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Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Bierstadt Lake

The first time we did this hike, I hated it. In retrospect, I may have overreacted. It’s not my favorite hike in Rocky, but it’s still pretty nice. I’m sure the fact that I was asking my tired legs – which had hiked 10 miles (16 km) the day before – to climb a bunch… Continue reading Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Bierstadt Lake

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Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Thunder Lake

Obtaining a backcountry permit for Rocky requires similar levels of intensity as many Colorado hiking feats, including summiting a 14er or finding parking at a trailhead or snagging a front country campsite anywhere during the summer. Permits become available each year on March 1 at 8:00am. So on March 1, 2019 at 7:59am, I was… Continue reading Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Thunder Lake

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Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Chasm Lake

I’m sure my opinion will change as we explore more of Rocky but, so far, Chasm Lake is my absolute favorite hike in the park. It's actually my favorite trail in all of Colorado so far as well. I’ve done this hike twice; first with a friend in late August two summers back, and second… Continue reading Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Chasm Lake

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Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Mills, Jewel, and Black Lakes

What strange times these are. I don't know about you all, but I'm definitely missing the mountains and my usual weekend warrior adventure schedule. I know I'm doing a lot of vicarious living right now through everyone else's adventure posts, and I hope that I can provide the same for all of you. I have… Continue reading Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Mills, Jewel, and Black Lakes

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Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Lake Haiyaha

This is one of the few hikes in Rocky that I actually completed in the winter first, and this experience really emphasized the fact that everything looks so different beneath the summer sun than it does covered in snow. I’d never done much winter hiking before moving to Colorado but I learned quickly that winter… Continue reading Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Lake Haiyaha

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Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Loch Vale and Sky Pond

Ask someone from Denver what the must-do hike is in Rocky Mountain and a vast majority will probably say Sky Pond. The jagged mountain ridge lines above this high mountain lake are pretty iconic. And it’s just a neat hike. The Sky Pond hike begins at the Glacier Gorge trailhead, whose small parking lot fills… Continue reading Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Loch Vale and Sky Pond

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Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Nymph, Dream, and Emerald Lakes

Welcome, once again, to my Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes series! If you’re only in Rocky Mountain for a day or two, or you’re visiting from lower elevation, this is my #1 hiking recommendation for you! It’s not terribly long, not too steep, and at a lower elevation than most of the other park destinations.… Continue reading Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Nymph, Dream, and Emerald Lakes

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Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Bear Lake to Fern Lake Trailhead

Welcome to hike #2 in my Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes series! Rocky Mountain operates a free shuttle system from May to October that allows you to leave your car in Estes Park or at the Park-n-Ride inside the park boundary and take the bus to the trailheads, eliminating the stress of arriving at 6:00am… Continue reading Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Bear Lake to Fern Lake Trailhead

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Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Gem Lake

As a perpetual vacation planner, it’s probably not terribly surprising that I started planning Colorado adventures months before our arrival in Denver. Nothing too in depth, because reality forced me to balance adventure planning with job applications and apartment hunting and the like. Nevertheless, I decided early on that we were going to spend as… Continue reading Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Gem Lake

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Colorado Rocky Mountain High

After spending a short time in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, it’s very easy to see why John Denver wrote a beautiful song about them. It’s just about impossible not to feel a natural high from spending a few minutes surrounded by the red rock canyons and pine forests and wide-open meadows and towering peaks… Continue reading Colorado Rocky Mountain High