Hiking the Best of Rocky Mountain National Park

5 Days | Hike above the alpine tree line, to the glittering lakes and waterfalls of Rocky Mountain National Park

Walking & Trekking
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Explore the best hiking trails with a trip leader who knows all the best spots in the Rocky Mountain National Park of Colorado with this 5-day walking and trekking trip. From fields of wildflowers and glacier cirques to expansive lakes, volcanoes and waterfalls, this is a nature-lover’s paradise! You’ll explore the Colorado Rockies each day, from a comfortable inn-style base, and take on winding trails at high altitudes. Walk among the alpine forest to The Alpine Ridge visitor centre viewpoint overlooking Colorado River, then delight at the beauty of Calypso Cascades, Ouzel Falls and Lake, Bluebird Lake, Glacier Gorge, Mills Lake, Jewel Lake, Black Lake, Andrews Glacier, Storm Peak, Longs Peak, Chiefs Head mountains and the famed Chasm Lake.

Trip overview

Map of Hiking The Best Of Rocky Mountain National Park including United States Of America
Start
Estes Park, United States
Finish
Estes Park, United States
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Destinations
United States
Physical rating
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Style
Comfort
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 2 - Max 12
Trip code
SKTR
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Explore the Colorado Rockies and everything they have to offer with diverse hikes through the breathtaking Rocky Mountain National Park, with a trip leader who knows all the best spots.
  • Take in the imposing cliff faces, glittering lakes, pristine rivers, tall cascading waterfalls and surrounding mountain ranges – all while looking out for diverse wildlife (including moose!)
  • Enjoy a comfortable base from which to explore every day – warm, inviting inn-style accommodation in Estes Park – and every meal taken care of, so you can focus on the views, the nature and the hikes!
  • Acclimatise to the altitude and then take on the impressive Chasm Cirque trail – where you’ll sit down for lunch with epic views of the cliff The Diamond – and all of the ambitious climbers above you.
  • Walk through countless wildflower-filled meadows to the stunning Calypso Cascades, Ouzel Falls and Alberta Falls, sitting among towering alpine forests.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This is a hiking trip, so a good fitness level will help you enjoy all included hikes and activities. 
  • This trip involves hiking from 4 to 10 miles (6.5 to 16 km) per day with a total trip distance of 45+ miles (60+ km). The altitude in Rocky Mountain National Park ranges from 7500 ft (2293 m) to about 12,000 ft (3658 m) during our Chasm Lake hike. The maximum daily elevation gain/loss is 2380 feet (725 m). Please check the trip itinerary for more details.
  • On this tour, you’ll have to carry a daypack weighing approximately 3.5 to 5.5 kg or 8 to 12 lb.
  • Our leaders are trained to spot the symptoms of altitude sickness, but it’s very important that you make yourself aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly. You can find our guide here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/us/altitude-sickness.
  • Weather or other factors may require an itinerary change, but your trip leader will always have great alternatives ready. It’s essential to dress in layers and prepare for cold and windy conditions above the tree line.

Itinerary

Map of Hiking The Best Of Rocky Mountain National Park including United States Of America

Inclusions

Meals

5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Inn (4 nights)

Activities
  • Rocky Mountain National Park -Lumpy Ridge via Gem Lake Trailhead Hike - Estes Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park - Wild Basin to Ouzel Lake Hike - Estes Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park - Glacier Gorge Mountain Lakes Loop Hike - Estes Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park -Chasm Lake Hike - Estes Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park - Trail Ridge Road scenic drive
  • Rocky Mountain National Park - Alpine Ridge Viewpoint Hike - Estes park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park - Ute Trail hike - Estes Park

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Important notes

1. Please note this trip requires a minimum number of booked customers to guarantee the departure. Your Booking Agent will advise at time of booking if the departure has met minimum numbers. If minimum numbers are not met, you will be advised no later than 30 days out from departure. We recommend arranging flights and related travel services once your departure is guaranteed. In the event that your departure is cancelled due to minimum numbers not being met, a full refund will be provided of monies paid.

2. A completed registration form is required to join these trips. You will not be confirmed for the trip until your form has been received and reviewed. We may ask for a medical release signed by your physician for medical conditions or circumstances which could possibly compromise your safety or the safety of others on this trip – please speak to your agent for further details.

3. A signed disclaimer (Acknowledgement of Risks Form) is required at the time of booking for this trip – please speak to your agent for further details.

4. To help ensure this trip is right for you, this trip is subject to additional ‘Essential Eligibility Requirements’ – see the ‘Itinerary Disclaimer’ section of the Essential Trip Information for further details.

5.This trip is operated and run by Wildland Trekking, an Intrepid company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Wildland Trekking customers and Intrepid customers.

6. You will meet your guide and group in Estes Park, Colorado at 8:30 AM the first day of the trip (if staying in Denver, Estes Park Shuttle offers a 5:00-8:00 am shuttle). Your guide will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before your trip and will specify the exact location of the orientation meeting at that point. This trip will conclude at approximately 5:00 PM on the last day.

7. We recommend guests arrive in Estes Park (or another nearby location that is 7500′ or higher) 1-2 days before your trip starts. This will help you acclimatize to the higher elevation, and make for a more enjoyable experience during your tour. This is especially important if you have never been to higher altitude, or are flying in from sea level.

8. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential Trip Information

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Hiking the Best of Rocky Mountain National Park
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AUD $5,130