Day hike suggestions for Rocky Mountain National Park?
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Ben F
(tekhna) - F
Day hike suggestions for Rocky Mountain National Park? on 10/11/2012 16:19:58 MDT Print View

I unexpectedly have a day off tomorrow, any suggestions? Don't know the park at all!

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
RMNP on 10/11/2012 16:59:57 MDT Print View

May not be the best place tomorrow for a hike in the park proper. Bear Lake is closed and some other near by areas. Could be a bit smokey. :O
http://www.eptrail.com/estes-park-news/ci_21748272/conditions-hampering-efforts-fight-fern-lake-fire-rocky


Having said that, a good little hike that snakes in and out of NPS/USFS land with great views of Longs Peak is Twins Sister.
http://www.protrails.com/trails/view/64

Just an FYI, it is not supposed to be the best weather tomorrow:
http://weather.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/iwszone?Sites=:coz033

Bad for hiking...good for the fire! :)

(Suggest the nearby Wild Basin for lower elevation hiking if that is the case and you don't mind rain and light snow. Sand beach lake could be a good one http://www.protrails.com/trails/view/58 )

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
RMNP on 10/11/2012 17:09:10 MDT Print View

It looks like you can now drive to the Bear Lake parking lot, Mags. As of yesterday. Given that, a nice hike would be from Bear Lake to Odessa Lake and back. A fun hike in Wild Basin is to Ouzel Lake and back. But I'm with Mags--it'll probably be crappy weather tomorrow--wind and 50% chance of rain.

Ben F
(tekhna) - F
Ah well on 10/11/2012 17:55:12 MDT Print View

Figures the one day I have off in forever and it's gonna be fiery rain out. Thanks for the suggestions and info!

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
Fire and rain on 10/11/2012 18:33:08 MDT Print View

Nothing like fiery rain to ruin a good hike!

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
Fiery Rain on 10/12/2012 07:52:53 MDT Print View

"I've seen fire...I've seen rain".

Ah, Mr. James Taylor, have you seen both at the same time?!?!! :D

Edited by PaulMags on 10/12/2012 10:12:54 MDT.

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
Closure on 10/12/2012 10:11:45 MDT Print View

Looks like there are sill closures (at least according to the RMNP website)


http://www.nps.gov/romo/naturescience/currentfires.htm


Probably best to call either way.

Edited by PaulMags on 10/12/2012 10:13:52 MDT.

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Closure on 10/12/2012 11:20:38 MDT Print View

Yeah, Mags, they must have made that closure decision this morning, or maybe late last night. Your Twin Sisters idea seems to be the best one now, or somewhere around James Peak.