Rocky Mountain National Park: Tundra
September 16 - 21, 2018
(6 days, 5 nights; Sun - Fri)Alternate Tour Dates
Includes all lodging, meals, van shuttles, park entrance fees, leaders, trail maps and narratives.
Timberline van shuttle is included between Denver and Estes Park prior to and following the tour.
Not included: Airline, rail or bus service to Denver International Airport; Guide Gratuity.
Hotel 8:30 am
Rocky Mountain National Park is one of America’s natural wonders, the only complaint we get from Timberline hikers is “Can’t we do more?” When the park turned 100 in 2015, our retired Rocky Mountain rangers created a brand new hiking adventure for our guests. This tour is jokingly referred to as Rocky Mountain Higher, as we will hike above 10,000 feet on five days of our six-day hike. During the course of the week we will cross the Continental Divide twice, visit Chasm 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 feet then lose 3,800 feet with a top elevation of 12, 234 feet as it provides a cross park route from Estes Park to Grand Lake.
We’ve chosen a September date for our Rocky Mountain Park Tundra hiking tour to enjoy the vibrant fall yellows and oranges of the Colorado aspens, to get some relief from the summer afternoon thunderstorms, and perhaps to revel in the bugling elk as the mating season gets underway. Join us and challenge yourself on this magnificent hiking adventure.
|Day 1||Van shuttle from DIA to Wild Basin - Calypso Cascades - Ouzel Falls - North St. Vrain Trail, overnight in Estes Park||6|
|Day 2||Longs Peak Trailhead - Chasm Lake||8.5|
|Day 3||Lake Helene, Odessa – Fern Falls||8.5|
|Day 4||Nymph Lake, Dream Lake, Lake Haiyaha, Alberta Falls||6.5|
|Day 5||Bear Lake – Flattop Mountain – Continental Divide – Green Mountain – overnight in Grand Lake||16|
|Day 6||Milner Pass – Continental Divide – Fall River Pass||4|
Total Distance: 49.5 miles
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