Some of Our Favorite Hikes
Folks are always asking us for some our our favorite or recommended hikes, so we thought we'd put together a bunch of them for you.* The various hikes listed below will open in a new window and will allow you to print them out as a reference on the go.
Our Favorite Short Hikes
Our Favorite Moderate Hikes
Dream Lake and Emerald Lake
Mills Lake and Black Lake
Our Favorite Challenging Hikes
There are over 350 miles of trails within the Rocky Mountain National Park. Enough to keep you busy for for several summers. RMNP offers hikes for beginners to experts. From a half mile hike to 100 mile hike, there are plenty of challenges that await you.
We chose hikes from the east side of the Park due to the proximity to Estes Park. There are many wonderful hikes on the West side, too. Consult Lisa Fosters’ “Hiking Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park” for more information.
For more information about trails within the national park or outside of it, stop by the shop or give us a call.
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Using Trekking Poles
Hit the trail with trekking poles and kick your walk into 4WD! They provide extra stability, help you balance on uneven terrain or when crossing streams, reduce stress on your knees, and can increase power and endurance! Here are some tips for hiking with poles:
Find your stride! Your poles will work opposite of your feet (i.e. the left pole will touch down with your right foot). Push down with your pole then let it swing forward with your arm. It only takes a short time to develop your hiking rhythm.
The right height! Set your poles so your elbows are bent at a 90 degree angle when your tips are on the ground.
Grips and straps! Adjust the straps so they are comfortable and supportive around your wrists. When they are properly adjested you shouldn't have to hold the grip too tightly.