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best hikes Rocky Mountain National Park

Posted Aug 18 2010 12:00am

Lonely Planet Hiking in the USA recommends:

• Odessa Lake
• Flattop Mountain
• Glacier Gorge & Loch Vale
•  Longs Peak

All those are easily accessible out of Estes Park, Colorado.

Buzz recommends making a loop from Bear Lake over the Divide to Grand Lake, returning by a second trail. Or making a loop over Stormy and Mummy passes.

There are many options. The real attraction of Rocky Mountain National Park is that it is so high:

… The park is split by the Continental Divide, which gives the eastern and western portions of the park a different character. The east side of the park tends to be drier, with heavily glaciated peaks and cirques. The west side of the park is wetter and more lush, with deep forests dominating.

The park contains 359 miles (578 km) of trails, 150 lakes, and 450 miles (720 km) of streams. The park contains over 60 named peaks higher than 12,000 feet (3,700 m), and over one fourth of the park resides above tree line. …

I started the short Tundra Communities Trail at 12,050ft (3672m). That’s off the scenic summer Trail Ridge Road the highest continuous highway in the USA.

Chapel On The Rock w/ Longs Peak

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