I was fortunate enough to have a brief experience in the Rocky Mountain National Park. During my first visit to Colorado, my friend drove me to Estes Park, CO – the base of Rocky Mountain National Park.
From there we drove to a hike in Hermit Park called Kruger Rock. This was my first taste of hiking with altitude change.
- 3.7 mile hike
- Out and Back
- Moderately Trafficked
- Breathtaking views of Estes Park/Rocky Mountain National Park
- Short, but steep stretches
- Rock Scramble to top
- ~1000 ft elevation gain
How to Find Hikes: Use REI’s National Parks App – After selecting Rocky Mountain National Park it will list Maps, Guidebooks, Most popular trails, and even camping/lodging. I like to use this app in combination with AllTrails where you can see reviews/tips from other people that have completed the hike.
Afterwards, if you aren’t EXHAUSTED. Head to the Stanley Hotel that inspired The Shining nearby and walk around for free.
Maybe you’ll get lucky and see some Caribou outside