an excellent hike for an skill level or age. Not a lot of elevation gain, and a very clear path. You get to see Nymph Lake and Dream Lake along the way and there is are excellent views of Longs Peak along the way. I set up my hammock at Emerald Lake and hung out for awhile. Dramatic views and peacefulness.

on Bear Lake Nature Trail
1 day ago

snowshoeing

Hiked this back in January. Had our 4 year old niece with us, so went for something easy. Very nice scenery, especially when everything was covered in snow.

on Glacier Gorge
1 day ago

hiking

We started at Sprague Lake I believe, 10 minutes into our hike we (my brother, dad and mom) came across a very large black bear crossing the trail in front of us. Make sure to make lots of noise as you hike, I believe we only saw the bear because of how close we were to a picnic area. After we headed back for the trailhead and rethought our day we decided to continue on the Glacier Gorge trail to Albert Falls. We saw only a handful of people during this trek and it was a really nice hike. We did not see anymore wildlife after our bear encounter.

on Fern Lake Trail
1 day ago

hiking

The trail to the lake was gorgeous. Very well shaded with wonderful rock formations. As a pregnant woman with 2 months to go, I would say it's a little harder than moderate. But dipping into the lake helps. Overall a great workout, as you get closer to the lake uphill is a little steep. But beautiful and worth the work.

on Gem Lake Trail
1 day ago

hiking

Great hike but I would classify it more toward difficult. It was much steeper than I expected it to be. If you have bad knees or have a hard time with stairs this is not the hike for you. We went early on a Monday so there was hardly anyone on the trail with us. We took our time and enjoyed the wonderful views along the way. I was very grateful for the privy along the trail! Chipmunks are little beggars and quite relentless. Overall it was a great day and a beautiful hike!