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Lake Nanita and Nokoni via Bear Lake Trailhead

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Lake Nanita and Nokoni via Bear Lake Trailhead is a 24.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from June until September.

Distance: 24.6 miles Elevation Gain: 7,762 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, May 28. Reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 through July 31. The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability between 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. This process will facilitate advance payment of entrance fees, minimize contact between park entrance station staff and visitors and limit congestion in parking lots. The permit system will apply to all areas of the park. In the initial opening phase, the park will open approximately 60 percent of the park’s maximum parking capacity or 4,800 vehicles (13,500 visitors) per day.

Sat Apr 27 2019

This will take you over Flattop mountain, which is one of two difficult ascents to these two lakes. The second is the Western climb to the lakes that is 2.5-3 miles but climbs over 1500 feet. Nanita is beautiful but you will work to get there. The better starting point is North Inlet trail on the Grand Lake side. It's still 7 miles but mostly flat. Late June start to miss snow

backpacking
Thu Oct 19 2017

This isn't an easy one but well worth the effort.