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Hiking

General Hiking Guidelines

 

These hiking guidelines will prepare you for hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park safely and will make your hike in Rocky Mountain National Park a more enjoyable hiking experience.

Acclimation Hikes

 

In order to get used to the higher altitude it is a good idea to take some acclimation hikes the first and second day you are in Estes Park.  The following acclimation hikes will help you get used to the altitude.

 

Short Hikes

 

It is generally a good idea to start with short hikes and work up to the longer hikes.  All of these hikes are in Rocky Mountain National Park.  All of the mileage listed is one-way distance.  You need to double the miles for round trip mileage.  All of these hikes are less than 5 miles round trip.

Medium Hikes

 

All of these hikes are in Rocky Mountain National Park.  All of the mileage listed is one-way distance unless noted otherwise.  You need to double the miles for round trip mileage.  All of these hikes are 5 to 8 miles round trip.

Long Hikes

 

All of these hikes are in Rocky Mountain National Park.  All of the mileage listed is one-way distance.  You need to double the miles for round trip mileage.  All of these hikes are over 8 miles round trip.