Start at a park visitor center to get maps and rangers' advice on terrain, difficulty and distance. Some trails are even accessible to strollers and wheelchairs.
Upper Ute Trail
Even if you don't make the entire 8 mile (13 kilometer) round trip from on the Upper Ute Trail, from the Alpine Visitor Center to Milner Pass and back, you'll still see awe inspiring dramatic scenery, from barren tundra to alpine meadows and ponds, with stunning views of 14,255 foot (4,335 meter) Long's Peak. While this is fairly easy terrain, beware of weather and high altitude. The trail starts at about 11,780 feet (3,590 meters) and you'll be the tallest thing around on the barren first portion. Know the forecast a must in the mountains but especially where you're so exposed. The park's first lightning deaths in over a decade occurred on or near this trail this summer. Darkening clouds and my hiking partner's altitude Nike Air Max 90 New York
ESTES PARK, Colo. (AP) No adjectives can do Rocky Mountain National Park justice. The jagged snow draped peaks, rocky tundra, green valleys, and roaring waterfalls render exclamation points inadequate.
Deer Mountain Hike
The Continental Divide runs through Rocky Mountain National Park, and the western side is greener and rainier, known as the "wetter, better side," with more moose and bears though a ranger told us only two dozen bears live in the park. The eastern side, while more crowded, is just a 90 minute drive from Denver's airport, and my hiker pal and I decided Air Max 90 Liberty Of London
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to spend three days hiking here.
Out of dozens to choose from, here are three memorable hikes, roughly 4 6 miles (6 10 kilometers) each and only moderately difficult at the toughest points perfect for reasonably fit hikers.
The gateway to the eastern side is the town of Estes Park, a tacky tourist mecca full of hotels, motels, souvenir shops and a few good restaurants. The park entrance is 5 miles (8 kilometers) up the mountain, but feels worlds away. The park has five campgrounds, with two open year round, but we stayed in a low key motel lodge at the town's edge, with an indoor pool and hot tub to soak tired feet after a day on the trail. It was a short drive from there to several trailheads, some best accessed by free park shuttle buses since parking lots often fill up.
Day hikes as Rocky Mountain Nat l Park turns 100
The trail to the 10,000 foot (3,050 meter) summit, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) round trip, wraps around the mountain, offering sumptuous views. Despite a steady climb, only the last portion near the top is noticeably steep. The lower altitude made it easier for my friend. A panorama of the park awaits at the top. Splurge on a drink at the historic Stanley Hotel's handsome tin ceilinged bar.
arid mountain air.
The beauty is almost unearthly, and autumn is one of the best times to experience it. Aspen trees turn brilliant yellow; the bugle like mating calls of elk echo in the mountains. And starting Sept. 3, Rocky Mountain National Park launches a Nike Air Max Classic Ultra year of festivities to celebrate its centennial, including special hikes, wildlife seminars, art shows and a wild game culinary fest.
But remember this mantra in the high mountains: It's not the distance, it's the altitude. Many hikes climb above timber line, which is at roughly 11,000 feet (3,350 meters) in the park. Altitude sickness which can include dizziness, headaches, fatigue and disorientation can occur several thousand feet (about a thousand meters) below that. So while a 10 mile (17 kilometer) hike might be a breeze at sea level, be prepared to cut your usual mileage and pace. Water is key: Bring plenty and drink often to avoid dehydration in the Air Max 90 White And Silver
Planning the hikes
This system of trails south of Highway 36 is about 90 minutes from Estes Park. A park and ride shuttle lot is near the Bear Lake trailhead. We chose a roughly 6 mile (10 kilometer) route, steep and gravelly in spots, past serene Nymph Lake, covered in lily pads, and up past Lake Haiyaha a must see climb over huge boulders to glimpse a gorgeous blue green alpine lake surrounded by jagged snow capped peaks. We circled round past the turnoff to Mills Lake, with views of more peaks through forests of spruce, fir and quaking aspens, along the dramatic Alberta Falls waterfall, back to the trailhead.
sickness, including extreme fatigue, made us turn back before the pass.
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