By the time we unloaded all our “stuff” into the cabin next to Morraine Welcome Center we were pretty tuckered out and it was late in the day. The sun has a way of suddenly disappearing at 7,000 feet, and heading out for a lengthy hike at 4 pm is not the smartest thing to […]
Few parks offer a tundra experience. Tundra, as in above the tree line, and a climate not unlike places 1,200 miles north of Colorado. Places like the Arctic Circle. A climate where winds blow at 150 miles per hour in the winter. Where the snow acts like sandblasting on the rocks and plantlife. A place […]
We rely heavily on the recommendations of fellow photographers and the rangers in national parks for choosing the hikes we make. We turn to hiking books for supplemental ideas for hikes of challenge and interest. Two separate hiking books tell us that there is a hike to yet another lake worth considering: Lake Odessa. Not […]
When Rocky Mountain National Park became a national park, there was a road that ran along the northern side of the park that began just outside of Estes Park – Old River Road. It was eventually replaced as the main thoroughfare when they blasted a road through the entire park, up through the tundra and […]
Here we go with hike number six. While not on the radar screen of our triangulated photo and ranger friends recommendation, it has high appeal for us two waterfall lovers. Ouzel Falls won’t hike us into the ground, either. Still, six miles is a distance when moving from 1,000 feet above sea level to 8,000 […]
While this comes up as hike five, it’s likely going to be hike #1. It’s a moderate hike, fairly long, and into some pretty unique country in the Rockies. And I’ve been on most of it before. Way back in 2009, when visiting all the national parks was not even a gleam in our eyes. […]
A little gentler, a little kinder for hike four of nine. Distance is still a challenge, racking up 11 miles round trip.
Should we, shouldn’t we? Can we, or can’t we? Chasm Lake. One of the more aggressive recommended hikes for us in the Rockies takes us up almost half-a-mile in vertical gain. And just happens to cover about 8.5 miles round trip.
Good heavens, man. What is a place called Flat Top Mountain doing on our hiking list for Rocky Mountain National Park? Let’s see what protrails has to say about this little stroll up to 12,324 feet.
The Rocky Mountains National Park artist in residence event is coming down the track faster than a speeding train. Or a runaway 18-wheeler. Take your pick – it is close to panic time. Between work, visiting family, and packing for the relo to Florida, time is getting scarce. Fortunately, we already have the boots, socks, […]