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Estes Park, Colorado

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  • Allenspark, Colorado

    Hike to Finch Lake

    3.0
    8.96 mi
    There are several ways to reach finch lake but this will cover the route from the Finch Lake Trailhead in the wild basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park. You can also loop it with other trails in the area or begin at the Allenspark Trailhead, which is technically outside the park and a bit e...
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  • Allenspark, Colorado

    Hike to Ouzel Falls

    4.0
    5.22 mi / 870 ft gain
    Located right outside of Rocky Mountain National Park, this hike is perfect for anyone looking to do a little exploring without the cost of a park fee. The drive through the Rocky Mountains to the trailhead is an added bonus. This hike is great because it has multiple attractions all along the wa...
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  • Allenspark, Colorado

    Backpack to Bluebird Lake

    4.3
    14 mi / 2500 ft gain
    Starting at the Wild Basin trailhead on the south side of Rocky Mountain National Park, hike through a wet forest towards upper and lower Copeland Falls, located 0.45 miles from the trailhead. From here, continue on the main trail along the North Fork of the Saint Vrain River to Calypso Cascades,...
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  • Allenspark, Colorado

    Hike to Thunder Lake

    12 mi / 2275 ft gain
    Starting at the often-busy Wild Basin TH, the trail passes through dense forests as it follows the North Fork of the Saint Vrain River through the southernmost section of Rocky Mountain National Park. The trail passes alongside the small Copeland Falls before continuing west towards Calypso Casca...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Catch a Sunset Above Milner Pass

    This is a great place to be at sunrise or sunset.  Bring a camera & tripod and check the weather ahead of time.Take Trail Ridge Road all the way to the top and park at the Alpine Visitor Center.  There's a great view from here, but if you're interested in photography I recommend taking the tr...
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  • Lyons, Colorado

    Sleepy Lion Trail

    4.7 mi / 712 ft gain
    The trailhead is about eight tenths of a mile from the parking area. You pass some sport climbs, a man made waterfall, and some large boulders in the North St. Vrain Creek.The trailhead is clearly marked on the left. There is some elevation gain at the beginning but nothing difficult. Once the el...
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  • Lyons, Colorado

    Hike Meadow Mountain

    4.0
    7.7 mi / 2832 ft gain
    From the trailhead, follow the trail through the woods until you reach a meadow with a steep slope. Some portions of this slope reach an angle of 30 degrees and may feature slight avalanche danger in the winter. However, the trail is used enough that such conditions would make themselves known ...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Mt. Ida via Milner Pass

    5.0
    9.28 mi / 2112 ft gain
    The hike to Mt. Ida offers some of the most stunning views of Rocky Mountain National Park. How to get there: From the east, take Trail Ridge Road all the way to the west side of the park. You will pass Alpine Visitor Center and the road sharply turns south at Medicine Bow Curve. The trailhead...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Backpack Alpine Terrain to Haynach Lakes

    17 mi
    Begin at the Milner Pass Trailhead off of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. Commonly used to summit Mount Ida, this trailhead is often popular with summer hikers. The trail climbs steeply through the trees before revealing open slopes of tundra and fantastic panoramic views. Altho...
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  • Bellvue, Colorado

    Hike to Comanche Lake in Pingree Park

    3.5
    8 mi / 700 ft gain
    You start out hiking through the average Colorado forest for the first 4 miles of the 7-8 mile trip at about 6,500 feet. The trail is largely downhill for the first couple miles until it levels out and you are headed North. A little more than halfway, you come to Comanche Reservoir and hike up al...
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  • Lyons, Colorado

    Backpack to Red Deer Lake, CO

    4.0
    6.4 mi / 1900 ft gain
    This is an excellent place to take your family backpacking. It is a fairly easy trail and definitely a great one for kids. Take in the beautiful scenery while hiking through meadows, aspen and pine with incredible mountain views in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. 6.4 miles to Red Deer Lake with an e...
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  • Grand Lake, Colorado

    Photograph Moose in Rocky Mountain National Park

    4.3
    Moose are the largest members of the deer family. They can stand over 6ft tall at their shoulders and weigh over 1500lbs. Males have antlers which can reach 6ft across and weigh up to 40lbs each. Amazingly these impressive creatures are strictly herbivores and will eat several dozen pounds of veg...
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  • Loveland, Colorado

    Climb Green Ridge in the Roosevelt National Forest

    9.8 mi / 2400 ft gain
    Green Ridge is a fantastic series of summits in the Front Range that make for excellence training hikes, but is often forgotten as it lies outside of the nearby Bobcat Ridge Natural Area and just inside of Roosevelt National Forest. The summit itself at 7,402' is fantastic, featuring a nearly 900...
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  • Loveland, Colorado

    Hike the Valley Loop Trail in the Bobcat Ridge Natural Area

    4.4 mi / 500 ft gain
    The Valley Loop Trail in the Bobcat Ridge Natural Area begins at the main entrance of the Natural Area, just off W County Road 32 C near Masonville, west of Fort Collins and the Horsetooth Reservoir.To get there take West County Road 38 E west from Fort Collins over and around the Horsetooth Rese...
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  • Loveland, Colorado

    Hike the D.R. Trail in the Bobcat Ridge Natural Area

    3.7
    6.2 mi / 1050 ft gain
    D.R. Trail, named for David Rice Pulliam who donated the land to create the Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, is a 3.1 mile spur off the Valley Loop Trail that climbs roughly 1,000' into Mahoney Park before it intersects with the Powerline and Ginny Trails. To get to the start of the trail, take the Val...
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  • Loveland, Colorado

    Hike the Powerline Trail in the Bobcat Ridge Natural Area

    3.8 mi / 1100 ft gain
    Powerline Trail is a 1.9 mile spur off the Valley Loop Trail in the Bobcat Ridge Natural Area that climbs 1,100 feet from the valley floor to Mahoney Park.To get to the start of the trail, take the Valley Loop Trail .9 miles in the Bobcat Ridge Natural Area from the main entrance of the Natural A...
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