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Andrews Glacier and tarn (RMNP)

Andrews Glacier and tarn

A tarn is a pond at the foot of a glacier. This is an opportunity to get off the beaten path. This trail offers a rugged, unspoiled beauty you won't find in other parts of the park. It is lightly used, probably because it involves some boulder scrambling and is more difficult than the average RMNP trail. Bring a plastic bag or something else to sit on if you think you might like to try sliding (glissading) down part of the glacier--at your own risk, of course.

Trail Details

Starting Elevation: 9180'
Elevation at Andrews tarn: 11,405'
Elevation Gain: 2,225'
Difficulty: Moderately Difficult
Distance: 9 Miles round trip.
Dogs: No

Weather is unpredictable at these elevations, be prepared for anything.

Carpool Location

We will meet at the park-n-ride at 88th and Sheridan at 7:00. I expect to be at the north end of the lot. Look for my red SUV. We will carpool to the free shuttle parking lot in RMNP and ride the shuttle to the Glacier Gorge trailhead. Those persons up north can meet us at the shuttle lot around 8:30--just be sure to let me know if you do not intend to meet at the carpool location. The free shuttle is inside RMNP, so someone from each vehicle will need to have a park pass.

Additional Terms and Conditions

You are responsible for knowing where the carpool location and the trailhead are and getting there on time. You are responsible for researching the trail and knowing your own limits. You are responsible for dressing appropriately and bringing the necessary gear, water and snacks. This trip--as are all trips with this group unless otherwise noted--is an all day outing, do not sign up if you have other obligations that afternoon. The pace will be on the fast side, you will need to be in good shape to do this trip. It is considered poor etiquette to cancel at the last minute; any cancellation within 24 hours of the start of this meetup for any reason will be treated as a no-show. Bring cash for drivers for gas.

This is a participate at your own risk event.

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  • patrice c

    Beautiful day and hike -- really enjoyed meeting everyone! Thanks so much, Bill.

    August 26, 2013

  • Mark R.

    Wonderful day for a great hike with fabulous folks. Thanks Bill for your expert leadership!

    August 25, 2013

  • Tsung Yin C.

    Thank you Bill for this wonderful hike. I post my pic at:
    I put 3 hikes in one site. Longs Peak, Mt. Massive. Andrews Glacier is at the button.
    https://picasaweb.google.com/110644650524870009895/07262013

    August 25, 2013

  • Aaron

    i'll meet inside the park

    August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry i have to work

    August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Group: Is there a car going through Boulder that I can jump in? I can be wherever is easiest and will chip in for gas. Can email me at [masked] Thanks!

    August 23, 2013

    • Bill B.

      We don't do that.

      1 · August 23, 2013

  • Tsung Yin C.

    Are we meeting at the south side of 36? The south side is the side without the parking garage.

    August 23, 2013

  • Camie

    Something has come up and I'm gonna have to miss this one. See you next go round.

    August 22, 2013

  • Mandi

    Hey Everyone! I apologize, I was trying to join the group and accidentally RSVP'd for the Sunday Hike, As much as I would love to join this weekend, I don't think I can make Sunday, but I greatly look forward to meeting up with everyone as soon as I am able!! :)

    August 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Bill. I live in Boulder - Can I jump in a car (your car?) heading north through Boulder? Can be wherever the driver wants, at whatever time. Prefer something like the Target parking lot at 28th and Pearl (easy in & out if you're going up 36)

    August 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll meet you at the free shuttle lot inside the park.

    August 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI-[masked] is a fee free day

    August 20, 2013

  • gale g.

    something came up and I will not make this one.

    August 17, 2013

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