A loop hike starting from the Storm Pass trailhead on the Bear Lake Road in RMNP. Up the Boulder Brook trail to the North Longs Peak trail, then west to the Mills Lake trail crossing Glacier Creek, hike past Alberta Falls to Glacier Gorge Junction, then Prospect Canyon trail back to the trailhead. Should see some nice water flows and lots of wildflowers. Repeat of a hike we did last June when we saw a group of moose up near the North Longs Peak trail.
Moderate pace. Not recommended for beginners. I would rate this as a intermediate hike. Bring snacks, at least two liters of water, a lunch to enjoy at the Glacier Creek crossing, and weather appropriate clothing. Good hiking boots and trekking poles are highly recommended along with a hat, sunscreen, & sunglasses. I hope to be at the trailhead and ready to begin the hike up the trail at 9:00 o'clock. Current weather forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, light winds, temps highs around 80 degrees, and a slight chance of afternoon showers/Tstorms.
Total Hike distance: ~ 8.5 miles.
Trailhead Elevation: ~8900 ft.
Max elevation: ~10300 ft.
Total climb: ~1600 ft.
Moderate pace (around 2 mph with rest stops), all on trail. Hike should take about 5 hours plus about a 1.5 hour drive each way to the trailhead. The Bear Lake Road closes at 9 am so we want to try to be headed into the park at around 8:30.
Please read the hike description carefully and don't sign up for the hike unless you are confident you can complete the described hike (pace, expected conditions, RT distance, total climb, and max elevation).
There is limited parking at the Storm Pass Trailhead so we'll meet at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center at 8:15 am and carpool to the trailhead. That also will reduce the number of park passes needed.
No dogs allowed on RMNP trails.
Regrouping stops at all trail intersections.
Please be prompt so others are not kept waiting. Five minute wait for no-shows.
Please, don't show up for a hike unless your YES RSVP has been accepted for you and any guest(s) that you intend to bring with you.
Please cancel if you decide not to attend so spaces will be available for others.
Hiking is risky. Every year people are hurt and killed because they go beyond their abilities, get lost, or bring the wrong gear. I normally lead hikes that I've done before. I don't do technical climbs but some of my hikes have strenuous climbs that may require using some handholds and require good physical strength and agility. I am not a professional guide. You are responsible for yourself. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety and will do the necessary research to understand the conditions of this hike and the gear and conditioning you require.
And lastly, anyone choosing to hike with our group should carry personal medical insurance and a CORSAR (Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue) card in case of an emergency.