Written by DeeCeeM
Set out early for a hike from Bear Lake to Emerald Lake via Nymph Lake and Dream Lake.
If time allows, on the way back take the trail that branches off at the outlet of Dream Lake to Lake Haiyaha. Either backtrack to the Emerald Lake Trail or continue on the unimproved trail that leads to Glacier Gorge.
Drive up Old Fall River Road to the Alpine Visitors Center. (Be sure to stop at Chasm Falls on the way up.)
Return to Estes Park by way of Trail Ridge Road, checking out the views at Rock Cut, Forest Canyon Overlook, Rainbow Curve and Many Parks Curve.
Explore the Wild Basin area. Hike up the Wild Basin Trail to Ouzel Falls. Not ready to turn around? Continue to either Thunder Lake or Bluebird Lake.
On the drive back, stop by St. Catherine's Chapel at St. Malo Retreat - a beautiful stone building in a stunning setting.
If time allows, stop at Lily Lake and stroll around it.
Drive over Trail Ridge Road to Grand Lake.
Take a short hike up the East Inlet Trail to Adams Falls. If time permits, continue to Lone Pine Lake, Spirit Lake or Lake Verna.
While on the West Side, be sure to be on the lookout for moose.
Hike to The Loch. Want more? Continue on to Sky Pond, climbing Timberline Falls along the way.
It's time for a tundra hike, and maybe even some summits. Chapin, Chiquita and Ypsilon - affectionately known as CCY - can all be reached from the Chapin Pass Trailhead on Old Fall River Road; how many of them you hit is up to you . Another alternative might be to hike to Mt. Ida from the Milner Pass Trailhead.
Explore the Bear Lake Road area.
Visit the Moraine Park Museum.
Take a stroll around Sprague Lake.
Walk around Bear Lake.
Options for easy hikes include Cub Lake or Bierstadt Lake. Want something longer? Hike from Bear Lake to the Fern Lake Trailhead, taking in Odessa Lake along the way. (Tip - In summer, you can use the shuttle system for one-way hiking.)
Catch the sunset from Rock Cut on Trail Ridge Road.
Climb Long's Peak. (More than you want to tackle? Chasm Lake is a spectacular destination on the same trail.)
Photo by Erik Stensland
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Last Updated on Thursday, 20 October 2011 12:46