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Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) in north-central Colorado contains some of the most popular hiking trails in North America. Situated between the towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake, the park hosts 76 mountains over 10 thousand feet high within its 412 square miles. The national park service runs five visitor centers with the headquarters at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center— just off highway 36 in Estes Park. In addition to amazing hikes, the park has some great scenic drives, including Trail Ridge Road, which takes visitors along the continental divide on the highest paved road in the country, and Old Fall River Road, a challenging dirt road that takes you to the Alpine Visitor Center at Fall River Pass - the highest national park visitor center in the United States at almost 11,800 ft. The park has four distinct ecosystems: montane, subalpine, alpine tundra, and riparian where lucky visitors can see wildlife such as mule deer, bighorn sheep and cougars. The high country of the park features many crystal clear alpine lakes, fantastic summits, and stunning views. The Estes Park Shuttle provides service from Denver International Airport to downtown Estes Park, and many shuttles run between the various trailheads, the Moraine Park Visitor Center and even the Glacier Basin Campgrounds. Many visitors use Bear Lake or Glacier Gorge as their starting point into the park.

Pretty snowy right now. Not much ice yet though. I would recommend some gaiters and microspikes though. Parking is easy and the roads are clear to the trail head.

We were first people on the trail and had to do some route finding. Got off the trail a couple of times. Beautiful views at the top.

hiking
1 day ago

Highly recommend!!! Views are great once you get above the tree line.

on Estes Cone Trail

1 day ago

We wore spikes and gators today. Pretty easily followed the well-placed cairns to the summit.

Beautiful hike with amazing winter wonderland like views. Did this in the summer and felt like a completely different hike in November! Be safe and wear your microspikes!

hiking
1 day ago

Gorgeous area. Good traction strongly advised right now. The light layer of snow hides the treacherous ice on many parts of the loop.

hiking
2 days ago

Very cold and wicked windy on the day of this review (11.18.17). Park ranger said it was 0° with the windchill. Snow pack was good but I highly recommend traction support. We rented ours for $5/pair at the warming hut. Thank goodness we did because I fell in the parking lot without them on. We also saw 2 accidents on the road up to the Bear Lake area. But it was beautiful and manageable with warm gear and traction.

How is the road this time of year to the trail? Would love to do this but only have a front wheel drive passenger car.

on Sprague Lake Trail

hiking
2 days ago

Lots of snow and ice today but it’s a flat easy route round the lake which is surrounded by fabulous views of the mountains!

on Nymph Lake Trail

hiking
2 days ago

Steady climb up to lake which is small but perfectly delightful! Freezing cold when we were there today following heavy snowfall overnight! But easy enough route manageable by most people/abilities? Road up was a different matter but the conditions improved BH the time we left!

hiking
2 days ago

Easy peasy little trail that was pleasant even though it had to be minus 10 with a viscous wind! I can only imagine it is beautiful when in spring/summer but it was spectacular in all its winter glory! Great park wardens there too! Parking was starting to fill up as we left around 10.30? So it’s definitely an early starter!

I went today with my friend! We weren't planning on doing this hike but we said "screw it, you only live once." The beginning was definitely harder due to the snow. When we got closer to the summit in some parts the snow was up to our thighs! It took about 2.5 hours going up but only about 1.25 hours going down ( we ran most of the way though) ! Definitely would recommend water proof shoes, lots of water, snacks, extra gloves, and long wool socks! Loved it, worth it even though I had a mental break down because I was scared of falling off the mountain due to the wind

Love this trail. Haven’t done it since September. Takes a lot of endurance and you have to be ready for the exposure on ledges with big drop offs. If you take your time you’ll be ok but I would not do this hike as your first 14er and definitely not in winter. Tried to go do chasm lake today but ended up getting stuck on longs peak road and had to be pulled out. No reviews have mentioned the the road yet so I wanted to leave a review letting people know that if you don’t have 4 wheel drive do not drive up the road in winter as it doesn’t get plowed. I drive a Nissan Versa and should have known better. Jeeps we’re getting stuck going up the road. Stay safe

hiking
2 days ago

This is definitely a difficult trail to do in the snow! Highly recommend you have the proper equipment (snowshoes, crampons, etc). Totally worth it though!

hiking
3 days ago

Love this trail. Escape the crowds of RMNP

on Lawn Lake Trail

hiking
3 days ago

With the threat of snow we decided to give this a go. The early stages were steep with some switchbacks but it evened out, lulling us into a false sense of security! As we progressed further up, past some of the other trails, the snow started falling. As we got higher it got deeper until the last mile it was up to our knees! We persevered, mainly because we were following a trail runner's footsteps! We had seen him heading out as we did, so we thought if he could run it, we could surely walk it! However, he must be superhuman, or at least a world class athlete, as we found the last couple of miles horrific! The snow was getting deeper, and we had to take it in turns to lead! The wind was blowing the snow around and visibility was poor! We got to the lake and it was frozen with very little to see!!!! However, we felt a great sense of achievement! Needless to say we racticalky romped back down trail taking great delight as the snow got lighter. We were frightened half to death by 2 massive claps of thunder, and we were spurred on by the ever darkening sky!
We left car about 9.30am and got back there about 4pm- we did take a lot of breaks and selfies!
I can only imagine this is spectacular in the warmer weather, we did "enjoy" it though!! We don't often see snow as white, crisp, clean and deep as this so it was a great experience!