Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Blue Lake
Blue Lake
Ward, Colorado, United States
 
Moderate: 5.3 miles, Half day
A hike within the Roosevelt National Forest

There are a couple of Blue Lakes in the Colorado front range. This one is located in the Roosevelt National Forest north of Nederland, near the small community of Ward. It is a fabulous hike in which you will encounter two major lakes (Mitchell and Blu) and several other streams and small ponds. Ther is abundant wildlife and flowers that offer some...
Devil's Thumb Pass
Devil's Thumb Pass
Nederland, Colorado, United States
 
Moderate: 13.3 miles, Full day
Devil's Thumb Pass from the Hessie Trailhead

The hike to Devil's Thumb Pass is a wonderful hike for those who are able to make the journey. Although there are other, much shorter routes to the pass, none offer the scenery that you will encounter on this particular route. It is rated as moderate due to the length of the hike and the fact that you will ascend approx. 2400 feet (add another 800ft...
The Loch
The Loch
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, United States
 
Moderate: 6.9 miles, Half day
6.9 mile trail near Fall River Estates Subdivision, Colorado

The Loch is about 6.9 miles long and located near Bear Lake in the Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day. Once we saw the water careening down the canyon so freely, We decided to hop over to the opposite side of the stream and scale rocks and ledges most of the way to capture most of the...
Longs Peak / Chasm Lake
Longs Peak / Chasm Lake
Meeker Park, Colorado, United States
 
Difficult: 15.6 miles, Full day
15.6 mile trail near Meeker Park, Colorado

Longs Peak / Chasm Lake is about 15.6 miles long and located near Meeker Park, Colorado. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a full day. Nice challenging, yet very rewarding hike! I started the hike at 5:05 A.M. and summited at 8:19 A.M. This is far from the recommended time frame that should be allowed to summit and return due to drastic...
Miller Rock 4x4 Trail
Miller Rock 4x4 Trail
Raymond, Colorado, United States
 
Difficult: 9.2 miles, Half day
Mix of easy and difficult terrain. Popular hiking area.

Lesser used area is entirely land locked by private property except where forest road enters between houses. Fun, challenging terrain. Great views from top of Miller Rock. Popular hiking area. Good for unlicensed vehicles except no place to park at start. Drive in 0.1 miles to small spot. Trail is open all year, weather permitting. You can exit through...
Gem Lake - Estes Park
Gem Lake - Estes Park
Estes Park, Colorado, United States
 
