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Best Easy Day Hikes: Rocky Mountain National Park

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With its towering peaks, picturesque waterfalls, pristine lakes, and stunning vistas, Rocky Mountain National Park offers visitors one of the country's great wild landscapes. Look for elk along Cow Creek, hike through open meadows filled with colorful wildflowers, or ski the Cub Lake Trail amid 10,000-year-old glacial erratics. Best Easy Day Hikes Rocky Mountain National Park directs you to the best short hiking trails in the park. This guidebook includes concise descriptions and detailed maps for thirty-six ...
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Overview

With its towering peaks, picturesque waterfalls, pristine lakes, and stunning vistas, Rocky Mountain National Park offers visitors one of the country's great wild landscapes. Look for elk along Cow Creek, hike through open meadows filled with colorful wildflowers, or ski the Cub Lake Trail amid 10,000-year-old glacial erratics. Best Easy Day Hikes Rocky Mountain National Park directs you to the best short hiking trails in the park. This guidebook includes concise descriptions and detailed maps for thirty-six easy-to-follow summer and winter trails that lead to some of the park's most scenic destinations. With hikes varying from half-hour strolls to full-day adventures, this guidebook is for everyone, including experienced hikers and families.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762722723
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Series: Best Easy Day Hikes Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 4.46 (w) x 6.98 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Kent Dannen, a former contributing editor for Backpacker magazine, is a guide, naturalist, and master outdoorsman who has been leading hiking trips in Rocky Mountain National Park for more than 30 years.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps viii
Note on the Maps ix
Trailhead Locator x
Acknowledgments xii
Introduction 3
What to Wear and Carry 4
High Altitude Sickness 9
Lightning: One Strike and You're Out! 10
Hikers as Caretakers 15
Rocky Mountain National Park Wilderness Facts 18
Bear Lake Shuttle Bus Service 24
Rocky Mountain National Park
Mummy Range 27
Gem Lake Trail 27
Nature Walk to Gem Lake (Montane Zone) 29
North Fork of the Big Thompson Trail System 37
Mummy Pass Trail 46
Trails North of Horseshoe Park 51
Cow Creek Trailhead 58
Chapin Pass Routes 58
Moraine Park 63
Fern Lake Trail System 63
Cub Lake Trail 67
Bear Lake Road 71
Hollowell Park Trails 74
Boulder Brook and Storm Pass Trails 74
Bierstadt Lake Trail 76
Glacier Gorge Trail System 78
Bear Lake Trailhead 91
Dream Lake Trail System 91
Flattop Mountain Trail System 94
Odessa Lake Trail 100
Longs Peak and Nearby Goals 103
East Edge 113
Twin Sisters Peaks 113
Storm Pass Trail to Estes Cone 117
Lily Lake Trail 119
Homer Rouse Trail 121
Lily Mountain Trail (Roosevelt National Forest) 122
Homestead Meadows (Roosevelt National Forest) 123
Wild Basin 125
Ouzel Falls Trail System 125
Sandbeach Lake Trail System 137
Finch Lake Trail System 140
Allens Park Trail 142
Horsetooth Peak and Lookout Mountain 143
Trail Ridge Road 145
Old Ute Trail 146
Tundra Nature Walk (Alpine Zone) 152
Deer Mountain Trail 162
Abandoned Road 164
Trails from Milner Pass 166
Timber Lake Trail 170
Trails from Never Summer Ranch 171
Baker Gulch Trail System (Arapaho National Forest) 173
Onahu Creek-Green Mountain Circle 178
Colorado River Trails 183
Red Mountain Trail System 183
Lulu City Trail System 190
Grand Lake 199
North Inlet Trail 199
Tonahutu Creek Trail 202
East Inlet Trail 203
Shadow Mountain and East Shore or Outlet Trails 207
Indian Peaks Wilderness
National Park and National Forest--Two Administrative Styles 211
East of the Divide (Roosevelt National Forest) 217
Pawnee Pass Trail 217
Nature Walk to Lake Isabelle (Subalpine Zone) 220
Mitchell Creek Trail 233
Mount Audubon Trail System 235
Routes from Beaver Reservoir 237
Middle St. Vrain Trail System 239
St. Vrain Mountain Trail 243
Arapaho Glacier Trail (Glacier Rim Trail) 244
Buckingham Campground Trails 248
Trails from Hessie 249
West of the Divide (Arapaho National Forest) 253
Roaring Fork Trail System 254
Buchanan Pass Trail 257
Cascade Trail to Pawnee Pass 261
Arapaho Pass Trail 265
Caribou Pass Trail 267
Corona Trail 271
Destination Tables 275
Destinations Index 298
Suggested Readings 305
About the Authors 308
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