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    Top Spots in and near Larimer County

    • Estes Park, Colorado

      Backpack to Odessa Lake via Fern Lake Trailhead

      4.0
      9.65 mi / 1890 ft gain
      Odessa Lake seems to be one of the true hidden gems of Rocky Mountain National Park. Don't get me wrong, you will likely see some folks there, but it is a far cry from the other crowded Bear Lake trailhead lakes. There are two ways to reach Odessa; one, from the Bear Lake Trailhead, and the oth...
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    • Estes Park, Colorado

      Sprague Lake Loop

      5.0
      0.81 mi / 26 ft gain
      Located in Rocky Mountain National Park at an elevation of almost 8,700 feet, Sprague Lake offers visitors great views with very little effort required. It's a short 15 minute drive from Estes Park and hikers can take the short trail around the circumference of the lake. You'll find bathrooms and...
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    • Estes Park, Colorado

      Chasm Lake via Longs Peak Trailhead

      4.7
      8.01 mi / 2425 ft gain
      The 4-mile trail climbs around 2500ft from the Longs Peak trailhead and starts by winding through dense forest. In the morning darkness, trudging through thick trees isn’t the most exciting, but when you finally climb out above treeline, the massive profile of Longs and the slowly growing light o...
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    • Estes Park, Colorado

      Longs Peak

      5.0
      13.3 mi / 5100 ft gain
      For the most part, this hike is very straightforward, so I'll essentially skip over the first 5.5 or so miles of the hike, but, in case you don't know: Start (very early so you get a parking spot) from the trailhead right next to the parking lot (the road to it is paved - seriously this mountain...
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    • Estes Park, Colorado

      Peacock Pool

      7.9 mi / 2438 ft gain
      The peacock pool is a cool little tarn below the outlet to Chasm Lake. Please note that this adventure is best done in the winter/spring when snow is present to prevent erosion in the sensitive area. That is how the description will be written, assuming winter conditions. The approach is the sa...
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    • Estes Park, Colorado

      Boulderfield Campground via Longs Peak Trail

      11.39 mi / 3337 ft gain
      Boulder Field is a high alpine backcountry site on Longs Peak, and is a popular camp for backpackers attempting to summit Longs Peak via the Keyhole route. At an impressive elevation of 12,760 feet, Boulder Field is a vast wasteland of rocks that sits 500 feet below the famous Keyhole feature, an...
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    • 1398 Longs Peak Road, Colorado

      Storm Peak and Mount Lady Washington

      4.5
      12.57 mi / 5312 ft gain
      This adventure began at the Longs Peak trailhead in southeastern Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. I followed the Longs Peak trail for 6 miles to the Boulderfield backcountry camping area. This is a fairly steep on-trail climb of 3,360 feet. After setting up camp at 12,760 feet, my partner...
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    • Estes Park, Colorado

      Chapin Pass Trail to Mount Chapin

      3.95 mi / 1316 ft gain
      Chapin Pass Trail to Mount Chapin is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Estes Park, Colorado.
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    • Larimer County, Colorado

      Bierstadt Lake Loop

      4.3
      2.93 mi / 675 ft gain
      From the Bierstadt Lake Trailhead on Bear Lake Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, you start out in lodgepole pines at 8850 feet high. But you quickly get into the aspens. In the breeze, aspens flutter or quake. It's unique sound as the leaves almost dance in the wind. The views and aspens ...
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    • Estes Park, Colorado

      Backpack the Gorge Lakes

      11.5 mi / 3200 ft gain
      Start at the Rock Cut Parking Area. Head east on Trail Ridge Road 0.25 miles to a more gradual and bald western slope leading down into Forest Canyon. This bald is located between two creeks which merge before joining the Big Thompson River (a small creek in mid September). Use the creeks to navi...
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    • Estes Park, Colorado

      Photograph the Night Sky Over Trail Ridge Road

      4.0
      The highest continuous paved road in North America, Trail Ridge Road takes you above 12,000 ft to an alpine tundra. Being above treeline means you have unclogged panoramic views of the night sky and any possible meteors. You can start your trip from Grand Lake in the west or Estes Park in the ea...
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    • Estes Park, Colorado

      Watch the Sunset at Forest Canyon Overlook

      5.0
      0.2 mi / 32 ft gain
      Trail Ridge Road is an incredible highway that crosses the mountains between Grand Lake and Estes Park, one of the most famous parts of Rocky Mountain National Park. It features incredible views of the Rockies and the Front Range, as well as the unforgettable experience of being immersed in the t...
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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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    • Larimer County, Colorado

      Sky Pond via Glacier Gorge Trailhead

      4.7
      8.43 mi / 1780 ft gain
      Start at the Glacier Gorge trailhead on Bear Lake Road. Parking is limited so it is advised to get there very early. It's a longer hike so plan on taking a full day to complete or stay overnight to enjoy more of the scenery. Within the first mile on the Glacier Gorge Trail you will pass by Alber...
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    • Larimer County, Colorado

      The Loch Lake Trail via Glacier Gorge Trail

      5.53 mi / 1072 ft gain
      The Loch Lake Trail via Glacier Gorge Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Estes Park, Colorado.
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    • Larimer County, Colorado

      The Loch Vale Hike

      5.0
      5.53 mi / 1056 ft gain
      The trail starts at the Glacier Gorge trailhead along the road to Bear Lake. After hiking for just under a mile, you'll pass Alberta Falls and continue up the trail through the gorge. At about 2 miles you'll reach a clear junction, with trails towards Mills Lake, Lake Haiyaha, and The Loch. Take ...
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