Moderate: 1.8 miles, 1-3 hours

Gem Lake is a great little hike with some awesome free views of Estes Park. The hike starts just outside of Estes up Devils Gulch Road. Turn on to Lumpy Ridge Road and park in the lot. All the pictures were taken at the start of March.
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Sky Pond (10,900'), RMNP
by jimlarkey on Aug 10, 2009
Beaver Point, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 9.1 miles
Located in Loch Vale of RMNP, striking views of granite towers, a hanging valley with alpine tarns, and a class-2 climb up the side of Timberline Falls.....what an enjoyable hike.  Along the way, you'll pass Alberta Falls, one of RMNP's popular destinations.  You pass along the west shore of The Loch.  Soon after The Loch, Timberline Falls will come into view.Climb Timberline Falls on the west side, and if the flow is not...
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Emerald Lake, RMNP
by jimlarkey on Oct 28, 2008
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 2.7 miles
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Bear, The Loch, Haiyaha, Dream, Nymph Lake Loop
by phpjeff on Sep 17, 2010
Estes Park, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 7.0 miles
Crystal clear, temps in the 70's, aspens changing, you couldn't ask for a more perfect day for a hike in RMNP. Originally it was meant to be an out and back from Bear Lake to The Loch. We decided to detour towards Lake Haiyaha on our way back, giving us a chance to see Dream and Nymph as we dropped back down to Bear Lake. This seven mile loop is a wonderful way...
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Twin Sisters Hike
by jimlarkey on Jun 24, 2008
Meeker Park, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 7.2 miles
Great views of Longs Peak (Elev 14,259'), Mt. Meeker (13,911’), Mt Lady Washington (13,281'), as well as Powell Pk (13,208’) and Estes Cone (11,006')....well worth the climb.  You will catch a glimpse of Longs Pk's "Diamond", as well as Estes Park to the north, and Indian Peaks to the south.The trailhead is well marked, with adequate parking.  The trail climbs 2.5 mi.s along switchbacks, through lodgepole forest, reaching a saddle between The...
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Chasm Lake (11,800'), RMNP
by jimlarkey on Oct 23, 2009
Meeker Park, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 8.7 miles
Chasm Lake is tucked in below Longs Peak (14,255')  "Diamond" Face.  It offers some outstanding views of Longs summit, the "Loft", "Lambs Slide", the "Ships Prow", and surrounding minor peaks like Estes Cone, Twin Sisters, Mt Lady Washington.  The trail to Chasm Lake is well worth the 2400' climb. We had great weather for the climb.  We met a couple on Mills Moraine that were descending from overnighting at Chasm Meadow.  They were wearing crampons,...
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Tyndall Glacier, and Dream, Emerald, Nymph and Haiyaha
by keggman12 on Aug 03, 2008
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 6.2 miles
G and I left the house around 630 am and headed up to rocky mountain national park to see Tyndall Glacier.  I dont think I ever saw it unless it was one of the snow piles by emerald lake!
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Ouzel Falls
by phpjeff on Jul 06, 2012
Allenspark, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 5.6 miles
There are a lot of options for a day hike that is friendly for the family, and this has to be one of the best. Judging on the number of cars in the lot, other people share this same opinion. Rain came in about half way up to the falls, this helped encourage many people to head out, so by the time we made it to the falls, we were just about...
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Rocky Mountain NP: Lakes, lakes, lakes!
by sammydee on Jun 15, 2010
Fall River Estates Subdivision, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 6.6 miles
I still remember my first trip to Bear Lake ... 42 years ago.  It made a big impression on a kid from Kansas.  I was really happy to make a return visit!When planning this trip, I didn't know how much time we would have, and how we would react to hiking at this elevation.  So my Plan A objective was to make it up to Dream and Emerald Lakes. I am sure...
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Lily Mountain Trail, Roosevelt National Forest
by jimlarkey on Dec 02, 2008
Beaver Point, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 4.1 miles
 You'll see views of Longs Peak, Mt Meeker, Twin Sisters, Meadow, St. Vrain Mtns.  Also the Mummy Range, and the Continental Divide from McHenrys Peak to Flattop Mtn.Lily Mtn (9,786') is only a 2 mile hike on a well-maintained trail; great for a 1/2-day hike to strech your legs.  The summit offers some awesome views that you would not expect from the view of the summit from the highway.  You'll also...
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Bierstadt and Bear Lake loop with Alberta Falls
by mhsundstrom on Jun 13, 2009
Beaver Point, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 5.9 miles
This loop worked out nicely since the shuttle bus started running this weekend. After circling the lake, I went to Bear Lake and circled it as well, then made a trip up to Alberta Falls before coming back to catch the shuttle bus at Glacier Gorge. 
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St. Vrain Mountain (12,162'), Indian Peaks Wilderness
by jimlarkey on Jun 29, 2010
Allenspark, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 9.3 miles
What St Vrain Mountain (12,162') fails to offer the hiker in technical climbing, more than rewards you in views of the Continental Divide, Longs Peak, Wild Basin, The Indian Peaks, and the plains.  St Vrain is an oft overlooked experience by tourist.The St Vrain trail is situated in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, and the summit is on the RMNP boundary line.  The summer trailhead (TH) is located about 1-1/2 miles south of Allenspark,...
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Mt Audubon (13,223'), Brainard Lake Recreation Area, CO
by jimlarkey on Jul 31, 2009
Ward, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 7.7 miles
Mt. Audubon's elevation ranks 458 out of 583 13ers in Colorado, not outstanding.  But the views along the trail to the summit are wonderful.  You'll be hiking above treeline for most of the trip, so your views along the trail will be unobstructed.  Looking W'ly from Audubon's summit, , you'll see the Continental Divide and Indian Peaks' landmarks such as Paiute Peak, Mt Toll, Pawnee Peak, and Apache Peak.  Looking 11 mi.s to...
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Brainard Lake
by gr8outdoors on Mar 01, 2008
Ward, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 4.5 miles
A great Snowshoing trip up to Brainard Lake. In the winter, the gate is closed due to snowfall which allows for a great adventure up to the lake on foot. The scenery surrounding the lkae is outstanding.
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Keplinger Lake (11,686')
by kevinmccartney on Aug 22, 2010
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 5.7 miles
What a great hike!  Starting from the Sandbeach Lake Trailhead, follow the trail of the same name until the bridge to cross Hunter's Creek.  Instead of crossing the bridge, turn right on a lesser marked trail.Follow this trail as it winds back and forth next to the creek and gains elevation.  An area will be reached where it is more swampy and the trail isn't as well defined.  It's unlikely to get...