Toll Memorial Trail is a 1.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from June until September.
Short and easy paved trail. Biggest challenge is the elevation and temperature. Saw several people struggling for breath. Saw elk only 100' off the path, many marmots. Spectacular views. It was definitely heavily trafficked, but many seemed to give up before reaching the end and family and I had it all to ourselves for good 15 minutes.
The apex of TRR is at Rock Cut. At the end of June in 2004, the temperature was 35 degrees with a steady breeze. Thunderstorms approached and we hurried up the paved trail from the parking lot (1 mi. RT) to some huge boulders at the top. The trail flattens out after an initial climb. The Tundra World Nature Trail / Tundra Communities Trail features interpretive markers with interesting tundra plant and animal facts along the way. If not acclimated, you can feel the 12,110 feet elevation impact - the hike is worth every gasp - the alpine tundra is harsh, where winds can reach 150 mph, winter blizzards are frequent, and temperatures in midsummer frequently drop below freezing. We could see great views of the glacially carved peaks along the Continental Divide. At the top as a storm drew nearer we didn’t want to become lightning rods, so high-tailed it down. Just as we reached the parking lot and after viewing the lone alpine lake across the cavernous divide, the sky grew very dark and started hailing as we got in the car (really good timing). Great short hike with expansive views. Highly recommended.
Such a beautiful view. You feel like you're on top of the world. Easy trail but I would say the altitude slightly bothered me. My favorite part was the marmots! They are everywhere basking in the sun on the rocks- I love them, they are SO cute!
Loved the views. Super easy short hike. Lots of people. Saw a marmot hanging out on a rock. Great sculpture at the top that tells you the elevation and location of other mountains.
Low impact. Great views. The altitude gets to you, but the paved trail makes it easy.
Short trail is not difficult however the altitude is a factor for lowlanders like me. Enjoyed the chance to see this area. We were fortunate enough to see a small group of mountain sheep in addition to several marmots.
This is an easy paved trail. At the terminus is a rocky outcropping. Be sure to climb it and check out the large bronze survey marker.
This may be short...and paved...and crawling with people but its a great way to experience the subtleties of the alpine tundra. Wildflowers, amazing views of the snow capped Rockies, yellow bellied marmots and elk not to mention all the tiny bits of life clinging to the alpine floor. Go for the education if nothing else.
Outstanding views of the RMNP. Interpretative signs along the paved trail.
Easy hike that provides a close up view of the alpine tundra environment. It is located at Rock Cut near the top of Trail Ridge Road.
Short and easy. Starts just a tad strenuous and uphill but after the initial steep part the trail completely flattens out and it's easy walking. You really get to see the environment up close. Stop after about halfway to the "mushrooms" to the right and a good view. Continue on to the end of the trail and to the rock outcrop. Climb on up for a spectacular 360 degree view of Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park. Up top you'll also find the Trail Ridge Mountain Index, a large metal dial marking the directions of all the major mountains and peaks in a 60 mile radius. Make sure to listen for the marmots chirping as well. Well worth your time. Bring a light pullover even in the summer months.
This trail, now called the Tundra Communities Trail, is more of a walking trail than a hiking trail, but hikers who are looking for a good overview of the alpine tundra region will still find this trail very rewarding. The trail provides views of several peaks and provides opportunities to observe alpine tundra rock formations and plant and animal life. If you have never been to Rocky Mountain National Park before, it is definitely worth spending thirty minutes to an hour here.
The trail is suitable for hikers of all ability levels since it is paved and has only a slight change in elevation. However, since the trailhead is above 12000 feet, it is best to hike this trail after spending a day or two at lower altitudes.