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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 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!

on East Longs Peak Trail
2 days ago

hiking

Pilkes Peak is a great 14er for those who have done one before. It's a bit more difficult than most and is a long hike (a little over 13 mi round trip). The hike up to the Keyhole trail is similar to most 14ers, however, when you pass through the Keyhole the trail to the peak changes dramatically and can be a bit intense for those not ready for scrambling.

I highly recommend once you've completed a few easier to moderate 14ers.

on Yipsilon Lake Trail
2 days ago

3.5 hours to get to lake. steady hike uphill weather was beautiful just a little warm.

on Sky Pond Trail
2 days ago

hiking

21 Aug 2016 - Magical Sunday morning hike. STUNNING views, climbs alongside crystal clear water the whole way. Parking lot at trailhead was full by 0645 but looked like it had just filled up. Took the shuttle from the P&R and started on the trail at 0711. Trail is well trodden and very well maintained. Gets rocky and coverage clears up after Mills junction. Got to Loch Vale (2.8 mi) by 0817 — gorgeous, and a great place for a break. Forged on past the Andrews split and got to the vista of Timberline Falls by 0902. At this point the trail becomes steeper and quite rocky. At the foot of the falls it is no longer a trail but a scramble up the side of the falls that is quite tricky. At this time in the morning, the rocks were wet and cold, and attaining traction was difficult. Would not suggest this part if you're apprehensive of heights. The "trail" continues as you go to the right of Glass Lake; after a brief scramble upwards and then the trail becomes evident. Word to the wise: always keep the lake in sight. Went the wrong way looking for a trail. Was at Sky Pond by 0945. Really interesting terrain, stark and beautiful. Lots of exposure, no pests this time of day. Hung out up there and started back at 1020 and was at the trailhead again by 1220. If I were to do it again, I would probably stop at the foot of the falls, because the views are still breathtaking and you can forgo the twisted ankles and perilous scramble up the falls. [5/5]

on Sky Pond Trail
2 days ago

Awesome hike!

on Lake Haiyaha
2 days ago

Went up to the park on a warm, sunny weekend day, jam packed with people, but not a ton on this trail. Well kept trail, amazing views, fun rock scrambling, and a beautiful lake. I'm glad we did this one.

on Crystal Lake Trail
2 days ago

on Flattop Mountain Trail
2 days ago

hiking

I did this hike today (8/21) and it was the perfect time of year. Not too hot hiking up and not freezing cold at the top. This is a tough one, but so worth it; the panoramic views from Estes Park to Grand Lake were phenomenal! This is all uphill to the top and going back down isn't cake either, but if you're willing to be sore and tired for a day or two, don't miss this trail.