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Re: Must See/Must Do in RMNP?

Postby Greenhouseguy » Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:54 am

+1 on the guide book by Lisa Foster - it's one of the best guide books that I own. Plenty of maps, color pictures, and route descriptions for hundreds of hikes.

I hiked Flattop & Hallett with my son yesterday, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Flattop barely deserves to be called a mountain, because it only rises 24 feet above its saddle with Hallett. It's really more of a subpeak. It's worth the insignificant extra effort required to get from Flattop to Hallett; the view is incredible from up there. If you count the extensive krummholz forest as being above treeline, then about 50% of this hike is above the trees. I think it was about 9.2 miles roundtrip and about 3,400 feet elevation gained, with a solid trail from start to finish.
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Re: Must See/Must Do in RMNP?

Postby 1moremile » Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:38 am

Greenhouseguy wrote:+1 on the guide book by Lisa Foster - it's one of the best guide books that I own. Plenty of maps, color pictures, and route descriptions for hundreds of hikes.

I hiked Flattop & Hallett with my son yesterday, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Flattop barely deserves to be called a mountain, because it only rises 24 feet above its saddle with Hallett. It's really more of a subpeak. It's worth the insignificant extra effort required to get from Flattop to Hallett; the view is incredible from up there. If you count the extensive krummholz forest as being above treeline, then about 50% of this hike is above the trees. I think it was about 9.2 miles roundtrip and about 3,400 feet elevation gained, with a solid trail from start to finish.


I thought I recognized you and your son from your TRs! I said to Wonderhubby as we passed (perhaps a 1/4 above the Emerald Lake overlook), "That's Greenhouseguy!" Too bad you left so early, that late afternoon drizzle was refreshing. :D
Heh. We goofed off on the Continental Divide then went on to Taylor Peak for 16 miles RT and 4,200 feet of elevation gain. Fab day.

Back on point: yes about Lisa Foster's book: excellent guide. Yes, agreed regarding the hike to Flattop and Hallett. If you are up for it, I suggest continuing to Otis and/or Taylor for some terrific views of Chaos Canyon and the Sharkstooth. (not to mention Longs, the Mummy Range, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera). Oh! And we were treated to a protracted visit with/view of a 13-member bull elk herd that chose to graze the already fall-colored tundra on either side of the trail. Super day.
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Re: Must See/Must Do in RMNP?

Postby Westerngal » Wed Sep 10, 2008 1:26 pm

My favorite is Andrews Glacier from the Glacier Gorge trailhead.

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Re: Must See/Must Do in RMNP?

Postby B Abzug » Wed Sep 10, 2008 1:55 pm

I came out to visit this summer and did the hike to Sky Pond. It was very beautiful and I\'d agree with the others who recommend that hike.

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Re: Must See/Must Do in RMNP?

Postby Van McDaniel » Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:08 pm

After you wear yourself out hiking around spend the night at Moraine Campground. Between now and mid/late Oct. the elk are going through their yearly rut. The bulls are starting to gather their cows are are running the younger spikes away from the herd. At this time of year both bull and cow will be very vocal 24/7. The elk like to roam through this campground so during the rut one may not get much sleep. For those that love wildlife and have never seen this mating ritual, you owe it to yourself. They do put on quite a show between the bugleing/mewing, sparring matches and bull dominance behaviour. You can car camp here. Tables, tent sites and restrooms. Full moon this coming weekend.
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Re: Must See/Must Do in RMNP?

Postby Papillon » Wed Sep 10, 2008 8:21 pm

The best site for wildlife traffic in Moraine Park is #115 - aka "the honeymoon suite". It is a walk-in site adjacent to a large meadow. The elk will be everywhere up there now but there will be considerable traffic near that site. I've had coyotes come close while staying there and from what I was told, there was a bear incident (harmless) involving that site in May.

It seems like every time I stay there I exit the tent "prison style" by sticking a small mirror outside the tent to see what is lurking to my left and right.
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Re: Must See/Must Do in RMNP?

Postby saragiguere » Sat Sep 13, 2008 9:26 am

Thank you all so much! I'll be in RMNP 9/17-9/20, so I will do as much as possible in those 4 days...

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Re: Must See/Must Do in RMNP?

Postby mount_quandary » Sat Sep 13, 2008 5:47 pm

I will put in my .2 for Mt. Ida!!! that is a beautiful beautiful hike the views are outstanding!! we did that one for our first Mt. our daughter was only 11 and our son 13 ....hope you can do that one!!

of course Dream Lake is just that a DREAM!! the scenery is incredible but there are allot of people but still......it is truly the place to be!!

have fun wish I was YOU to have all of that to look forward too!
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