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Hiking Trip Rocky Mountain National Park Hiking Tundra

Dates: 7/10 - 15,2017

(6 days, 5 nights; Mon - Sat)

 

Assembly Point: Denver, Co

(airline, rail and bus service to Denver; van shuttle between Denver and Estes Park prior to and following tour)

Meeting time: hotel 8:30 am Drop off time: 5 pm

Tour Cost: $2,200

(includes all lodging, meals, van shuttles, park entrance fees, leaders, trail maps & narratives)

Additional Single Occupancy Lodging Cost: $375

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of America’s natural wonders, the only complaint we get from Timberline hikers; can’t we do more!  Then our retired Rocky Mountain rangers took up the cry.  To top it off the park turned 100 in 2015. So we are proud to a brand new hiking adventure to the park, let the celebration begin. Jokingly referred to as Rocky Mountain Higher as we will hike above 10,000 feet on 5 of our 6-day hike. During the course of the week we will cross the Great Divide twice, visit Black and Bluebird Lake as well as challenge ourselves with our day 5 hike from Flattop Mountain to Green Mountain.  The Flattop Mountain hike bears a bit of elucidation.  During this hike we will travel 16 miles with an elevation gain of 2,849 ft then lose 3,800 feet with a top elevation of 12, 234 ft as it provides a cross park route from Estes Park to Grand Lake. 

Again we’ve chosen a July date and a September date for both Rocky Mountain Park hiking tours for one primary reasons, the seasons. The hiking program set for July for the sake of experiencing the amazing mountain wildflowers, waterfalls and blue sky. The September date is a great choice for one seeking fall colors and there is no greater beauty that the yellow fall aspens of Colorado (New Englanders may argue). The two Rocky Mountain hiking tours can be done together or individually, the logistics are optimized for either approach. Join us and challenge yourself on this magnificent hiking adventure.

 

 

 

Inn Highlights

  • Silver Moon Inn
  • Gateway Inn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1 Van shuttle from DIA toBrainard Lake- Blue Lake-, overnight in Estes Park 8 miles
Day 2 Glacier Gorge – Alberta Falls – Mills Lake – Black Lake  9.4 miles
Day 3 Wild Basin – Bluebird Lake 13.6 miles
Day 4 Lake Helene, Odessa – Fern Falls   8.5 miles
Day 5 Bearlake – Flattop Mountain – Continental Divide – Green Mountain – overnight in Grand Lake 16 miles
Day 6 Milner Pass – Continental Divide – Fall River Pass   4 miles

Total hiking mileage: 59.5

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Routes, mileage and accommodations are subject to change due to safety, road/trail conditions, weather and availability.